Saturday, December 20, 2014

Day 2 of vacation

We had a nice breakfast and loaded up to head to the cruise.  Talk about a HORRIBLE goat rope with zero instructions or hint on what you're supposed to be doing.  Really ZERO.  Tossed off a shuttle and todld to get out of the road then nada.  nothing but "Sir, you can't take your luggage in there"  when you ask the same person where are you supposed to take it they say NOTHING.  really??  I guess I'll have to assume that the porter did not speak English or something because he was of zero help to me.  He didn't say "I'll check it here, you just give it to me and then get in line there"  nothing... just stared at me.  Sigh.  Such a goat rope.  So, when someone yelled at us yet again for being in the way and not knowing what we were doing, they finally figured out we had ZERO clue what to do and got us a porter.  Goodness... that took way too much off my life on that part, really!

Once that was worked out, we got in line after line.  Through an airport type security check with x-ray machines as well.
 And no food was to be brought in... Liz had a bananna
 So did Butch... :)
 Mooooo... total cattle call ;)  When then got our Sea Card (room key/money card/lifeline) and got on the boat!

We ate some lunch at the buffet then went to our rooms to drop off stuff (rooms were to open at 1pm



They weren't open  yet :(  We only had to wait a few minutes before we could load on in...
 no luggage yet.




  So we dropped off most of our stuff and headed to the deck to watch our departure and prepare for our drill... I was on the top deck and had heard all the hoopla about "there will be 7 short blasts on the horn, then one long" and we were then to report to our stations... well, I was asleep on the top deck when it came.  I heard the horns, but they were so distant I thought it was the boat next door that was doing it... then someone came by and said "there will be a drill..." I thought, yeah, they told me that... but what he was saying is THIS IS the drill.  ha!  I did get up with the 2nd guy came by to tell me that this was the drill.
 Me in the foreground, Butch and Sally in the background!  Angela got stuck at the front of the line and I couldn't get a good shot of her!
 Liz was one of the late arrivals at the "back" of the line of people in our group.
 top deck watching as we shove off
 Butch and Sally having a margarita for the departure.




 Our room all loaded up :)
 Dinner the first night!  We did the formal dining every night, however after the first formal breakfast we opted to do the buffet and omelette bar from that day forward.  So each night we ate dinner in the dining room and did breakfast and lunch at the buffet.
 the Centrum was beautiful all decorated up for Christmas.
There was another cruise that left as we did.. they were so pretty in the distance.  I'm sure we were just as lit up and pretty to them :)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Day 1 of vacation.

Departure and drive down






I was very surprised to see fall colors as we reached mid Florida ;)

We found our hotel without issue. It was under construction. Butch had been told a few rooms were under construction however we found the whole lobby was filled with drop cloths and construction workers. All in all they left by 6pm and weren't there until after we were leaving the next day. The thing that was really affected was parking and I almost made a COSTLY booboo. I asked if the parking lot next door was available and the guy said yes, the same person owned both hotels. So I parked in the very nice open lot as the hotel lot was full of construction workers cars and dumpsters.

The next day I went to move Sally's car over there only to read the sign that it was the restaurant next door and was marked on the entry that it was a tow zone. Oops! I promptly put Sally's car back and went and brought MINE back over to the hotel lot. Geeze! When I pulled in a construction worker told me they really will tow if are over there so I was lucky my car was still there THAT next morning too!! Yikes!!

Anyway that night we went to Walmart and to a few other places including a very BIG Dicks sporting goods store. ;) you can imagine the fun we had with Sally for that turn of phrase. ;)

After shopping we ventured out to a Korean restaurant nearby.


The name cracks me up however it was far from sorry ;)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Say a prayer for us!

We're turning the gas on Thursday in the little house. This will mean HEAT and HOT water in the house. What a change that will be from rinsing out paint brushes and rollers in COLD water the last few times we've been there. Why a prayer for us? Pray that the heater is in good working order and that everything goes smoothly with the lighting of the pilot lights for it and the water heater :)

Next up is electrical work and dry wall fixes in the kitchen.

Well, really, next up will be getting the stove delivered into the house on the third THEN getting an electrician into there to get the work done that I want done.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know that the delivery is premature as we don't have a floor yet - however, we purchased it at a VERY good price. The price was even less than I could get with Black Friday prices (like $600 off good price)... so we bought it and put it on layaway with very ambitious timelines. Ah, well. We'll put it into the laundry room for now, then get the rest worked on and finished in due time...