Nothing is better than just out of the oven chocolate chip cookies. I bought cookie dough from one of my students for a fundraiser. Boy, are they delicious cookies. I can’t keep my hands out of the cookie jar. Ok, the cookies haven’t reached the cookie jar yet.
Our Cruise March 30, 2008
As you know, my husband and I went on a cruise for Spring Break. I have been lazy and I think I am out of my non writing funk. So if you were wondering if I was going to share or not, need not worry or wonder any more!
My mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and husband embarked on our cruise March 17 from Miami. Before embarking, we had to actually get to the airport, which was quiet funny. My sister-in-law Christy’s husband drove us in her black Prius. We’ll our luggage didn’t fit, so Tony had to hold his 50 pound suit case on his lap. Luckily, it was only a short trip to the airport. The flight was smooth and we got to Miami right on time. Carnival had signs up waiting for us to go with them. We loaded onto a bus, which drove us to the port. Once at the port, we went through security again, checked in, and received our sail and sign cards. These cards have your credit card information and room key on it. You didn’t need cash on the ship, just the card. What a convenience! If you ordered a drink, they automatically added 15% gratuity! It was nice not to have to carry any money.
We arrived to our stateroom M44. It was a nice sized room with a bathroom and a window. We immediately went to look around the ship because our luggage wasn’t at our door yet. The ship’s decor was somewhat elaborate. Metallic purple and copper colors decorated the walls and carpet. There were many levels to the Fascination ship. We had to find a map to figure out where we were going. After perusing the ship, an announcement came on the intercom declaring we must gather our life jackets and meet at our muster station. Here is where we learned the safety procedures. They packet us in the Palace theater like sardines. Once finished with the procedures, we went back to our stateroom to unload our suitcases and make our room cozy.
Our nightly dinner was scheduled for 8:15 in the Imagination Dining room. Each night we ate with the same family and had the same wait staff. Dinner was great each night! The presentation of food was so neat and the portions were the perfect size for each meal. Tuesday night was when we met the Captain and his crew. They had a cocktail party for us with appetizersand drinks. Quite nice. Dinner was afterwards. We had lobster tail and shrimp along with appetizers and dessert. I really enjoyed the dinners in the Imagination Dining Room.
Tuesday we visited Key West, FL. There we went on a tour of the town on a trolley. This was great because we got to see all 5 miles of the island. What a beautiful place! We’ll have to go again. After our trolley ride, we went on a Pub Crawl. Our guide’s name was Brian. He took us to 5 bars in Key West out of 30! The first stop was called the Tree Bar. There we got a really good specialty drink, but I can’t remember what it was called. Brian was fun and very informative about the bars. We continued on the crawl and stopped each time for 20 minutes and had their specialty drinks. Another bar we went to was called Red Fish Blue Fish. Their specialty was of course the blue fish. It was neat going on the crawl!
Wednesday we ported in Cozumel, Mexico around one o’clock. Getting off the ship wasn’t as easy as it was in Key West. We had to tender to land. Tendering is where you load about 350 people onto a smaller boat that sails over to the dock. Then you unload there. The ship doesn’t actually port at a dock. This was somewhat time consuming because we had to wait for so long. Once we got to the dock, we had to find our excursion tour. However, we couldn’t find our sign and got somewhat panicky. After 5 minutes of wandering, we found the sign. It was right when we got off the boat. The guide took us to a bus that took us to the Playa Mia Beach place, which was about 30 minutes away. Cozumel’s beach was rocky and shelly. It wasn’t pleasant to walk on, but the beach area was nice. We had an open bar and buffet to use to our liking. There was also a pool that is where I stayed most of the time unless laying out at the beach. We spent a good 4 hours there.
Thursday was a day at sea. This was nice because I got to relax and lay out on the deck. There was a pool a few yards away and the waiters came around every 5 minutes if you wanted a drink. I did get sunburned. The sun was intense because of the water reflecting off the sun.
My most favorite part of the cruise was the show on Tuesday night. It was an 80′s show. There were dancers and singers that sang all of my favorite 80′s songs. I sang along and enjoyed every moment of it! The entertainment was great, but by-far Tuesday’s night was my all time fave!
All in all, I had a blast and can’t wait to go on another cruise! Going home was a bummer because we waited in lines to get off the ship, waited for hours at the airport, and had to drive home. But that is minuet to how much fun I had!
PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT MY FLICKR PHOTOS OF OUR TRIP!
On my way home today it rained at least an hour. On my way to Nashville yesterday it poured for over an hour. It’s still raining. I am tired of the rain. I know we need it in order to survive, but I don’t like driving in it or even being in it.
Last night I went to see the Broadway play RENT at TPAC (Tennessee Performing Arts Center). My friends and I were having a Broadway reunion since we didn’t get to see any Broadway plays while we were in New York due to the writer’s strike. So, I drove to my friend’s house in Lebanon, TN to meet the rest of the crew. Once we were together, we drove into Nashville, TN to eat dinner at Demo’s Steak and Spaghetti House. The wait was an hour which was well worth it. I had soup and salad with homemade Italian dressing. Yum! After dinner, we had to walk 5-6 blocks to TPAC. Ok, we mall walked almost sprinted to TPAC because we had 15 minutes to get to the show before it started. We arrived just in time. We crawled over the already seated people to our seats. They were pretty good seats except I had to sit behind a lady with a rather large build. So I leaned a lot in the performance to see.
The play it’s self was an eye opener. I went in blind not knowing what the show was about. The music was good (I only knew one song) as well as the acting. At the end of the show, we went to the stage door where the actors and actresses leave to get autographs and pictures. One of our friends is considered a RENT Head because she sees it when ever and where ever possible. I think she’s seen the play at least 5 times and will be going to New York to see it this summer.
I am glad that I went to see it. I really enjoyed spending time with my friends that I don’t get to see all of the time.
Slice of Life: Spoiled March 28, 2008
This whole week I have had to go back in time technology wise. For the past 1 1/2 years my classroom has been equipped with an LCD projector and an electronic white board. Well, Tuesday the bulb blew and I am having to teach using an overhead projector. I have noticed that with the overhead I am not as organized as I am with the LCD. The overhead is bulky and in the way or not in place when I need it. I have to erase manually instead of electronically. I guess I am spoiled when it comes to technology and I am fortunate to have it, too! I can’t wait until the bulb comes in and the maintenance man replaces it.
Slice of Life: Me March 27, 2008
I am finally doing something for myself because I want to. No more excuses! Today will be the 3rd day that I have consistently gone to the gym. Something about the weather being nice has made me want to make a difference with myself and my weight gain. Since I have been married, I have put on some pounds. It wasn’t until our cruise when I noticed that the weight gain was noticeable in my face. The whole time on the cruise I told myself when I got home I would do something about it and I have. I am so proud of myself for taking the initiative. Working out is tough, but well worth it!
Slice of Life: Power March 26, 2008
Today I have felt very powerful. I am not talking about dicatating either. It’s the power of being a part of something. I attended the first Relay for Life meeting for our team, which is a part of the Jackson Madison County Relay for Life, and I am pumped. I helped out last year and enjoyed working with people from my church and school, so I plan on helping out again this year. The only thing that is different this year is that we have a new team captain because the old one has other obligations. I felt the meeting went well tonight and I look forward to our meeting next Wednesday night. We only have 44 days until the event! The event happens May 9-10th! I can’t wait!
Slice of Life: Back in Action March 25, 2008
Well, I started today off very slowly. It was hard to crawl out of bed after being able to sleep in each day. Today was the first full day back from Spring Break. The time inched by slowly and 3 o’clock came and went. I actually left school and went to the gym. Used the elliptical machine–1 mile in less than 15 minutes. So proud of myself because I haven’t been on one of those since before Christmas. I was tired but I continued. I sure do feel better after working out. I came home and fixed me a nutritious dinner and didn’t have seconds! Yeah! I just hope I keep this up.
Stargirl March 24, 2008
Over my break I read Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli and what a wonderful book it is! Stargirl is about a girl, who calls herself Stargirl, because that’s what she’s feeling at the time. Students at her school think she’s an alien and that she is totally weird except for Leo. Leo is intrigued by Stargirl and gets a chance to know her. Stargirl is an optimistic and always looks to cheer up someone around her. He learns valuable lessons about how people should treat each other and that Stargirl could care less what others think about her.
I can’t wait to use this book in my classroom. I have purchased 6 copies so that I can have Literature circles with it.
Today is my last day of Spring Break so I wanted to end it right by taking a nap. I love naps, but my husband thinks I could be doing something more worth my time. I think I am spending my time worthwhile by rejuvenating my body for the long week of questions, lesson plans, headaches, papers to grade and so on. So I nestle into our large brown leather recliner to be rudely awakened by two ferocious dogs barking at a cat out the window. Just when I think the cost is clear to get some shut eye, Tony pops up to let me know he’s leaving to go ref for soccer. Of course he can’t leave quietly he sounds like a heard of elephants stampeding in Africa before he leaves. Ah, quiet finally. I get that desperate nap in and wake up somewhat refreshed.