“Come aboard. We’re expecting you.”
Posted on April 21st, 2014 @ 8:33 pm

Beach waters
Beach waters by peachy92

I’ve been out the loop on this blog most of this month for the following reasons:

  1. Work as at the peak of busy season.  We must make our client happy.
  2. Schooling has been kicking my butt. I still have a project I’ve yet to start except copy the outline to my computer.
  3. Vacation! I took a cruise to the Bahamas with my sister.  More on that later.
  4. Enjoying my Kindle.  I finally finished my first book on it.

However, the topic of this post is my trip to the Bahamas. Except for the time I was in Canada for about 2 or 3 hours after my mother died, I had never left the US.  I wanted to have a vacation and have a decent vacation. I wanted to do something I have never done before.  A cruise sounded like a good idea.  I took my sister, Beth, along, so I wouldn’t be alone.

We took the Carnival Fascination out of Jacksonville to Freeport and Nassau. Freeport was our first stop.  While in Freeport, we toured West Grand Bahama, looking at the Pinders Point lighthouse, taking a peak at the Boiling Hole, going into the Josey Cave, and then spending the rest of out afternoon at Paradise Cove.

At Paradise Cove, we went snorkeling.  I only got half way before I had to turn back. I can swim, but I can’t snorkel.  While I was ahead of the pack swimming, I kept breathing through my nose.  My swimming instincts is to turn my head and take a breath. After taking in too much salt water, I was out. I would have been better off with just goggles instead of a mask.

Yet, the true adventure was going back to shore.  I told Beth I didn’t think I could go all the way.  So, she asked me to go as far as I could.  And when I had enough, I called for the lift back.  I was to get on a jet ski, but I couldn’t lift myself up.  I lack the upper body strength needed to get myself up.  I ended up having to ride back holding onto a kayak tied to the back of the jet ski.

I thought I was going to die.  Not really die, but it was definitely an experience to remember. I took in even more salt water. I was holding onto the kayak for dear life! Our mates from Sacramento on the excursion did encourage me. Considering I wasn’t expecting to do well at all snorkeling, I did get to see some of the reef.

Other than my attempt at snorkeling, West Grand Bahama was cool.  I wish we could have stayed longer than the 8 hours or so allotted to us.

We were in Nassau the next morning. For Nassau, we went to the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre.  Beth loved it. We fed the lorikeets and saw the marching flamingo show.  After our tour there was over, we spent money we didn’t need to spend on getting her hair braided.  She really wanted some and ended up getting it all done.  She had buyer’s remorse, but I told her she won’t get her hair done that way everyday.  Enjoy the cultural experience. As she got her hair done, I walked around going to the ATM, doing a little shopping, and taking some photos.

My one regret on Nassau is time as well.  There was a lot I would have liked to have seen and visited. We didn’t go too far from our excursion or the block around Festival Place at the cruise terminal.

Speaking of photos: the Bahamas Cruise 2014 photo set.

As for the boat itself, it wasn’t too bad. Some people complained about Carnival, but the staff was quite friendly. Our attendant was wonderful. The food was pleasant.  Now, if I can find the recipe for the Thai BBQ at the Mongolian Wok.

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“And if somebody loves you / Won’t they always love you”
Posted on April 6th, 2014 @ 6:21 pm

Yesterday, I was feeling like there is no such thing as love.

After being disappointed with the How I Met Your Mother finale, I was just feeling down.  Friday night, it was a sucker punch to the belief in love: Richard Marx and Cynthia Rhodes Divorcing After 25 Years of Marriage.

In terms of the Marx-Rhodes marriage,  part of me is not surprised, but it still hurts in a way.  I grew up listening to his music. He’s a king of love songs.  They seemed like an ideal couple.  Through it all, they were an example of love ever after. It’s not my place to speculate as to what caused the split.  They are both adults.  All I can hope is the best for them both.

Yet, when these things give you hope in one day you’ll find that someone, when you see these things in the same week, it hurts.

While I. here, here’s Unconscious Mutterings:

  1. Rabbit :: Bunny
  2. Judged :: Lest you be judged
  3. Produce :: Section
  4. Bank :: Statement
  5. Standard :: Transmission
  6. Mister :: Mister
  7. Tissue :: Paper
  8. Summon :: Jury
  9. Selfishly :: Jerk
  10. Chatting :: It up.

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