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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Grape squabble

I'm back. Hello! Back again. And... now I can let my stomach churn with stress once again. Isn't that nice? There's nothing like coming home from vacation, it doesn't matter where from or however long you were gone - there is always something at home that was festering away while you were gone. In most cases it's work obligations or bills that you've been putting off. Mine happens to be christmas shopping, because I really thought I would get more shopping done while on vacation and it turns out that was not really an option when you have very little money and everything is very expensive. And that sucks because now I only have 2 weeks to shop for just about everyone on my list and I. Am. Going. To. Panic.

But the vacation was very nice and very much needed. The boat was wonderful and the people we met were very nice and if it weren't for the fact that we met most of them in the casino (uh, cause we spent an awful lot of time there) we would probably be better off. See, TheBoy discovered what fun blackjack is, and so spent a lot of money on his new hobby. I'm not innocent here, either, but an addictive personality shouldn't be playing blackjack is all I'm saying.

Anywho, here are some pictures and then I'm going back to work. I still haven't checked my work voicemail though I've been back since yesterday and therefore have no idea how many messages are waiting for me and quite frankly, really don't want to know.

Here is the cruiseline's private island. TheBoy and I did some snorkeling here which was lots of fun since we got to see fishies and stuff. I like fishies. However, it was completely overcast while we were there and the sun just came out again when we got on the little boat to bring us back to the cruise ship. Suck.

We went to the Altun Ha Mayan ruins in Belize. This was awful cool, though would have been better had it not been pouring when we got there. I didn't feel well to boot, so it was a shitty, shitty day and I wish I could have enjoyed the ruins more. Pyramids is cool, yo.

Next up - Grand Cayman where we visited the Sea Turtle Farm. Piles of turtles, everywhere. The bestest place ever. I took a skillion pictures of turtles and we even got to hold one and take pictures. If I felt comfortable putting my picture up here, you would see a very happy girl holding up a very pissed off-looking turtle. Awesome.

Here is Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica. So cool. They have groups of people that climb up the waterfall, which I would have LOVED to do had I known that that's what you do at Dunn's River Falls. I should have worn a bathing suit; I wasn't going to do it in my clothes because the thought of being soggy for the rest of the day really did not excite me. Eh, next time.

And here is a towel in the shape of an elephant. We got three of these guys over the course of the trip. Found them waiting in our room when we stumbled in late at night after throwing all of our money at the blackjack dealers. The first one was a snake-type thing, this was the second, and last was a gorilla. They really are cute and the cruise staff taught a class on board one day on how to make them. Because I guess some people want to make all of their towels at home into animals. You know. For parties. Or profit. Whatever.

That, in a very small nutshell, was my vacation. Obviously there are loads more pictures and if I didn't feel like I would totally get fired for sharing a picture of myself, I would just post a link to my online album. I might also do this if people liked looking at other people's vacation photos. Which I know they don't. So I won't bother you.

Also, thanks for the lovely birthday messages and such while I was away, that was really nice of everyone. My birthday was lovely, actually. It was one of the only days that the sun was out, so TheBoy and I spent the day laying on the sun deck of the boat and swimming in the pool. I've never done that for my November birthday, so that was pretty special. For dinner we went to the French restaurant on board and I had the server light a bit of duck on fire for me. Hotcha.

Back to work now, before the e-mails drown me and paperwork comes crashing on top of me. You know.


  • Gorgeous pictures!

    So did you win any money in the casino?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/13/2006 8:37 AM  

  • Welcome back! The idea of grinning tourists and angry sea turtles makes me laugh.

    Don't let work get you down. And if you feel better I haven't done any of my shopping either, because I'm lazy. Oh and poor.

    By Blogger Christine, at 12/13/2006 9:14 AM  

  • R - well, thank you. and, no, not exactly. we went up and down because some people don't know how to quit when they're ahead. ahem. but no. the answer is no. we lost a lot of money. stupid gambling.

    christine - ecstatic sweaty tourists with frizzy hair and a dopey look on their face with an angry, angry turtle makes a fantastic picture. hands down.
    yes, it does make me feel better that xmas snuck up on you, too. but i'm still freaking on the fact that i have NO TIME to shop online. nothing will get here in time and that means i have to go to STORES the week before christmas and I HATE THAT. GAH. (And also, i'm so, so poor. maybe i'll just make everyone a hat out of newspaper).

    By Blogger claire, at 12/13/2006 10:25 AM  

  • SO GLAD you're back!

    I think I have a solution to your Christmas shopping dilemma: How about you just buy everyone a towel and make it into the shape of an elephant? Very cute, very affordable! You could say they were special towels from Belize or something...Just a thought.

    By Blogger Cassie, at 12/13/2006 12:50 PM  

  • I like tourist pictures...</small voice>

    Turtles are awesome. There was a whole article on them in the NY Times the other day. Snorkeling with the turtles was my favourite part of our Hawaii trip. More turtles, less everything else!

    Welcome back, and good luck on the shopping. You could always just get everyone gift cards, or something...

    P.S. My word verification was "bafpot". Hee!

    By Blogger Da Nator, at 12/13/2006 1:10 PM  

  • cassie - thank you! i'm actually glad to be back, believe it or not. the towel thing might actually be a cute idea had i actually taken that class and/or paid attention to how the things were put together before ripping them apart and rubbing all over my face and/or body. but yes, would have been an easy fix for a bad situation.

    danator - do you really want to see my pictures? cause i could email the link if you like. :) Turtles ARE awesome. really, really awesome. that was definitely the high point of the trip. if i could have jumped into the turtle pond, i totally would have. More Turtles!

    By Blogger claire, at 12/13/2006 9:54 PM  

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