Happy Birthday to ME!!!

Trip Start Aug 26, 2006
Trip End Dec 08, 2006

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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Hi everyone, thank you so much for the birthday wishes, it's been fabulous, thus far. We gained an extra hour of sleep this past night, and are supposed to again tonight!!! Hooray! I'm loving this sleep thing. I received a birthday card from our campus dean and my RD (resident Director), Nam, as well as a poster hanging on my door. One of the girls on the ship was discussing that she had been proposed to before her 20th, and not wanting me to feel left out, another one of our friends proposed (only on the basis that I would decline). Haha. Good times.
Last night we watched a documentary on race which was absolutely fascinating!!! Once I find out the title (it was a mini series, however, we only saw video 1) I will post it (Side note for Craig at the McNair program: You will have to check this out - it was so wonderful, and the whole time I was thinking how interesting you would find it!)
The times for serving breakfast were changed, but I still wrangled getting the last two hard-boiled eggs and some dry cap'n crunch (I promise I eat better than this! Lunch was pasta, lentil soup, fresh peaches, and some carnivorous delight.
The final overnight trip sales will start right after Hawaii, and I cannot wait. Some people are going to go skydiving in Hawaii, but I thought I'd leave something to do for my next visit there. Instead, I'm planning on visiting the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial and spending some time with the Ishimura's (Dad's former Army boss and his wife/my namesake) :)
Started my other classes today - Bioethics and Intro to World Music. Both are really interesting, however, the classroom setup leaves something to be desired. I always seem to end up sitting by the people who lean or kick or something of the sort. Nonetheless, very large discussion based work, which I love. Trying to get into one more class on the ship is proving difficult - the one's I'd like to take are either all full or conflict with my other classes... I'm going to go look again before dinner (which I plan on eating al fresco as the sky's a gorgeous blue and not overcast, at last!)
The Internet's sluggish and it takes me at least 5-10 min to download my emails (but keep them coming - I love hearing from all of you!) however, pictures may be delayed for a little while... sorry!
The water's pretty choppy today so we've slowed down to half of our normal speed... Interesting fact: The mv Explorer is the smallest and fastest cruise liner - which can get up to 30 something knots. We normally go at about 19 and are at about 10 today.
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