At Sea and Six Miles from Cuba

Trip Start Feb 18, 2012
Trip End Feb 27, 2012

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Norwegian Pearl

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Erin got up at 7:00 and went to exercise but I went back to sleep and got up at 7:45. I wrote the blog for yesterday and then got dressed.  When Erin got back at about 9:00 I went and knocked softly on Larry and Derek's door.  Larry answered the door.  He was awake but Derek was still asleep.  Larry said he would join me for breakfast shortly.  When he knocked Derek was with him too.  Erin said she would join us after she had a shower.  We went to the Garden Café for breakfast.  Today I had a Canadian poached egg.  It was a poached egg on Canadian bacon on half an English muffin.  I put Hollandaise sauce on mine.  I also had a small piece of French toast, a bran muffin and yogurt.  There is so much to choose from at the buffet.  While we were still eating Erin joined us and she had a small snack.  When we were finished Erin and I went to Salsa dance class in the Spinnaker Lounge.  We learned meringue, bachatta, and salsa.  It was fun.  At the end one of the guys who works there, took me for a partner in the salsa and we did pretty well.  Larry and Derek came in after we had finished.  Larry, Derek and Erin walked while I stayed in the cabin and read a book.  They came and got me for lunch but we watched an art auction in the Crystal Atrium for a little while.  It was interesting.  They had original canvases and prints of famous artists like Thomas Kinkaid, Marc Chagall, and Peter Max.  Some of it went for as little as $50 and as much as $15,000.

We had lunch at the Garden Café.  Everytime we go in to the buffet one of the waiters sprays our hands with hand sanitizer and very pleasantly says, "Washy, washy, happy, happy, smiley, smiley."  Sometimes in addition there is someone there playing a guitar and singing.  Today for lunch I had a salad a chicken breast and a laugen roll.  This is a German bread that tastes like a pretzel.  Yum!  For desert I had bread pudding with caramel sauce.

After lunch we sat and read on the promenade deck.  This is Deck 7 and is the one you can walk all the way around.  At 2:00 we headed for the Bliss Lounge for Trivia.  Francis asked us 20 questions on a variety of topics.  We got 11 right and won.  So we got two more spaces signed off on our game cards.  Then we went on the back of Deck 12 and read for awhile at a table in the shade.  Erin and I took off for a Tap Dance class at 3:30.  We learned a lot of the basic steps and a short routine.  It was easy and fun for us as we had both taken tap as children.  At 4:30 we went to the Maltings Lounge for a Beer Tasting.  Larry, Derek, and Erin tasted beer.  I read my book.  They tasted five beers:  Amstel Light, Pilsner, Bass Ale, a Wheat Beer and Guiness.  While the tasting was going on, the host would tell about the beers and give information on them.  In addition there was a 10 question beer trivia interspersed.  We didn’t do well on this one.  We got one right.  But it was a lot of fun.  At the end there was a tie with two groups getting 4  correct.  So they had one person from each group see who could chug a 16 oz.. beer the fastest.  It was hilarious.

When we left there we went and changed for supper.  We ate at the Summer Palace again.  It was another good meal.  For starters Derek and Erin had Corn and Cheddar Soup, I had quiche, and Larry had a Greek salad, but I ate his olives.  For entrees Larry had the Chef’s Special Perch with onion rings and rice, I had lamb shank with mashed potatoes, rosemary gravy and carrots and beans,  Derek and Erin had three cheese ravioli.  The ravioli was three small raviolis.  Derek was not full but Erin thought they were just right for her.  For dessert Derek, Erin and I had Pineapple Cream Cake and Larry had Tiramisu.  After supper we went back to the cabins and changed again for the game.

We went back to the Maltings Lounge and watched OSU vs Illinois.  Ohio State did great.  While they watched the game intently, I finished the two books I have been reading and kept up with the score periodically.  We were all ready to retire for the night when the game was over.  Erin and I blogged until we were ready to go to sleep.
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rita wienken on

Hi Linda,
It sounds as though you are all having a great time. You really deserve this. I am doing okay. I am reading a good book on Transition by William Bridges and he is right - I am definitely in the neutral zones. Everything I once knew about myself and identified me is gone. Now I am "waiting" to see what will take place.

So some days are good and some days I wander around like I don't have a thing to do and that isn't true. I am trying to finish my resume but I don't seem to have the concentration to do so.

Tomorrow it is suppose to be close to 80 so I am going to head to the ocean for the day. Perhaps that will give me the space I need just to clear my head and get "in touch" with the real me.

I had a devil of a time this week also with a number of my bills. 3 of the four places where I had accounts - Time Warner, AEP, VISA and Alltel recorded my change of address wrong!!!! I spent three hours on the phone just trying to correct the problem and get my finances back on target. By the end I felt like I really couldn't do anything right which I know isn't true but this was crazy.

Take care and thanks for the blogs I enjoy them very much.
Blessings and love,

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