When we adopted Stitch, I had several friends check in with me to verify my sanity. After my first day alone with him, I needed to check it as well. Following a day filled with continuous couch jumping, biting, and inability to simply sit still, I crated him, and sat beside him thinking, I was not … More Sit. Stay. Down. Off. No.
What does one do with five full days at sea? Eat. Yes. Eat most certainly takes first place. But once breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses*, lunch, and poolside snack have taken place, there is this eerie gap in time which food cannot fill. *You know of hobbit meal times, yes? Mojito tasting Fortunately, cruise ships offer … More Tasting Away our Days at Sea
Today’s Four For Friday is completely food and drink based–and I love it. 1. Coffee Did you know, the smell of coffee alone can wake up your brain? Neither did I…until I read this article. I’ve been trying to learn a little more about the nitty gritty of this stuff I love so much. I’ll … More Four for Friday!
For our cruise, I’d settled on not booking any excursions until we were aboard the ship. Most of the offerings seemed like things we could do on our own (i.e.: different beaches, shopping areas, etc) by way of taxi.* *And after being candidly told by the excursion desk representative while vacationing in Sint Maarten that … More Island Flavors
I was gifted the role of cruise planner for our family cruise. Which meant I micromanaged every little detail in order to ensure everything went as smoothly as it possibly could. And while it may seem like I’m exaggerating, I promise you, I am not. There were emails. There were handouts. There were meetings. Because I … More The Saran Wrap Game, Real Jersey Style
There was no question about bringing Jon* along on our family cruise. *In case you are new here, read this for reference. However, we began to learn only two days into our trip this choice, which had been natural for us, was one others have debated for years. As soon as the first hint of … More Mr. Jonathan, Celebrity Cruiser
On Christmas Eve Eve, my family and I docked in NYC from an 11-day cruise. We haven’t taken a family trip like this in…ever.* I blame Gram for the entire thing. A few years ago, while reminiscing about cruises she had taken long ago, one thing led to another and the planning began. *No, seriously, … More Our Family Cruise
I’m a planner by nature. In January 2017, I knew the year held our anniversary trip to Hawaii, a family cruise to the Caribbean*, lots of writing and even more croissant making. And all those plans suited me just fine. *More on that later. I didn’t know the year would hold my first drive into … More Happy New Year!
I didn’t see Miracle on 34th Street (the original) until I was an adult.* There’s a quote from the movie one of the Christmas stations in our area plays between songs. It is the essence of the movie and the standard from which I draw my enthusiasm for Christmas, even during the times of year … More In a Christmas Frame of Mind
Years ago, when we first started talking about our ten-year anniversary plans for Hawaii, we decided a few nights at Turtle Bay Resort in O’ahu was a necessity. Welcome Turtle Bay is on the North Shore of O’ahu, so literally the opposite side of the island from where we were our first few days in … More Our Hawaii Travels: Part Three