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I’ve totally been in “cleaning” mode for a few weeks now. I’m not talking scrub-the-toilets or vaccuming clean; I’m talking about unpacking and organizing stuff. That is one of my favorite things to do around the house. Yeah, I know, I’m a nerd (but so is Brad so it works out perfectly).
The other day I packed up the four black storage containers (you know, the fancy schmancy ones that hold flour, sugar, etc on top of the counter). None of them were being used and they took up a ton of counterspace.
Also, I decided to open and unpack the little kitchen spice kit I received, I think, for our wedding. I love using spices. I’ve always been the type to just buy it and be happy. I probably still have some spices that have followed me through college .. yikes!
I thought I wouldn’t use this package as I was opening it, but it was just so darn cute! I am trying it and it is growing like weeds on my kitchen table (that’s the best place for sunlight anywhere near my kitchen). The picture above is after only 3 days!! The picture below was after 5-6 days or so. These little guys grow fast!!!

From left to right: Basil, Thyme, and Sage (I think)

Seems like these two are growing and the other one is taking its sweet time. Oh well.
Also, my next few projects are the “junk drawers” in the kitchen (I know we all have those .. unfortunately) and the garage. Remember the original garage storage? Looks like this now:
Yeah, you can’t even walk back there. And Brad wants to buy a newer, bigger boat?! Not right now, sir.
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My husband loves to fish. He isn’t to the point where it’s obsessive (and he has indicated he doesn’t want it to get to that point either). Thankfully he doesn’t have the compulsive nature of his dad who fishes every weekend the water isn’t frozen over.
He has his dad’s old boat. It’s 70’s-yellow in color and he can be the only one to drive it because you have to know how to get the motor going. It’s only 70 horsepower (I don’t have any comparison) but he is looking into getting a much more reliable boat (which isn’t saying much because even a dingy would be more reliable) and one that also is a lot newer.
No, we didn’t win the lottery last night.
No, I still have not found a job .. unfortunately.
So I’m really not sure why he wants to buy a boat .. especially right before winter when he can’t even use it. I know that is something that he wants to teach our kids to do and just for us to be able to go out on the lake with whenever we want. He has friends that fish and I have friends that have boyfriends/husbands that fish so he really enjoys having a boat. We would get good use out of it, I’m just skeptical on the price tag since I am unemployed.
I kinda-sorta feel bad that every time we have gone out fishing together, I tend to kick his ass. 😉

That little fish may not look like much to anyone, but it’s the only fish anyone caught all day. In my eyes, that makes me the winner for that morning. Haha.
Oh and that is the first fish I caught that I actually touched. I finally got over my fear of flopping fish and biting and scales cutting my hands! WOOHOO!
This fish was only about 9-inches so it wasn’t a “keeper” but I have caught keepers before. A fish is a fish is a fish, to me anyways.
Welcome to San Juan, Puerto Rico. In my opinion, this was the worst stop and the most boring. I would never come back here unless I was actually doing some kind of prepaid tour (ah hem.. Bacardi Factory Tour). This was another place we decided to not do a tour and boy do we regret it!!
Although beautiful, it was still boring. We roamed the streets looking for places to shop…

Of course we found the Golden Arches, but Brad didn’t want to eat there. I mean, how many people can really say that they’ve eaten McDonald’s in Puerto Rico?

The streets were very narrow, but very pretty.

We did find a tattoo place (I was looking for new plugs since my ears are gauged). Of course they had one pair, metal, ugly, that were one size too big. FIGURES! I guess it’s only in America where the gauging is popular.

We did find some other beautiful government buildings. I can’t remember what these are.

And of course we had to see what the “Penny Vendors” were offering. I did find a pretty, bright-red necklace but I couldn’t think of anything I would wear it with. Oh well.

Oh how this monument reminds me of home (the circle downtown).

This was a really cool looking tree! It looked like the roots were out of the ground.

One more picture before getting back on board .. at NOON. Like I said, it was pretty boring and the shops really sucked.

So we went back on board and went to play in the cornhole tournament and WON!!!! YAYY!! Of course I can never play as good as I did on board .. at home. Why? I have no idea. I think the rocking of the boat helped. ;p

Bye, bye PR! You won’t be missed!

And then at dinner, our waiter danced with a plate on top of his head. It was quite entertaining.

We dressed up in old fashioned clothes with our tablemates.

We went to the disco to join our fellow “White Team” members to learn about a ship-wide contest.

This was our team sign .. W .. for White Team. LOL “When I say White, you say Team…. WHITE”
“TEAM”
“WHITE”
“TEAM”
Yes, that was our team chant. I think the Blue Team had the best chant: “BLUE, there it is!” (just like the woop, there it is song)

And the guys did Karaoke. As you can see we had to dress in white (we obviously didn’t get the memo) but the rest of our team decided to wear our bathrobes from our staterooms. It was very entertaining.

Only two more whole days on the ship and we’re home. =)
NOTE:  IF YOU ARE THE LEAST BIT SQUEAMISH, PLEASE DO NOT CONTINUE WITH THIS POST. SKIP OVER IT. THIS IS YOUR ONLY WARNING!
You’ll figure out what that warning is for later. In the mean time, I would like to introduce you to days 3 and 4 of our magical (okay, not really magical, but definitely fun) cruise.
Day 3: A day at sea
Since we didn’t stop anywhere what else is there to do but lay out and burn my little pasty-white-Irish-ass off!? Haha. My husband is so tan (except he has horrible tan lines) and it’s from playing so much baseball.

The view from our spot while laying out. We also played Super Trivia, Day One today and won the first (of three) days!! Our team was Ocean’s Eleven.

And this is what Brad’s toe looked like a day after the conch incident. Gross eh!? He really should’ve gotten stitches but he powered through it.
On Day 4 we visited St. Thomas, USVI.
We went on a tour here and visited the famous 99 Steps!

We got a grand tour of the house located next to the 99 Steps and found out that the children are raised by nannies until they are 13 years old. They don’t even meet their parents or get to eat or live with them until that age. CRAZY!

This was the main (adult) house view of the water. JUST GORGEOUS! I could definitely wake up to that every day!

Here is some of the Amber that was located in the really neat Amber Museum. I bought a little Amber pendant necklace that was butterscotch colored (far left) and is about 90 million years old .. or so they told me anyways.

A chess set made from Amber.

Of course I found the cool cat roaming around. I miss having a cat around but I think Cato might eat it. Who knows.

Then we posed in front of a pirate woman. Her father wouldn’t let her be a pirate so she pulled up her hair and hid her “goods” and became a pirate. They all loved her (him?) so much that when they found out she wasn’t a man, they didn’t make her walk the plank like they normally would have.

And finally the beautiful Amber Waterfall!!! Totally manmade, but absolutely amazing!
Rub the Amber, make a wish!

I bet he is wishing for a baby boy. LOL

Carib .. tastes like Carona but better.

Bye bye St. Thomas!! We loved you!!!

On our way out of port people were feeding these seagulls. They were very bold and crazy! This guy was the guy from our dinner table, Dave!
And we had a formal night again. Brad and I got in a little tissy fight but we made up quickly. He knows how to say, “I’m sorry” really quick. HAHA just kidding .. kinda.
When we finally left port we decided to go up top and wave Miami goodbye.
But not without a drink in our hands (mine were all non-alcoholic). I’m not much of a drinker. 😉
I think everybody on the ship wanted to be up top at this point since it was fun, there was music and great photo ops.
Bye, for now, South Beach! PS – Isn’t SB amazingly beautiful!!??
The gorgeous first sunset.
My fav .. CREME BRULEE!!!! They only had it one night. I knew I should’ve asked for seconds. Haha.
First towel animal .. seal? I sure hope so (Yes, I have a pervy mind, get over it).
Later that night they were showing Sherlock Holmes as the midnight movie on the big screen. I watched about 3/4 of it and was trying to not fall asleep the entire time. Not sure if it was the movie or the boat rocking me to sleep.
Next morning we got up early for breakfast and to explore the ship.
We didn’t arrive at the Bahamas until 11am so when we finally got there, it was already mid-day.
Some of the neat landscaping on the way into the channel where we had to dock our tender boat. A tender boat, for those non-cruisers, is a teeny tiny boat that holds maybe 80 people and brings you from the ship to the shore. This happens when the shore is too shallow or there isn’t a huge dock for the cruise ship to tie up to.
Our first and last picture at Half Moon Cay!! =(
Brad cut his foot on a conch (pronounced conk) shell in the water and we had to go to the nurses station on shore. They told us he might have to get stitches but that we needed to get back on the ship asap to visit the doc there. Luckily no stitches but he did bust it back open a few times and it’s so deep it takes a while (and a lot of blood) to stop bleeding.
This one is for you, KJ. I know how much you love when someone mis-spells something. I about died when I saw “shrimps” on the menu. Shrimp – singular and plural.
Then since there wasn’t anything left to do after visiting the infirmary (Brad was banned from all water .. even shower water .. on that toe for another 3 days) we decided it was eating time.
Then we needed some R&R on our balcony. If you cruise, I highly suggest a balcony room. Just don’t get it on the floor directly above the teen disco. It made for some unhappy, sleepless nights.
Our amazing tablemates, Amber and Dave!
I thought this was a stingray but we got that the next night. Any guesses on what animal this is?
And finally to end the second night we went to learn the Thriller Dance and it was AWESOME!!
The next two days were: A Day at Sea & St. Thomas, USVI.
I’m usually not one to post long posts unless there is BIG news. This one takes the cake (literally, but you’ll find out in the last post about that). So here is our journey from Indianapolis to Miami and onto our home for this past week aboard the Carnival Liberty. It was my 4th Carnival (and 5th overall) cruise and my hubbys 3rd with them. It will most certainly be our last cruise with them and you’ll find out why in another post. =)
This was on our first plane when we were excited still (you know, before we spent the entire day travelling).
Here is a beautiful view of Miami right before we landed. We connected in Detroit so this was like 6-7 hours later.
A picture of us on the bus to take us to the port where our ship was docked at.
We aren’t sure what exactly this $136.50 fine is for (maybe running over people .. which it should be more for that), but I thought it was funny it was such a specific amount of money. LOL
Our first sign of Miami from the ground (we were in the front row so I got some good pics on the way).
First sign of the boat!
Good news. No work tomorrow. That’s good news for Brad but I wish I had a job to come home to. SOMEBODY PLEASE HIRE ME! HMPH.
And finally up to our room on board the ship.

Bon voyage for a week!! The hubs and I will be incommunicado until September 11th, the day before our one year anniversary!!! I’ll be sure to take lots of pics. 🙂