5:07 a.m. Considering I went to bed around 11 last night, I woke up this early (internal alarm clock) with enough sleep.
Came to the restaurant for an early bite but not much is out yet. So now I’m in a nice spot at the stern with hot chocolate as morning crawls in. Listening to twentyonepilots. 🎶🎵🎼
5:29 a.m. Pizza...for breakfast? 🤫🧐 Well, the breakfast bar doesn’t open until 7 a.m. and I’m hungry now so....yeah. 😂
5:32 a.m. Well, they’re not kidding with these pizzas. I expected a slice and it’s a whole small pizza. 😬😱🤷🏻♀️😂
5:59 a.m. Strolled the deck and started to see more and more early birds like myself.
I tried to head for the bow but ran into a blocked off area warning of harsh windy conditions...which you can really feel if you try and look over the side of ship.
P.S. I have orange juice. ❤️ Although what I really need is some water.
6:09 a.m. So the pool is reacting to the high winds. With the sky being too dark to see the details of most waves, it’s actually cool to sit poolside and watch the reaction of the water. #nerd
6:21 p.m. Back at the stern. Waiting for a sweet shot of the sunrise.
6:24 a.m. I see a triangle formation of three boat lights in the far distance. Clouds are becoming more visible.
6:56 a.m. Thank God for waterproof cases. My iPod would’ve gotten wet.
It’s started to storm and I let myself get a little wet at first, and as much as I romanticize being in the middle of a blue foggy ocean as the rain comes down..I had to move to shelter. Safety first. Watching from a window.
7:30 a.m. Rain stopped. Caught my sunrise. :)
10:14 a.m. A view I can live with.
Went back to the room earlier and napped. Then shopped. Got a tote. Entered a raffle at a jewelry place but didn’t win. Time to take in the sea!!
11:24 a.m. Took plenty of videos. Now back in the room to relax (and perhaps upload stuff to my netbook) and bonus! There’s cheesecake!
11:46 a.m. So they sent cheesecake (courtesy of Mom and Mary in my absense) BUT they sent no silverware.
I waited on hold while I called room service. When they finally answered I was told they could, but it’d take a half hour.
Yup. For silverware.
So I asked if I could just walk to the restaurant and get it myself. They allowed it. And I went.
Three floors up and across the deck. For silverware.
Add to the fact that I keep losing how to get to my room. I know the number well enough..I just keep picking the wrong hallway. 😓 Hopefully Ill get it. In the meantime...CHEESECAKE!!
P.S. Pics and vids got backed up on my netbook. Much pleased.
1:35 p.m. Cheesecake was delicious. I went and laid out a bit, enjoyed the festivities, and ate some lunch (though finding a single table not taken or cleaned off was hard) Wound up taking my food across the ship to the bar.
So exhausted. In a good way. Changed clothes. (I got plenty of vacation dresses, though not nearly enough undergarments) :( Taking a much needed break from the noise and excitement for the moment, before diving back in. Praising and Thanking the Lord!!! 🤗😂😍 This truly feels like an earthly paradise at times. Gotta smile.
P.S. Also went swimming, but it tasted like salt water. Blech! I don’t think I’ll be doing that twice. Oh, well.
2:22 p.m. Had a selfie spree. Then made it in time for an art auction (with not many buyers) and free champagne (once the waiter got around to me, lol. At least if I’m drinking, I’m drinking for free! 😂 I’d be tacky and take a picture of the glass, but I’m confident that an art auction has a ‘no photos of any kind’ rule.
3:06 p.m. Auction ended and champagne finished.
I really really admired a beauty and the best one I’d seen a previous week on Pinterest, but it never came up for sale. Even if it had, it’s not like I could afford it, lol.
Checked up on Mom, then deals like free slots (if you earn 10 points playing first 🙄) or a free inch of gold bracelet (if you buy 21 inches first at a minimum of a dollar an inch) so...not really free stuff I thought was free.
Back in the room and recuperating a bit before I move into something else.
3:18 p.m. I’m not one to rest long, am I? Off to find something to do!! 🙏
4:01 p.m. Attending a Build a Bear workshop for funzies.
4:03 p.m. Nevermind. 😂
4:49 p.m. With Mom’s help, thank God in Jesus Name, I just got THE RING OF MY DREAMS!!
In fact, I took a picture of a necklace in a similar style to it on my cruise.
It was 55 bucks. Tanzanite with sterling silver, and I’m in love. 🥰😍 P.S. Diamonds are not actually rare, just over priced, so not an issue. Ever.
That leaves me with 45 is credit to spend on board and 40 is cash. 😂😍🤗 So happy!
Dinner is at 6:30 and I have to go get fancy. 😬❤️🙏
6:02 a.m. Dressed and dolled up and had a huge selfie session to mark the occasion. We’re going out to a nice dinner after all...and this is more makeup I’ll have to scrub off later.
6:17 p.m. Waiting for the full party to arrive before going in. My feet are already killing me and once again in my life I realize I pick a shoe size one size too big. 🙄
8:03 a.m. Ate. Stuffed. Came back and got in normal clothes. Exhausting exciting day. Totally. Hanging out with Mom for the moment. :)
8:43 p.m. Backed up my iPod pics and vids to my netbook. Quite happily. :)
Washed the makeup off my face. My eyes always feel so sleepy post-makeup.
My legs have been burning itching since I wore those tights. I wondered if shaving would help. It didn’t.
Just seems maybe my legs are REALLY dry and I don’t have any lotion to help that so...it is what it is.
At least my legs may experience a better swimming...experience. I heard a theory that if you had hairy legs, then shaved and swam, your speed improves. So God only knows. 🤷🏻♀️
10:03 p.m. Saw an AMAZING 80’s cover rock show by that same eight person group (Playlist Performers) I mentioned recently...also had a strawberry daquiri to go with it.
Second row. Up close. AH-mazing!
Afterwards there was a photo op but my iPod was upstairs charging.
I rushed to get back but people kept getting on the elevator with me and it wasn’t going to my floor. So I took the stairs.
I made it to my room, but I had to go to the bathroom and rush again.
I missed photo ops but caught up with two of them who were very gracious and polite and even took TWO photos with me, at his suggestion. Lol.
For the record, I’m super self conscious about my double chin being on full display. I’ll take it though. 😂
And these people were just amazingly talented, bruh.
Just wish I could show a pic of all of them, lol.
Now in the main lobby where eighties and nineties music is playing and people are going wild! What a fun environment, huh?
10:54 p.m. Every time I end up back in one of these beds, my whole body just melts.
So! I took part in the festivities. Singing along with the crowd as loud as I wanted without anyone minding...cause they were, too.
Took lots of video. Wondering if my vids are even worth compiling into a home video. 🧐
It’s almost 11 p.m. which I consider my unofficial bedtime at this point.
I didn’t realize that before I left that long I left the sink RUNNING!!! Thankfully no flooding, but:
That. Sorry. That had to have been running for at least an hour. 😱🙏 Again, thank God it didn’t flood. I just hope we don’t get charged for that cause I left after seeing a show and then getting caught up in the lobby festivities.
What a day. Praise and thank the Lord, am I right? 😂 Words don’t describe how much this tops slogging at the computer all day. It’s like I don’t want it to end.
I’m very slightly tipsy..I just mostly feel like my happy and less suppressed in a positive sense self. I.e. An unusual ‘spring’ in my step when I went to check on Mom at the Casino.
I gotta get these videos uploaded to my netbook and I guess if I feel like sleeping, I’ll sleep. Haha.
I can’t tell if I’m really exhausted or determined to stay up and go see what’s out there tonight.
My iPod REALLY needs to charge though. That’s for sure.