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Day 14 – Hawaii Cruise – Christmas Eve and Home

It was cold – very cold. It was so hard to believe that just days before I was in the ocean snorkeling. Now reality had set in and we were in San Pedro – ready to take the road home. The good part? I missed LuLu so much and it was Christmas Eve. It didn’t seem like it because we hadn’t had all the Christmas hype. The ship was decorated beautifully for the holidays and during the last couple of days, there were Christmas carols playing everyplace. Home sweet home.


January 7, 2009 Posted by | Travel, Vacation | Leave a comment

Day 13 – Hawaii Cruise – Ensenada

We arrived in Ensenada, Mexico. I’d just been here in April. I wasn’t going to get off the ship, but was on a mission to get marionettes for the kids. I’d gotten one when I was there last time and there were requests to get more. I caught one of the buses headed for town and then searched each little shop until I found a few of the puppets on a string. Ensenada has really changed in the past twenty years. It’s cleaner, more organized and you rarely see a junker car go by. The kids are out selling their Chick lets, but I noticed that most of them were wearing very nice clothes – Disney sweatshirts and Nike shoes. Back to the ship after looking around a bit. Stopped by the pharmaceutico for some meds for friends who’d asked me to pick some up.

When I got back to the ship, I had to pack and put the suitcases out in the hall. This is the hard time – knowing I had to go back to the real world – sigh. This was such a wonderful vacation.

Ensenada, Mexico

Ensenada, Mexico

January 7, 2009 Posted by | Travel, Vacation | Leave a comment

Day 12- Hawaii Cruise – I’m sick

Deck Chess Game

Deck Chess Game

I woke up this morning with the cold. No longer was it me wondering if I were getting one. I, indeed, had one. But, if you’re going to catch a cold, a cruise is definitely a good place to recoup. Room service brought our coffee. Donna went up to the dining room and brought back breakfast (I can eat anytime. Colds, flu, whatever do not interfere with this fat old body). I slept all day. So did Donna. For dinner we ordered cheeseburgers from room service and then I watched a movie that night while Donna went out.

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Day 11 – Hawaii Cruise & I won money!

Lucky Cat

Lucky Cat

I woke up feeling as though I were coming down with a cold. Went to the breakfast buffet for a relaxing, delicious breakfast. I’m trying to be sure that I use the stairs every chance I get so perhaps I won’t take all this food home (in the form of a larger me).

It’s getting a little chillier as we head back to the main land. Love saying “main land”. Sounds cool to me. Not feeling fantastic so I just laid around most of the remaining morning. I wish I were major wealthy – I think thing one of my favorite things on this cruise is the over-sized balcony. It’s almost as big as our room. We’ve really spent a lot of time out there.
We headed back to the casino. After all, I had casino money I was playing on so it wasn’t hurting as much. I found another machine that just kept winning. These are 2 cent machines so there’s no huge jackpot – just lots of playing time. Finished out ahead again. What a nice feeling. There was a $1 slot machine that had a ‘spin’ thing on it. If you landed on the ‘spin’, you got to d’oh … hit on spin and win what it had. I really wanted to try it so decided that I’d spend $20 and if it didn’t hit, I’d walk away. Four dollars in, it came up with two bars and a 25 times symbol. Five hundred dollars! How cool was that? I still had $16 of my original $20 so decided to finish that – again for a chance to spin. Four more dollars and this time I hit a seven and TWO of the 25 times symbols. Not sure what the symbols were – just knew they were good. This time, the machine didn’t give me my winnings, I had to wait for an attendant to come so I could sign some forms. I was so excited. This time I won $1,250. With all my winnings, my cruise was paid for.
I couldn’t believe how my luck had changed and then remembered I’d bought a little Japanese Maneki Neko (Lucky Cat) when I was in Maui. I didn’t buy it for good luck, I just thought it was a cute piece of Japanese art that I had seen. I did notice that every shop had one sitting by their cash registers. Could it be the little critter was beckoning the slots to win?
I was on Cloud 9 and except for the nasty cold that seemed to be creeping up on me, all was well in Sandra-Land.

January 7, 2009 Posted by | Favorite Sites, Travel, Vacation | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cruisin’ to Hawaii

Day one on my newest adventure – a two week cruise to Hawaii. My former high school friend Donna and I booked this Hawaiian cruise well over a year ago. We’ve3 been so excited as we counted down the days. I’ve spent the past week trying to pack for this. If you’re someone who doesn’t go away much, this can be a frustrating task. But I found a website that describes the best way to pack and it does work. More on that later.

My brother Bill picked us up early Wednesday morning. I kissed the dog (LuLu) about two thousand times and even shed many tears that I would be leaving her. Her doggie sitter promised she’d take good care of her for me.

Stopped to have a good breakfast. Since one of the highlights of a cruise is food and eating, we wanted to be sure we were in good eating condition.

Pulling into San Pedro (California) where the ships are berthed, I was amazed at the size and beauty of the Golden Princess – our home for the next two weeks. Boarding was so organized. No lines to wait in – we boarded stress and hassle free.

The cabins on this cruise are amazing – the layout was well thought out. Must have been designed by a woman. Lots of closet space, drawers – even a bathroom you can actually turn around in. And my favorite part – the balcony. We didn’t have to go up on deck (not an easy task if you don’t know your ship yet). We watched the deck disappear.

A beautiful buffet was available right away. Of course we checked it and participated. The rest of the evening we walked around checking everything out. I played the slot machines for an hour and did okay – didn’t lose.

By 8pm, I was ready for sleep, but not ready to give in to it so was very tired.

Because the cruise is out to sea during the Christmas holiday, the entire ship is decorated for Christmas. Cruise ships are beautiful anyway, but with garland wrapped on all the rails and big trees in the atrium.

It was hard to sleep with anticipation for the next morning. pool_area

December 12, 2008 Posted by | Entertainment, Vacation | , , , , , | Leave a comment