We went to Florida, for a couple of days to meet with our friends John and Lucy...they live on Merritt Island, and all I can say...I'm ready to retire there...
Then we went on a 4 day cruise on the Carnival Ecstacy to the Bahamas. Now, I like cruising (MJM says he does not)...but this cruise was a li'l...hmmmmm. The non dining room food was not that good. Like cheap, low grade ingredients...and while being herded through for the first day's excursion, I heard coughing from a lady in an orange terry beach coverup...and yes, by the next day MJM was sick and then by the last cruise day, I was. Its been 2 weeks today, and I'm still not 100%. BUT I still love cruising. I'll probably not cruise on Carnival again. The Princess experience was sooooooooo different. I'll stick to Princess.
The Bahamas were nice. We stopped at Nassau...interesting story about the day. Our Excursion was cancelled, but when we stepped out of the port...a gentleman named JoJo was there and offered to take us on a tour of the island, for $30 per person, in his stretch limo. Okay, sounds good....He was fine, the info he gave us was fine...but the limo was falling apart. And we breathed exhaust the whole time ... and the traffic in Nassau...and it is just so 'ghetto'. Not a comfortable experience. We called the tour off short, and then went to the main drag to shop (which we were gonna do) and that was much better. I found shopping difficult...you are supposed to barter. Luckily, my bil's gf was there and she was much better at the bartering thing. Then was the stop at Freeport (the pic is from Freeport)...much nicer environment. We went on an excursion bus driven by Leon. BUT took MJM shopping with me...he tends to spend more money, but got souvineers for the family. I don't think the Freeport shops barter as much as the Nassau.
Then, I got to spend 5 days in Texas with my mom. My sis was working on a deadline, so she was working till midnight my first 3 days there...so, I did not get to see that much of her. BUT her pup, Rylee, became my bff. Rylee really likes to be near a person...like touching someone at all times, so she truly became my companion. Mom is doing well, but let me tell you 80 year olds are not good housekeepers...I spent most of the morning cleaning...then sleeping the rest of the days (still recovering from the cold). It was funny, the last time I visited, mom told me, "I'm not going anywhere, so don't make plans"...this time, around noon, she was always dressed and ready for me 'to take her out to lunch". Because of the cold, I also got banished to the guest room (with Rylee). Overall, a great vacation getaway.
Then of course, gotta go home. Flew home on Monday. Also interesting, as I passed out on the airplane. Guess I did not eat enough...just a bowl of cereal in the morning and the cookies they give during the flight. I went to the back to go to the restroom, was told I could not wait in the aisle, sat in an open seat on the back row...and the next thing I know, people are asking 'are you okay?" An orange juice was placed in my hand...and as i drank it, I could feel the feeling come back in my body. It was the oddest sensation, like a cold sensation crawling through my body from head to toe. Well, as soon as I got off the plane, I bought a sandwich (did not want a repeat in luggage claim)....MJM picked me up, and when I got home, went straight to bed. AND I've been working ever since, even on Saturday.
Today, Sunday, is a first day off. But it isn't cuz gotta do the weekend chores. siiiiiiiigh
So, vacations are great....but coming home to work that needs to be done, not so great.
just wondering when is the next one!! ha!!!