Saturday, May 18, 2013

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.” Frank Herbert

There have been so many who have come and gone… yet I’ve held on to this baby since 2005?! I’m not sure why exactly. A lot of people have made the “commitment” to start a blog and all too soon, their posts become less and less until, well, it’s been 2 years since they’ve last updated anything. I can’t remember why I started mine back in the day. I think it probably had something to do with the fact that I love to write, and sometimes I think I’m funny, and that my friends are very funny and we do weird things. Some people love to read it and gander at the pictures I’ve posted, and then sometimes I wonder who actually is reading it and looking at the pictures. I don’t write like I used to but have used it mainly to post pictures of various events and what have yous. I’ve been through the peaks and valleys of blogs being brand new, to un-cool, to trendy, to money making machines and I’ve kept at it. When 2013 rolled around, I started thinking. Social media has taken a hold of so many people, and I think it’s a good thing to embrace as we move forward into the virtual world, but I also think that there comes a point when privacy and things that you love should be kept close to you. I fully support anyone who wants to write about their life (unless that only consists of constantly posting pictures of just yourself, complaining about your constant migraines or your singleness status, or writing hate-filled things. You have a right to share your opinion, I get that, and I have a right to not read it. Ain’t nobody got time for that! J) I turn 30 today. This blog has pretty much captured most of my 20s… at least a lot of the good parts anyways. So I think it’s time to leave it behind and move on. Something I’ve learned as this social world evolves is that I really value quality time away from the internet/TV/social media/smart phones/etc. Nothing drives me more crazy than when you’re in a car with someone and they’re driving with their phone on their lap. Or you’re at dinner and their phone is on the table. You may be thinking… what does that have to do with a blog? You’re right, I don’t think it actually does have anything to do with this blog (but I figured I might as well complain about something since I said not to before I sign off. Ha) But in terms of quality time, it is something I value. I want to take the time to really get to know people, not just through blogs or Twitter or Instagram and I want the same in return. I want someone to actually tell me they had a great day and not just tag me in a post about it on Facebook. I turn 30 today and this is my blog’s swan song, my last hurrah, the curtain call. As L. Frank Baum once said in The Marvelous Land of Oz, “Everything has to come to an end, sometime.” It has been fun and I can’t wait to re-read some of these posts in the future (filled with eye-rolls and laughs). Thank you for your comments and continuing to read, or stalk, whatever since 2005. Even though the blog won’t be here, Jill the Thrill would be and I’d love to chat with you. I could think of no better way to end this than with words from my favorite movie of all time. There’s a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall and the bells of the steeple too. And up in the nursery an absurd little bird is popping out to say “cuckoo”. Regretfully they tell us, but firmly they compel us, to say goodbye, to you. So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night, I hate to go and leave this pretty sight ….. I flit, I float, I fleetly flee, I fly. The sun has gone to bed and so must I. Goodbye.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Our final day at Sea

Our final day at sea was spent at the pool, where else!? Before we knew it, we'd be back to snow and cold temperatures so we wanted to soak up every ounce of sun we could. The Royal Caribbean had 3 different pools to choose from and SO many lounge chairs but everyone was taking advantage of the last day on the boat. In the afternoon, we watched the FloRider Finals. Some people are amazing at that thing. I can't remember what night was 70's night but that was really fun too. The Village People made an appearance and mom even danced with the Native American.. who wasn't wearing much clothing. One of our friends we made on the boat took a picture so hopefully we can get a copy. Hilarious. Kris enjoyed a cupcake from the cupcake shop before retiring to our room for some wine to end the night. We sat on our balcony and bid farewell to the sea. It was a fantastic trip and we all had such a great time. We got to see so many different places and experience some really amazing things. I can't wait for the next trip.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cozumel, Mexico

Our last stop on our cruise was Cozumel, Mexico. We decided to visit San Gervasio where we toured some Mayan Ruins. It was a super hot day so I would have preferred to spend the day in the water but I also learned a lot and was glad we toured the grounds. After our tour, we stopped at a beach club to catch some rays, drink some fruity island drinks, and relax. It was a welcome stop because Mexico was hot hot hot. Back in town we stopped at Senor Frogs. People were nuts, like, crazy nuts because it was our last shore stop and they knew they were just getting back on the boat. So you can just imagine what was going on. It was hilarious to watch. We had a great day in Mexico.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Grand Cayman and Stingrays!

Terrifying! I was terrified. Our next stop was in Grand Cayman which was absolutely gorgeous. I kept joking with my mom about going to get money out of our "offshore accounts" that we had in Grand Cayman. There are banks everywhere. I was excited for this day because I love to snorkel and the water in Grand Cayman is crystal clear. We chartered a boat and decided to swim and snorkel with the stingrays. I knew I would be nervous, which I was, and also scared. They are giant, floating things in the water that I KNOW were chasing me! People tried to tell me to just imagine them as cats. I HATE CATS! Regardless of my anxiety, I held one and even kissed it. It was slimy and gross and tried to eat my face but... a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. Ha. We made a couple additional stops to snorkel and those pesky stingrays kept following me around. Let me snorkel in peace. All I could think about was The Crocodile Hunter, may he rest in peace. I love to snorkel but I prefer fish over stingray. It was a crazy experience and one I will never forget (and probably never do again). Back on the boat, we had a late lunch at Johnny Rockets. YUM! The waiters even came out and did a little dance for us which was hilarious. Before dinner we went to the Once Upon A Time show which was by far my favorite. The performers took fairytales and put modern music to it. Naturally, my favorite one was when Pinocchio came out and did N'Sync's No Strings Attached! It was also another formal night on the ship so it was fun to see everyone's fancy dresses. We took a picture with Antonio, the best waiter on the ship, before calling it a night in the casinos!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Falmouth, Jamaica

The next morning we arrived in Jamaica around 10 am and watched the ship maneuver its way into port. It is impressive. Our excursion for the morning was climbing the famous Dunns River Falls. We didn't really know what to expect but were excited because it was a beautiful day and we were ready for an adventure. We walked to the base of the falls, looked up, and my mom's eyes were really big! It was going to take us about 2 hours to climb this thing but thankfully, we had a really awesome guide who made the entire trip up the falls really fun. It was definitely one of my favorite things we did the entire trip. After the falls, we made stops at a pottery shop where we watched them make pottery from various stages. Then we headed up a mountain to find this vintage spice man on the side of the road... It was probably really sketchy but the sugar cane was delicious. :) Back on the boat we went to the ABBA show before dinner. Mom and Kris loved it, me, eh. Then we had a delicious dinner with some amazing desserts. During dinner, the waiters marched around and sang for everyone and we all whipped our napkins in the air. Very fun! We closed down the night with the piano bar and some mud slides.