Monday, January 09, 2006

A Much Needed Vacation... From Vacation

I finally get the vacation from all the vacations that I need. I leave at 7am on Wednesday with Carnival Cruise's 'Legend' for the ocean blue. I can't wait. I packed last night, and I hope I have everything. I had a near heart attack when I almost forgot my bathing suit. That would've been my luck. Since I had 3 days to think about it, while frantically trying to get everything done before I leave, I realized my mistake, and corrected it.

Packing is a very time consuming and stressful activity for the obsessive compulsive. Although, I think with 5 hours of neatly folding and contemplating weight issues, I have successfully packed a
suitcase. I chose an expandable suitcase for the anticipated messy packaging on the way home. It's hard to know what will fall to the bottom of your suitcase. You don't want your heavy things, like shoes and bottles, to fall and plough through your lighter and neatly folded (and categorized) shirts. It will probably be rummaged through at the airport, it always is, but hopefully they will be kind enough to leave it as they found it.

We had our cruise-planning
meeting on Friday night with all the ladies. It's going to be a great group dynamic. Everyone's a little sassy with a good sense of humor. Let the good times roll, along with copious amounts of rum! We decided what we wanted to do at each port, and surprisingly we agreed on almost everything.

We're going to
snorkel at our first port in St. Martaan. I'm scared to death that I'm going to drown by inhaling water through the little tube they expect you to breath out of, but that's not going to stop me. Our second port is Barbados, and I'm going on a tour of a rum distillery, a mahogany carving shop, and a plantation. This little excursion has it all, I'm very excited... for the rum. Then our last port is Martinique, where we will go on a party cruise to cap off our week. There's going to be "live calypso music, dancing, and bottomless rum". What could be better?!

I'm getting really excited to head off to distant islands to relax in the sun. I'll be thinking of all you vitamin D deficient people with sadness while I'm soaking up the rays, but I don't I'll lose sleep over it. Ciao! I'll be back in a couple of weeks!


Rob said...

Have fun! Snorkeling is a blast! I'll miss you Twin!

Rachel Irene said...

You'll miss me more when I'm dead after a tragic snorkeling accident. I'm too young to die!

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Chad The Elder said...

If you've never snorkeled before, I'd advise you to make sure it's a relatively calm sea before you take the plunge. Wind and waves can mean a lot of water in the ol' gullet. But don't worry too much. After all, it's a cruise. Nothing ever happens to people on cruises, right? Have a great vacation.

JB said...

If you see Harry "Day-O" Belafonte down there, tell him JB says "Rot in hell you old coot!"

Otherwise have fun.

Rachel Irene said...

Thanks to all, for the happy travel wishes. I'll be thinking of you on the Lido Deck!

Chad - Sure nothing happens on cruises... except for the murders, piracy, and sex trafficking that Brian keeps warning me about...

I hope to make it back in one piece with less than a gallon of sea water in each lung!

Cathy said...

I'm glad you remembered your swimsuit! that would have been horrible, although i have 3 so maybe one of them would have worked for you! :) probably not though, since i'm so big in the rear!

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