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Cruising Along Day 2

Day 2 on the ship, it’s the first full day and it’s a day at sea! Yesterday we did the poolside bbq and welcome party, then wandered and checked out the ship, enjoyed he Variety Show in the theatre which gave us a little taste of some of the onboard entertainment, and while making our way back to the cae for ice cream, we were advised by a nice lady in the elevator that they have a crepe station, which is very good, so off we went for ice cream and crepes, then back to our room to unpack….met our steward, lovely man, who also offered some great advice, “You’re here for 14 days, please my friends, pace yourselves”….then rocked to sleep by the movement of the ship….This morning, 3 out of 4 of us got up a little early, (you can likely guess who the 4th is that didn’t do the earliness) anyway, we got up early went to the walking track and did a few laps, awesome, now enjoying my morning coffee on the balcony,  the plan for today is, wander about some more,  listen for more accents, and  relax….It.s Monday, always remember and never forget: The only trip you will regret is the one you didn’t take.

We spent the day with more wandering and checking out the ship, an afternoon nap, sitting at a sushi bar for supper watching the chef slice with such precision, and seeing the look of horror on his face when we were all done, that one of us, yes, and it wasn’t one in our cabin, but one us in the other cabin, doesn’t like sushi and didn’t have any, but was patiently waiting and drinking, for us three to finish so she could go to the buffet….Mr Sushi was a tad mortififed, asked her a series of questions, told her he was making her his mission and sliced up some salmon and tuna, left the area, came back with cooked fish, gave us our own private lesson on cooking rice, rolling sushi, and voila, Sushi was enjoyed by ALL, true story, Melissa and Christopher, your mama ate sushi…oh, ya, and we promised Mr Sushi Chef that we would go to his Making Sushi Class this morning….then it was off to the Spinnaker Lounge for an evening of dancing and watching, there is nothing better than watching couples who know how to dance, dance…the salsa, chacha, and even just a lovely walltz, an older crowd here means some of these couples have danced together forover, and it shows….and the Drink of the Day: Rebellious Fish, smashing!!….

Sail Away!

We’ve had two full days in Miami. We were able to do our favorite Hop-On Hop-Off Bus tour of the city, do an amazing everglade airboat tour, experience some Cuban cuisine, South Beach is a great place to people watch, we just got a small taste of all that Miami has to offer. We loved it and are not checking it off our list just yet, another visit will be in our future.

This morning, enjoying my coffee from the 39th floor penthouse balcony that we’ve called home for the past 2 days, watching the pleasure boats leave the marina, and looking over at the 5 cruise ships docked, and wondering which one is ours. this trip has been a dream of our for a long time and to be able to experience it with 2 very dear friends, who share our passion for adventure iand quirkiness s such a blessing.

Uncle Matt is all packed, not that he needs to pack much, but black tie might be in order for this trip, passport, cruise ship pass, and ready to go.

I honestly cant wait to get on the ship and do some exploring, meet some new people and see where my mind takes me.Intrigue and adventure awaits!! Always remember and never forget:Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures!

The Jasch-Meister Panama Cruise 2017 Adventure

Our first adventure of 2017 started under cover darkness as we left home in the wee hours of the morning, made our way to the old neighbourhood to pick up our MI5 Agent, because really, don’t most of our holidays start with him. He got to ride shot-gun this morning and I don’t mind even a little bit, if it’s there’s one thing that Downton Abbey taught me, there is a place for everything and my place is in the back…A little bit ago I got to thinking that with all the traveling that we do, Uncle Travling Matt has never had a passport, until now. Not an easy feat getting a passport for a Fraggle, but with a little help from a friend we were able to get it together in time…boarding passes – check, cruise ticket – check, and passport check, and along with good friends, we are off to have fun and make memories.

Today will consist of 3 flights, a fair bit of sitting but checking our passes and flight times, we might be getting a cardio workout in between flights, running from gate to gate through the airports, not a lot of time allowed but we are up for the challenge.

And flight change over number one was very anticlimactic, plane lands, we go up the off ramp, walk across the terminal, wait in line for a couple minutes, say hi to the nice lady, walk down the on ramp, get on the plane, and …..that’s it, there was nothing else, we sat and visited and waited for the plane to fill up and then we took off. If change over number two goes as well, we’ll be laughing….

Flight number two was awesome, watched The Accountant, great movie, had a nap, had brunch, and really relaxed. We landed ahead of schedule and had a bit of a walkabout to get to our departing gate, which was much appreciated, and the 2 hours afforded us a chance to enjoy lunch and let He Who Nevers Stops Working and his side kick to check emails and return calls and texts….flight number three is a full one, everyone escaping the snow and cold, a few more hours…

Welcome to Miama and the views from the 3th floor Penthouse Suite are amazing, great final flight, an interesting cab rise to the condo, a stylishly late supper out, finished with a waterfront walk, cant think of a better way to end this day.

Always remember and never forget: Once a year you should go someplace you’ve never been. ~ Dalai Lama

I Have a Question…

I have a question, Is yellow fever contagious?…..the other day we looked at our immunization cards and noticed that a booster we were to have had 6 months after the initial shot was dangerously close to expiring, so we popped on down to see the Travel Nurse, yes, that is her title, it said so right on her door, and since I was the first to arrive, which usually never happens, I was the first to be shot, which sounds funny….as she was getting the needle ready, He Who Tries to Be Funny said, Wow, that’s a big needle!!! And before I could reply, Miss Travel Nurse quipped, Actually it’s very skinny! Got to love a nurse who is funny….One shot, a large amount, very cold right into the muscle and yes, I felt pressure, and yes, 2 days later my arm is still tender, whereas He Who Felt No Pressure or Pain, is fine, which leads me to the conclusion, I have bigger muscles than he does!…. next we went and had a chat with Mr. Snake Oil Salesman, who extolled his vast knowledge of travel and medicine with us, and sold us a Yellow Fever Elixir in the form of 4 pills for each of us, easy peasy right?…..2 pages of information, another page of Do’s and Don’t, which seems to be typical, until I read the box, which says, ‘Refrigerate. Live vaccine’…I will clarify for those reading this, ‘Live’ in this case is Alive, and not ‘Live’, as in Live in peace, clear? So what we have now is a Live vaccine Living in my fridge. I really don’t like the idea of things living in my fridge, usually if I find something living in my fridge I throw it out….so over the course of a week we need to take the 4 pills, and we started last night, the only side effect listed was nausea, and yet, that was the only thing I didn’t feel: fever, chills, achy neck, and headache, while He Who Is Just Fine, felt nothing which leads me to believe, he must be feelless, whereas I am very feelful and a little bit of a drama queen….Back to my question, and google doesn’t say anywhere that I am contagious, which is good, because I have stuff to do…Always remember and never forget: Better safe than sorry. Happy Saturday!!

This morning I said, I think I have yellow fever. I googled it and I have all the symptoms! He Who Has All the Answers said, That would be difficult since you were vaccinated 5 years ago for it. Ummm, then exactly what have I got?????…You’ve got typhoid. Oh. Em. Gee. I have typhoid! As in Typhoid Mary! As in I need to do a new google search STAT! This sounds way more serious than Yellow Fever, even though yellow really isn’t a colour I can wear, typhoid probably isn’t something I want either!!!…..Ok, so a search reveals that typhoid is slow, takes 4 weeks, with different nasty things happening every week, I only have 1 symptom of week 1 which is a headache, which could have been because I didn’t drink enough water yesterday, so that’s easy to remedy….Well, happy to know that I am cured of Yellow Fever and that typhoid fever is likely not in my future either, whew…..It’s Saturday and you know that means dance party with the vacuum! Always remember and never forget: Now pay attention this is very important!! Never ask Google for medical advice, I have gone from a mild headache to Clinically Dead in three clicks!!!

Not Judging, Just Saying….

Let me just start out by saying that I am not judging, I am just saying….And yes, I grew up hearing all about judging, Judge not, lest ye be judged. Matthew 7:1, and the ever popular, People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. So to this end I say, I don’t live in a glass house, and again, I’m not judging, I’m just saying….

Last weekend as I was attempting to put the laundry away, and I say attempting because, I got all my clean clothes put away but I was struggling to fit all of He Who Might Be A Hoarder’s t-shirts into an already full cupboard, I got frustrated and left them on the bed. I then moved onto putting his socks away and Oh. Em.Gee., the first sock drawer was full, the second sock drawer had a bit of room in it, and I crammed the rest in the third drawer because the fourth drawer was really full. I kid you not. Who has four drawers of socks? I’ll tell you who, He Who Has a Sock Fetish, and condemns me for buying shoes and purses….and this is why I say, I’m not judging.

I checked to make sure that there were no football games on the tv, and then I called him up from the basement and said, Seriously? Four drawers of socks and I can barely fit the clean ones in! And t-shirts, coming out the ying yang? Do you even wear half of these? I say no, the football t’s from your glory days? There is a date is on them, 15 years was a long time ago, let them go, painting t’shirts, you don’t paint that much anymore, the pick one you bought as a joke, and so on and so on…There was no fighting or pleading and begging, he agreed that perhaps there was a problem, not that he had the problem, just that there was one, baby steps. He went to work purging the cupboard of frayed and old and unworn t-shirts and then tackled the sock drawers and again with the baby steps, we went from 4 drawers to 3!

I will be the first to admit that I love shoes and purses, and because I do I have a lot of each. It is no secret. People buy be fridge magnets that say, There is no such thing as too many shoes and wall art that says, It’s All About The Shoes, there are shoe shaped wine holders and stoppers, and purse shaped Shopaholic piggy bank….and this is why I’m not judging, I’m just saying….

Overfull cupboards and 4 sock drawers are exactly the reason that I never put all my shoes in one place, a shelf in the garage, a rack in the closet and there may or may not be shoes tucked under the bed. Always remember and never forget: Don’t judge me, I was born to be awesome, not perfect!!

Just Another Manic Monday

It’s Monday! And it’s still cold, but the way I see it, -21 is better than -40, and it did warm up to -16 today….after Christmas I did a little online Boxing Day shopping at Sears, because I still consider Sears shopping local…I’ve had a couple of surprises, firstly, they delivered to my house, at no extra charge: I received a rather large box with only 2 things in it, not my full order, second surprise: there was no invoice, receipt, or anything indicating that the rest of my order was back-ordered, was coming later, just a piece of paper telling me what was in the box, which I knew already because I could see in the box….so I called the toll free/24 hr. number and after listening to them tell me how busy they are over and over and over again, I hung up, answerless and not surprised, but hoping for the best… then the best happened today, came home to another parcel on the porch and my order was complete, and I just have to say, going to the Sears store to pick up parcels isn’t a huge inconvenience, but having them dropped off at home when it’s freaking cold is pretty sweet…now, can you imagine the disappointment of getting a parcel or parcels and due to poor packing, your purchase is….gulp, broken??…. Well, I can’t imagine because Sears is not a newby, they know what they’re doing….Parcel #1 was in a much larger box than the 2 items required, but the people at Sears put in 6 large air-pillows and Parcel #2 was packed pretty tight, things weren’t moving in that box, but the good people at Sears still added a layer of thin foam and a layer of the little bubble-wrap, nothing bad was going to happen to my order….What is this most precious purchase, this incredibly fragile bargain?…wait for it….towels, and no, I didn’t get the breakable towels, just regular towels, hand, bath, face, oh ya, and a set of sheets, and no, not glass sheets, just regular sheets… So to the good people at Sears, thanks for delivering, and I just checked the order slip, looking for the part that says, ‘Checked By: 114’, but I see nothing, someone checked the items off but didn’t identify themselves, so to Sears Worker, thanks for ensuring that my towels and sheets arrived unbroken!! Oh ya, and thanks for the bubble wrap….pop pop pop pop

I’m Not Sure About This Healthy Eating….

I love to cook. Am I good at? Yes, sometimes I’m damn good at. And No, sometimes I’m no damn good at. But I haven’t killed anyone and we aren’t starving so I call that a win-win….All the New Year posts I’ve been seeing on eating better has inspired me so today’s supper menu was: tuna steaks, potatoes, and baked cauliflower. Really nothing to fancy-smancy. I marinated the tuna steaks at noon and cut up the cauliflower, came home after work, cheered on the kids on the sliding hill, visited with the Mom’s, changed clothes, went for my walk, and then proceeded to make….umm a mess, not really, a disaster, well, I wouldn’t go that far, I guess you could call it supper, such as it was….got the potatoes boiling, cauliflower steaming, and since I don’t have a broiler pan with my new oven, I used a cookie sheet and because I hate messy clean ups, I put parchment paper on it, put the 2 tuna steaks on and popped in the over, on the top rack under the broiler….and almost instantly I smelt smoke and opened the oven to the parchment paper on fire…and when I say on fire, I mean flames and everything, so I said, Oh Crap, there is a fire in my oven. Oh never mind, I’ll just pull out the pan, and blow the remaining flames out. There were the 2 steaks sitting there with on little islands of unburnt paper surrounded by charcoal….ahhh ok, let’s try this again. Put the tuna on a new cookie sheet after washing them off, adding more marinade, and I check the oven, noticing that the cheese on cauliflower casserole is browning really fast and really dark, so dark you might call it blacking, perhaps 500′ is a bit much…turn down the broiler, pop the tuna back in and set the timer. The key to cooking tuna is to not over cook it, 4 to 5 minutes per side, and damn the tuna seems to be cooking fast, so I flip them and lower the rack 1 notch, and wait for the beep while checking FB and…no beep? Why no beep? Because the blonde set the timer for 5 hours, not 5 minutes, Oh. For. The. Love. Of. Pete. SUPPER’S READY!! The potatoes are good, really, really good. The cauliflower has a top layer of almost burnt cheese, but not too bad, and the tuna. I just had to ask, So how’s the tuna? And the reply I got, Well, it’s a long way from sushi….Ya, that’s what I was going for…And throughout all this, the smoke detectors did not go off, so now I don’t know if they work or if I’m really just that damn good!

Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year and Cheers to making 2017 the best year yet. I’ve been away from here for a few months. Life and circumstances got the better of me and when I’m feeling stressed and overwhelmed, I tend not to feel very creative or feel like writing, which is something I’m going to work on this coming year. I don’t do resolutions, per se, every January first,  I say that this year we will live a healthier lifestyle, eating better and exercising, because even though we do this mostly, there is always room for improvement….and that being said, every year I try and improve myself in some way beyond the physical, be kinder, handle stress better, take time for me….and so begins my non-resolutions.

It would seem that the rooms that I have claimed as my own, become a catch-all of stuff in my frenzied holiday tidying mode, a lot of stuff got shoved, dropped and hidden in my exercise room and in my office. Yesterday I tackled the big room and dug out the treadmill from under the extra bedding, pulled the Bow Flex out of the corner so it’s usable, set up a table to put a tv on, when The Boy brings it back, dusted of my wii and some yoga dvd’s – and the answer is no, to those wondering if this is going to become a blog about getting fit and eating right and blah, blah, blah….unless of course, I smack myself in the face with the Blow Flex rods, don’t laugh, it happens, or if I trip and skin a knee on the treadmill, then darn right I’m going to share it, and likely whine about it, too, just saying.

Today I’m going to get into my office and do a bit of decluttering and organizing. I have a lovely office. This is going to be the year that I get He Who Wields The Hammer, to get my pictures hung up and to make the space even more lovely and a peaceful place to come and write or just sit and regroup. Pretty excited about it. We have been in the new house for one year and it’s feeling more like home and not just a house – now to add some more personal touches.

The 128th Rose Bowl Parade has been watched, there is split pea soup simmering on the stove, and I’ve procrastinated just about as long as I can and still get something accomplished today so here goes nothing. May 2017 be your best year yet, and always remember and never forget: ‘May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art – write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.’ ~ Neil Gaiman

New Treasure – New Adventure

So about a month ago we did a little road trip and went to an amazing music festival down south and enjoyed 3 days of Canadian 80’s bands, which I’ve already told you about, what I didn’t tell you about was the trip home. We just happened to stop at one of the most beautiful tourist booths ever, so that He Who Never Stops Working, could check his e-mail and reply to some texts, and also so that I could have a walk-about. I’m not nearly as good of a sitter as I used to be. Anyway, I love tourist booths, you can find out all about the city/town and the area and sometimes if you’re really lucky, which I am sometimes, you can find treasures. At this particular tourist booth I did exactly that, I found a treasure that I have been looking for, for the past couple of years. I purchased my treasure and a couple bottles of water and made a bee-line for the truck, where I waited patiently, waving my arms and jumping up and down, while He Who is Long-Winded, finished his phone call. Then it went something like this, “Guess what I got? You’re never going to guess what I found in there? I have been looking for this for frigging ever and I found it. Are you going to guess or what???”…..’No, what did you…’ “Look it!!! Look at this. Isn’t it amazing!!!”……’Umm, you know what that is don’t you?’…..”Well, of course I do! It’s a backpack for Uncle Matt!!! Can you imagine, me finding a backpack for Uncle Matt here. Who would have thunk it? It was fate, kismet, kharma that we stopped here!”……’You do know that this is a….’….”Yes, I know what it is! Do YOU know what it is?”……’Yup, looks like Matt has a backpack…..finally.’…”Thank you, now get driving.”…

New Backpack

New Backpack

Now we finally get a chance to try out the backpack. And I was right! It fits him perfectly, like it was made for him. Today we are going on a bit an adventure, taking a little day trip north, across the dam and back into a little lake where according to some friends, there has been a discovery of dinosaur tracks. How exciting is that? Uncle Matt has been packed and ready to go since last night, new fishing duds – check…..fishing rod – check…..new backpack – check…..He hasn’t really had too many adventures this year, and he’s not missing out on this one!!

Uncle Matt Fishing Duds

Uncle Matt Fishing Duds

And with that, we are ready to go!! Hoping for a great day and a fun adventure!!

Day 3 We Got This

Day 3 and this is going to be too easy: our motto this weekend was We’re Here For a Good Time and that’s exactly what we had. We may have Raised a Little Hell, but it was all for fun. There was more thatn Two For The Show, more like 5000 and I was more than a 3 Dressed UP as a 9, I was at least a 10. When he said, Hey, Pretty Lady, I just had to reply, Knock ‘Em DEad Kid. As the weekend is coming to an end we will all yell, Don’t Stop Now!! In The Moment That It Takes, The Boys in the Bright White Sports Car were gone on their way to Cold, Cold Toronto.

Today’s pre-show: Sang about my namesake, Roxy Roller, a couple of years before the POlice sang my song!!!

And we also enjoyed yelling for them to Turn It Loud, Just One More Time!!!

Is it too early to say that I’m looking forward to Rock The Lake 207???