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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Our First Full Day at Sea

One thing I especially look forward to when we go on vacation is eating amazing breakfasts that I don't have to prepare. One of my favorite things is the fruit. I love to eat fruit, as much as I can get my hands on. What I don't love is sitting there cutting it all up into nice, bite-sized pieces. This trip did not disappoint. This picture is reflective of my breakfast every morning we were on the ship. I got a little spoiled!

Jeremy goes for a little more variety. The nice thing is that he gets what he likes and I get what I like - and everybody's happy!

Jeremy's work paid for everyone to get the onboard soda package. We got these neat little mugs to carry around with us that say, "Hey, I can drink soda!" The mugs don't talk, if that's what you thought I meant you'd be wrong. But it sends out that signal, and the staff will fill them up with soda at your delight. The only bummer is that they only offered Sprite, Coke, and Diet Coke. Not much to choose from. I'm not much of a soda drinker, but I did indulge a little.

This was my view at around noon or so. It was foggy outside, but warm enough to sit out on deck.

Warm enough, meaning, if I wrapped up. Jeremy thought it was hilarious that I was all bundled up on our cruise. However, I wasn't the only one using my towel as a blanket!

A lot of people still made use of the hot tubs, despite the lack of sun.

Here is Jeremy's footy view.

About an hour after we took all those dismal pictures on deck, the fog lifted and the sun came out. The afternoon turned out to be BEAUTIFUL! We changed into our suits and enjoyed a couple of hours sitting in our lounge chairs IN THE SUN. I forgot to mention that even though I was on vacation, I got up early and used the outdoor track. Then I went to the fitness center and enjoyed a little taste of home by participating in a hips, buns, and thighs workout offered by the trainers. It was so fun! Way to start the trip off right!!

The first night was formal night. I don't own any formals, so I brought along a few of my church dresses. Here we are on the deck outside our dining room before we went in to eat dinner.

The dining room was really pretty! Here is a picture of the chandelier. I can't believe the size of the place - it was a 3 story dining room, and there was also another dining room below ours! Amazing!


This is the sunset outside our window at dinner time. I believe it was way more beautiful in person, but this is a small reminder for me.

We really had a lot of fun at dinner. Everyone at our table got giddy and we were laughing so hard that I got an ab workout good enough to last the rest of the week! I took a few pictures at our table of our company. This is Rhonda and Art.

In this picture - at the far table is Dave (yellow shirt), Elizabeth, Troy, Heidi, their baby, and the server is Amelia. At the closer table you can see the back of Tanya's head (blond hair), the back of her husband's head (Shawn), then facing us is SuAnn, Yun, and James.

What do you think, did we have a general authority sitting at our table? We all thought Art resembled a certain general authority. He kept us in line.

Then there was Jen and Jim. We ended up spending quite a bit of time with them.

Cathy and Diane. Diane isn't married so she brings her best friend Cathy on the trips. Cathy lives in Idaho.

It turns out Cathy is very self-conscious about her neck. She forgot to cover it in the first picture. I think she felt better about this second picture for sure.

This is Jeff and Carlie. We all wondered what the food did to him, but she doesn't seem to mind!

So, let me explain. Tonight something was served that I've never had before, but decided to try. When this dish was served, it looked to me like little poop balls sitting in green slime. It was actually escargot. So, black snails sitting in a pesto garlic sauce. 

It really looked pretty gross, but I told myself that I would try it and I couldn't back down on myself. Well, the longer I looked at them, the more everyone decided to join in on the peer pressure. I really didn't like them talking about the fact that the eyes are scraped off first, and the fact that the snails have been de-pooped, and I especially didn't like their offer to hurry and get out the video camera. Once the camera was mentioned I just hurried and popped one in my mouth and started chewing. If I didn't know better I would have thought it was just a mushroom because it was a little rubbery and I could mostly taste the garlic. While I was chewing, everyone kept asking me what I thought - How did it taste? What did I think? How did I like the texture? Just questions questions questions. Just let me chew for pete's sake! This picture was taken as I was turning my head to tune them all out so I could swallow it before the whole thing came right back up again. All in all, not bad, but not something I feel inclined to repeat.

After the snails, I got my salmon. Now that was something to look forward to! It was so good!!!

Jeremy had the pork loin.

Once we started taking pictures, everyone wanted in on the fun. This is Jen's plate of food.

Art's dinner. :)

Jeff and Carlie's potatoes. Uh, could someone please get a little more sour cream? We don't have enough!

After all the taste dinner fun, we ended with dessert. Jeff is just finishing off his ice cream and moist cookies.

After dinner was the big party across the promenade. This is the deck we can see from our window. I'm not really one to go down and party with a huge group of people I don't know, so we mostly walked around a bit, took some pictures, and went to change into jeans. BORING US!

One thing I realized about our culture. As mormons who go to church every Sunday, we dress up quite often. At least once a week, if not 2 or 3 times a week, depending on events. So, when it's time for us to get dressed up it's like - whoop de doo . . . I'll put on another dress. I think a lot of people don't really get dressed up as often so it's really a big deal when they do. There were some people who went all out on their formals and tuxes. I think when they buy a dress, it's probably for a special occasion. Thus, they would have a decent collection of formals in their closet. As for me, the closest thing to a formal in my closet is my old choir dress from high school (totally laughable!). So, I was content to simply wear a normal church dress out of my closet and try to blend in. I did have fun looking at everyone else's "fancy" dresses.

When we did make it back to our room, this is what was waiting for us on our bed. Isn't it so cute? Our very own little towel elephant!

We hurried and changed clothes (put on jeans) and made it to the theater in time to see the entertainment for the night. It was a good day.

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