I somehow ended up on the Carnival page on Facebook. I started looking at prices. Yes, there are a lot more rules than before, but the prices cannot be matched. Some 14 day cruises were going for as little as $100 a person. Wow!
I started looking for cruises that would work for me, and I found two that were less than I was expecting to pay. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a cruising partner in mind.
I mentioned the prices to a friend. She almost immediately volunteered to go with me! She chose to go on the more expensive of the two cruises.
I later mentioned it to my mom who volunteered to go with me on the other cruise.
I still have a little bit to pay on one of the cruises, but I should be all set to go when it’s time. I am so excited!
We stay in a condo for our vacation. We are responsible for taking out our own garbage and recycling, of course. There’s a can in the kitchen to collect the garbage, but they only supply a plastic bag for recycling. We use a cardboard box for recycling collection and empty into the community bin when it gets full. Then we bring the box back.
When I was on vacation last week, I went out to the recycling area. The recycling bin was missing, so I looked around a bit. After a moment, an employee brought the bin back and started yelling at me about not sorting my recycling. Excuse me? I most certainly did. He told me that I needed to put the cardboard or paper in another stack, and not in the recycling. I explained that I was emptying the box and bringing it back to the condo room. He wanted to take the box from me, so that he made sure it went into the right area. I again explained that the box wasn’t going to be recycled, only the contents.
He finally left, frustrated with me because I refused to hand over the box.
The next time it was time to bring a load of recycling over, I looked first to see if the bin was there. It was. Then I saw the frustrated employee walk to the right. The recycling area is to the left. I waited for him to pass and made a mad dash to empty the box. I wasn’t going to deal with him again.
While we are away, we all try to get as much fun stuff accomplished. I have some homework to do, still, but the rest of what I am working on is fun. I have books, my laptop, the Nintendo Switch, etc, etc.
The kids brought up schoolwork, puzzles, Legos, etc.
I was presented with a reading buddy. I have not named him yet, but he is the perfect reading companion. He’s quiet and he guards my books. I couldn’t ask for more.
I brought many many books with me for my time away. Most of them have been started and are almost finished. Hopefully, I’ll get some actually finished by the time I leave.
For the books that I brought that I haven’t started. I need bookmarks! I forgot to pack some. I have several dozen bookmarks at home, and have packed zero, I think. I recall picking up a small box of them and putting them somewhere. Maybe they are in the box of books that I haven’t opened yet?
It seems silly to use a grocery receipt as a book mark when I have so many actual bookmarks to use. Let’s hope I packed them!
I’m still reading, but just not finishing much. It’s frustrating because I know I can keep up with the challenge, but my brain is fixed on deadlines. I start a book, get most of the way finished before the deadline of a school assignment or bookclub. The deadline passes, so I put the book down and move on to the next. At least I’m only single digits behind!
I have so many books almost completed and put away that I could almost finish the challenge if I actually did it.
I’m going to be poolside for a few days, so maybe I’ll bring them along and get them done. Fingers crossed!
I have a bad habit of checking out too many library books at a time. I get them read, but not quickly enough. To make this problem worse, the library no longer charges for overdue books, so I tend to sit on the books, thinking that I’ll get to them eventually.
I renew my books online, but if there is someone waiting for the book, or if I have already renewed the loan three times, I can’t renew it anymore. These books become overdue.
I have several that are overdue, and several that I know I won’t read any time soon. These should go back. I know this.
I will be going on a trip soon, so I think I should probably go through my library books and see what I’ll finish before I go, and what I want to take with me. The audiobooks automatically go with me, on my phone, so they aren’t an issue. And ebooks go on my kindle. Both types of digital books get returned as soon as the library decides I need to return them.
I have given myself a project today. Actually, multiple projects. 1) return the library books that are in my car. 2) Decide what library books are due, and what won’t be read before my trip. 3) Decide what is going with me on my trip. 4) Locate the books that are going to go back. 5) Put the books to return in the car. And… 6) Fix the book stack that may topple while I am away.
I also have to do laundry, since I spilled my breakfast down the front of my scrubs at work this morning.
I probably should start thinking about what I am going to pack for my trip, too.
After work on Friday, I drove back up to the condo for the last weekend away. I crashed dinner with my mom and her cousins and a friend. I ordered something I normally don’t, lamb shank, and ate half, and brought the other half back for lunch the next day.
On Saturday morning, I spent time by the pool. See how crowded it was?
I spent time listening to a family yell at a girl who was about 8 years old. They were trying to teach her to dive. The kid was the only one with a valid point. “It’s too shallow. Diving isn’t allowed here.” The adults had the argument, “We’ve done the Iron Man. We know what we’re doing.” Well, 1) just because you’ve done it, doesn’t mean you can coach it and 2) I don’t recall a diving portion of the Iron Man.
What the shower would look like if I had none of my products in it.
The preseason football games were on Saturday evening, so my mom and her cousin and I did a puzzle while the cousin’s husband watched the game. It took us longer than we thought, so we had to work on it the next morning.
I couldn’t leave before I finished the puzzle.
I packed up the car and went home. I stopped at the grocery store to do meal prepping for breakfasts and lunches for the week. I also made dinner and cleaned up a bit.
I went to bed exhausted, with a long todo list for the week. I started it the moment I opened my eyes Monday morning.
It’ll be another year before I go back. It was a nice relaxing time, even though I didn’t get as much reading done as I thought I would.