Friday, August 22, 2014

And she's home again... some highlights in photos

But of course, where else would she stay?

Salt water pool was crowded except on port days when I had it all to myself.

The iconic Carnival Whale Tail

Nobody is gonna' mess with us with that Coast Guard around!

The amazing Gavin Degraw!

See him if you get the chance!

The charming officers of the Carnival Ecstasy

The very funny Allyn Ball

Carnival cookies, still warm and gooey.
Hard not to eat.
I didn't.

My special treat each morning!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A day at sea...

Oh my gosh was that Gavin Degraw concert ever great! Seriously that young man has some talent and an attitude that rocks! And we were treated to some special seats too, that was quite unexpected. When we got there we sat sort of in the back and the Hotel Manager came over and said " oh no, come with me" and took us down to row six. The first five rows were the expensive seats and we didn't buy those. No one sat down at all through the entire concert, we danced the whole time. Super great evening. He sang for several hours. I loved him!

As we were leaving the theatre I saw the Captain and he gave me a hug and kissed me on both cheeks, very Italian. Too bad he's married! Kidding! Anyway it has been quite a thrill being diamond cruisers on this voyage. I have never been treated so special in all my cruises.

The duck is back in the casino making another donation. I already donated all of mine and the mayor's money without a single winning number. The casino has been really tight and I am not going back.

Tonight there are two more comedy shows and then the piano bar and then it's all over for another cruise. It's been a blast folks. Truly...

(Maybe) Missbeehavin'

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Carnical Ecstasy Day Three on Night Two

First I have to apologize for the grainy photos, I forgot the thingy to transfer them from the camera to the iPad and having no wifi they do not transfer automatically so I took a photo of the photo so here goes last night...

Captain Pierluigi Barrile was charming as well as handsome and the dinner was lovely. It lasted quite long too. He was not in any hurry to leave as most of them are. There were six diamond guests at the table as well as six officers. I have always found them to be in a hurry to get somewhere else but not him, what a lovely man.

Then we went to the piano bar for a half hour until time for the late adult comedy show with my favorite Carnival comedian, Allyn Ball. He did not disappoint. He never does. I have heard him so many times and there is always new material.

Then we went back to the piano bar where we closed it down quite late with a guy laying on it and all of us singing to him. He is openly gay and having a lot of fun with it. The whole thing might have been my idea but he loved it as did the rest of us. I finally got a few more people to start stuffing her tip jar! Gosh people, it's a piano bar. You tip! Pul-eese.

Tonight is the Gavin Degraw concert. We are in Cozumel from 1:30 - 12:00 tonight. It is a lovely cruise, it really is. I am so happy to be here. The seas have been like glass.


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Carnival Ecstacy Day Two, early morning...

If this isn't the day to end all glorious days I don't know what is. When I opened the envelope I almost fainted! Dinner at the Captain's table? Thud.

Honey I am seriously having the time of my life here. The seas are calm, the food is good, the cabin is nice, the crew is friendly, and so much to do my head is spinning. I sure am not lonely this week!

Nobody's gonna mess with y'all while my Coast Guard is here, no ma'am.

Gavin Degraw tickets arrived safely for another night...

I am having the time of my life. Possibly eating a bit too much but not awful. I shall rectify that when I get home for sure. The young woman in the piano bar is fun and talented and of course the comedy club is a riot, had me in stitches, tears rolling down my cheeks.

As I type this I am sitting on my balcony having my bagel and coffee in Key West. Life is good my friends. Very good indeed.

(Perhaps slightly) Missbeehavin'

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Carnival Ecstacy Day One

Well embarkation was a breeze as usual, picked up the sail and sign cards, in the cabin by 11:20, unpacked and on the Lido grazing soon after.

For some strange reason I actually got a full night of sleep last night, nine hours actually, so I am ready for some mildly inappropriate behavior. And if any of you read about this on Facebook, NO, contrary to rumor, I am NOT going to flash Allyn Ball tonight in the comedy club. Remember, you read that here first.

So here I was having a really good hair day and I hit Miami and the humidity and my hair curled up within an inch of it's life so I pulled it back in a pony tail. Too bad. Then I got food on my shirt. Then I might have had a small (ish) piece of cake and a muffin top sprouted out of my jeans right there in front of the whole world and everybody. One tiny (ish) piece of cake and BAM - muffin top. Krap on a stick. I tell you cruising is not for sissies people, no it is not.

Stay tuned, I'll be back when I can, no set schedule on the ship remember...


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Packing for a cruise in a carry on!

Organize everything before you pack anything.
Make a list!
Check it twice.
Top photo: cosmetic bag, bathing suit and hat, undies, night clothes, Wen.
Passport! Gum.

This should take less than half the suitcase.

Lay all clothing flat on top of each other and carefully roll.
Read that again: carefully ROLL it all in one bunch.
This way there will be very few wrinkles.
Clothing: white dress jeans, turquoise dress jeans, black dress, pink dress, navy shorts, pink shorts, purple top, two black tops, two white tops, pink top, pink belt, gold belt.

That pink bag in the lower left is my Joy Mangno travel steamer.

Lid: two small purses and pink shoes, turquoise shoes.
I will wear black shoes, pink jeans, white top.
Jewelry is in pink purse.

I don't even need anything else besides a purse for my iPad and iPhone and passport.
Chargers will be put in outside pocket at last minute.

If I am going on a longer cruise I do it a bit differently.  I chose three colors like black, white, and tan for example and only take one pair of shoes and one bag and that leaves room for a few more clothes.  You can wear bottoms several times and just take more tops.  The cabins have terry robes so you don't need those, they also have hair dryers.  For years I schlepped stuff that I didn't wear.  No more.  I finally got smart.  I don't even check the bag, I keep it with me.  I am unpacked before muster drill and ready to party!  Beetini anyone?  Yes please!  And we're off and running...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Great Celebration!

Yesterday was a great friend's birthday luncheon!

I love these ladies!
Priscilla, me, Carole (seated), Elaine, and Bev

Better gal pals one could never wish to have in this or any other lifetime.  I have lots of gal pals but these are the ones that will always have my back.  No jealousy or bickering or any harsh words between any of us, just not happening.  I cannot think of anything I would not do for any of them.

Today I will have lunch with the duck and close the suitcase.  I am taking photos and will show you how I pack for a cruise in just a carry on.  It's quite easy actually, you'll see tomorrow.  I take plenty of clothes too, plus two pairs of shoes and the ones I wear.  Just takes a bit of planning on what you want to wear.

Boy howdy have we had some storms lately in the afternoons.  I know that is par for the course in summer but really some hum dingers.  Like yesterday for example.  The (self appointed) mayor (of the pool) was cooking out and wanted to know if I wanted a hamburger, why yes, thank you very much, but I feared the storms would stop him from delivering it to my door.  Lucky for me the sky cleared up just in time and I got to enjoy a lovely dinner.  Wasn't that nice?

And so my friends thank you for reading today and come back tomorrow for more.  I shall try to keep you entertained whenever possible...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

This was when I went inside yesterday and when the (self appointed) mayor (of the pool) decided to get IN the water.  Um, I have no words.  The whistle on the golf course was going off saying lightening and I could hear thunder but men can be stubborn things.  I am hoping his lovely bride sees this and can do something with him.  I am only the pool wife and don't have much clout although I did try.  It was about 1:30 in the afternoon.  He said "the sun is out".  Uh huh.

On quite another note I decided to tell you that yes, a cute guy did say he is going with me to those two concerts so I don't have to go all by myself.  Yay me.  Sarge would smile about it I know.

Today I have a luncheon downtown at City Place for a gal pal, there will be five of us.  We are all wearing polka dots.  I remembered I have a polka dot dress, I almost forgot I had it and was going to just wear pants and a shirt with dots, the dress will be so much cuter.  Cuter is always better, right?  And also lucky for me we are going to Brio and they have a light section in their menu so I can eat healthy.

The suitcase is out on the dining room table now and all but the clothing is already in it.  At the last minute I will roll all the clothes together in one roll and be done.  It's all in one carry-on.  I have finally got it right.

Yesterday was my 60th session with Andre'.  60!  Who would have ever thought I would have stuck with it like that but I did and I really like it.  I feel so good when it stops! Ha ha.

So that's it from me today y'all.  Have a fabulous Saturday and don't be shy about telling the mayor what you think.  I'll tell him to read the comments!  (Insert evil smile here.)

Friday, August 15, 2014

It rained and rained and then it stopped and the sunset was amazing.  I didn't win at canasta yesterday, in fact I lost six bucks but oh well, two out of three was not bad.

Today I have Andre' to beat me up and then a swim and then maybe some packing to get me in the cruise mood like I need something to help me with that, right?  I know.  I am most anxious to go.  And mostly to spend time with the duck.  We have our Sunday lunches but not much more because he is so busy with work and he SO badly needs some time off.  

Did I mention that Gavin Degraw will be on this cruise?  Chuck and I got tickets to his concert in the theatre.  Pretty sweet, huh?  

I guess that's one time I won't be in the piano bar if it's any good.  There is a new woman in there, the last one stunk so I am hopeful this one is better.  They can make or break an evening for sure.  The crowd was SO ready to have some fun but the entertainer was like a lounge lizzard and just let it die out every night so we'd leave. I have had the best and the worst and believe me Carnival makes big bucks with a good one on bar tabs and nothing with a bad one.

Guess that's all I know for today.  I didn't misbehave too much yesterday!  Have a great Friday and I shall too.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

So the car is clean.  It gets that salt slime on it in a day so you have to keep it washed and waxed pretty often so I do.

I was on fire at maj yesterday!  What fun that was!  That's only the second time it has ever happened to me too.  Today I have canasta.  If I win at that I will have completed the whole trifecta of the week.  Wish me luck.

Steve and Jane came and shined up my condo while I was gone so I had a great day.  A really great day.  One of my best days actually.  Life is grand.  I hope it is for you too.