Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

April 22, 2012

Cruise with me, baby…

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Where to begin, where to begin?  I’ve got so much to tell you about from the past week I’m having trouble organizing my thoughts into possible recognizable blog posts.

Should I just start at the beginning and work my way through the week?  That seems what a logical, sensible type of blogger would do.  I’m not often known for my logic and sensibilities however.

I could try to come up with a theme for each post – flowers, birds, etc – but I doubt I could be that organized.

I had this idea to try to create a very cool slideshow with all the music that has been playing through my head since Monday.  Even if I could do it, I imagine I wouldn’t be able to share it easily on this blog.

The part about the music playing through my head is real.  My sister and I had this joke or game between us while we were growing up called, “Lyrics for any occasion” because it seemed one of us could always come up with a song to suit almost any situation.  While four sleepy-eyed travellers sat in our local airport very early Monday morning awaiting our flight to the city where we would board our ship, I called this song up on YouTube on my phone just to try to amuse and wake up my daughters:

And so began my own game of “Lyrics for any occasion” for the duration of our cruise.  I wrote the songs down as they popped into my head on a piece of Carnival notepad paper, sure that I could work these songs into my blog posts to help give you the full picture of where my head was at for the week.  I don’t, however, wish to jam up your browsers with piles of YouTube videos when you try to read my blog.  Like I said, I’m still figuring out just how to present my posts.  Maybe I’ll pop a few particularly apropos videos at the end of my posts and scatter a few lines of lyrics throughout.

Hmm, my wordcount reads 341 at this point and I still haven’t shared a single picture. I should remedy that.  How about a look around our ship, the Carnival Imagination?  That seems like as good a place as any to get started.
This is “the Atruim”; it is what you see when you first board the ship and it is in the middle of everything, with elevators to take you everywhere:

The Lido and Promenade decks where you’ll find the pool, bars, food, hot tubs, and music:

The Serenity Lounge, where only folks over 21 are allowed – the place to go when you need to get away from all the “happy” children:

The Dynasty Lounge, one of several places to relax and see a show:

Lounge near the Spirit Dining Room, where we had dinner each night:

(Hmmm… I think I know those people… 😉 )

Carnival Water Works, the on-board mini-waterpark:

Our little stateroom, where we spent little time:

In just about every place on this ship, it was always possible to get one of these:

The drink of the day in the souvenir cup! I, er, lost count, *hic*, of how many of these I had  😉

It was a fabulous week of relaxing, eating but not cooking, traveling but not driving, exploring and discovering.  I’ve got much more to share with you, so I hope you’ll be back to read more during the week.

December 26, 2011

Après Noël

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“After Christmas” sounds prettier and more exciting in French, doesn’t it?  Not that I’m having an exciting day here; I needed a day to kick back and relax after all the work and activity of the past few days.

Daphne here gives you the idea of what I’m feeling like today.  Weeks of build up and preparation, over in a short time, leaving you feeling wiped out!  I’m very grateful for having my family around me in my home for Christmas, but as the busy hostess, I’m sad to tell you I forgot to take pictures most of the day!

I did receive some fun photography gifts from my dad:


I’ll spend some much needed quiet time over the next few days reading through that book and on the B&H website deciding how to spend that giftcard.  I have an idea in mind, but I haven’t decided yet.  My purchase may have something to do with this:

This is something that has been in the planning stages for a few months now.  We just made it official a few days before Christmas and booked a family cruise for the April school vacation week.  Hubby and I cruised for our honeymoon (almost 20 years ago!!!) and the girls have never been.  I’m considering using my giftcard to purchase an inexpensive, waterproof, point & shoot camera for the trip.  The girls’ “extra special” Christmas gift this year was a promise to swim with dolphins when our ship docks in Cozumel, Mexico, and you know I will need pictures of that!

I hope your Christmas brought you special joy and memories.  Remember to work on your December Photo Hunt too!