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It isn’t a road trip with me if we don’t at least get a LITTLE lost. On the upside? We ended up saving something like $7 in tolls because we accidentally bypassed the lower section of the Turnpike without much transit time difference.

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We were both rather Crispy Critters, and getting crispier as the evening progressed. And after the show that night we had to wade through the last-night sale crowds in the gift shop for some after-sun spray that only slightly dulled the pain. Talk about a souvenir: those “tan” lines lasted for MONTHS!

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This was, like, the one thing that I was really looking forward to on this cruise (that, and the Caesar salads, lol). Originally, our ports were Belize, Porta Limon and Panama but due to propulsion problems they exchanged the two southern-most ports for 3 others higher up (Cozumel, Costa Maya and Roatan). It was a little disappointing until I did some research on the cruise boards and found out you could actually play with monkeys in Roatan. Happy Scraps!

This little guy (named Peter, if I remember correctly) must have been a budding filmmaker as he found my videocamera absolutely entralling.

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This trip so easily could have been called ‘Shopping My Way Through Central America.’ Seriously, the only way I was under the customs allowances is because Todd took responsibility for some of my booze (well, you’re only allowed 2L per person… not exactly a lot to work with!). But, it was fun and I love  everything I brought home, including that t-shirt with it little dancing lizards (which is still in the plastic blag it was packaged in).

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The auctioneer for this cruise was a trip! That suit was black with hot pink pinstripes, his hair was spiked and he was not what you think of when you think art auctioneer but he made things fun. Truth was, the lounge we were in was very low and the ship was experiencing a lot of motion so Todd was getting a little queasy and I needed to use the restroom. So, yeah, I was a little miffed, but I love my Erte medallion and I plan to order the other 3 in the series before too long.

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With a thousand apologies to P!NK… I was atrocious.

And the worst part? I’ve sung in public before, by request, and was pretty good. But, well, there’s a lot to be said for rehearsal time and song choice, lol. Still, I did it and can cross it off the list (which I still need to do… most of that list is completely unimportant now; just goes to show how priorities can change).

And the cruiseline LOVES that saying: you’ll never see these people again.

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People watching is awesome on a cruise, you see all kinds of things. This couple was cute in their odd little way and the idea that one dessert would make this bird of a woman fat was absolutely ludicrous.

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Though, really, I think I’m a lot LESS complicated these days, all things considered.

It’s amazing what total strangers will say to you, though, thinking they’re being funnyand not just weird. But, then, had he not I wouldn’t have had such prime comic fodder, no? And my complicated coffee orders are a health necessity since I can’t have caffiene and am lactose intolerant. Trust me, I miss being able to order anything, anywhere.  Those were the days…

Cruise Holiday 2

Since our cruise left from Ft Lauderdale (Port Everglades) on a Friday afternoon, we drove about halfway on Thursday night and crashed at my brother’s apartment (it’s so very convenient that I now have close family in the cente of the state!). In general, I love evening road trips. There’s usually not as much traffic and the sun’s not glaring down at you, making you sleepy. Plus there’s that punchy feeling that starts about 10 o’clock, or so, that makes the last few hours of a trip just that much more fun!

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For the record: Mom actually likes Todd and Todd is not a slut. But he does have a great sense of humor and thought this little exchange was funny when I told him about it, later. Also for the record, it’s not like I promised to take her and then changed my mind just because I had a boyfriend… I wouldn’t do that to Mom!