A friend from work pointed out that I have been lame about posting. I couldn’t argue. It is true.
The cruise was good (not great) It was definitely an enjoyable trip. It was a nice validation that we can actually travel with the kids. Despite having lots of free time away from the kids, still most things seemed to center around them, which is pretty much the same even when we aren’t on vacation, and rightfully so. Susan did pretty good job of writing up the daily events of the trip. I had originally planned on doing my own write up, but just like Sara I kind of pooped out after seeing hers. So next time I need to be more diligent about blogging during the trip like she was, or not read her version until my version is in the bag, lest I poop out again. In general the food was “Ok” with a few highlights. Better food would have made the trip great, but was not entirely unexpected. When you book a budget cruise, I think you have to expect budget food, at least to some extent. I would definitely want to cruise again, but Norwegian will get ranked below Royal Caribean and Princess. Disney is my next desire. We got to play some games with Sara and Kevin, and even my Mom joined in a little.
My highlights of the trip were definitely the two excursions we went on. I was not nearly as cold as Susan, Sara or Kevin, so being built like a polar bear does have some use, but I had a really good time. Rescuing my own cruise card from the bottom of the lagoon was surreal. Right before I touched it, I knew it was my card. I managed to take a few good snorkel photos, many many bad ones, and way too many accidental videos. Chasing and eventually catching the puffer fish was cool. I wish I had remembered to take more photos of it before letting it go.
The extreme canopy adventure was super cool. It far exceeded my expectations having been on a previous zip line tour. Rappelling down waterfalls and zip-lining into pools was awesome. The bug bites were equally amazing and not in a good way. They still itch a little and it has been nearly a month. It was expensive to buy the photos, but seeing as how we got photos of all four of us, and shots we couldn’t have gotten ourselves for $100 total, I wouldn’t have passed up getting them.
I did manage to get Susan to let me go to Disneyland for one day, which is 1/3 of what I had hoped for, but felt satisfied. Susan got her corndog, I got my chowder in a bread bowl, and got a few good pins. I a huge backlog of pins to sort and try and trade. But it was probably worth the trade-off of less Disney to get to see Anh and Lam with their new baby. Maybe 3 times was a little over the top too.
We also just got back from our Monterey Kaiser weekend. As part of becoming a Senior Partner Susan got to bring us to Monterey. They put us up in the swanky Hotel, which I think is one of the swankiest we have been to, but Susan disagrees. We got to walk the warf a little bit, introduce the kids to clam chowder, and revel in surviving the “Kaiser-ization”. We also took the kids to the aquarium for one afternoon, and got to hear the kids shout “fih, fih!” and “birh” (fish and bird) even though they were equally excited by pigeons and seagulls as anything inside the aquarium. The neatest part was getting to go back to the aquarium after hours though. The food was better than the other meals, and we got to partake in much swankiness. We didn’t realize the extent of the dining opportunity and plunked ourselves down in the first free spot which was near the otter tank, and didn’t realize we could have eaten just about any place in the entire aquarium, including by the kelp forest, or the jellyfish. And yes, they did serve sushi. I heard it was awesome. The best for me was the mac and cheese from the kid’s line. I went back for seconds, and had at least thirds of the apple cider. It was a real treat having the aquarium after hours, like it was ours personally. All the exhibits were open, and a mere 1000 people made the place feel empty. Unfortunately it was a one shot deal, but has reminded us that we ought to go to conferences together and cash in on the opportunity.
In non-vacation news, my brother has moved to his ultrasound externship, which is good news. Nuff said. My lack of motivation and energy prompted Susan to make me a doctor’s appointment, which is leading to a sleep study this Friday. Sleep apnea is suspected, which may be a blessing if found if it means I can be treated even if I will hate it. I have been sleeping 10-12 hours and still feeling exhausted and unmotivated and generally quite blue, so any way that things could improve would be embraced. I did our taxes and it wasn’t very good news to learn how much extra we owed, but I can only grumble so much before being reminded of the upside of owing. The Maker Faire is coming in May, and despite not having done much of anything Maker-ish in the last two years, I am still interested in going.
Ok well thats about all I can think of for now. I need to quit doing epic posts and go back to mini-ones