Come Aboard, We’re Expecting You!

This past week was my fun, cruise getaway with Hub and, oh my goodness, it was perfect!  We had the best time!!

It was a lot like this  

We went on Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas, 500th voyage.  I think all of their boats follow this Chicken of the Sea naming format,

  which can get a little confusing.


If you’re looking for some quality time together and you love sunshine, sea breezes, the sound of the ocean and unlimited soft-serve ice cream cones, and you don’t want to lift a finger or worry about a thing… this is your ultimate vacation.

Also,  if you’re retired, haven’t had a reunion with your cousins in a while and you’re looking for a good excuse to make matching t-shirts…

Yup, it works on many levels.

The first scheduled stop on our cruise was Grand Cayman, but due to weather we hit Costa Maya instead.

Our excursion there was the Mayan Ruins… other local ruins include the blighted outlet malls abandoned after Hurricane  Dean, those are found just on the other side of the barbed wire fence.

We were headed on into the jungle, so I was a little disappointed with our bus’es complete lack of chickens…


It wasn’t quite as Romancing the Stone as you’d hope.

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but they did offer free coke, which was great because otherwise we got nada, until we were back on the boat

  open a taco stand there and make millions.IMG_6094  Here is a picture of a nice Mayan ruin, probably the best one, possibly the builder model for the whole subdivision. It’s a walk up, most are.  I think this one is called The Stair Master and buns of steel are included.

The longer we looked, the more I just saw a big, delicious rice krispy treat, by the time we piled on the bus everybody was a little less friendly and a little more hangry, so we made a bee line for the boat and bypassed the opportunity to haggle over t-shirts and wrestling masks, not kidding, apparently Nacho Libre was much bigger down here.

…  okay, signing off for now, but more on the cruise later this week…


Happy to be Stuck with You

Hub just turned 40, it’s pretty exciting!  A group of Hub’s college roommates came together to celebrate this milestone with him and a birthday buddy.

There was a  table covered with photos, some of Hub and Birthday Buddy’s 20th birthday party, some of college friends backpacking together or dressed crazy for one theme party or another.

It’s a bit surreal to think that my babies are closer in age to me, in those pictures, than I am.

I felt a little bit, “you may find yourself, behind the wheel of a large automobile…”

“And you may ask yourself-Well…How did I get here?”

I guess it started with meeting my husband,

I was a freshman in college, when I met Hub.Image result for Chris O'Donnell

We were involved in the same campus ministry and I ended up moving into a house a couple doors down from him the next year.  We both had tons of roomies,  Hub had already dated about a quarter of mine.  When we started hanging out a lot, I decided that a D.T.R. was a good idea, you know, the conversation where you Define The Relationship:

IMG_6051that way, things are not awkward at all.


We were good friends, and I was still looking for excitement and romance.  Like a lot of nineteen year old girls, I overlooked cute guys down the street who were dependable, nice guys and continued to search out the kind of guy who just maybe… becomes Darth Vader in the next movie….  or is a vampire, perfect!

At some point I ran across a list of ideal husband traits that I’d jotted in the back of a journal.  I love making lists like that and, in a surprising turn of events, Hub matched everything that I’d written… to a tee.  I took another look at Hub and realized that I was happier spending time with him than I was pursuing actual interesting boys!

After going back to the helpful reading material in our house…


I knew just what to do, old-school stalking.  Just know where they’ll be and pop out of the bushes, make sure to look really nice and act cool.  I must have nailed it, because… eventually, I wore him down.

Now we have about 15 years of married life in the rear-view of that large automobile.  Saying yes was one of the best decisions that I ever made.  It’s not always a Christian Romance Novel, but it’s pretty great!

Happy Birthday Hub!  Thanks for being so awesome!