Thursday, February 17, 2011


Well, tomorrow is the day! And I about froze today... by the time I left my classroom this evening it was a frigid 64 degrees... in the classroom! I can hardly wait to warm up. But there in lies the problem... getting on the plane in cold weather and getting off in hot weather. So what to wear ??? so that one does not freeze to death on one coast or end up sweating bullets on the other. Well, I have decided to freeze on this side.

I have listened and tried to learn from everyone. For instance...
from Susan I learned to take a hat and bring a little neck pillow and socks on the plane
from Natalie (Jo's friend) I learned to take a little quilt
from Dee I learned to have 'rock star' toes and get a pre-tanned
from Laura I learned to take little money... not big bills and to wear skirts
while Pat Bisson wears the neck thing, Judy Rotar advised a money belt and escargo
and simply 'everyone' snorkels' and so me too!
Dee wears sundresses so I now have a sundress
Becky wears shirts and shorts over her swim suit so I too have shorts and a shirt
And when I saw Walt at the meeting in his Hawaiian shirt, I knew I needed tropical clothing
Susan went on pre-cruise diet and so that meant I had too as well.
Laura said to take a change of clothes and a swimsuit in my carry-on and so I am
I am trying to follow all instructions

I have never worked so hard for 7 days of "fun". It had better be worth what I have gone through...

Sunday, February 13, 2011


Well, 5 days to go... I will be back before I know it.

Its taken a lot of "think time" to figure out what to take. I never thought I would spend so much time thinking about clothing. I have not bought much... no clothing, except for the sundress that Jo made for me. And it is sooooo cute.

I have taken advice from many people. As a result I am now tanning (with very minimal results), am the proud owner of snorkel gear, have my cash in small bills, have my swimsuit and a change of clothing in my carry-on, have a little pillow for the long night on the plane, etc. I feel pretty much ready... and so now I have to get my classroom ready for my departure. My report cards are almost done and I am dutifully working to eliminate the many items on my lengthy list. I don't think most people have to work as hard as me just to be gone for 7 days. Poor me... cursed cruise!

Anyone interested in the much discussed black pants? Well, they button but they are still snug. But I am wearing them...

Sam told me that i have become a true "Orovillan" because of my tooth dilemma (or should I say lack of teeth). But oh the miracle of living in this day and age and having Keith for a dentist. Miracles still happen... my oh so beautiful smile is evidence of that. I am lucky and need to suck up my aversion and fear of the dentist office and face it like a big girl (yes, I know, but I am trying to be a smaller version of a "big girl".)

Anyway,,, my next post will be the annoying pictures of someone who has just returned from vacation in the caribbean.