Friday, February 19, 2010

Cruise to the E. Caribbean - Day #3

(PHOTO: being goofy in the cabin with our "towel animal of the day")
Our third day, Sunday, February 7, which was our second day on the cruise to the Eastern Caribbean, was entirely at sea as we sailed from Fort Lauderdale to Grand Turk. There were a lot of activities on the ship to keep people busy.
We awoke at 5:30am and had breakfast at 6:30am when the dining hall opened. We noticed on satellite TV that the ship had, that Washington, DC received 2 feet of snow Saturday. Rob was really missing Dolly and Franklin and fretting over how the doggy daycare was handling the blizzard - which turned out fine.
After breakfast, we walked about 4 miles around the upper deck (in circles), under cloudy skies and it was 67F and breezy. The winds were kicking up the seas with 8-foot high waves, so it was a rocky ride. By 9 a.m. we decided to sit on deck (in sweatshirts) and have coffee. It was so nice to be with friendly people! They were mostly between 60-80 and were really nice!
At 10am we took a "stomach flattening class" which turned out to be a sales pitch for measuring body mass for $50. We walked away. Later, Tom got sunburned on the deck (the sun came out) while Rob sat reading his great book "The Art of Racing in the Rain" while sitting in the shade. After a nice light lunch, we listened to the ship's "purchaser" talk about diamond shopping excursions in Grand Turk (our first port of call the next day). He was very flamboyant and irritating, so we left. It was all a pitch to get people to buy jewelry (which we don't care for-aside from our wedding bands). After a gym workout, dinner, and walking around the ship, we sat through the first 10 minutes of an atrocious movie with Matt Damon called "the Informant," we returned to the cabin and enjoyed "Sister Act" on satellite TV.
(PHOTO: This is a old photo that hung in the hallway near our cabin. We really liked it, so we took a picture of it. Holland America cruises have lots of old photos in black and white hanging throughout the hallways).

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14