Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Back to that whole Vacation thing

I left off after our day in Freeport.  I know this is very spread out and disjointed.  Stay with me though, we really had a wonderful time on our trip.

The day after Freeport was Nassau.  I had talked to people who had been there and we had our friend Richard there too, so the three of us decided to hit up the Atlantis Resort.  Its huge and really pretty.  We mostly did the aquarium tour there, since none of us were interested in any gambling.
 Jelly fish are always beautiful and make for fun pictures, don't they.  We took a ton hoping to get some nice ones.
There were tanks of tiny fish everywhere.  The aquarium is built to look mostly like you are in caves but then outside they have these really large lagoons.  You have to have a map to find your way around the aquarium, its kind of nuts.  We were glad that we spent the morning at the aquarium because it rained off and on all morning.

This guy was a bit creepy.  After seeing him and a few others like him I did not want to have fish for dinner.

 One of my favorite outdoor lagoons was the sea turtle lagoon.  It had tons and tons of huge sea turtles and you could get really, really close to them. They were fun to watch swimming around.  Most places you go have one or maybe two turtles of this size, but there had to be more than a dozen here, maybe 20 or so.
Another outdoor lagoon housed a couple hammer head sharks.  You couldn't get as close to that lagoon as the turtles, but they were cool to watch swimming around their huge pool.  The lagoon with the nurse sharks in it you could have walked right in to though.

After some lunch at Atlantis and the sun finally being out to stay, we went back to the other side of the island and hit up the beach.  The water was beautifully clear and really warm and the three of use bobbed around in it for quite a while.  It was nice that the beach wasn't crowded and we could find our own fairly quiet little spot.  You can see the cruise ships behind us in the distance.

 After a little while at a local internet cafe where the guys could get a beer and we could all indulge our desire to "connect" we headed back towards the boats, bought a few silly things for family and took a couple pictures of the giant ships.
 And Ben was taking silly pictures up my nose.
 Leaving Nassau!  Atlantis is waaay in the background there to the left.

And lastly, our towel animal from that night.  The next day was just a day at sea so we don't have many pictures, but we did some swimming some eating, some packing, some lounging, etc.  Oh and at dinner we had the most incredible chilled bing cherry soup.  Mmmm.  We had been told about it and had been waiting all week for it to appear on the menu.  Dinner every night was good and the lobster was great, but that soup was the best.

So my very first cruise was awesome and I think its something I would probably do again.  :-)  I can't recall if I mentioned my visit to the spa during the first day at sea but I had a massage and facial and it was the most wonderful relaxing thing ever.  I wish I could have brought the masseuse home with me, she was awesome.  But then I always love trips to the spa.  Massage?  Yes, please.

Our vacation didn't end after the cruise.  We had a whole week left of vacationing to do.  More about that later.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Knitting Is My Drug

I am interrupting my slow accounting of our vacation to bring you a quick shop update.  

I have started on a new themed line of stitch markers.  These markers are made from polymer clay beads that look like various prescription drugs.  (Disclaimer: They are simply meant to be fun, not to support drug use)  I often hear people I knit with talk of being 'addicted' to knitting or about knitting being their 'therapy' or drug, so here you go!
 This first set is a set of five little vicodin.  :-)  Aren't they awesome?  I just love how they turned out.
 This next set is 5 capsule style pills.  I love how they came out too and they are varnished to look shiny just like real prescription capsules.
 I also did a 'mixed baggie' set with a few of each for the person who wants to really party with their knitting.  ;-)
 I can't believe how real they look!  I've had so much fun dreaming up this set that I think I will continue this theme.  I have a few more ideas up my sleeve, but if there was a particular drug you would want to see as a stitch marker, what would it be?
Stop on by my etsy if you want to pick up a set!  Also, I will be at Fiber Christmas in July the last weekend in July at the Creek County Fairgrounds in Kellyville, OK.  I will post a whole bunch more info on that soon!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Vacation - Part 1

I'm back from a fantastic 2 week vacation!  There were so many parts to our vacation that it is going to take me days to cover it all.  We left town 2 weeks ago today and drove east.  We took 2.5 days to do the drive across, ultimately to Charleston, and stayed one night with my lovely godsister in her super cute yellow home in a teeny tiny town where we actually ate at a restaurant called Taco Sushi.  Yes, Taco Sushi.  I know it sounds weird.  One side of the menu is all mexican food and the other side is all sushi and apparently they do both well.  It was actually quite fantastic.

After leave there it was off to our 5 day cruise to the Bahamas.  I must admit, we weren't all crazy like with the picture taking.  We were a little more into the relaxing and eating.  So. Much. Food.  

I did take pictures of our towel animals every evening.  Cause I'm a dork like that and I thought they were cute.  (Although I am not a big enough dork to buy the book of how to make them or anything)  I admit that going in to this I was worried about whether or not the motion of the boat would bother me and that first night it definitely did.  I didn't ever get full blown seasick, but I definitely noticed the rocking and was a bit queasy that first night.  After that it got much better but every once in a while I would notice it a lot.

The first full day at sea was all about lounging, swimming, mini golf, and more food.  No, I didn't take pictures of any of the food but I did enjoy eating every last bit of it.

He's laughing at me for taking his picture even though I had only taken like 3 pictures the whole cruise up to this point. 

Our second towel animal was apparently an Ant Eater.  We had to have a little help figuring this out because to me it really looked like a Sphinx.  

Our first port of call was Freeport.  The boat docs in a very industrial area, so we grabbed a cab over to the main shopping area and then walked to a nice stretch of public beach.

The water was really warm and bobbed around in it for a while until it started to rain.  We had walked quite a ways down the beach to get away from the crowds so we had quite a long run back to this measly spot of shelter offered by the covered deck of a tiny restaurant/bar.  After a bit of the rain continuing to just get harder, we opted for a cab back to the boat so we could warm up with hot showers and hot lunch.  

By the time we were leaving Freeport the sun was back out and we enjoyed watching the departure.  Despite the warm outdoor weather, the boat over air conditioned all of its indoor areas, like the dining rooms and theater, so I had to carry either a sweater or a wrap every evening.  

Our towel animal that night was a cute little elephant.  How adorable is he?  So there you go, the first couple days of our adventure in gluttony cruise.  I'll be back soon with part two.