Back an hour

It seems like such a little thing, that hour of sleep lost, but it wreaks havoc with the best of us. After al, it is only an hour; the first of three we lose on our way to Miami and it is not like we are doing them all at once.

Jill and I spent the day in the Observation lounge working on our respective cross-stitch projects. Me with more than three dozen colors and needing to make changes every few stitches and her with black thread. Of course, I make up for it by using 14 count fabric while she is plying needle and thread through 28 count (double the thread count, four times the stitches per square inch).  We were thinking about keeping tract of all those who have stopped by to see our projects.

The highlight today was this lovely French woman, straight, slender, silver haired and elegant. Neither Jill nor I remembered much of our French, she spoke no English but it was wonderful to watch her pleasure in examining Jill’s current project. There was also an American or two, a Canadian, an Australian, a woman from the Philippines and more staff than we really needed. By the end of the day, I had finished somewhere around 1600 stitches (figure 16 10×10 squares) with 62 to go).

I have to mention the food. The observation lounge – forward on deck 12 – had coffee and danish out early and late. It fills that notch between needing food and just something to get you till breakfast. There is no 24 hour dining location on this ship like the larger NCL ships.  There are two main dining rooms – same menu in both. We have now eaten in both. No question both the food and the service are far superior to Royal in the last year. NCL apparently is not cutting costs in that area. Way too many Bingo announcements, but excellent quality on the food.

Tomorrow we are in Cabos. It is a tender port. I am going to wander out mid-day for a while. I had it mixed in my head with the next port which is the coffee shop/Walmart/old town stop. In any case, I will try for some wifi. I am not willing to pay the ship rates for connectivity so am being very sparing of my few free internet minutes.

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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