Behind the Scenes


Today was one of those lovely sea days in which I am totally and completely free to try doing whatever I want. In reality this means that I happily find a location where I can stitch and perhaps talk to one or two other people.
Oh – but before that – Today was the “Behind the Scenes Tour.”

We headed down the crew stairs near the Atrium from Level 5 down to Level 1 and had a chance first to see the Laundry (and I obviously was interested in taking a quick peak into the repair/tailoring shop before catching up with the group). From there it was on to the backstage area. On this ship the theater is actually in the back of the ship with entry to the wings and backstage area possible from a door on the outside Deck 6 Promenade. Our final stop was the Galley. One of the Sous Chefs talked about the galley. Unfortunately – this was done at high speed outside the entrance followed by CHARGE through the center isles without any explanation of the different stations as we went. Still, in all it was well worth doing.

After that, rather than the Observation Lounge we decided to go hangout elsewhere. Las Ramblas to be specific on Deck 12 aft. No food at this time a day and a bit of music but otherwise empty for the first hour.

Then the “Painting by….” showed up and we were well entertained by the sight of 14 individuals painting (with acrylics) a bouquets of tulips in a vase. It was fun to watch and listen. Up front – most of the paintings were pretty horrible but still a lot better than anything I could do.

Just motoring along on my cross stitch, I managed to head toward the last few stitches. At least it is the last few stitches that I can manage at this point given that I am missing three colors, ran out of two more and would rather just plug all the holes at once.

Yes, I have another project – there are always more projects.

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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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