Day 3 – Symphony of the Seas

Let’s see – there is sunlight, there are way too many people out and about. The number of children is appalling. Apparently it is spring break – which makes absolutely no sense to me. But then. when I was growing up, school holidays normally aligned with religious events in the spring to decrease the number of days off. And, as I have mentioned before, absolutely none of my kids ever went to a school which would have accepted “vacation” or “family travel” as a reason to miss school. So the average age on this ship is a lot lower than one would expect for a crossing…

Off that particular soap box.

I wandered down to the Diamond Lounge early and grabbed coffee then headed back to my cabin. So far I think that there might be a dozen of other passengers bothering to wear masks. The positive is that those of us who are passengers are all wearing good masks and correctly. The staff? Mask wearing seems to be random and mostly over nose&mouth but often not.

I will give you the mask rant on a different day. Let me just leave it at: hospitals have respiratory protection programs. They fit masks and teach staff how to wear them. Good hospitals have proven that the use of masks marked decreases nosocomial infections. The general public? No clue for most of them on size, fit or how to wear. So if you are dumb enough to run a survey and ASK people if they wear a mask and if they have gotten COVID, you aren’t going to be able to determine if the masks made a difference.

Off that soap box. There are people on this ship coughing, sneezing, and also those who seem to think that drenching themselves in perfume/cologne is essential to their happiness. Negative test on boarding isn’t going to help all that much.

I actually went to the Ice Show; the tech people with the lighting programing were amazing. The costumes were fun. The story line could be ignored in favor of just sitting back and enjoying the skating. There was one jacket that I would love to make/have/wear…

Stitching –
Pattern from My Big Toe – on PTP 16 ct. Stitched with two NPI silks (in browns) and Raspberry Ripple from Dinky Dyes

It is my “new cruise, new start” and should be finished tomorrow.

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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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