Thursday, May 22, 2014

Confessions and a Cruise.

If you didn't know, my mama is a travel agent. That is fun for lots of reasons, but one of them is that she occasionally gets to take *free* little trips. This past month, she was planning to go on a 3 day/2 night cruise on The Carnival Sunshine to The Bahamas with a business partner. The ship had been completely remodeled, and so it was a little promo trip for the travel agents, and for family and friends of the ship's crew. But her business partner wasn't feeling well, so I received a last minute invitation to take her place. To go on a free cruise. Uhhhhmm, yes. I called my awesome mother-in-law and lined up some babysitting, and then ran it by my wonderful husband, and hooray for me, he was fine with it. Yay!!

I took this picture with my cell phone, so the quality is not great, but I completely love it. We were on the deck of the ship as we were leaving Florida. Needless to say, it was windy up there!

And this is the not-so-hairy version. Not nearly as fun, right?

The hotel below is where we stayed this past July, with Bryan's family. We would stand on the balcony and wave to the cruise ships as they went past, so it was fun to go by on the other side.

 Goodbye Florida!

Back on the ship...there were dancin' machines. And tootsie's rollin'. The YMCA and the Electric Slide. Because really, what is a cruise without all of that? I will say this, my mom and I are people watchers, and there might be no other place so interesting as a cruise.

Our room was really roomy (considering it was a cruise) and since we were travel agents, we got free stuff too, yay!

 My mom even bought me a drink (or two)!

Here's an embarrassing story, just for the sake of keepin' it real, and get-to-know-yas. I'll probably regret posting this tomorrow. Anyway... I was in college, and I had never really drank any alcohol or been drunk. Being the responsible kid that I was, I wanted the experience, but wanted it to be on my own terms. So I hatched an idea. (Hatching an idea, is never a good idea, by the way.)

It was summer break and I was staying at my parents house. One night around midnight, two of my best guy friends came and picked me up. We drove out to an airport runway, and broke out a bottle of Southern Comfort and solo cups. I proceeded to drink about half the bottle straight, on a completely empty stomach. (Just for anyone who might be concerned, the driver did not drink. That would not be responsible, and this was a very responsible plan!)

I remember the entire hideous display, almost unfortunately. I don't think I have ever felt or looked worse. Ever. (I'm talking, not even ten strings of pearls could have gussied this girl up!) That really great idea of mine came complete with hanging over the back of  a pick-up truck vomiting, crawling around on my hands and knees on an airstrip vomiting, and vomiting until I thought my eyes would pop out of my head... needless to say, it was not pretty, or lady-like, or even remotely responsible. And thank goodness no one had an iPhone in those days! My dear friends drove me home safe and sound, and my sweet sister helped me get back into the house.

I threw up all night. The next day my head was still swirling and I continued vomiting for the majority of the day. Looking back, I'm sure I had some serious alcohol poisoning. All of that to say, ever since that rip-roarin' good time, I can not even smell alcohol without wanting to throw up. Really. I am scarred for life. I'm actually ok with that, and I'm thankful for the lesson learned, however I would NOT recommend the same to my children. Or anyone else's children. Children, do not repeat my experience. So anyway, I went on a cruise with my mom, and she bought virgin PiƱa Coladas for her 34 year old daughter. Hahaha. Whatever...

We landed in The Bahamas, and did a little shopping at The Straw Market.

On our last night, we had the option of either going to the lobster and shrimp dinner, or watching a movie. We choose to sit in the love nest and watch a movie.

I had SUCH a great time just being with my mama. It had been a while since she and I had gone anywhere just us, and it was wonderful to get away for a few days. Thanks Mom! xoxo

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