Archive for January, 2008

Cayman really is Grand…

January 31, 2008 Leave a comment

We decided that we would not do a shore excursion in Grand Cayman. Instead, we went shopping and ate lunch there. It was just a lazy day. We could walk everywhere we need to be. The island really isn’t that big. But it does boast the 5th largest economy in the world. That is amazing considering the size of it. The majority of this economy is from banks. There are banks everywhere.

We were supposed to find a great deal on loose jewels and other jewelry. I guess they were great deals but still way,way, way above our budget. So we ended up buying a few t-shirts and other knickknacks. It was really a nice place. I liked it more than Jamaica. The ship had to set anchor out away from the shoreline and smaller boats came in to get us ashore. That was pretty cool. We got some pictures of our ship and the Royal Caribbean ship that was also anchored there. We ate at Senor Frogs. They had some pretty decent Mexican Food. It was tasty and fun to eat outside on their balcony.

I am not sure how but my clothes seem even bigger. Could I have lost weight on this cruise? I guess I will find out on Sunday. We have both searched for scales but haven’t found one yet. We are going to some Mayan Ruins tomorrow in Mexico. That should be fun and will be our biggest excursion. After that, we will be headed back home.

Categories: Travel

Jamaica? No Problem, Mon!

January 30, 2008 Leave a comment

We went on a tour in Jamaica to the Croydon Plantation. We chose this over Dunn’s River Falls because some of our friends were going there and a lot of people were going to the Falls. The falls are probably the biggest tourist attraction on the Island. We decided that we wanted to see the real Jamaica and so off to the plantation we went. The drive up there was about a hour on a very winding, steep road. We went through very exclusive parts of town and very poverty stricken parts of town. I had always heard that about Jamaica. Now I have seen it with my own eyes. It makes you realize how blessed we are. On the plantation we toured around and learned about coffee, pineapples, bananas, coconut, and some fruit that I have never heard of before. We were able to sample all of the above. The pineapples were my favorite. We tried 5 different varieties. Who knew? I love me some pineapple. Our guide taught us some “Jamaicanese”. It was a fun trip and our group had a lot of fun.

Later that night, at dinner, I finally got to eat what I had been waiting for. Beef Wellington. Ever since I had seen Hell’s Kitchen on TV I have wanted to try it. It was good and I was happy. I love me some Beef Wellington. Every night before the desert course the wait staff in the dining room perform for us. Tonight we were invited to participate in the ships longest conga line. Rhonda and I jumped at opportunity this time after not doing it the night before. It was fun and we all made fools of ourselves. We were able to sit with a nice couple from Oregon or Washington. I thought it was Spokane but Rhonda tells me they were from Portland. Wherever they were from we had a great time getting to know them. We are sitting with different people each night. Sometimes they are from our DFW group and, like last night, sometimes they aren’t. They are all here with the FamilyLife conference, though.

We had a group meeting tonight and forgot to make it back to the room to talk to the boys. We hated that because we miss them so. We will have to do better tomorrow.

Tomorrow we arrive in Grand Cayman. We are going to shop there and see what other kind of trouble we can get into. So stay tuned…

Categories: Travel

Anybody wanna Conga?

January 29, 2008 Leave a comment

We have met so many people. There are over 200 people from FamilyLife here with us. People from Maine to Alaska to California to Florida. It is really good to meet others that are doing what we do.

The worship leader for the week is Dennis Jernigan. What a great heart for God that he has! I had heard of him from our friends, Steve and Amy. This is the first time I have ever heard him though. What a testimony he has. We bought a CD and he autographed it. We had lots of free time today. We went on a tour of the galley. That was pretty interesting considering how they feed 3000 people in about 5-6 hours. There are two main restaurants on either end of the ship. The galley, between them, stretched the entire length of the ship. It was pretty impressive. Check out the pictures. What? You don’t see any pictures? Well, we will have to take care of that.

We both fell off the deep end dietarily tonight. It wasn’t totally out fault. They offered Mexican Food. And I like me some Mexican food. The problem was that it was a midnight buffet. Yep! That’s right. I ate Mexican Food at midnight. They also had a Mardi Gras celebration on the Lido deck. And, you got it, it was offered with a spirited and festive tone. Well, actually, you know how Carnival is the “the Fun Ship”? Everyone down there was having fun, I guess. They were all hootin’ and hollerin, being riled up by the ship’s staff. I have never seen anything like it. They had everyone (no, not me and Rhonda) jumping up and down and forming a conga line that stretched around the Lido deck multiple times. It really was crazy.

That ended our day. What a day it was.

Categories: Food and Drink, Travel

Big hiney fans!

January 28, 2008 Leave a comment

Well, here I am a day behind. We have been pretty busy. Did I say that this ship is great? We were in meetings for most of the day here. Even so, we managed to have a little bit of fun. Monday night was formal night in the dining room. The food is really good. There is just so much of it. We have been pretty good and have exercised/walked everyday.

I guess the highlight of the day was the Vegas style show that they did. It was a bit risque, though. Some of our group walked out. I thought about it. But the most impressive thing about the show was the girl’s big hiney fans. They could have been peacocks considering how that were prancing around in those things.

I promised pictures and am still trying to make that happen. Maybe tonight….

Categories: Travel

You can now board…

January 27, 2008 1 comment

After our exciting night in Galveston we got up and walked a mile or so down the beach. That was fun. It would’ve been much better if we could have seen the water. It was foggy. It reminded me of that Scooby Doo cartoon where Shaggy cut through the fog with a knife. We soon gathered everything up and headed for the cruise terminal. We finally found it… it wasn’t easy because like the night before there were closed streets all over the place. So we meandered our way through the line to get to the terminal. When we got there, we were told that the fog had prevented the ship from getting back from the cruise last week. We were supposed to get onboard at 1:30. It was going to be delayed until 5:30. To make matters worse, the parking lot was going to be closed until right before then. So there were hundreds of cars lined up down the street, through neighborhoods. We waited there 3 hours. Now it doesn’t seem as bad but you should try to sit in your car for three hours straight. During this time we were watching people walk back and forth up and down the streets searching for food and bathrooms. (We were all planning on eating lunch on board. We were able to see all of Big Mama’s children arriving at her house for Sunday lunch. It was funny because this one guy (weighing in about 400 bs.) was really concerned and confused as to why all of our cars were lined up and down the street. Apparently, Big Mama has some big children and lots of them. I thought it was neat how they were all spending the Sunday meal and afternoon together. I don’t think that really happens too much these days.

I think we were in a total of six lines (in the manner of Six Flags) that wound back and forth and back and forth again. But finally we were on the ship. And it pulled away at about 6:00pm – a full two hours earlier than they expected.

I will post some pictures tomorow of the ship and other things.

Categories: Family, Travel

Mardi Gras?

January 26, 2008 Leave a comment

I have been to New Orleans many times before, during and after Mardi Gras. I expect parades and beads and revelry. What I don’t expect, though, is to get to Galveston and be delayed and detoured because the main road by the sea is totally closed for a Mardi Gras parade. I got kinda impatient. We finally got to the hotel after detouring around the island and checked in only to find there were no parking spaces. Well, that isn’t technically true. There was an overflow lot that had a space. So we parked there and lugged our bags all of the 1 1/2 blocks back to the hotel. I wish I could say that I was magnanimous with the poor desk clerk. I told her that there was no parking and was told that it was “Mardi Gras” with a spirited, festive tone. I could care less. All of those juiced-up parade goers were parked in the hotel parking lots taking up MY space. That just wouldn’t do. The desk clerk and her supervisor seemed unable to help or almost not caring that those festive parade goers had taken MY spot. It was, after all, Mardi Gras (with a spirited, festive tone.) Rhonda and I went to eat at Rainforest Cafe and watched the end of the exciting Mardi Gras parade, which we watched with a spirited, festive tone. Then it was all over and we hiked to the overflow lot and retrieved our car and parked it right next to the building. Now I kinda feel silly for getting so bothered about it. But, unfortunately, if you know anything about me, you know that is the way I am.

I don’t really get Mardi Gras. Hundreds or thousands? of people standing rows deep, waving their arms, jumping up and down hoping to get some stupid plastic beads? I don’t get it. These people were crazy. Crazy hats. Crazy RVs. Crazy glasses. Crazy language. And costumes? I don’t get it.

We can’t believe that it is finally time for our cruise. By the time you read this, we will be on the ship headed for the open sea. My plan is to take you with us so check back often. I hope to upload pictures and thoughts every evening. You will get notified when this happens.

Categories: Travel

Safest place to be…

January 15, 2008 Leave a comment

The National Weather service just released new guidelines for emergency procedures should a tornado be spotted in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. All residents are instructed to go immediately to Texas Stadium. They will be safe there because the likelihood of a touchdown there is very small. These plans may be updated at sometime in the future.

Many fans are still reeling after the loss this past weekend. Whatever! I am such a fair-weather fan. I am surprised that I let myself get so emotionally involved as I did. Before the game I told Rhonda that I thought the Cowboys would lose. Just a feeling. I like Romo but his inexperience was definitely showing. Things could have gone better for them. There were so many dropped passes, missed blocks and tackles, and just a general loss of focus. Now, it is sad. I don’t really care about the Superbowl. Last year I was indifferent but watched hoping to see some great commercials. Even the commercials let me down. We will be arriving back into town from our cruise on the day of the Superbowl. I guess I won’t be in such a hurry to get back.

Categories: Humor, Sports