Sunday, September 26, 2010 – At Sea– Tiaras and Boas
Got up earlier because I wasn't breathing well and read
while waiting for Katie to wake up so we could go to breakfast. I was anxious to get
the pizza again,
(yes, for breakfast) and of course, the soft serve ice cream. We dressed prepared
to go to the pool after we ate.
We found some unoccupied chairs and I was happy to get in
the cool saltwater pool. I got
some exercise while there because I was able to move without my back hurting
and could kick and swim a little. That was good. By the time
we finished it was lunchtime, so we went back to the
and I made a bee line to the pizza again.
Topped it off with another ice cream!
The final 3:00 Pm Bingo prize was $5000. They were selling a set of three cards
for twenty dollars to play one blackout Bingo. If you purchased two sets, you got
five extra tickets good
for a drawing for a free cruise. So I sprang for two sets, going beyond my entertainment
quota. What they didn't tell us until we had
our cards was the $5000 was the prize IF you Bingo on a Power Ball Bingo number
(drawn before the game started). This
is a nearly impossible feat. Then
the prize dropped to $2000 if no one won on that number, BUT you could only win
that if you Bingo within 48 numbers being called. Not sure on the odds for this one.
Then the prize dropped to $1000. Well, if I'd known that I would only
have purchased one strip. I came
within 3 numbers of a blackout on two of my cards before someone else called
Bingo. That means I didn't
win. Then came the drawing for the
free cruise. My tickets were four
away from the winning number for that. That means I didn't win that either. Bummer.
We were shocked to hear that Shirley had fallen in the
middle of the night, tripping over the raised step into the bathroom and
knocking her head on the sink. She
had seven or 9 stitches in the onboard hospital. Shirley was still chipper, stitches covered with bejeweled
tape, for our tiara and boa dinner.
We made it to the dining room with our Diva tiaras and boas,
but the feathers didn't last long around the dinner table. If you've never worn a boa before,
remember that they are HOT. Plus
the feathers were molting everywhere we went. I was presented with a candle-topped slice of cake and
singing waiters wishing me Happy Birthday for the following day. Don't think I got a picture of that.
When we returned to our room, we finished loading up our
previously packed luggage so it could be set out in the hallway before
midnight, making sure we kept clothes, etc. to wear off the ship in the
morning. Then we pretty much
crashed in bed so we could get up in time to disembark in the morning.
Monday, September 24, 2010 – Driving Home
Happy Birthday to me. Katie had a card waiting on mynightstand with a cash gift. Hey,it was a lot better than Bingo!
We returned to the Karaoke lounge by 9:00 and waited for the
announcement for our group to leave the ship, pick up our bags in the terminal
and go through customs. We were
surprised to see Shirley, wearing a neck brace, being rolled into the lounge in
a wheel chair. She was still in
good spirits, but was taking precautions since she already had a metal plate in
her neck. It was the day after I
got home that we learned Shirley was admitted to the hospital with a broken
neck. They did surgery and put four screws in her neck where the break was. The doctor said everything went great and she was able to go
home the next weekend.
Since I could barely lift my carry on, I knew I'd need help
with my suitcase, which somehow weighed much more than it did when getting on
the ship. So I stood in the line
for a porter, which happens to be a great tactic. He gathered my suitcase and Katie's and my carry on got a
ride, too. The porters get to go
to the beginning of a shorter line that's waiting to go through customs,
probably saving us an hour of standing in line. When we were done, he guided us to the taxi that took us to
Palasade Palms, where my car was parked in the covered condo parking lot.
My brother, John had left a message for his annual birthday
call to me. Just when we were
getting on the road, Brandi phoned me her birthday wishes, too.
We loaded up my car and headed out, first having to fill up
the tank for the drive home. We
arrived in Conroe in time for a late lunch and called Allen Hoffer, who met us
at a Mexican restaurant and bought the two of us lunch for my birthday. Just as we were getting out of the car,
Linda Escobar called. She and her
mom, Elsie, sang their birthday wishes to me, too.
Back on the road again, I drove on to Fairfield before
stopping to have Katie drive. We
made it back to Mansfield in what seemed like a year later, but was closer to
5:30 PM. Then we unloaded Katie's
stuff and put it in her car so she could continue on to Irving.
The rest of my evening was consumed by catching up with my
mail, and emails.
This is my story about the Diva weekend. I'm sure there are about 139 more.