In exactly three weeks I'll finally be getting a real break from this nasty winter weather we've been having here in Connecticut when I step off of the train in Jacksonville, Florida and greet Barb with a big hug before we wind our way south to West Palm Beach and a late lunch at the famous John G's with Sandy & Dick and Empress Bee & Sarge Charlie.
The last and only time I was there was back in June when I went to Florida for Jamie's graduation from FLYCA and Bee & Charlie took us there for breakfast while we were visiting. It was an absolutely delicious breakfast and I've already been perusing the menu to pick out what to have for lunch but I can't decide between John G's Famous Fruit Combo with Homemade Tuna Salad or The Third Dimension (a triple-decker sandwich of oven roasted turkey breast with lettuce, tomato and bacon). If they use real honest-to-goodness turkey then my mind is made up but if they don't, I still may have to flip a coin! No doubt I'll change my mind many times over during the next three weeks!
Of course, the train ride on Amtrak from New London to Jacksonville followed by the drive to West Palm Beach and lunch at John G's is only a precursor to an event that has been well worth waiting for - my very first-ever cruise with the aforementioned lunch companions plus Sandee & Zane from California! We'll be shoving off from the Port of Miami on the Carnival Glory on Sunday the 27th for seven days in the Eastern Caribbean - though if you were to ask me, I still probably couldn't tell you what islands we're going to other than Puerto Rico as I'm pretty sure Barb and I are going to tour the Bacardi Factory on a shore excursion.
With everything that's been going on in life I really hadn't been paying that close of attention to how quickly the countdown timer on my blog has been counting down but when I looked at the calendar at work the other day and saw that it actually was February, it finally dawned on me just how little time I have to get ready. Sandee keeps telling me that I should be packed and sitting on my suitcases by now but I haven't even made a list yet - never mind checked it twice!
I can however happily report that I do have some of the essentials that I'm going to need for my first trip on the high seas!
For Christmas, my son and his wife got me a nice new three-piece set of luggage in a very catchy turquoise blue color that is sure to pop out from all of those dull black suitcases one sees; their very first use will be on this trip. Along with my brand-spanking new luggage, is my first-ever tiara (fit for a Duchess!) and a smaller tiara ornament that my friend Rhonda's daughter bought for me that I'm going to put on my carry-on to indicate my royal status. Finally, having never been on a big ship before but knowing that the short ferry ride from Fisherman's Wharf to Alcatraz Island had me quite queasy, I figured that getting transdermal patches for potential seasickness would probably be a good idea! Like my doctor said, if I have them and don't need them then that's great but if I do need them and don't have them, that's not so great!
Before putting my tiara away in a spot that I could hopefully remember for the next three weeks, I thought I'd try it on to see how it looks being that I've never ever worn a tiara before ...
I apologize for the slight blurriness of the picture but honestly, do you know how hard it is to take a picture of yourself in the bathroom mirror while holding a camera with one hand and shooing away a cat with your other? Not easy, my friends, not easy! Anyhow, next time I wear my tiara it won't be accompanied by a long-sleeve t-shirt under a long-sleeve thermal fleece top but I'm pretty sure I'll still be wearing that smile - or maybe even a bigger one!
Oh yea ... most definitely a bigger one!