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So I just had a birthday… yipee!  I’m now 46.  That’s too close to 50 for my taste.  I don’t FEEL 46.  I don’t think I ACT 46 and I certainly hope I don’t LOOK 46.  What do you think?




I think this is a pretty good shot, don’t you?  I was playing around with my phone one evening after getting back from my stylist, who gave me the most amazing cut.  I liked it so much I had to document it.. lol.



So back to birthdays.  As a kid I LOVED my birthday.  A summer baby on the east coast, I never had to go to school on my birthday like a lot of my friends did.  I could enjoy my birthday presents for a few weeks before hitting the books after Labor Day.  We could go to the skating rink (Hot Skates!) and be out late because we didn’t have to get up early the next day.  Moving to Ohio changed all of that.  School started MUCH closer to my birthday.  But still, I enjoyed my birthdays for the most part.  UNTIL.. 21.

Now for most people, turning 21 is a great milestone.  You can finally buy alcohol (legally) and get into the over 21 clubs. For me, it turned out to be bittersweet.  I had decided to take a summer psychology class over at the University of Cincinnati to get a jump start on my next year there (not sure what year it was…my extended college tour will be the topic of another blog I’m sure…) Anyway, I had a mid-term the day of my 21st birthday.  I had always told myself that I wouldn’t go to school on my birthday, yet here I was, on my 21st one at that.  So I went in, took my mid-term, handed it in and told my professor that I was leaving. :)  Went to the DMV to get my license renewed and I figured I’d have a great night with my friends for my birthday.  After all, I had taken each of them out for their 21st birthdays.

What do they say about the best laid plans?  Well, everything fell apart when I got home.  It was pouring down rain and no one wanted to go out.  So I made one more call to my buddy Rafe… and he saved my birthday.  I picked up the beer (and probably some food too – he never had any there… lol), drove over to his place and drank beer and watched pre-season football on TV with him.  To this day I credit him with saving my birthday. :)

Unfortunately, most of my birthdays in the 25 years since that one have been about the same.  There’s been the occasional get together.  And my parents always take me out for dinner, but even when I was married I always felt that my birthday was just there…another day.  In fact, one year my now ex-husband forgot my birthday until I not-so-gently reminded him as we were leaving downtown to go home at the end of the day.  I also try to be a very thoughtful person when it comes to birthdays.  For those people who I care deeply about, I try to make it as special as possible.  Unfortunately, I don’t normally get the same in return, and my birthday turns into a day of disappointment for me.  So lately, especially after my divorce, I’ve been dreading my birthdays.  When you don’t have someone special with whom to share a special day, it just becomes another day.

This year was surprising though.  My son actually remembered my birthday and gave me a huge hug and a happy birthday peck on the cheek as he was rushing out to school.  My parents took me (and said son) out to dinner, and afterwards we hit up Half Priced Books where I scored a few great albums.  And I got the best text from RGG right before dinner.  Now we’ve only had 5 face-to-face dates so far, and only really known each other for 6 weeks or so, but he sent this (I’m not sure if he actually reads this blog, but I’m hoping if he does that he doesn’t mind me sharing what he wrote.  RGG if you do.. let me know, ok?  :) )


Well hopefully you’ll enjoy your birthday present that you’ll be getting


Birthday present?


You have a birthday present that I’m waiting to give you.That I know you’ll totally love


You didn’t have to get me a birthday present… But thank you. :)


I don’t have to do anything that I don’t want to do


I’m sure I’ll love it.And have I mentioned before how sweet you are?


Well thank you, I try. Birthdays are important and you should always go above and beyond for people you’re close to.

Getting that text literally made my birthday.  It’s nice to know there IS someone out there who feels the same way about birthdays as I do.   😀

So it looks like tomorrow I’ll get that birthday present, and I’m really looking forward to it, and to seeing RGG.  It’s been a few weeks due to schedules and kids.  Dinner and a movie… The movie I know – Jurassic World, the dinner is going to be a surprise.  I love surprises like that. :)

Till then!




Time to go home…

Travel diary Day 7 – January 28, 2015

Well.. last day of the cruise and it’s just about time to get home.  I have to admit I’m feeling a bit homesick at this point and I miss my family and my kid.  I’ll always remember this cruise though because of the wonderful people I met.  So here they are!


Our head server – Senthilkumar and his assistant, Marcel (who made it a point to tell us that he was not Latino, Mexican, Spanish or French.. he’s from Romania! lol)

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And my table mates…

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And finally… Frank & Lois, and the Washy-washy woman!

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On my last night on board, I did manage to catch some of the best sunsets of the trip at least.

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I think I definitely need to do this again.  What an amazing trip!  :)



Travel diary Day 6 – Afternoon – January 27, 2015

Look at what we got last night at dinner!

galley tour invite


Yup, that’s right… we got invited to tour the galley with the Executive Chef of the Explorer of the Seas, Gary Thomas.  It’s really amazing what he has to do for every cruise.  Ordering supplies, fresh food, packaged food – everything has to be on the ship because there’s no stopping off at the Quickie-Mart on the way to Mexico LOL.

Chef Gary took introduced us to many of his chefs, describing their duties and the significance of the different hats and differnt colored scarfs they were wearing.

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Then he went around and tasted EVERYTHING on the table.  And I mean everything!  And while he was doing it, he was quizzing each of the chefs on what was in the dish and giving them pointers such as “too much salt”, “not enough pepper”, “this one needs a little more pasta,” etc.

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The food looked amazing.  I was getting hungry just standing there listening to Chef talking about them.  Thankfully dinner was soon!

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HUGE thanks to Chef Gary for the wonderful tour, and to all of the chefs for the wonderful meals.  The food was so delicious that I know I gained at least 5lbs on this cruise! LOL




Freeport, Bahamas

Travel diary Day 6 – January 28, 2015

Woke up this morning docked in Freeport.

Finding the excursion choices pretty slim, my friend and I decided not to sign up for any in Freeport.  Neither of us are huge beach people, plus with all the running around we’ve been doing, it was nice to not have to be somewhere at a certain time.  You know what I mean?

So today was basically about shopping, and people watching.  I sat down on a curb for a while, took out my camera and just shot people for a while.  I don’t do it often, but my friend Dan keeps encouraging me to do it, so I figured why not.  :)

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And of course, Señor Frog was there too!



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Also met some very nice ladies, sisters actually, who were sailing on Norwegian Cruise Lines.  Spent a while comparing ships and amenities… lol.  Too bad I didn’t get their faces, but the one sister had beautiful nails. :)

As we’re about to head back to the ship to relax before our Galley Tour (next post!), who do we bump into but Frank & Lois! They looked adorable as usual, so I had to get some shots of them too.  :)

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Some pics from shopping, then from the ship, overlooking the town.

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All in all, it was a pretty quiet day.  Next time I’m in Freeport though I think I WILL hit the beach, at least for a little while.  After all, there’s only so much shopping a girl can take, right?   😉