Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Honeymoon Day Three: Costa Maya, Mexico

We pulled into port in Costa Maya, Mexico around 8am. From our room we could see another ship docked next to our ship and the water that was lapping up on the side was this amazing blue. It was so blue that it had the appearance of being dyed. It was so beautiful and clear that I just wanted to jump in! If only the beach and water had lived up to my expectations.

Of all the days on the trip this was our least favorite day. It was incredibly hot and we just were not used to it at all. Plus the humidity. On the excursion we took a dune-buggy ride to the beach (it sounded a lot more fun than it actually was). The trip took us through a bunch of pothole ridden streets and some rather unsavory neighborhoods. When we reached our destination they had lunch ready for us, and it was quite good. The provided us with a fresh salsa, some re-fried beans and fresh fruit.

After lunch we ventured to the beach, but the my unpleasant surprise the beach was littered with trash (although the had obviously cleaned off the area directly in front of the restaurant) and large amounts of seaweed. And I cannot stand to be in the water with chunks of seaweed scraping against my legs
there was trash everywhere and seaweed all in the water. We didn't spend much time in the water and our walk down the beach was kind of gross, because of the trash. So we were more than happy when our time was up and we headed back to port.

After sweating profusely, the saltwater, and the regular application of sunscreen, I felt completely gross at the end of the day. But we did a bit of shopping before heading back to the ship, but didn't end up getting anything, hoping that prices and product would differ at each port.

 I was so glad to get back to the room and take a shower! (This was pretty much the theme of the trip.)

Honeymoon Day Two: At Sea

 I must start by apologizing... We didn't take many pictures and there were a few days when I wish we had taken some or taken more. So I will be using some pictures from the internet to supplement when needed.

About a week prior to the wedding we finally decided that we would go on a honeymoon right after the wedding and that we would go on a cruise. With the Hubby being gone oversees for the majority of our engagement we never made plans for the honeymoon. Granted there was a lot of talk as to what we would do and where we would go but we just never made any decisions leaving it for when he returned. But the decision was made and we booked all in the same day, again about a week before we got married. The biggest problem was making the trip fit into my work schedule since we had about 8 days between the wedding and my first day of work (wonderful planning, I know.) But we made it work. We got married April 2nd, left out of the port of New Orleans on the 3rd, got back on the 10th, and I had to be at work for 7am on the 11th. We chose to cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines' ship called the Spirit and had a great time!

Or first day at sea was pretty lazy. We slept in as much as we could but the bright sun through the curtains doesn't make sleeping in very easy.  We spent our day at the pool very crowded pool and continuing to attempt to catch up on sleep. And it's a good thing that we caught up on sleep because the next four days were exhausting, but so much fun! We were a little over zealous when packing thinking that we would hit the gym just about everyday that we were on the trip, but that didn't even happen once. I attribute this to us not drinking enough water during the day and being slightly dehydrated most of the trip. We definitely learned our lesson by the end of the trip, but the damage was done.

Honeymoon Day One: Disembarkation

Well I guess this is better late than never, right?

We woke up early and had breakfast with his parent's and sister before heading back to my parent's house since they were giving us a ride across the lake (which saved us over $100 in parking for the week, which seems a bit insane to me.) I don't think I slept much at all that night. I wanted to commit every moment of our wedding day to memory!

Once we got on the ship we ate lunch and hung around on deck until we were able to go to our room, which was quite nice with a balcony. It was kind of a wasted day since we didn't do much but nap and relax until we were ready for dinner. But we really needed to catch up on sleep, since we had a very busy week ahead of us.

Close to what our room looked like.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Manic Monday!

What a crazy and hectic day! So many babies making there way into the world today (or at least trying to) and therefore so many mamas and babies that needed to have there blood drawn. For about an hour every time that I was about to head down to the lab I got a page to draw another patient. I was beginning to think I'd end up staying up there all day and that it was ever going to stop! Thankfully it eventually calmed down and I was able to take a lunch break, take a breather, and read more Catching Fire (Should finish soon! And loving it as much as The Hunger Games!). But I think I'm going to love the evening shift! I like the steady flow of patients instead of the giant stack you're presented with when you get to work at 5am and then your workflow quickly tapers off. Also it is much better for my sleep schedule as it correlates better with my husband's, since he loves his computer games and will play them until very late at night. Plus I can get so much done before work. Today I was able to hit the gym and clean the kitchen a bit! Wonderful!

Off to bed! Get to do it all again tomorrow with the exception of the babies, since that won't be my floor tomorrow!

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Hunger Games (A book review)

I just finished reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It's a first person story that takes place in future North America a place known as Panem, which is made up of a rich and powerful capital city surrounded by 12 poor Districts. The story follows Katniss Everdeen,  young girl from District 12 who lost her father and has had to provide for her mother and younger sister since his death. This year Katniss must be one of two representatives of her District in the Games. The story follows her journey to the Games and her attempt to win.

I thuroughly enjoyed The Hunger Games and highly recommend it. It is the first of the trilogy and the next book on my Kindle is the second installment Catching Fire!

Stay tuned to see what I'll be reading next!

Oh and I also love my Kindle and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading!

Getting up at 4am is not my cup of tea

For the past 2 weeks I have had to be at work for 5am which means that most days I am getting up at or before 4am (3:30 when I decide to get up early to do yoga). But that is over! No more morning rounds, no more getting up way before the sun, and no more having to go to bed so very early! I am not nor have I ever been an early morning person or a morning person for that matter. Starting Monday I will be working the evening shift which is great since I will be starting school again in the fall.

Work has been great! I enjoy working with the phlebotomists and techs and the hospital is great! Most days it doesn't even feel like work! I just know that once I'm an RN I'll love it too! The worst part of my job is the bending, and by the end of the day some part of my back aches, but it quickly goes away. I'm curious to see if it will hurt less with more exercise, specifically some strength training of my back and core... I guess we'll see!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Here Comes Peter Cotton Tail...

We went to visit my family for Easter and had a great time! I hope you enjoy my Easter Saturday in pictures!

Why snow? Why?

As you may not know, I am a huge cycling fan! And today I turn switch the channel to watch the Tour of California and the first thing I see is snow. How lovely, I thought. At least that's what I was thinking until Phil Liggett announced that the race officials have decided to cancel the race due to unsafe conditions. What? Now I do understand that icy roads+tiny road tires=disaster, but what a way to ruin my day.

Here's hoping that the rest of the event goes off without a hitch, and that there are many exciting sprint finishes!

Source: sports.herbalife.com

Oh and don't worry the posts about the cruise are coming. I'm just taking this thing in a slightly different direction. :)