This morning is the start of an only 3-days labour week
I do not work on Monday, and because of the X-mas event I took the day off on Friday, so TGIF is thursday, ain't that something lol
I had a good night sleep, finally. The temperatures here in Amsterdam are still like spring with 7 C this morning, so no wintercoat needed today.
Maybe some rain later the day, but who cares, it is always better then snow
Have a great day !
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Good morning, Jacqueline and all the CM's to follow. Enjoy your long weekend, Jacqueline. I wish I could say the same.....yesterday was a 12-hour day and today, I'm here at 5:30 a.m. It's year-end....'tis the season! Today is our office lunch...I took the easy way out...I'm baking the ham! Can't get much easier than that. You all have a great day and stay warm. It is in the single digits here.....the only single digits I like are cruise-related!
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Transit strike is ON in NY City. Should make commuting in the whole metro area so much fun. Extra time this morning folks. It's cold outside 10 degrees f. BRRRR. Need to organize Chritmas presents by household tonight and check for batteries. Don't want to give the kids a present they can't use right away. We bought nothing that has to be assembled. I sure remember lots of late Christmas Eve's putting together bikes and doll carraiges.
Have a great day everyone.
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Well, Christmas is closing in on us now and the next 4 days are going to busy, busy, busy. Everything is bought and wrapped, sorted into shopping bags for loading in the Explorer. We will be at one daughter's for Christmas Eve and with another by mid-day Christmas Day. TONS of food to prep going to BOTH places. I have 5 lists going so that I don't forget anything......can't rely on my memory any more!
Let's all remember to stop a few times during the next few days, take a deep breath and enjoy all of this hub-bub.....and what it means to us individually.......the reason for the season and the time with family and friends......or friends and family......some like their friends better than their family . Speaking of which......has anyone paid any attention to the Honey Baked Ham commercial on the radio???? It is a sweet, dripping, somewhat sexy, warm and fuzzy voice telling us all of the reasons to surprise your man with a HBH ...... "it tells him you would marry into his disfunctional family all over again" ...... HYSTERICAL!
Good morning from Orlando where I also have a 3 day work week. YAY!
Mgram, I heard that commercial last night for the first time and felt silly laughing out loud in the parking lot at Publix! The dysfunctional family line was my favorite.
Still have a few things to get but nothing major. Need a good idea for a hostess gift for a party we're going to Friday night.
Tonight we see The Rockettes! Should be fun.
Good Morning!!!! There is a transit strike here in NYC but I got to work as usual becuase my bus line is not on strike. It should be chaos here as so many are dependent on the buses and subways, more so than any city I know of other than London and perhaps Paris. NYers will cope and survive as always. I am wondering if leaving the city tonight will be slow becuase of increased traffic. They are turning cars away from the bridges and the tunnels if they do not have at least 4 passengers. I was amazed at the number of people trying to get through with less. The Port Authority police in Jersey City were merciless about turning back those with less then 4 from the Holland Tunnel.
Everyone have a great day!!!
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It snowed most of yesterday, and we are expected to pick up 2 more inches today, can't believe that winter doesn't officially begin until tomorrow. Seems like it has been impacting us since Thanksgiving.
Yesterdays decorating and party went well. Spent hours decorating and shopping for a 3 hour party. It looked nice - as nice as you can dress up a Sunday school Room! Today is push day at the office and all the wrapping for our needy family. I'm sure we will have to do a little more shopping for things such as a Turkey and fresh stuff for the food basket.
Since my kids are both home tonight with no plans they have requested a special meal. Will try and get that done. Might bargain with them - pick up your junk all over the house, I'll make your meal.
My son surprised me yesterday. I still think of him as a kid most of the time and was reminded yesterday that he is growing up and has convictions. My daughter said he wasn't going to buy a Christmas gift for a certain person. This person has been with my dh sister since they were in HS - about 9 years, and they got engaged at least 4 years ago. We won't committ to a date - always has an excuse. My sil is always trying to talk him into a date. My son said that if after 9 years this guy couldn't committ to his Aunt then as far as my son was concerned he had worn out his welcome in the family and he wasn't buying him any more presents. He would resume again when he made a decision to become a permanent member of the family. We all feel this way, but don't want to rock the boat. I have to admire my sons convictions to stand behind what he feels. I just hope it doesn't cause hard feelings. But I have to allow my son to do this his own way. It wouldn't be right to force him to go against what he really feels in his heart.
Sorry to all of you who have to try and get around NYC today. I can't imagine the havoc this will cause.
The crash in Miami is so sad!
Angela - my pastors parents went to the same show I think you are planning to see - they live in Winter Park. They reported back how awesome it was. They were moved to tears.
We're in the single digits here too in Indiana. I think I am finished with Christmas shopping, but still have lots of wrapping to do. D/H and I are going to take each other shopping today though for our gifts to one another as we are both impossible to buy for.
Speaking of Honey Baked Ham. every year one of my partners sends me one and this year I am bringing it to the family Christmas dinner...that way I won't have ham in the freezer for years to come. Our little family of four doesn't consume enough ham to not waste.
I am just so happy I do not have to host the dinner this year. My sister has a new house and is happily opening her home to the extended family for dinner. After last year I have flatly refused to do it ever again. I had the inlaws visiting from Canada, my sister unintentionally infected everyone with the flu. Sometime late Christmas Day the spewing of Christmas cheer began for all of my houseguests (the ones who were staying here). I was so exausted at the end of the day from Cooking dinner for 20-30 people, then cleaning up after dinner, then constantly fumigating the bathroom with Lysol and disinfecting the toilet in hopes the children might be spared...no such luck, mopping up the floors from those who couldn't quite make to the bathroom before tossing their cookies. About 11:30 p.m. that night it seemed as though things might be calming down and then I sat down to relax for a moment...all of the sudden I had that awful sick feeling in the pit of my stomach then spent the remainder of the night and early morning worshipping the porcelain Goddess.
The next morning I awoke to a ringing phone, my mother is on the other end shrieking at me that if I ever invite my inlaws to our home again for Christmas Dinner she won't be coming since my mother in law said something offensive to her (she told her she thought it was disgusting to wear shoes in my house)... I said GOOD! and hung up on her. I didn't speak to either of them again for at least a good month I was so annoyed by their ungrateful stupidity.
So far this has been the best holiday I have had in ages. I have not been running around like a crazy person (anymore than usual anyway), I have spent my time with my kids, seeing Christmas through their eyes again.
Good morning from Central Florida. Still haven't turned on the heat but the thought is beginning to cross my mind. Had a friend tell me last nite, don't worry if it's winter today just wait till next week and it will be spring again. Not sure if that will prove to be true but it sounds good so I'll try it.
Terrible thing about that plane crash. And I can't even imagine the traffic in NY with the transit strike. Getting off Long Island will be a nightmare for sure.
Liam we are anxiously awaiting your decision about your job. What did your boss say?
Tina fudge sounds great. I second that motion.
Haven't heard the HBH commercial, will have to pay attention.
Marylou whatever happened to no more OT. Seems like that theory bit the dust.
Jacqueline, I don't know about 7C being warm, Kuki always tells me that if the temps are 25C that's good. Long way from 7 to 25. I will however agree rain beats snow hands down.
Mgram has the right idea. Lets all take a moment to remember the spirit of the season whatever that means to each of us.
Good morning everyone. It's another gray wet day here in Jupiter Fl. I'm waiting for the AC man to come and do the routine maintenance work this morning. Coffee will be late today. I can't drink the stuff I make.
I should finish up the last of my cards and shopping today. I still can't believe that Christmas is this coming weekend. Sounds like most of you have things under control and are ready for the big day.
Kuki, my prayers are with your mom today. Hugs to all of you.
Morning All, from Montreal, where it's snowing again! Temp is only -4 though, so not too bad. All of you sound so ready for Christmas and I am so woefully behind. This week I have to get that shopping finished, and find time to wrap everything. I could really use that day off this week, but will be working till Friday night!
bw, that's quite the Christmas horror story!
SailingGal, good wishes for Ryan today, and to Kuki too for your mom.
Those of you in NY, yikes! I know what havoc a transit strike wreaks here in Montreal! I can't imagine NY city without transit!
VTJen, your son sounds like a winner!
MGram, thanks for that reminder to slow down and appreciate the season. I had a chance to do just that yesterday, by enjoying the wonderful little Christmas show put on by our daycare kids. My group of little 2 1/2-3 yr olds were just so adorable!
Gotta get moving folks, hope to talk to you tonight!
Good morning tbug and all,
I am taking a quick peek before I take Ryan. Thank goodness I don't have to take any mass transit to ge there. When I get back I can concentrate more on what is going on in the city. kind of sick with some of the salaries they make. Remember I had mentioned some of the conductors make over $100,000? There must be more to this story that I am missing to make them strike.
Take care all,
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The sun us shining brightly here..not that cold...Today I am not leaving the house. I need to lengthen a beaded necklace for a customer, make a few more baubles, with some prety turquoise beads I got yesterday, AND, I am going to attempt to start constructing that haunted gingerbread house
Kuki, I pray your Mothers surgery ends, with Mom saying, "take me home, and lets order out" Prayers are with your family.
Make it a good one.
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Happy Tuesday. You guys need any help with your last minute stuff? All our shopping is done, cards mailed, boxes shipped or hand delivered. No family around to have dinner with, so I don't need to fuss with cooking.
It's amazing how the family, good or bad, though not flu-ridden, can make the holidays. This is the first time I haven't had my son for christmas since he was four. Not sure what to do with myself.
You guys sure you don't need help?
I am floored about the NY transit strikers. I hope all the strikers get visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, or their Mother-in-laws!
The Miami crash was indeed tragic, those poor families and children.
The weather today is 42 degrees, chance of rain, but now just misty.
Hi CMs, Back from our cruise, but Ellis came down with the flu, so its laundry and playing Nurse Jeanne. Our Christmas will be quiet now, don't want to spread his germs. Just wanted to wish everyone a very merry Christmas, Happy Hanacha, and a very Happy and healthy new year. Seems this board is going so slow it takes forever to post so i will not be around for a while, can't tie up the phone lines right now.
Thanks for your prayers Tbug.
Just got back from the cancer center and the doctor says the lump on Ryans neck is just a bit of cartilidge(sp?). Now I can concentrate on life again.
I hope your mother is doing okay, Kuki. I missed the thread concerning what it was about but I hope all goes well.
Ultimately, the only power to which a man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.
Good morning from Southern California. Chilly at the moment, but temps will warm up to the 80's in some areas.
I woke up with a sore throat. Sinus infection, I bet. Gotta call the doctor right away. A sinus infection "blooms" really fast. I don't need that for the holiday.
BW, what a Christmas nightmare!
I hope none of my CruiseMates are stuck in the transit strike.
Mike, don't be sick for the holiday.
The Miami plane crash was tragic, and so close to Christmas.
Thoughts go to Kuki's mother and good health after the surgery.
Good Morning cruisemates! Chinook winds blowing in Calgary, which means the mercury rises. Went from zero F temps yesterday, to highs near 50 F for the next few days.
Thanks for the good wishes for my mother. She should be heading in to surgery right about now.
We were up to see her last night, and before we left were told NOT to come this morning before her surgery! Just come visit afterwards. Then when I got home, the phone rang. She had climbed out of her bed to get to a payphone, to reiterate her POINT. She doesn't want to see me this morning before surgery!
She's just a TOUGH little "broad" and doesn't want to see undo stress put on others. Hard to listen, but I have to show my respect for her, so I didn't go. Though you can bet I'll be there when she wakes up!!