Monday, February 16, 2009
So here's the story on our cruise. I'm still in disbelief that we're doing this, because our vacations typically involve taking kids and a dog in a 24' camper. And I think that's going in style because we used to camp in a tent. So to have a fridge, a real mattress AND a potty. . . well, that's just luxury in my book. So to go on a ship that has spas, shopping and a movie theatre! I'm thrilled!
When Dan and I met, he and his best friend owned a rental property -- a duplex that they lived in one side and rented out the other. Within a year of our meeting, we were getting married, and Rick met Pam, and they got married. Both couples moved into their respective houses, and the rental property remained an investment that the guys have been handling ever since. For a long time, Pam and I grumbled about it. A lot. After all, why should they be down there fixing someone else's sink (and going out to lunch and drinking a beer afterward), when they could be home fixing ours (and not going out to lunch or drinking a beer afterward)?
So, the guys got smart and several times a year we would go to dinner "on the company." Between that and the tax write-off, Pam and I begrudgingly gave up complaining about that dang duplex.
Then, at one of our "company" dinners last summer, Pam and I said, Don't you think it's time "the company" took us on a trip? (I would like to say that we batted our eyelashes and looked coy. But with 48 years of marriage between us, it was more like elbows-on-table with knives-in-hand). Picture both Dan and Rick, forks halfway to their mouths which have dropped open, and that "oh, cr*p" expression on their faces.
So, one thing led to another, and that's how we're going on a cruise with two of our best friends, celebrating our 25th anniversaries.
I don't know if I'm the cruising type. But, I do know that I'm the spend-a-week-on-the-ocean-with-the-love-of-my-life-without-the-kids type:)
We leave on Friday, fly to Miami, and then spend seven days in the eastern Carribean, visiting four different islands. I will take copious notes and tell you all about it when we get back!