Monday, February 16, 2009

Goin' fishin'


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!

20 comments:

Barb said...

Oh my goodness, what a wonderful story, Karen. The four of you are going to have so much fun and I'm thinkin' that yeah, you're the cruisin' type. Can't wait to hear all about it and I hope you take lots of pictures.

Have fun!

Sharon said...

I love it!!! Enjoy each precious moment with your loved ones...and what a milestone of 25 years together. God is so-o-o-o- GOOD!!!

Renna said...

Awesome! :-D

I loved hearing how the trip came to be. Sounds like you and Pam are pretty smart chicks! ;-Þ

Have fun, and I know you will! :-)

Lynne said...

Hope you have a wonderful time!

I wish I could get Dom to go on a cruise. I think he'd had a great time, but he's so afraid he'll get seasick - even with medication.

Maybe someday ...

Scrappy Kay said...

Karen, have a MARVELOUS time!!! And congratulations on your silver wedding anniversary!

Melissa said...

I feel relaxed just reading about the cruise you will be going on.

Have fun and Bon Voyage.

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

What an awesome idea...going on a trip with best friends. I've never been on a cruise, but everyone I know says it is a fabulous vacation. I can't wait to hear about all (ok...maybe not ALL) the details!

Xandra

Joanne said...

What a great history you share with your best friends, it is so refreshing to hear. Have a wonderful time!

Kim said...

Oh how fun Karen! (I am very jealous, just so you know!) I am hoping for an Alaskan cruise for our 30th in 3.5 years-we will see though. I hope you have an absolutely wonderful time and hope to see some pictures here when you get back, okay?
*smiles*
Kim

Becky said...

Oh my goodness what a wonderful idea. A company trip! With best friends!

You are going to be in my "neck of the woods" long enough to land a plane and catch a boat.

I sure hope you have a wonderful and relaxing and refreshing time. I have never heard anything bad about a cruise. Ever. I am sure you are gonna love it.

And happy anniversaries y'all!

daisy said...

Oh, my gosh. How FABULOUS!!

Enjoy! Yeah, I think I would be the go-on-a-cruise type without my kids, too! Shh, don't tell them. They'd sneak in my suitcase. lol

Jen said...

I'm so excited for you! Yes take alot of notes and pictures...how fun! I'm saving for a trip for next year...Scott turns 40 and I'm surprising him with a trip to the Virgin Islands....its exciting planning....bon voyage friend! Be safe! And have a glass of wine at sunset for me....

Bill said...

That is really exciting! I've never been on a cruise, although I had the chance to go once free of charge.
Be sure you pack your camera!

Susanne said...

I am so, so excited for you! How fun. It's something I've always wanted to do, so I will definitely live vicariously through your coming posts!

Judy said...

Oh, wow!

I am SURE you will LOVE it!

BClark said...

I am so glad the company finally came through with a good perk!!

You just have an absolutly wonderful time, do the spas, eat, drink and be merry!!

Love to you all

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Wow, that's awesome! I bet you have the time of your life, and I absolutely cannot wait to hear all about it! :) Have a wonderful, wonderful trip!

diana said...

sounds absolutely wonderful. i hope you have a grand time.

i have never been on a cruise but my husband and i have talked about it and figure we'll give it a try one of these days. i'll be anxious to hear about your experience.

gail@more than a song said...

That is such a fun story about your trip and the duplex! I bet y'all will have such fun and I'm really looking forward to hearing about it when you get back...with pictures we hope!
We started out tent camping with 4 kids when they were little, so most anything over that is really nice! It does make for some good memories though.

Kim said...

Hi Karen! Just checking back to see if you are back with an update yet. Love the new header!!!! So old fashioned looking.
*smiles*
Kim