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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Sea Day

Monday was spent entirely at sea. I took a total of two pictures, and here they are:

Airball

Basketball at sea


After breakfast (buffet style on the Lido deck), Joel and my dad went up to the sports deck to compete in the free-throw contest. All of Joel's attempts were airballs (lots of wind to contend with up there), but my dad actually made his first two shots.

On Holland America ships, you win dam dollars for participating in their dam activities. Then, at the end of the cruise, you get to exchange them for dam merchandise. So, these basketball shots were our group's first attempt at winning some dam thing. We also participated in a team trivia challenge a little bit later that day to try and win more. We didn't win (at least not that time), but we did get some dam dollars just for participating.

I actually got fairly seasick this day and spent a lot of it in my bed reading with my wristbands on. After a few hours I felt much better and it didn't really bother me much until a few days later when we hit some choppier waters.

Other happenings of note:

Mom and I went to the first of three yoga classes early in the morning. Keeping your balance in certain poses is difficult enough on stable ground, but trying to hold reverse triangle without doing a nosedive on a ship is quite difficult. You really notice the ship's movement when you are in downward-facing dog.

I got the best haircut I've ever had by a Danish stylist named Tonni. Apparently he is quite a good stylist, and goes around the world teaching other stylists to be better. He decided to do a year on the cruise ship so he could see all the bad haircuts (and mine was definitely one of those) and learn what the stylists are not quite understanding. I was happy to be part of his research. Hopefully somebody can duplicate what he did when it comes time for another haircut.

It was formal night for dinner and I'm kicking myself for not taking pictures. I wasn't about to pay the exorbitant amount the ship's photography people wanted for a picture that wasn't even very flattering of us. Only my newly-cut hair looked any good. :)

After dinner, Joel and I found a string quartet and sat and listened to them for several hours. They were exceptionally good, even by the Maestro's standards. Turns out they were from Romania, and so we made friends with the cellist and sat and talked with her about Romania and music and such things. Plus, they played Lara's theme, so that made them doubly cool.

More to come (eventually)...

27 comments :

  1. I see a red x for the first one. But I do see a second picture. Yes, the sea-sickness. It didn't happen to me until north of the islands when the ship turned westward and headed to Valdez (more choppy open sea). Being pregnant on top of that sucked, but I would still do the cruise again! (<---but not pregnant). Let's see pictures of that haircut!

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  2. Sounds fun! I want to go on vacation!

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  3. I want to see a picture of your haircut! (Or maybe I should just come over to your house and see it in person.)

    And how fun to have a string quartet that you could sit and listen to in peace and quiet, and then find out one of them is from Romania so you could talk to her!

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  4. Who knew that a great haircut could be on a ship :) that is so cool. I am glad you had a great time. What are the wristbands. I probably missed that somewhere. I am going to Alaska on a cruise this September. I didn't even think about becoming ill.

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  5. On my cruise I took Dramamine (non-drowsy) every 12 hours and didn't get sick at all. I'm a very motion sick type of person, so it really worked.
    You're doing great on your travelogue so far, keep it up! :)

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  6. Very excited to see what your new haircut looks like.

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  7. Wow it sound like fun!! can't wait to hear more.

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  8. I'd love to be part of Tonni's research too! Seasickness notwithstanding, sounds like a great day.

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  9. ditto Annette...I would love to be part of good hairdoo research, since New Mexioc hair offers littel past muletts, and big bangs.

    As for the Romanians...how fun, did you speak in Romanian with them?

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  10. I've never been seasick, but I wonder if I would now. I've developed this fainting thing. I would probably fall overboard at some point.

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  11. I am so sorry that you got seasick. I did on one of our days at sea on our last cruise and it was awful. It did get better but no fun. I wish you would have taken pictures. Have a great rainy weekend.

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  12. Your paragraph about the dam dollars took me back a couple of years to my advanced civil drafting class when we had to do a dam drawing and all our jokes about the dam project :)

    So neat that the musicians were from Romania. Can't wait to see your haircut either!

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  13. Those basketball pics are cool. And your hair really does look fab!

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  14. Being seasick is the only thing I'm worried about on a cruise...I have a low tolerance for that, no matter how big the ship is !

    BTW,
    As a former hair Stylist, have someone look at how he cut your hair ASAP if you want to duplicate it. LOL

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  15. "Soooommme-wheeerrre my looooove..." Yeah, I know "Lara's Theme"!

    I really enjoy those "all day at sea" days, especially when they come at the end of the cruise. Just puttering around the ship, checking out the theater and the spa, reaching the goal of eating something from every buffet offered on every level of the ship including tuna sandwiches with the guys in the boiler room, napping by the pool.

    Those are great days!

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  16. We had a lot of dam fun! Your haircut and my haircut were fabulous, wish he were here to keep it up.

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  17. I'm so glad you are having a great time. I hope the sea sickness is gone for good!

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  18. hahah, it seems Romania is everywhere in your way :). maybe you should pay us a visit :)!

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  19. That sounds like a great time for tryin to snag some dam things. LOL

    I would have love to see the dress you wore. Cruise ships formal dinner always exudes romance to me. I guess it stems from the time I surprised Charlie on his birthday while we were dating and went on a 3-hour dinner cruise in SF and fell in love with the couples dressed more than the semi-formal required.

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  20. Oh, yeah, so when are you going to show off your new haircut? I'm quite curious since I too, had a great hair stylist explain to me how my Asian coarse hair should be handled and straigthened even without a flat iron! Loved him but that was during our last week in AZ, hated that! ;-)

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  21. Ok, see now you've got me forgetting to thank you about telling me about your beautiful dinner plates. Thank you and they are beautiful just like I remember them! So far, the only online photo I've seen them at is thru Replacements dot com, but can't afford them, so hoping to find them soon on Ebay.

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  22. That's what my husband would've been doing - playing basketball. And, for prizes. So fun!
    :~D

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  23. ...and a great haircut and fabulous music! Sounds like the cruise was a hit. Lucky you!
    :~D

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  24. Do we get a photo of your new haircut? I hope so! I love that you made friends with the cellist.

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  25. Sounds like a fantastic time, and I want to see your haircut!!

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  26. Great pictures and fun haircut story! I'd love to try yoga on a ship. I've never really had any desire for a cruise but yoga on a boat does sound like fun. Sort of. Sounds like a great time!

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  27. Seasickness is a big fear of mine if I ever get to cruise. I don't do well with motion and get motion sick really easily. Very cool on the new cut and finding that string quartet. Bonus that they were from Romania!

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