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a Plague of Fruit Flies

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Grr. We came back from vacation to having tons of fruit flies in the apartment. I don't know where they came from or what attracted them, as we didn't have any food in the house, but it's making it hard to keep fresh fruit and tomatoes in the house. Even cooking is a pain. I've set my homemade fruitly traps and they've helped, but we still have them everywhere. The kitchen is the worst but there are a lot in other rooms, especially the bathrooms.

We often have fruit flies in the fall for some reason, though never as bad as this year--perhaps because we are able to respond to them before they get this bad when we're home? The only things I know that helps is to run bleach in your drains, avoid having standing water (so no pots soaking or anything if you can help it) and to put out fruit fly traps. Mine are simple. I take a container--I prefer bottles because they are disposable and have a narrow mouth--and fill them with a sweet fluid. Cider seems to work the best, but any aromic juice will do. Then you cover the top with seran wrap, secure it with a rubber band if needed, and poke a few holes in the top. That way the fruit flies smell the cider and enter the bottle, but they can't find their way back out and die. Simple, eco-friendly (especially if you reuse or recycle the container) and it works.

But so far all we've managed to do is thin the fruitflies a bit--and there are plenty left. Grrr.

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RAGGARWALAX 10/13/2010 9:42PM

    I feel your pain - Fruit flies are a real annoyance! I use the same fruit fly trap and even though it is a slow process, it will eventually get rid of them.

Good luck!

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NEDERLUNG 10/10/2010 11:40PM

    I agree with Amyholliday, focus on the drains - I've done the boiling water down the drain then put the stoppers in and keep them in for a week or so. Frustrating, but you will see improvements quickly. I don't know how you feel about the bug sprays, but spray real good and leave for an hour or two - don't do this if you have house pets, they could get sick.

Once I had a flush of mosquitos and couldn't figure out what was happening until I noticed that I'd left a bucket of water in the spare bathroom tub (I sometimes take warm water out to make mash for my older horse) and they were poplulating in it like there own private little pond - guess the bucket had been there for a couple of weeks. Smiles - Debie

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AMYHOLLIDAY 10/9/2010 2:37PM

    You can also put boiling water down your drains because they tend to lay their eggs in the film that can build up in them and the boiling water will help pull it loose from the pipes. You must get rid of the eggs before the problem will go away because the live ones only have a short life span and would be dead in a few days anyways best thing to do is make sure they cant reproduce. Its a little trick I learned from a health inspector once at one of my jobs. And also eco friendly.

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LJOHN44 10/9/2010 2:31PM

    I'm having the same problem! I think it's from banana peels in the garbage. Apparently their eggs are on the peels. Thanks for posting you homemade trap recipe. I'll give it a try.

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BUTTERFLY_MT 10/9/2010 1:29PM

    yuck--hope it clears out soon. Is it possible that you could open some windows? Maybe you should put the juice/cider outside the windows?? lol.

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Sunday, October 03, 2010

First of all, I beg everyone to understand and forgive me. I gave up last night of trying to catch up on everyone's blogs--I realized that I have over 75 blogs on sparks that I am subscribed to, and while not all of those are still active, it was still far too many for me to catch up after not following them for essentially months. I would get caught up on a few, and then go to catch up on someone else and the first few would post some more..... it was like trying to dig a hole in sand. It kept filling in as fast as I could read them.

So I went and resubscribed to everyone and am starting fresh, with new posts. This is not because I don't care what happened over the summer--I just don't have time.

Also, a few of my friends have apparently changed their names? Anyway, sparks cant' find them any more. So if you've changed your name over the summer, could you let me know?

My knee is doing a lot better--in fact it was starting to feel significantly better I swear the morning after I wrote my last blog. I did manage to pull a muscle in my thigh, however--doing nothing more than shifting in my seat on the couch, of all things. I didn't pull it badly, but I keep aggravating it doing things like getting out of the car or kneeling to deal with laundry, so it's still pretty sore. emoticon

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HEATHER_TEACHAH 10/4/2010 6:23AM

    be careful w/ your knee!! Glad its feeling better. Just try not to twinge the knee/thigh too much and hopefully you'll be feeling back to new in a few more days :)

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KOMAL53 10/4/2010 5:18AM

    Take your time catching up---we'll be here!!I think just resting for a few days will help your Knee and Thigh to relax--avoid straining these too much!!1Gently massage the areas with something like Bengay,Volini or Deep Heat and then apply a little heat to it---helps relax the tense Muscle and alleviates the discomfort.Take Care and God Bless!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PUFFPASTRY 10/4/2010 1:41AM

    Oh my gosh, woman -- I don't expect most of my friends to listen to anything I'm saying when we're with each other face to face, much less keep up with my blog!! 75 blogs?! Cut yourself some slack! NO one is going to judge you for missing journal entries, or not commenting, or anything remotely like that. Please, prioritize however you need to -- do what's helpful in your life, and what makes you happy. I'm sure that's what your blogees would want for you. Over and out! emoticon

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BUTTERFLY_MT 10/3/2010 7:59PM

    If they changed their names, they'd be listed under that new name. If they are inactive for a period of time (not sure how long it has to be), then the sparkpage goes "offline". OR they could have changed their sparkpages offline (like Bob/Popeye did).

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BUTTERFLY_MT 10/3/2010 7:59PM

    If they changed their names, they'd be listed under that new name. If they are inactive for a period of time (not sure how long it has to be), then the sparkpage goes "offline". OR they could have changed their sparkpages offline (like Bob/Popeye did).

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JAQUANAH 10/3/2010 7:15PM

    75 blogs? Wow! I'm not subscribed to any. I read the titles that are listed on my teams and go to the ones that sound interesting. I know you have plenty to do besides keeping up with SparkFriends. I spend too much time here and only have 5 teams. I don't remember how many friends but I don't want many more. I've been told you can't be really close friends with more than 12 people. Does that apply to virtual friends, too?

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RAGGARWALAX 10/3/2010 5:03PM

    Reading all the blogs from 75 friends is pretty much an impossible task unless if you don't have anything else to do *grin* You made the right decision to start fresh point in feeling so far behind. Take care of your knee and thigh ..sometimes rest is far more beneficial than any medicine!

Happy Sunday!

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SAASHA17 10/3/2010 4:17PM

    take care. I made my life easier by not blogging hehehe...Planning to change my name maybe. dont know lets see::)

take care and heat the damn thigh and knee..I finished day 1 of derby bootcamp and my thighs r sore. Planning to heat and then get some zzzzzz

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Need Advice

Thursday, September 30, 2010

I have a question....

Background. Last Thursday, I did something to my left knee-- I have no idea what. I was sitting with my leg propped up and when I stood up it hurt like crazy--I could barely stand, let alone move. Eventually it got better though it was kind of achy.

Friday it was feeling better. I went to the gym for light exercise (walked on treadmill) and then got invited to play soccer, so I did. I warmed up, played hard, was feeling fine. I figured I would be a bit sore the next day from the exercise, but no big deal.

Except my knee was REALLY sore Saturday. As in barely able to move sore. The rest of my muscles were sore--especially my thighs--but in a more normal manner. So I took it easy.

But my knee is still pretty sore. It's not as bad, but it stiffens up if I sit down for any length of time and even when it warms up it hurts and sometimes it's not very stable--not sure how else to describe it, but sometimes it doesn't want to support my weight. It hurts a bit in the knee cap, but mostly it hurts around and behind the knee, and into my upper calf.

Could I have strained a muscle that supports the knee or something? Should I do something more than naproxen, rest, and ice?

I was just getting back into a regular exercise routine and this has really poked holes in it--unless it's much better tomorrow, I probably will break a 14 week streak (130 minutes a week) and as it is I won't be able to make my monthly goals for September. But I would rather restart my streaks and worry about next months goals than really mess my knee up.

*edit* I remember after I wrote this blog that I did wrench my knee a bit while playing soccer--I remember turning and feeling it and thinking that I'd hurt it, but it didn't hurt and I forgot about it. But adrenaline can do that. So I probably have a mild sprain, which can take some time to heal.

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DRASADAF 10/1/2010 5:01AM

    i think u cud b having a ligament or a tendon happens when u use ur legs heals well with rest and simple analgesic...maybe u must slow down..u can see an orthopeadician will help certainly..

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GRYFFINSONG 9/30/2010 8:15PM

    Ditto on the doctor suggestion. Knees aren't something to mess around with. My extended family is full of knee replacements, ACL surgery, and more.

I hope its something that easily resolves.


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SAASHA17 9/30/2010 12:30PM

    See a doctor if possible.

And stop icing it. Icing is initial relief. now try heating it. Whenever you sit, heat the knee so when you get up, the muscles are all pliable and easy for you to lift.

Try wearing those medicated sleeves, i realise they help my knee a lot.

take care and dont workout for a few days. totally no point in aggravating the knee..

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MA_DIDDLES 9/30/2010 12:05PM

    Lots of good advice here and probably best to go see the Doctor.
I have pulled ligaments or whatever to cause knee and leg pain in the past. I was fortunate enough to have mine heal after treating with muscle creams, ace bandages, and rest plus pain relievers. I now do most of my exercise in the water, which is probably best at my age.

I do hope you get the problem resolved soon. Ma

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KJDOESLIFE 9/30/2010 11:31AM

    I agree... a doctor will be able to tell you more about the problem. It could be a number of minor things or a symptom of something worse that you shouldn't exercise on.

I'm personally one to keep going until I can't, so I would do low impact exercises (switch running for using an elliptical or walking), and a brace or wrap will also help.

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BUTTERFLY_MT 9/30/2010 11:15AM

    I've had some minor issues like you describe--more the stiffness pain if its still too long and the minor soreness. Not so much the bigger stuff, though. I've just always assumed it was me injuring my leg and having to rebuild the strength in it. It was my left a long time ago (back in 2008, maybe? I was on SP at the time, anyway), and then this summer it was my right. But I think just the increase of working out weakened it. They seem to have gotten better--when my right started acting up, I was having no problems with my left any more and the right is now feeling better.

I would actually have just recommended taking it easy and seeing about gently restrengthening it, other than you do have more problems than I had and the other comments here make me question if I shouldn't have had mine looked at even.

I do hope you get to feeling better soon and do keep us posted.

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RAGGARWALAX 9/30/2010 11:13AM

    Zanna - definitely get it checked out by a doctor and keep us updated on what the diagnosis is.

Good luck and hope it is nothing serious!

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SHAPECHANGER 9/30/2010 9:46AM

    I would definitely see a doctor about it, it sounds like more than just muscle soreness, you could have hurt it and not even realized it until later, especially with the soccer. Hope it turns out ok.

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LARRI2010 9/30/2010 9:26AM

    Sorry, I have no other advice than get to a doctor to get it checked out.

I hope it's nothing serious and your knee is better soon. And that you can continue on with your goals.

I know it sucks to be in pain.

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EACHDAYAGIFT 9/30/2010 9:21AM

    I agree that you should see an orthopedic doctor. That whole scenario sounds weird. I have chondramalatia, a chronic loose ligament thing that will act up if I do lateral moves, lunges, squats, and, apparently, jogging at this weight. But the areas where you describe it hurting are different, so I have no clue. I think it would be worth the expense to see a specialist, maybe a sports physician, to get a diagnosis, guidelines for activity, and maybe physical therapy. Good luck and I hope it clears up soon!

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GOZEKIGRL 9/30/2010 8:05AM

    i also think you should go in and get it looked at. knee problems SUCK and unfortunately there are lots of important moving parts in there and there is a lot that can go wrong. hopefully it is just a pulled muscle or a twist, and nothing serious.

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KOMAL53 9/30/2010 3:05AM

    Please DON'T ignore this and go see a Doctor and get an X-Ray done----IMMEDIATELY---that should show if you have any problem other than a pulled Muscle or Ligament---DON'T waste any time just go----do keep us posted.All the Best,Take Care and God Bless!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WALIDGAZALA 9/30/2010 1:22AM

    Many people forget that they had a fall with a twist long time ago.
then they become heavy and gradually what they teared before get worse and bigger.
this is usually the case of cartilage injury and it needs a specialist and probably an X-Ray.
the tear is usually small and usually its soreness disappear to come back after years.
If you put a Knee band it will help alot, DONOT get frightened and keep going in reducing weight, it is the sole problem.

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Thinking Positive

Sunday, September 26, 2010

In the post-vacation crash, I'm finding it a bit of a struggle to feel positive about my body. My hip hurt a fair amount while on vacation (all that walking, I imagine--but, to be fair, I WALKED. I danced. I even climbed a pyramid. 4 years ago, I wouldn't have been able to do any of that. So that's a definite good sign). My clothes are all feeling really tight this week and while it may be bloating, it's hard not to blame myself for what I ate on the cruise, and for the fact that I didn't work out like I had planned.

(And the chicken pot pie I'm eating for lunch is not helping... I had read that they were bad for you, but I hadn't realized HOW bad until I bought this one.... over 1000 calories and almost 2000 mg of salt! But my teeth are still sore--hopefully that's normal--after my dental work this week and I'm getting tired of soup and the chicken pot pie is soft. And I haven't had one in years. And now that I know how terrible they are, I probably won't have another one for years).

But... thinking positive here...

*As I said, I may not have been as active as I had planned but I did walk--I took stairs, I danced, I even climbed pyramids. Sure, I didn't make a single yoga class or anything like that, but even being able to do what I did is a sign of progress.

*I played soccer Friday night. I didn't play all that great--but it's been 13 years since the last time I played (!) and I kept up. I even had a couple of half way decent plays, once I started knocking the rust off the old soccer skills. And I will probably get to play again at least a couple of more times this month--I can't afford to play in a regular season (too much money and I don't have the time) but they are down a girl with a pulled hamstring so I'm subbing in.

*Exercise was really hit and miss the last 2 months--I just haven't had time to hit the gym regularly and while I made up some of that with exercise dvds, it wasn't all that consistent. And when I first came back from the cruise I got hit hard by PMS and curled up in a ball on the couch for several days feeling terrible (more so than normal). But once the PMS backed off, I found myself right back at the gym on the treadmill. Yeah, it wasn't an uber-intense work out (after all, I hadn't been exercising regularly for months) but I still worked up a pretty good sweat and was pretty tired by the end. In the past, I would probably have let it slide.... or even stopped exercising all together. Even now, there's a part of me that is tempted--after all, it's not like I don't have other things to do with my time! Important things, even. But... there's also that part of me that is saying "we need to get the luggage out of our livingroom so I have room to use my exercise dvds." That's new. And kind of cool.

*Even on the cruise, though I can't claim to have eaten all that healthy of choices (I did after all have desert at least once a day--something I rarely do at home--and I did have some mixed drinks and I didn't always pick the healthiest options for entrees) I did always eat fresh fruit and/or vegetables with my meals. And I drank water. I had a lot harder time tracking how much water I had, so I'm guessing at how much I drank, but I drank water. Since I still don't much like water and still prefer just about any other beverage (other than milk and coffee, neither of which I'll drink) to water, that's an improvement.

*Oh, and speaking of water, apparently this week is water week! So I'm challenging myself to:

drink 8 glasses of water every day (which I should be doing anyway)
Water my plants at least once
And take a relaxing bath


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SHAPECHANGER 9/28/2010 8:02AM

    With all that you've had going on the past couple of months, I think you've been doing great! Not perfect, no, but who is. Like you said, in the past you would have just given up, but you didn't this time, and THAT is what counts. You persevered and did the best you could through all the stressful times and the distruptions of routine, and that is important. And remember (I know you know this) that although there might be other important things you could be doing instead of exercising, taking care of yourself and your health is THE most important thing you can do. Hang in there! emoticon emoticon

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RAIN454 9/27/2010 4:11PM

    Putting on workout clothes, getting in your car, and driving to a gym is HALF the good job on getting there and STAYING matter how intense it was...its definitely an accomplishment.
I was reading an article last week about the unhealthiest frozen meals selling right now and Marie Callendar's Chicken Pot Pie was on the top of the list. I remember eating one last year and thinking "oh, wow 550 calories!?!" but it was soo filling that I didn't mind...then weeks later, I looked at the box again and realized that it was 2 servings!! Who splits a pot pie in two? It clearly looks like a one-person sized container. hehe, or maybe thats just me :)
They are tasty though...and you haven't had it in years so don't worry about it. I was at a wedding this weekend and I noticed these ppl watching me eat...they were shocked that my portions were pretty "healthy" (lol) and that I didnt turn down dessert...but losing weight doesn't mean you have to give up on good food. Sparkies understand but the rest of the world needs to figure it out instead of making judgments :)
take care and good luck this week!
P.S. Climbed a pyramid? Thats soo cool!

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KOMAL53 9/27/2010 3:21AM

    Just relax and ease yourself into your routine---your Body needs time to recover from the Holiday Mood too!!As for the bad Food choices---if you were walking everywhere you went it balanced itself off---so not to worry----and the Pot Pie---I'd love to have a bite!!!We need to indulge sometimes 'coz ALL Work and No Play makes us Sluggish and Dull!!!So enjoy it whole heartedly---you don't eat such stuff daily!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAGGARWALAX 9/26/2010 8:56PM

    Like Manasa said, it takes a little time to get back to routine so just take your time and ease back into it!

I'm sure u will be feeling your normal self in no time flat!!


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SAASHA17 9/26/2010 3:12PM

    all in good time Zanna. You will slowly get back into a routine, SOmetimes the getting back into routine is the hard part and after that you will be just fine:) enjoy ur pot pie:)


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Miscilaneous notes on a cruise

Friday, September 24, 2010

Last week my husband and I went on our first ever cruise, with friends who had also never been on a cruise before. I hadn't been sure what it would be like, especially since none of us are really resort kind of people. But we had a terrific time. We did so much that it's hard to know where to start.

emoticon We took the train to New Orleans and back, which may not be the most time-effective way to travel but it's a lot more relaxing. We traveled by sleeper car and it was lovely--and I had lots of time to just sit and read or knit or whatever without anything I needed to do or worry about or whatever.

emoticon I'd never been to New Orleans, and we didn't have a lot of time there--a little more than a day, really--but it's a lovely city. I wish I could have seen it before Katrina but I've heard it's come back a lot and really is beautiful. The food is terrific--even if you don't eat spicy foods!--and we walked the city and saw the sites and went to the aquarium which was a last minute idea that I'm so glad that we made. And not just because the aquarium is air conditioned and it was hot while we were there *grin* We saw schooling fish, and a big turtle, and jellies, and I got to feed sting rays, which was really cool!

emoticon I had visions on the cruise ship of swimming and reading on the top deck, but found the pools too small to swim in and the deck much too loud and crowded. emoticon But we found other parts of the ship where it was much quieter and hung out there when we wanted to relax--we played cards in the library and read on one of the lower decks, where we could see the Caribbean from our lounge chairs.

emoticonI read 5 books while we were gone, whoo hoo! Though I told that to a friend of mine--another reader, too, so she surprised me--who said "What, didn't you enjoy your cruise?" Yes, I did, and it was lovely. We had tons to do, so it's not like we were bored, but being able to read on a vacation is part of what makes it a good vacation. It means that I had time to sit and unwind and relax and enjoy some quiet time, as well as do stuff. And believe me, we did lots of stuff.

emoticonI got to see a wild pod of dolphins jumping one day when I was reading! That was awesome.

emoticon We had an interesting tour of Belize City in Belize and then I got to visit the Mayan ruins of Altun Ha with my friends--we got to climb a pyramid together, and it was beautiful, and informative. I'm not real keen on large group tours, but for a large tour it was well done.

emoticon Isla Roatan (an island that is part of Honduras) we hired a tour guide through a private company (Bodden's) and it was lovely. Ironically this was the stop we were the most unsure about (not being beach kind of people) but we ended up having the best time. It was just us, so no big group, we got to go wherever we wanted--to see monkeys, and butterflies, and a cameo shop, and watched a local parade for Honduras's independence day, etc. It was very laid back, and we made it back to the ship in plenty of time and even got to see someone running to their boat (the other cruise ship, not ours) which was entertaining, though it would have been less so if they hadn't caught their ship.

emoticonSome day I will go snorkeling. We did not go snorkeling on this trip, but someday.

emoticon We managed to miss all the tropical storms/hurricanes in the area. I know that the crew was tracking the storms, so that we would have been able to avoid them in any case, but I was glad that they missed our route anyway. We did side track at one point to miss a smaller storm, and we had a couple of days of moderately choppy water because of hurricanes and other storms in the distance, but we actually had really good weather for most of our trip.

emoticon We almost didn't make our stop at Cozumel because we had engine problems. It's kind of eery when you are on a ship and it's dead in the water because they turned the engines off to work on them--not scary, because I knew we would be alright, but strange. Unfortunately, Mexico was the stop (Cozumel is an island off the cost of the Yucatan) that we were the most looking forward to, particularly because we were going to go see the Mayan ruins of Tulum there. Fortunately, the engineers got the engines fixed in record time and we did make it Cozumel, if late, and they postponed our departure by 2 hours to give us some time in port. Unfortunately, it still didn't give us enough time to go to Tulum or any of the other mainland excursions. *sniff* However, we opted for the tour of Cozumel, which was fun. I had been to Cozumel before, but I saw little of it other than my hotel as I had arrived at night and left on a very foggy morning. So it was neat seeing the island. The weather was mixed--it was raining hard when we arrived, and the sprinkled on and off, so I guess it was a good thing we weren't trying to visit ruins! Instead, we went to a charming folk art museum, and then saw replicas of various places in Mexico (both historical ruins and modern). We visited a tequila place, and saw some beautiful rocky beaches (maybe not great for sunbathing and swimming, but beautiful) and sea turtle nests (they were releasing the turtles from one as we passed, which was cool) and a small Mayan ruin and a very pretty chapel, and both the older settlement on the island and the newer one.

emoticon The shows on the ship were great. We saw a magician, and dancers, and singers, and several stand up comedians. There was something to do every night. In fact, the real challenge on the ship was doing everything we wanted to do without feeling stressed out/rushed (or not getting enough sleep) trying to do everything we wanted to do. We had a great time. We also went dancing a little, and walked along the upper deck at night (thankfully, at night the deck is quiet, and the evenings were lovely).

emoticon Food from a taste perspective was lovely. Divine even. Even my husband, with his long list of food allergies (we had a lovely lady named Nicolletta who came to our table every night to talk about the next day's menu with him, so that he could eat) had a lot of wonderful food to eat. I can't say I behaved in the health department. Perhaps I should have felt guilty about that, and I did a bit at first, but I never liked the "low calorie" options on the menu (usually fish, which I don't like) and I was on vacation. So I ate and it was lovely and it's a good thing I can't eat like that every day! I also had some alcoholic beverages--both wine and mixed drinks--though none of us are heavy drinkers and we didn't drink a lot. But I did drink and enjoyed every drink. I'm not even going to try to count the calories.

emoticon Fitness wise, I wasn't as active as I thought I would be. I had planned to visit the gym, at least on sea days, but on sea days I tended to sleep in (we tended to stay up later going to shows when we knew we'd have a sea day the following day). I also thought I would swim, which wasn't really an option--the pools were much too small to really swim in. Still, we walked the ship a lot, and while I didn't always take the stairs instead of the elevators, I did some. And we danced, and walked on our shore excursions. So while I can't say I got a ton of exercise in, I was at least moderately active, and I will have to be content with that.

emoticon Besides, I got to relax, truly 100% relax, for the first time in... in a year, I think. Or more. And that was a lovely thing, and I really needed it for my mental health. I learned that I'm not very good at relaxing. I think it took 2 days for me to just wind down and truly relax. If only I could translate that skill to home, but here there are too many things I need to do, and I certainly don't have ninja waiters and housekeeping to make my bed for me and whisk my dishes away.

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SHAPECHANGER 9/25/2010 12:39PM

    Your cruise sounds wonderful, I've never been on one, would love to go one day. Glad you had fun, glad you got to really relax, glad you got some activity in, and glad you didn't worry too much about enjoying the wonderful food. There's time enough for that at home! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAGGARWALAX 9/25/2010 8:19AM

    Your cruise sounds like it was just what you needed .. an opportunity to just relax and enjoy! Reading your blog reminded me of the cruises that I have been on (3 in total) and all of them were quite different but nonetheless extremely enjoyable! The crew really do try to take care of the guests and to make sure that a guest lacks nothing in comfort. Your description makes me want to go on another one real soon but don't quite see it happening in the near future :-(

I agree with the others, the opportunity to read is a huge part of being able to relax for me as well!


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KOMAL53 9/25/2010 4:40AM

    Your Cruise really sounds so Idyllic---Reading great Books AND Sightseeing!!!I can so picture it in my mind!!I'm so happy you got this opportunity to really relax and unwind after your hectic schedule just before the Cruise!!!It all sounds so lovely---I've never been on a Cruise either---but that's because my husband's wary of the Water!!!I just love to read about such great outings and try to picture them in my head----will compare what I imagined with the actuals when you post the Pictures!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EACHDAYAGIFT 9/24/2010 3:06PM

    What a fantastic trip!! I totally get the reading on vacation thing, and some books evoke memories of the Gulf Coast of Florida or Hawaii or a campsite in Wisconsin because that is where I read them. Happy, happy memories. What could be more relaxing than a good book, an ocean, and maybe a lovely tropical drink and not a to do list in sight? Glad you had a good time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOZEKIGRL 9/24/2010 1:55PM

    WOW! sounds like you had a GREAT time! i've never been on a cruise, so that was a great primer!! =D

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SAASHA17 9/24/2010 1:07PM

    Sounds more fun than my life on board. I would sail with my dad for months together when i was a kid. ofcourse my idea of fun, was sitting in the crane hold and reading my enid blytons:)

Its so awesome to be able to read on board. I miss it now as I am too old to travel with dad on the ship. OH sorry forgot to mention, my dad is a marine engineer so been on board during my summer vacations. ofcourse its not as fancy as a cruise ship but i loved to explore all the tiny places in the ship and find a spot to go fishing, or read or just hide my stash of candy. hehehe. I remember when I turned 9 i was given the honor of steering.

Glad u had a vacation and it didnt exhuast u. Good going on the 5book read. According to me thats the perfect vacation:)

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MJMONE 9/24/2010 1:05PM

    sounds wonderful!

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    This sounds like a delightful trip. I lugged along some books on my first cruise, thinking of movies with people tucked into deck chairs with a book. Didn't happen for me. There was so much to do! We did every shore excursion we could fit in. We also missed a lot of meals because of that, so I smile when people talk about all the unhealthy eating on cruises.
It's one of my favorite ways to travel, leaving all the work to someone else. A floating hotel, taking us from place to place.

I haven't been to New Orleans since Katrina but it was a fantastic city. Oh, you've brought back so many good memories.

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MUZIKGAL21 9/24/2010 12:55PM

    I am a "chronic cruiser." I absolutely love them! There is nothing better than a cruise, because everything is at your hands, you get to island hop, and you are at sea all day, every day. I particularly reccomend taking a Southern Caribbean cruise... the weather is always amazing there and the water is like nothing you have ever seen before. Congrats on your first cruise... they are so addicting. Once you go, you'll never want a different type of vacation again!

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