||[Oct. 20th, 2006|11:32 am]
Well, I'm back from Hawaii.
Damage consisted of several sunburns, an infected ingrown toenail, various muscle strains, large amounts of mosquito bites, seasickness, bruises, and scrapes from dress shoes that were not adaquately broken in before wearing. Unfortunately, I spent at least half of the cruise limping.
Books read included Memories of Empire (finally finished), the Apprentice Adept trilogy (Split Infinity, Blue Adept, and Juxtaposition) by Piers Anthony, part of a Japanese boys' love novel and a significant chunk of The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order.
I finally finished a piece of embroidery I had been working on for quite a while (Low Res Image), and started a new one (Image).
We also enjoyed two rainforest hikes and some natural pool swimming, as well as a trip to a gorgeous beach and a walk through a botanical garden. We did not enjoy ocean kayaking, but we did it. We also did not enjoy Ulalena, a theatrical production more or less about the history of Hawaii, which was because it wasn't actually running the day the ship was in to port, despite it being an official "excursion" of the ship to go see it. (Oh well.)
I acquainted myself with a new non-alcoholic cocktail which the ship called a "Tom and Cherry", which consists of ice cream, Grenadine and a smidge of Sprite.
Also experienced a couple of massages from the ship's spa, and encountered some of the saddest Mexican food I have ever had the displeasure of eating. But, overall the food was good, which made the few unfortunate times stand out all the more.
Terrified myself in front of a room full of people doing traditional Karaoke (as opposed to box). Murdered "White Flag" and "Rich Girl", but did a reasonable job on "I Dreamed a Dream". Proceeded to get compliments on both "White Flag" and "I Dreamed a Dream" from a sequence of people I had never met. Cruises are odd like that -- they are, generally, what I would term a socially-open situation, where people have generally reduced their barriers in an attempt to form new relationships (much like college, specifically freshman behavior). However, the final intention of cruise 'friendships' is not a permanent or even significant relationship. There's no discussion of exchanging numbers or addresses with those that you have met. It is the epitome of two ships passing in the night.
Got back yesterday morning (midnight timeframe) and (after sleeping) proceeded to finish the first season of House, go out and purchase the second season of House (along with the first disc + box of Trinity Blood and the ninth disc of Kyou Kara Maou!), clean out and set up the humidifier, buy and cart home a piece of plywood for the sake of doing incredibly oversized puzzles, and get through the backlog of Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, and Jericho. I also flipped through the appropriate mail backlogs and logged in to NaNo in preparation for a week from now.
So much I could talk about, but I think I'll cut it here. That's an overview. Have pictures. ^^ Will post friends-only at some point, possibly release some externally.