Woo-hoo! Call me spoiled but the hubs and I are heading out on vacay this weekend. A week long Alaska cruise leaving out of Seattle and returning to Seattle made possible thanks to our wonderful Tea who is taking care of our needy four legged boy and our trusty day time dog watcher, Lynda. The two of them are my wonderful heroes right now. I know Tea especially is going to be sooooo ready to have us home after seven days of waking up at 4:30 to walk Dandy while we while away our time on deck. That is true love! Thank you Thank you Thank you T-bird!
This is not prime time Alaska cruising because of weather but it is cheap time cruising which fits our bill and we aren’t so fussy on weather. In fact, right now some cloudy weather will help me with my vacation goals. Those are two words that don’t really belong together: vacation goals. None-the-less, I have a list of things to accomplish this week away hat must be done:
- First and foremost, finish the first draft of the book! That above everything else has to happen. Even if it means not doing some things I was hoping to take in. In order to stick to our challenging but doable schedule, the first draft has to be done this month.
- Glen and I plan to get three miles of walking in every day. I know cruising is known for overeating but that hasn’t really been our experience. In fact, most often, we get in more exercise on a ship then we ever do at home and, let’s face it, you can only eat so much.
- However, another goal is trying out all the different offerings on the ship so I can share them all with you. Increasingly, the ships are broadening where you can get dinner from just the dining room and we plan to rotate around and give them all a go including some fancy French food night in an extra-charge dining room.
- Get my book to-do lists organized! I have all these scraps of paper stuffed in my notebook and they need some order restored to them.
That’s the “business” side of things. Most importantly of all, I am looking forward to the down time away from the everyday routine of life and the quality time with my guy. I like the variety a ship offers for things to do and the calm corners you can seek out when you want to do nothing. We also are super looking forward to seeing Glacier Bay again and visiting a new port for us – Sitka. But we enjoy all the ports we’re going to so we’ll be taking in Juneau, Ketchikan and Victoria on the way home as well. The beauty of Alaska and the inland passage calls to me and I want to be sure I spend time being present in the gift of it all.