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But mostly food.

Monday, January 10, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! ....what? it's the 10th!?

Me: Happy New Year, blog.  I haven't been around.
Blog:  Yeah. I noticed.   
Me:  You see, I've been doing other things. Without the Internet. 
Blog [aghast]:  What's that?  Without... The Internet?  How can this be?  
Me: Well, you see, it's because I was on a very large ship sailing around the Caribbean Sea with Famous People.*  
Blog: Ah. Well. That explains it.  
Me: Yes. Here are some pictures.  I'll talk about letting go of things and what I want for the coming year and all that stuff that Every Other Blog In Creation talked about two weeks ago while I was packing my family of four to get on a floating hotel for a week in another post.
Blog: Ok.....

Blog: I missed you.
Me.  I know.  I missed you, too.  Though not enough to take a single picture of food while I was gone.
Blog:  I understand.  You were on vacation.
Me:  Thanks.  I heart you.
Blog: Shut up and make with the pictures.

It's good to be on a boat with old friends.
Peter Sagal and my husband, Bill.

Fruity Rum Drinks in Neon Plasticware!  With FRUIT!

A view of the ms Eurodam from the beach at Half Moon Cay, Bahamas



Having stupidly watched Titanic two weeks before the cruise,
I was happy to see these awesome lifeboats that also served as shuttles to the islands.

The Paul F. Tompkins Memorial Mustache Formal.
Paul's not dead or anything, he just couldn't join us on the cruise.
Formal wear was optional, mustaches were mandatory and provided.
I brought monocles for Bill and me.

A theater full of geeks every night.  What's better than that?

This is as close to Jamaica as I got.
I was in the stateroom with my 3 year old who was throwing up from a virus for three days.
My 5 year old went ashore with my parents and came back braid-less,
but bearing color-changing gifts of barrettes, rings and nail polish.
She didn't start throwing up until the next day.

If you squint, you can see the crescent moon just under the  clouds.

Why almost 400 people were sailing on the ms Eurodam last week:
As best I can, from left to right:
John Hodgman, Wil Wheaton, John Roderick, Paul and Storm, Jonathan Coulton, Dammit Liz, David Rees, Molly Lewis, Mike Phirman, Peter Sagal, Bill Corbett (my husband), Stephen Toulouse, Kevin Murphy.

The scarriest of all the towel animals.
Towel Monkey.

I cannot tell you all that happened here.  But I can tell you that I had a wonderful time and am so lucky and so happy to have been a part of it all.  I saw some of the best performing I've ever seen, I hung out with some really amazingly talented people.  I had real conversations with people I've admired for years (one in particular since I was 12 years old), and got to meet their amazing families.  I met new friends and grew real connections.  Thank you so much, Jonathan, Paul and Storm, Liz, the Universe, for putting this all together.  Thank you, Bill  for including me in it.  Even though our poor children were throwing up for days, I still got to have nights most people only dream about.  Thank you to my parents for coming along and making those nights possible by watching the kids and for getting us really sweet chairs on the beach in the Bahamas.  I hope you got a good vacation out of the deal, too.  Thank you Holland America, for making my first cruising experience awesome enough - even with sick kids - to consider and look forward to a second.  With service and food like that, I'm sticking with you kid.

Thanks for being patient with me, Blog.  I'll start taking pictures of food again now.

*may not contain actual famous people.


  1. It was great meeting you on the cruise!

  2. I loved all the pics! Sorry the kids got sick though. =( Was it the ship or a bug? Also, hope you've finally got your land legs back!

  3. One thing that struck me about using the lifeboats to get us to port on Half Moon Cay was that we know they are in working condition. That makes me feel really, really good.

  4. You and Bill are SO freakin' cute!!

  5. So glad that I finally got a chance to meet you in person, even if it was for just a few minutes in between kid care.

  6. I'm sooooo envious! I've never been on a cruise before; I'd probably get seasick with my motion sickness problem. Glad you had so much fun!

  7. @CherylA1981 I, too, am susceptible to motion sickness, but I've found that dramamine works wonders (I was taking it most days of the cruise)

    I found the motion of the ship to be not so obvious but more subtle and insidious. Less a sense of getting ill reading a book in the car and more like "why does it feel like the room is tilting?" :)