It took me a few days get get around to doing this, but here it goes.
For those of you who don't know, my lovely wife and I just took a cruise to Nova Scotia (halifax in particular) to celebrate our one year anniversary. We drove up to NJ, took the train into Manhattan, and the a cab to the peir. It sucks carrying luggage around NYC. I'll first sum up the cruise: cold and wet. Or maybe another way to sum it up: screaming kids. Or maybe: drunk NY firemen and their annoying wives.
OK, it wasn't that bad. The food was par for assembly-line 'gourmet'; it didn't suck, but it certainly wasn't Bobby Flay in the kitchen. One thing is for sure, there was a whole lot of food, and there was always something to eat. I will mention that most of the bread on board was good. The lamb, chicken, fish, etc were all... um... well,... YOU DON'T COVER A GOOD CUT OF LAMB WITH OVER-SALTED GRAVY! Sorry, little spaz there.
We did win some money playing bingo, that was a highlight for sure. We were so happy with the cruise ship at that point we decided to give the money back to them via their slot machines
The shows were all "lets cater to as many people as possible." It was mass produced, plastic, and frankly, it just didn't impress me. The bars were not bad, but I hate paying $5.75 for a Fosters oil can. Seriously, concert beer prices. There were $15 glasses of lame-ass champagne! Needless to say we didn't really drink that much (except at the captain's cocktail party, when drinks were free.)
Halifax impressed me though. It is a really pretty place. It is clean, there were sailboats everywhere, harbor seals playing around, lots of cute little shops, etc. Problem is, we decided to take a sailboat cruise of the harbor. Sounds like a great idea, doesn't it? Well, when we left the cruise ship it was lightly raining. When we walked 5 minutes to the sailboat, it turned into a torrential downpour not unlike the Great Flood. We got wet... actually it felt like wet got us. We did, thankfully, put the camera in a plastic bag, so we could still get some great pictures of the sailboats, lighthouse, etc. (They will be posted soon, I promise.)
The best thing about the cruise ship, I must say, was the duty-free shops. Thats right. We got 7 litres of top-shelf liquor for about $90.
Ok, the crew was pretty good. They were about 95% foreign (indian, chinese, thai, eastern european, australian, english, etc.) They were they only part about the cruise that (in Carnival's terms) "Exceeded My Expectations."
Well, thats all I remember right now, but I'm sure Beth will fill in the blanks.
Now for something completely different.
Beth and I just made an offer on a house. It is completely adorable, stone, newish, well cared-for, nice area, not too big, etc etc. I'll probably make a big post about the house (including pictures) once it is under contract. Hopefully, if all goes well, that will be by the end of the week. Once we are under contract, things will get completely insane, especially since I have to balance full time work, 6 hours of classes, finalizing the contract, finalizing the loan, getting inspections, title searches, closing, moving in, fixing/painting/etc.
We're gonna be in for an interesting semester