Monday, March 7, 2011

Cozumel & Other Ramblings

In the past month, we’ve been in five different states and visited another country.  I’m going to try and catch up everything that’s been going on in this post – except for our trip to Florida.  That will need a post all by itself.

We started the month driving to Georgia for Autumn’s appointment at Medical Neurogenetics.  She was sick for nearly two weeks after that.  Her fever and symptoms would be gone for a day or two and return again.  After several more doctor visits, they decided to put her on an antibiotic.  Not that they could find any infection.  They just decided they had to do something to get her well.  That was good because it was time for us to leave for our cruise.  We really had not been sure that we were going to be able to go.  When I asked the doctor her opinion, she said, “Well, there are flights out of Cozumel every day.”  That was not very reassuring.

On February 17, we traveled through Mississippi and into Louisiana.  I really must ask – is there anything in Mississippi?  Just over the state line, there’s a larger city or two.  After that, you’re lucky to find a place to go to the bathroom – much less somewhere you can eat.  The Louisiana sign is always a welcome sight.

Criss and I greatly enjoyed the cruise.  We desperately needed to get away, and what’s better than people cleaning up after you and feeding you all day?  Besides that, we had a larger room this time, and that was a nice surprise.  We boarded the ship on Thursday, enjoyed a day at sea on Friday, visited Cozumel on Saturday, spent another day at sea on Sunday, and disembarked on Monday.

For our excursion in Cozumel, Criss and I chose to explore the ocean in a two person boat.  It was a blast!  Here’s a picture of us sitting in our boat out in the ocean.

After the boat ride, we had lunch and relaxed here:

Then, we walked through some of the local shops, and bought a coconut purse for Autumn, a shirt for Silas, and vanilla flavoring for our moms.  A big THANK YOU to Criss’ company for sending us.

We traveled from Alabama to Florida March 1-4.  That information will be in my next post.  Autumn is finally feeling better – though still sometimes more tired that usual.  She keeps wanting to take a nap at school during PE time.  J

Things are continuing to fall apart around the house.  The day before we left for the cruise, a plumber came to fix the water leak in the yard.  Someone from Alabama Power finally came by to test our meter and said it is working correctly.  So, we have a heating & air guy coming by the end of this week to see if that’s what’s causing the problems with our electric bill.  Yesterday, the front door lock broke.  (Picked up a new one today.)  For several weeks now, the washing machine keeps getting stuck and you return to find the clothes still sitting in a tub of water.  Our dish washer is leaking water, and it appears that we have two vehicles leaking oil.

Had to make a run to the grocery store this morning.  I’ve come to view Wal-Mart as a necessary evil in life.  I would avoid it altogether if I could, but it’s just so much cheaper.  I’ve been learning to watch the sales at Publix, etc., so I don’t go nearly as much as I used to.  However, when I have a lot of things I need to buy at once, there’s just no way around it.  Some of you may be wondering why I have such a distaste for the store.  Well, it used to be my favorite place to shop, but around here, all of the stores continue to go downhill.  Today, there were several “20 item or less” lines open, but ONLY TWO regular lines.  I’m glad Silas was being cooperative or we never would have made it.  After we’d been waiting in one of the lines for 15 minutes (with the cashier still barely visible in the distance), a third line opened, and we finally made it out of there.

If I were one of those moms who bribe her children to be good in the store, we might have left the store with two new sea creatures that are supposed to grow in water.  And, those two new sea creatures might be “growing” in the bathtub right now as I’m typing.  But really, what mother bribes her children with a toy just to be able to buy groceries?  Surely not me.  J

If only life were like a cruise ship…


1 comment:

  1. I'm just a tad jealous of your weekend getaway but oh so grateful that you were able to do in the midst of your nutty circumstances. Seriously, so many leaking appliances and both cars ... days like that are when Doug and I look at each other and say, "This stuff happens to us!" Then we smile and move forward putting out the latest fire. Keep trusting Him for every part of your day ... life is full of unexpected stuff .... reminds me of the song, "This is the Stuff" ... you prolly have heard it on the radio. ;)