I’m back from my family cruise to Cozumel!
Actually, I got back Friday afternoon, but it’s been a rush of family activities (my sister flew in from Cali for the cruise and is staying until Monday afternoon), the memorial service for my friend Erick, and a frantic bulk food shopping and meal assembly session with two friends at my house.
My spray tan faded just in time for the cruise to begin, but it turned out that it was just a little bit too windy for DH and I to brave the pool or waters of Cozumel anyway. We did see some amazing Mayan ruins at Tulum on the Mexican mainland (after a truly nauseating high-speed ferry boat ride from Cozumel to Playa Del Carmen–at least that is what my parents said–I slept through most of it) and walked up and down the main drag in Key West until we found the Key Lime Pie Factory where I indulged in some authentic, delicious Key Lime pie.
Even more importantly, I was able to sing some karaoke for three out of the four nights on the Imagination’s wonderful sound system in the Xanadu Lounge. It wasn’t Rising Star, but it wasn’t bad, either!
The gym aboard the Carnival Imagination was more than adequate for my workouts, and I got in a back/biceps/ab day, a RCR circuit day, and a cardio day on the recumbent bike. They were even kind enough to provide a TV screen on the bike that played the movie Speed Racer while I was pedaling, which made the time go by much faster than expected.
We also discovered the most awesome portrait photographer on board the ship the first night. His name was Joseph, and he had totally mad skills. The guy was a complete control freak when it came to posing his subjects, but since this resulted in such fantastic pictures, we didn’t mind. Seriously, he tweaked everything from posture and hand position to hair and clothing. We wound up going back to him two more times for more photos because we knew that we’d never find someone that good locally without a lot of trial and error.
It was kind of nice to know that the photographer was looking out for us and making sure we didn’t have hunched posture or stray hairs going on.
Here’s one taken by a different photographer. How Asian do I look in this shot? Muahahahaha!
I am back on the healthy eats wagon with a vengeance tomorrow, and will be doing my best to finish out my M&F program by December 31 despite the distractions of the holidays. Vacation was wonderful, but I am glad for the sake of my waistline that real life doesn’t come with 24-hour access to a frozen yogurt machine and room service. 😉