Monday, September 30, 2013

As Usual, It's All About The Packing

As I mentioned, I have a trip coming up later this week.  Molly and I will leave Thursday night and head to Orlando where we will spend a few days at The World, and are planning to do the Tower of Terror 10-Mile race on Saturday night (that starts at 10pm - if one were to calculate my mph, one might ascertain that I will not be finished until approximately 1am Sunday morning).

Anyhoo, on Sunday morning we each have 8am-ish flights - Molly will return to Nashville and I will head to New York City where KB will meet me somewhere in the La Guardia airport, having flown there from Nashville (I expect this to be a comedy of errors, possibly involving TSA and the NBC news).  Anyhow, like last year's San Francisco trip for the 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk, we thought it would be a great idea to tour NYC a few days before walking 60 miles.

We will be there until Wednesday, when we are going to take a big bus to DC, even though Steve says the big bus is a big bad idea.  Somehow we are  (a) going to board the big bad bus and then (b) somehow arrive at our hotel for the 3-Day weekend (this sort of happened last year when we had to get a taxi from our San Francisco condo to the 3-Day hotel, which involved a very chatty driver and who knows what route to get there).

Anyhoo, then we plan - or we had planned - to tour DC, or at least look at the outside of the closed buildings on Wednesday (on Wednesday night we are planning to do a night segway tour - does anyone else think this has disaster written all over it?) and were going to visit Congress on Thursday until they decided to not do their jobs and figure a way to resolve the current issues at hand.

Thursday the rest of the team will join us and we will start the 3-Day walk on Friday.  We'll walk approximately 20 miles a day for three days, finishing up on Sunday and then fly back home.

Why have I told you all this?  Because for this trip, I am planning to pack in a carry-on suitcase.  Yes, at some of these hotels I will have access to a laundry.  I'm just having to figure out how to pack clothes and assorted other stuff into my sweet little red bag.

Oh well, I'm not leaving until early Thursday evening, so I guess I have until 4ish on Thursday to figure it out ...
Today was a great day because:  I got my car its first check-up; nice car people at the Toyota place; picking up Everley as school; cleaning up my closet

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Warning ..

Proceed with caution.  I've got a trip planned later this week, in conjunction with the 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk, but it's rather circuitous.  In other words, I'm making a stop in Orlando (at you-know-where) for a late-night 10-mile jaunt, followed by a trip to NYC (because it's only a bus ride away from DC), and then a bus ride to DC to await the other members of the team before we begin our 60-mile walk on October 11.  
Would you believe me if I said that was the only route available to DC?
Today was a great day because:  I had breakfast at First Watch with Steve, Maribeth, and Everley; had mani-pedi with Molly and saw Andrea there; Publix-ed with Molly; had Everley and Lindley time; got Everley to bed at her house

Saturday, September 28, 2013

What This Picture Tells You ...

1. Yes, there was free champagne after the race.

2. Perhaps carrying your cell phone in your bra during the race is not the best idea, since it tends to make fuzzy pictures after the race.

3. Maybe fuzzy pictures after a race for some people isn't such a bad idea, since the pre-race picture showed every line, every wrinkle, and every chin. (I'm not saying WHO, but there appears to be someone missing from this picture.)

4. Just because someone's glass appears empty, it does not necessarily mean that the empty-glass person has glugged down her champagne. It could mean that she tore off her free drink coupon before the race, and therefore needed a prop for the picture from someone else who might have glugged her champagne.

Or it could mean the pictured person is a glugger ...

5. Everyone is capable of doing a 5k - fuzzy people, gluggers, multi-chinned people. You just have to put one foot in front of the other - and do it with your peeps!!
Today was a great day because:  KB, Sha-Sha, and I did a 5K; I saw all the Drinnens and Brad's wedding party; Everley and Lindley time; babysitting Lindley and her friend Charlotte

Friday, September 27, 2013

Yes I Confess. I Watch It.

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader show, that is.  I didn't grow up in Texas (where it would seem that all little girls dress up like a DCC for Halloween and/or dream of growing up and being a DCC).  I also didn't really (and still don't) care that much about the cheerleaders once the squad is picked.  But for some reason I am drawn to this show where girl-women try out in hopes of making the squad.  The first few episodes whittle down the group of 500 to the ones invited to training camp.  Then the rest of the shows focus on training camp and the possibility of getting called into the office only to be told that , "Tonight will be your last night."

Yes, it's high drama.  And it's low on uniforms in terms of sizing and material.  It's high in mascara.  It's high in cleavage.  The jump split is everything.  Tonight was uniform fitting night, even though one girl was cut.  That meant tonight was also high in tears.

The question is still out there - who will end up with stars around their (teeny-tiny) hips??  Tune in on Friday nights to find out!!
Today was a great day because:  race expo with Molly and seeing Sharon; lunch and grocery with Molly; Everley and Lindley time; Steve's birthday dinner cooked by Molly and Maribeth

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Somebody Turned 56 Today ...

Thank goodness, because otherwise I would have to really think about a blog topic ....
Today was a great day because:  the icemaker got fixed!; I got more stuff accomplished; meeting a McDonald's opening with KB and Molly and getting a coupon for a free Big Mac/week for a year; Everley time

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Beauty and The Beast

 Saw it.  Loved it.  Especially the beer mug song, "Gaston."
And then I went to bed to the sounds of Mrs. Potts singing in my head ...
Today was a great day because:  I got some stuff done; ate dinner and saw "Beauty and the Beast" with KB and Molly; saw Lisa and the girls at the show; 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

60 Miles Is Getting Closer ...

Tonight Cindy (an Udderly Pink supporter and a co-worker of Karen) spearheaded a "send-off" party for our breast cancer walk.  We had great food and great entertainment (thanks to Bruce), and the night ended with wonderful toasts that Cindy had found and printed out for everyone to read.

However, this party signals one thing - basically in three weeks we will be headed to Washington, DC, to walk 60 miles in 3 days.  Which means our training walks are going to be few and far between from now until then.  Which haven't been too great so far.  In other words, we haven't trained like we should. 

Nevertheless, Team Udderly Pink will put one foot in front of the other in hopes of finishing our 60 miles and in hopes of finishing this disease called breast cancer.  With the love and support that was so evident tonight, we will do it!
Today was a great day because:  I walked two miles with KB; lists and tasks were accomplished; UP send-off party at KB's office; Bruce playing some tunes on the guitar; Lindley time at the party; Up shirts came in via Sam; lovely evening after the rain

Monday, September 23, 2013

There's Nothing Like A Monday Plan ...

Today was a great day because:  I got to sleep until 6:30am; I made lots of lists and got lots of things accomplished; I picked up Everley from school and had some play time at her house; I finished recycling some curtains

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Put The Remote Down

Today we were sitting in the den, watching television.  I had turned to a cartoon movie and Lindley said she wanted to watch it.  I held the remote in order to check to see if something better might be on to watch.  Lindley then looked at me and said, "Put that down."  I asked her what she was talking about and she made it known that she was talking about the remote control.

When I asked her why, she replied, "Because I want to watch this." In other words, she was happy with what she was watching, which was for her benefit anyhow.  It was me who was thinking that something better might be on, again for her benefit.  But the fact was, she was happy.  Period.

So today's lesson from the small fry is this - quit trying to always find something better and sometimes be happy where you are.  Because if you keep trying to find something better, you're might just miss the good thing you've got going.
Today was a great day because:  Most of the Udderly Pink team got in almost 7 miles and a Starbucks stop (and a pick-up by Molly); Maribeth picked up CPK for family lunch; safe travel to and from for Steve and Mathieu; Lindley and Everley time; visit from Camille and her mom to pick up the glue; beautiful day outside

Saturday, September 21, 2013

So How Did This Week's List-Making Go?

Hmmm.  Well, I made two days of lists and after that didn't seem to have the time for list-making.  Besides, I still have things not crossed off from this week's two days of lists.  So was this a success?

Yes - it gave me a path for the day (even though everything wasn't check off on time).

Yes - it gave me a sense of accomplishment (even though everything hasn't gotten accomplished - yet).

Yes - I will try to keep doing it for the reasons above, and hopefully just keep getting better at it.

So the moral of this story is that good ideas are sometimes just that - good ideas.  While they may not be perfect in execution or specific outcome, those ideas are still good.  They're good because they make us feel good.  And that's a great reason to keep going and make a good idea a great one.
Today was a great day because:  KB, Molly, and I had breakfast at Fido and skipped the wet 5K; Molly and I went Target-ing; Lindley and Everley time; Mathieu picking up Chic Fil A for dinner; MSU won their football game; beautiful fall day

Friday, September 20, 2013

There's Usually A Way Around Everything

This may be mine ...
Today was a great day because:  I slept in a tiny bit; I had lunch and Target-ed with Maribeth and Molly; Everley came over; safe travel to and from for Steve and Mathieu; segway tour booked for DC; Mathieu picking up Sonic for dinner 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Things I Wish I Did ...

... but really don't wish I did.  In other words, things that I can imagine doing, but never will because they're much better in my mind than actually doing in real life.  Here are the top ones that come to mind:

1.  Ride horses really fast.   When I was little, a horse bit me and I fell off several horses.  In other words, I was not a very good horse person.  I became afraid of riding horses, that I would fall off and then the horse would bite me.  But I still like to imagine riding one in a wide-open pasture, really fast.  Except that I would be glued to the horse, who would have no teeth ...

2.  Ride the worse roller coasters.  I get motion-sickness sometimes, and I think my heart literally moves to my throat when I ride even the babiest of roller coasters, so I don't.  But I still imagine riding the scariest roller coasters, the ones featured on those "Scariest Roller Coaster" shows or that you see on the internet.  I wouldn't even have to be unconscious.

3.  Fly on an airplane for a really long time.  Only because I was going somewhere really interesting.  Since my brain can currently only manage a trip to the West Coast at this time, I cannot imagine any super-long flight without being passed out.

4.  Wear a bikini.  There are so many things wrong with this one, we needn't even discuss it.  Except it would be cool, considering in my thought process, I would have the body to go along with it.  And I would be tan - from the sun - without the sun damage.

5.  Tap dance.  Since after my first year of dance lessons when I was very young, my very first dance teacher suggest to my mother that I take up another hobby, I don't think dance will be in my future.  Especially since I have ankles of jelly.  And those ankles are on two left feet.  But it would be cool to tap the light fantastic.

So those are just a few of the things I imagine doing but don't.  Sure, I could probably do them all if I really put my mind to it.  But it's more fun to just imagine doing them - and doing them well!

Today was a great day because:  I took Everley to school; I got some cleaning and organizing accomplished; got a task or two completed; made some travel plans; had a yummy dinner via Maribeth; picked up Everley from school and we made a Wal Mart run

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Today I had some time to read up on the news - on the internet, of course.  So in case you did not have the luxury of learning the latest, I thought I would catch you up.

First of all, there this dude, who decided to purchase every sandwich McDonald's makes, and then put them all together into one sandwich.  Which, unless you're Dagwood, you couldn't even put it into your mouth.  Which this dude didn't.  He ate some, then took it apart and took it home to eat for days.  So the point was ....

Somebody wants to discuss what I should wear on a plane.  Like I care.  If I'm on the plane, that's all that matters.  And yes, usually I spill something on my clothes while I'm waiting for the plane to load, so whether I wear an evening gown or my pajamas, it really doesn't matter

Sure, there were other things in the news, but after these two stories, I decided that I had had enough ...

Today was a great day because:  Two miles with KB down 12th Avenue; Everley came over for the morning; Molly stopped by for a quick visit

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Who Wore It Best?

Who cares? This little number costs $5990.  Yes, it's silk.  Yes, it has a dogchain for a collar.  But $6000 for a dress? 

Clearly my bargain shopping at Target is not going to get me in the ever-inspiring "Who Wore It Best" debate.

No biggie - my real dream is "People of Wal-Mart" anyway ...
Today was a great day because:  I did two miles with KB; had a date at Massage Envy with Breana; got some stuff done; Steve got our Disney princess cruise fixed; picking up Lindley at school; Lindley and Everley time; Steve's burgers and steaks on the grill

Monday, September 16, 2013

Making A List ... Again

Yup, I'm back to making a daily list of things to do.  My system is to (a) list the things that are on my calendar (for someone who does not go to a workplace, I surprisingly do have things on my calendar), and then (b) list 10 things I wish to accomplish on that day.  Sure, the second list may consist of things like laundry, clean the bathroom, install this or that, but it just helps to have a plan.  Plus, by the end of the day, it helps to realize that I did actually accomplish something.

Do I get everything done on my list?  Not always.  But I mark the things off as I do them, so those undone tasks are there for the next day.  Hopefully by Friday I don't have a huge pileup of undone stuff.  I'm taking Sunday off - and maybe Saturday, because even worker bees get a day off.

Sure, it's a simple basic method of planning one's day, but since my secretary only meows and my administrative assistant prefers to plop down on top of my computer rather than be of any use, I guess I'm on my own.

And for what it's worth, I also got back on the Weight Watcher wagon for one last ditch effort to get that area of my life back on track. 

It's gonna happen people -getting my stuff together.  And then what shall we talk about? 
Today was a great day because:  I slept until 6:30am; I got several big things accomplished; chatting with Rose in India about my refrigerator; getting with the B12 shots; Everley time

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Miles Is Miles - Right?

Today the Udderly Pink team started at 5AM to get in a back-to-back training walk.  We walked from my house to downtown, where we decided to stop for breakfast at Puckett's and eat breakfast food.  Which might have not been the best idea, since today's weather got a little warmer than yesterday and breakfast food didn't seem as appealing a few miles down the road.  Meanwhile, Billy Bruce and Sha-Sha started developing blisters, so at the first gas station, we called an audible and called Maribeth to come pick us up at Burger King.  Where we all got drinks and then piled into the Murano (Molly sat in the cargo area in the back).  Neverthless, we got in about 9 1/2 miles and called it a victory.

But then again, we call a lot of things a victory ...
Today was a great day because:  Most of the Udderly Pink team got in a decent training walk (the other member is in North Carolina and it was too far a commute); Bruce treating us to breakfast again; Everley time:  picking up dinner with Steve and Molly and eating with Maribeth and Everley

Saturday, September 14, 2013

A Lovely Day

It started early at 6AM when most of the Udderly Pink members convened at my house and we started our training walk.  We had a lot of good conversation, Bruce found a watch along the way, and we had a breakfast stop.  We managed to get in 11 miles, which we really needed to do.  The weather was cool and perfect for such an accomplishment.

Steve was at the MSU football game in Montgomery (which State lost), but the rest of the family got together at Everley's house for dinner.  I even accomplished a few tasks on my list before I headed for bed.  Not bad for a Saturday!!
Today was a great day because:  most of the Udderly Pink team got in 11 miles (someone decided to sleep in instead); Bruce treated the Fitty-What members to breakfast; Lindley and Everley time; Lynnette picking up lunch; dinner at M&M&E's house; watching a mediocre movie all the way through; getting my Garmin watch back on track; absolutely perfect day weather-wise; making changes and getting better deals on 3-Day hotels

Friday, September 13, 2013

It's Just A Line - Just Not The Last Line

I love the show "Rizzoli and Isles."  I love all the characters and was truly saddened by the suicide of Lee Thompson Young.  However, this week's episode while entertaining, also left me with a sour taste in my mouth.

At the beginning of the episode, a obviously chubby woman with glasses is in her hot tub having a night to herself.  A masked stranger pushes the victim's CD player into the hot tub hoping to kill her.  However, the woman convulses about, and in doing so, manages to pull the plug from the outlet.  She starts to come around, only to have the masked bad person push her down into the hot tub and drown her.  Cue Rizzoli and Isles.

There's another murder that ends up being connected to the hot tub murder, and as it turned out, the hot tub lady's husband was part of a conspiracy to kill his wife.  As disturbing as that scenario is, it wasn't what bugged me - mainly because this is a TV show and I didn't know the hot tub lady.  Because she wasn't a real person.

What bugged me was that during the investigation, the detectives were in the squad room discussing why someone would want to kill the hot tub lady.  She was a professor at a college and had just received tenure.  At first they thought it might be a student she accused of plagiarism, but he said that he actually liked the professor and had been in her hot tub before for a little joint hot-tubbing (and a little joint smoking).

Anyhow, as the detectives were trying to figure out the killer, Detective Korsak (a older detective who's old and sort of pudgy) was looking at old pictures of the lady and her husband and said that perhaps the husband wanted the wife dead because, and I quote, “she let herself go.” Seriously, Korsak?

I know it hit a nerve with me because in the eyes of the world, I've let myself go.  I weigh too much and often dress like a bag lady.  I grew tired of the time and expense of coloring my hair, so I let the gray fly.  I look nothing like I would like to look like, and currently am not working hard (or hardly working) to achieve that goal.  But is that the worst thing in the world?

I'm smart enough to know and rest in the thought that my physical appearance is not the most important part of me.  I know that my best and dearest friends don't care only about what I look like.  I know that the people who are no longer my friends because they are not fans of the way I look are not worth hanging with anymore.

I know all these things, for me and every person who overeats or eats poorly because of the emotional reasons such as believing that the only thing that matters is the outside of this vessel we call ourselves.  But just because I know these things doesn't erase the reality of what some people believe and manage to say out loud.  I just wish I hadn't heard this comment on my favorite show that features two beautiful young woman and was said by an old coot.  Even though it was all just a TV show, it still stung.
Today was a great day because:  I walked two miles with KB; I managed to cross a few things off my "to do" list; I cooked dinner for most of the family who came over to eat it: Steve and Mathieu's safe travel to and fro; Lindley and Everley time

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Two Weeks And Counting ...

Yup - two weeks ago I decided to give up Diet Coke.  After reading a lot of facebook posts about how terrible Diet Coke is, I decided to go cold turkey and quit.  Luckily for me, I didn't have the horrible headaches that I've gotten when I've given it up before - possibly because I did a six mile race one day and a thirteen mile race the next.  At any rate, Diet Coke is now history - hopefully.

The worst part is finding a new drink to consume.  Sure, I could and should just drink water, but I'm just a not a water-all-the-time type girl.  So, mostly I've been drinking iced tea - unsweetened, since the major poison in Diet Coke is the artificial sweeteners.  My drink of choice when up in the air traveling in a tin can has been cranapple juice.  Certainly not as satisfying as that buzz when a Diet Coke hits my gullet, but it will have to do.

And yes, the no Diet Coke includes Diet Dr Pepper.  And Diet Pepsi, should I ever be so desperate as to go near one. 

Anyhow, I will mark it up as a victory.  Yay me.  Now to work on all the other food vices in my life ...
Today was a great day because:  I got some tasks completed; I picked up Lindley from school; Lindley and Everley time; Steve's safe travel home

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Trouble With Cruising ...

... is when you get home and get on the scales and realize how much of those 4-course dinners you brought home with you - on your hips and around your waist!  I have resolved to get it together - tomorrow.  After I explain to my body that (a) nobody is going to cook and then serve us a meal, and (b) a salad is a perfectly acceptable meal - all by itself. 

The other problem with cruising in an area three time zones away is that your body, already ticked off at the excess weight you brought home, has decided that it doesn't know what time it is, and therefore decides to stay up most of the night, refusing to let you go to sleep.  I'm hoping to get that part together - tonight.

Yup, I guess that's the price one has to pay to go on a cruise - and I'm so happy to pay it!!
Today was a great day because:  I had breakfast with KB at the Pantry; I caught up on some paperwork; I spent some time with Everley at her house; Sam, Lynnette, and Lindley made it safely home from vacation

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Yup - all suitcases and boxes have been unpacked.  Molly's stuff has been deposited at her house.  Some gifts have been dispensed, with others waiting for their recipients to come over.  Of course, there's a whole lotta stuff sitting around on my desk, my bureau, my bed, my nightstand, the floor, the bathroom counter, etc., but the suitcases are empty.

I think that's enough for today!!

Today was a great day because:  I got the suitcases unloaded; I might have taken a nap or two; Everley and Maribeth came over for a visit

Monday, September 9, 2013

From Canada Place to My Place

It had to come to an end - the cruise, that is.  Today we sailed into port.  We watched the unloading of bags and the loading of food and supplies for the next cruise.  We even saw an interesting work team - and we're still not sure exactly whose hard hat the pup was carrying!

Soon enough it was time to leave our home for the past week and begin our trek home.  Since another ship was also in port, there were about 4000ish people looking for a ride to various places.  We got in the taxi line, waited about 45 minutes, and were soon in a taxi headed for the Vancouver airport.  Where we had several hours to wait.

Eventually we boarded our American Airlines jet headed for DFW (the inflight movie was "Monster U", which I had just seen a few days prior).  Upon arrival in Dallas, we had just enough time to get off one plane, find the tram for our terminal, use the restroom, and board our plane for home.  We got home around 11:15pm, eventually retrieving our bags and getting home around midnight.  I promptly dropped my bags in the den and headed for bed, deciding to wait another day to unload them (lest you get concerned, those are my bags AND Molly's bags AND the box we shipped home for Disneyland).

Also waiting for me at home were these - black bananas and dead flowers.  Guess it's good to be missed!!

Today was a great day because:  it was a beautiful day in Vancouver; we had a nice cab driver; we met some fun Texans at the airport; I had an empty middle seat; two safe, smooth rides; we had plenty of time to catch our flight at DFW; sleeping in my own bed

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Time to Head for Home

Today was our last day onboard, and a sea day.  Although it started off cool and rainy, it warmed up and the sun came out.  Molly and I watched "Monsters U" this morning, met Charity for some lunch, attended the "Chocolate Pairing" seminar (where I had my first sip of whiskey - and possibly last), and then slept the afternoon away.  We ate at Palo for dinner and then returned to say our goodbyes to our regular tablemates.  It's been a fabulous cruise, but it will be good to sleep in our own beds!!!

Today was a great day because: I saw a movie with Molly; we tasted chocolate and "drinks" with Charity and Molly; we had great naps; we ate a delicious meal at Palo; Sheldon entertained us at dinner; we saw a few whales; we said good bye to Hi, Way, Z, Mike, Sue, Sophie, and our dining team; we managed to get our bags packed on time

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Catch A Lumberjack in Ketchikan

At least that's what Charity was hoping to do.  We got off the ship and did a bit of exploring on our own.  We saw Dolly the prostitute's house (although we didn't take her tour), rode a tram up the mountain, walked around the sketchier neighborhoods looking for the fish hatchery, saw salmon swimming upstream (and smelled all the dead ones along the way),toured the totem pole museum, rode the free shuttle back to town, and listened to the bus driver as he told us all about Sarah Palin's bridge to nowhere story.  Soon it was time for the Lumberjack Show.  Although Charity did not manage to nab one for herself, she did at least get a picture!!

Today was a great day because: Charity and I got to wander around and see some "interesting parts" of Ketchikan; seeing the shuttle bus and that it was free; seeing and smelling all the salmon; watching the lumberjacks do their stuff

Friday, September 6, 2013

I'm A Musher, She's A Musher, Wouldn't You Like To Be A Musher Too!

Today's stop was in Juneau.  Charity and I went to musher's camp, where we got to ride in a "summer sled" pulled by dogs training for Iditarod-like races.  Then we got to pet the puppies that will get to grow up to be sled dogs.  After we returned to the ship, we picked up Molly and went downtown for a bit of sightseeing and shopping.  A great day!!

Charity on the swinging bridge at musher camp.

The leaders of our dog pack.

The view from the sled!  The dogs kept looking back as if to say, "Who's the fatty on the sled?"

Where one washes hands at the musher camp.

Charity and some puppy love!!
Where one does the necessary at musher camp.
Meanwhile, back on the ship ...

So long Juneau!!

Today was a great day because:  I got to ride in a dogsled and pet dogs and learn about races; I walked around downtown Juneau with Molly; I had shrimp for lunch; it was a beautiful day

Thursday, September 5, 2013


My favorite stop in Alaska.  It just seems like such a picturesque place!  Anyhow, again I'll just post pictures - you just really have to come see it for yourself!!

Charity and Molly preparing to go zip lining - um, no - I skipped out on that excursion ...

The ship in port - beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!

For my pals Denise and Kat - although I think a Disney cruise is the only way to get here ...

The veiew from downtown to the port - and my home away from home!!

Today was a great day because:  the weather was clear and cool; I got to shop in downtown Skagway; lunch with Molly and Charity

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tracy Arm, Alaska

Rather than attempt to describe all the cool things we saw today, I will just post pictures, although even those don't sufficiently depict the absolute beauty of God's creation in Tracy Arm, Alaska.

Character Breakfast!! You figure out who are the characters ...

It was cold!!  And wet!!  So the soup in a bread bowl and the hot chocolate were yummy!!

Getting a picture of the glacier from the veranda.

The seals!!  I'm not sure who was looking at whom ...

We saw a whale tale (we assume the rest of it was under the water ....).

The waterfall - the sound was almost as beautiful as the sight of it!

The glacier - beautiful!!!

Today was a great day because:  although the day was cold and wet, we saw some beautiful sights including seals, the glacier, and whales; I won $38 and a Captain Mickey doll at Bingo