My poor little brain is but a pile o'mush these past few months...early mid-life crisis anyone? Yikes...I honestly thought that I was equipped to deal with just about anything that life threw my way, seems I need to rethink this! Anyhoo...to catch up...
December was blur of travel anxiety! Good anxiety though...lots of packing, and re packing, since the carrier we flew had SEVERE limits on luggage weight. Which is all fine and good, BUT...it didn't take into account my plan. You see, I've had some icky experiences with lost luggage (which eventually surfaced, but still!) as well as a 3 1/2 yr old to tote around. So, my plan was to pack two suitcases and one carry on (equipped with a portable DVD player-rec'd as a Christmas gift-but refused to work on a plane...ugh). Well...packing for three people in two suitcases doesn't come in under the weight guidelines that were proposed. ICK. I do not like packing. It is most definitely NOT my forte. All ended well though. No lost luggage, incredibly happy kiddo who (thank god) flies with ease...unlike his mama.
Travel details...in a vain and successful attempt to escape some family misery this Christmas, we left our snowy and frigid Ottawa town for sunny and hot Curacao
. What a fab island. We stayed at Breezes
which was terrific for families, wouldn't recommend it for couples. But...it was great for Noah. He LOVED every minute of it. Lots of kids to play with, lots of pools to choose from, lots o'food (although it was most poopy buffet style stuff) and frosty beverages...
and the sea. How I love the sea...
The sounds, the fish, the salt water (which mended my toe...whole other story, but let's just say I my middle toe nail picked a fight with a beach lounger, and the lounger won, my pedicure lost.Ick.)
Hubby is a Master Scuba Diver...so he was in his glory. He's really only experienced diving in the Caribbean once before (St. Lucia). He's been refining his skills in the mighty (mighty icky) St. Lawrence River in the Brockville/Kingston area...so this was a treat for him. He was able to take quite a few underwater photos, but alas, we have not yet scanned them.
A shot of diver hubby above water with our sea/boat lover kiddo...
We were able to explore around Punda/Otrobanda a bit as well. The architecture is fab...very Dutch, which reminded us of our trip to Amsterdam. (How I miss Europe...sigh)
Punda streetscape, taken from Otrobanda
We took Noah to the Curacao Aquarium...a neat little place. I don't really frequent touristy type animal attractions as I usually leave feeling horrible. I'm really against animal captivity for profit. The aquarium had a few large tanks with local fish, floral and fauna. Kinda neat. But what impressed me most was the outdoor area. There were a few fenced off areas in the open water with sea turtles (nearly lost it when I saw the SIZE of these guys...wow!!!), sharks, dolphins, etc. There were lots of educational programs as well (Noah was able to feed a nurse shark...COOL!!) On that note, we signed up for a Dolphin experience (I was REALLY torn about this...but wanted Noah to experience this). I was able to grab this one shot of Noah, his dad and the family we were teamed up with...
Theresa!!! She was a sweetie of a dolphin...What a cool experience. We basically stood on the platform and the trainer gave us a blurb about dolphins in general and then we were able to participate in some training maneouvres. Very cool. Noah was terrified at first, but soon warmed up to Theresa and still talks about her to this day. We purchased a few great shots that the staff photographer had taken of us...yet again, they're not scanned.
And a final artsy shot....oh the joy of a digital camera!
On the knitting front-I've attempted many projects, and given my current state of mind (that would be mush) I have jumped from project to project to find that instant gratification...alas, I still haven't found what I'm looking for
. Here's a glimpse at what's on the needles at this point.
I've signed up for the Harlot's Olymics
as well...a cute little button, and a knit along may just be the push I need to get out of this funk. I'm planning a Placket sweater
in orange, navy and grey...we'll see how it goes. Needles and yarn are ready to go for tommorow.
Also, Noah rec'd his final package for the Secret Pal Kids' edition from Billy! I did take photos of all the cool stuff he rec'd, but can't seem to find the file I put them in...silly computer! So, to Billy...Noah thanks you you very much and sends a big high five across the pond! Also...Andrea
sent me a beautiful hank of Debbie Bliss...bliss indeed! Thanks so much Andrea!
So..in an effort to get myself out of this gloomy funk I seem to be in, I'm spending the morning updating the blog, and I might just jaunt over to Lolly's
blog and seriously consider the Project Spectrum activities! Looks like fun...