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Nassau – Bahamas, not Long Island

Okie dokes, folks. Click this link for the pix -----> Bahamas Pix

Steve and I spent a our New Year's and then some in the Bahamas. (I'll have pix up one day.) We were in Nassau for eight days. Originally, we were going to do some island hopping. But then the weather turned bad, it got cold (70) and it was quite windy (30-40 mph wind gusts), with scattered showers. That was for 3-4 days. We finally managed to get our tan on one of the days there. We spent about five hours trying to catch the sun in between the clouds and the high gusts of wind. It was damn cold in a bikini, or in Steve's case, just shorts.

Our whole vacation was eating and walking. Walking to the crappy restaurants to eat their bad food. I wanted to do some jet skiing, snorkeling and scuba diving (even though I'm afraid of the water), but it was too cold. We didn't even go into the heated pool and jacuzzi because we were afraid of the cold when we get out. We visited Atlantis, which was on another island, and it was huge. We started at one end of the resort, walked around the entire resort for about 3.5 hours, and finally ended back at where we started. We almost got lost. Actually, I think we did get lost for a while. The resort is gorgeous, but also totally overpriced.

We spent two days sightseeing, although there's not much in Nassau, because it was too cold to do any water sports. The "downtown" area, which was supposed to be the hip and happening touristy, shopping area, was filled with shops such as Gucci, Diamonds International, Versace, etc. It was a strip of high priced accessories shops. Literally, there were about 3 diamond shops on each block! Insane! There was also a small area called "The Straw Market," where you can do your souvenir shopping. It's like an enclosed version of Canal Street. There was this really hot Jimmy Choo bag that some lady wanted to sell to me for $80, but it was "originally" $150. I said no, and she was like, how about $60? I'm thinking, come on, I'm not going to pay that much for a fake bag. (A few days later, at the airport, I saw some lady rocking my bag. B*tch.)

If I could sum up our vacation in a few words, it would be "overpriced and overhyped." Although I did enjoy it, it could've been so much better. Not just the weather, although the crappy weather killed all our plans. It could be because we only spent our time on Nassau/Paradise Island, but it really was a crappy island. I mean, it seems that 98% of the island is underdeveloped. As Steve and I walked around, we felt that we saw all that we needed to see. And everything was so effin' overpriced. Gratuity was included in every single thing we did "for our convenience." I bought a soda from a store, gratuity included; I bought a mug, gratuity included. Every meal we had, gratuity was included. The Wyndham, where we stayed, also had gratuity included in the total bill. Usually one of the better hotels, the Wyndham in Nassau sucked nuts. The food sucked, the casino was lacking, the service was great, and the internet wasn't free. The only good thing about it was that it was one of the better resorts in the area, and their beach area was nice.

Usually, we wouldn't stay in one place for too long, but we thought it'd be nice. And after we found out it wasn't, we were going to island hop. Then it started raining, and you know what happens after that. All in all, we wouldn't come back to Nassau again. Maybe the other islands, but it'd definitely be island hopping. Thank goodness we, at least, stayed in a nice hotel. If it was a crappy one, that I originally wanted, I would've killed someone.


Wedding in San Fran

We all went to the wedding in San Fran, so there's really no point in going into it. It was a very nice ceremony..with the bride trying to hold in her emotions, but alas, could not. We took a lot of pictures during the ceremony and banquet, which I'll eventually put up. I realized that although the Cybershot is a very nice camera, with its touchscreen options, the quality of pictures is horrendous! When I say horrendous, I mean, there's a reason why they made the outside look nice. Wow, I took a lot of pictures, and half of them came out crappy. Sony should just stick to making Playstations.


Kaylee’s Birthday

Kaylee's birthday was last month and I'm finally getting around to posting the pics. Dada through her a BBQ at Manhattan Beach, in Brooklyn. Her and her chef Steve did all the preparations and actually grilling. We had burgers, hot dogs, wings, grilled veggies and for dessert grilled bananas (with honey, chocolate and marshmallows). The food was all so delicious. The relish that Steve made for the burgers was so good. He should cater all the Sham affairs.

While the adults were busy eating, the kids were busing playing, in the sand and in the water. They were so adorable!

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Soccer Monster

Kaylee's first soccer practice today ended with two injuries and some crying. None of them were hers. And none of them, thankfully, were CAUSED by her.


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Awesome Cruise… and I ain’t talking ’bout Tom!

The Disney cruise was a great experience and fun was had by all who went. The kiddies chose not to do any of the children's activities (those rats) and decided to stick to my side like glue the entire time. We had way too much family together-ness and I think I am all Mickeyed out, like some kind of Disney junkie who has OD'ed on mermaids and chipmunks and princesses.

Top 5 things about Disney cruises you should know before going:

5. There is sometimes a pervasive scent of poopie diapers. There are 2200 guests on board, and I am guessing that over 1200 of them are kids. The percentage of non-potty trained children is high and therefore you have poopie diapers, ergo poopie diaper smell.

4. The staff and crew are some of the nicest people in the world. They are always smiling, no matter if it's 12 noon or 12 midnight. People who are way too happy and way too helpful scare me, and this cruise definitely has plenty of both. It can't be natural.

3. Cleanliness is definitely next to something, because the ship was always spotless. There are constantly people cleaning and wiping down, followed by more cleaning and wiping. The public restrooms were as clean as the ones in the cabins. Not to mention the hordes of people who walk around handing out disinfectant wipes to the guests - in front of restaurants, after coming on board, before leaving the pool area, everywhere.

2. There is way too much food. Basically it's a 24 hour a day smorgasborg. There are buffets, restaurants, and room service - all included with the cruise price already. Don't forget the open air restaurants by the pool, serving fries, burgers, hot dogs, and chicken fingers. The kids got the hang of ordering real quick. Dip in the pool, come out, get fries, eat, back in the pool. All without having to bother Mom.

1. The entertainment is amazing. Musicals every night - the kids even loved them. A huge movie theater showing the latest Disney movies. Disney cartoons and movies on 15 out of 20 channels in the staterooms. Planned social activities and outings - way too much going on. The Disney activities, music, and movies all put me into a trance. Next thing I knew, I was ringing up purchases in the onboard Disney store.


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