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Wow… it’s been several months, very long and very challenging months.. happy to have the start of a new year upon us!

Since I last posted… Acadia National Park reopened!  The government still has some major issues to resolve.. but, whatever… I wrapped up my last (allegedly) of five full seasons in Bar Harbor, and New England, moved back to Plant City, started in my new role as the Operations Manager in Tampa, celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas, and my thirtieth birthday!  Whew!

The season in Tampa started mid-November, although I felt like I had been on the go from mid-August!  It’s been a challenging few months moving into my new role, constantly learning and adjusting… it’s been a mix of highs and lows as I learn to manage people, and it’s amazing to think that there is still more to learn!  Crazy, right?  Extremely thankful that the season in Tampa is seasonal… for one, I know the itch to travel is going to hit soon!

Richard has been traveling a lot for work, so it feels like we have switched roles..  He headed to Virginia with his father for Thanksgiving (to go hunting, of course) and spent time with Grandma Jane and other family, while I headed over to Mom’s for a relaxing week, and Alex joined us for a lovely meal at home.

After much traveling for work, Richard was finally home a few days before Christmas, and we headed back over to Mom’s and crashed at her place for a few days.  It was quite nice to relax, celebrate Christmas, eat delicious foods and not have to clean up!  We didn’t do any decorating this year… mainly because Richard was out of town and I am not a fan of going into the attic, but I knew I didn’t want to have to clean up either!  Mom got a fabulous black Christmas tree this year, and decorated with white and silver, it was gorgeous!  At work, the Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas helped us to celebrate the holidays too, we decorated the terminal and the team wore fun hats… the ship gave us a delicious cake too!

A most fabulous end to 2013 was my fabulous dirty thirty birthday party!  (this deserves a post of its’ own!) ….and I am waiting on the pics from Alex too!

11 days!

Posted: October 19, 2010 in Bar Harbor, Tampa
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I don’t even know what day it is anymore… Thank God my cell phone has the day and date on it… I would be totally lost without. it is amazing that when I live my life in block of time, it is so difficult to remember what is happening anything further than 5 days out… and my days are not actually days, but ship names. I don’t know how to explain this, I know my “ship friends” understand anyway.

So, life this week consisted of Costa/Explorer (Sunday), then Maasdam (Monday), then days off til next Jewel (Monday).. LOL. A little ridiculous.. but I can’t help it! I think I can commiserate with my ship friends who work in a contract… I am so counting down the days, hence, the post title. I am absolutely thrilled to be getting home. This two weeks is probably the hardest. I really want to be home, there aren’t enough ship days to make up for the days off going super slow, I have a three hour ride to the airport, and then about 6 hours of flight and layover til getting to Tampa, the Tampa season with Radiance is still in the rev-up stage, and of course, I miss Richard and my Mom, and can’t wait to get into our new house!

The end of the season is always a little bittersweet too… I will miss my friends up here, I will miss the beauty of the island and the calm and serene that it is. I will not miss being 45 minutes from WalMart, I will NOT miss working multiple days in a row and trying to stay caught up.

November and December may be a little crazy because the Port Everglades season is kicking off.. Multiple ships over the weekends, so I will probably head that way to help.. which will be fun too. Different than Tampa and change of pace from Bar Harbor… we shall see how everything goes. The Allure of the Seas, Oasis’s sister ship will debut soon too.. It would be neat to be in Port Everglades for their big arrival from the ship yard. A neat experience to be part of, and certainly helps me to appreciate Tampa and the group I work with there. The group in Tampa has been together for so long, the days are like clockwork and finishing up at the end of the day is so easy.

Off to bed! Gotta pack tomorrow, and possibly shipping the first suitcase home. Hallelujah! I love it here, but I love the thought of going home more!

So… updates since Sunday night…

Monday was calm, answering emails, finished the laundry, all that fun stuff.

I had dinner with Greg, and his brother Noah, on Monday night at Rosalie’s pizza… yummy!

Tuesday was fun with the Caribbean Princess! Not such a beautiful ship, but interesting folks on board nonetheless. Spent the day helping with shore excursions and learning how to load buses, etc.

Today was kinda long… A lot of emails, setting up for the Holland America Eurodam on Sunday. I am definitely excited about having a new ship in town… ready to change things up just a little bit. I am certainly very ready to jump into the busy season. I now it is going to be super stressful and overwhelming, but fun. It will definitely make Tampa feel like a breeze!

Countdown for the upcoming weeks:
8/27 Nanny’s anniversary is tomorrow.. I can’t believe it has been a year…
8/28 Picking up Stash from the airport
8/29 Monique arrives in Bar Harbor, and dinner with the shore ex group
8/30 Eurodam
9/1 Caribbean Princess
9/4 Maasdam, then Dierks Bentley concert at night at the University of Maine
9/6 Mom arrives! and the Maasdam and RCCL Explorer are in Bar Harbor
9/7 Jackie arrives!
So super busy!!!

And of course…. Happy Birthday Jackie!!!