It's been a long day. As celebration for my graduation, we are leaving for a Caribbean cruise. The cruise isn't until tomorrow, which is a good thing, because it's a fairly long distance from Texas to Florida. Thankfully, we didn't have to drive anywhere. All I've seen today are airports and airplanes. It's been fun, but it's also been tiring.
We got up early this morning and finished the remainder of our packing before (almost tearfully) saying goodbye to our dogs. It'll be eleven days before we get to see them again.
As we loaded everything into the back of our van, I was scared I would forget something important. After all, if I'm on a ship in the middle of the ocean, it may be difficult to get what I need. Dad reassured me, however, saying, "The ship will be like a small city. It'll have everything we need."
We finally left our home and went to Nawnie's house. I'm sure I've talked about Nawnie on my blog before, but she is my very cute, very sweet, seventy-eight-year-old grandmother. Nawnie agreed to come with us on the cruise this summer. We helped her load up all of her bags--and she had probably double the amount of all of us together, including a walker--and then stuffed ourselves into our very, very full mini-van.
The drive to the airport seemed to take forever, since we were crammed into such a small space. But it was entertaining, so we laughed for most of the time.
The plane rides were quick, but the layovers seemed to take forever. We went from my small Texas city to Dallas and then to San Antonio, where we stopped and ate lunch from a sandwich place called Blimpie. I have no idea why any "health food" restaurant would call itself Blimpie, but oh well. From San Antonio, we left for Orlando... but then had to stop halfway in New Orleans to fuel up. According to our flight attendant, it was because: "This plane is packed full of people who decided to bring everything they owned with them."
We arrived in Orlando about two hours later than we were planning, but it was okay. We didn't have anything planned for tonight anyways. Tomorrow is when the fun will start. Where I live, there is absolutely no humidity, so the second we stepped out of the airport, it was like we were dumped into a sauna. I could literally taste the air, which is an unusual experience for me. But I love it. I absolutely love heat and humidity since I'm so cold-natured.
We finally arrived at our hotel--the Hawthorne--with our huge cart of bags. We had eight suitcases, around ten carry-ons, and a walker. The rack was nearly full to the top. My eleven-year-old brother Luke decided to step up, be a manly man, and take control of the heavy cart.
I'm writing this from our hotel room now. Honestly, I'm not all that impressed. This hotel is located very close to the airport, which is why we chose this place, but it isn't very nice. It makes me feel even more excited about our cruise. I'm ready for some luxury! ;) But believe me when I say that on each bed, there are literally dips in the sagging mattress. Kind of scary.
Can you tell?
Anyways, it's been a long day. I'm exhausted. It's funny how I've done nothing today but sit around in airports and airplanes and yet I'm still very tired. Tomorrow will be an exciting day. I'll be sure to keep you guys posted.