March was a very interesting month. One minute I am cruising the translucent blue-green waters of the Caribbean and the next, I am in the middle of the fourth Nor’easter to hit the east coast, Winter Storm Toby, while visiting my daughter in Virginia.
The last week of February found us on the Rhapsody of the seas on a cruise to the Caribbean with our friends Doug and Sue. This week we stayed on while Doug and Sue disembarked to travel to other corners of the world.
We were so busy on the first of our back-to-back cruises that we decided to spend our time this week just kicking back and enjoying the ship. We did not attend any shows opting instead to spend a good deal of time on our balcony catching up on rest and relaxation.
The highlight of this cruise was was being honored at the Top Tier event sponsored by the Crown and Anchor Society for hitting a milestone. We had reached 425 nights spent cruising on Royal Caribbean ships. We were presented with a lovely crystal block etched with visage of the Rhapsody of the seas and a certificate. This was our first time to be recognized. I must admit it felt very nice indeed.
We also decided this cruise to only get off the ship in only one port. We love Cozumel and we love Ernesto’s Fajita Factory and so that was port-of-call where we got off the ship. Ernesto’s is only a few streets beyond the port. Ernesto’s is a small restaurant on the water with a view of the ships in port. Our favorite waiter, Jose, is always on hand with a winning smile to greet us when we come to visit.
As always we enjoyed a bottle or two of our favorite beer, SOL, fresh salsa, a combination plate called the Plato Mexicano and, as a delicious finale, a slice of Cozumel pie. If you ever get to Cozumel and dock at the International Pier stop in at Ernesto’s; you will not be disappointed.
Three days after we arrived home I was off again flying up to Virginia for my annual “Bad food, beer & basketball” weekend with daughter Kristine. As always, Kristine left me a ‘welcome’ tray of treats to enjoy while I waited for her to come home from work and, of course, they were all my favorites!
This year marked the 11th year that daughter Kristine and I have gotten together to spend the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament together. It is a weekend of non-stop basketball games, enjoying a beer or two, and interesting food choices.
This year was a little different. In the past, we would visit a local sports bar to enjoy the first few games, go out to dinner several times and make at least one stop at a shopping mall. This year we decided to enjoy a quieter weekend at home.
Of course, the other highlight of this wonderful weekend each year is celebrating granddaughter Maddy’s birthday. This year she turned 21.
Over the years we have engaged in different activities to celebrate Maddy’s birthday. This year Maddy decided that she wanted to go to lunch at the Ichiban Sushi & Ramen restaurant and. so we did.
What a lovely restaurant. The atmosphere was lovely, the service wonderful and the food delicious. I do not eat sushi so I ordered the Teriyaki Chicken and it was delicious.
I was so glad we had decided to celebrate over the weekend because all of a sudden the weather forecast was calling for a winter storm later in the week with predictions of 4-6” of snow. I was so excited!
The good news about the storm was I would get to spend another day with Kristine as work had been cancelled and I would see snow again. I do so miss seeing everything in view covered with a blanket of white. I spent the entire day sitting on the couch watching the snow fall and loving every minute. Every once in a while I would make my way to the window and watch as the snow slowly covered everything in sight and taking an endless amount of pictures. “Oh my, I thought, how wonderful.”
What a busy, wonderful, lovely month.