Thursday, October 14, 2010

Slowly easing into reality (& 100th post!)

Is it really Thursday?  Where does time go?  Charlene and I made it back really late Monday night.  I am slowly making my way back into reality! lol

We had a FABULOUS time on THE cruise and staying with Chris and her family after the cruise!  I took a "few" pictures, but don't worry I won't share all of them - there were 1,747 before I started deleting, now I think there are 1,741! lol  (I've only deleted a few I found as I was showing my kids a few pictures I took with them in mind, still have a lot of deleting to do. lol)

To quote Lori "I'll try not to bore you with every little detail, but this blog is my journal", so be warned! lol

We (Charlene & I) left home at 6:00 a.m. (PDT) on Wednesday morning (9/29) and were met at the airport by Gloria A.  Nancy M joined us at our LAX stop.  We were picked up at LaGuardia by John at A Car For Hire.   He was a sweetheart and took us to Little Italy (in NYC) to pick-up dinner (there are pictures of the four of us waiting for our dinner, but my camera was packed so maybe Charlene, Gloria or Nancy will share) and then off to our hotel in New Jersey. 

We made our way to the ship early Thursday afternoon under cloudy skies (because of Tropical Storm Nicole).  (John picked us up at the hotel and dropped us off at the ship)  

First glimpse of the "boat"!

Getting closer!

I actually put the camera away as I madly texted family and friends to say "bon voyage" before we got on the ship and then I was too excited to remember to get the camera out again until we were on board! lol

Our rooms weren't quite ready once we were on board so we made our way to the Windjammer Buffet -

  Then we went on deck to see some sights -

Charlene with the Statue of Liberty in the background (she's really small in the center of the photo) and yes, it was just a bit windy too! lol


Lady Liberty
(I didn't really get a good picture of her.)

9/11 Memorial at Bayonne's Harbor View Park as seen from the ship.

As soon as our luggage arrived at our room, the first things Charlene & I unpacked were our door signs!  We made 2 so we didn't have to decide who got to keep it!  Charlene's has the red rose, mine the blue!  If you notice the Umbrella Man looks a little bare, it's because we needed Tim to add the finishing touch, his autograph!  He graciously agreed when we asked him! He is the best!!!  

After unpacking,we went to dinner then it was time for the welcoming gathering with TIM et al.  (Sorry no pictures of Tim, they didn't turn out well at all.)  We also picked up our name tags, preordered t-shirts and bags as well as traded ATCs and charms.  

So there you have our first 2 days of  fun!  More to follow in the days ahead including our projects.  Hope you enjoyed the trip so far!

Only one more thing before I go!  This is my 100th post!  You know what that means!  Prize time!   I will make it really easy for you, just comment on this post before 11:59 p.m.(PDT) on Saturday, October 30, 2010!  Only one post per person please, and make sure I have a way to contact you (if you don't want to include your e-mail in your comment, you may email it to me after you post your comment.  There's an e-mail button on my side bar.)  If I get more than 50 comments I will add a 2nd prize package, so go tell your friends! I will ship worldwide so everyone is welcome to comment.


The prize includes:
1 pack Ranger 7 x 10 Gloss Paper cards and envelopes (10 ea)
1 pack A4 lavender cards and envelopes
~ 1 yard of peach lace
15 #8 tags
1 each #3 tags die cut with Tim's new Sizzix mover & shaper words
      (Hope, Joy, Love & Wish)
1 Sizzlits "ticket" strip die
1 pack BoBunny Napa Valley Die Cuts
1 pack BoBunny Tuscany Die Cuts
1 pack Cosmo Cricket Jitterbug Collection
1 pack buttons
1 empty vintage "medicine" bottle (from Mario's store on the ship)
1 bottle "perfect pearls mist" - perfect pearl
1 bottle ea red, green and gold "stickles" (these came from the Ranger
       warehouse sale)
1 Ranger Pigment pen (slate)
1 box Hero Arts Vintage Gentlemen stamps (3 stamps total)
1 Ranger Scrubbie (not pictured)

Good luck! 



  1. Great recap, Linda! It's amazing as I read the various blogs, how we were all on the same cruise and yet each of us recalled different things. Gotta read them all to get the full picture!

  2. What a fun read! Linda, I can't wait to hear more about THE Cruise, and see more of your fab photos!

    And: CONGRATULATIONS on your 100th post!!! Here's to hundreds, no, THOUSANDS more!

    Hugs from TOL

  3. Linda! I wish I was on the cruise with you all!!! And happy 100th post!! Your giveaway is awesome!

  4. Woohoo! Congrats on the 100th post, and wowee, what a giveaway! Welcome back to reality, yes, easing slowly into it is a! I think we should go back on the ship to help with the!

  5. Awesome Linda! Glad you had a wonderful time, but how could you not??? My goodies did arrive and I did post it on my blog. Also, I am having my first blog candy and it ends today. If you want in on it, go to my October 1 post and leave a comment. Thanks again and welcome back!

  6. Linda, I'm still amazed by the door signs. And what a great way to recount your adventures. I can't wait for the next installment.

  7. oh how I wish I could have gone with you...but alas, I had to stay on the ground and make a living (in order to buy crafting supplies!!!)

    I'm glad you had such a good time and am waiting (im)patiently for the next installment

    welcome home

  8. Well I never Linda, as hadn't heard from you I thought you had stayed on the boat.......... glad you had a brilliant time. You have my email address I think. Now am waiting to see your C of C challenge for this
    Annette x

  9. Congratulations on your 100th post! I had a blast on the cruise too, but I don't think we got a chance to meet. Love the pics too......Liz

  10. Great blog! Fun reliving my "Enchanted Cruise". For me, it will never be bested.

  11. I'm so glad you had a fantastic time and made it safely back! Have been anxiously waiting for your updates--Congrats on your 100th post!! Happy crafting! Paula

  12. Thanks so much for sharing. You had pictures of sites we missed being on the wrong side of the ship. Who knew. I love the sharing of blogs from our ship mates and tim mates. Keep it up. Twila V. from Sioux City, IA.

  13. Sorry I didn't get to meet you on the cruise. It was totally beyond my expectations! We STILL aren't home. Writing this in Winnipeg railway station, as we continue our journey to Vancouver. It's great to be able to read fellow Tim-cruisers blogs and see things we missed!
    Lorraine aka grannypoppy

  14. Linda Congrats on your 100th post. I guess it took the cruise to lead me to your blog. Eileen said it so well that each of us came away from the cruise with our own memories and it is only through sharing that we can assemble a bigger picture. TFS

  15. Linda, I am so glad you are posting photos. I had the best of intentions to take lots of photos on the cruise, but kept getting lost in all that was going on. Thank you.

  16. its so much fun to read about and see other people's fotos and storyline...thx so much--my pics are on facebook :-)

  17. omg Linda what a great time you must have had! thanks for sharring your pictures!
    I've missed out on so much this last month, glad to be back!
    hugs Lynn

  18. Wow, how fortunate you are to be able to take this trip, looks like you had a wonderful time, great pictures. So glad yo shared this with those of us who didn't get to go. ~Diane

  19. Oh, it sounds like it was a great trip!!! How exciting that you got to go!!! And congratulations on your 100 posts!

  20. Hi Linda,

    It is great reliving the cruise through other's photos. Had fun exploring Portland with you, Charlene, Lori and Wendy. Congratulations on your 100th post.


  21. Sounds like your trip was great. Loved looking at the photos. That's probably just as much fun as the trip. Ah, sweet memories.

    Carole Miller

  22. I do believe I'm envious of both the trip and the fun, lol. Thanks for sharing! Great blog candy too, I'd love to have it.
    shelley at wildfrogcreations dot com

  23. What an awesome trip! TFS! Congrats on 100 posts.

  24. Can not wait to hear about all the fun stuff you did on the cruise with Tim - how exciting!!! Love the pictures so far.

  25. i'm so happy you got to do the cruise. looks like it was wonderful! great photos so far. i'd like to be entered for the prize. if i win you can find me at my blog,

  26. Ok, I'm finally posting your giveaway on my sidebar, I'm a really bad friend sometimes! lol! At least there is still a week left!

  27. Hello Linda - I just found your blog from Lori's, where she has listed both of our blog candies. I'll enter yours if you enter mine, ROFL!! Great to hear you had such a fab time on the cruise, and congrats on the 100th post! Thanks for a chance to win such beautiful candy. :)

  28. HI Linda, I LOVE your door signs! And I'm soooo envious of your cruise fun! but at least I can live vicariously through your blog posts! Huge congrats on your 100th post!

  29. sound like you had agreat holiday and thanks for the candy prize
    hugs chrissy o xx

  30. So many of you spent a fab week+ together doing what you love most - creating Tim style. Thanks for sharing your pics and stories with us! Love the door signs!

  31. It sounds like you all had a fabulous time, and it's been fun blog snooping and seeing all the great photos you all took!

    Thank you for sharing your trip with us, and for offering up the goodies--very nice! Congratulations on your 100th post, Linda!


  32. oops, sorry, forgot to leave the e-mail:
    trishatoo at hotmail dot com

  33. What a fantastic giveaway! Congrat's on your 100th post... The trip looked a a blast


  35. Congratulations on 100 posts... sounds like you had a fabulous time on the cruise!!

    flybeanjenny at yahoo dot com

  36. Your trip sounds amazing!! What fun. Thanks for your generosity.

    russelljy AT bigpond DOT com

  37. WOW!What a fabulous giveaway!And tell Eileen B.,also MY friend ,who was already on the cruise,to leave the chances to those poor ladies like myself who couldn;t go along!!!LOL
    Thanks for the fun blog and chance to win! Sue Y.

  38. WOOO HOOO!!! 100 Posts. That's nothing to sneeze at. Congrats. LOVE the door signs. I would have had to make one for myself too. I'm just that way. The cruise sounds incredible. Love your recount of it.

  39. Hi Linda - I found you from Lori H's blog. I love your description and pics from the cruise. The door signs are adorable - what a great idea! Congratulations on your 100th post. Wishing you many, many more.
    Vicki B in OP NY

  40. 100 posts and counting! *smiles*
    Thanks for the photo journey of the cruise too.
    That sure is a fab-u-lous lot of supplies you are offering up for your give-away. Thnks for the chance to win! xo

  41. Your cruise looks like too much fun and am glad you had a good time!!

  42. LINDA!! you are so great..