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Dublin, Ohio
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Joined Jan 2005
Originally posted by 3dogsrule
Only thing I heard about not wrapping was if you were carrying presents through security checks on airlines. I sent some wrapped presents to Ken and Customs didn't mess with 'em. But these are going within the US. Unfortunately everything is too large to fit in even the biggest flat rate USPS box. And wow, I just checked the rates online, FedEx is like half the price of USPS (for Priority anyway, about the same as Parcel), so I think that's the way I'll be going this year. FedEx lines are usually way shorter too!

Thanks for the tips though Ann. Happy wrapping, everyone!
Glad to hear you have it all figured out. I've been doing some wrapping too and noticed there are many more boxes for Melissa than for Scott. I guess I need to remedy that.
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Explorer of the Seas - Caribbean - March 15 - 27, 2009 ; Sovereign of the Seas - Bahamas-Aug 13-17, 2007 ; Sapphire Princess - Alaska - June 24-July 1, 2006 ; Disney Wonder - Bahamas - March 2004
Central AR
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Joined Jul 2010
Heeheehee that's what got me in this trouble in the first place Ann (having too much to fit in a flat-rate box), bought more for one than another and had to make up the difference!
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NCL Dawn - 2-8-15 - W. Caribbean 7 day
Carnival Dream - 5-18-14 - W. Caribbean 7 day
NCL Sun - 2-13-14 - So. Caribbean 11 day
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Carnival Triumph - 12-7-13 - W. Caribbean 5 day

NCL Star - 2-10-13 - W. Caribbean 7 day
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RCI Freedom of the Seas - 4-8-12 - E. Caribbean 7 day (CocoCay, St. Maarten, St. Thomas)
NCL Spirit - 2-12-12 - W. Caribbean 7 day
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Carnival Ecstacy - long time ago - W. Caribbean 4 day
Arkansas
3,966 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Merry Christmas, Fabulous Februaries! We're having the perfect holiday time with a surprise visit from an old and dear friend. I love this time of year...
Dublin, Ohio
9,347 Posts
Joined Jan 2005
As long as we aren't playing games, I'll be there. I only have my boy for one more day, so we were going to play some Yatzee or something before he goes.
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Anthem of the Seas - May 20, 2017; Island Princess Feb 3-18, 2017 - Panama Canal Ocean to Ocean OneNote Planning File; NCL Spirit Feb 20, 2016 - Western Caribbean Photo Book Pre-Cruise; NCL Sun Dec 14, 2014 - Western Caribbean ; Norwegian Sun - Feb 13 - 24 - Southern Caribbean Photo book - 1st half Photo book - 2nd half ; Norwegian Dawn - B2B, Boston to Quebec City to Boston - Sept 27 - Oct 11, 2013 Trip Photos ; Norwegian Sky - Surprise Bahamas Trip - Oct 29 - Nov 2, 2012 Photo Book ; Norwegian Star - NYC to Bermuda May 13-20, 2012 ; Norwegian Spirit - Western Caribbean from NOLA - March 20-27, 2011 Pre-Cruise NOLA Photobook ; Norwegian Sky - Bahamas - March 29-April 2, 2010 Photo Book
Explorer of the Seas - Caribbean - March 15 - 27, 2009 ; Sovereign of the Seas - Bahamas-Aug 13-17, 2007 ; Sapphire Princess - Alaska - June 24-July 1, 2006 ; Disney Wonder - Bahamas - March 2004
Arkansas
2,562 Posts
Joined Jul 2009
Sorry I bailed on the sailaway party today. Karen and I were having a pre-sailaway party on the deck that turned into about 3 hours!
Only 5 more sailaways before ours!
Dublin, Ohio
9,347 Posts
Joined Jan 2005
Where are all of you? No one has been on this or the 2011 thread all day. My little girl leaves tomorrow and then I am back to the traveling rat race, so I probably won't be able to make sail away unless I get to my hotel earlier than I'm thinking.

Wave by to the Spirit for me.
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Anthem of the Seas - May 20, 2017; Island Princess Feb 3-18, 2017 - Panama Canal Ocean to Ocean OneNote Planning File; NCL Spirit Feb 20, 2016 - Western Caribbean Photo Book Pre-Cruise; NCL Sun Dec 14, 2014 - Western Caribbean ; Norwegian Sun - Feb 13 - 24 - Southern Caribbean Photo book - 1st half Photo book - 2nd half ; Norwegian Dawn - B2B, Boston to Quebec City to Boston - Sept 27 - Oct 11, 2013 Trip Photos ; Norwegian Sky - Surprise Bahamas Trip - Oct 29 - Nov 2, 2012 Photo Book ; Norwegian Star - NYC to Bermuda May 13-20, 2012 ; Norwegian Spirit - Western Caribbean from NOLA - March 20-27, 2011 Pre-Cruise NOLA Photobook ; Norwegian Sky - Bahamas - March 29-April 2, 2010 Photo Book
Explorer of the Seas - Caribbean - March 15 - 27, 2009 ; Sovereign of the Seas - Bahamas-Aug 13-17, 2007 ; Sapphire Princess - Alaska - June 24-July 1, 2006 ; Disney Wonder - Bahamas - March 2004
Arkansas
2,562 Posts
Joined Jul 2009
Hi, Ann. I'm here now. It's been a busy and productive day. I in fact have been pretty busy all week. But now that the halls have been undecorated, and the Arkansas Razorbacks have won the Cotton Bowl, and the kids are all bathed and "at sleep" as Eden says, I can relax.
Also my cruise preparations have begun in earnest. I got the NCL points redeemed for onboard credit.
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Dublin, Ohio
9,347 Posts
Joined Jan 2005
Originally posted by NewYearsBaby
Hi, Ann. I'm here now. It's been a busy and productive day. I in fact have been pretty busy all week. But now that the halls have been undecorated, and the Arkansas Razorbacks have won the Cotton Bowl, and the kids are all bathed and "at sleep" as Eden says, I can relax.
Also my cruise preparations have begun in earnest. I got the NCL points redeemed for onboard credit.
Hopefully my honey will undecorate while I am gone this week. Even better than that would be if he put up all the new bath stuff I got for Christmas.

I don't know if I'll make sail away since my hotel is an hour or so from the airport and I don't land until 3:30 supposedly. I'm flying US Scare, so who knows. My baby is almost "home" in Cedar City. She got stuck on runway in Salt Lake for a while on her way back.

I've decided that whichever child leaves 2nd is the hardest. I was fine when my son went back on Tuesday, but I've been really moody and weepy today. Does it ever get easier?

I didn't think you still had kids at an age to bathe and put "at sleep" any more. Do you have company or am I confusing you with someone?

Your sleeps until your cruise are getting low. Have fun preparing.
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Anthem of the Seas - May 20, 2017; Island Princess Feb 3-18, 2017 - Panama Canal Ocean to Ocean OneNote Planning File; NCL Spirit Feb 20, 2016 - Western Caribbean Photo Book Pre-Cruise; NCL Sun Dec 14, 2014 - Western Caribbean ; Norwegian Sun - Feb 13 - 24 - Southern Caribbean Photo book - 1st half Photo book - 2nd half ; Norwegian Dawn - B2B, Boston to Quebec City to Boston - Sept 27 - Oct 11, 2013 Trip Photos ; Norwegian Sky - Surprise Bahamas Trip - Oct 29 - Nov 2, 2012 Photo Book ; Norwegian Star - NYC to Bermuda May 13-20, 2012 ; Norwegian Spirit - Western Caribbean from NOLA - March 20-27, 2011 Pre-Cruise NOLA Photobook ; Norwegian Sky - Bahamas - March 29-April 2, 2010 Photo Book
Explorer of the Seas - Caribbean - March 15 - 27, 2009 ; Sovereign of the Seas - Bahamas-Aug 13-17, 2007 ; Sapphire Princess - Alaska - June 24-July 1, 2006 ; Disney Wonder - Bahamas - March 2004
Arkansas
2,562 Posts
Joined Jul 2009
Hi, again, Ann. My original 3 babies are all in their 30's. Two are *almost* 40! It gets easier as long as everything is going well with them. But let there be a health scare or a fender-bender, and the mom instinct goes into overdrive. I hope Scott and Melissa are both safely back at college after the holidays and you can relax.
We have our 3 youngest grandchildren almost every Friday night and Saturday while their parents work. Those are the ones who were bathed and fed and at sleep in the earlier post. Also they are the ones we took to DisneyWorld the 17th - 24th of December. We had such big fun!
Safe travels to you!
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Arkansas
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Well, Alas, they closed us down on the 2011 thread. At least they let us reach our goal of 5,000 posts!! And they were very nice about it.
So here we all are. Karen, Thanks so much for setting this up for us. You knew we would need it!
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Dublin, Ohio
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Originally posted by NewYearsBaby
Well, Alas, they closed us down on the 2011 thread. At least they let us reach our goal of 5,000 posts!! And they were very nice about it.
So here we all are. Karen, Thanks so much for setting this up for us. You knew we would need it!
5,000 seems to be a magic shutdown number. So sad , but at least we had this setup and ready thanks to Karen.
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PAST
Anthem of the Seas - May 20, 2017; Island Princess Feb 3-18, 2017 - Panama Canal Ocean to Ocean OneNote Planning File; NCL Spirit Feb 20, 2016 - Western Caribbean Photo Book Pre-Cruise; NCL Sun Dec 14, 2014 - Western Caribbean ; Norwegian Sun - Feb 13 - 24 - Southern Caribbean Photo book - 1st half Photo book - 2nd half ; Norwegian Dawn - B2B, Boston to Quebec City to Boston - Sept 27 - Oct 11, 2013 Trip Photos ; Norwegian Sky - Surprise Bahamas Trip - Oct 29 - Nov 2, 2012 Photo Book ; Norwegian Star - NYC to Bermuda May 13-20, 2012 ; Norwegian Spirit - Western Caribbean from NOLA - March 20-27, 2011 Pre-Cruise NOLA Photobook ; Norwegian Sky - Bahamas - March 29-April 2, 2010 Photo Book
Explorer of the Seas - Caribbean - March 15 - 27, 2009 ; Sovereign of the Seas - Bahamas-Aug 13-17, 2007 ; Sapphire Princess - Alaska - June 24-July 1, 2006 ; Disney Wonder - Bahamas - March 2004
Denmark
1,097 Posts
Joined Nov 2010
How sad to see our old roll call thread being shut down. However, they did warn us many months ago - following which our ever-resourceful Karen set up this thread. So here's to our continuous friendship on this thread and may it bring us to another magic 5,000 posts.

Ginny: we're anxious to hear news from you.

The Arkansas contingent: did Isaac pay you a visit, too?
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NCL Pride of America - Hawaii - 2012
MSC Poesia - The Baltic region - 2012
Costa Favolosa - the Mediterranean - 2013
MSC Armonia- The Canaries and Madeira - 2015
MSC Poesia - the Mediterranean - 2015
MSC Orchestra -southern Caribbean -2016
Costa Magica - Eastern Mediterranean and Morocco - 2016
MSC Fantasia - Arabian Gulf - 2017

Arkansas
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Joined Mar 2006
Hey, Eva! We're all finding our way over...Yay, Karen for setting this up ahead of time!

Isaac is knocking on the door, but so far we're not letting him in. It's a very very slow moving storm.

So far, I'm still teaching this afternoon, but I've called everyone to say if the weather gets nasty STAY HOME! I hope that they listen...I really don't want my students and their families stranded at my house...They might just find out that perfect Ms. Lena is kind of naughty...
Salt Lake City, Utah
1,854 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
Karen, thank you for setting this up. I wonder why we migrated from it but now we're back. Hooray!!

Ann, please do cruise with us!

Lena, if I'm really good, may I be stranded at your house????

Di, how about your house????

Hell, we all know we're welcome to all our homes. We be sistas!!!

Eva, are there hurricanes or tornadoes in your region?

Ginny, Bill and all in storms way, I'm praying for you!
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RCCL Majesty of the Seas, "65" Bahama Mama Girlfriends Cruise 4/13
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Arkansas
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Joined Mar 2006
Donna, if you're really a little bit naughty, you're welcome at my house!

Ann - if you're really very nice, but are amused by friends who are a little bit naughty, come on friend!

Spirits, you are all very welcome here, but I try to convince my students that I'm Saint old lady nice Lena...they might just be shocked...
Central AR
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Joined Jul 2010
Well darn it, we knew it was a matter of time before they shut us down. And yeah, it was nice of 'em to let us reach 5k. But......I'll miss the ole thread!

It was a rainy day/night but it was for the most part a slow soaker, so not really much flooding and only a few trees down here and there. We fared much better than our southerly neighbors. Although, we do still have a chance for severe storms/tornadoes later in the day, the chances aren't too big. Ginny, we'd love to hear how you're doing!

Happy Friday everyone!!
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NCL Dawn - 2-8-15 - W. Caribbean 7 day
Carnival Dream - 5-18-14 - W. Caribbean 7 day
NCL Sun - 2-13-14 - So. Caribbean 11 day
(Aruba, Barbados, Curaçao, Guadaloupe, St. Thomas)
Carnival Triumph - 12-7-13 - W. Caribbean 5 day

NCL Star - 2-10-13 - W. Caribbean 7 day
Carnival Triumph - 11-5-12 - W. Caribbean 5 day
RCI Freedom of the Seas - 4-8-12 - E. Caribbean 7 day (CocoCay, St. Maarten, St. Thomas)
NCL Spirit - 2-12-12 - W. Caribbean 7 day
NCL Spirit - 2-13-11 - W. Caribbean 7 day
Carnival Ecstacy - long time ago - W. Caribbean 4 day
Denmark
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Joined Nov 2010
Lena, we all knew right away that you're a candidate for winning the naughty contest and I do hope that by now your students have figured out as well. If not, they may now be playing with a full deck

Karen, thank you for the weather update from your region. Hopefully, it does not get worse.

Luckily, we rarely have hurricanes in Denmark and never any tornadoes. No real earthquakes either, no poisonous animals except a rare viper and only the occasional flooding. But we do have blizzards, rather cold winters and have just had a miserably cold, grey and wet summer.

Happy weekend everybody. I'll be going out of town on a romantic getaway, sightseeing and staying at a hotel in the southern part of Denmark.
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RCL Legend of the Seas - the Mediterranean - 2009
NCL Spirit - Eastern Caribbean - 2011
RCL - Southampton-Amsterdam-Copenhagen - 2011
NCL Jade - the Mediterranean - 2011
NCL Pride of America - Hawaii - 2012
MSC Poesia - The Baltic region - 2012
Costa Favolosa - the Mediterranean - 2013
MSC Armonia- The Canaries and Madeira - 2015
MSC Poesia - the Mediterranean - 2015
MSC Orchestra -southern Caribbean -2016
Costa Magica - Eastern Mediterranean and Morocco - 2016
MSC Fantasia - Arabian Gulf - 2017

Arkansas
2,562 Posts
Joined Jul 2009
Originally posted by dr.d
Di, how about your house????
Well, of course, we be sistas, and we would have a fabulous time under any circumstances, but at my house, for now, you would have to sleep in the floor! After saying for two days that Isaac was pretty much a non-event here at the lake, last night was different. One of the last rains that blew through brought with it a severe thunderstorm and we took a lightning hit to the guest bedroom. We have some pretty significant damage, a very stinky and torn up guest room, no power to a section of the house, perhaps a tree will have to come down and a section of ceiling and roof replaced. But we were so lucky and blessed. Two of the children were here. They are unharmed and in fact they slept through it all, so they are also untraumatized. One of the firemen said he had never seen such significant charring without smoke and flames.
The storms settled down but, unfortunately, I didn't. I am exhausted and I feel a nap coming on after the kids leave!!
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Central AR
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When that lightening hit Di, it sure scared the *&%# out of me and the dogs! Sara, who in her old age is mostly deaf, came unglued and practically crawled up my rear end. I knew it was close but I didn't know it hit my mocha-choc bud!! I can't believe our power stayed on through that mess. I was glad to see the fire department check everything out last night and so thankful it wasn't worse, but I bet that might have given you a coupla new gray hairs Dianne! And glad the kids slept through the commotion. I want to see it later, we'll have to drink a mocha-choc toast to how much worse it could have been!!

Karen