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Maybe a Cruise?

February 16th, 2018 at 06:51 pm

A few months ago when I was talking to my mom she mentioned wanting to get together with my brother and I again. This last week I was talking to my brother, and he mentioned it too.

So I got thinking ... what about a cruise! We went on one when dad was alive - the 4 of us - a friend was getting married on Cozumel and 3 of us were in her wedding party. We had a blast!

I looked it up - and a 7 day cruise out of Galveston is still about $500! Not cheap, but not bad for 7 days lodging, food and entertainment.

The next thing would be figuring out airfare. Maybe get one of those travel rewards cards?

We're looking after Thanksgiving - time to save up and to plan.

I'd need to take 6 vacation days, but I have at least 5 right now (which I'll need for whatever vacation DH and I do.) I think I should have enough built up by then.

The next thing is figuring out how to save enough for the cruise, airfare, etc. I'm making around $75 - 100/month with swagbucks, and then more off and on from other places. But half of that goes to my giving/tithing category. The other half I divide between spending and big goal. So .. it builds slowly.

Maybe this will be the motivation I need to get stuff put up on ebay, etc. Smile

I hope this really happens!

*I was trying to find something that left from San Francisco so I could see my grandma as part of the deal - but as far as I could tell nothing starts/ends in San Francisco. (I'd go with a shorter cruise)

We went to a Mexican restaurant for our belated Vday dinner. It was a unique place - flour tortilla chips, veggie tacos made with green beans, broccoli and something else, etc. The food was decent, but overpriced. Our waitress was awesome though - DH said she was in the top 10%. Left her a $10 tip. (our bill was $32)

I've got a whole list of stuff I plan on getting done this weekend as part of prepping for my friend's visit. Hope I actually get to it all ...

One thing I'm not doing is cooking this weekend - other than spaghetti on Sunday. I have enough stuff in the freezer for lunches. So hopefully that'll save time / energy for cleaning!

One of the things I want to get done this weekend is hang the mirrors! We have plaster walls so I'm really nervous about hanging heavy stuff on them. I'm going to be looking for youtube videos on it.

I'll also be renting a rug doctor ... see how much that'll help. Sigh.

If DH will do something about the basement ... litter boxes and chickens ... that might help too. Doubt he'll do anything though.

6 Responses to “Maybe a Cruise?”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    A cruise is a nice solution for extended family because you are together, but not in each other's hair, and there is plenty of diverse entertainment. Not to mention no one has to cook!

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Yep, the no cooking thing is a major bonus! Smile

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Wow, this sounds like a very nice idea. Together time, but not thrown too close where you can't escape to separate rooms.

  4. Kym Parker Says:

    Wow! $10 tip on a $32 food bill? THAT is a generous tip indeed.

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    I forgot about those chickens! Are they in good health? Do you guys get eggs from them?

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Rob - actually we'd all 3 be sharing a room ... Smile The ship is huge though, so I still think we could get space if we needed it

    Kym - Yep - she was just that good. My DH is a delivery driver and makes his living on tips - so we always tip well, unless it's horrible service. This was extra well and not usual.

    Ceejay - They're doing ok ... they've been eating their eggs ... DH plans on getting rid of them in the spring when they've had a chance to get fluffy feathers again. He'd switched to cheaper food and their feathers were curling and in bad shape. I'll be happy when they're gone for a number of reasons - one of them being that I think they'll be much happier out in a farm yard than in an oversized kennel. Another ... smell ...

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