It's hard to believe that we're this close to leaving. We booked this cruise last September...eleven months ago. After waffling on again, off again, about even taking the trip, we made our decision and we're all in. All our excursions are booked. I even broke down and bought tickets to Blarney Castle. After communicating with my friend Stuart in Northern Ireland who told me he'd been. It was just okay, he said, but he added that he'd actually visit again if he was in that area. Well, must have been better than okay to warrant a second trip. Plus, I hear it's quite a feat to hang upside down with someone holding your feet so you can kiss the Blarney Stone. If kissed, you are granted the gift of eloquence. Something that might serve me well on this little blog of mine. And the good thing is, we visit there on our second day after departure, so the positive benefits will last through most of my trip.
I've finally gotten off my butt and finished my packing
Now, I realize that when some of you (no names need be mentioned cause you know who you are...Shelley) see the picture of my luggage you are going to have some rather snide comments about packing light. Yes, I know I have 2 suitcases and 1 carryon. Yes, I know...I packed them, remember?? Why, you ask, do I take so much luggage? Well, I have a 3 word answer for you...because I can. With my aeroplan status I am entitled to 2 checked bags on any flight free of charge. Why wouldn't I take advantage. There just might be a souvenir or 2 that makes its way into my cabin and I would hate to have no room to transport it home!
Last order of business is to do our 24 hour advanced check-in. I'm not really worried about the flight being oversold, but I habitually check in early in hopes of improving my seating situation
I enjoyed a nice relaxing pedicure this afternoon, so the toes and feet are soft, smooth and shiny. I'm super relaxed and just waiting patiently for departure. The best part is that because of all the planning, lists, and organization, I don't sit here on the eve of the trip thinking that there's something I've forgotten. Let's hope that feeling doesn't strike just as we go "wheel's up" out of the Saint John airport tomorrow evening!!
One Sleep to Liftoff
Monday, August 25, 2014
Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Canada