I know. You don't have to tell me. I take the trophy for worst blogger of the year. I have left you guys in the dark for far too long. Now before I give my acceptance speech I'd first like to try and explain myself. I have had some crazy busy weeks. I mean insane. Last week alone I had only about an hour or two to myself each day until Saturday when I collapsed & did nothing for the entire day. Then Saturday night I started to feel a little tickle in my throat. Sunday morning I woke up half dying from a soar throat, body aches & an ear ache. Now most normal people when they're sick head to the doc & get antibiotics, especially when they have a big trip coming up in a week. Unfortunately, I'm not most people. I haven't been to a doctor since I was 15 & that was just to get my working papers signed. I grew up with an RN. I've been on antibiotics maybe twice in my life, and that's a stretch. As a kid I could be bleeding from the ears and I'd get the same response from my mother, "Do you have a test today? Well, just go in to school and get credit for the day. You can always go home early if you still don't feel good." Seriously, this woman was insane. If you threw up and flushed it, forget it... instant disqualification from a possible sick day. She had to see the throw up and still you'd most likely have ended up going to school, just with a barf bag. Thanks to her, I now never believe that anyone is really sick and not just faking or a baby. I also have no mercy for the sick and I feel guilty that I am home sick. When I take a sick day I find myself laying in bed convincing myself that I am in fact sick & should be home in bed. Thank you mommy. So I have been overdosing on Vitamin C tablets and all the fruit and juice you can imagine. I am feeling better, but I'm not at 100%. So as you can see, life has been crazy. I have had some fun in the craziness though. One thing I had the opportunity to do was have lunch and take a private tour aboard Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas, which I will be sailing on next year. That was an awesome experience. I am planning to do a little trip report of that, but I'll wait until after I'm done with this Disney trip. I also bought that new camera I was telling you about, so in my free time and on the ship I've been trying it out. I also finally figured out how to get my music on my cell phone, so that I don't have to carry an ipod & phone. So there is my lame excuse. Now for my acceptance speech... "I'd like to thank all my readers for giving me this award. I'd also like to thank my parents for filling my last week completely full of extra services and guest entertaining. Thank you for that. I'd also like to thank my phone for being a pain and not working with me. I'd also like to thank the woman at Kmart that took 3 years to ring me up. Thank you Kmart for hiring an 80 year old woman to run the register. And finally I'd like to thank my over-sized chair for being there for me when I had moments to collapse. You were wonderful. To make it up to you, this weekend I'll be sure to vacuum under your cushions." Now that we got that out of the way... I'm 5 days and a wake-up out!!!! Time has flown! Yesterday I went out and did some shopping for the trip. Nothing too exciting. I bought a new case for my new camera & travel-size toiletries. I also found a pair of sunglasses that I actually loved. This is huge for me. My friends have experienced my insane bad luck with sunglasses. I literally can never find a pair that I like & if I do they'll be missing, broke, whatever in no time. One time I went out with some friends and they helped me find a pair that I actually loved. It only took walking all 4 floors of the Palisades Mall, you know the second largest mall in the US! After I got them we went on a trip to Missouri. My first day that I wore them we went to an amusement park. The first "ride" I went on, think It's a Small World, when I went to get off the boat to leave the ride they fell off & into the water under the boat! My friends didn't believe how bad my sunglasses issue was until that day. So anyway I actually found a pair that I loved, so I bought two pairs! We'll see how many I come home with. I also bought some hair accessories. Think "humidity" and "curly hair" not a good mix. You'll be seeing lots of updos on this trip. I also ordered a spare battery for my camera, a way too expensive memory card for the HD video and iLife '09. iLife '09 for for my Mac, I had to upgrade it to be able to edit the video that my new camera takes. The lengths I go to for my bloggers. Hopefully those items will arrive today, so that I can start figuring out how to get my computer to work with my new camera. I'd go into more details about that, but I don't want to bore you half to death, so we'll just leave it at that. Other than that I have to pack and clean. I also need to go for a manicure, pedicure and wax. I know too much information, but it's my blog. Oh, I also bought water shoes! I feel like the biggest dork. I haven't worn water shoes since I was a kid, but we're planning to go to the water parks and that ground can get hot, so I bought them. We'll see if I actually wear them. The weather so far looks good for the first couple of days of our trip. Although this is Florida we're talking about, so I'll be interested to see how much it changes in 5 days. So far the first 4 days of our trip will be sunny - partly cloudy with temps at 85, 86 & 87 degrees. Not too shabby. So that's it for now. The next time you hear from me it will probably be at 2am on Sunday night (actually Monday) when I'm still up doing last minutes things 'cause I procrastinated all week. Yeah, I'll own it, I'm a major procrastinator and I'm not even sorry. I've learned to work with me flaws. I work best under pressure & some of my best work is done at 5 minutes to, so if you don't like... sorry (dad!). Oh, also I'm working on something special for our trip. I can't share it with you guys yet because SOME PEOPLE that I know and love actually read this thing. Can you believe it? I can't. So anyway it's a tiny surprise, so keeps your eyes out for little surprises popping up throughout the week. Oh, the suspense must be killing you!