Wednesday, March 29, 2006

So Freakin' Frustrated

I am soooo frustrated right now. I am currently taking an internship for school where I am supposed to work for 300 hours. On top of the 300 hours, I am also supposed to do weekly reports and papers regarding my internship and things about the office I work in. That is bad enough. BUT to make matters worse, according to the work sheets, the internship program cuts off a week and a half before the last day of class. This wasn't told us when we signed up so no one could work extra hours during the winter break to make up for it. That was fine. I called the office a few weeks ago and found that it was an error and that on my last report, I need to estimate the number of hours I will be working for the remaining week and a half.

PROBLEM - I get my assignment in the mail today and they listed that we need to estimate our hours for the next two weeks instead of the last week and a half of April. I told them that my office only wants me to work for 12-15 hours per week and because they cut things off before the end of the semester, I have been working 18-23 hours each week instead. I was told this was fine. Now it may not be fine if I cannot use time from the last week and a half of the month.

SO FRUSTRATING!! I don't know what I am going to do. I'm going to call the office tomorrow and straighten all this out. THIS SUCKS!!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Dr. Appointment, HA!

Why do doctors set up appointments for you when you don't get out of the "waiting" room until an hour after your appointment has come and gone? That makes no sense to me. I understand that they are trying to squeeze in as many appointments as they can - that's how they make money. But when you are sick like I was Monday, you do not feel like sitting in a stupid waiting room because the doctors can't manage their time and appointments better.

Good things about Cruise

The cruise wasn't all bad. The first thing we did on the cruise was drink a Pina Colada. That was great. Made you feel right away like you were on vacation. We saw all but one of the shows onboard. They were all amazing. This one black guy sang "Phantom of the Opera" better than I have heard sung at the actual opera. He was amazing and had an amazing voice.

One of the shows was a past gold medal gymnast who did tricks on the silks that Cirque de Sole uses. He was GREAT! and hilarious. Absolutely amazing.

While we were in Costa Maya, we went to the town of Limon and saw a Mayan ruin (supposedly the oldest one in the area). It was unreal. Sadly, they only let us spend about 10 minutes at the ruin. From there, we went to the home of one of the Mayan people. They didn't even have electricity until just a few years ago. While at this house, I chewed a piece of chikle gum (the authentic chicklet with no sugar, no preservatives, no flavor). It was interesting. It really had no flavor. It tasted like a piece of gum after you've chewed it for a while. It wasn't bad. I chewed it for about an hour or so.

Hubby loved the buffet. They had all these different foods that hit his taste buds perfectly. I'm not an adventurous eater, so I didn't get as much enjoyment, but the desserts were pretty good, even the sugar-free ones. What a shock.

We watched the "belly flop" contest onboard. That was fun. We also enjoyed the "Married Couples" game. It was hilarious. It was like the Newlywed game. When this old man, married 57 years, was asked what size bra he would get his wife, he said "a strong 31 L". HILARIOUS! It was a lot of fun.

Each day, there was a different drink of the day both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Each day - except the day we were quarantined, we had the drink of the day (alcoholic version). They were great. I think the Mango Tango was my favorite. I couldn't tell what was in it besides mango and rum. It had the consistency and creaminess of a colada. It was the best.

We didn't want to blow a lot of money in the casino, so we went in one night and played $40. Had we known that we wouldn't be buying souvenirs, we probably would have played more, but oh well.

Looking forward to going again and hopefully not getting sick or stuck on board while we're in port.

Home from Cruise

Glad to be home. The cruise was not quite what we expected it to be. We got into Tampa Sunday afternoon and got a hotel room. The hotel room was very nice. - room service sucked. Monday, we went to the ship and had a fine day. We couldn't get into our room until around 2. But our luggage wasn't in our room until around 6, so we couldn't change into our bathing suits and enjoy the sun. We should have worn our bathing suits under our clothing. We didn't know that. Now we do.

Anyway, there were quite a few schools that had Spring Break that week, so the pool was crowded every day. We never got the chance to lay out at the pool and tan. We could never find a seat. Even if we could, there was no room in the pool. Suprisingly, the pool was pretty small. The most anyone did was sit around the pool and put their feet in. The jacuzzis were always crowded, so we didn't do that either. Not a lot of fun there.

Wednesday, we got to our first port of call. Costa Maya was pretty nice. We wish now that we would have done more shopping there because Bob got sick that night and we were unable to go into Cozumel. I really wanted to do the excursion we had planned for Cozumel. That sucked. The worst part was that they not only quarantined Hubby, they quarantined me too. We were stuck in our room for 24 hours. So neither of us could get off the ship. About half the ship had the same problem.

I don't know what it was, but it was pretty bad. I started feeling terrible Saturday after we got home. I haven't been to work all week. I was really disappointed not to go to Cozumel, but it wasn't Hubby's fault. I felt queasiness from the "motion of the ocean" which really surprised me. I never get car sick or motion sickness. I felt pretty bad quite a bit during the cruise though.

Since we weren't able to get off the ship at our last port of call, we didn't get hardly any of the souvenirs or gifts we wanted to get for people or ourselves. Thankfully, the cruise reimbursed us for the excursions we didn't get to enjoy and even for Hubby's when we were at Costa Maya.

I went to the doctor yesterday about my symptoms. She said that it doesn't seem anything serious and is probably just a bug. She said it was a good sign that Hubby has already gotten well. I feel a little better today, but I'm still struggling with a fever and a little bit of queasiness.

Hubby and I were thinking that we are probably not boat people, but we'll have to take one more to find out if it was the circumstances of this cruise or just not the type of vacation for us. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm glad the cruise is over and we are home. We were glad to get off the ship. Next time we go, it will not be Spring Break.