Snow Day in Seattle

I love snow days. We got about 5″ inches around here but only 3″ stuck. Still for a place like Seattle, that’s enough to shut the city down! This morning we have clear skies and plenty of sun.

Things I learned on a cruise

For our honeymoon Caewyn and I took a Norwegian Cruise Line cruise of the eastern Caribbean out of Miami on the newly launched Epic. Here are some notes from the cruise.

First, if you do a red eye flight be prepared to sit around the airport until about 10 am because the port doesn’t open until then.

Second, print out all boarding and cruise docs beforehand.

Third, have a swimming suit and sun tan lotion in your carry on bag. That way you can safely lounge in pools and the sun until you get the rest of your luggage delivered to the stateroom.

Fourth, get a room with a balcony. Period.

Fifth, rooms will be cramped so pack as light as possible.

Sixth, in-room entertainment is expensive. Bring your own way of listening to music or watching movies.

Seventh, if somebody is buying drinks for everybody in the pool: get in the pool.

Eighth, say hi to people.

Ninth, you will save a lot of money if you don’t drink alcohol. If you do drink alcohol, try not to think about the cost too often. It will cramp your fun otherwise.

Tenth, be picky about your shore excursions.

on the Hearthstone

In a free republic a great government is the product of a great people. They will look to themselves rather than government for success. The destiny, the greatness of America lies around the hearthstone. If thrift and industry are taught there, and the example of self-sacrifice oft appears, if honor abide there, and high ideals, if there the building of fortune be subordinate to the building of character, America will live in security, rejoicing in an abundant prosperity and good government at home and in peace, respect, and confidence abroad. If these virtues be absent there is no power that can supply these blessings. Look well then to the hearthstone, therein all hope for America lies. — Calvin Coolidge

New Apartment


Picked up the keys to our new apartment. Caewyn and I are pretty excited about it. It’s small but modern and has a private patio. It will be an upgrade for me in every way. An apartment with a dishwasher and in-unit washer and dryer! How futuristic!