How quickly life changes

How quickly life changes


At the beginning of the year, I won a cruise.  The cruise is free but I needed to pay for the port fees, get my passport and the flight to New Orleans. My savings depleted, I needed to find work or sell some stuff quick if I was going to manage that — not to mention half the property tax was due.  I did find work as you know.  Due to my sedentary habits, I decided I wanted a physical job so found a warehouse job that pays decent wages and has medical.  In two months of 10-hour days, 4 days a week, I lost 14 pounds. Woo hoo. I finally got down to 178.4

First paycheck, caught up on my bills.  Second paycheck, paid half my property tax.  Third paycheck was short.  I went home sick one day with a temperature of 102.4. It was a few days before I got back to 98.6 again.  So even with missing a couple days of work, I still managed to squeak in a flight to New Orleans for $384 on Southwest — no food but they let you have two bags for free. I had to rush my passport too because I was leaving in a little over a week. Luckily Tucson has a passport facility so for an extra $60 rush fee, I got my passport in two days.  Lori, the friend who accompanied me, lent me the port fees and I managed to scrap by.

Seven days on the water.  Have you ever been on a cruise? It’s both hedonistic and relaxing. A ton of food.  You know that 14 pounds I lost in 2 months, I gained it back in one week.  No cooking.  The buffet and several restaurants are complimentary and food is available 24-7.  Free entertainment. A bit dangerous because there was also a casino on board but luckily I was already broke so couldn’t lose much. Then you have your stops.  Obviously, I didn’t have much money but I did manage to get in one tour. It was an incredible experience.

I’ll be sharing some pics with you all over the new few weeks but I’m working overtime due to the holiday season so as you probably already figured out, it won’t be daily. Good thing on the overtime; I need to take that ten pounds back off.

Have you ever been on a cruise?  If so, what was your favorite cruise?  If not, where would you like to go?


5 Replies to “How quickly life changes”

  1. I have always wanted to go on a cruise along the Inside Passage from Seattle up to Alaska. I been saying that for years but never seem to do it. It is hard to lose weight but very easy to gain weight! I would have to spend my time each day jogging around the deck! We’ll see if I make it. My travel plans always have a hitch one way or another. 😺 Looking fwd to some boat pics.

  2. I am glad you had a lovely time. We cruise regularly and in the early days used to put on a lot of weight, but now it is only a pound or so. My favourite cruise was Alaska with Hawaii a close second.

  3. I’m glad you had a great time, but that’s a lot of eating to gain 14 pounds. I’m glad you had a great time. Hedonistic rings true for our experience.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  4. I have never been on a cruise. For me, being confined while surrounded by water is the worst, so cruises and sensory deprivation tanks are at the top of things I don’t want to try. Reading about cruises is ok, though, so I am looking forward to your pics and stories!


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