Because everyone should celebrate making it through Wednesday (humorously referred to as ‘hump day’ in the United States), I am inviting all of you to share a glass of ‘wine’ and a little ‘whine’ with me each Wednesday evening.
Going forward, the Wednesday Whine will be a weekly feature on my blog. It will be my special place to kick back, lift a glass of my favorite adult beverage, and tell you what’s been going on with me. I will probably be holding forth on a few things that interest, infuriate or delight me – and, yes, I may whine a bit from time to time but I promise to do so with good humor.
So, with my glass of Shiraz in hand and without further ado, here is this week’s Wednesday Whine.
Those of you who regularly follow my blog know that I just returned from a week’s cruise in the Eastern Caribbean. Before you start imagining me on a ‘party boat,’ I have to set your expectations a little lower. We cruised on the Disney ship, ‘The Fantasy,’ along with Micky, Minnie, Donald and the gang.
You might think, as my friend, fellow blogger Adan Ramie does, that cruising around with a bunch of ‘big headed,’ costumed creatures might be disconcerting. (Actually, I think she described it as rather terrifying!) She’s right. It can be disconcerting – and that’s putting it mildly. But it’s funny what a few coconut drinks with little umbrellas can do to a person’s fear threshhold. After several, you suddenly find yourself dancing on top the bar with Minnie. Who knew Minnie had cornered the market on all of Beyonce’s moves?
Don’t you just hate it when a mouse dances better than you do? And a big-headed, faux mouse at that.
After one too many dances, I got the feeling Goofy was judging my liquor intake harshly. (“Gawrsh, how many of them little umbrellas you got there, Kate? Getting quite a collection… yuk, yuk, yuk! The table in front of you looks like a miniature Polynesian village! yuk, yuk, yuk!”)
That was pretty cheeky of him, don’t you think? After all, he’s a creature with species issues, unable to decide whether he is man or dog.
Okay, so none of this really happened. Right…
You know what they say: What happens in Disney, stays in Disney!
We really did have a lot of fun on the cruise in spite of a rainy day or two at sea. I learned I had sea legs! I was able to eat, drink and maneuver about the ship without getting sick or falling down in spite of some fairly rough days.
One sad tale: I was only one number away from winning almost $10,000 in BINGO. I needed B-64. We were playing a game where you had to fill in the entire card. My card was filled in but for one number. I was on my feet along with two other people. Just one lousy number, Lord, just one! Yeah, okay, I admit it… I was praying!
The BINGO caller drew the number and spoke into the mic: “Does anyone need B-sixty-…” (a dramatic, pregnant pause ensued while I jumped up and down – “ME, ME, ME!!” I knew it was coming – B-64 was gonna be called and I was gonna be the big winner!)
Then the smiling, sadistic BINGO caller grinned my way and said the second half of the number: “One! B-61!”
ARE YOU KIDDING ME???
So much for my career as a high roller! Still, we had a great time (even without bringing home almost ten grand). But, as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz famously said, “There’s no place like home!”
It is good be back in frigid Pennsylvania (23 degrees Fahrenheit this morning) – and good to be back with all of you.
Even so, it was quite shocking when I turned my phone back on after the cruise. (Thank you, Mark Bialczak for advising me prior to the trip to turn off data gathering!) When the phone came back on, I discovered I had almost 500 notifications from WordPress!
Goodness – you folks were really busy while I was away! Fresh out of pina coladas, I realized there was no way I could catch up so I regretfully deleted the majority of the notifications (sorry, folks!) and am starting fresh. I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things and some of you may have noticed I’ve begun to visit your blogs again. Be patient with me – I am very interested in what you have to say. If I’ve been out of touch, you can bet I’ll be back in the groove again very soon.
One thing that was especially nice to come home to was a print of my favorite singer / performer, Francis Albert! Sharon Cummings’ print of Sinatra, ordered a few weeks ago, arrived framed, beautiful and ready for hanging. It’s now in the perfect place – my writing room where it daily delights me. Sharon is a talented artist – you should check out her work (here).
Under the heading of other news, last Monday was my one-year blogging anniversary. It’s hard to believe a year has passed since I first signed onto WordPress. What a ride it has been! During the past year, I’ve met so many terrific bloggers. I’ve come across blog posts that have made me laugh and cry. I’ve been inspired by the courage of some of you who keep persevering in spite of the obstacles life throws your way. I’ve also been challenged. There are so many wonderful writers in the blogosphere. Because you’re all so good, it makes me try harder, and I’ve learned a lot of tips along the way which have helped me in writing my own stories.
Since I enjoy talking about books, I thought I’d mention that I’ve started reading a novel penned by a fellow blogger, Adrienne Morris, who blogs at Nothing Gilded, Nothing Gained. Her novel, The House on Tenafly Road, is a compelling read about a Civil War veteran who battles a morphine addiction as a result of war wounds. At the conclusion of the war, he marries a girl of good family in Englewood, New Jersey, and the novel traces the obstacles and challenges they face. If you’re a history geek (like me) or just love a good story, this is a fine one. You can find the book, which is available on Amazon, here.
My Wednesday Whine for this week is just about at end, but I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Heather B. Costa who filled in for me as a guest blogger while I was partying with Minnie and Goofy. Heather wrote an exceptionally funny piece about the differences in English as spoken by Brits and Americans. If you haven’t read it already, check it out. The piece is titled ‘Lost in Translation‘ and it’s a hoot! If you’re not regularly visiting Heather’s blog, Trials of a Wanna-Be-Published Writer, well, shame on you! You should be! Heather has a weekly feature titled ‘Friday Thoughts’ that is always interesting. She also writes some terrific flash fiction. And look – I just made it easy for you! Simply click on this link!
Okay, friends, my wine glass is empty so that’s it for this week. So, until next Wednesday, my wish for you is that you never meet a grape that you don’t like! I know I sure haven’t!