Semi-Charmed WBC

Friday, October 30, 2015

 It's time for Megan's SCWBC again!  I almost always participate but I have never finished one of these challenges, but this season I am determined to finish!  My problem during previous challenges  was not picking books that I really wanted to read.  So, this time I took my time to find books I actually want to read.  These are the picks that I have so far:

5 points: Read a book that has between 100 and 200 pages.
The Giver by Lois Lowry 
10 points: Read a debut book by any author. (The book does not have to be a 2015 debut.)
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
10 points: Read a book that does not take place in your current country of residence.
  We'll Always Have Paris: A Mother Daughter Memoir by Jennifer Coburn
10 points: Read a book that someone else has already used for the challenge.
 15 points: Read a book published under a pseudonym.
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
 15 points: Read a book with “boy,” “girl,” “man” or “woman” in the title (or the plural of these words).
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
15 points: Read a book with a one-word title.
Panic by Lauren Oliver
20 points: Read a book with a person's first and last name in the title.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
20 points: Read a food-themed book.
The Recipe Box by Sandra Lee
 20 points: Read a book with a verb in the title.
Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois
30 points: Read two books with the same title (by different authors).
30 points: Read a nonfiction book and a fiction book about the same subject.
Stolen: A Letter to my Captor by Lucy Christopher
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard 

Georgetown, Grand Cayman

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Since our scuba excursion was only half a day, we had plenty of time to do whatever we wanted for the rest of the day.  Josh and I decided that since he's never been to a Margaritaville and since we don't have one near us, that's where we'd eat.  We ended up chilling out there for most of the day.  And our waiter was great - I ended up not liking my dish so he took it off our bill without me even asking.  Also, Josh likes to try a local beer from every country we go to.  In the Cayman's he tried Caybrew and in Jamaica he tried Red Stripe.  I forgot to get a photo of him drinking it in Jamaica so he ordered another one at Margaritaville. 

After lunch we just wandered for a while.  We headed back towards where our excursion was first and when we didn't find anything that interested us we decided to go the opposite direction.  That's when we noticed that we only had about 30 minutes before we had to be on the tender boat and the line was super long. So, we ended up just getting in line.  

We really enjoyed just chilling out and being off the ship, even if we didn't do anything particularly special.

Scuba Diving in Grand Cayman

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I don't even know how I'm going to contain myself on this post.  It may just end up being me rambling in excitement!  I LOVED scuba diving, I can't say enough about how awesome it is!

Lets start from the beginning.  We did our dive at Don Fosters Cayman which was about a 2 minute drive from the ship; we really could have walked. We started with the instructor teaching us hand signals and teaching us about all of the equipment and then went to the pool where we broke into groups.  Of course Josh and I would be in the group with the guy who couldn't speak English, so our instructor had a hard time communicating with him via his translator.  Long story short, it took forever to get out into the ocean and she ended up having to take the guy back because he was panicking once we went out.  We could tell she was losing patience and kept apologizing to Josh and I, but it wasn't her fault at all.

Once we got in the ocean and he was taken care of, it was smooth sailing from there.  Josh and I had a great time and seeing the reef and fish up close was amazing.  Our instructor (Lindsey) kept pointing out all different kinds of sea life while we were down there which we definitely would have missed otherwise.  I can't say enough about how much we loved it!  We were actually worried that Josh would hate it because he didn't like snorkeling but thankfully he loved it as much as I did.   I would highly recommend scuba diving to anyone!  It's truly incredible and definitely a whole different world under the water.

This is a Bucket List Item:

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Meh.  This really didn't need it's own post but I had nowhere else to add these photos that wouldn't make the post way too long.  Anyway, after our excursion, our driver dropped us at this Taj Mahal shopping center thing right near the cruise port which was just shops and a few restaurants. Josh and I were really tired and weren't really feeling it, we went back to the ship while everyone else went to Mama Marley's.  We were going to drop off some stuff and then go chill at one of the close beaches for a bit but it took us so long to get back on the ship that we decided just to stay on and take a nap.   I did manage to get some photos of the area, though.

Tranopy Tour: Bobsled and Pool

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The next part of our Jamaica adventure was the Bobsled.  Luckily when we headed over there, there was no line.  The Bobsled was pretty short and simple.  The person in the front controlled the speed and the person in the back just chilled.  Josh and I chose to go fast the whole time; it was almost like riding a roller coaster.   It was a fairly short ride but definitely a lot of fun.

Once we finished with the bobsled, we headed over to the beautiful pool area which included an infinity pool, a slide, and beautiful views.   The water temperature was perfect and I could not get enough of the beautiful view.  I had a great time just relaxing after all of the excitement from zip lining and bobsledding.   I honestly wish Josh and I would have stayed until we had to leave instead of leaving early with everyone else.

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