…and we will be in Durban, the night before our cruise. While I’m excited about that, I am even more excited about seeing Geri and Dan, two very special friends of mine, as well as their two kids, James and Lulu. I will be staying over with them on Sunday evening as well as the weekend after the cruise. It is going to be great fun! I am busy sharpening my wit to be a match for Dan who manages to cut me down to size without too much effort.
I have already started packing! Only because Dad has rationed me to a single (super small) suitcase and I need to make sure everything can fit into it – particularly my hair dryer, straightener and my silver shoes. I have packed a dress for every evening to wear to dinner (I have some beautiful clothes, but no real occassions to wear them to) and some nice sexy tops and jeans to go clubbing or gambling in. I hope that the latter will be as good to me as it was on my first cruise. Shorts and strappy tops have been allocated for the Maputo and Barra Lodge shore excursions.
There is lots to do this week still – Mom is going to wash all the clothes that we want to take with tomorrow and on Tuesday it is off to Carmen to pick up our tickets and convert our Rands into US Dollars – once we have the tickets in hand I think Aunty Carol is going to uncork a bottle of champagne as the trip becomes a “true” reality. She and Uncle Barry are going shopping for something to wear to the Captain’s Gala Cocktail evening too.
Thursday Mom and Aunty Carol are getting their hair done (I threw broad hints to get mine done too, but my cries fell on very deaf ears), while I will be fetching Dad at the airport and getting him and his paperwork sorted out for a Ghanaian Visa Application as this is where he will be working during his next stint. The bad thing about this is that I won’t be able to go with Mary to her scan appointment, something which I was really looking so forward to 😦 Ah well, maybe next time.
Friday it is off to the dentist for me to get my knashers all pearly white and chip-free. Mom and Aunty Carol are going to get their nails done and I have arranged with my Sh’zen Team Leader, Jennifer, (who is a qualified beauty therapist) to give the two old ducks a pampering pedi and a facial for me in the comfort of our home.
Anyhow, enough about that…
Last night Elizabeth and Candice (who is my “older sister”) were here to visit. We didn’t have the energy to do much – even opening a bottle of wine was too much effort – so we sat round catching up. By ten we were all tuckered out. Candice is in the hospitality industry and has been working like a lunatic the past six weeks, and Elizabeth has been relieving in her boss’s position, so she too is dead on her feet. So much so that this morning she was up just after five, sick as a dog with a migraine headache. She went home soon after. I tried phoning to find out she is doing, but her phone is off.
This afternoon we are taking Candice back to Wilderness, but before that we are going to stop off at Mary and Mark for tea and cake as it is Mary’s birthday tomorrow. Mark bought her a Chev Spark for her birthday – and when I asked him what we could get her, he said he didn’t know, but a bottle of red wine would be welcome because he would drink it on her behalf. So, Mom and I are still presentless. Maybe we’ll see something special on our travels that we can get for her…
My Spanish Hot Chocolate appears to be quite a hit – I gave Jay a bottle to take back to Cape Town, as well as a bottle for Carmen and Ewan (who I understand hasn’t had any as Carmen has been squirrerling it away at her office) and my personal bottle is empty, so I will have to make some more. I also feel like baking again, which I will consider doing when I get back this afternoon, if I feel like it.
I still haven’t made any progress with Don’t Blink, but I will definitely finish it by the time we hit the road. Before I forget, here is the bookmark that Rachel gave me the other night. I think it is lovely, don’t you?
There isn’t much more to tell at the moment…
Have a Super Sunday folks! ‘Til later 🙂