Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Honeymoon: Day 1 and 2

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This was our ship, the Enchantment of the Seas.

We almost didn't board her in time.

Here's a fact you might not know, I suck at directions. Hoop sucks at planning things. So imagine the trouble we get into when I trust him to plan something and he trusts me to gauge how long a drive is going to take. It was about ten o'clock on boarding day when Hoop checked the Royal Caribbean website and realized that our ship was going to begin loading at one. It was going to take us five hours to get down to Fort Lauderdale. "Baaaabe." He called from the office. "We have to leave- NOW." I was about halfway through my packing. I did the rest of it in tears, convinced we were going to miss our honeymoon.

We made it, but with no time to spare. The only time we stopped was to pee and to collect a warning ticket for speeding. By the time we got on the ship, my nerves were shot. Hoop gave me a tour of the facilities and then steered me in the direction of the boats massive buffet. Never have I seen so many of my favorite foods together in one place before! There was lobster ravioli, sushi, steak kabobs, stuffed chicken, and a dessert bar that could almost convince you to skip dinner entirely. Unfortunately, I could do no more than look at my overflowing plate with trepidation. The ship had begun to move.

I never got sick on the cruise. In fact, after the first night I was completely fine. I could run up and down the decks and eat two plates of food without ever a thought about where I was. But on that first night, my fear got the best of me. I retreated to our room for a little R&R and Hoop made his way to the casino. The next morning I awoke to a stillness I hadn't expected. "Why aren't we moving?" I mumbled to Hoop. Suddenly, we both shot out of bed and looked out the window. We were in Key West! After Hoop force-fed me breakfast, we left the boat to explore the port and score some drinks.

(An island off the coast of Key West.)

Our first stop in Key West was the art museum. Located just off the port, it was an easy choice for something to get into. It featured lots of "interactive" art, which Hoop and I took to mean "art you can get pervy with."

(Pinching The Mona Lisa.)

(Painting Grope!)

(Licking the Girl with a Pearl Earring.)

(Right At Home.)

There were tons of others. But really, how much dignity can we afford to lose on one post? After the museum, Hoop and I went bar hopping. But mostly it was for the cool t-shirts. At the last stop, the Flying Monkey, we got alcoholic slushies to go. We were in pretty good spirits by the time we bumped into this guy.

I can't remember the joke he told us. But I remember it had something to do with blowjobs, and the punchline included him letting beer pour out of his mouth. What a gem. Hey ladies, there's no ring on that finger as far as I can tell! Whatcha think? No? Ok, moving on.

This is where we eventually ended up, at the southern most point of the U.S. Obviously, this picture was taken by someone else. Why do people always cut us off at the feet? You should have seen this picture before I cropped it. There was allll this space on top and nothing on bottom. It was like that with several other shots too, all taken by different individuals. Next time, I'm bringing a tripod. As a whole, Key West was really fun and laid back. Not to mention colorful. I would definitely go back, if for nothing more than those alcohol slushies. YUM.

Bonus shot for Newt:

Tomorrow: Turkey Day! I'm taking the day off. Have fun Homebloys.
Friday: Cozumel, Mexico.

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At 26 November, 2008, Blogger furiousBall said...

with the exception of the pic of the southernmost point, your elbows looked fine

At 26 November, 2008, Blogger Tawcan said...

Wow glad to hear that you made it onto the cruise. That'd really really suck if you didn't.

Love those painting shots. The Grope shot would be awesome if you cropped out your legs. :D

At 26 November, 2008, Blogger Tink said...

Furiousball Whoa. My elbows DO look weird in that shot! What's wrong with me?

Tawcan: The way Hoop shot it, I can't crop out my legs without cropping out the frame too. But maybe when I get time I can manipulate it in Photoshop. :)

At 26 November, 2008, Blogger Me said...

OMG, too cute! Ya'll are extremely cultured ;)

At 26 November, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Key West - my favorite place in the world! And Mmmm, those slushies (Fat Tuesdays?)...worth the trip just for that! So glad you had fun, and can't wait to hear about the rest of the week!

At 26 November, 2008, Blogger Gramps said...

Now I know what to do when I'm low on funds for beer. Thanks for the great idea!

At 26 November, 2008, Blogger Fortune Cookies said...

it's only fair that if the girl with the pearl earring gets to grab ass with you, hoop gets to lick her...fair's fair, you know.

At 26 November, 2008, Blogger Woman in a Window said...

Where are the guards? I mean, are you encouraged to pinch nips in art museums? Maybe it's a U.S. thing?

At 26 November, 2008, Blogger Jen said...

Lucky you! You have the best honeymoon pictures ever!

At 26 November, 2008, Blogger Gary's third pottery blog said...

I got stuck in the Keys once. Wonder why I ever left??????

At 26 November, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did they let you water ski behind that big a$$ boat? Cause that would have been nice of them on your honeymoon.

I tell you dirty jokes and you don't give me a dollar. I feel cheap and used now.

Next time you two go on a honeymoon I want to go with you because you two are way more fun than I'm allowed to have on my honeymoon.


At 26 November, 2008, Blogger Hilary said...

Great stuff. You guys sure know how to have fun.

At 26 November, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad you caught the boat!
SuperDad & I have a picture of us at that southernmost point. With a teddy bear. (Yes, we used to travel with a teddy bear and take pictures of it. What? Doesn't everyone?)

I had the biggest margarita of my life in Key West. And then dh bought me a 2nd one. It was awesome.

There are some very interesting characters in that place!

At 26 November, 2008, Blogger Michael Knight Rambo said...

Happy Thanksgiving!
Glad to see there weren't any Somali pirates in any of the pictures.

At 26 November, 2008, Blogger Newt said...

I get my very own picture? I am SO honored! Looks like oodles of fun!

At 26 November, 2008, Blogger Chris said...

You two know how to have fun! :) Have a great first married Thanksgiving!

At 26 November, 2008, Blogger Jay said...

Alcohol slushies?!?

What a country!

I've always wanted to go on a cruise. I think it would be even more fun if you and Hoop were on there!

At 27 November, 2008, Blogger the planet of janet said...

you guys are totally nuts ... and i mean that in the NICEST way ;-)

looks like fun.

At 27 November, 2008, Blogger PEACE said...

How fun, Congratulations BTW.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope to see some more pics.

At 27 November, 2008, Blogger Gin said...

What a great time you had...and you got some great shots. I can't wait to see the photos and hear your stories of's one of my favorite places in the world!!

Happy Thanksgiving Mr and Mrs TinkHoops!

At 27 November, 2008, Blogger Gina said...

I love cruises and that looks like a fantastic boat! I wish you could remember the joke, I could use a laugh right about now...

At 27 November, 2008, Blogger mamatulip said...

OMG. I love the shot of Hoop pinching the Mona Lisa. LMAO!!

At 27 November, 2008, Blogger CRUSTY MOM-E said...

DAMN IT! I wish I'd known you were going to be on the Enchanted Ship--I used to work in the port of miami for Royal Carribbean and Celebrity cruises..

I'm glad you had fun!
What'd you think of the ship?
Compared to the newbies I still think it's a delicious place..

Happy thanksgiving to you MRs and Mr. TinkOOPLA

four guys and one gal

At 28 November, 2008, Blogger flutter said...

You guys are hysterical

At 28 November, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great shots, it looks like you guys had such fun.

I've been playing catch up and reading all about the big event(s). I couldn't help but get a bit teary eyed at the wedding pics. And what an awesome bachlorette party!

At 29 November, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you made it to the ship...just in time. Key West looks like a lot of fun. Let us know when you decide to go back. Maybe we'll join ya, since that's somewhere we haven't been. Don't ya just love cruisin'?

At 29 November, 2008, Blogger DebbieDoesLife said...

Looks fabulous!! I have always wanted to go to Key West!!

At 30 November, 2008, Blogger mrspao said...

When I saw that first photo the tune from Love Boat came into my head :)

So glad you made it on time and I'm looking forward to seeing where you end up next.


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