It blows my mind that it’s December already. Where did November go?
For that matter, where did 2013 go?!
My goal of blogging each day in November was a bust. I did get 22 posts out, however. That’s still pretty dang good for a girl who’s been neglecting her blog a bit this year.
I think setting a blog goal for myself for the month actually made me get my butt in gear, so I thought I’d keep the ball rolling.
This month I am aiming to finish up my posts on our recent Panama Canal cruise and dive into past travels that deserve some attention, like our Mediterranean cruise last fall and our road trip to the Kenai Peninsula this summer.
The more I write about our adventures the more addicting it becomes. I love sharing our travels and reading about other people’s tales of wanderlust in return. While I didn’t start Suitcase Sweethearts with the intention of being solely travel-oriented, it seems that is more and more where I am heading.
(Unfortunately, you can’t be a mommy blogger if you don’t have kids. Pssh. Rude! )
The travel blogging/writing community is something that hugely interests me and I definitely want to see where it takes me.
Here’s a list of the posts so far in my Panama Canal cruise series:
We are currently into day two of my four day weekend. Yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving here at the lodge with a bunch of my co-workers and their families. The food was delicious, the beer plentiful, and entertainment was graciously provided by four young, adorable kids.
Last year we celebrated Thanksgiving on a cruise in the middle of the Mediterranean. It’s hard to beat that, or a traditional Thanksgiving at home in Utah with my family, but this year’s was one to remember as well.
While the rest of the U.S. swarmed Big Box stores today, Vince and I have spent a quiet and lazy day at home. I slept in until a ridiculous hour (stayed up WAY too late last night watching scary paranormal shows) while Vince was productive and did laundry. Now he’s being even more of a show off and is working out in the fitness room while I browse all the lovely bits and bobs on Anthropologie’s website. *drool*
We may brave the icy roads and head into Wasilla tomorrow for some groceries and a movie (Catching Fire?!).
Ahh. Living the quiet life in rural Alaska!
How was your Thanksgiving? Did you brave the crowds and score a Black Friday deal?
Costa Rica has long been a country at the top of my travel wish list. I know loads of people who’ve been to the Central American nation who only have great things to say. From the moment we stepped off the ship in Limon I knew that we would be coming back one day. One day doesn’t even come close to scratching the surface of everything the country has to offer.
That’s the great thing about cruising. It gives you a small teaser taste of a destination and pretty quickly helps you decide if a return trip is warranted.
We knew we wanted to do as much as we could during our short visit, so we booked an all-day excursion through the ship that combined several different tours into one. This wasn’t the most economical route to take but it was definitely worth the money.
Last Sunday Vince and I decided to take advantage of the sunshine and slightly less bone-chilling temps by taking a walk around property. Alaska is truly a beautiful and magical place in the wintertime.
As I write this a winter storm warning is in effect for much of the state. The winds are howling and temps are well into the negatives.
I’m avoiding the radio like the plague. All we heard on our road trip from Salt Lake City to Nevada and back was Lorde’s Royals. Sure, it’s catchy the first five times or so, and she’s massively talented in general, especially for a 16-year-old (especially when compared to her contemporaries, like Selena Gomez/Demi Lovato/Justin Bieber/etc.) but all the commotion it’s causing, including accusations of racism… Come on. It’s overplayed and over hyped. I am interested in seeing what’s next our of her, however. Her song Tennis Court is really good.
Here’s what I have been enjoying…
Pretty much everything by Bastille. Pompeii is my favorite:
Bastille – Pompeii
Betty Who – High Society
Avicii – Wake Me Up
↓ And if you need a pick-me-up, this music video is just the ticket! ↓
Acivii – Levels
What are you listening to lately? Please comment below!
I really enjoy sleeping in; it’s no secret to anyone who knows me and I make no apologies!
In Alaska, however, snoozing for longer in the AM has its perils. Take today, for instance. I got up around 12:30p (I reactivated our Netflix and it’s making for some late night). It was great but when it started to get dark only a few hours later, I felt like my day was wasted.
The lack of sunlight is really starting to get to me. The sun doesn’t ever fully rise overhead. Sunup right now is around 9:15a with sundown around 4:00p.
Apparently, a lot of people in Alaska (and other northerly climates) suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or the less severe “winter blues.” I definitely don’t have a case of the SADs but my energy levels are crap and I am craving sleep more than I normally do – which is a lot! It’s easy to feel down and lethargic when you’re surrounded by snow, darkness, and frigid temperatures. Add to that how isolated we are and how little social interaction I get (not including my lovely hubs), and I can see it becoming a real problem.
**When I googled ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’ for the link, Alaska pops right up – my fears confirmed!**
Enter Vitamin D supplements and getting outside more when it is light. There are lamps available for light therapy, but I don’t think that’s necessary at this point.
I also think 2 weeks in the Caribbean is a good treatment…too bad it came a little early in the winter for us! Our trip to Southern California in December can’t come soon enough.