Sailing Indian Ocean in route to Bali
Woke up again just before the alarm went off. Another great night of sleep. Watched the morning show; must be brain dead this morning….I couldn’t answer any of the quiz questions. Not a good sign. I need to be on top of my game for the Sudoku competition this morning.
I was headed to the Bistro when I ran into Celeste & Bill at the elevator. Didn’t see them yesterday; & we decided to get caught up over breakfast. So, I joined them in the dining room. She filled me on the world cruise event held onboard the other night. She confirmed that it was loads of fun & a complete success.
She had read about the cheese blintzes on my blog; & we both had some this morning. Gave me another opportunity to take a photo of the fruit garnish. Well, that & to enjoy the blintzes again.
Bill brought the backgammon board because he had challenged Leo to a game. After we ate, Bill went up to the middle section of the dining room; & they played a quick game. Bill came back & told us he won. Later in the afternoon, Leo said he wiped out Mr. Gilbert. Not sure who’s telling the truth; but I’d put my money on Bill. (PS: Later found out that Leo won; but Bill says he wanted to go easy on him at first.)
We were chatting through Capt. Glenn’s morning report so I missed all the nautical stuff; but I did manage to catch his thought for the day……”A statue has never been set up in honor of a critic.” Hmmmmmmm, not one of his most profound.
I stopped by the shore excursion desk & picked up my flash drive from Debbie. Went up to the Bistro to get my capp. to go. Then off to bridge class. Forget what I said about being on top of things yesterday. When she went over it again today, it was as if she were speaking a foreign language. Even after we played a few hands, I was still not quite getting it. As I left there to go next door to Sudoku, it dawned on me that I was supposed to skip bridge class this morning & go back to photoshop class instead. I probably would have done better there. But, that means I’ll have to try to get in a makeup class on cloning in Photoshop during the next segment.
There were about 28 of us participating in the Sudoku Olympic competition. We were to be timed through a series of 3 puzzles. Starting with an easy one, working on up to the hard one. You were to come up to the judge, let her check your puzzle; then she’d give us the next puzzle. I did pretty well on the first two. That last one was coming along well; & then she happened to mention that we had 3 mins. left. I began to work a little more feverishly. Then she said ‘one min.’; & I suppose I buckled under the pressure. Disappointing, but lots of fun anyway.
Following that, I went down to the Crystal Cove because they were having a ‘jazz brunch’ buffet. This is one dining event I’ve not seen before. The Crystal Orchestra & the stringed quartet rotated, playing jazz music (of course). And the food was simply gorgeous. And a lot of things I tried were delicious. I went around taking photographs before everyone dove in & destroyed the beautiful displays. The Discovery Channel crew was also shooting the event.
I went back to the cabin & did some more work on & tried to make a final decision on what photos I wanted to enter in the photo contest tomorrow. We must turn them in by noon. I narrowed it down to about 15; but I really wanted somebody else’s opinion. I had previously stopped by the photo gallery; & asked if it would be breaking the rules to ask their opinion. They said it was not. So, I took the baby laptop down to Christine & Lianne; & they helped me decide.
My feet were swollen again today; so I propped them up in the bed & watched a slide show/lecture on colored gemstones on TV. Somewhere in between emeralds & morganite, I fell asleep. I think I slept 2 hrs.
I ordered dinner in; & Liz brought it about 8:15. She told me she’s still in the semi-finals of paddle tennis in the crew games. And she starts the pool competition tonight. Somehow, I can’t imagine this petite thing wielding a pool stick. The passengers are allowed to watch a few of the competitions between the crew teams later next week. But the majority of their games are held late at night down in the crew area. They have a hard time fitting in competitions because everybody works such erratic schedules.
Dinner tonight was very good. I had an appetizer of seared prawns drizzled with basil aioli & a little scoop of butternut squash caponata on the side. It was divine!
I tried an appetizer portion of tonight’s salad entrée. It was pulled pork salad. I was hoping it might be somewhat similar to the BBQ salad I love from back home; but it was not. It was a good salad of romaine lettuce, kernel corn, sweet peppers, spring onions that was tossed in a roasted garlic dressing. It had tiny blobs of slightly BBQ flavored shredded pork & a cute little cheddar crostini on the side. Don’t get me wrong, it was good; but the BBQ meat reminded me of what comes out of a can. Surprising, yes; but it is what it is.
My main course was grilled swordfish steak which came with anchovy butter & mushroom & eggplant ragout. I substituted the rosemary roasted potatoes with something called bacon-potato hash. I didn’t give a lot of thought to what the plate would look like; but it was all ‘brown’. The fish was perfectly cooked. The larger piece was very mild; but the smaller piece tasted a little more ‘fishy’ for some reason. The bacon-potato hash was orgasmic. I could eat that for breakfast every morning.
After I finished eating, I went back to work on the computer. I was 2 days behind on the blog; & fortunately the internet wasn’t too slowwwww. I finished that about 1:30 am. I’m not really that sleepy; so I decided to go ahead & type up today’s blog & edit the photos. It is now quarter of 3; & 8 am is going to come sooner rather than later. I may not be a very nice person in the morning.