Norwegian Cruise Line: Pros and Cons

Norwegian Cruise Line Pros and ConsI’m an enthusiastic cruiser who’s taken about 20 cruises on four major cruise lines (Princess, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Carnival) in my lifetime. A friend and I recently completed my first Norwegian cruise on the Norwegian Spirit and compiled a list of Norwegian Cruise Line pros and cons (good and bad features). Continue reading

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Beautiful Barcelona

Beautiful Barcelona
Beautiful Barcelona is one of the coolest places on the planet! The architecture is stunning – and the buildings and parks created by famed artist Antoni Gaudi are fun and funky, too. Continue reading

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Rock of Gibraltar — A Fun Shore Excursion on a Mediterranean Cruise

Rock of Gibraltar -- A Fun Shore Excursion on a Mediterranean CruiseMost people have heard of the Rock of Gibraltar — but if you’re like me, you have no idea what it really is or where it’s located.  I got to tour Gibraltar, located off the coast of Spain — and see the Rock — on a shore excursion from a Norwegian cruise to North Africa and Spain, and loved it. It’s a really interesting place to visit! Continue reading

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Riding Camels in Tangier, Africa, on a Norwegian Mediterranean Cruise

Riding Camels in Tangier, Africa, on a Norwegian Mediterranean Cruise

Never thought in my wildest dreams that I’d be riding camels in Tangier, Africa, on a  Norwegian Mediterranean cruise that included stops in Morocco at Casablanca and Tangier — but that’s just what I did! Continue reading

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Casablanca Shore Excursion on Norwegian Mediterranean Cruise

Casablanca Shore Excursion on Norwegian Mediterranean Cruise

Norwegian seems to be the only mainstream cruise line with a port of call in Casablanca, Morocco, in northern Africa on a Mediterranean cruise, which is why we picked that cruise for our 2018 travel adventure. Who wouldn’t want to go on a Casablanca shore excursion to see sights you’ve only read about and seen on TV — and never dreamed you’d see in person?! Continue reading

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Norwegian Cruise to Spain and Africa: Day One

Norwegian cruise to Spain and Africa Day OneMy friend and travel buddy Merry Ellen and I found a cruise itinerary of a lifetime — a 10-night cruise to Spain and Africa. The trip went along the coast of Spain, stopped at the Canary Islands and visited Morocco, Africa, too. Continue reading

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Workplace Solution: A Foolproof Way to Remember CAC or ID Badge

Workplace solution: a foolproof way to remember CAC or badge ID

If you work for a government agency or high-tech business that uses a badge ID or CAC (common access card) for admittance to the premises/military base, and/or for building access and computer access, you understand how important it is to remember to take it with you everywhere. And you need a foolproof way to remember CAC or ID badge.

If you forget… there aren’t too many things worse than not being able to enter the property on Monday morning when you’re headed to work! Or being locked out of the room where you working on a big project because you jumped up and ran to the restroom quickly, forgetting your ID.

Some things I’ve tried, unsuccessfully, to avoid situations like these are:

1) Posting notes and signs around my cubicle

2) Posting signs across the hall from the doorway of the cubicle

The bad  thing about signs is that, after a while, you ignore them. (Plus, it’s visual clutter — and your coworkers tend to tease you about your bad memory.)

After years of experimentation, I finally came across the winning combination.

1)  Cut a piece of bright red or orange paper and put it in the plastic CAC holder underneath the CAC. (I carry a second badge, so it sits on top of that.) That way, when the CAC is missing and you glance down, you immediately see the wrong color (orange — not white) — and a color that signifies emergency, at that — and you know immediately something isn’t right.

2)  Also, clip a big sign that says “CAC” on your purse. When you leave work at night and pick up your purse to take it home with you, don’t let yourself remove the clip until you’ve actually removed the CAC from your computer and inserted it into the holder. (Don’t trust yourself if you think, “It’s only going to be a few seconds; how can I forget it?” Believe me — you’ll get distracted and forget it! I’ve done it numerous times…)

Workplace solution: a foolproof way to remember CAC or badge IDWorkplace Solution A Foolproof Way to Remember CAC or ID Badge

If you’re required to wear and use an ID badge or CAC at work and have an idea that helps you remember it, please share it!

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Brrrr: How To Stay Warm at Work in the Winter

How to stay warm at work in the winter

If you have a desk job and work for an organization — like I do — that keeps indoor temperatures hovering in the frigid zone (68 degrees or less) in the winter, while prohibiting space heaters, here are some tips for how to stay warm at work. Continue reading

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Bid on Room Upgrades on Norwegian Cruise Line; You Might Win Big

Bid on Room Upgrades on Norwegian Cruise Line; You Might Win Big

Did you know that passengers can bid on room upgrades on Norwegian cruise line? I got the opportunity to bid for a room upgrade on an upcoming trip and “won” a balcony cabin for a crazy low price. Continue reading

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20 Things I Learned in My First Month of Caring for Elderly Parents

20 Things I Learned in My First Month of Caring for Elderly ParentsCaring for elderly parents is not for the faint of heart because you’re a novice in uncharted territory. But when things get tough, you definitely have to be grateful you have your parents (!!!) and remember that many other people would give everything they have to have just one more day with their mom and dad.

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