Friday, January 11, 2013

Family Vacation Ahoy!

Tomorrow morning, bright and early, my husband and I are embarking on our second family cruise with his side of the family.  His parents *very generously* are taking us on a 5 day cruise to the Bahamas.  Awesome right?  Totally. However, it's a Disney cruise.
I've heard great things about Disney cruises, but as DINKs (dual income no kids), being on a cruise filled with families involving small children will be...interesting.  My brother-in-law and sister-in-law have two girls: 5 and 1 1/2, so the cruise was planned around them (as is almost everything).  My 5 year old niece and I decided to have breakfast with a Disney Princess months ago, so I've got that to look forward to.  And the alcohol.  Lots and lots of alcohol.  And sun, although considering my continuing states of sloth and gluttony, a bathing suit doesn't sound all that appealing right now. There's no gambling on the boat, so my husband is at a loss of what he's supposed to do.  He also gets an allergy from sun/sand, so he won't be hanging out by the pool.  And he's not a reader.  So there's that...

Anyway, on to the fun! Back in October, on my birthday, no less, my sister-in-law told me about the great idea she had.

SIL: I thought it would be so cute if we all wore matching Levine Family Cruise t-shirts on the first day of the cruise.
Me: *crickets chirping*
SIL: I talked to our mother-in-law and she loves the idea.  Would you and Matt wear the t-shirts?
Me: Um. No?  I mean, what kind of t-shirts?  Are they going to be like the crappy cotton ones we get at charity races?  Or will they be nicer ones?
SIL: No, the cotton cheap ones.
Me: But YOU hate those!  You're always complaining about them and rolling up the sleeves because they don't fit.
SIL: Well, I just thought it would be cute for all of us to match.
Me: I really don't think that Matt will go for this.  In fact, I can say in confidence that no, he won't.  And I'm not a huge fan, either.
SIL: Ok, well talk to him about it.

Later that night, after explaining the situation to the husband...
Husband: Hell no! What the hell?  Is this a family reunion for 40 people or 6 adults and 2 kids on a boat?
Me: 6 adults and 2 kids on a boat.
Husband: Yeah.  Hell. No.

I heard nothing else about the shirts for months, but then my husband mentioned that he had brought it up to his mother.  Apparently she said, "FINE. If you don't want to wear them, don't wear them."  [Enter Jewish Mother Guilt here].  So he thinks we're screwed and will be wearing the shirts.

I have yet to hear anything more, but if I do end up in a family vacation t-shirt, I promise to post a picture of it.

Anyway, since this is a book blog, here are the books I plan on reading on my cruise:

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1)Warm Bodies
Be Careful What You Wish ForBe Careful What You Wish For
Midnight To SunriseMidnight To Sunrise
William & LucyWilliam & Lucy
Product DetailsVisions Of The Revolution
Unnatural Habits (Phryne Fi...Unnatural Habits

Be prepared for reviews!  And hopefully (if I can figure it out) a vlog from either the ship or the Bahamas!


  1. HELL NO, I won't go. Well, that's what I would say to the family t-shirts. I can just imagine you and Matt actually wearing them though. I sense embarrassing pictures in the near future. I will be the one laughing. Don't worry!

    Hope you love Warm Bodies!

    1. Someone asked me why I would subject myself to further humiliation by taking photos and, well, if the shoe were on the other foot, I'd want to see pics. :) So I expect you to laugh.

    2. Just ... remember when you see all those people on the ship and you feel like they're laughing at you, they really are. Muahahahaha.

  2. This cracked me up! I'd say have a great time, but I think saying good luck would be more appropriate! At least you have a nice pile of books to read!

    1. Glad I could make you laugh! And thanks for the wishes of luck. We're going to need it. :)

  3. I'm totally gonna need pics of that shirt hahaha