We're getting ready to head down to the party at the Marriott. It's a
pretty good deal, $45 pp for open bar, party favors and entertainment,
It looks really pretty, and its a nice 72 degrees. I just got word
from WV that it's 19 degrees, yikes!!
Happy New Year!!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
We're getting ready to head down to the party at the Marriott. It's a
I thought that since I've been here almost a year it was about time I checked out the shops at Havensight. For those of you that don't know, Havensight is the cruise ship dock and there are a ton of stores! All the same stuff as downtown but there is a parking lot which makes it easier to park and walk around. Of course there are four cruise ships in today so traffic was insane but once I got in and parked, the shops were not busy at all. I guess the tourists are all out on excursions instead of hanging out at the ship; which I don't blame them, it's a beautiful day!!
BTW - today is mine and Jay's 10 year wedding anniversary so that was the reason for the shopping. :-)
Have a Happy New Year!!!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Well its past noon so time for a cocktail by the pool. :-) I found recipe online for a Cruzan Confusion that is pretty tasty. Equal parts of Cruzan Mango, Cruzan Coconut and pineapple juice and I added a little OJ. I asked a couple bartenders on island about it and they
said it was basically a little bit of all Cruzan flavors and fruit punch. But I didn't find that online anywhere. Anyone know which one is right? Regardless, the version I made is very good! Yum, yum!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Our friend Dave's birthday is today so we're celebrating at Hook Line
with him. He and his wife Kirstin just got back from Florida today and
we just found out they got second in the lighted boat parade. (I
thought they deserved first, but I'm biased)
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Merry Christmas from the Caribbean!! Just finished making some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, moms special recipe, yum!!
BTW - cost of some of the items to make cookies: Oatmeal (quick oats) - 3.35, Chocolate chips (12 oz) - 4.60, Pecan chips (1 cup) - 7.70.......but it's worth it!!!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I was just introduced to a traditional island Christmas drink....Guavaberry. It's made from the guava fruit, add some rum, cloves, plus other secret ingredients and you have a yummy berry
Merry Christmas everyone!!!!
Taken from Virgin Islands This week:
The late, famous Virgin Islands composer, Bill La Motta, wrote this tune, known as the Guavaberry Song. According to the book, Virgin Islands Folk Songs, this song remains the most celebrated and cherished of the traditional holiday tunes because of the cultural importance attached to guavaberry liqueur. Hear it once, and the lilting melody and easily memorized words will play over and over in your mind. A little bigger than a blueberry, but perfectly round, guavaberries have grown scarcer to find – and more coveted – in recent years. Unlike other berries, this first cousin of the clove and eucalyptus grows wild on trees and is most commonly found in the cool, lush hilly areas of St. Thomas’ west side and the Bordeaux Mountain area of St. John. The individual fruit tends to ripen at different rates so islanders will gather small quantity at a time and then freeze the fruit until it’s ready for baking and beverage making.
The recipe for making guavaberry rum is often a family secret passed down through generations. Ingredients include a mix of strong rum, sugar, flavorings like essences, citrus peel and spices, and of course, mashed guavaberries. This mixture is allowed to steep for several weeks until the flavors blend. The best guavaberry rums are those made from a small “seed” portion of this potent liqueur, carefully saved from the previous year. Some rum recipes are literally decades old. Island cooks also process guavaberries into jams, breads, cakes and especially tarts, at Christmastime.
“Good mornin’, good mornin’, ah come fo’ mi Guavaberry.”
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Here is Kirstin and Daves boat that we helped decorate for the boat
parade. It turned out really good. There was about nine boats in the
parade and they all looked great! It was really different being in a
parade in 78 degree weather vs 30 to 40 degrees back in WV!!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
We made it back to St. Thomas so now the fun of unpacking, putting all the goodies away that we accumulated while home, grocery shopping, etc, etc. We had a great time visiting with friends and family. It was so good to see everyone!!! Now we need to rest from our vacation. :-)
Its so pretty here today I had to stop along side the road and take this pic. Its 80 degrees with a light breeze, very nice.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
....until you make a trip back to the states.
1. Talking on the cell phone while driving.
2. Other drivers regarding traffic laws as laws and not just a
3. Long hot showers without turning off the water between rinse and
4. Warm fluffy towels vs. crunchy from being hung on the clothes line.
5. Shopping malls with nice stores.
6. Papa Johns pizza and Mexican food.
7. Draught beer.
8. Driving fast on the interstate.
9. Drinking water from the tap.
10. Consistent power and cable.
11. Drying clothes in a dryer.
12. No mosquitoes.
13. Last but not least, seeing Friends and Family!!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Well its time for a team drink. I thought I would add some detail. This picture was taken at Deb's Birthday party. We used the second Floor of The River's Edge Cafe for the party. The same place that we had the going away party back in January. We had about a hundred people show up and Paul "Team Drink" Deffinger played. I am pretty sure everyone had a great time. It definitely was good to see so many of our friends.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Ok, driving on the right feels really weird! Its strange that making
the switch to driving on the left was no problem. But last night
driving home from the airport on the right just felt wrong! LOL
BTW - not exactly tropical conditions but its not as bad as it could
have been. Its 55 and foggy but last week it got down to 12, so 55 is
Well we made it back to the states. It is cold but we are staying with
friends and got to use a shower that I put in several years ago when I
was a contractor. Yes there are five shower heads in there that would
drain a cistern in a heartbeat.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
So here's the recap:
1. pay $2 medical form
2. pay $12 for exam book (since online is different than printed version)
3. pay to get passport pics taken
4. pay for medical exam and eye exam
5. pay $10 for written test, pay each time until you pass (everyone I know had to take it more than once)
6. pay $8 for permit
7. pay $30 for driving lesson (pay for each lesson until ready to test)
8. pay $50 to use instructors car
9. pay $10 to take driving test
10. pay $35 to get license
So, pretty much it costs $200 (and lots of headaches) to get your license plus the cost of your medical/eye exam and that varies depending on if you have insurance or not. So, definitely do NOT let you state side license expire if you plan on getting a VI license!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I helped a friend decorate her boat yesterday for the annual lighted boat parade. Friends in WV were also decorating their boat at the sane time. They were supposed to send me some pics so we could compare!! I think we had a little bit better weather. :-)
The parade is December 19th in dowtown Charlotte Amalie harbor. Its in conjunction with Miracle on Main Street which is a festive Christmas Celebration. There will be music, street performers, late hours for shops and even a Santa Claus!!
Friday, December 5, 2008
It's Friday!!!! Only four more days and we'll be making our trip home to see friends and family. It's been almost one year since I've seen most of them (except for the few that made the trip here over the past year). I'm excited about seeing everyone.....not so excited about the weather. :-) I'll just show everyone all the beach pics and it will warm me up!
This is Princess Beach, it's a little "pocket beach" in the northeastern part of Hawksnest Bay on St. John. Great snorkeling!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
So when I gave them directions to Frenchtown, I told them to get off the ferry and go to the left and walk about two blocks and you'll see the entrance to Frenchtown on your left, can't miss it. Well, since they were on the other end of Waterfront, it's more like a 1/2 mile walk vs two blocks. But every time they stopped to ask someone directions to Frenchtown they would say keep walking, about two blocks, can't miss it! They were given those same directions every time, LOL
So for future reference, if you take the downtown Charlotte Amalie to/from St. John, the dock is on the east end of the Waterfront, down by the Coast Guard dock, across the street from the "flea market" style shopping area. And it's a pretty good walk to Frenchtown!