Thursday, December 30, 2010

Where have we BEEN?! short, we are in Anna Maria Island and we have been busy with family, friends, and holiday hoopla.
This has been the name of the game.  
Which means, as you might have noticed, I have been remiss about blogging.  So here is what we have been up to (in case any of you were wondering):

After we said goodbye to our friends - Scott rented a car and we drove across the state ("Alligator Alley") to the Sarasota area where we were met by family.  Good times were had.

We got some (desperately needed) Christmas shopping done.  Success all around.  (Phew!)

We had a chilled-out Christmas Eve - complete with a finger food dinner (thanks to my sister!) a viewing of Disney's "Christmas Carol" and we even managed to squeeze in our old family favorite, "Christmas Vacation" (it could be a study of our family, no joke).

Christmas morning was lovely - full of family, laughter and hugs (especially from my adorable nieces Skyler and Faith) and we even had a reunion (3 months in the making) with our "looper" friends Les and Diana!  It was Merry merry to the MAX!  We got some awesome gifts - including a crab trap (yes - a crab trap) from my brother, some great new sailing books from his fiance, and a beautiful hand-made piece of art from my sister!

Original art for Rasmus by my sissy, Chelsea.  Isn't it amazing?

We have eaten a LOT of meals out, been "that" rambunctious table of ten plus to your left more than once, indulged in delicious food and fine wine, have taken lots of long walks on the beach, played about 100 games of gin, and had a wonderful time. (Big thanks to my parents for making it all possible!)

We are planning on leaving January second when we will be reunited with our boat.  From there, we're not sure exactly how it will all work out - but we plan on hauling the boat for a couple of weeks to do some repair work, install a water maker (!!!!!) and complete a few other projects that we have been neglecting.

(Note:  Any cruisers have any suggestions for a boat yard that can do good work but also allows DIY'ers in the Ft. Lauderdale area?)

We figure hauling the boat and getting into "work mode" will help us to put our noses to the grindstone and get ship shape before we make the hop to the Bahamas! (Or head to the Keys, which we might do as well....)

Exciting stuff around the corner!

For now, back to chilling 'vacation' style.

Brittany & Scott


Steve said...

we had our tayana 55 @ Riverbend Marina in Lauderdale for a month back in June when we removed the teak deck and installed nuteak prior to our voyage back to Newfoundland. They commission Hylas there plus lots of other DIY going on. Relatively cheap rates, great security staff and very centrally located. Their # is 954-523-1832. Their website is pretty informative too.
Steve and Donna Marshall

Mid-Life Cruising! said...

Love the picture! Your sister is really talented. Happy New Year!

Windtraveler said...

@ Rookie - great! Actually, my dad suggested that (he used it 20 years ago) but wasn't sure if it was still there - good to know it is - sounds perfect! Thank you!

Albert said...

Scott, you are throwing away the wrong card........Al

Last Paradise said...

Playboy marina was still allowing DIY last time we checked. Jeff said to call Nance and Underwood Rigging, his former employer... they'd be able to steer you in the right direction, and they're a great contact!
Happy New Year to you guys, can't wait to see what this year holds for you :)

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