Sunday, January 22, 2012

Weezer Cruise - Day 4 - Headed Home . . .

Sunday we started off the morning with some breakfast, in the dining room, where we met an awesome LDS couple, the Kindall's. It turns out that they were right near us during the concert too . . . totally random.  Glad we met them though, they got an awesome picture of Michael at the show with Rivers right beside him, and since we knew them, they emailed it to us!  Yay! 

After breakfast we headed up to the Lido Deck and hung out until it was time to do the vow renewal ceremony with Scott Shriner.  There was a surprisingly lot of people there to do this, AND a dude proposed to his girlfriend there, which was kind of sweet. It was cool that we got a quick chance to say hello and meet Scott after the ceremony too.

After, we had to go down to get our picture taken with the band.  We had literally about 9 seconds with them, but still cool.  I was worried about it turning out okay, but it did :)

After we got our pic done, we wandered up to the Sun Deck to see the Shuffleboard Finals with Pat.  I had never seen shuffleboard before, but it was kind of fun!  Pat totally LOST, I don't think he even scored any points, but it was still fun to watch . . . 

The legendary . . . Patrick Wilson!

Looked good, but failed to score . . . 

After shuffleboard came the whole ship group photo . . . which I am pretty sure you can't even see us in, but we were there!   Then the Weezer Q&A session.  It was actually interesting to hear some of the questions and the answers that the band members tossed out.

At the Q&A session, Rivers said something about meeting up on the basketball court to kick a soccer ball around, so we went up there and watched.  Rivers came up the stairs with his wife, saw how crazy crowded it was and watched for a couple minutes and then left.  We saw him go, so after that, we went and watched the sunset together.  It was gorgeous!!

Later, we went to the Doug Loves Movies Podcast with Doug Benson.  It was totally funny and I am glad we went!
It was mustache night ... so here is Mic with his

Doug Benson in his cruise bath robe

After the podcast, we went to see Free Energy on the casino stage.  The casino stage was so tiny and just randomly right there by a bar and was always a busy spot . . . the show was fun, but they were SO sweating to death as they performed.  

This is the tech trying to fix their equipment after the dude spilled his beer on it (such a small space)

Since it was our last night and we still wanted to see Sleeper Agent and Ozma, we stayed up way past our bedtimes *wink* and saw both of them before the night was through.  I am glad we did because they were both AMAZING!  

Sleeper Agent

Sleeper Agent



Such a fun cruise!  I only hope that one day they will do another Weezer Cruise.  I would for sure do another cruise through Sixthman though, they were awesome!  Thanks for checking out my cruise pics. 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Weezer Cruise - Day 3 - Cozumel

So first, here is a picture of me taken the morning following the concert with the awesome drumstick mentioned in the previous post.  YAY!  Such a good memory, and keepsake.

We arrived in the morning in Cozumel, but since we knew our excursion wasn't until noon, we took a slow morning getting ready and having breakfast.  It was really nice.  Then we finally wandered off the ship to the island and did a little exploring in the little touristy shops.  

Mic in front of the Carnival Destiny - our ship

Me and some real hibiscus flowers . . . so pretty!

Because no trip to Mexico is complete without a sombrero picture

Yay Mexico . . . this picture of me makes me laugh because it reminds me of this picture of my sister the way I am standing . . . *random*

I'm such a mean wife, I always make Mic pose in these random funny things . . . this trip was no exception.  I think these turned out awesome though . . .  

Loved the pinatas hanging overhead . . . 

Our excursion was called "Salsa and Salsa."  It took us forever to decide upon what to do in Mexico, but I am glad we did this one.  I chose it because I thought it would be fun to learn how to make some salsas, and also perfect because Michael is ALWAYS wanting me to go dancing, learn dancing with him, and this class had a short salsa dance lesson as well.  If you drink (we don't) - it also had bottomless margaritas and we learned how to make some margaritas as well.  We all got to wear these super dorky chef hats too, which was totally fun!  

Our table at the beginning . . . 

 Mic squeezing a lemon and chopping our onions for our cooked salsas

Shipmates making strawberry margaritas . . . 

Fiery Red Salsa 
1-3 cloves roasted garlic 
1/4 white onion roasted and chopped 
½-2 roasted jalapeño or serrano chiles (remove seeds for milder salsa) 
2 roasted roma tomatoes
Pinch of cilantro, lime juice, salt to taste

Grind the garlic in the molcajete, add chile, onions, tomatoes, a pinch of cilantro, salt and a few drops of lime juice.  Continue mashing until well blended.

Tangy Salsa Verde (my fave one)
1-3 cloves roasted garlic 
1/4 white onion roasted and chopped 
½-2 roasted jalapeño or serrano chiles (remove seeds for milder salsa) 
4 roasted tomatillos
Pinch of cilantro, lime juice, salt to taste

Grind the garlic in the molcajete, add chile, onions, tomatillos, a pinch of cilantro, salt and a few drops of lime juice.  Continue mashing until well blended.

Oaxacan Guacamole
¼ cup of green salsa verde
Juice from ½ -1lime
1 ripe avocado
Salt to taste

Use your molcajete to blend all the ingredients until smooth

Mic at Hotel Cozumel overlooking the ocean

Me posing at Hotel Cozumel

Pretty palm trees blowing in the breeze at Hotel Cozumel (took these during our break)

Mic and I in our oh so sexy chef hats - lol

Fresh Pico de Gallo
 2 roma tomatoes
½ white onion, diced
½ jalapeño de-seeded and diced
Pinch of cilantro, lime juice and salt to taste

Mix all ingredients together then separate into 2 bowls.  To one of the bowls, add a few drops of lime, pinch of cilantro, salt to taste.  In the other bowl: Tropical Salsa - Add 1 tbls chopped pineapple, or your favorite  tropical fruit.  Mix well and serve.

Mango/Melon Mix Salsa
½ red pepper, diced
½ jalapeño de-seeded and diced
1 tbls of mango or melon (you can also use honey dew, papaya)

Pinch of cilantro and 4 drops of lime juice.  Mix all ingredients together. Best served with Chicken or Fish

Rompope Dessert Salsa  (so amazingly YUMMY)
½ mango,melon, or pineapple chopped
1 tbls chopped apples
1-2 tbls Rompope (Vanilla liqueur) - (or if you do not drink, orange juice can sub here)
1 tbls coconut
    Mix and chill.  Serve over ice-cream of your choice.

This is the dessert salsa over the most amazing creamy Mexican ice cream!  Delish!

Mic with the maracas!  Ole!

All done, ready to dance . . . 

Our group picture!  So fun!

Me at the cool under-road stair case before we got in our cab to head back to the port.

Mic relaxing on a little beach in the port.

My toesies while I relaxed on the beach . . . our ship and another Carnival Cruise in the background . . . 

So when we got back, we did a little more shopping at some of the little shops and then headed back aboard the cruise ship, we didn't want to be late and we ate and then totally crashed.  I wanted to do 80's prom that night but we were both so pooped out from the day, we just slept through it.