Back from our cruise and still looking for work

SAM_0591There is a line in Blake Shelton’s song “Some Beach” that says, “There’s nowhere to go and you’ve got all day to get there.”  I’d say that summed up the cruise that Beth and I just took.  We had seven days of time on vacation and had basically nothing planned.  It was awesome!

Our cruise stopped at the Grand Turk Island, San Juan Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and Holland America’s private island of Half Moon Cay.  We have done a cruise before, so we decided to skip most of the planned activities of bingo, art auctions, trivia, etc.  Instead we enjoyed lots of beach time and relaxed on deck.

We rang in new year on board the Noordam.  They had lots of music venues open, and cool hats!

We rang in new year on board the Noordam. They had lots of music venues open and cool hats!

We actually got off to a pretty rough start.  A wave of sickness swept through the Kelley family Christmas taking down many people, including Beth.  She was not feeling well the couple of days leading up to the cruise.  She felt so bad we stopped at a CVS Minute Clinic right when we got to Ft. Lauderdale.  The diagnosis came back quick – she officially had the flu.  Plus, she had the flu for a few days, so she wasn’t able to take the main flu medicine.  Instead, the doctor prescribed some pneumonia drug that she thought would help.  Luckily, it helped quite a bit, and Beth was only down and out the first day of the cruise.

Yep, as you can see, it was a rough week for Beth and I.

Yep, as you can see, it was a rough week for Beth and I.

We had a great seven days, but all good things must come to an end.  We docked back in Ft. Lauderdale and came back to the real world.  A real world in which both of us are currently unemployed and homeless.  Normally Beth can find a new travel job fairly quickly, but it is taking longer this time.  We still do not no where we are headed next.  The two leading spots are Texas and Florida, but that could certainly change.

The good news is things tend to move pretty quickly, so we are hoping with the holidays over, hospital managers will start to hire.  Odds are we will have a job by the end of the week.  Then we will spring into action setting up housing, arranging furniture, and doing all of the normal work.  Until then, we are patiently waiting.

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