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Initial post: Feb 18, 2013 11:04:50 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 19, 2013 7:20:15 AM PST
Lyn says:
♥.Good Morning ♥. Good Afternoon, ♥.or Good Evening

My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth,
beauty & peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same,
we are one.

~ Namaste

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Yes, today is the next installment of RobnLyn's Film Festival. It will be running for several weeks. So settle down in a comfy seat with your food/drink of choice. Today's IMAX showing is merely an appetizer of Seattle to La Paz where the ship was anchored. Hopefully you will like what you see enough to come back for the rest of the trip to the Sea of Cortez / Baja on our UnCruise Adventure. The film is on a continuous loop, so it does not matter what time you come and watch. Or whether you come and go and come again.


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Posted on Feb 18, 2013 11:05:42 PM PST
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Posted on Feb 18, 2013 11:06:09 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 18, 2013 11:10:21 PM PST
Lyn says:

I continue my habit of getting up early even on vacation when we are within a 1 or 2 hour time difference. We were up early to see if we could catch any early feeding activity but, other than it being dim and dark, we didn't see much other than the pelicans pretending to be seagulls and following the ship. Again there were a handful of Bottle Nosed dolphins rumored to be out there but we didn't see any.

Breakfast was Blueberry Pancakes with Scrambled Eggs and Ham Steaks

The morning's activity was a hike. There was a faster paced one, one at a much slower pace and one where you pretty much just stayed close to the beach. We chose the faster paced one. We were surprised at the number of people who took that one over the slower paced one. Then again, it wasn't really a fast paced walk - it was just faster than the other group.

The landing was on a very rocky beach which made it hard to walk on but it soon turned to sand. We basically walked up an arroyo or a dry creek bed. According to Jeremy, our guide (along with Hannah), we saw a lot more flowers than normal because they had had a good rainfall last September. Otherwise it would have looked like it has for the last 7 years - brown not green.

It started out very cool on the boat and at the beach but got quite warm as we got further from the water. The hike was a little over a mile one way (via garmin). It took a little over 2 hours but we were not walking fast and we stopped to look at a lot of plants and birds and other things and have them explained. Birds and cacti were the main attractions and it took much less time to get back to the beach.

There was not a lot of time between getting back and lunch. Fish and Chips (a combination marlin/yellow tail) with Pineapple Coleslaw followed by Macaroons!! Yum.

The afternoon was quite busy with too many choices. We had planned on kayaking but ended up going snorkeling since we can kayak any time.

We went with Bethany. We got to slide off a skiff versus a beach entry like Sunday. It was like jumping into a swimming pool - a shock to the system until you warmed up. We did better at snorkeling than yesterday. It was unfortunate that it was so murky in places. It made seeing and photographing the fish and other creatures a bit harder but we had fun and the swim lasted about an hour in length. It was again very cold once we were out of the water and in the skiff.

We changed out of the wetsuits quickly and then hopped into the hot tub for a few minutes. We were greeted with lemonade and vodka. We would have loved to stay there for longer but we had also signed up for the skiff ride they had added to the days activities and had to hustle. The timing was tight but the Captain held things up about 10 minutes til we changed into warm and dry clothes and got our life vests on.

Those ten minutes changed the venue of the skiff ride because just as we were getting ready to get on the skiff a whale spout was spotted in the distance. We hurried on board and Ben went whale hunting. It may have been a humpback but most likely it was a blue whale. We wandered and waited and watched (we saw a couple of distant spouts) but after a bit we gave up the chase and went on with our regularly scheduled program over to the island. We saw lots of yellow footed seagulls, some pelicans, some brown boobies, and a pair of osprey and their nest. Then we slowly made our way along the shoreline and then back to the ship.

After we got back we had some 90 minutes of downtime before heading for supper

Tabouleh Salad on a Bed of Spinach with Caramelized Onion and Parmesan Bread
Chicken Roulade with Roasted Bell Pepper Coulis
Ancho Chili Rubbed Mahi Mahi Fillet with Cilantro Lime Crème Fraiche
Eggplant Parmesan

Tres Leches (Mexican 3 milk cake)

Afterwards Rodrigo gave a short presentation of the flora/fauna of California Baja. We both sipped a Limoncello while listening to his presentation.

Captain Jill gave us a warning to put everything away tonight. And to make sure the doors and drawers are shut tight as Kendra, the second mate, was going to take us into some rough waters later on. Thank you Jill for the warning.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 11:06:37 PM PST
Lyn says:
It is fun time now - recipes

Movies - this means I gotta have popcorn.

Your choice is between regular popcorn (with or without butter) and Robb's Special Blend of the Week: Pink Lemonade Popcorn.

Pink Lemonade Popcorn
* Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
* 2 (2.75 oz.) bags microwave butter flavored popcorn, popped
* 1 can Pillsbury® Creamy Supreme® Pink Lemonade Flavored Frosting

Preparation Directions
* HEAT oven to 250°F. Coat 2 15 x 10-inch baking sheets with no-stick cooking spray. Place popped popcorn in large bowl.
* REMOVE foil from frosting container. Microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Pour over popcorn mixture. Stir to coat evenly.
* SPREAD evenly on prepared baking sheets. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until crunchy, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. May be stored in airtight container for up to one week.

The vodka? Well I am sure you can find some drink that calls.....

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 11:07:05 PM PST
Lyn says:
I have combined two recipes. The first is for a baked Chicken Roulade and the second for a Red Pepper Coulis which is a sauce you pour over it..

Baked Chicken Roulade

4 skinned and boned chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 lb.)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (5-oz.) package baby spinach
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons olive oil
12 fresh thin asparagus spears (about 1 lb.)
Wooden picks
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons dry white wine
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons drained capers

1. 1. Preheat oven to 425°. Place chicken between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap, and flatten to 1/4-inch thickness using flat side of a meat mallet or rolling pin. Sprinkle chicken with pepper and salt.
2. 2. Sauté spinach and 2 minced garlic cloves in 2 tsp. hot oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat 1 minute or until spinach begins to wilt. Transfer spinach mixture to a plate. Wipe skillet clean.
3. 3. Spoon spinach mixture over each breast, leaving a 1/2-inch border around edges. Top with asparagus, and roll up, starting at 1 short side. Tuck in ends of chicken, and secure with wooden picks.
4. 4. Melt 3 Tbsp. butter with 2 Tbsp. olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat; add chicken. Cook 6 to 8 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Transfer skillet to oven, and bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate, and cover loosely with aluminum foil to keep warm.
5. 5. Make Red Peper Coulis. Spoon sauce over chicken. Serve immediately.

Red Pepper Coulis

* 2 red bell peppers, seeded and diced (or two jarred roasted whole red peppers)
* 2 shallots, peeled and diced
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* ½ cup chicken stock
* 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
* salt & pepper to taste

Sauté peppers and shallots in olive oil 4 to 5 minutes. Add chicken stock, cover and simmer 10 minutes. Remove lid and let most of liquid evaporate. Puree in blender with salt and pepper. Add 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 11:07:26 PM PST
Lyn says:
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's learning how to dance in the rain !



Posted on Feb 18, 2013 11:12:12 PM PST
Lyn says:
Yes, if a link does not work, please tell me. Sigh.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 11:24:18 PM PST
Leo Little says:
@Robb...great start...enjoyed the travel update....tharr be whale me matey...

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 11:26:55 PM PST
Lyn says:
It would have been nice to get a little closer on our impromptu chase but we had fun.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 12:18:07 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 19, 2013 12:19:18 AM PST
Lyn says:
For Wendy and all those with furbabies

ps liked your thought of the day :)

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 12:18:12 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 19, 2013 12:28:01 AM PST
ebook addict says:
All my wish lists disappeared. When I try to add a book to my wish list, it says to create a wish list. I hope this is just a temporary problem. Is there a limit to how many books you can have on a single wish list or how many you can have in total on all wish lists combined?

ETA - Thank goodness they are still there. I can see them when I go to my account, just can't add books on the book product page.

ETA - working again. I have never had this happen before.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 1:05:16 AM PST

Great opening! I love your quotes and your Thought of the Day. The Chicken Roulade looks yummy.

I'm going to quickly post a book and head off to get my beauty sleep. I'll be back tomorrow with a better mindset. ❤

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 1:30:57 AM PST
Good morning everyone! A Freebie to start the day...

Cupcakes For Two - Cooking

No one can resist the temptation of a delicious homemade cupcake-- but many people don't want the two dozen cupcakes, long mixing and messy clean-up that accompany conventional recipes. That's where Cupcakes for Two comes into play: featuring ten small-batch recipes, it's the perfect solution for couples and singles who want their cupcakes, and want to eat them, too.

Some of the recipes you will find in his cookbook include:

Champagne Cupcakes
Chocolate Cupcakes
Lemon Pound Cupcakes
And many more....

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 3:06:03 AM PST
From my wishlist.....
The Hustle (A Ridley Brone Mystery)

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 4:23:00 AM PST
This is the first kindle book that I got and read on kindle for PC
It was very good. I even got and paid for the second book...The third should be out this spring..
Her Dear and Loving Husband (The Loving Husband Trilogy)
by the same author
Victory Garden A Novel
Woman of Stones

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 5:15:57 AM PST
Lyn says:
I know that when we did the secret santa that wish lists ranged from zero to over 200 but I am glad that it seems to be only a little glitch. I know a couple of weeks ago that the "this many new posts since your last visit" would not go back to zero but kept accumulating. Then it would clear fotr a few minutes and then switchback. And it was on two computers. Weird things happen.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 5:17:22 AM PST
Lyn says:
Hopefully that is a good sign that you are headed to bed by 1 rather than 2 or 3 or 4 am.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 5:20:14 AM PST
Lyn says:
Tuesday, February 19th 2013, 03:40 AM PST (366)

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 6:11:08 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
Thank you for the great start today. I loved the pictures. Oh, to be Joyce (85) and Sylvia (94) and able to travel like that at their ages. It's inspiring. That sunset/rise is beautiful. Some of your photos would be beautiful framed.

I should probably do something today, but right now I'm being lazy and telling myself I can wait a few more minutes. After such a hard day Sunday, working to put things away yesterday, looks like another rough one today. So, maybe I'll use that as an excuse to do very little today. lol I need to order Son new shoes (easier to find 12 4E online than in store), is that work??

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 6:15:35 AM PST
Lyn says:
It has been eerily quiet in here for the last few days. Hopefully everyone is just recharging their batteries.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 6:17:30 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 19, 2013 6:19:26 AM PST
Lyn says:
I would say why isn't Son ordering his own new shoes? While you supervise his choice(s).

I should probably add a smiley or two :)

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 6:23:49 AM PST
Lob I tried to email you but no email on your profile so hope I don't embarrass you here. Your kindness is humbling and amazing. NOT FREE Morgue Drawer Next Door NOT FREE I am not articulate enough to express my gratitude. I'm not accustomed to being spoiled with such kind and thoughtfulness much less from new friends. May G-d bless for the tears of joy and feeling of being cared for you have given to me. I send you virtual hugs and thank you a million times over. I'm guessing I need stick some 99 cent books on wish list bc you guys look at them a lot lol. I've asked in the past for someone to explain to me how people are posting free books from others wish lists. Do you look randomly at diff wish lists and pick books to check prices? I've not been able to figure out what you're all doing to post sooooo many books at a time on here. I'm still learning the ropes I guess. Ty again lob xoxoxo

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 6:24:44 AM PST
Lyn says:
They enjoyed themselves. They did what they could within their abilities. Joyce went snorkeling a couple of times. Yes, she had a full time "keeper" who was by her side the entire time but she did it. They went on the more sedate beach walks and took all the skiff rides. I would love to be that active at that age.

Wait until Thursday's sunset.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 6:24:52 AM PST
Zoo! I caught you finally lol. I've not seen you in a few days xox

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 6:38:03 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
Last week was a bit rough physically, so I wasn't on so much. After my marathon shopping Sat I could barely move Sun. Then Hubby took Mon off to take Son to get his belated Christmas gift, so I had some time to put away all that stuff from Sam's where I restocked the kitchen. Of course, once they were back, I spent time with them.

How are you doing today?? I hated seeing how sick you've been. Hope you are recovering and the new house hunting job is progressing.
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