Call Him Master! What It’s Like Being Married to a Tugboat Captain

Here in real time, our real life.

Short and sweet, here’s our emails from about an hour ago.

It reveals all you need to know about how we deal with this long distance marriage thing.

You will notice that he is referred to as MASTER. Isn’t that just the funniest thing ever?

That’s what they call the captain of the vessel….Master.

Sometimes I’ll call him “Master” in public just to freak people out.

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Oh, and he was thanking me for sending him a current weather report. Don’t ask me why he likes whatever forecasting model I use instead of the options he has, but I send him one every day.

And you can tell who talks the most, huh?  This is exactly what we’re like when we’re inches apart as opposed to being separated by thousands of miles.

His word count is four.

Nuff said.

Have a lovely Friday evening, y’all!

Rosebud Salve — A Review

Whenever I learn that a product I like and use is American-made, I want to share that information.
As the proud wife of an American merchant mariner, I know first-hand how important it is to support our country’s services and manufacturing.
Try Rosebud Salve or any of their other products. I think they’re awesome and hope you will, too.
And it doesn’t hurt that we share the same name, right?

Dr. G.F. Smith

The Rosebud Perfume Company, Inc. was founded by George F. Smith in 1895. The business began in a small drugstore across the street from what is now the “Rosebud Building”. The Rosebud Perfume Company, Inc. distributes its salves and lip balms throughout the world and is enjoyed by celebrities, athletes, homemakers, and health care providers alike.

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Cosmetic Uses

Cosmetic Uses: Outline lips with lip liner of your choice about ¼ inches from the outside of your lips toward the center. Then use a lip brush to blend the salve to achieve a “pouty look”.

Use Rosebud Salve alone or over your favorite hue of lipstick to moisturize and give a “dewy effect”.

Apply Rosebud Salve to eyebrows to tame an unruly brow line while also giving sheen.

Rosebud Salve is great on fly-away or frizzy hair. Dab a small amount on the palms of your hands and apply sparingly to tresses.

Use Rosebud Salve as a subtle accent to cheek bones, collar bones, shoulders, or any other body part that you want to moisturize or enhance.

Apply Rosebud Salve lightly to the skin above the eye as a base for powered eye shadow, and then add the desired colors you wish to dazzle your eyes with. The rich emollient properties of the Salve will help to hold that look all day.

All Purpose Uses

Rosebud Salve is perfect for travel as an eye make-up remover, cuticle softener, sunburn easer, dry skin healer, and frizzy fighter. Use Rosebud Salve around the eyes and on the throat for severely parched, dry, or wrinkled skin.

I love it for my feet and heels. If you’ve tried it, what do you like to use it for?

The Best U.S. Cities For Shopping

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From designer handbags and shoes to jaw-dropping diamond encrusted rings and things, it’s no secret that me, Princess Rosebud, LOVES to shop. I mean, shopping’s like a lifelong mission for me; that elusive perfect wedge is a prime example, right?

If you’re interested in shopping as a hobby, then you’re probably aware that it can be paired effectively with summer travel.

Sure, it’s always nice to stroll through local shopping centers with friends window shopping at the same old stores – but a bit of travel can put some adventure into your shopping habit, and give you an excuse to buy a few fun items.

After all, nobody travels to Paris for shopping without making a few unnecessary purchases! So with that in mind, here are a few of the best shopping destinations in the United States, for your summer travel consideration.

Aerial view of Fifth Avenue, New York

Aerial view of Fifth Avenue, New York

If there’s a U.S. equivalent to Paris – an undisputed fashion and shopping capital with world class venues – it’s undoubtedly New York City. Sure, the city is massive and crowded, etc., but truth be told it’s fairly easy to navigate, and the shopping is unparalleled in the United States. 5th Avenue is the most famous shopping district, and offers an eclectic mix of everyday style options (like flagship stores for Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch) and the best names in style and jewelry. Be sure to check out SoHo and the East Village as well for some more unique shopping options and local art.

You might just think of Las Vegas as a hub for gamblers, or a massive cluster of bright lights and fountain streams. And, for the most part, you’d have the right idea. But there’s a high-end, classy side to Vegas as well, and one aspect of it is truly world class shopping.

Aria - Shops@Crystals

Aria – Shops@Crystals

Each resort has some spectacular options (the Bellagio, in particular, is worth a stop), but the ARIA resort is where you’ll find the Shops At Crystals, an incredible modern pavilion of shops, art displays and restaurants that could make a Parisian drool.

It’s not just close proximity to the famous Mall Of America that makes Chicago an incredible shopping destination. Rather, it’s the Magnificent Mile, the midwest’s answer to 5th Avenue in New York. From Saks to Macy’s and Lord & Taylor, to independent boutiques, this Michigan Avenue shopping strip has something for everybody, making it a perfect stop for traveling shoppers.

If this urban shopping district isn’t your thing, check out Wicker Park for some more unique boutiques, local shops and antique stores. And in addition to all this, Chicago has incredible dining options at every turn, to break up your day of shopping.

This is one shopping mecca that I’m definitely visiting again and again — with my Tugboat Man or a fun girly holiday!

P.S. This was a sponsored post.

Halloween didn’t happen; earthquakes, tsunamis, and hurricanes did

Thank you to my commenters for weighing in on what the captain and I should dress up as for our party last night. We never went! In the late afternoon, he started to get a sore throat and was not feeling too good. Since I was recovering from tonsillitis, we thought it best not to spread our germs to friends and others in case he was coming down with the same thing. He seems to be feeling better today; a a quiet evening at home and a good night’s sleep was most likely what he needed more than partying and staying out late. He’s very healthy whereas I seem to get lots of upper respiratory things, prob due to chronic asthma. I really wanted to go as the Captain and MaryAnn! Oh well, there’s always next year, but he might not be here…

I’m making a healthy Veggie Lentil Soup for dinner tonight. It’s pretty easy. Just sauté some onions, celery, carrots in a little veg or olive oil. When they become fragrant, add about 4-6 cups water and 1 1/2 cups dried red lentils. I always rinse lentils first to clean off any dirt, etc. Let it simmer for about an hour, add some broccoli florets and continue cooking until they attain the degree of doneness that you like. I usually use my immersion blender for about half of the soup, I like the rustic piecey part too. I’ll serve with a (not homemade this time) sourdough bread.

Hurricane Sandy
My son’s been in San Francisco for a few days and was supposed to get back to the east coast Monday night. That was not gonna happen, so he changed his flight to tonight, but I don’t think that’s gonna happen either, as he was flying in to New York and I’ve heard that 5000 flights have been cancelled. I’ve texted and emailed him; haven’t heard back, so I’m on mom high alert until I know everything’s OK.

With this superstorm and the earthquakes and tsunamis on the west coast, I’m beginning to freak out! What’s going on? Is this the beginning of the end? Should we load up on hair supplies and Jolen facial bleach? I’m glad I got my roots done on Friday; I’ll be OK for a few weeks. We’re running a little low on toilet paper, that would not be good to run out of that!  I hope everyone is safe back there and up there.

My memories of September 11, 2001

I’m on the west coast, so it was around 6-ish in the morning here. The captain was working locally in the harbor, and had left about 5:15 a.m. I was doing my normal thing, washing dishes, drinking a cup of coffee, and getting ready for work as marketing manager for a catering company. My son was home from college for some reason I can’t recollect right now, but he was asleep. I glanced over at the television and saw breaking news alerts and a picture of smoke billowing from a tall building. I had an ominous sense of foreboding and dropped what I was doing to pay full attention. What I heard and saw could absolutely not be true, but it most tragically was true and was happening right before my eyes and the eyes of the world. I started to become frightened. What did it mean? Were we under attack? What was I supposed to do? I ran upstairs to gently rouse my son. I told him he should come down and watch the news with me; it seemed that something terrible was going on all over the country. He came down and we sat side by side on the sofa and kept saying, “Oh no, oh no, oh no”. Together we watched the second tower come down. At this point, I was officially freaked out and thought of the vulnerable position of our Navy and our harbor. I called the captain on his cell to make sure he was OK and to find out if he knew what was going on and if there were any plans he was involved in to protect our city. He was talking about all vessels being moved out of the harbor–out of potential harm’s way–but he couldn’t talk, and he’d call when he could. I didn’t go to work that day; we were glued to the TV. I didn’t have any friends or relatives anywhere near New York or the Pentagon or Pennsylvania, but my heart went out to everyone who was suffering. The images of loved ones searching for the missing should haunt us forever. That evening my son went to a candlelight vigil on the beach his friends had organized.  This was our generation’s day that will live in infamy. We must never forget.