Back in September 2022, my MIL (mother in law) turned 75 years old. For her birthday CSP and I decided to take her on this Bermuda cruise we’d already booked for April 2023. I arranged the character call and Mickey called my MIL himself to tell her she was going on her very first cruise!!!
We woke up early today and piled into my car and set off down the road for Florida! First we dropped our dogs off at the vet for boarding. Then in St. Augustine we stopped in to Buc-ee’s (of course)!
We made it to our hotel in Titusville, FL after some delays due to car accidents on I95. We went to dinner at Third Culture in Titusville. It was soooo good!
The service was spotty, but the food was amazing! I had the best cauliflower ever!
After dinner we went back to the hotel and got ready for bed. It was a long drive down and I was exhausted! Plus we have a big day tomorrow! We’re boarding the Disney Fantasy!!!
BBs! We are finally here! The finale! Praise be. I’m so tired of Zach. He’s so boring and problematic! More on that later. Let’s dive in…
We start in LA where Ariel comes out looking stunning! A says she’s hurt because at her last Rose Ceremony she didn’t know Zach had gone back on his word and had sex with Gabi. A didn’t find out until she watched it on tv! And apparently Z had AMPLE time to tell Ariel all about his mess up, but he didn’t. Zach comes out on stage and Ariel confronts him. She is SO poised and elegant. She wants to know why he wasn’t honest with her when his whole brand is honesty. A dresses Z down so well I applaud her! You’re better off without him sweetie!
Back to Thailand. We are treated to yet ANOTHER shower scene starring Khaki Zach and no soap! COME ON ABC. He’s not even that ripped! Ugh. Anyway, Zach’s family is in Thailand ready to meet his women. We have mom, dad, and 2 sisters. Gabi meets the fam first but before they go inside she and Z sit down for a chat. G says she feels guilty and conflicted after the last Rose Ceremony when Z confesses that they had sex in front of God and the world, WITHOUT G’s consent!!! G says she feels like a mistake. Z reassures her and halfheartedly apologizes and they go inside to meet the family. Personally I feel like she let him off the hook too easily.
Family time goes great and afterward Gabi tells Z she’s in love with him.
The next day it’s Kaity’s turn to meet the family. K gets all emotional talking with Z’s parents. And afterwards, unsurprisingly, K tells Z she’s in love with him.
Next up are the final dates. First Kaity and Zach hike to a waterfall and make out. You can see straight through the back of K’s white pants. That night they make out and chat about their feelings. The next day Z and Gabi go horseback riding to the beach. Z keeps talking (his fatal flaw) about his big decision and how he doesn’t know what he’s going to do. G gets v emotional about the whole thing. Why doesn’t he know yet? Why doesn’t he pick her first?
Both girls wear v cheeky swim suits. Is this the style now? To have your tush out for the world to see?? Back in my day (says the old lady), we dug our swim suits OUT of our bums!!! I digress.
That night Zach tells Gabi he’s falling in love with her, but he tells the camera he’s still not sure who he’s going to pick.
Jesse helps Zach pick out a stunner of a ring. Guess Neil Lane couldn’t make the trip.
Gabi arrives first looking amazing. She has killer legs. She gets to Zach and he’s talking about how great she is then says “BUT” and Gabi knows right then that it’s not her getting a ring today. Zach keeps talking (UGH, what did I tell you) even though G has turned away and is crying and is saying I don’t want to hear it. He just keeps going until she says “stop” and it’s like he can’t help himself. ALL she wants to do now is leave and here Z is following her talking talking talking when G does. not. want. to. hear. it!!! He walks her to the car and my heart is breaking for her. Just SHUT UP Zach!!!
Gabi is crying on stage with Jesse. She said in the car leaving the proposal site that there’s something wrong with her (SO UNTRUE) and she’s unlovable (AGAIN, FALSE) and that she’s humiliated (WAY TO GO ABC). Gabi looks amazing but is still upset. And rightfully so. Z comes out. G says that on their Fantasy Suites date Z said that their sex was just between us. Then he turns right around and broadcasts it to the world! SO SELFISH. Gabi tells Z “I wish you would have just sent me home when you knew”. Z apologizes but between you and me, it’s not enough. I HATE how they (Z & ABC) humiliated her on tv just to get back to the old formula. Z should have sent her home when he knew!
Zach proposes to Kaity and while I like K a lot I’m still upset with Z over Gabi so I’m a bit salty.
Z & K say they are moving in together in Austin and planning for a 2025 wedding. Congrats! Jesse asks Zach when did Z know that K was the one and Z says it was on their last chance date. BOOM. So he could have sent Gabi home instead of stringing her along and making her suffer through one last date and the proposal day. But he didn’t. UGH. I hope Khaki Pants Zach is better to you Kaity, than he was to Gabi.
Well BBs, thank the LORD that’s over and we can move on to Charity’s Bachelorette season! See you in June!!! xo 🌹
BBs- this week is Fantasy Suites, or as Khaki Zach calls it, SEX WEEK!!! Bahahaha! At least we are able to see some stunning views of Thailand while we watch!
Us lucky, lucky viewers are treated to yet another soapless shower scene with Khaki Zach. Then Z tells Jesse he’s decided any and all sex is off the table this week. Good luck with that Z! Even Jesse tells Z he’s going to be tempted.
First lady to date sexless Zach this week is Ariel. They have the best date of the week and go to a Night Market where they eat all manner of bugs and worms and crickets. At Fake Dinner Z tells Ariel there will be no sex and she’s visibly disappointed, but at this point she’s already spilled to Z that she’s falling in love with him so she’s stuck with him for the night. The next morning they look happy and talk about their cuddle sesh the night before. So that’s one down, 2 to go!
Next up is Gabi and before she even meets up with Khaki Zach she’s spiraling. Gabi is ALL in her head about being chosen second and being cheated on in the past, etc. So after G & Z take a cool pirate ship to a private island G gets super emotional and starts crying about looking ugly and crusty and feeling gross in front of Z. Z reassures G that she’s beautiful and she feels better. Over Fake Dinner, Z tells Gabi there will be no sex and she’s shocked, especially because she just told the man she’s falling in love with him. G says “I won’t seduce you”. They go to their v cool suite over the water where…..they have sex! So Z’s iron resolve didn’t stand a chance against G and her wiles!
The next day Z tells J he had sex with G and he’s feeling all this guilt now and wants to tell the other girls. Uh, NOT a good idea there Zach! But Z goes and tells G that he wants to tell the other girls and G is NOT happy about this turn of events at all. She feels like it’s their personal business and it shouldn’t be shared. Z tells G he’s falling in love with her.
Kaity’s date is next. They paddle around in a jungle river in a kayak in the rain for a while. Sexy! Then they sit on this rando bench in the jungle river to talk. That’s where Zach spills the beans to K that’s he’s had sex this week. K gets understandably V V upset at this news. She knew it was a possibility but why spell it out for her Z? What did he expect? A fist bump?? K wants to go home. That night Kaity shows up for Fake Dinner even though she was NOT happy, but she somehow manages to rally and has a great attitude! We don’t get a morning after shot so who knows what happened, or didn’t.
Kaity & Ariel look stunning in their brightly colored dresses, but Gabi’s dress looks kinda cheaply made. Shame, because she’s a gorgeous girl. Kaity, the obvious favorite, gets the first rose. Then Gabi. That means Ariel is going home. And just to rub salt in the wound, Zach for some reason, feels the need to talk about how he said he was going to abstain this week and failed. So Ariel knows he knocked boots with at least one of the other girls! UGH Did Zach learn NOTHING from stupid, stupid Clayton??
Z walks Ariel out and while A says she’s deeply hurt, our girl doesn’t shed a single tear! He’s not worth it anyway Ariel!!! He’s khaki pants come to life!
While Z is attending to Ariel, Kaity turns to Gabi and says I know you are the only one. Gabi says she feels like she’s wearing the Scarlett Letter. Nice reference!
BBs- it’s time for one of my favorite episodes! All of the season’s drama condensed into one episode. But this season has been a bit of a yawn fest, so am I expecting too much??
We start with Jesse and Zach gate crashing Bachelor viewing parties, which does not bode well for the Women Tell All part of the evening. Finally Jesse introduces the women and I swear there are ladies there I’ve never seen before! Night one girls who were sent home before we could learn their names I suppose.
They show a montage of all the drama that took place this season, then the ladies just start in on each other! Everyone is talking over everyone else and it’s pure chaos. Also, there is so much highlighter, bronzer, and fake tanner on that stage it looks like a herd of oompa loompas exploded!
The first subject of the ladies’ ire is Christina Mandrell. Cracks me up how she’s the only woman allowed a last name. We GET it. You’re famous adjacent! Anyway, the girls are talking about how mean Christina was on the show and she’s just sitting there with her orange hands (you gotta wear gloves when you apply the fake tanner, sweetie) not saying a word. Finally she says she isn’t used to people saying she makes others feel uncomfortable and she just needs to learn to shut up. And BBs, that’s the last we hear from her all episode!
Jess takes the hot seat and Jesse makes sure to mention her body glitter! Bahaha!!! It WAS blinding, but you do you Jess!
Greer is next and Jesse says we have to address the controversy surrounding Greer’s tweets defending a friend who wore blackface. Jesse notes that the show hasn’t done a good job in the past addressing racist behaviors and boy is he right! Greer apologizes and says all the right things so let’s hope she (and others) have learned.
Kat & Charity follow Greer’s turn in the hot seat (separately) and their interviews about their journeys are v emotional but otherwise unremarkable.
Then it’s time for some deleted scenes and finally here’s the content I’m looking for! A twerking lesson! A tortilla slap fight! SO funny!
Zach comes on stage and the girls address him and their heartbreak and he’s just so blah. He offers some generic platitudes and we move on to bloopers. Zach is apparently a V sweaty man!
Next week is Fantasy Suites, or as Jesse delights in saying, SEX WEEK. Apparently Z decides there will be no sex but fails to hold up his end of the bargain so many, many tears ensue. Honestly, will he please just go ahead and pick Kaity and let’s be done with it? Why put Ariel and Gabi through all the heartache?
Finally, after hinting all night that he’s going to change one lady’s life, Jesse tells Charity that she’s the next Bachelorette! Yay! I called it! She’s so poised and beautiful, the Disney princess of Bachelor Nation.
BBs it is Hometowns week!!! I love this episode because we get to see where these people come from and their families AND we get to watch the Bachelor squirm a bit!
Gabi’s hometown is up first and it’s all v LL Bean with flannel shirts and crunchy leaves and tapping a tree for maple syrup. OF COURSE the sexual innuendos are flying whilst Zach and Gabi are boring a hole into a tree, trying to get syrup. “Is it sticky?” “It’s kind of warm.” Lord help us all! Later they meet up with Gabi’s family, including her look alike older sister Chloe. Everyone is super nice to Z and no one is hard on him or too skeptical about the whole deal. Gabi tells Z she’s falling in love with him, natch.
Ariel – NYC
Zach and Ariel take a food tour around the city, stopping for pizza, and a cow tongue sandwich. Then later A & Z meet up with A’s family at what looks like a restaurant. We find out that Ariel’s parents escaped religious persecution in the Soviet Union. But it is A’s brother Bobby who’s the toughest on Zach. “Why should Ariel pick you? When’s her birthday? What’s her middle name?” And of course Z doesn’t know the answers to these basic questions because he’s only spent a cumulative 45 minutes with Ariel and 39 of those minutes were spent making out!!! Z says he’s looking at the bigger picture and they’ll have years to learn all the “small details”. Hmmmm. Ariel also tells Zach that she’s falling in love with him.
Charity – Columbus, GA
BIG family gathering. Like 20 people big. Charity’s family is SUPER nice to Zach, even though they are all scared she’s going to be hurt again. Later Z & C go line dancing and Charity tells him she’s falling in love. Z, ever the silver tongued devil, responds with “Wild. I know, it’s crazy.” Which is totally Z code for “You’re going home”.
Kaity- Austin, TX
I bet you that Z & Kaity knew of each other before the show. I’ll also bet she’s been his favorite since day 1 and will be his pick. Z tells K he missed her when they reunite. They have a gasp!, normal, date. They go grocery shopping then back to her place to put together an IKEA bookcase. Later they go see her family. By this part of the show, K has mentioned numerous times that she’s been let down by men in the past. But even K tells Z she’s falling in love with him and his smile looks the most genuine.
Back in LA, Sean Lowe shows up to counsel our man Z again! Does Z not have any other friends??
Ariel gets the first rose. Then Kaity, then Gabi. What did I tell you??? Charity is going home. She’s instantly in tears and Z walks her out, spitting out a bunch of platitudes like “I’ve been sick to my stomach all day over this”. Z says he can’t give her the love she deserves. Once in the car, Charity repeats this and says “I don’t even know what that freaking means”. I do! I bet it means she’s the next bachelorette!!!
Next up is the Women Tell All. Let’s hope it’s more exciting and far less formulaic than this entire season has been!!! Until then BBs. xo 🌹
Hello my BBs! It is week 7- the week before Hometowns! We are in gorgeous Budapest, Hungary this week.
Kaity & Zach tour the city and eventually happen upon a random typewriter where they write each other little love notes. That night they have Fake Dinner at a bath house where K reveals to Z that she’s lost 2 father figures in her life. Her biological father left the family when she was really young and her stepdad left when she was in 8th grade. She’s in tears and is super emotional and Z is tripping over his words then finally just kisses her. She gets the rose.
The ladies arrive at a theatre where there’s a magician/mentalist there with Zach. He does some trickery on all the girls and exposes their biggest insecurities. Ariel is too guarded! Charity was cheated on! Etc. By the end of it all the girls are in tears. Fun times! The tears continue at the after party. Except for Ariel who hilariously tells Z (and us) that her dad thinks the Bachelor is nothing but orgies! Bahahaha!!! Gabi gets the rose. Kat gets really upset that Gabi gets the rose.
The next day Greer is back! Back from her 6 day quarantine because of Covid. She’s all excited and giddy to see Z. She goes to his room and he does not beat around the bush at all. She’s barely sat down on the sofa before he tells her he doesn’t see a future with her. Greer is in TEARS y’all. Like messy, black rivulets of tears streaming down her wee face. They flew her to Hungary to get dumped on national television! Savage! And you know she’s got to sit in coach all the way back home now!
Brooklyn and Zach ride bikes around the city. Then they go up in a balloon, and go to yet another giant bath house. Is there NOTHING else to do in Budapest other than bathe??? My skin’s all prunie just thinking about it!
That night over Fake Dinner Brooklyn shares that her grandpa raised her. He stepped in when her father stepped out. Z feels it getting heavy so he steps out for a moment to think. He comes back & says Brooklyn deserves love that he can’t give. She breaks down into tears and Z walks her out. At this point they are both crying while Brooklyn tells Z what a great guy he is and thank you (!!!) for everything. Really?? Why are these women so easy on him when he dumps them?? I’d pay for someone to smack him across the face or insult the man or at least get a bit salty! I apologize for inciting violence, I don’t really want anyone to slap him, but this is ridiculous!!!
There’s no cocktail party because there’s only 1 girl to send home since everyone else was dumped throughout the week! Kat does not get a rose, therefore she is going home.
Next week is Hometowns & Women Tell All! Woot!!! Until then BBs! xo 🌹
Bbs- we’re in Estonia this week! Let’s dive right in!
Charity finally gets her 1-1 since Zach’s Covid cancelled it last week. Z comes to pick Charity up for their date but then Kat steals him away for a make out sesh in the hallway. RUDE. The other girls DO NOT LIKE this at all and are vocal about it to Kat after Charity leaves with Zach. Kat is so clueless she legit sees nothing wrong with what she did. Charity and Z take a horse drawn carriage around town then compete in a Wife Carrying Contest! At Fake Dinner Charity reveals that her last relationship was emotionally abusive. It must be weird to sit down to Fake Dinner and have like 4-6 minutes to dive right in to all of your past trauma. Maybe Fake Dinner lasts longer in real life and it’s all just editing but it feels like hurry up and verbally vomit all over this man so you can get the rose. Speaking of, Charity gets the rose.
The next day Brooklyn verbally jumps all over Kat about how Kat stole Charity’s moment. B tells K to get her head out of her ass! Girl’s not wrong! Charity says she had to block the incident out to enjoy her date. Kat is still clueless to her wrongdoing. Sigh.
The girls and Z go visit an Estonian Healing Witch who is going to help Z find out if love is in his future with these women. Jess has been in her head and worried all day about still not having a 1-1 date. When Z and Jess have to hold on to a candle and look into each other’s eyes through the flame the wind blows their candle out! FORESHADOWING! At the After Party, Jess is an emotional wreck and is crying during her time with Z. She’s complaining about not having a 1-1 and he’s trying to reassure her but they just aren’t connecting. The conversation escalates quickly. She says “I’m not going to beg for you” through her tears and Z walks her out. He goes back to the group and tells them Jess is gone and no one is getting a rose tonight.
ABC, who plans these dates?? Drunks?? Ariel and Zach go to a sauna and they find out it is a nudist sauna. They sit down in a sauna room in their bathing suits and a nakey couple joins them. Then A & Z go to a hot tub later and the nakey couple follows them and joins them in the hot tub too. Later they have Fake Dinner, make out, and Ariel gets the rose but I honestly can’t recall anything notable about the rest of their date. Z seems really into her though.
Charity pulls Kat aside to chat, presumably about how Kat stole Char’s moment. But then Brooklyn walks up just as Kat is saying she stands by what she did. So Kat storms off in a huff, refusing to talk.
Kat gets the last rose and Ally gets sent home. BTW, Greer is absent this week because she has Covid.
BBs! I was on a cruise last week so today I caught up on the last 2 episodes! This week we’re in London! There was much pip pipping and tally ho-ing going on.
Gabi and Zach go to a 300 year old perfumery and make their own fragrance called Zabi. They have their own butler, play with corgis, have high tea, try on ball gowns, and do a bunch of shopping. Gabi goes back to the hotel and shows everything to the other v jealous girls. Greer gets so upset she gets up and leaves the room in tears. She is crying in the hallway when Gabi comes by trying to get to her room with her shopping bags and ball gown in tow. AWKWARD.
Gabi puts on the beautiful ball gown and Jimmy Choos (yet doesn’t do anything special with her hair, hmmm). She shares that in her past relationships she wasn’t made to feel seen or beautiful or special. Then UB40 (!) performs and Gabi gets the rose.
Before the girls can leave for the date they receive a note from Zach that he’s under the weather and won’t be joining them. The girls are all upset but still go out on a double decker bus tour. The girls are all moping about and then it starts to rain on them. Once the rain stops though, they have a change of heart and try to make the best of the situation and start to have fun touring London.
The ladies get all dressed up but a butler appears with a message from Z saying he’s still not feeling well enough to join them. Tears all around!
Welp, Z tests positive for Covid! So no date for Charity. She’s visibly upset by the news.
Virtual Cocktail Party
Z has the Covid but the show must go on so each girl files into a separate room and is able to have some 1-1 time with Zach virtually- via FaceTime and an iPad. Greer makes an odd comparison while speaking to Z about his Covid compared to when she had Covid at the end of a sales quarter. Z doesn’t like his quest for love being compared to sales quotas and expresses this to Greer. Greer gets all upset and cries thinking she has ruined her chances with him. Meanwhile, Z is upset and emotional over having to do everything virtually, but that’s show biz, baby!
Virtual Rose Ceremony
Greer gets the last rose and is in tears. Kylee and Mercedes (honestly forgot who she was before this episode) go home.
This morning I woke up at 4:40 am for some reason and couldn’t get back to sleep. We went to breakfast at Meridian at 6:30 am. We had been given instructions where to wait to be called for debarkation. Last night we all discussed and agreed that we would carry our own luggage off the ship so we could leave the ship earlier than if we let the porters take our luggage. So after breakfast CSP parked me on deck 5 by Pixels (the photo shop) and brought up the luggage to wait. We had been told that debarkation would begin at 7:45 for Diamond & Platinum passengers and that they would start calling us by our muster stations.
We were seated on deck 5 by 7:30 am, listening for the announcement. 7:45 came and went. Then 8. 8:15. 8:30. 8:45. We are restless and thirsty and ready to go!!! NO announcement. Finally at 9 am they called for Diamond, Platinum, and A4. That’s us! A4! Meanwhile my parents had a different muster station and were camped out elsewhere on the ship. We took the elevator down to deck 3 to debark, but everything was shut off- doors closed. One of the guys in our elevator group opened one of the closed doors and we made our way through a restaurant to the debarkation area on deck 3, hauling all our luggage btw. As soon as we reached the open doors to debark the Carnival peeps shut down one of the debarkation lines! So we all had to file out in one line. And let me tell you, there were a LOT more people in that lobby than just Diamond, Platinum, or A4! It felt like all of humanity was crowded into that lobby!
We made it off the ship, down the gangway, and into the terminal. We took a turn and were just following everyone else when we just stopped. The line halted. No idea why. We couldn’t see anything from where we stood. Just a looooong line ahead of us as well as behind us. We stayed that for over 20 minutes. Then finally, movement! We had to take the elevator downstairs so we had to wait a few minutes in that line. Then we made it to the luggage area. Along with everyone else’s luggage! We were so delayed in our debarkation that we could have had the porters carry off our luggage anyway!!! UGH!!! Instead we’re schlepping our suitcases, CPAP machines, and tote bags like a couple of punks!
Thanks to facial recognition we made it through customs in no time and were outside. CSP said to me “This is different. Where are we??” I stopped an official looking man and asked where was parking deck G, where we had parked- directly across from the terminal 9 days ago?? He took one look at us with all our luggage and said “Oh you’re gonna need an Uber. Parking deck G is a mile and a half that way!” WHAT?!?! We could not believe that Carnival would pick us up at one terminal, causing everyone to park in G, and drop us off at another terminal a mile and a half away!!! Assanine!!!
Meanwhile, my parents were still stuck in the line on the ship. There was an island with benches and giant planters in the middle of the road we were standing on. Keep in mind 4000 people are filing out of the doors behind us and 4000 people are coming straight at us as they were starting to try to board the ship! So CSP parked me and all the luggage next to a planter that I could lean on in the road island and took off on foot to find our car. My parents found me shortly thereafter. At this point it’s just past 9:30 am. Almost 2 hours after we were supposed to start the debarkation process. And we were in the middle of a very busy road with the sun beating down on us. It took CSP an hour and a half (!!!) to get back to us with the car! Everyone that had parked in parking deck G was trying to leave at the same time, so he had to sit through that line, then circle the car back to us. Finally at just past 11 am we drove away from the terminal.
Talk about leaving a sour taste in your mouth at the end of a nice vacation!!! CSP and I decided we will never cruise Carnival again. There was just no communication or order on Carnival’s end and we followed all their rules, so it should have gone more smoothly. It was a logistical nightmare!
Luckily today was Sunday so we didn’t have much traffic to speak of. We stopped at a great Mexican place for lunch in Rockledge, FL and Buc-ee’s for gas and drinks later. We dropped my father & Mimi off at their house in SC and finally pulled into our driveway at 2 am Monday morning! By this time I’d been awake almost 24 hours and driving for most of it.
Even though the trip ended on a sour note with debarkation, we had a great time and are super grateful to my father and Mimi for treating us! We made wonderful memories together!
Today is another day at sea- our last full day of this cruise. We went to breakfast at Meridian. It’s a v cool restaurant. Two levels.
After breakfast we went back to our room to get ready for the day and start organizing everything since we have to pack today. Around noon we stopped back by Pig & Anchor so CSP could get another one of their fabulous Bloody Marys. It’s a drink AND a snack!
We found seats in the Ocean Plaza on deck 5 for General Knowledge Trivia.
My head is full of useless and trivial information but we didn’t do so well! We only got 11 out of 20 correct! DOH!
For lunch we went to JiJi Mongolian Wok. While we were seated at our table we could hear what sounded like a thundering herd above us. I pulled up the ship map on my phone and we found out that JiJi is directly under the basketball court!
JiJi says it’s a build your own stir fry bowl place on the app but in reality you choose from premade mixes that they wok up for you. Also you have to bring your own beverage unless you want water or alcohol.
For instance I asked for no peas and they couldn’t accommodate me because it’s premade (according to our server). I had the shrimp stir fry and CSP got the steak broth. I wish I’d had gotten the broth. Who knew it was like ramen? My stir fry had no sauce or flavor, but CSP loved his dish.
Then we went back down to the lido deck for gelato for me and a slice of cake for CSP. On the way to our room to pack CSP picked up a cheeseburger at Guy’s burger joint. CSP said it was his favorite thing he ate all week! It did look yummy! We went back to our room to shower and get ready for our last dinner, plus pack a bit.
Dinner was back at Reflection.
As you can see, CSP was wearing a hoodie and NOT into dressing for dinner tonight! We chatted with our service team for a bit before we went back to our room. Darwin was leaving the next day to go home to the Philippines for 3 months and had 23 hours of flying ahead of him! Bless!
We have a very early start tomorrow so we finished packing and went right to bed!