After some shopping, I took my daughter to another Nickelodeon arts and crafts session where we colored tote bags with Sponge Bob on one side and Dora on the other. We even blinged them out with rhinestones. It was really fun to spend time with my daughter doing something so simple that gave us the chance to giggle and gossip with abandon.

I spent the rest of the afternoon at the pool and then grabbed a quick snack of tea and cookies before going to see the Blue Man Group.  The hour and a half long show was mesmerizing. There was drumming and paint flying and audience involved antics. My daughter and I were enthralled. I can't believe I've never seen them perform before and I am hoping I can make it to the "meet the Blue Men" session later in the week where the performers are scheduled to talk about the inception of the group and the shows they do. If you cruise on NCL’s Epic, you must see this show.

The show got out late and my daughter and I decided to grab a quick bite before bed at O'Sheehan's, the ship's Irish Pub. I was relieved that the service was fast and the chicken fingers and mozzarella sticks were hot. It was the perfect midnite snack!

Jenny-Block-Publicity-Shot-250Jenny Block is the author of "Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage" (Seal Hardcover, June 2008 and Seal Paperback, March 2009), which has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. She writes a weekly column for the Dallas Morning News publication Quick called "Sex Talk with Jenny Block" ( Jenny holds both her BA and her MA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and taught college composition for nearly ten years. She writes for a wide variety of publications and websites, including,, American Way, Veranda, the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Voice,,, Spirit,, and