The question I am asked most frequently is "When did you find out the themes last year?" I can now tell you with certainty that we found out at 3:37 p.m. Eastern time, Wednesday, April 8, 2009. Or, to put it another way, 36 days in advance.
I'm attaching the email here so first-time cruisers can see exactly what was included. It came from Jeannie Gearhart with the subject line "NKOTB Cruise New Letter / Information." Click to open it larger.
As much as I would like to know about the themes and door decorating this very minute, I have resigned myself to not finding out any earlier than we did last year, and that's okay. However, that doesn't mean I am able to control my compulsive planning, so I've started on a few things.
- I've nearly finished shopping for everything BUT themes.
- Malina and I have come up with a concept for our door design. We have it pretty mapped out in our minds. I may not be able to help myself from starting to lay it out between now and when we actually find out if it's happening, but I'm trying.
- I've decided in my own head that there will be a generic dress to impress night and I've started looking for dresses. This is based on nothing whatsoever other than I think it makes sense to have a generic dress to impress night.
- Even crazier than that, so great is my hope for an 80s night, I have decided exactly what I would want to wear to that and have started buying things. The other day I saw slouch socks in the store - what are the odds?? - so I had to get those. I am at least saving receipts because I know very well that nothing I guess in relation to NKOTB has ever once been right, which puts the odds of there actually being an 80s night somewhere around 0.4%. But if there is I will be prepared! (And if there isn't, you may see me wearing my slouch socks and jelly bracelets around the pool because they are just that cool.)
In actual news, 16 days till final payment is due!