A Blog From Heidi

December 30, 2008 -

John Heald

Hello Everyone.

It’s Heidi here. I thought I would write to you to wish you all a very happy new year as I am sure John will forget in tomorrow’s blog. My tummy is getting bigger and the Thingy feels like a flock of butterflies live in there with the Thingy especially at night. It is a wonderful feeling though. I wanted to thank all of you who sent Christmas cards and baby gifts. I have sent you all cards, as well, so I hope you get them soon. I read the comments you write on the blog everyday and so many contain such kind words for John and I so thank you so very very much.

John has a cold or if you listen to him he is “extremely ill.” He has a runny nose, a sore throat, a bit of a cough and every few minutes his eyes fill with water: He is currently in bed telling me and anyone else who will listen that he has the flu. He does not have the flu. He has a cold. The same cold that I have had and hundreds of thousands of other people here in the UK have had. John refuses to say that he has a cold because that is not manly enough. So John says he has the flu because that makes him sound less of a wimp. Is that how you spell wimp or is it whimp? In Dutch we would say “zeurpiet.” It is also an excuse for him to stay in bed, watch re-runs of the Sopranos and West Wing and for me and the Thingy to feed him poached eggs and chicken soup all day.

Actually I may be being a bit cruel here because he hates not writing a blog each day, and even on Sunday’s when he takes a day off, he worries that he is letting you all down. So when he asked me to write to you today to apologize that he isn’t feeling well, then my sympathy level went up just a bit as I know he hates not to blog.

John will be back tomorrow with a New Year’s Eve Blog, he won’t miss two in a row for sure but he has asked me to remind you to please post your suggestions for the awards he sent in yesterday. If you missed them, here they are.

1. YOUR FAVORITE CARNIVAL SHIP ……………..AND WHY
2. THE OUTSTANDING CARNIVAL CREW MEMBER AWARD
3. THE OUTSTANDING CARNIVAL SHORESIDE EMPLOYEE AWARD
4. THE BEST CARIBBEAN PORT OF CALL
5. THE BEST NON-CARIBBEAN PORT OF CALL
6. THE BEST ONBOARD SHOW FEATURING THE DANCERS AND SINGERS
7. THE BEST CARNIVAL SHIPBOARD ENTERTAINER AWARD
8. YOUR FAVORITE ONBOARD DINNER MENU ITEM
9. YOUR FAVORITE ONBOARD DESSERT
10. THE BEST BLOG GUEST INTERVIEW AWARD – who, out of the year’s captains, corporate executives and special guests I interviewed, did you find to be the most captivating?

The other thing I was asked to tell you was that he will have a very special interview tomorrow with Joe Farcus who will talk about how he turned a Dream into reality……I came up with that all on my own by the way. I have read the interview and it is wonderful so please read the blog tomorrow.

I am now going to introduce the new Beach Ball commercial, which is so much fun. Here is Stephanie to do what she does and put the video on the blog. John asked me for your comments on this one, as well

It’s been a busy few weeks with Christmas and all that goes with it and as soon as the New Year’s celebrations are over I will have to start preparing myself for John’s departure back to work. I shall miss him very much but our relationship has had a problem these past few weeks and I feel I need to tell you about it.

My name is Heidi Heald and I’m not “nomophobic” hyphen (the hyphen button is broken) the new disease identified by scientists and suffered by those who are dependent on their Blackberry or mobile phone.

But I know a man who is. In fact, I’m married to him. And last weekend we spent a “romantic” night at a hotel in Manchester where, we discovered on arrival, there was no Blackberry (Raspberry, as John calls it) reception.

So, I spent most of our stay in the room watching TV while he stood in the parking lot in the pouring rain, his hand stretched to the grey skies trying to get a signal to write to PA 007 and screaming loudly about Manchester being “a third world country.”

Over the years, I have come to accept that there are three of us in our marriage.

But unlike Princess Diana dealing with Camilla, the third party in our marriage is a sleek, slim model called Blackberry Bold.

She’s there at breakfast every day, interrupting whatever precious time we have to talk to each other before the day starts. She has his undivided attention all day, even when he goes to the toilet to do his you know what’s, it never leaves his side.

She’s with us at the table when we dine in restaurants, ever present in the car, cinema and when we watch TV. Gotverdomme (that’s a Dutch swear word by the way, sorry) she’s even there in bed at night. The only respite I ever get from the bloody thing is on a flight, and now I learn that air passengers will soon be able to use their Blackberrys in mid-air and as John would say……..bugger!

Even though he is in bed with a nose full of snot (that’s snot in Dutch which is the same in English) and between coughing he will reach next to him and check his Blackberry.

I do actually own a Blackberry but it is on silent mode permanently.

Unlike John, it’s not my life support machine, where the beeping noise indicating an e-mail has arrived is responded to with all the urgency of Jack Bauer saving the world on 24.

I will miss John very much but I won’t miss his girlfriend. I only hope one day that when he takes it into the toilet he drops it into the bowl and the Blackberry becomes a Brownberry. I think John’s sick sense of humor has been rubbing off on me, don’t you?

Gelukkig Nieuw Jaar (Happy New Year) everyone and thank you for being such wonderful friends

Heidi, John, The Blackberry and the Thingy

Hi, I’m John, and this is my blog. So please don’t mistake my opinions — or those of my dear friends, fans or commenters — for those of Carnival Cruise Line or Carnival Corporation. My apologies in advance for anything I may say that upsets you, but this disclaimer covers Carnival and puts the blame directly on me………….. bugger.