We went to the International Gem & Jewelry Show this weekend in Chantily, VA and had no problem shopping. Normally you are shoulder to shoulder at this show but the crowds were quite manageable. We were in and out in a couple of hours with about 3/4 of the items we had on our purchase list. And we behaved! We only bought off our list for a change.
If you ever have a chance to sail to Alaska, do it! If you can save up a little more to be able to stay in The Haven Courtyard on Norwegian Cruise Lines, do it! For our anniversary Peg and I decided we would take our first cruise to Alaska. NCL sales called us, last minute, and offered us a deal to upgrade to a penthouse in The Haven Courtyard aboard the Norwegian Pearl. We did and it was fantastic! The Bird of Paradise Courtyard Suite Room 14014 (an S5 level penthouse suite) would be our home for the seven day cruise which started in Seattle, Washington.