The Cruise Ship – Carnival Elation

Malia and I boarded Carnival Elation around 11:00 on Thursday Morning.  The ship was bigger and better than I could have ever imagined.

There were so many things to do on board: swimming, hanging out in the hot tubs, playing mini golf, attending one of the numerous shows, viewing the art gallery, playing the scheduled trivia games or contest, watching other boats near the shores or out in the ocean, sitting on the deck to enjoy the ocean view, gambling at the ship’s casino, and of course there was tons of delicious food to eat.

The staff was friendly and helpful.  I especially enjoyed how our cleaning staff always created animals out of the towels they left in our room.  It was absolutely adorable.

Just being on the cruise ship was an amazing experience that I will never forget.

Time Traveling Birthday

I devised a plan to travel back in time and make myself one year younger.

Last night, I was walking around downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The clock rolled over to midnight (EST) and it was 10 September, which is my birthday.  I had just turned 44 years old.

At that point, my friends and I hopped into my Jeep and drove west for about 30 minutes.  The clock jumped back one hour, because we changed time zones to CST.

It was 11:30 p.m. and the date was 9 September.  It was the day before my birthday and once again I was 43 years old.  I had successfully traveled back in time and made myself a year younger.  Unfortunately, it only lasted for 30 minutes.

Oh well, that’s how it goes.  The time travel trip was a ton of fun and something I will remember for the rest of my life.

Little Things for Happiness

Life is full of little things that bring happiness, but they are often overlooked.  These little things can brighten up your day and put a smile to your face.

Below is a list of some of the little things that make me happy.

  • Taking a nap
  • Singing while driving
  • Listening to the birds sing
  • Petting dogs
  • Philosophizing with friends
  • Hiking in the woods
  • Watching puppies play
  • Reading books
  • Sitting on a beach
  • Reminiscing with friends and family
  • Playing Scattergories
  • Going to Museums
  • Watching high school football games
  • Getting birthday cards
  • Playing music so loud that I can actually feel it
  • Hanging out at libraries

What are some of the little things that make you happy?

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I Love America 5k and Liberty 1 Mile Fun Run

Today, I completed the I Love America 5K.  Also, Gwen completed the Liberty 1 Mile Fun Run, which was her first charity race.  Both races were sponsored by Whitesburg Christian Academy, in Huntsville, Alabama.

I was so proud of Gwen.  Completing your first charity race can be a bit nerve racking.  There a lot of things happening at the same time and it’s all brand new to you.  However, Gwen didn’t seem nervous at all, actually she took off like a pro.

She also finished like a pro.  Way to go Gwen!