Essay — Happily Exhausted

Thanks for sharing this!

Tired DogI’m looking forward to relaxing in April since March has been one hectic month.

It started with Daylight Saving Time, moved on to St. Paddy’s Day and the First Day of Spring and now it’s heading into Palm Sunday, Passover, Good Friday, Easter, and Spring Break. On top of that, I’ve just finished a four week Carpenter Country Fitness Program.

The fitness program included all things energetic, like biking, swimming, power walking, aerobics, and other exercises designed to wear a person out. It made me so hungry, I ate everything in sight, and still lost three pounds.

Now three pounds doesn’t sound like much, but I’ve been trying to shed that weight since last year’s vacation. So I’m happy to say I can now button my slacks and won’t need a new wardrobe for this year’s trip–which, I just noticed is coming up in less than four weeks.

It’s a Carnival Cruise…and the ribbing started in February when someone mentioned ships owned by this particular cruise line were experiencing difficulties ranging from fires and faulty generators to mechanical problems.

“Well, stuff happens,” I said, joining in the laughter.

But I stopped laughing when I heard the latest news about another Carnival ship having technical difficulties. Whoa, what kind of track record did this line have? Time to do some research. Unfortunately, information was hard to find since no one agency oversees cruise ships.

However, I’m sure all will go well. If not, April may be as happily exhausting as March.

Especially if a fire breaks out and I have to swim home.


You might also like these posts

Essay — Garden Pests Carpenter Country's weekly dose-of-nature essays tend to reflect the beauty we see. That preference doesn't mean we're oblivious to other aspects of the natural world surrounding us, including those who recently turned the lush stand of four o'clocks into stalky skeletons of their former selves.   Image source: ...
Essay – Clearing the clutter Some days the path ahead is cluttered with debris.   Image source: HL Carpenter   And some days the debris is bagged and ready for disposal.   Image source: HL Carpenter   Are you clearing the clutter from your life?   ***** ***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR ***** HL Carpenter...
Essay — Lizards and snakes, oh my! The hummers have migrated to their winter home. Fortunately, less flighty inhabitants of Carpenter Country are still here. The friendly anoles scramble through the shrubs and take care of garden pests year-round. This little guy was curious about the camera lens and brave enough to stick around while we snapped his pictu...
Essay — In the weeds We're deep in the weeds in Carpenter Country this week. The heroine of our current work in progress wants to be a botanist, and weeds are part of her life.   Image source: HL Carpenter   Weeds are part of our life too, like the scrappy little sidewalk-dwellers pictured above and below.   I...

We write. Visit us in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like our stories, is unreal but not untrue.

Posted in Essays Tagged with: ,