Happy for no Reason

I love October. Always have, always will because it’s my birth month. Because it’s the beginning of the Autumn season. The temperatures are cooler and if I slept, it would make for good sleeping weather.

I celebrated my birthday this year by treating myself to a trip to Carlsbad, CA. A city just outside of San Diego. I spent four days at a Hilton resort and I had an amazing time. Just 4 days away from my everyday life. Don’t get me wrong, I love my everyday life but sometimes you have to step away to recharge and rejuvenate. I don’t take these vacations for granted because I always come back so refreshed and ready to take on anything.

While in Carlsbad I visited the Ocean Pearl Spa and was treated to a wonderful facial and massage. I visited several restaurants and ate everything that I wanted and gave no thought whatsoever to calories. I also visited the San Diego Zoo Safari Park where I learned about the importance of “shade grown” and “fair trade” coffee as well as the very intense mating habits of the rhinoceros.

This is the 1-bedroom villa that was my home for 4 days.

Once I found Bobby's I had breakfast there twice. On my birthday I received my meal for half off and my server, Gail, surprised me with a piece of cheesecake at 9am!

I had this amazing dish at Cicciotti's Trattoria Italiana in Carlsbad Village. It was shrimp, scallops and a huge lobster tail on a bed of pappardelle pasta in a red cream sauce.

Mufasa

Mother and daughter

I love the west coast. The atmosphere is different somehow. Not just the weather but the attitude of the residents. Everyone just seemed happy. Happy for no reason. As I get older, I realize more and more that happiness is truly a choice and that we can be happy for no reason no matter what the circumstances. Life is a gift and gifts are meant to be enjoyed.

Once I came home I decided to give myself one last birthday present.

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