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The Carnival Magic

I love cruising.  To me it is one of the ways I loose complete control of time.  When I was on my recent cruise I didn’t wear a watch, my cell phone was never on, and I could NEVER tell you the time. In fact I didn’t care.

By time my cruise was over, I was beyond relaxed and stress free (2 hours back in my cubicle Monday morning and all that was gone in a snap, but that is is neither here nor there)

We sailed on the Carnival Magic.  It was a beautiful ship.  There was so much to do on the ship it was hard to get bored.  I took a more relaxing approach on the ship, reading on the deck, taking regular naps & meeting the crew of the ship.  If relaxing is not your speed, the ship offered many opportunities to do something a little more active.

I recommend sailing on the ship if you are ever able.  Here are some of my favorite pictures of the ship. 🙂

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Iowa State Capital

It is no secret that it is  my goal to visit every single state capital, it is also not a secret that I am seriously lacking on visiting the capitals.  I have seen a lot but I have not really “visited” So when I happened to find myself in Des Moines, I figured the  likelihood of me visiting again could be slim, so I went.

And let me tell you for a small state, the capital is stunning.


The capital has the option of taking a tour with a guide or a self guided tour, me being who I am, of course choose to be self guided, as I love snapping pictures and going at my own place. 

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I love my home state’s capital in Austin, because I believe the Texas Capital is stunning, but I can say with complete confidence, Iowa would give it a run for it’s money in the stunning factor.

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A few fun facts about the Iowa Capital.

-The original cost of the capital was $2,873,294.59
-298 steps from the second floor to The Golden Dome
-The Diameter of the Golden Dome is 80 feet

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I would totally want to sit in this area when the House & Senate are in session….

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and honestly I would love to study in this library…

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If  you are ever in Des Moines, I highly recommend going to the capital.  It is simply stunning.