Submarine Dive

tickets

There are two tours, the regular and the premium. From what I can tell, they are the same tour. One is a bigger sub and potentially a bit more comfortable. Not sure. We did the regular to get the early time slot. I personally wouldn’t pay the cost of the premium.

As part of my decade changing birthday, I checked one of the few remaining items off my Oahu bucket list. The Atlantis Submarine Dive in Waikiki. I can’t believe it’s taken us this long to make the time for it. The boys would have enjoyed it, well some of it. It was very peaceful under the water, but a little lengthy for the attention span of  a 3 & 6yr old. John just barely reaches the 36″ minimum height requirement.

We booked through the military ITT office and were able to get the tickets for 50% off the regular rate. Whoohoo. Taking advantage of our military deals while we can.

fish wreck

These fish were huge. It’s hard to tell in the photo, but they are big enough to chase off sharks, which makes them a happy sight to see around the sunken ships.

turtle

Green Sea Turtle. They can hold their breath for FIVE HOURS!

seaweed

Japanese Seaweed Racks

If you are at all prone to anxiety in large crowds, I would caution you, there are a LOT of people around at all times. We took the first dive of the day and thankfully were in the last to board the sub, so we could spread out. They don’t announce it anymore, as the seasoned skipper, hanging off the side of the boat (didn’t get a good photo), told us because nobody listens anyway, but wait to board the sub to the very end. You’ll be near the driver, with extra space and can talk freely with the tour guide.

sunken plane

The items sunken at the bottom were bought by the dive company, cleaned to be eco friendly (for hundreds of thousands of dollars) in order to help recreate the natural habitat and fish population. Apparently Waikiki used to be rice patty farms and much of the sand was imported from Australia. Who knew?!

depth meter

Our guide was fun and cracked a few well placed jokes; some were pretty subtle and 90% of the sub passengers were not English speakers. Needless to say, he did appreciate my love of laughter.

seated for takeoff

Taken right after we were seated, before the descent.

McNulty 100ft

Photo taken in full color mode. Shows how much the color distorts underwater.

Only a 10th of a percent of people ever dive to 100 ft below the surface and who can say they did so on their 40th birthday? This girl!! Highly recommend doing the dive.

Lordy, Lordy, Look who’s 40!!!

streamers

The black streamers on the hall door. My welcome to a new decade.

 

Let me kick off with this birthday card Brendon made for me a few days ago, after I threatened to cancel his birthday party due to consistent rotten banana behavior on his part. He captured me pretty well in that moment. Dilated pupils of anger (and extra caffeine), workout clothes, check!, and flipping double birds (clearly he sensed my mental state). But what about the hair? Is this a prediction of my future? Oh golly. Or does it look that bad on a daily basis?

Bday Card

So it’s official, I’m 40. Not sure I ever thought what it would be like to be 40. I remember my parents turning 40, since I was 20 and 22 when it happened. I don’t remember thinking they were OLD. Just older. And I never thought to ask how they felt.

It’s hard to describe 40. Truly it is a new stage in life. You really don’t care about the things you really fretted over in your 20s or even early 30s. You just accept it, move on and hope nobody accuses you of either trying to stay young or heaven forbid, actually being old.

 

Black balloons

Hubby surprised me by changing out the balloons to black. Oh so fitting.

 

The gate guards have been breaking me in these past two years with all their ma’am talk. Never have I been called that so regularly at any other duty station. And truthfully, it isn’t the number so much as my body deciding to make changes all on its own, with no regard for my diligent dietary and fitness pursuits. Oh well. I could go on. You know old people like to do that. But I won’t. I’ll just be 40 and happy to be healthy! with my family and friends around to keep me keepin’ on.

** Cheers to the new race bracket!!**

Cake top

Speaking of friends. I found this buttercream recipe surfing around for some decorating inspiration after Payge talked some sense into me. I divulged my plans to attempt a Lego cake for Brendon’s birthday. Who do I think I am? Chef Duff? Basic cake Toni. Basic! We don’t need to make a cameo on a Pinterest fails post alongside those corn dog muffins. I happened upon this buttercream frosting. It is the BEST I have ever made – there have been MANY!!! And as a side note: What am I going to do without Ms. Payge? I want to cry typing this. She has saved me in only a way a true friend can. Say, from coming across the finish line with boogers on my face in our last half marathon. I’m going to miss this woman terribly.

Here is the link to the recipe: Cooking Classy.