Showing posts from August, 2013

Traveling down country roads with my Hubby!

What an amazing couple of days! Hubby and I been burning up the miles, tooling down back roads, realizing that we have finally got a new bike that both of us LOVE.  This blue beauty was custom made for hubby.  It fits him and responds to him like a second skin.

As we traveled around yesterday, we ended up following back roads with no idea whatsoever where we were.  We found so many adorable little towns that just seemed to appear in the middle of corn fields.  The heat was crazy, the wind was balancing it perfectly.   I think we easily drank a few gallons of water each.  But it was perfect!

Today has been hotter, it went above 100 today and it felt it!  There were a few times it felt even hotter, we were miserable for a few stretches. Nothing some ice tea and shade can't fix. 

 We knew that we were heading to a reception for a friend of ours that got married out of town in St. Louis so we decided to head to the Great River Road.  That road is some of the best cycle riding anywhere…

The Perfect Way to End the Day...

The day started kind of rocky... I was not thinking it was going to end on a positive note at all! In fact... I figured it was going to go sliding downhill really fast.  I hadn't realized what our timeline was for leaving, so I was rushing around. Feeling out of control.

We finally get to Potosi, only to receive a text from the folks we were dealing with that they were still 45 minutes out.  So after the strongest cup of coffee I have ever drank, I am fairly sure if I had put the spoon in the cup it would have stood up straight, we finally met up with them.

To say she was as charming as salt on an open wound... would be too kind.  That woman was HIGH maintenance!!  She was freaking out about a million things that no one could control or change, the poor kid at the title office looked like he had drawn the short straw for walking across a mine field.  She drove me nuts, absolutely nuts!  While I felt incredibly sorry for hubby and usually we are the exact opposite when dealing with…

Saying Goodbye... moving forward... good stuff!

Of course I am up way too early... that seems to be a standard thing with me.  There is something just wrong about waking up before five when you are on holiday!  I did need to get up a bit early, we are driving down to Potosi this morning.  It's official, we are trading our property in Sullivan for a motorcycle.  This is a good thing.

Hubby and I love to ride!  It is something that will be close at hand, not require packing, loading, unloading.  It is something we can easily make happen for us. 

Keeping up with two places with our work schedules simply wasn't happening.  I can hardly keep up with one.  Add to that the allergies I have developed concerning there, make it darn near impossible to ever go.

This is a very good thing!  I am excited about exploring again.  It's amazing the number of places you can explore without ever going more than 100 miles from your own front door. 

I am a bit apprehensive. 

Hubby and I are both the kind of people that find ourselves immers…

Just DRIVE already!

One more day of stressful traffic. Idiots who feel they have to wait until they are behind the wheel of the car to put on make-up or check Facebook.  One more day of feeling anxiety rise to almost uncontrollable levels.  I don't handle stupidity well, I handle it less well when it is put behind the wheel of a car.  If you are going to be stupid you have no business driving a car it puts other people's lives in danger.

This week I have gone to trainings and meetings all week out at our Leadership Development Center.  It's a great place to take trainings and disconnect from the branch and learn.  The challenge for me, is that without any traffic it is a full 40 minute drive from my house.  Unfortunately, the without any traffic part, isn't going to happen except possibly for 5 am on Christmas day.

There are 5 possible major routes for me to get there.  And each one has at least one, if not multiple construction sites on it.  And at least one spot where they bottleneck a…

Three days of Paradise!!

It's amazing how fast three days can go by.  Mini-me is home with Mom and here it is Monday morning (wow, that is a lot of  m's for one sentence).  It's like the song that says "don't blink"... It feels like I did.

The zoo yesterday was so amazing, it always is, we are so blessed to have such a gem in the heart of our city. It has been around since the 1904 Worlds Fair created the Flight Cage and the city bought it.  We've had such amazing zoo directors with foresight and passion.  The most famous of which was Marlin Perkins of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom fame. 

It seems like every year, they find another way to simply make it more amazing!  The enclosures are designed to keep the animals in more of a natural habitat.  The most recent of which is the Sea Lion enclosure.  Mini-me completely loved that!  The tunnel underneath allowed for such an amazing view and kept us busy watching for quite a bit of time. 

The Sea Lion show completely amazed her, …

Making Memories with Mini-Me

It's been such a great weekend... I hate to see it end later today.  Our little angel has really been so much fun!  It's been so long since we've had so many days in a row with her, and we are trying to cram so much into it!

When she wakes up we are going to take her to the zoo, if she still wants to go.  Yesterday was all about the Science Center.  St. Louis, is a mecca for children.  If you have children in this area and they ever utter the words I'm bored... there is something seriously wrong!

We spent a total of 6 hours in the science center yesterday and easily could have spent another six.  There is so much we never even got a chance to do. It wasn't completely free, but that was by choice.  You can spend hours, even days there and never spend a dime.  They do not force you to pay for the extra's or eat there. But we wanted to see the Mummy exhibit and Grampa has been dying to see the Air Racers in the Omnimax Theater.  And of course after six hours we d…