Morning Mates, it's Wednesday and we're almost there, as it's a 4 day week!
Yesterday we had the Y's Zumba instructor in to teach us some dance moves. It was fun, the music was great, but I am very sorry I participated because I didn't know that my body could hurt in so many places. I had a very uncomfortable night and can barely move this morning. Not as young as I used to be...
Weather today is dull. Cold, gray, and there is snow and ice pellets in the forecast for later. Oh joy. Will it ever end?
Tonight we are foregoing our usual trivia night to attend a rally for volunteers for the Ship Hector. Pictou's main tourist attraction was taken out of the water into drydock for repairs over the winter, now it's ready to be painted, spruced up and get it back in the water before tourist season.
We have volunteered to help, as well as to be tour guides during the summer. The volunteer group's hope is to one day get Hector suited up with a motor and give tours around the Pictou Harbour.
Good Morning Len and Aerogirl and all who follow! Great to have you open up this morning, Len! Glad to hear that as bad as it is, your leg will heal, Len. Also Aerogirl, imagine waiting in by then unending lines in Disney World in July!
I cannot wait to see my Cardiologist's new office! Yesterday, his wife Jennifer wrote to me that since Jeff didn't have many patients as he had a meeting to attend, she took their two dogs into the office. Jeff went into an exam room with a patient and Roxie stood outside the door and cried! They figured they needed something a little different for a waiting room decoration, more of a conversation piece. So, they decided on something a "little" unusual. Jeff's big Harley Davidson goes into the office waiting room today!
I wish I could photograph the looks on his patients' faces when they enter this eminent cardiologist's office for the first time and there's a motorcyle in the waiting room! Now that's, as we used to day, "Cool!"
Thunderstorms here this morning. Thankfully there's only a 30% chance of rain tomorrow because I have to host a a photo op at the shelter for a famous country music group who just won a big award at the nationally televised CMA (Country Music Association) Awards and who donated over 10,000 pounds of Purina dog food to our Animal Adoption Center. More about the details tomorrow afternoon.
Prayers and Blessings continue! Sure hope you're back to total wellness, Trip!
Good morning everyone from America's Winter Wonderland. The picture says how the day is going so far. It should be gone by tomorrow. "Should" is the key word in that sentence.
Nothing special on the agenda for today other than the normal day to day routine followed by a look out the window and a couple of curse words.
Todd: Your cardiologist has the same decorating style my brothers and I had in college. We would roll our bikes into the living room of the little house we rented. Your cardiologist probably has something better underneath than the cardboard we used. You know those Harleys drip.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday and enjoys the rest of the week.
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Sorry folks, Tshirts and shorts weather here in the West of Scotland and we are not as warm as southern England. Heatwave is forecast to continue through Easter but not sure if it will last until April 29.
I don't know why I saw a robin red breast this morning but I did! I think mother nature is all mixed up.
I am glad you are home Trip, now pack that case and don't let anyone stop you flying.
Well I completed my postal votes for Scottish Parliament - on one ballot paper I had a choice of 15 parties including Ban the Bankers Bonuses Party
Thoughts are with those who have health issues - my back has not fully recovered since the RTA but a mere twinge - just have to exercise more.
Good Morning cruisemates! Another routine day in the 90s from my patio perch in Scottsdale. I was up early this morning, so mostly finished my packing for this weekend's Crystal cruise (just 4 more sleeps!).
Today I head to the golf course with friends. Time to fine tune my game so I o not embarrass myself playing with some of golf world's most famous retired golfers.
Good Morning CruiseMates!
I finally got a good night's rest last night. I was afraid I would be too keyed up after a very long to relax and sleep, as seems to be the case lately. But I crashed.
Yesterday was a very atypical day. I got up at 5 a.m., got ready to go, looked at the clock and bolted out the door at 6 a.m. as I was already running behind. I thought I would stop fill up with gas, while I withdrew cash from the gas station ATM to save time so I wouldn't have to drive over to the bank. Well of course it was broken. So I flew over to the bank and got some cash. Then I high tailed it onto the Interstate and drove like a bat out of "you know where" to the Champaign Amtrak Station. I had to figure out how to pay for my parking space with the machine thing and my credit card. It took 3 attempts but I finally figured it out. Then I raced in to the ticket agent with my confirmation and he quickly issued my tickets. I sat down and still had 5 minutes before the train was due to arrive when I realized my cell phone was in my truck and not with me. I then ran back through the station and out to the parking lot and grabbed my phone. Then I ran back into the station and up the stairs to the waiting area, only to find that the train was running 30 minutes late argh!!!! All that racing around for nothing. Hurry up and wait, the story of my life lol.
The train finally arrived and we all boarded. This train is called the "Spirit of New Orleans" and it travels between New Orleans and Chicago. Needless to say some folks had been on this train for quite a while and since it was till quite early in the morning there were a lot of people sleeping all over the place... the aroma in the coach car was pungent to say the least. So I made my way to the back of the train praying to find an observation car or a dining car. Eventually I did and it was a quick 2 hour trip to Chicago. I was joined there by a lovely couple from Australia. We had a wonderful visit and it was interesting to see their reaction as we got closer to the city as we went through some of the very dodgy areas on the south side. Their enthusiasm for their trip into the big city started to wane. They started asking for alternate ideas if Chicago wasn't their cup of tea. So I shared a couple of ideas and they went off to gather their bags. I hope they enjoyed their trip to the city. If not they will be off to Wisconsin and Michigan lol.
When I got off the train I called the fellow who would be conducting our meeting and he cabbed over to Union Station and we had a nice chit chat for a while at the coffee shop. Then about 11 we cabbed over to the Office building of the company where we would be meeting with other agents like myself and toured the offices and attended the sales meeting which lasted until about 2:30.
The weather in Chicago was cold, damp and rainy, about 30 degrees with lots of driving wind. Lunch was very light during our meeting so before I headed back to catch the train I stopped at Lou Mitchells and had a cup of their famous coffee and turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes. It warmed me and filled me up. Then I walked to the train station and as soon as I walked in the started boarding the train. A young man sat down next to me. He had a pronounced accent, was very friendly and we started talking. He said he was visiting his friend from Switzerland, she was a cancer research biologist studying to get her PhD from University of Illinois. He was also studying to get his PhD in the same field in Switzerland. He didn't sound Swiss to me, so as I found out more about him I found out that he was originally from Serbia and he had lost both parents to cancer which is what motivated him to get involved in Cancer research. It was a wonderful trip and a terrific visit.
I returned back to Champaign to 80 degree weather and dark foreboding skies. I returned a call from my neighbor who had tried to reach me earlier in the day and she informed me that there were storm/tornado warnings, so I hightailed it home. The storm was right behind me the entire way home. I pulled in the driveway, changed clothes and then went out to the patio to secure anything that might become air born in the 50-60 mph winds we were expecting. As I finished up the task I had one foot in the door when I heard the tornado sirens in town go off. I gathered up d/h and the kids and we ran next door to the neighbors basement where we stayed til the storm passed. Luckily we didn't have any tornadoes or damage. I am so thankful. It was a very busy day and I was worried after all the activity I would once more have trouble falling asleep. Well luckily I slept like a dead body and I feel so much better since I have been very sleep deprived lately.
Sorry for the long novel, but just felt like sharing more today since I haven't been around much lately and am feeling a little more like my old self today.
Wednesday is my Friday, since my days off every week are Thursday and Friday. Tho I really only count Thursday as half a day off, since I take 2 classes that day, but they're afternoon/evening, so its pretty good. This term I am done by 730p, so I can still do other things with my evening. Tho my usual routine is to goto this great Sushi/PanAsian place around the corner from campus for a good dinner, then head over to my friend's bar for a beer or two to catch up with her. If I get there with enough time before 9pm, I will wander into Epcot and watch the fireworks. (Friend's bar is at one of the Disney resorts next to Epcot.)
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