Sunday, August 10, 2008
We have long been planning a trip to two of our family favorite locations in Missouri. Our original day to go was supposed to be today, but things just worked out to where yesterday was a great choice.
Miss M ran Mr A to his cello lesson and cashed in the change we'd be saving for the jaunt and we got out at 12:34 and got to Onondaga Cave by about 2:40. We hung around and took the 3 pm cave tour, which took about an hour. Onondaga Cave is amazing and has some formations that are very rare, including one of the largest flowstones in the world and the amazingly beautiful lily pad room. I have been to the cave at least 5 times now and while it seems the same, it's always different too, based on the water levels and other factors. One stalagmite has even become active again this year after being dormant for 6 years. If you are in Missouri, Onondaga Cave is truly worth touring.
After the cave, we drove over to Meramec Spring Park... which is one of my favorite places on the planet. My parents hung out there in high school, so it has a family connection in that way. I have been there numerous times, and hubby was the first boyfriend who "got it". The park is a privately owned and was once an iron foundry and now hosts a rainbow trout hatchery and is just beautiful. Driving down into that valley just makes my blood pressure go down and I breathe a little easier.
The trip with my folks to the Cave & the Springs really cemented our relationship... my parents were impressed with how Mark helped me through the cave with very slick-soled shoes (it was an impromptu decision to go) and I was impressed that he understood the springs much the same as I did. We were engaged later that night.
We lived in Germany for 5 years, and after we came back we have periodically returned to the cave and the springs with the kids. The kids WANT to go and feed the fish at the Springs. They WANT to go and tour the cave AGAIN. It's sort of a family tradition.
We had a great day out as a family and I managed to walk about a mile in the cave and 1.5 miles at the Springs.
I hope everyone had as fabulous a Saturday as I did!
Friday, August 08, 2008
Really I did. She felt bad about keeping me later, but I really didn't care since I am spreading the spark!
I changed to Stage 4 today!
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
I am more or less pretending to work. This morning was WIC clinic for me, so I'm back to investigating dog bites, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, etc.
Yesterday I was productive in the morning and then I got sick in the afternoon... something wanted out of my gut and was telling me about it with hobnailed boots... Oy! I had hubby come get me since I didn't think driving was a good idea either. Once it passed out of my system and I got a good 1-2 hour nap, I was just fine.
So I'm sitting at work, drinking the nasty water (it's softened & not filtered). It's not too bad if it's REALLY cold... but if it gets any warmer, it's bad. We have really hard water at home but it's fine as long as it's filtered. I do miss the water in Florissant MO where I grew up, it was always really good. I drink lots when I visit my dad.
The being sick yesterday got me ... ahem... very cleaned out, shall we say... and I weighed in this morning at 155! That puts me only 4/10 away from an even 50 lbs weight loss! It's also cool because I'm at my original goal weight from before I moved it down to 150 and then 145. So in a way I have made it to goal... at least goal one.
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