Monday, February 11, 2013

Weekend in St. Louis

Long weekend = so much to talk about. I am so behind, it isn't even funny. I'm still trying to play catch-up from last week. So, let me give you a recap of the past few days.

Thursday - I worked all day and although I was super busy, it still seemed like the longest day ever. I guess that happens when you know you have a little vacation coming up. After my work day finally ended, we picked up the munchkin from daycare and went home to finish packing. We got on the road at about 7:00PM and headed down south to Joplin. By the time we got there, it was nearly 10:00PM so we ended up just going to bed. This would have been easier had Emmeline not developed a wicked case of diaper rash and screamed bloody murder when we tried to change her. I'm sure the neighborhood appreciated our visit.

Friday - Jason's Nana made us delicious pancakes for breakfast, so I couldn't turn those down. I threw Miss Em in the bathtub with some baking soda since her butt was still raw and that seemed to help. We then left her in Nana's capable hands and started on our trip. I wanted to stop at Target to pick up a couple things like a swimsuit (I wasn't sure if our hotel had a pool) and pajamas (since I forgot to pack some). Two hours later, Jason flat out told me that he was over it and ready to leave. I had lost all track of time in the clothing section. Walking out of the store $200 poorer, I realized that I had forgotten to buy pajamas. I wasn't even going to try and go back in the store. I value my life too much.

On the road to St. Louis at last! It was a pretty boring drive as Missouri does not have a lot of roadside scenery, but it wasn't interminable. Got to our hotel and managed to drive around the block about 4 times trying to find the parking garage. I finally gave up and went with valet parking. Totally worth the extra money. Our hotel room was really nice and I think we got a great price through Priceline. We rested up a bit and then headed out to meet Holly, Hubby Jack and Darci for dinner at a fun Mexican restaurant.

Saturday - Mardi Gras Day! I did actually get up early and ran on the treadmill in the hotel's fitness room. I could see some people going outside to run, but at 30 degrees, I'll stay inside thankyouverymuch.  Holly, Darci, Mel and Chris showed up at our room and we all headed out to go catch the parade. Although it was very chilly to start the day, the sun came out later and warmed things up a bit. We all ended up having a great time. Jason and Chris bonded like true bros and the other girls and I laughed a lot. I drank way too much because I forgot I'm not 22 anymore, but it was worth it. I also entertained some guys by gnawing on a large turkey leg for lunch. We took a taxi back to the hotel and crashed for the rest of the afternoon.

One of these guys really likes having his picture taken
 Sunday - We woke up to a torrential downpour Sunday morning so we didn't really linger too long in the room. Again, valet service paid for itself by having the car pulled around. We stopped at Jack-in-the-Box for some good hangover breakfast and got back on the road again. I think it took me about 30 minutes before I fell asleep in the car and slept most of the way. We wanted to stop in Springfield to eat at Lambert's Cafe for lunch which apparently is a famous novelty place to eat. I was not super impressed, I have to say. It is basically Southern home cooking food served family style and they throw the rolls at you. Let's just say that there weren't a lot of "fit" people eating there. Plus, I don't want anyone to throw my food at me. Just place it on my plate and I'm good. After that, we swung back by Joplin to grab the kiddo and headed back north to KC.

It was a long weekend with a lot of driving, but I really had so much fun. I love meeting up with my blogger friends and the time away was just was I needed. It will probably take me another week to get caught up on all my blog reading. I'm sure I'll crawl out from underneath my computer at some point.