Ohio Weekend, Part 2: Seeing Family History

We headed out of Cincinnati early Friday morning bound for Warren. We stopped in Kettering, though, so I could see Kettering College of Medical Arts, where my mom went to nursing school. I know our visit there meant a lot to my mom, but it meant a lot to me also. It was so neat to see where she spent her college years.


The three-story building there on the left is the old building which housed entire school. The dorm rooms were on the top two floors, and the classrooms were on the first floor and in the basement. I believe my mom’s room was the first one on the second floor.

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In the new building, there are pictures from past years, including one of my mom and her friends. She’s the one on the right in the back. And yes, I look really rough in this picture. Please ignore how tired I was. There is also a uniform hanging that is similar to the ones my mom and her classmates wore.

visiting my mom's college

old nursing uniform

After leaving Kettering, we settled in for our long ride to Warren, although we did stop once more at an outlet mall (which was really disappointing). It was kind of neat though as it had a train theme. There was a train you could ride around the mall. It would be really cool for little kids.

We arrived in Warren with just two hours before the rehearsal, which went quite smoothly. The rehearsal dinner, though, was another story. We had a private room at The Chophouse, the restaurant associated with the hotel, and it was a *very* nice restaurant. However, the service was not. I felt *so* bad for Jon and Michelle. We all paid for our own drinks, and every time someone ordered one, the waitress would bring out a check and make comments every time she came around about how we could pay any time we were ready. Jon got *really* mad and actually went and talked to a manager about it. He really didn’t want checks being brought out constantly during dinner.

It was literally 30 minutes or so before they took our orders, and then it was another 45 minutes before our salads were brought out. I realize there were 25 of us but really, how long does it take to throw lettuce and 2 tomato slices in a bowl? The guy sitting next to me mentioned that he had forgotten all about the salads.

Despite the service, the food was excellent. I think everyone thought so. Everyone except the bride, that is, because they forgot to make her dinner. In the words of her sister, the maid of honor, how do you forget the bride’s food? She’s the most important person there!

It may not have been the best rehearsal dinner ever, but we all had a lot of fun hanging out and, hey, it sure makes for some great stories!

Up next: the wedding!

Rainy Night in San Francisco

I’ve been to San Francisco a couple of times, but my favorite trip by far was my high school senior class trip. We thought we were oh so cool because we were the first class to go farther than New York City and, therefore, *fly* to our destination. The trip out was a blast, since we had about half the plane in two planes, but my plane was late getting in. I don’t really remember the reason, but it was dark out when we arrived. We were starving, so my best friend and I went out with some of the guys to find dinner. It started *pouring*, and we had no idea where we were going, but we didn’t care. We thought it was hilarious that we were out late at night running through the streets of San Francisco trying to find dinner. That is definitely one of my best memories.

We saw a lot of touristy things during that week in San Fran (including the shooting of The Wedding Planner — why oh why couldn’t I have been in the group that actually met Matthew McConaughy??), but I still want to go back. We obviously have to so we can hit the Giants stadium in our quest to see all the Major League ballparks (I wish I could remember the name of it, but they all sell out their names so often I can’t keep up). Plus, I’d like to take one of the San Francisco tours there like the one from Trusted Tours and Attractions. I know they’re really touristy, but I’ve always wanted to do that in one of the big cities to make sure I see all the landmarks. I wanted to go on one the last time we were in New York so we could see things like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but we just didn’t get a chance to. Plus, their online travel guides and newsletters could probably really help me plan a great trip. And, Trusted Tours and Attractions is offering the chance to win a $150 to Magellan’s, which is a travel supply company, just for signing up for their newsletter. That could definitely go toward a new set of luggage…:)

10 Years Later

Joe’s 10-year high school reunion this past weekend was a lot of fun. I really didn’t know what to expect, since I had noticed at my own reunion that no one had changed since high school, but we had a blast. Everyone was super friendly. The food was good, the company was fabulous, and we just had a great time. Everytime Joe walked up to someone they did a double take and said, “Where’s your hair??” Haha. Here are some pics, especially for Jamie!

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Stephanie Hudson, Joe and Julie Lynn

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Jessico Bogo, Joe and Julie Lynn

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Joe and Phillip Houston

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Aren’t we cute?!

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He’s changed just a little. 😉

It was hard to get a good picture of the whole class because everyone was so spread out. And it was dark. Maybe you can pick some people out though!

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baseball and bagels

have i mentioned how excited i am about our trip to new york city this weekend? i haven’t? oh, well let me tell you then. i am SO FREAKIN EXCITED. it’s going to be a short trip, but it will be fun.

we’re leaving tomorrow morning, and as soon as we get settled at our hotel, we’re heading to queens. we’ll have several hours in between arriving and tomorrow night’s mets game, but we want time to find lunch and wander around the area near the stadium. i’ve heard there are a lot of neat shops there.

tomorrow night’s mets game is the whole point of our trip. we had to go to shea stadium before it’s torn down after this season. our friends who are going with us have been in nyc all week to catch a game at yankee stadium. it, too, is being torn down after this season. i’m pysched about this game. i’m so excited about possibly really pissing off the mets fans. we hate the mets down here. not only are they one of our big division rivals, but their fans just suck. so, in the spirit of good fun, i’m going to wear my chipper jones shirt. the mets fans *hate* chipper. to taunt them, he named his son shea after the mets stadium because he hits so many home runs there. so, if you hear on the news of someone being stoned out in the parking lot (and by stoned i do not mean getting high), that probably will be me. 🙂

our first priority sunday is to track down a good ol’ jewish deli for some bagels. once you’ve had a new york bagel you can’t go back. after that, we have no plans, which is good. last time we went to new york we did a lot of the touristy thing, so this time we may spend time on 5th avenue. and, i’d like to hit rockefeller center and central park, since we didn’t have time for those during our last trip.

and then on monday we’re coming home. i’m also taking tuesday off, since my parents are coming to spend the night before our early morning trip to the airport on wednesday to see ryan and oriona off. i probably should take wednesday off too. i’ll probably roll in a little late that day.

what are your plans for this weekend?

finding friends

ever since i moved to cartersville, i’ve really missed my friends. they all live in chattanooga, and when i lived in dalton it was a lot easier to see them. it was a pretty short drive, so none of us really minded the drive.

now, though, i rarely get to see them. it’s between an hour and an hour and a half drive each way, so really the best we can do is meet halfway in dalton. i really want to make some new friends here, but i just don’t know how. i work a lot of nights, and i really don’t know where we could go to meet some new people. it would be really nice to have some couple friends that we could hang out with. i even tried to find friends online on the couple spot, but couldn’t find any couples in our immediate area. i’m definitely going to keep checking back to that site, though. it’s really neat because you not only search by the area where you live, but you can also search by hobbies to find couples who enjoy doing the same things you do. that is so important when you are finding friends to hang out with. if you don’t enjoy the same things, the friendship will never work.

i think it’s important to have a good group of friends, both individually and as a couple. how did you and/or your hubby meet your friends?

at least i saw him for a couple of hours today

my itinerary for today:
8:30 a.m. get up
9:00 a.m. play on computer
10:00 a.m. get ready for church
11:30 a.m. church
1:00 p.m. lunch
2:00 p.m. play on computer
3:30 p.m. try to nap (stupid dizzy licking plastic bags; stupid julius laying on plastic bags)
4:30 p.m. get ready for wedding
6:00 p.m. wedding
7:00 p.m. hang out at home, watch tv, pedicure

joe’s itinerary for the day:
5:30 a.m. get up and do 11-mile run
8:00 a.m. kiwanis concession stand
11:00 a.m. church
1:00 p.m. lunch
2:00 p.m. kiwanis concession stand
4:00 p.m. get ready for wedding
6:00 p.m. wedding
7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. kiwanis concession stand

boy, were our days different! we had a bunch of members of our kiwanis club out of town today and others who just won’t help at the concession stand (another post for another day), so my poor hubby is going to be spending 7-8 hours there today. another person is doing five hours, and the rest all took three-hour shifts. i would be there too, but i don’t feel comfortable doing that on the sabbath. on our way home for the wedding i joked, “well, it was nice seeing you for two hours today!”

speaking of the wedding, it was *beautiful*! the son of a woman (darlene) who used to work at my office and now works at joe’s office got married. it was outside by the creek where darlene and her in-laws live. there was a simple arch with some greenery, and just the scenery there made it absolutely beautiful. the bride’s dress was gorgeous, and her bridesmaids wore strapless green print dresses that hit right around the knee. they were perfect bridesmaid dresses because they are totally rewearable. the wedding was super short, like all the other weddings we’ve been to recently. it makes me feel bad about my hour-long ceremony, but i know a lot of that was because my grandfathers each gave a homily in addition to the speeches by the pastor and the cantor.

i told terri, one of my coworkers, that it was weird because joe and i didn’t know the bride or the groom. but, at least we knew the mother of the groom! and, darlene is awesome. the photographer told terri that before the wedding darlene killed a six-foot snake! we teased her about it after the wedding, and she said, “it wasn’t coming to the wedding too!” i would have paid to see her do that. haha.

we had to leave early because joe had to head back out to the park, but we got to spend a little bit of time talking with some of the people that we work with. two of my coworkers and one of his was there, so that was nice.

since the hubby’s not here tonight, i think i might order some chinese, watch melrose place and give myself a pedicure. oh, and finish an order of cards. that sounds like a nice, relaxing evening to me.