goodbye, don

one of the members of our kiwanis club died this morning. i’m still in shock because even though we knew he didn’t have long left, we thought it would be more than two days. don had surgery monday for cancer, which they discovered had spread to his organs and his arteries. the problem was, he had been told before that his cancer wasn’t going to be a big problem for him. yesterday, he was up walking around his hospital room. this morning at 6 he passed away.

i knew don in two ways — from kiwanis and from covering the city’s airport authority board, which he chaired. i thought i’d be seeing him at the next meeting. it just sucks because don was a really great guy, and i’ll really miss him.

kiwanis club 2 crop
don is on the far right in the front row.

getting back in the groove

i’ve been staying off the scale for a while now. my weight fluctuates so much on it, i thought it would be better for me to go by inches and how my clothes fit. the depression and frustration from weighing myself wasn’t really helping.

but, when we got back from new york i decided to jump on. i figured i’d lost some weight from all the walking we did. boy was i wrong. i was up 5 pounds from the last time i weighed. too bad i can’t remember when that was. but, to be honest, i hadn’t worked out in a while either. i’m just not a big fan of it. i hate it actually, so it’s hard to motivate myself.

seeing that jump on the scale was enough motivation, though. i’m getting back into counting my calories ultra religiously and doing my workouts every day. i figure if i work out 5 days a week i should be able to start losing again. so far so good for yesterday and today. wish me luck!

our journey to baseball’s mecca: the ny trip, part 2

warning: long post with lots of pictures follows. read at your own risk. 🙂

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sweet surprise

my wonderful hubby brought me these today on his way home from work:


1, 2, 3, awwwwww! 🙂 i kept half here and sent half home with joe so i can enjoy them in both places.

the ny trip, part 1

i have so much to share about our trip i thought i’d break it into two posts. plus, as i said, i haven’t finished editing our pictures, and i’ve been dying to tell you all about the motel we stayed at in albany.

saturday was an early day for us, as we were up before 4:30 a.m. to finish packing and head out to the atlanta airport. we arrived in new york city four hours before our train to albany was scheduled to leave, but only had two hours to spare by the time we got to penn station. we walked around a bit, grabbed some lunch and boarded our train for the 2.5 hour ride to albany. when we got in, we took a cab to the airport to pick up our rental car.

needless to say, we were exhausted by the time we got to our motel, the america’s best value inn. now, i know what you’re thinking based on the name, and let me say that i thought the same thing when i booked our room. however, with more than 50,000 people expected for the baseball hall of fame induction ceremony, every hotel room within 100 miles of cooperstown was booked up, so we were lucky to get any room in albany.

after dealing with the desk clerk not being able to find our reservation (funny how that happened on our honeymoon, too), we headed to our room to drop off our bags. we booked a non-smoking room. the room was filled with smoke. seriously. it was awful. of the four lamps in the room, only two worked. the sink had 12 vanity lights above it, and only two of those worked. after dinner that night we were about to pass out, so we went straight to bed. but, despite how tired we were, we couldn’t sleep because we could hear the people above us very loudly. i really doubt they were up there stomping on the floor, so the ceiling must have been extremely thin.

fast forward to sunday morning. we were up at 5:30 a.m. (have i mentioned yet that i am *not* a morning person??) to shower and head out to the hall of fame. the bath towels had holes in them. big holes. and the hair dryer? missing one of the prongs on the plug. it was not good, people, not good.

we booked it out of there and went to check out. joe told the desk clerk how terrible our room was. his response? “your credit card will be billed for your stay.”

obviously they didn’t care what condition their motel was in. then we asked for directions to cooperstown.

“look at a map.”

seriously? you’re in the service industry and that’s your idea of customer service?

luckily, another woman heading to cooperstown was in the lobby. she told us she had come down to complain earlier, but the line for complaints was so long she decided to come back later. and, she was nice enough to give us directions to cooperstown. it’s just too bad she obviously had no idea where cooperstown was…

home, sweet home

we’re back, and it’s great to be home where the people are friendly and sweet tea is the drink of choice. i have a *lot* of stories to share (i can’t even tell you how many times i said, “i *have* to blog about this) on our trip, and hopefully i will have all my pictures ready to go tonight. i have *so* much unpacking and laundry to do, but did i get anything done this morning? no. i sat online looking for a hotel for our next trip in september. i think we found a place though, so it was worth it.