Our Ship be Docked

Aargh! Ahoy mateys. Tis National Talk Like a Pirate Day. So I’ve done my duty and talked like a pirate. Now, onto other things like, oh, our trip. We have finally arrived in Warren, Ohio, after two long days of driving. Well, they really only took longer than expected because of planned detours, which I’ll talk about later, but still. I’m tired of riding. Joe won’t let me say I’m tired of driving because I didn’t drive (though I offered!).

So, we finally made it. From the hotel’s Web site and the price that we paid just with the discounted rate, I expected a four-star hotel. This most definitely is not. It looks very nice from the outside and in the lobby, but that’s where it ends. The walls are *so* thin that we can hear *everything* going on in the rooms next door, which could make for some interesting stories because I don’t know if the people next door to us have realized that yet. It also makes for a hard time sleeping. And the loud noise coming from the air conditioner doesn’t help that. Neither does the fact that the curtains don’t close all the way (and we face the parking lot).

I’m a little disappointed, but it’s ok. It’s not going to ruin the fun of the weekend, even though I’m sure I will be sleep deprived. I’m about to pass out right now. Hopefully we’ll be able to get to bed before midnight tonight.

One fabulous thing about this hotel, though, is the *huge* pool downstairs. Joe and I plan to make good use of that tomorrow. I’m dying to swim laps. It’s fun, and it’s a great way to exercise.

I guess I need to go start getting ready for tonight’s activities. I’ll leave you with a cute picture of us from the Great American Ball Park.

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Cravings

I have been having such strong cravings for chocolate lately. It’s unreal. In the afternoon, usually between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., I get a *big* craving. I usually end up getting a cookie from Quiznos (I don’t do that every day, so it’s ok!), or I’ll eat one of the sugar free pudding cups I keep in the fridge. However, I am out so I need to pick some up when we get home. I don’t know what it is, but these cravings have just hit me all of a sudden. We stopped at an outlet mall on the way up here to Warren, Ohio, which had a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, but I was good and skipped it. However, they have quite a selection of sugar free chocolate which is a little bit better for you. And, I love things like candy apples and chocolate covered pretzels that they and other chocolate stores, like Gertrude Hawk, sell.

So, now that I’ve told you all about how I am a major chocoholic, tell me what foods you can’t live without.

Hitting the Road

We’re about to head off. Yay. I’m glad we came up to Chattanooga last night, though. We had a great time at Randy’s softball game (he got two hits and two runs), and we got to meet his new girlfriend. I really like her. She’s very friendly and bubbly. She wasn’t at all shy, as I would have expected since it was her first time meeting us.

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We also had a nice time talking with my dad and then visiting with my grandparents. My grandparents were surprised to see us, and it was nice to hang out with them since we haven’t seen them in a while.

Tonight, we will find out if our station is the National Assocation of Broadcaster’s oldies station of the year. We kind of think we might have won because my station manager received a call from the NAB making sure he was going to be there and who they needed to list as coming on stage *if* they win. Maybe they ask that of every finalist, but we’re thinking positively. My manager said I will be in his acceptance speech if we do, since I’m the one who submitted our station. I told him he’ll have to call me on his cell phone so I can hear it. 🙂

Rethinking our Itinerary

So, we had a slight miscalculation. We thought (I swear MapQuest told me this) that Cincinnati is only 2 hours from Warren, Ohio, where the wedding is being held. It’s actually 4 hours away. And, Warren is not as close to Cleveland as we thought. It’s about an hour. That doesn’t seem too far, but when you have to factor in driving there, piddling around the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and driving back for the rehearsal.

Then, I discovered that Amish Country is on our way from Warren to Cleveland! I have been totally enthralle with the Amish since I began reading Beverly Lewis’ books. I definitely could not live their lifestyle, but sometimes a simple, quiet life sounds so good.

So, we definitely have to work in driving through Amish Country, and we also have to go to Lake Erie. Cleveland is on the lake and, even though it sounds dumb, I really want to go to one of the Great Lakes. I think that would be awesome. So, all of this is giving me quite the headache. Joe and I will be pouring over maps and directions tonight to figure out what route is the best to take and what activities we should do Friday and which we should do on Sunday on our way to the Indians game.

Dressing for Work

I walked down the street to Quiznos for my afternoon Diet Mtn. Dew, and the manager said, “Are you wearing a teddy??”

Um…no? I am wearing a lacey shirt and was wearing a sweater over it because it was cool out earlier, but it still bore no resemblance to a teddy.

And does she really think I’d wear something like that to work?

It’s obviously healthy if it has fruit in it!

This morning after dropping me off at work, Joe headed to the local bakery to pick up the mini birthday cake Harry won yesterday. Isn’t it cute??

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While he was there, Joe picked up muffins for us for breakfast. When he got back to the station, I asked if they were low-fat, as I had requested.

“They have apples in it. That’s literally what they said.”

Surely fruit makes it healthy though, right? Or at least better for you??