Monday, March 29, 2010
On Friday after work I hit the road toward WI. It was smooth sailing for about an hour and a half before the tire pressure warning light started flashing. I found a gas station and checked the owner's manual. The flashing light indicates the sensor is not working. However, after flashing, the light would stay on for awhile and then eventually go out. I checked the tire pressure because I was nervous about the tires that had been attacked by a pothole on my last trip home from WI. The pressure checked out, so I left a warning message for my parents as to my situation and location...just in case... and apprehensively got back on the road.
In about another hour and a half I experienced the same... and then again... and then again. I was so grateful to have some good talk radio to take my mind off the fact that my tire could blow at any given moment and my vehicle could go careening off the road or in front of other traffic.
My father eventually decided to drive towards me and ended up meeting me about 45 minutes out to change the tire. Then the two of us inched home on the little donut tire. After dropping Peanut off at my parent's house, I headed down to the Hotel Sherman and believe I was asleep within seconds of crawling into bed. 1:45am.
Saturday was spent hanging around Tremp City and celebrating my Dad's birthday. Even though we had only a few representatives from each clan in attendance, I really enjoyed our family time. Sunday afternoon I headed back on the road with a phone of my own and another long night of travel ahead of me. I'm really looking forward to movie night at home with Peanut tonight and figuring out how to use my new phone!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
When I got home from work, I took my phone out of my purse. It was doing the Hourglass of Death, so I removed the battery and popped it back in and waited for the phone to reset. After dinner I checked again and it still hadn't booted back up. So I removed the battery again, rinsed, and repeated...over and over again.
By Tuesday morning I knew I was going to have to take more drastic measures. I searched online for a solution, which I actually found. It involved removing and reinstalling the operating system. Really? I don't feel as though I'm qualified to perform the delicate operation and I think my lack of any computer software for this phone would hinder the outcome. By now the home screen was gone. I was getting a white screen and the Hourglass of Death. I think my phone was heading into the light.
Point being, I'm making an unplanned trip to Wisconsin this weekend to pick up a loaner phone from my awesome brother. Way to go Big Chicken! And on a brighter note, I'll be glad to celebrate my Dad's birthday with the fam. I can't wait! Now if only I could get a loaner phone for the six and a half hour drive...
Sunday, March 21, 2010
I'm looking forward to sunshine this week and deciding if I'd like a bonus trip to Wisconsin or if I'd rather have more visitors down here. Decisions, decisions.
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We had a great time, though. Lost in Durand enjoyed every minute of the concert experience in Missouri. And her husband marked a new state off his travel list to be there.
I enjoyed travelling into the heart of town, seeing the arch close up, and paying a visit to the Hard Rock Cafe and the Union Station. I definitely felt more touristy than when I visited the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
If only we could have left the sad sacks from the bus behind, it would have been ideal. Damn their punctuality.
My biggest hope after tonight would be that Michael Franti and Spearhead eventually end up at the Trempealeau Hotel for Reggae Fest. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Friday, March 19, 2010
The second wave of visitors from Wisconsin is en route. I am anxiously awaiting a status update from the road. I have no idea what this evening's activities will hold, but MAP and I were considering homemade pizza. I am always up for some weekend pizza action.
Tomorrow we have our day wide open, but in an unexpected turn of events, are attending a concert in the evening. MAP is even going to stay so that we can catch the bus to the John Mayer show in St. Louis. We'll pack a cooler and it should be a fantastic IL Adventure for all (to MO).
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Of course she experienced some sort of car trouble that delayed her leaving Wisconsin, but she says the car is safe for travel now. I hope so. I also had to remind her that texting while driving is illegal in Illinois and she asked if it was illegal to talk on the phone. Maybe some Illinoisians can help me out with that one. I've heard conflicting reports thus far.
My understanding of the texting law was that it also prohibited talking on the phone in school zones. Now why would that be the case unless it currently wasn't illegal to talk and drive? And if it was illegal to talk and drive already, why would the new law include that school zone stipulation. Following me? I'm confused and decided I can just do whatever I want.
The point is that MAP will be here in a short six and a half hours! I'm very much looking forward to some Buffalo Wild (boneless) Wings and trivia tonight. My fun-filled weekend is about to begin!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Hello? Anybody? St. Patrick's Day? Anybody?
I sure hope someone is up for a little festing. Since moving here, I have already missed my favorite holiday (Halloween) celebrations. St. Patty's is a close runner-up and I don't want to miss it too. Alls I'm saying is that there is an Irish Car Bomb somewhere with my name on it.
Celebrate responsibly, like you-know-who would.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Well, while snooping around my settings today I stumbled upon the correct address to email to. BRILLIANT!
I'm glad to know I am fully connected, because I think this weekend is going to be a lot of go, go, go! I can't wait to welcome my Wisconsin friends to Springfield.
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
(Our chef cookin')
Well, I could ask that he not cook shell fish with the regular food. About halfway through the cooking process I was a little concerned about the allergy kicking in from eating chicken cooked in shell fish juices, but I have not passed away yet. I think next time I would mention it ahead of time. This was my first experience in this sort of setting and with the new allergy, it just didn't cross my mind.
(Me enjoying the soup)
We had a tasty broth soup, salad with tangy dressing, noodles and rice, veggies, and I ordered the veggies and chicken. It was all just beyond tasty. I even managed to eat with my chop sticks (gold star for me)! And they kept piling the food on our plates. I had so much food, I hauled a heap of it home with me. I just enjoyed some leftovers and still have enough for another meal. I consider myself lucky to have gotten this great experience at a new restaurant. Now I want people to come visit me, so I can share it with everyone else!
(Photos courtesy of Kim Whittington's mobile uploads)