Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Road Rules Apply

I am spending the next month in St Louis for work. It's going to be interesting; I'm already a week in and I've already gone a little stir crazy and I think the room is making me sick because of the recycled air. Or maybe it's because I keep the room at a breezy 65 degrees - just because I don't have to pay the electricity bill. I even bought an air humidifier and it's somewhat working. My work situation isn't too bad - I get to go in whenever I want - but most mornings I am in the office by 8am. It's about a 30 minute drive from the hotel but I go against traffic so it's pretty smooth.

It's a trip like this that makes me extremely grateful for the Wifey's flight benefits. She and the Baby have already visited last weekend and returned two days later to spend 4th of July with me. Baby seems to love the hotel - she can get into all the cabinets, the mini fridge, play with the landline phones - and frankly we don't care. Plus there is a pool which is very necessary considering it's been record highs since I have been here. You know something is wrong with the world when Texas isn't in triple digits and Missouri is averaging 109 degrees.

Another thing this trip has made me realize just how lucky we are to have Wifey's mother.  Nana is picking her up from daycare since Wifey isn't out of work until almost 8 pm and watching her every day until Wifey gets home.  She has also sacrificed many hours to drive Baby to the airport so she and Wifey can leave as soon as she gets off.  Nana is also taking care of crazy Shrek and I know he appreciates not having to be locked up at a boarding kennel (even if they do love him over there).  I just am so appreciative of her help and know my trip to St Louis would be miserable without her help.

St Louis, much to my surprise, is very family friendly. Granted, I've heard crossing the bridge takes you to another place (Nelly's hood). Practically everything is free - the Science Museums, the zoo, most of the touristy stuff - it would take a dedicated weekend to get through all the free stuff.

I am also grateful for webcam/FaceTime capabilities as it makes it easier to communicate with the Baby. She only likes to pretend talk on the phone with her pretend friends but when it comes to her parents she likes to play mute. At least with the webcam she will give kisses and hugs. Makes this trip more bearable in between the visits.

Today I am working for a few hours (hello overtime) and then we are going to head to downtown STL for Fair St Louis which is St Louis's 4th celebration.

Seems pretty fun as there are a lot of activities, good music, and fireworks over the river. I am pretty excited for it. Last year we just stopped at the first firework place near my work and still had a good time but today should be more fun I hope.

Anyways, I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July.

Saturday morning cartoons in the hotel

Tour of St Louis bored her to sleep


Rice Face

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