Memorial Day Weekend

Hi all!  I hope all of my American friends had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, and I hope all of my international friends had a wonderful weekend, too!  As you can see, I’m still quite alive (thank you for checking on me, Rebecca!).  Unfortunately, I was up 0.5 lbs today at weigh in, but considering the way I ate over the weekend, it’s really nothing short of miraculous that it wasn’t more than that!

My weekend was wonderful in the mere fact that I didn’t have to work yesterday (Monday).  Friday night at work was one god-awful mess that I won’t even begin to get into, but I’ll just say that we had a project to do from someone that obviously forgot that we were human beings, too.  Yeah, it wasn’t pleasant in the least.  Most of the people we get work from are usually great, but there’s those few exceptions that you just want to smack.

Saturday, I got up early and my mom and I went down to the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit at the Kansas City Union Station.  If you’re within a reasonable driving distance and you’ve got kids, I highly recommend you make the trip.  I think they’ll love it!  Or hell, even if you don’t have kids.  Both my mom and I enjoyed it. They have a few fossils, but they also have these huge (life-size, I think) animated dinosaur figures.

After the dinosaur exhibit, my mom and I wandered around Union Station taking pictures and checking things out.  She regaled me with stories of the many hours she and her siblings and parents spent sitting and waiting for the train when she was little.

We then caught the next show at the Planetarium which I was really excited about.  I have to admit I was a bit disappointed in the show that we saw, but it was still pretty cool.  I hadn’t been to a planetarium since I’d been a kid and had been wanting to go for years.

After that, we had lunch at Harvey’s Diner where I had a cheeseburger (with the biggest tomato slice I think I’ve ever seen) and fries that I really didn’t need to be eating.  It was yummy, though!

Here are a couple of pics of the back side of Union Station:

Next, we headed over to the Liberty Memorial and the National World War I Museum.

Standing at the base of the Liberty Memorial:

From the top (after an elevator ride and 45 steps):

We went through both of the gallery buildings up near the memorial, as well as the main WWI museum underneath.  In the east gallery, there is currently an exhibit about American women rebuilding France after the war that was very interesting.  The woman working in there said that it would be moving on to New York next.

There is so much information and so many artifacts in the main museum that it would take several trips to see it all.  Unfortunately, while I thought it was interesting, I just don’t have that kind of patience.  I thought the coolest thing that I saw at the main museum was Gary Cooper’s actual Oscar that he received for the movie “Sergeant York.”  I’ve never seen an actual Oscar in person, so both my mom and I thought that was cool.

All of the places we had visited that day (except for the Dinosaur exhibit, of course), I had been to before, but many, many years ago.  It was fun to see them again.

Sunday, I was wiped.  I think it was a combination of my screwed up sleeping schedule and my sinus/allergy issues.  I didn’t feel like doing much at all on Sunday and Monday.  Plus it was so freaking hot!  I’m definitely not ready for the summer heat!  But Sunday, we ran to the store and took flowers down to my brother’s, grandpa’s, and great-grandparents’ graves for Memorial Day, and that was about it.

Monday morning, I got sucked into a “Pawn Stars” marathon on the History Channel.  Man, I love that show.  Then while I was showering, my mom and dad ran down to the cemetery (since my dad hadn’t gone with us on Sunday).  After that, we went out for Mexican for lunch.  We then relaxed the rest of the day by watching more episodes from Season 4 of “Bones.”  I love that show, but am so far behind!  Monday was wrapped up with Poppa John’s pizza for dinner.

So did you guys do anything fun over the weekend?

4 Responses to this entry

  • Skye Says:

    Once again, I love all of your pics! I actually feel like I’m right there with you guys! lol

    For me, my weekend was a blur. It’s amazing how fast time is flying by! Sat, Alaina and I went to the New Orleans for a girls night out. We had dinner at Outback (snow crabs, sirloin steak and loaded baked potato! Yum-O! lol) then we went to see Sex and the City 2. I was surprised by how much I actually loved it!!! lol I’ve never really seen the series and I didn’t even see the first one, but I really felt like I could relate as to who the characters were. And of course, Alaina was eager and willing to explain if I was unsure. lol

    Sunday was a rough day for me. That was the anniversary of my grandmother’s death. All I did was eat, cry and sleep. ) :

    Monday, we went to Walmart to pick up pizzas and Red Box movies. We ended up choosing It’s Complicated and Brothers. Both were really good, but I have to admit, I was a little disappointed with Brothers. Not sure why. I just expected it to be better. But that’s okay because It’s Complicated more than made up for it! lol I absolutely loved it! I was a bit weary because I am so not a Steve Martin fan. But this one… OMG… I absolutely loved his character! Go figure! lol

    So, have you seen any of these movies yet? And if so, what was your take on them?
    .-= Skye´s last blog ..My 4-Day Hiatus =-.

    Posted on June 2nd, 2010 at 1:34 am Reply | Quote
  • Rebecca Says:

    I went shopping at the mall for a pair of Levis, Macy’s to be specific. It was a bittersweet experience. The women’s larger clothes (sizes 16 and up) are on a different floor from all the other clothes, for starters. Grrr. Also, I was treated rudely more than once, and I always wonder if it is because of my size and/or my social status (the Crocs on my feet probably don’t help!).

    But I tried on a pair of 20s, which were too loose, and then grabbed an 18 thinking, “oh, what the hell”, and the 18 slipped right on and zipped smoothly without wriggling or sucking of gut! (I DID have to tuck in my giant granny panties, which was the moment I realized those are way too big for me now.)

    My husband was with me, which makes me feel safe but draws attention I would rather not attract. Again, I wonder if people think, “what is that handsome man doing with her?!” He has loved me no matter my size. I don’t think he sees what others see (the package?), but sees the loving gentle person I am inside. (Boy, do I have him fooled. LOL.) 🙂

    Will I ever just be able to shop for clothes without all this inner turmoil and drama? Probably not. Even when I’ve been thin (for 5-10 minutes here and there), there was always a fat woman inside me reminding me how badly people would treat me if I was still morbidly obese. Sigh.

    P.S. So glad to see you are doing okay. I like you no matter what you weigh, you know. You are still the same remarkable woman whose words I enjoy reading and whose unique take on the universe makes me smile in recognition.

    Posted on June 2nd, 2010 at 9:09 am Reply | Quote
  • Ron Says:

    Glad you had a wonderful weekend!
    .-= Ron´s last blog ..Since I put my nuts in the freezer =-.

    Posted on June 2nd, 2010 at 9:49 pm Reply | Quote
  • Rebecca Says:

    Hmmm…I’m kicking around this freaky made-up song in my head, “Pamela”, sung to the tune of “Camelot.” EEEEK. My brain scares me. 🙂

    Hope you’re doing okay. Am I wrong in sensing there are some internal changes going on for you? You had a couple of wonderfully introspective posts not too long ago, and I imagine there are more insights brewing below the surface.

    Your job sounds stressful.

    Oh, if only this whole process were simply external. That might be easy. (Ahem. Easier.) But it is so much mixed up with emotional, mental, and even spiritual transformation (however one defines spiritual.) Just remember you are not alone.

    Posted on June 6th, 2010 at 8:20 am Reply | Quote

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