I had the most wonderful weekend. Friday night I went to the hockey game with my grandkids and daughter & son-in-law. Our team lost, but I had so much fun with the kids that it didn't really matter. My only downfall at the arena was a small mountain dew ... managed to stay in my calorie range and got in all my steps and then some!
Saturday got up bright and early to head to Fort Wayne,IN with a couple of friends. It started out gray and a little rainy out, but by the afternoon, the rain had moved on. We were attending a convention, but had some free time in the evening. We skipped the banquet style dinner and found a local restaurant (I always to try a local place when out of town, so tired of the restaurant chains). We found a great steakhouse. Had a steak and potato, probably went over on my calorie count - but afterwards we walked the town - and walked, and walked!
I love looking at the old buildings and architecture, sculptures, parks, etc. I usually snap photos with my phone of everything! We wandered toward the river and the nearby park. The bridge spanning the river was lit with neon blue.
Upon closer inspection - it was named the Martin Luther King bridge. It drew me in. I walked up to the span and looked at the engraving of Martin Luther King. I started to walk across the bridge when I noticed this plaque on the bridge.
Every so many feet there was another plaque with quotes from his various speeches. It couldn't help but make me think about my life and my relations with others. Then my mind wandered like my feet do - I wondered how they got the idea to turn the simple little bridge into such a thought provoking spot.
While on the bridge we ran into some locals who had just left the big Ribfest that was going on at the riverfront park. They stopped to chat and twisted my arm to pull of a bone of ribs from their slab. Yum! It was amazingly perfect bbq!
We headed by the park, took in some of the live music and the musings of the people who were playing carnival games. There were three young people who were in these balloon bubbles floating in a pool - what fun to watch them!
We stopped and chatted to a woman offering carriage rides. As our conversation grew, she invited us to get in the carriage and go for a tour free of charge. She showed us the highlights of the city and gave us some of its history. What fun!
Sunday afternoon, we wandered back down to the Ribfest. What fun! We watched them grilling and sampled some ribs. Each place boasted their trophies nearby. Everything had a country or pig theme! Even the grills!
As we made our way back towards our hotel we spied this little diner. It was closed, but I couldn't help but snap a few photos of it. See if you can find what brought a smile to my face!
Yup, "no whining!"
I had 10,000 steps on my fitbit before we set foot in the car for the ride home. I made pretty good choices with food - was over on my calorie count, but got more than 10,000 steps in each day.
My weekend was filled with food for my heart and soul! I came home tired, but refreshed. I am so blessed with a wonderful family and good friends to share my life with. While it was great to get away, Dorothy is right, "There's no place like home."
Here I am, back at work. Planning my lunchhour walk through the wetlands at noon. Funny, but I am looking forward to getting out and walking now. AND
When I was getting ready for work, I got out a pair of capri pants to wear that I hadn't worn yet this year .... AND THEY WERE TOOO BIG!!!
While I don't know what that number on the scale says, things are changing and the biggest thing changing is me.