Monday, February 18, 2008

A Weekend of wine and chocolate

For Valentines Day, I got tickets for us to go on a chocolate wine trail in Hermann, mo. Local wineries pair up their favorite wines with some kind of chocolate dessert, from truffles to muffins. We had a map and the names of the wineries - other than that we were off on our own little adventure. It was a great time. Seven wineries participate in the wine trail and we hit them all. You can take the entire weekend to go to all of the wineries so we decided to taste on the first day, take notes, and go back to the ones we liked and buy on the second day. Adam Puchta Winery, the first winery we went to, was our favorite. They had a great variety of sweet wines - our fav! We also got some great scenery pics. The pics taken with us both in them were done by other people, so some of them are kind of blurry. We appreciated the offer of having our picture taken, so I can't complain!
Steve made the overnight arrangements and took care of all of the driving - he is so sweet. He always drives because he knows that I will fall asleep in the car! I try to stay awake, but that seldom happens. My inner sleep monster takes over.

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Sunday, February 17, 2008


Sorry, i know I know. it has been way too long from the last post - thank you Ariella. So, here's a short version of the last month. New Years eve we spent at home. When I was younger, iIalways wanted to go out with my friends, didn't really matter where, just out. Now that we own a home, I realize how much I enjoy having people over and staying home! So Rachel, James, Jeff and some other people came over. Had a few drinks, some Whits Castle's and called it a night! For Christmas Steve nought me 5 Blues hockey tickets for a game in mid January. Bradie, Kayla, Stece, Jeff and I all went and had a great time. It was a free food day and we even got to take our picture with the Blue Bear - the mascot!
A lot of my time has been devoted to Rachel's wedding. We (Maria and I - rachel doesn't know anything about it!) have just planned the bridal shower. The dresses are all picked out, (a link to the bridesmaids dresses, the brown ones DJ is reserved, the only things left are the cake and flowers. It is going to be a great party. Rachel asked Steve and I to be her wedding photographers, but after some discussion, we decided that being a part of the party would be more fun!

February 10th was my dad's birthday and it came with big news. He announced to the immediate family that he has decided to retire. The cold winters and hot summers have gotten to be enough for him! I also had big news. I am quitting Cardinal Glennon and am going to Missouri Baptist. I am really going to miss the kids, but there will be time for that later - I really see myself going back at some point in my life. At MoBap, they offered more money :) and training to be a first assistant. This position is difficult to get in training for, so I am very excited, nervous but excited. The first assist has many roles, but most importantly it is to be the surgeons first assistant - I will help open, close, retract, sew, hold cameras....the list could go on forever. My hope is to build good trusting relationships with my new surgeons so that I can perfect my new skills!! MoBap is also only 10 minutes from my house. No more fighting through highway 70 or 40 traffic. It will be a big change, but I am ready for it! Lastly, Rachel also had some news for us. She also got a new job. She will be a preschool/ day care teacher at ABC Daycare in St. Charles. It is also close to home for her. What a great option for when we all start having kids - just drop them off with her!!! I hope there is a family discount!


Later that night my Aunt Jan went to see Ladysmith Black Mambazo. What entertainers! They are a south african choir that has been performing for 47 years. All of there music is accapello. There was even some audience participation, unfortunantly I couldn't sing my greatest as I had a nasty upper respiratory infection. The show was great as the performers sang and danced the entire time!


If you live in St. Louis, you know how crazy the weather has been. One day it dropped 35 degrees in 7 hours! Of course everyone here is sick and I could not escape it. Steve on the other hand did - lucky. I had to call off for 2 days at work. I slept about 19 hours each day. After some sudafed, a lifetime supply of puffs pluss, orange juice and Afrin, I am all better.


In the middle of November my left foot really began to give me problems. After a lot of Motrin I gave in and went to the podiatrist. X- Rays showed that I have Metatarsis Adductus - a malgrowth of the foot bones. Instead of growing straight, my foot bones grow curved to the midline = OUCH. Because of this the weight bearing bones are not doung their job and the outside bones are taking up the slack, but they were not designed to do this. So, what happens, a stress fracture. For two weeks I had to wear a huge boot that somed up to the back of my knee. Now I am out of the boot and hopefully healed. Only time will tell!

Okay, feel caught up a little? Good, I am done typing for a bit!