Saturday, April 19, 2008

Greetings from St. Louis

So, right after I wrote my post yesterday, I turned on the news channel and learned there had been an earthquake in Kentucky, and the shocks were felt in St. Louis. Some of the lanes of a prominent St. Louis bridge had been shut down as a result of fears that it would collapse. What a lovely way to start off our trip!

I picked up my mom and we headed to breakfast at McDonald's before hitting the road. I knew I could safely get an Egg McMuffin for 300 calories and a Fruit and Yogurt Parfait for 160 calories. When I got my McMuffin, the actual nutrition information was printed on the wrapper, which I thought was cool.

We got on the road and we were both upbeat and talkative. Halfway through Missouri, we stopped at a few antique malls, where my mom happily found a bunch of awesome stuff. She was giddy and thrilled at her finds, which made me very happy. The rest of the way to STL was pretty difficult. As you may remember, I suffer from a slight phobia of highway driving. It's pretty much cured since I lost the weight (fear of death gone?) but there was so much pounding rain and there were semi trucks EVERYWHERE.

Finally, we arrived here at the hotel at about 5 pm. It took us 8 hours to make a 4 hour trip, which was the way I knew it would be.

We're close to Union Station, so we walked over there and looked around, and ate at the Hard Rock Cafe. Then we came back and went to sleep at 9:30, because we're winners, and we were tired.

This morning I woke up and did a 45 minute workout in the fitness room here at the hotel. There was an older gentleman on the treadmill next to me, huffing and puffing away. I was worried he'd collapse and I'd be forced to give him CPR. Not only do I have no idea how to give proper CPR, but the idea of doing it to some sweaty old dude really grossed me out.

Today on the agenda, we have more antiquing, possibly a visit to the American Kennel Club Dog Museum (again with the winners), and other fun stuff. Tomorrow, the ZOO! That's the part I'm most excited for.

Although I miss my girlfriend terribly and my dog sort of (just kidding, Buster), we're having a good time. More to come!


mongolove said...


don't worry, i won't tell buster what you said. :)

G.G. said...

I just read somewhere that the new Red Cross guidelines for CPR don't require lip lockage. If so, good news for everyone, I think!

One of my earliest memories is going the St. Louis Zoo as a 4 year old, even though I didn't live anywhere near St. Louis (just had family there). Don't remember much other than that it was awesome. Hope you had fun!

Anonymous said...

I live in St. Louis and went to the zoo today with my kids. It was CRAZY crowded. I hope you made it and had a good time!