Monday, November 24, 2008

Reconnecting (part 1)

This whole weekend has been about reconnecting for me. I reconnected with my husband. I reconnected with old and dear friends. I also reconnected with myself.

The weekend started off with us flying from Jacksonville, Fl to Pittsburg, Pa. When we landed in Pittsburg it was snowing. Ah the snow. It is really a beautiful thing. I haven’t seen snow in at least 6 years. I finally got what people say that the snow is so pretty. Then we had to drive in it. Yuck. I quickly remembered how cold it can be and how hard and scary it is to drive in it.

We checked into the hotel around 1 am. It was so strange walking in to the hotel again after all these years. It is beautiful, but the same. I actually knew the person that checked us in. Thanks Scott.

On to the room. We stayed in room 1228. It was beautiful. We even had a really nice view of the back of the hotel. It was covered like a winter wonderland. The hotel sent a card and a bottle of wine for our anniversary.

The bathroom was huge. The tub was the biggest I had ever seen. The bed was already turned down for us. We unpacked and went to bed. We were tired. I closed the drapes before going to bed because the windows were floor to ceiling and I just knew I didn’t want up at the crack of dawn.

In the morning. Chris says ‘Echo I think we should get up it is 1:30p.m.’ I jumped out of bed and said ‘Crap we wasted the whole day’. Then I looked at the clock it was only 8:00a.m. Sometimes I hate him.
(the view from our room)

So I took my time and ordered room service for breakfast and decided to take a bubble bath in the giant tub.

They had a phone in the bathroom, but not an exhaust fan. Which leads me to believe that rich people talk on the phone while going to the bathroom, and their poop doesn't stink. Hee Hee.
Chris went and spent the day hanging out with my Dad in Confluence. They had a little male bonding to do.

After breakfast Harmony, Angie, Lacey, Becky, and Rainey came for a visit. We sat around and talked awhile. Then we went down to the lobby and sat around in the fireplace and talked. That’s when Amber brought us some rice crispy treats, pumpkin bread, and chocolate covered strawberries from the bakery. They were no a silver tray. Thanks Amber. We walked all over the property. I forgot how big that place was. I am really sorry to say that I didn’t take any pictures of the art and stuff. I really wanted to wait so I could go on the art tour, but I didn’t ever get to go on the tour. (my back) I have learned a great lesson. Just take the pictures.
Chris is my first husband. I always tease that Michael Buble will be my second. While I was at Nemicoln I found my thrid. You guessed it. It's Mark Twain. He said he would wait for me. Hee Hee.

The girls left around 2. I had lunch alone in my room, and had the computer people come to my room and take a look at my laptop. Then I went to the spa for a mani and a pedi. (which Chris was a little jealous about the pedi) Then it the snow was so bad I decided to stay at the hotel. Harmony and I ordered a pizza from the tavern while the kids swam. Then Chris came back and Harmony left. Chris and I went and looked around a bit. We ended up in the Cigar Bar. It was really cool. It is like a giant living room with a fireplace. They had really great nuts, and really great wasabi peas. The best part was when Chris looked at the lady and said ‘Do yall have cuban’s here.’ She of course said ‘No I’m sorry sir’ then Chris says ‘Yall suck’. He is so unrefined. Hee Hee. Like he would even know or could appreciate a Cuban cigar. I do have to say I was glad that no one was actually smoking a cigar. I was not in the mood, and sometimes they really stink. We had a chance to talk and that was nice.
(before Harm and the kids left Brandin, and Johnny decided to try the buble bath too.)

Saturday I woke up and had to call Harmony and tell her I couldn’t go shopping. I could barely walk. My back went out. Ouch! I don’t know what happened. It just hurt really bad. Harmony and the kids came to the hotel and had breakfast with Chris and I. Then she went shopping and Chris and I went to the spa.

At the spa we used the sauna, hot tubs, and pools. The spa is very very impressive. They have everything you need. When you get there they give you a locker, robe, and slipper. Then everywhere you go they have towels. The saunas, and hot tubs are separate. I guess in case you want to be naked in them. I wore my suit and I didn’t see any naked people.
Then Chris and I went to the Element Café in our robes and ate lunch. Because the Café is in the Spa it is all healthy stuff. Chris was not excited about the menu. It was salads, wraps, fresh squeezed drinks, smoothies, granola, ect. Hee Hee. Anyway they don’t have mayo and they only had 3 dressings: Raspberry vinaigrette, no fat citrus vinaigrette, and ceasar. Hee Hee. He had fresh squeezed orange juice some kind of wrap and a side salad. I had a pineapple, banana smoothie and a blue cheese baby spinach grilled chicken salad with raspberry vinaigrette. It was really good. Then we went to have a couples massage. I had the Swedish massage, and Chris had the deep tissue massage. It was wonderful. When making the reservation the lady at the front desk says ‘would your husband prefer a man or a woman’ Hee Hee. I wanted to say an man, but I knew that would be wrong. However, I told my husband that I told them a man. Hee Hee.

The massage was really wonderful. The ladies took us to a room that had two tables set up. It was dimly lit. Very calming. Anyway, they say ‘we will step out so you can get undressed, and get under the sheet’ Alrighty then. They leave. I say to Chris ‘My back hurts and I can’t cover myself will you cover me?’ He says okay and just throws the sheet on me and runs over to his table. He was totally scared about getting caught naked. Hee Hee. He didn’t really cover me up very well, so Martha helped me when she came back. It was a wonderful relaxing 50 min. then when they were done they say ‘We are going to step out so you can get up and get dressed.’ Well as soon as they left and I moved my head I knew I could not get up. My back was hurting so bad that I could barely move. It was like a nightmare. Chris tried to help me up. He tried to pull me off the table. It hurt so bad I almost fell to the ground. Instead I fell onto his table. There I am naked hurt and embarrassed. Oh the humanity. The girls knock on the door. I yell just a minute. Then I yell Chris help me. So he helps me put my robe on. Then the ladies come in and help me to the locker room.
To be continued........
Tune in next time and find out
Did Echo's back ever feel better?
She wouldn't have walked across the property in only her robe?
Nobody ever saw her naked did they?
Did Chris love the spa or was he to manly to like it?
Did they ever go to the reunion?

1 comment:

gigi said...

Oh, Echo, from one that suffers so badly from back problems, I am so sorry that your went out up there!! That just hurts me so bad for you. Things and the snow looked so wonderful! I can't wait until you finish this post!