Many of you have heard me whining (okay, bitching) about having to go back to Columbus this weekend for a wedding. Someone I consider to be one of my bestest friends in the world has caved in to his girlfriend/fiancee and they’re getting married this President’s Day weekend. Actually, they’re getting married tomorrow. Friday. Of my three-day weekend. Oh no – there are no other wedding-related activities the rest of the weekend to necessitate staying in Columbus for the next 3 days, just the wedding. Of course, I’m flying back Saturday evening. At least that way I’ll be able to salvage some of my three-day weekend.
I have a lot of time to kill tomorrow between the time that my flight arrives and when I can check into my hotel. [Yes, I’m staying in a hotel. Going in under the radar and dodging the ‘rents. I’m a bad daughter.] I’m trying to avoid renting a car, so I figured I’d just play tourist for a few hours. The notion of playing tourist in a town where I grew up appeals to me greatly but I don’t know where to start. My destinations need to be fairly close to my hotel (which in the heart of downtown. Shut up, Columbus does TOO have a downtown!). I haven’t been to COSI in years, probably since my elementary school days, but I’m not sure it would hold the same appeal. All I really remember about it is the huge pendulum that used to stand in the lobby of the old facility. There’s also the Columbus Museum of Art, which I also last visited on a school field trip. German Village and the Short North districts would also be good places to visit, but they’re both sort of outdoors, meander-down-the-street-and-poke-your-head-into-shops kinds of places which would be okay in warmer weather, but not when the forecast noon temperature is 14 degrees (0 wind chill). Regardless, I may have to swing by Schmidt’s for a cream puff. They’re legendary!
In addition to trying to salvage my 3-day weekend, I’m coming back early because the Daytona 500 is on Sunday – W’HOO! Despite the decimation of the ranks of crew chiefs this week (Chad escaped this time around), I can’t wait for racing to start again. Despite there being a larger television at my parents’ place, I just couldn’t bear to watch sans Trackpass (although I hope they’ve taken care of got that delay taken care of – the Bud Shootout was BRUTAL). The Duels are this afternoon so hopefully it’ll be up and running. Next week will also mark the return of delayed gratification, where I try my hardest to not report anything about the race until 48 hours have passed in case TKN hasn’t had a chance to catch the race yet.
I really do revel in my geekness. Geekitude? Geekocity? Whatev.
Although Thursdays are supposed to be my days off from the gym, I gave myself a breather yesterday instead. Mostly because we got a couple of inches of nasty sleet/freezing rain blech overnight Tuesday/Wednesday, but also because I managed to tweak something in my back and I wanted to give it a rest. After some quality heating pad time for the last couple of days, I returned to the gym this morning and just did a half-hour on the treadmill. I have moderate hopes of being able to go both tomorrow and Saturday at my hotel’s gym, but that depends on whether I can check into my room before 3:00 pm and if there’s an open bar at the reception. Hey, at least I’m a realist.