Sunday, June 10, 2018

Enchanted Rock (161/365)

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TIME: 11:41-12:40 PM
PLACE: Fredericksburg, TX
SUBJECT: Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

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We climbed this 425 foot high giant pink granite boulder today.  It was equivalent to climbing to the top of a 30 or 40 story building.IMG_065520180610_IMG_0620
James was the first to the top – of course – he’s in awesome shape.

I brought up the rear,  I’m sure they could hear my heaving breathing all the way at the bottom.

20180610_121929A panorama of James and Stella at the top. 
The views were beautiful.

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Obligatory selfie of all of us.  My sister, me, Stella and James.

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James took this photo of me – it was very windy up there!


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Had to take a photo of the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey Reference Mark

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Looking down from whence we climbed.  Let me tell you, it was much easier going back down the rock than going up.

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We drove back to San Antonio and stopped at Pappadeaux for James’ birthday supper.  James received a free dessert for his birthday, anything from the dessert menu.  He was only going to get ice cream, but my sister and I told him in no uncertain terms, that he was getting the most expensive dessert item listed!  $3.95 ice cream vs. a $6.95 turtle brownie with a scoop of ice cream on top?  No contest. 

They even lit a birthday candle for him.

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After, we went back to the base and hung out until he had to check back in.

It was hard saying goodbye to my boy. 

So glad I was able to spend time with him on his birthday weekend.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Saturday (160/365)

Today we met James at the Visitor’s Center so I could obtain my base pass.  The fingerprint scanner wouldn’t register my print.  I joked that thank god the carbolic acid worked on erasing my fingerprints.  Luckily, the guy behind the desk had a sense of humor.  I received my pass anyway. 

James had a soccer game in the morning – so we sat and watched his team play another company.  We won, 4-0.20180608_IMG_0610

Then we drove to where we were staying (my sister’s in-laws) so James could shower before we went to eat. 

We ate at the Magnolia Pancake Haus. O. My God.  I was sooo full after eating there.  I didn’t really get hungry again until about 8 in the evening.

Then we went to the Outlet Mall.  I know, an outlet mall.  But hey, that’s where my boy wanted to go.  So that’s where we went.

On the way back, James was hungry (go figure), he wanted to eat a burger at CenterPoint Station.  I had an ice tea and some fries.  I was still stuffed from breakfast.

Then we stopped at Buc-ee’s.
The mother of all gas stations.

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Hello Buc-ee.
 
68,000 square feet.  60 gas pumps. 18 acres.

It was just a wee bit big.

Finally, we headed back to the house to hang out.  We explored a bit around the property.  James climbed a tree.

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Papa D----- has an old Dodge Truck parked on his land.  It looks pretty cool.

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Grandma J----‘s back porch looks like something out of a gardening magazine.

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And there were big bugs.

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James wanted me to watch a movie he had seen, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – It was good.

I left with James about 10:15pm to get him back for his late bed check at 11.  It was a full day.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Next Stop, San Antonio (159/365)

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TIME: 10:55 AM
PLACE: Airport
SUBJECT: Departing flight

I left this morning for San Antonio, Texas to visit my boy.

His birthday is Monday, so I flew down to spend the weekend with him. Stella and my sister went as well.

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I even rented a “fancy” car.  A Mercedes C300 – although I later found out that it is considered an “entry level Mercedes”  The bloom came off the rose with that information.  Sniff, only an entry level car. Pfft, that ain’t nothing special then.

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We picked James up after his evening formation. 

I received the Best. Hug. Ever!

He wanted to go eat Vietnamese at this restaurant.  It was very good.  The owner had a sign requesting no photos be taken inside, so I complied. But i took one of the outside.

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After, we went to Wal-Mart to purchase provisions for him and then headed back to the base so he could be there for bed check.  I made him stand in front of his dorm windows.

So happy to see him in person again!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

I’m Important Now (158/365)

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TIME: 7:01 AM
PLACE: Work
SUBJECT: Name on glass

I’ve been given an office.

And my name is on the glass.

That’s how you know you are important. Right?

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Schnucks Soldier (157/365)

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TIME: 6:46 PM
PLACE: Schnucks grocery store
SUBJECT: Soldier

The husband and I both got pedicures after work today.

Then we went to the grocery store to pick up supper.

We are one wild couple.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Touching (156/365)

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TIME: 5:57 PM
PLACE: Back yard
SUBJECT: Mulder & Oreo

A rare occurrence.

They are actually touching one another without fighting.

It lasted about 3 minutes.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Chewed (155/365)

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TIME: 5:59 PM
PLACE: Back yard
SUBJECT: Hole in plastic wading pool

I bought a cheap plastic wading pool thinking the dogs would enjoy playing in the water.

I filled it up, the dogs ignored it and it sat in the yard – a mosquito breeding ground waiting to happen.

So I emptied the water and set it under the tree.

I guess Mulder got bored sitting outside today.