Monday, February 20, 2012

Making Our Way Back Home

by Meghann on February 20, 2012

So… umm… funny story. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The majority of the bridal party and the bridal party’s family stayed at the hotel the night of the wedding. There was an ‘after party’ in the hotel’s pool, but I was sound asleep at 10:00pm (what? we started the party at 4!) and wide awake at 7:30am ready for breakfast. At first I called my parents to see what their plans were, then my little brother called and asked everyone to meet him and his new bride on the top floor before we all walked to iHop to eat. I was the first one ready (Derek and I shared a room with Kelly and Anthony) and told the group I would meet them upstairs.

I ended up running into my parents in the hallway and took the elevator with them upstairs. At least, that’s what we attempted to do. The elevator went to the sixth floor, paused for a minute, then made it’s way back to the second. It took a couple of more times of us going up and down before we realized the door wasn’t opening and we were stuck. Dang it.

I opened the call box and rang the front desk for help. We got a very static-y reply of what we think was someone telling us help was on their way. We waited about 5 minutes before we heard someone outside the elevator tells us they were going to get us out. Then we went up again.

I knocked on the door and heard a knock back before getting a very soft ‘Mom?’ in return. I guess my mom was able to get a text through to Ben and Ashley letting them know we were stuck. Ben had pressed the call button for the elevator seeing if he could get it to open. It didn’t, but luckily the maintenance workers were able to find us again on the sixth floor and force the door open. Fifteen minutes after stepping onto the elevator, we had finally made it to the sixth floor. ๐Ÿ™‚

That was my first time ever being stuck on an elevator and I have to say that I was not a fan, especially when my Dad started making some not-so-nice Tower of Terror references. Not cool. The good news is we were only stuck for 15 minutes and had a fun story to tell over breakfast. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you ever been stuck in an elevator? How long did it take you to ride another one again?

After finally making our way upstairs, we had to make our way back downstairs to walk down the street to iHop. By this point, I was more than ready for food.


Check out the newlyweds sporting their new bling. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s still weird to see a ring on my brother’s finger. I knew he was getting married for over a year, but it wasn’t until I saw him with a ring on his ring finger after the ceremony that it finally became real.


For breakfast, I ordered the spinach, tomato, and mushroom omelet with swiss cheese, fruit, and rye toast.


The omelet was good, but I’m not a fan of iHop’s fruit. It’s as if they coat their fruit in an unnatural sugar syrup that is just blah. :/

We ate breakfast, then took our time packing up the room and heading back to Tampa. Along the way we had to drop the tuxes off and pick the dogs up. We also ended up with a stowaway.


Derek and I are watching Scooby while my parents are skiing in the mountains for the week. I know Maddie is happy to have the company. ๐Ÿ™‚


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and a kidnapped cupcake made for delicious road food.


Despite a few detours, we made pretty good time getting to Tampa. For dinner, I made simple fajitas using pre-seasoned steak and veggies from Publix and paired them with a spinach salad and plantains.


Easy. ๐Ÿ™‚

This morning I ran 5 miles and had a big bowl of cereal for breakfast.


  • Caramel Oikos
  • 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean Crisp
  • 1/2 cup Quaker Oatmeal Squares
  • Strawberries
  • Chocolate Sommersaults
  • Walnuts


Pumpkin ravioli with fresh spinach, marinara, and parmesan cheese for lunch.


Apple slices and carrot sticks with honey peanut butter as mid-afternoon snack.


Dinner was a little more fun, thanks to the BOGO deal for pizza dough at Publix this week. I froze one and had the fun idea to turn the other into calzones for dinner tonight.


The fillers:

  • apple slices
  • roasted acorn squash
  • thinly sliced red onion
  • almonds
  • mozzarella cheese


I divided the dough in half and created two calzones with a little bit of the fillers in each.



The calzones baked for 15 minutes at 425.


Derek walked in just as I was pulling them out the oven and said ‘Wow’ when he saw the finished product. Even I was impressed with this one. ๐Ÿ™‚


Check out that center. Yum.


The calzones were huge, so I ended up taking half for dinner and saving the rest for lunch tomorrow.


Served with marinara sauce for dipping.


I LOVED the calzones. The apples and acorn squash made them slightly sweet, but it wasn’t a terribly overpowering sweetness, especially when paired with the marinara sauce – it was just right. ๐Ÿ™‚


Our plates needed some green.


Tow pieces of Valentine’s candy for dessert.


Today was a major catch-up day, it’ll feel nice to return to normal tomorrow. You know – until our next adventure!

Good night!

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