Sunday, September 13, 2009

Foot Fault???

But we are sick and tired of hearing your song
Telling how you are gonna change right from wrong
'Cause if you really want to hear our views
"You haven't done nothing"!
Stevie Wonder

So another birthday at the Ridge :) Got the call from Stephanie that she was catching the early shuttle and I needed to come say goodbye. Merely a ruse to get me into the dining room where about 4 steps from the door I saw a lot of people wearing party hats and holding noise makers. It was a festive morning with some gifts and some singing and a really embarrassed by the effort Jim. So let me start by saying a big thank you to Katherine, Steph, Caroline, and Gretchen for making sure I had a special day. I'm not sure who the lady in the orange hat is but she was having none of that.

Flowers and balloons!!! I was told the search was on for a giant mylar stop sign balloon but to no avail. And thank goodness because who needs to be traumatized on their birthday.

"Birthday cake" came in two forms at the ridge. The broccoli puree soup kind and the french toast with strawberries kind. Of the two I am going to go with the toast but let's face it's not exactly red velvet cupcakes or even a twinkie with a candle in it.

I do greatly appreciate the effort of the kitchen staff. I can't really say enough nice things about the staff that serves us fabulous food, deals with a ton of different allergies and food requests, and always serve us with a smile. I will however pass on some news from the kitchen. The 150 to 200 calorie dessert that has been served at dinner every night I have been at the ridge came to an end last wednesday. Dessert will now be served only a few nights a week to more emulate the way people eat dessert at home. Now if they change the exercise program to emulate the way we exercise at home they can keep the nightly dessert.

If you ever get arrested in Toledo, Gretchen is your girl. Shown here scaling the canyon the day after knocking out the stop sign with ease. And by ease I, of course, mean pain, sweat, and questioning the existence of a higher being.

After the morning hike, before we put Stephanie on to the shuttle back to reality and out of the bubble.

Because of the extreme heat some of us chose to do a group indoor hike. The benefits being that you are much less likely to suffer heat stroke inside. There's not a great indoor hiking venue in St George so instead we chose the Caesar's Palace Forum Shops. On top of my list of things to do this week is list and publish everyone's picks in the win a free week at the ridge contest. I will be giving periodic weight loss/gain tallies I'm just not sure of the periods yet. This week at the ridge there are only 29 campers, the lowest total since I started coming here. Should make for an interesting week. Peace, Jim


Sarah Marie said...

So you're finally old enough to drink in a bar, huh? J/K. Happy Birthday and keep the pics coming!

Kim said...

Hi Jim,
I have been thinking about you and remembered it was your birthday. Sorry I missed the actual day but it sounds like you are still hanging in there which...CONGRATULATIONS you are stronger than I. I am rooting for you at home in WI. Go Big Red--team that is.

I am still reading your blog so keep typing.