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Friday’s Food For Thought: Love Letter Edition #2

On March 31, 1952, Dick Hauck wrote a special letter to his sweetheart, Arlene. He was serving in the Army and stationed away from her while she waited at home. As they courted, they wrote letters everyday, and have a box of them saved to this day.

The most important letter wasn’t included in that collection, however, as it was lost nearly 60 years ago.

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It was the letter in which 21-year-old Dick proposed to his now wife. The pair have now been happily married all these years. The lost letter was found by two contractors who were remodeling an old home, Arlene’s childhood home, as they removed the old flooring. They delivered it back to the couple almost 60 years to the day of when it was written.

Dick became noticeably emotional as he relived his feelings from that day and read through the letter again, all these years later.

To be honest, I became noticeably emotional as he relived his feelings from that day and read through the letter again, all these years later. And I’ll admit that my eyes filled with tears as his voice cracked while reading, “I got your ring today, I sure hope you will like it. I wish I could have gotten it long ago darling.”

Dick flew home a few weeks after sending the letter and the two were married in June. They say the secret to their lasting marriage is friendship.

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You can read the story of the love letter here.  I’d love to know what you think of this story!

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We’re new in the city, so there’s a lot of things we don’t know.

Things like good dentists and good churches, good eye doctors, good grocery stores, good restaurants, and good jobs…

(Hear that? It’s a hint to tell me about any good jobs you know about!)

Anyway, since we don’t have a ton of knowledge on what’s best for this KC lifestyle, we ask people for recommendations.

Is this dangerous? Probably. Because we don’t know what we’re getting when we visit a doctor that a friend of a friend recommended. Or what we’ll find when we visit a restaurant that was suggested by someone we barely know through work.

But the way we see it, we wouldn’t have any information about where we’re going anyway, right?

And this way, we feel we have something, however small, in common with whatever or whoever we’re checking out for the first time.

Of course, we still end up with no clue sometimes.

Like when we drive into a neighborhood to check out a house and find the sketchiest-looking neighbors we’ve ever seen. Or when we get lost on the way to whatever new place we’re trying to find.

Living in a big, new city isn’t easy.

If it wasn’t for Hubs and GPS, I’d be lost all the time, I swear.

At least with a recommendation, I usually have some insight as to where I’m going and how I got lost on the way…

What about you? How do you find the best places to visit or decide what people to trust in a new place? What’s the best way to ask advice for things like this?

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“A”dventures in the big city

Hubs and I have only lived in the city for a year or so. (For him, I’ve been there even less.)

And it’s a big city. That means we don’t know where everything is.

And we sometimes get lost.

And by “get lost” I mean miss the exit because I haven’t been able to read the GPS instructions (or I stop paying attention) and miss the road we’re supposed to turn on so Hubs has to make a U-turn. Which he doesn’t mind to do.

I don’t like doing it, though.

However, I don’t mind being lost and missing roads. It makes me feel like we’re exploring.  I just mind making U-turns really quickly when there’s a semi coming at us.

The past weeks of driving around looking around in neighborhoods for houses that are for sale.

Let’s just say we’ve made a lot of U-turns lately.

What about you? Ever get lost? Does it bother you? If it does, how do you get over it?

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A night on the town…on my own.

Last night was the first time since being married that I had plans, in Kansas City, without Wyatt.

(Kind of makes me sound like a stay-at-home loser, but I’m okay with that…I think.)

It wasn’t something I’d really thought about, I just haven’t had an opportunity, but as I was getting ready to leave, I realized this was a big step. Not because I felt I didn’t want to get out and have a night with the girls, but because going out without Wyatt means I have to drive there myself.

Uh oh.

If you’ve been following along, you know I tend to dislike driving anywhere that I don’t know where I’m going.

Want some examples? Try reading this onethis one, this one, or this one (my favorite).

Needless to say, I am very much a country girl living in the city. I’m a lot more used to gravel roads and roadkill than interstates and road work.

So when I accepted the invite for a birthday at the Plaza, I admit, I needed a pep talk from Wyatt before I felt ready to leave. He insisted I could make it, and while I doubt his confidence in me, he never wavers (though he does get annoyed),

But I had my cell phone with me, which means I had my GPS. Oh, my trusty GPS.

Except that my phone died when I got there.

Oooh boy.

I headed out of the parking garage…which, as a side note, creep me out, though this one was well lit and had lots of in and out traffic, both on foot and by car.

I walked into the restaurant, hoping I’d see a familiar face. I didn’t know who was coming or how many, and the hostess said, “I don’t think I’ve sat them…” so I commenced to waiting to see if someone I knew walked in. In the meantime, I tried my best to remember how I’d gotten there so I could get back home.

Eventually (only a few minutes, but when you’re alone with no phone, it makes you worry with every minute that the plans got changed and no one was coming) they all got there and we had a great meal at the Cheesecake Factory.

And then it was time to go home. On my own, with no phone.

I borrowed a friend’s cell to call Wyatt to give him a head’s up that if I didn’t show up, he should come looking, and then headed out.

And you know what?

I made it.

(Surprised I’m not writing this from a random computer while still lost somewhere? I thought so, but don’t worry, I’m fine.)

True, I made a wrong turn early on, but I immediately realized it and quickly made my way around the block to get where I needed to go. And true, my cell phone did manage to come back on enough I could have made a very short call if I’d needed to. But I’m still considering this a victory.

Not only did I have a fun night out with some great girls, I made it there and back without much help.

I’d say that’s cause for a celebration.

Any ideas?

I’m thinking a slice of their 30th Anniversary chocolate layered cheesecake sounds like the perfect plan. Too bad I didn’t buy any last night. (I managed to not give in to their 7 dollar slices…)

But the silver lining in not having cheesecake here to enjoy? I know I could get myself there again if the cravings get too overwhelming.

I mean, who wouldn’t face the traffic for a slice of that goodness?




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Not Lost

Today I had to make my way to Liberty to get an estimate for our car repair after our fender bender a few weeks ago (Yes, we are dragging our feet a little in this process).

As usual, I was nervous that I would get totally lost, stranded, and well, have to call my husband at work to come rescue me.

(Which wouldn’t be SOO bad, except that I’d NEVER hear the end of it.)

And of course, that would be a worst case scenario. Most likely, I’d just be really, really late to whatever I was trying to get to.

You’d think that after close to 3 months, I’d be getting better at this driving in the city stuff, but really, as I drive around, I still don’t get the feeling that I really live here. I mean, our apartment feels like home, and I’m getting better at finding my way around the strangely unfamiliar set up of our local Wal-Mart (you’d think they would be more similar from town to town…), but overall, I think I still feel like I’m visiting, or just pretending to live here.

Is that weird?

But today I made it there and back, no problems. At all. I was even feeling confident enough to disagree with the directions on the gps, and go my own way. Go me.

(On a side note, thank goodness for GPS. I’d like to hug whoever invented that wonderful little piece of technology.)


Of course, that doesn’t mean I’ll be any less nervous the next time I go out, so I’m sure there will be more “lost” posts in the future.

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Lost in Transit

Here’s the story.

Friday, August 5, at approximately 4:30 in the afternoon, I purchased a Pilates DVD and pedometer at Walmart. 

It was in a white Walmart bag on the floor in the space by our patio door.

And now, it’s gone.

Granted, I was gone for 2 weeks and Wyatt was here alone. But at the same time, he didn’t do a lot of cleaning, and it’s likely I stashed it somewhere before.

Still, no matter which one of us either stashed it or tossed it, one of us should be able to remember where it is.

If only that was the case…

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Lesson #3 You CAN get there from here…in about twenty different ways.

Basically, the whole story behind this post is that Wyatt and I drove around, totally unnecessarily, for almost an hour last night in between two stops. We were making returns and doing some more shopping and needed to find a Sears store. There was one in Gladstone so we went. Then we needed to go to Macy’s.

There is a Macy’s you can get to from Barry Road, which runs close by our apartment. So, to me, I thought that was the best way to get there. Let’s just say I was wrong.

Wyatt didn’t know where the Macy’s was located. He thought it was by Target or Walmart, which is, I admit, way closer to our apartment. He headed back from Gladstone and got all the way back over by the Target north of our apartment. Turns out the Macy’s, which I considered “by our apartment” because that’s the way I got there, is actually way closer to where we had just come from.


Apparently, Wyatt didn’t remember the entire conversation we had about the Macy’s being in an abandoned mall that I walked around one day and then pointed out to him one day when we went to the Best Buy across the street.

So, basically, while Wyatt was heading back towards our apartment on one road, we were heading totally away from where we needed to go because we didn’t need to go all the way back to the beginning. Then once we realized we were going the wrong way (after we got all the way back), we managed to turn around and get on yet another road that I didn’t know, which also took us the long way around. Sheesh.

Still though, I need to realize that there’s more than one way to get anywhere up here. More than ten ways really.

The problem is that all the “ways” look the same to me! They’re all divided highways and they all have really similar names!

I mean, whose bright idea was it to name all the highways numbers that are so similar? 635, I35, 435…and if that’s not enough, there’s just a regular 45! Aaahhh!

Throw in the 29, 69, 71, and 152, and my head starts to spin.

And they all COULD get us from one place to another. But only if I know where I’m going…


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Ok, so maybe I CAN do it…

I managed to make it on a much longer excursion today. All the way into Kansas! Har, har, that was a bad KC joke.

Anyway, I had to go and get the Sporting KC tickets that Wyatt and I won from 96.5 when we were on our honeymoon. I say “had” to go not because I didn’t want to, but because this much-longer trip involved highway, interstate, and other scary transportation issues, and they closed at 5:30, so there was no way Wyatt could go with me. Yikes.

But, I am proud to report that I made it there and back, plus a trip to Macy’s to make a return (which I was bummed to find out they would only give me store credit, even though we had receipt! But, that’s okay, I already respent part of it…shh…).

I also made it to a few other places, running some errands that weren’t super important, but gave me something to do.

I was going to treat myself to Panera as a mini celebration for finding my way around all by myself, but I decided it would be more fun to celebrate with Wyatt tonight.

So, Wyatt, if you’re reading, I have several ideas of places we can go…that’s the trouble with my finding my way around, it gives me ideas of places I’ll want you to go with me. First up, the ice cream place a few blocks away!

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Driving On My Own

Well, after 2 days of barely leaving the inside of the apartment, as much as I like it here, I was going just a bit crazy. And, I needed to get started on my name change. So, that meant a trip, on my own, to the Social Security Office. Yikes.

Luckily, my super helpful, and so far patient, husband, took the time to go over the route with me last night, and I wrote down the directions of where I needed to go.

So, this morning, armed with my scribbled notes, and a fresh batch of confidence thanks to a slightly exasperated pep talk from Wyatt, I set out, and everything was going great.

Until I hit the detour.


Stupid road work.

So, after several extra turns, and only one almost-missed-turn, and one semi-u-turn, I made it.

I was there for maybe 10 minutes, and then I was out and on my way back home. Time to follow the directions backward, which I admit, would have been easier if I’d paid a bit more attention during the detour turns. But, still, I made the return trip with no complications.

A little dramatic for a trip that took a total of 30 minutes? Yup, but I don’t care. I’m still nervous for the next trip out, even with this first one behind me. I just hate feeling like I don’t know where I’m going.

I need a new phone, complete with gps, please. And soon.

In the meantime, maybe a map would be helpful…

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