Normally I would just stay later tonight to make up the time, but I'm actually leaving early today (4:00 rather than the usual 6:00) for my belated Valentine's Day celebration with Gearry! Well, we're calling it our Valentine's Day celebration, but really it's just a general romantic getaway that we happened to plan for right after V-Day. We're heading down to West Baden for an awesome dinner at his restaurant and a night at the resort. It should be a great litle overnight excursion... I'm excited to see where he works, meet all of the people he bosses around everyday, and stay in such a beautiful hotel. There is soooooo much history there, I can't wait to see it. As crazy as it may seem, since I've lived in this area my entire life, I've never been inside the West Baden Springs Resort. As a kid, my cousins and I spent time exploring the nooks and crannies of the French Lick Springs Resort, but West Baden was pretty dilapidated by that time and we were never able to check it out. Even after they started doing tours as I got older, I always wanted to go but somehow never made it. Now, the resort has been restored back to its original grandeur (actually, even better than original) and is quickly becoming a very popular destination, just as it was back in the early 1900s. Luxury digs, first rate food, breakfast in bed... yeah, it's gonna be a good night.
Also, I received some pictures today from my cousin Jon, who is in the Air Force... he's wanted to be a pilot for as long as I can remember. On Thursday, Jon got his first solo in a USAF T-6 Texan II, which he'll be flying until June. After he completed his solo, he got thrown into the dunk tank, a tradition after a pilot's first flight.