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I’ll be back on Monday!

This is our last full day in Wheeling, West Virginia.  Tomorrow, we begin the long and arduous process of moving to our new home that is not so near to here.  We wanted to make today special, particularly for Julia.  We woke up and treated ourselves to some ice cream for breakfast, then made our way to our favorite place:  Oglebay Park.

Oglebay Park 

Oglebay has been a common backdrop for special events in my life.  I’ve celebrated a prom, a wedding, birthdays, anniversaries and countless other important occasions at this beautiful place.  For the past year, it has been a cherished spot for Julia and I to spend time together.  We’ve racked up quite a few hours feeding the ducks at the pond, watching the Cascading Water Show at Schenk Lake and walking the trails.  It is an understatement to say we will miss Oglebay.

Today, when we arrived to feed the ducks, we found that the food dispensers were missing, and this new policy was posted:

New Policy on Feeding the Ducks 
Oglebay's Schenk Lake 

So, we watched the ducks for a while, then took Julia to the playground to play.  We walked to the Butterfly Garden and ended our trip with a stop at our favorite fountain, where Julia threw a penny in and made a wish.

Julia throws a Penny in the fountain at Oglebay 

Just before we left, Daddy spotted a Praying Mantis which, he informed us, is good luck.

Praying Mantis at Oglebay

I’m so excited about this move.  I love our new home and I look foward to settling in there.  Still, West Virginia will always be special to me.  It really is Almost Heaven. (Cue “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver)

Every so often, a song comes along that resonates with me and sort of transfigures me.  You know those songs – the ones that recreate a feeling and just take you to another place.  Sometimes it happens because the timing is right, and once that moment is over, the song fades away and loses its elevating effect.  Some of them stick around for like 25 years, like this one:  “Just Can’t Get Enough” by Depeche Mode.

A song that is guaranteed to incite a Dance Party Jam anytime it is played at my house.

A song that can pull me out of my darkest mood and make me get up and groove.  Even at 4 A.M.

A song that is so yummy, they used it in this Gap commercial in 1999.  Yeah, they’re all in leather and they’re all standing still.  They need me in there bouncing and twirling among them, wearing blazing red leather pants.  Especially around :05.  Yeah, I’d like that.

“When I’m with you baby, I go out of my head…”

Come on.  Let’s Dance!

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