August 22, 2014

Quick Update

HI FRIENDS.  (Insert weird apology for being a "bad blogger" here)

I'm back on the East Coast after a week of midwest travels.  Long work days, long evenings with friends and family.  I have gotten enough Minnesota Nice to last me at least until the end of September when my friends come to visit.

I have so many things to share.  So many ideas to post about it in the next few weeks.  I have my first fashion blog coming to you (just kidding, it's just yoga pants but it comes with a discount.)  

While I get caught up with home and work, I figured I'd give you a quick update on life lately so you were caught up.

1.  I got The Day Designer.  I ordered one of the ones with a misspelling or other error making it cheaper.  It's overwhelming and interesting and exciting.  

2.  I got to play with Molly this weekend.  She is my brother's new bulldog puppy and she is 12 weeks old.  I'm in love with her.

3.  The Iceland trip is in full planning mode.  We watched the Secret Life of Walter Mitty last night.  I love that movie.  Our goal is to book the tickets by the end of this month and I cannot wait for this adventure.


4.  I have the cutest nieces & nephew in the whole world.  Not sure how many of you saw this picture on Instagram (if you don't follow me, you should @stephgregerson) but it was one of my favorite of the whole weekend.  We were out on my father in law's boat with the kids and Justin got stuck in the front of the boat with the two 3 year olds - obviously they were wearing sparkly red high heels.  I don't know what their conversation was about (he looks tired & confused), but that moment just made me happy.

5.  My Fantasy Football draft is Monday and I'm so excited.  I don't want summer to end, but I do love football season.

Alright, I'm off like a prom dress.  I have to make coffee, catch up on Samantha's Nashville trip and get to work.  If you miss me, check out my 2 posts about my road trip last week - PA, WV, MD and OH or OH, IN, IL & IA.  The 3rd and final installment will be live next week along with videos.  Come back soon.

August 15, 2014

Almost Home

We are only one state away now.  Today, we traveled through Ohio, Indiana and Illinois and have landed on the eastern edge of Iowa.  We had another great day of adventures.  I will have more pictures to share in the future, but for now, I will share a few more nuggets of wisdom that we learned along the way.

1. Never say no to a 24-hour drive thru donut shop... or ice cream for breakfast if you stay away from gluten.
2. Drink champagne in Champaign, IL.  Why not?
3. Make complete stops when you are in Newtonsville, OH because they are watching.
4. US 50 is a beautiful way to see southern OH.
5. Turns out donuts + sandwiches are a real thing.  I ate one today.
6. Casinos live on boats in Iowa.
7. People in the Midwest really are as nice as the stereotype says.  You run into someone accidentally and they apologize... every time.
8. Turns out you can get just about anything on your license plate. 

Happy Friday to everyone.  I can't wait to be back in the motherland soon.

August 14, 2014

On the Road Again

I am currently somewhere in Eastern Ohio ready to begin day 2 of a road trip back to Minnesota.  One of my best friends drove out to the east coast a few weeks ago to spend some time with her different friends in NYC.  We decided that we would drive back together this week since Justin & I have a wedding and I have some work training to do at our headquarters in Minneapolis.  We set out yesterday and took a southern route through PA, MD and WV and ended day 1 in Ohio.

A few things I learned on day 1 of this trip:

1. Maryland & West Virginia are amazingly beautiful while driving through the hills.
2. The Cumberland Gap is in Tennessee, not Cumberland, MD.
3. Meals are cheaper in this part of the country.
4. Hershey, PA smells like chocolate.
5. Roadside America is the most ridiculous place I've ever visited (most pictures to come.)

Today, we are covering Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.  I'll be back to regular programming one of these days.

August 11, 2014

Camping in the Catskills

Growing up, the only family vacations we took were to hockey tournaments in the winter or camping in the Boundary Waters in the summer.  When Justin & I got married, I wanted to continue taking camping trips with my husband, but life happened.  Almost 6 years later, we finally used the tent and sleeping bags we received for our wedding.

We went north to the Catskills for the weekend and set up camp.  Tannersville and Hunter are awesome little mountain towns.  Once we got our campsite set up, we settled in for a quiet evening of veggie hot dogs, campfire Sangria and s'mores.  

Saturday morning, we enjoyed a few bonfire breakfast burritos and then made our way to the Zipline Adventure tour.  If you missed my recap of my Zipline experience, you can read it here.  We celebrated afterwards with a stroll through Tannersville.  There was a margarita involved followed up a face plant into a stream because I'm smooth.

The Catskills are incredible.  We explored such a tiny area and we are working on getting back up north in the fall when the trees are colorful.  We want to hike more and possibly even zip line again.  We will definitely get up there in the winter for a ski day.

Just thinking about the quiet, beautiful mountain air makes me feel a little more relaxed on this Monday morning.

August 8, 2014

A Break from Crazy

Thank you Friday for showing your pretty little face.  I'm not trying to wish time away, but I do need a break from the craziness that has been my work schedule (aka my husband and I in the same state for more than 12 hours.)

This week was a whirlwind brought to you by:

Airplanes - both easy flights and crappy bumpy flights

Football talk in an airport bar with complete strangers

A good new book - Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt.  I read it in 3 days this week while traveling.  I couldn't stop.  It wasn't a happy, feel-good story, but it was the kind of book where you just love the characters.  Now that I've finished that up, I'm ready for a new book and open to recommendations.  Thank you Steph for moving this to the top of my to-read pile.

Meetings, meetings, meetings (but one of them had really good cookies)

Mexican food & margarita Monday in ATL

Raspberries & sugar snap peas - my food choices are always interesting when Justin is gone

Coffee & Wine

Awesome mailbox surprises from Yoga Outlet, Stitchfix and Wine Awesomeness

Jersey Belle - yep, I watched this and loved it and don't feel bad about it at all.  Another win Andy Cohen.

Beautiful weather enjoyed in tiny segments when the dogs need to go to the bathroom.

Training sessions for work

This Spotify playlist called I'm a Fly Motherf***er because sometimes you just need to hear that

Now that this week is wrapping up, I am super excited for a semi normal weekend.  Lots of food, dogs, laziness and pajamas.  My routine will be back to normal in about 2.5 weeks and the traveling will slow down a little bit.  In the meantime, I changed my sponsor spots to include a swap ad because I want to find some new bloggers and put some new faces on my sidebar so check it out.