Baggies On My Feet

Well, I’ve been traveling so much lately, that this is more of a catch up post than anything.  Sadly, that seems to be my theme lately, doesn’t it!?

I flew to WI last week for work, but got to sneak in some time with my sister and her monkeys.  Not as much as I’d have liked, but it was still wonderful.  I got to see my parent’s for a few hours too, which is always nice.

C and I were supposed to see Natalie Merchant sing with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Saturday night, but between flight delays and Badger traffic, it was a bust.  I did get to see my niece and nephew trick or treat, which was my biggest goal (Halloween is my fav holiday).

G and M! Gotta love M’s pose here…. 🙂
how cute are they?!?!

Work was good, but long.  I’m in software training classes and I don’t do well sitting in one place for 8+ hrs a day for days on end.  Thankfully I only have one more week of it.

I did spend one evening getting a manicure though!  I forgot how cold WI can be in the fall, and it certainly wasn’t appropriate for my typical flip-flop wearing when I get my pedicures back here in VA.  Anyway, after getting my pedicure and letting my feet dry under the heaters for 10 minutes, the nail tech sprayed cuticle oil in baggies and had me put them on my feet before my socks and shoes!  It was so weird…but I was told it would keep my nails from smudging.  And now that it’s not open toed shoe season anymore, I can go back to fun colors.  This time is a dark blue/teal color.

I had a mixed bag of meals in WI.  My sister made a killer black bean soup on Sunday, and I brought leftovers to my hotel when I left, which was really cool.  I found an awesome breakfast place when in Madison called Monty’s Blue Plate Diner.  I went and had an amazing breakfast of scrambled tofu and vegan hash.  10 of us went out to The Weary Traveler’s Free House on Thursday, and I ordered way more than I could handle.  I ended up eating the roasted veggie salad (which had this incredible Serrano chili dressing I have to figure out how to make), and took the vegan chili and cornbread back to my room for breakfast Friday.  I also went to a Korean place called K Peppers that was simply awesome.  The only bad experience I had was at a local Italian restaurant called Vin Santo.  I was by myself like I usually am when I travel, and looking forward to yummy food, a glass of wine, and reading.  I was totally ignored the entire evening – at one point getting up to refill my own water glass.  On my way out I mentioned to the owners how much I didn’t appreciate being ignored, and even though I was dining solo, there are a lot of business professionals who come through there who don’t always have the luxury of dining with family or friends.  Then I walked out and won’t be back (food was only mediocre anyway).

a big ‘ol breakfast
K Peppers
Weary Traveler – bad iPad pic.  And it’s upside down!  Weird…

The rest of my team stayed in Madison for the week, but I really wanted to come home.  It was worth it – I was even greeted with flowers from D (that’s a big deal, by the way…it’s only the 4th time ever he’s gotten me flowers).

Today has been busy (running, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, unpacking, laundry…), and I’m getting ready for some girl fun tonight!  Tomorrow we have planned massages for D and I, a family movie, a quiet dinner at home, and then packing so I can do this all over again on Monday….

my bfast this morning! Pumpkin pie oatmeal. Cooked old-fashioned oats with some unsweetened coconut milk on the stove, then added 1/4 cup pumpkin puree and 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice and a squirt of agave. So yummy!

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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