Sunday, July 17, 2011

I am definitely a city girl!

We're back from our trip up north! It was nice to relax, unplug a bit, nap, sleep in, and read without distractions. I did miss home and our cats especially, so it feels good to be back!


lake view

While I enjoy getting away from the city, I am definitely not a country girl. I guess I take after my mom! I told Craig that we'll probably never go camping together. I feel bad, but in all seriousness, if I can't handle spiders in the cottage bathroom, how could I ever camp?

Here's a recap:

Some of the food I/we ate:

Trader Joe's maple oatmeal with Justin's maple almond butter (so good).

coffee, oatmeal, Justin's maple almond butter

A big salad from the Pick N' Save salad bar. By yesterday afternoon, I was just craving tons of veggies.


We went out to eat on Friday night and had fry bread and cheese for our appetizer.

fry bread, cheese

For fear of strange looks, I didn't take a picture of my main meal. I got a delicious veggie burger with swiss cheese and mushrooms on it.

I was sent an Erin Baker sample pack of products before we left, so I tried Erin Baker's Organic Brownie Bite. It was unexpectedly a bit minty and tasted so good!

Erin Baker brownie bite

Erin Baker's Organic Brownie Bites

We brought two bags of the Food Should Taste Good chips up north and tried those. Let's just say my husband loved the White Cheddar and that bag is already gone. Glad I got to try more than a couple of handfuls of that flavor!

White Cheddar Food Should Taste Good chips

I munched on some jalapeno chips during our car ride home. Not that we needed any more "heat" added to our drive. You'll hear more about that in a bit.

Food Should Taste Good jalapeno chips


We went out to eat and walked around town on Friday night. We enjoy one particular restaurant in town, so we always return back there.

Craig and I July 16th, 2011

Restaurant interior

restaurant interior


Typical main street in any Wisconsin small town.



We played Uno a couple of times. Craig was declared the winner far more often than I was :(.

Cider, uno

I finished reading The Hunger Games! It was so addictive to read. Craig also was reading it on his kindle and he claimed I was being competitive, trying to finish before him. The truth is, it was just so good that I had to get to the ending! I can't wait to read the other two books!

The Hunger Games

Only "up north" would you see this:

Scooby on toilet


I actually did not workout a lot and I missed it. I did a walk/run with Craig one morning before the humidity set in.

And I did yoga this morning using the Hot Body Yoga app from Women's Health. It was my first time using the app and I really enjoyed it. Can't wait to try it more often.

Women's Health Hot Body Yoga app ipod

yoga with Hot Body Yoga app

It felt amazing to do some yoga! My body needed it.

Today's car ride felt like our own version of 127 Hours. We weren't stuck in the desert and we didn't have to cut our arms off, but we were in extreme heat the whole way home and Craig's air conditioning was not working.

Did I mention that I hate bugs of any kind, especially spiders? There was a black spider crawling around our pillows and food in the back seat. When I got the opportunity to, I killed the bugger. I know, it's not very nice, but hunching forward in my car seat to avoid him wasn't so pleasant either.

Besides the bugs and extreme temps, we faced a nice highway backup. Why oh why Dept. of Transportation of WI, would you have a popular two lane highway going from north to south cut down to one lane on a weekend when no one was doing any construction work? I am sure they have their reasons, but we and the other 100 something cars in the backup were not happy!

I actually feel sick when I am in that kind of heat with the sun blaring down on me. I was so happy to get home to our air conditioning blasting and the happy faces of our kitties.

Time to go change the laundry, unpack some more, and find something to eat.

I'll be back tomorrow with the Food Should Taste Good chips giveaway!


  1. I don't blame you for missing home and your little ones! I'm so glad you had a great trip though. That maple squared oatmeal sounds wonderful mmm mmm!

    We don't have AC in our house but we do in our car, I can only imagine how tough a drive that must have been! :(

    Hope you have a wonderful start to your week! :)

  2. Oh wow, I can't imagine driving today with no AC! So glad to hear that you're home relaxing in cool air with your cats :)

    I discovered this weekend that the newly remodeled Y includes no fans! It was so freaking hot. Chris did cardio at the Tosa Y today and said it was much better, and even colder than our house. Sounds like it'll be worth the drive during this current heat wave.

  3. Oh my gosh - I had chills when you said there was a black spider in the backseat. I am NOT a nature girl by any means and definitely couldn't handle camping. Sixth grade camp was the last time I did anything that even RESEMBLED camping (we had cabins) and that will probably be the last time. haha :)