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My Week of PTO, Part 4

Thursday, Day 4:

DSCN1192_2My travels proved to me, once again,
that serendipity is anywhere one cares to find it . . .


Lists, laptop, latte and a lemon muffin began my day.  One does not embark on a journey like this without a certain amount of planning.  There was also a fair bit of bill-paying and catching up on work email (ug).

a local coffee shop
a local coffee shop

Trader Joe’s is always a great place to lighten your mood while picking up a few things for dinner.  Smiling while grocery shopping?  Who knew?

Trader Joe's
Trader Joe’s

Whole Foods — another one of my favorite field trips!  This place is a feast for the eyes AND the tummy!


While I was there, I picked up a salad for lunch, and this AMAZING cookie.  If you take all my favorite cookie ingredients and moosh them into a cookie dough, you would have this cookie.  There were chocolate chips, at least two different nuts, dried fruits, brown sugar and oatmeal.  I’m not sure what they called it, but I call it YUM.


The next stop was at a little shop called the Bicycle Chain.  I test rode two different bikes, and oh my, they were the difference between driving a nice sedan and a sports car.  So were the prices!  I bought a pair of riding gloves.  They had something called lobster gloves, which I had never heard of before.  I bought human gloves.

Lobster Gloves
Lobster Gloves

On my test ride, I happened upon a collection, the likes of which I had never seen before.  It was a garden of carousel figures and dolls — like something from a nightmare.  Yet, I couldn’t help but smile.  What feeling does it evoke in you?


You have to hand it to Menards.  They make a trip to the hardware store look like a day at at Six Flags.  Except there’s only Four Flags.  That should be your first clue.

Get your tickets!
Get your tickets!

Reduce, reuse, recycle!  I feel lighter when I can remove clutter from my home.

Half Price Books
Half Price Books

With the cash I pocketed, I headed up to the mountains!


WAIT . . . are there really mountains in Minnesota?


Finally, I picked up some cloth napkins at Target in an effort to cut down on my use of paper.  These are much prettier, too!


The little curiosities of life abound.  Some are noticed, most go overlooked.  The rhythm of life keeps me at a steady pace; my paths are worn bare.  If wonders exist, they have long since been discovered, and turned mundane.  I took a different route Thursday and found some things and learned some things, and challenged my perspective on others.



Trying to make sense of it all and . . . for the most part . . . doing it.

9 thoughts on “My Week of PTO, Part 4

  1. Omg….list time!!!

    1) The veggies at your Whole Foods looks soooooo delicious! I see kale and beets and rhubarb…mmmm.

    2) Ok…those carosel and dolls…omg….it sort of looked creepy to me! Ack lol

    3) Bike! So do you think you will get one???? How was the test ride?

    4) You went to the mountains to buy napkins? They were colourful though *smiles*

    1. 1) The veggies are always my favorite part of Whole Foods. Not necessarily eating them, but just looking at them! Someone has to place each one of the vegetables in just the perfect spot. I just want to look at them. And, uh . . you didn’t mention the cookie.

      2) LOL! The best thing about the carousel collection was knowing I was going to share it with all of you!

      3) Loved the test rides. The bikes I tried were new. I’d like to take a look at some used bikes. Also, I need to adjust my seat a little to see if my existing bike will work for a few more years before I can justify anything. it’s a good bike, it’s just not as spiffy as the newer ones.

      4) Yes, aren’t the Minnesota mountains beautiful this time of year? Mountains . . old snow . . . it’s all in how you look at it.

    1. There is something to say about getting back in the swing of things. Truth be told though, I’m pretty crabby today. I could get used to that life!

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