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.



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