We are coming to the end of the first half of our current tour this year. Just a few more stops before we take the project down for maintenance. This week we are in Ronkonkoma, NY (Long Island) and Nashua, NH, which will give me a chance to see my advisor from SNHU. Next week brings us to the midwest, we will possibly be there for a nice little bit.
Song of the week: Seven Nation Army by The Oak Ridge Boys
Week in Review: Spent another lovely week in Blacksburg, VA. We have been part of a symposium that last two years and love the perk of staying at the Inn At Virginia Tech. For the first time in a few months we had a loose weekend and decided to hear up to PA. We are planning to visit Gettysburg, last time we were there it rained.
Fun Photo of the Week:
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My apologies for being away so long, we are still out here but it has just been a hard month. I needed to be selfish and take some time.
In April my grandmother Pat passed away. I wanted to talk about her here but each time I started it was too hard. To explain to those who didn’t know this unique woman, is a talk my heart can’t bear. She was a huge part of my life and my last living grandparent. For the last seven years my mother, whom is one of my closest friends, was her advocate and many times a caregiver. Pat’s health declined slowly and as her needs changed so did the responsibilities of my mother. I miss her, even though we were not always close I still miss her. I also feel the changes this has had on the lives of my parents. They are figuring out life without her in it. While I am sad, this is a happy time for everyone. My grandmother fell in the weeks before her passing and was in a great deal of pain, this and along with complications effected her greatly. She is at rest with so many that love her now.
Unfortunately this is not the sole reason for my break in writing. Three weeks ago Pippi ingested something while we were camping that caused blockage. She underwent emergency surgery, something so many pet parents are familiar with. While they were performing an ultrasound, a thickening of her stomach lining was found and a biopsy performed. Once again I just couldn’t bring myself to talk about it. Her surgery was pretty large due to the need to access the two areas. She was recovering very slow and until I knew something it was just overwhelming. I am happy to share that Pippi is making a good recovery, she is almost 9 and this was big. The biopsy came back benign, so the only worries we have now are addressing what is irritating her stomach. She is our little diehard.
To top it all off my In-laws found a fur-ever home for the pug Chancho. This was always their intent but I love that little guy. I will miss him dearly. He is with a distant relative and they fell madly in love with him before they even knew he was available for adoption. It’s the best possible outcome but still.
This has been a rough month. Thank you to those who send messages of concern from my absence. I am back.
This week we are back on home turf, so of. We will be doing shows around Detroit and spending some time in the office. Lucky for me we are close enough to Illinois that I am going to go home for Easter. Not home but meet my folks.
Song of the week: St James Infirmary by Cab Calloway
Week in Review: Last week was the first time we have really been able to explore Philadelphia, some of my favorite people are from there. Thankfully we had a few days off and filled them with some local attractions. First off we hit the Mutter Museum, if you are a fan of the Travel Channel show Mystery’s at the Museum you will know this one. The museum is part of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and is an amazing collection of medical specimens. Sure this place isn’t for everyone, but it is very unique and well curated. I am a big fan of Victorian Era collections that are now museums, yeah I have a thing for taxidermy. So often these collections are the foundation for much loved museums, I appreciate when a facility gives a nod to those roots, like the Mutter. We also had time for the National Constitution Center, something that I wish I had been able to experience as a kid. While it was good, I think it was much more focused on foreigners and students.
Fun Photo of the Week:
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While we have made an effort in 2015 to change our diets a little, cooking in kitchenettes more and choosing the deli at a grocery store, that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy a good meal out. There are a few restaurants that we frequent, pretend to be “regulars”. Ahhh, being a regular, as an adult I have not had that place. The bar or restaurants where you know the staff and it is relaxing just to slide into a favorite booth. When we lived in the Twin Cities we were broke! While there was a rugby bar, it was not a place I would have chosen to drink at had they not been such good supporters of Josh’s rugby club.
Having this place was something I wanted, thought I would find in the city we settled in. I’m sure we would have if we had settled for longer than six years. While I don’t miss the domesticity or a home I do know that we are missing out on some things. I know that many people who travel like we do tend to love things like Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. Everything tastes that same, it smells the same, and there are some days when I feel a bit in the wind that a cup of coffee is just the ticket.
There are many others that we really enjoy but here are the tops for where we don’t miss.
Husk – Chef Sean Brock took a risk opening up a very high-end Southern Cooking restaurant in the already saturated Charleston Market. There is also one in Nashville. The quality of food has gone down a bit in the last two years, Brock is stretching himself too thin and I’m certain will work this out soon. I like Husk because it was one of the first “fancy” places we went after starting this job.
High Cotton – Thankfully there is multiple High Cottons, you can find these in North and South Carolina (so far). While the food is good the service is always wonderful. Each time we eat here we are made to feel like regulars, like a friend coming for dinner.
Copper Onion – This Salt Lake City find is the biggest example of how diverse Utah is. They serve a wacky variety of cuisine. Deviled eggs are followed but a dry aged steak, they make amazing ice tea along with serving a wide selection of local craft beer. At one table you will find a group of dirty hipsters and the next will be a guy is a three-piece suit. I love the food and always get a kick out of the scenery.
And shockingly there are some chains I like.
Yard House – Alright this a crazy chain with a ton of taps and a HUGE menu. However I like the menu and the well the beer. We have some friends that we always meet there and it is a place to just relax.
Specialty’s – Fresh and organic, Josh and I both want to dive into the menu with both feet.
I used Yelp to find most of these places the first time, it isn’t about having the most reviews or the highest scores. Read the reviews, read past the silly “our party of thirty had slow service” crap.
***This is part of a series of posts called “Travel Tuesday“, each covering topics unique to our lifestyle***