Coming This Week: August 7th – 13th

Well this could be an interesting week. I am once again home to visit with my folks but this time Josh is out on a tour. He has been able to step in and take out a program for Sprint, this is a small trailer that sets up at mostly community events. He is hitting the State Fair circuit, with this regional tour. Next week will have us both in Michigan and probably enjoying some of the more unique area festivals.

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Song of the Week: Hurricane Season – Trombone Shorty

 

Week in Review: It was nice to spend a little time together during the summer, we often have such different schedules.   I did head back home a touch early while Josh made for Indianapolis.    Lucky for me the my hometown was hosting the annual county fair (Brown County Fair).   Had the opportunity to take in some harness racing with my family.

I was also “home” for the grand opening of a coffee shop in my hometown.   I’m from a town of 1300 people and it’s the county seat.  Biggest town for miles!!!!   So the opening of a coffee shop is news and something that Josh is looking forward to.
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Coming This Week: July 31st – August 6th

This week we will be spending part of the time in Detroit.  Josh is heading to Indianapolis while I am going home to spend some time with my folks.  Next week I’ll be home still and Josh will be in Detroit, his is working with a lower mileage program this summer.

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Song of the Week: Hurricane Season – Trombone Shorty

 

Week in Review: This week was pretty uneventful, we didn’t work any events just helped out in the shop.  This post is late due to a last minute canoe trip on Chippewa River.

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Coming This Week: July 24th – 30th

I actually have no idea where we will be this week.  We are starting the week still at home with my folks and then heading back to Detroit.  I am certain that there will be some travel and adventure to have but I don’t know what that will be.

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Song of the Week: Dirty Paws – Of Monsters and Men

Week in Review:  Last week I mentioned that we were at a pretty cool festival in Indiana, it was the Three Rivers Festival.  There were a number of unique “happenings”, the actual festival is spread out in different area parks.  Each location has a bit of a focus, we were near the carnival and not far from Junk Food Alley.  There were concerts, car shows, craft shows, and raft races.  Homemade boats sponsored by local businesses raced on one of the rivers, but to add a little fun many had water cannons and balloons.  We stayed and watched the race, witnessing battles between spectators and the teams.  So you can either row to win or swerve close to shore and bombard the crowds.  It was awesome. Every festival should do this.  We spend most of last week with my folks, helping out while my dad is recovering from surgery.

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Coming This Week: July 17th – 23rd

This being summer and our full-time tour being on hiatus, we are getting the opportunity to work with a bunch of different programs.  This week we will touch two tours before heading home for a mini-vacation.  I can say that I know where we will be this week but not next.

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Song of the Week: Fire and the Flood – Vance Joy

 

Week in Review: Well we spent the weekend (and part of the week) in Fort Wayne, IN.  This was an opportunity to learn a program our company has for Sprint, a bit related to the one we work most of the year.  I have to admit that we both had some preconceived notions about the area and boy were we wrong.  The downtown area is wonderful, more than a few interesting restaurants.  Two really stuck out and warranted multiple visits.  A little place called Dash-In had an interesting menu with creative items like a pesto grilled cheese and only microbrews from the bar.  The real gem was a nicer place called Club Soda, picking entrees was a challenge due to the entire menu was amazing.  The real feature of this place is that all the steaks were Iowa raised.  When it comes to fine dining we can be a bit picky buy Club Soda passed that test (soft butter and black napkins, both a sign that staff and management are attentive and don’t skip details).  This was certainly nothing like expected and I know that we will both not pass on an opportunity to come back.  The actual festival we were at would rival many State Fairs in the attendance and size.

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What To Eat

I mentioned Sunday that we have been able to connect with a bunch of friends and family over the last few months.  If we are lucky our route crosses with the great folks at GoPetFriendly.com and a dinner full of “have you tried this ensues”.  Outside of our coworkers, there aren’t many people we know who really understand the love and difficulties of living and working on the road.  We usually exchange woes and any cool gadgets but this time it was a little more focused on what we have been trying to maintain a healthy diet.

 

Amy and Rod are always looking at new options for low-calorie, high protein, whole foods that are convenient.  After looking at their list of gems and some of my own staples I thought it might be interesting to share a little on here.  It is a struggle to maintain a healthy diet when so many of our meals come from a restaurant.  Like many of my fellow road warriors we often start the day with a shake, having access to a refrigerate in our truck these have gotten fairly good by adding things like coconut water and lactose free milk.  Using a protein powder is all well and good but no one wants to haul those giant container around, so my pro-tip here is to invest in a powder container like this one from Jaxx, this gem holds three days worth of powder.

Now that breakfast is covered lunch is a whole different struggle.  When we are set up for a show it is easy to take the time during lunch to make a good choice and many of the places we end up are nearly amazing restaurants.  The hard part is staying on pace during travel days.  Truck stops are not known for their low-calorie selections, I’m not going to claim we don’t eat fast food (some days you just need fries) but we always have other options in the cabinet.  We love GoPicnic meals, Josh is addicted to the hummus one.  I’ve preached about these before and highly recommend trying one.  They are moderate in calories and match a number of dietary needs.  We also pack plenty of meal bars that are made with whole ingredients.  Seeking to stay organic and simple.

And this brings us to dinner time.  Now after a shake for breakfast, a bar for lunch, and a light snack it’s time for something hot.  I will admit that 90% of the time we order takeout, thank you Grubhub!!  This is where we struggle, often ordering too much food and the wrong kinds.  I would like to say that we make the better choice and stop at a grocery store after work instead of ordering pizza but it just doesn’t happen enough.  That is actually a great option for itinerants like us, take advantage of the portioned fresh choices and even some spectacular deli options.  We do try but after a long day we often just want to get check into the hotel and shower, figuring out dinner comes second.

 

The one thing I would absolutely recommend adopting is the use of a calorie counter, at least when you start making diet changes.  Not only will you get a picture of your calories but some trackers like MyFitnessPal are full of nutritional info.  Being a pescaterian I struggle to get enough protein.

I don’t think there is any one perfect method but putting any effort into maintaining a balanced diet is going to make road life better.  No one enjoys a day of driving with a funky tummy.  I’d love to hear tips you have.

***This is part of a series of posts called “Travel Tuesday“, each covering topics unique to our lifestyle***

Coming This Week: June 12th – 18th

Well I sure have been away too long and there is much to talk about.  Since this is the summer marketing tour season Josh and I have put on different project for a few weeks.  This sometimes happens where are so many great programs out and we are both a fit for more than one.  So after spending a few days with my folks in Illinois I am going back to Michigan to pick up the Aerie Summer Real Tour and taking that to the East Coast.  Josh is spending his time out west.  Today is actually Josh’s 40th birthday, while we aren’t together he did get to spend it with some family in Wyoming.  I guess I just make it extra special when I do see him next.

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Courtesy of Google Maps

Song of the Week: Whole Lotta Love – Fats Domino

 

Week in Review: So much has happened since I last posted.  I finished and walked in graduation for my masters degree.  We wrapped up the spring tour season and have begun summer which had included new projects.  We have seen so much of our families.  I was in the horrible Texas flooding.  Josh has been out to Colorado and Wyoming.  Pippi has an adorable new lab friend.  My goodness just so much.

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Coming This Week: April 17th – 23rd

It’s a long running joke with people we work with, that we know someone in every city.  We are lucky to have a large family but most of all it’s friends we have gained.  This week we will be getting to see some of our favorite people while making the trip from Seattle to Albuquerque.

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Courtesy of Google Maps

Song of the Week: Shortyville – Trombone Shorty

Week in Review:

We had a pretty wild week.  Spend a fantastic couple of days with friends in Seattle, they used to do the same job we do, now their adventures are a whole lot more fun.  During the first few years we were on the road a great deal of effort was put out to find live music or catch acts we liked on tour.  It quickly got frustrating to be a day behind some group for months.  While we aren’t the best at seeking out the bands see live, there are times it all comes together.  That is how we got to see Trombone Shorty in Portland on Friday.  While the actual venue wasn’t ideal (Keller Auditorium) he put on a good show.  Really makes you want to hit Jazz Fest and see all these guys in their element.  Our quick trip back to Portland afforded the opportunity to do a tour of local breweries via bike, something we have wanted to do for a while.  I will admit that after the second stop I was much more comfortable on the bicycle, wonder why?  It really was fun and I think we could easily go again, hitting more of the 65+ breweries in Portland.

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