Coming this Week: July 27th – August 2nd

A week off the road, well sort of.  I am going to home to help my family with a few things while Josh stays in Detroit to help the company with a few things.  Next week we hit St. Louis and Cedar Rapids.  Then it is vacations time, we are joining Josh’s family in Missouri for a family reunion.  Should be a heck of a good time.

 

Courtesy of Google Maps

Courtesy of Google Maps

 

Song of the week: My Silver Lining by First Aid Kit, a bit of a travelers song

 

 

Week in Review: Not much happened last week outside of work, we did have a cool visit to NASA Goddard which is a cool facility.

 

 

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Coming This Week: June 2 – 8

Ahhh!!! A lovely week off from work at home. I am already enjoying the space of being away from the truck. However it’s not a hotel free week, we spent Saturday night at the fabulous Kirkwood Hotel in Cedar Rapids. We were surrounded by family to celebrate the wedding of Josh’s cousin Angela to her beau Chris. It was wonderful to be a part of their perfect day. Congratulations you two!!!

The rest of the week will be relaxation and more family!!!

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Aren’t they just so handsome!!!

Long Way From Home

There are few things that make me laugh more than someone telling about how small the town they grew up in is.  Like that tiny hamlet 20 minutes from Chicago with only 30,000 people.  Or perhaps you grew up just outside a city with a large university.  I laugh because it may have felt small but I truly grew up in a small town, with a population of 1,600 located 40 miles from the nearest town with, lets say a population of 30,000.  If you wanted to go see a movie, that’s a 45 minute trip.  You know your neighbors, most likely because you’re related to them.

It’s not that I grew up sheltered, more like I grew up quiet.  This sort of changes how you view the world.  I am still not a fan of big city living but I have learned not to be intimated by all the movement.  Everyone just wants a little small town for themselves.  Some of the most popular metropolitan areas are that way because they are really just a collection of small towns, each having its own special culture.  Living there you find just what kind of place makes you happy.

While I don’t want to move back to my small town, 45 minutes for a Target is just too much, I’m glad to be from one.

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

Coming This Week: November 18 – 24

Our plans changed from last week. The trip home was moved forward a few days. We said goodbye to Josh’s grandmother Bernie. Joining family to say goodbye to an amazing woman, she set the example in her 90 of how to live a full life. So this week will be in both of our hometowns, mine for Thanksgiving.

Courtesy of Google Maps

Notes from last week: Things got a bit crazy trying to get back to Illinois while making sure that our final two shows were covered.