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Hubby and I arrived home from vacation this morning…5am to be exact. We were fortunate to be able to tack on another day to our vacation as my boss texted me on Friday to let me know that he changed my schedule around and I didn’t have to come in until Tuesday (I’m working Thursday instead)…so we used the time to spend an extra day with my aunt and uncle…which was good.

I meant to blog during the trip, started to actually, but most nights I was just too tired. I’m kind of upset about that now as I kind of had an unfortunate accident with my phone (where most of my pictures from the trip are)…so I don’t know if I’ll be able to save them or what.

Michigan was low key for the most part. My friend worked a lot when we were there, but we still got to spend time with her. It was hard though, seeing her in the position she is in. It took a lot out of hubby and I emotionally to deal with her. I hope we helped her but it was hard to tell.

We did manage a trip to Mackinac Island on my birthday and I really enjoyed it. I want to go again, after doing some research first. We ended up just jumping on the ferry and going over without a plan…which was okay, but if we had an idea of what to expect first…it probably would have been a better trip. We ended up spending most of the time at the fort, then at dinner and went back. Then we crossed the bridge to the UP and visited Castle Rock which we both enjoyed.

We left Michigan on Thursday and spent the next two days in Indiana with my Aunt and Uncle. That was definitely the highlight of the trip. On Friday we went on a tour of Amish country and tried so much yummy food. My Aunt stocked me up with tons of stuff to bring home, muffin and gravy mixes, cheese and cold cuts. And we had ice cream while we shopped and it was one of the best ice creams I’ve ever had. That night we went out to dinner at a Mexican food chain and then my cousin took us to a bonfire that his friends were having. Before the bonfire we did a beer run at a store that specializes in craft beer. That was fantastic. We picked up a mixed six pack for ourselves and then one for Hubby’s friend (who is a professional brewer). The bonfire was fun. Hubby was adopted into the fold but I wasn’t feeling overly sociable.

The next day my aunt and uncle took us back to Michigan (they live close to the border) as we had wanted to pick up some Michigan wine for Hubby’s boss. We ended up at the Round Barn, which is a winery, brewery and distillery in one location. We did not try any of their spirits, but the wine was decent (the DiVine Black Walnut is rather legendary). It was way too crowded however, and the first girl that helped us was overworked and didn’t do much else aside from pour our selections without telling us anything about them. Towards the end someone else stepped in, who was much more personable but by that time we were on our last samples. I’m happy to say that the two we ended up bring home (the aformentioned black walnut and the Redel Doux were served by the new girl). We then went over to the brewery and was disappointed that they were not doing tastings. We did try two of their offerings and I fell in love with their porter. Overall the place was a win and I’d love to go back.

 

We headed back to NY on Sunday, but didn’t get home until 5am Monday morning…now it’s back to work for 3 days, then another busy weekend (fourth in a row!). After that, hopefully life will go back to normal.

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It’s Almost Time For Vacation!

This past weekend, Hubby and I drove down to NJ so I could spend Father’s Day with my Dad. It was a pretty low key weekend, Hubby did a lot of work around the house for my parents and we squeezed in a trip to the Cape May Zoo, which is one of my favorite places to visit when I’m in the area. We did have a bit of a problem with our pet sitter however, which was unfortunate. Nothing major. The pups and cat are all okay, but he couldn’t handle the puppies. We were able to hang on to him until we returned late yesterday night (Sunday) but it did put a kink into our plans for next week…

After this week of work, Hubby and I are leaving to go to Michigan to visit my best friend. Up until this weekend, we hadn’t made any solid plans. We just figured that we would find a motel or something to stay in and kind of just travel at our leisure…but then we couldn’t find a pet sitter, and I wasn’t keen on putting them in a kennel…and let’s face it, it was hard enough leaving them for a weekend…forget about leaving them a whole week when they are still so young. So we spend lots of time between Friday night and Sunday afternoon figuring things out and eventually we decided that we were going to take the puppies with us and we were going to camp. We made reservations for a campsite at a state park out in MI, bought and borrowed ourselves some camping supplies and we should be mostly all set. We’re planning on taking two days each way of traveling, so those stops aren’t planned, and we’re going to take a detour to Indiana to visit my Aunt and Uncle (still have to call them about that) but at least the major part of the trip is set. 

I have no idea how much I’ll be posting during the next few weeks. I might try to at least post pictures that I take on my iPhone, or something but it all depends on whether I have dependable service. Last time I was in MI, there was no service in certain areas so who knows. Most likely I’ll be posting as much as possible on Twitter

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My husband and I got home from our holiday weekend about an hour ago. When we drive to Suburbia, we stick to the main highways and power through in order to get to my parents house as quickly as we can. On our way home however, we tend to stay off the main highways as much as possible and meander our way from NJ to PA to NY. Today we had planned to stop at The Country Junction aka The World’s Largest General Store but by the time we got there it was closing time. So instead we stopped for a quick dinner at Burger King and hurried the rest of the way home.

Today’s picture was taken at one of the places we typically stop on our journey back. All along the canal system of the Delaware River there are little parks with bathrooms and picnic areas and trails to walk (we almost always see people walking their dogs there). Whenever we stop around here I like to take my time and just enjoy the scenery.