Now that I’ve been here a month (it will be five weeks tomorrow) and the first third of my holiday is over, I feel it is the perfect time to reflect on what I’ve done up to this point. In other words, what has been good, what has been bad and what has been sheer ugly (more on that shortly) about my trip. Firstly, the good!
Good (in no particular order, except for the first one):
After months apart, I’ve been able to spend time with her again. So obviously that has been huge.
I’ve been keeping fit and exploring the area at the same time. The only downside is that it takes a good five miles to get anywhere new or interesting. But, on the plus side, that encourages me to get fitter so I can cycle for longer, and so see more of the Pequot Lakes area. Hopefully Vanna will join me soon.
Sometimes it has been a bit spartan or depressing, but for the most part I’ve tried some interesting things in my efforts to eat healthier. Couscous has been a big part of that, but the chipotle bowl we had was also delicious. As was the Salmon we had at a dinner party a few weeks back. Honorable mentions go to the chicken fajitas we had two days ago, the plate of stuff I had at Applebees (I can’t remember the dish but it was lovely) and the food at Olive Garden. Might not have been healthy but it was still damn tasty.
The Weather -
I know that I like to complain about the weather (like how I did earlier this week), but for the most part, I have little issue with the weather I’ve experienced in the past five weeks. It’s gradually been getting warmer, but overly so, while the sun has been shining consistently; even when it was snowy I could see it. Not sure I’ll be keen on the next few months mind, as the level of humidity and mosquitoes rise…but for now, it’s golden.
This has been an important experience for me. I’ve loved being out on the road, and Vanna has been a very good teacher. It has shown me what I’m missing out on. Whether I’ll feel the same about the roads at home is a different thing entirely.
Drinking (but not while driving) -
One of the best things about this trip has been the fact I can now legally buy alcohol when I’m…well, anywhere. We’ve had mostly cheap drinks at home, but I cannot forget about the frozen margarita I had at Olive Garden. It was probably the best thing I’ve ever tasted, especially in the alcohol department. I’m tempted to go back, just for that.
Another bonus to being able to drink anywhere is that Vanna can’t. So while I have these delicious cocktails or whatever, she is sitting there having water. Hahahah.
I mean…I love you Vanna.
Iron Man 3 (and 2), Bernie, Looper, The Place Beyond The Pines… I’ve done pretty well so far in the film department. Next few in the pipeline: The Hangover Part III, and Mudd. Vanna also wants to watch The Great Gatsby, so I’ll probably see that too. Once I have, you will, no doubt, get my thoughts on that a day or two later.
I also got my Xbox Live hooked up this week. Sure, it takes forever to connect to a game (often it just flat-out refuses) but it’s better than nothing. Next purchase will be a new headset, as I don’t have one here, and the one at home is on the way out (too many parts need replacing for me to bother with it). So far Vanna and I have bonded over Mass Effect and L.A Noire. I might show her Dragon Age too.
Oh, and I’d almost forgotten about the football! Last two games are on this weekend, but I don’t mind too much. It was enjoyable watching the games, as the timing has been perfect for my schedule (normally the match starts just as Vanna is leaving the house for work), but I’m ready to move on now. I can’t Xbox and watch the football every day…I should really be doing other things. Which brings me to…
After a slow start, I’m beginning to get somewhere with my novel. I managed over 2000 words in 3 and a half hours yesterday. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what happens when I’m in the zone. Hopefully that will continue over the next few weeks. I’ll keep you posted.
And now I’m onto the bad. There hasn’t been many bad
things, but still, it’s been frustrating to deal with the
Obviously, we both knew that we’d get less time together this visit because, well, Vanna has to work to support us and the apartment. That knowledge hasn’t made it any less annoying to not see each other for hours of every day, however. Still, I’m grateful to see her so I can’t complain too much.
Well, I can. But I won’t.
Rising gas prices
It’s over $4 dollars now! In a matter of days, it shot up by 50 cents. Ridiculous. Even I can see that.
Needless to say, going for trips around the place have been restricted as a consequence. Vanna and I love going for drives together, but between time constraints and money constraints, it’s been difficult to do. Fortunately we have a trip to Duluth on the horizon. That will make everything better.
The wedding competition
I’ve tried to keep my mouth shut on this. And I plan to do so for a little while longer.
But still, what an absolute load of bollocks (and I’m not just saying that because we aren’t going to win).
And finally…the ugly.
Our toilet is blocked AGAIN! We know why it keeps blocking and it isn’t our fault (our building has two apartments; the block is caused by flushed cigarettes; we don’t smoke…you figure it out). But we’re the poor sods who have to deal with the consequences.
…the very, ugly and smelly consequences.
Bleh. Suppose I should go deal with that now.
Wish me luck…I’m going to need it.