Friday, September 10, 2010

Where in the World is Wanna Be Baker? Days 8-13

I need a vacation from my vacation!

We have been on the road for 13 days now and I am tired! We have seen so many people, mostly family. I love visiting with family, but DAMN IT, if I have to listen to one more conversation about politics I swear I will kill someone. Seriously, can't people think of anything else to talk about? And...why is that the first thing that Canadians want to talk about?? They don't even live in the US, but they all seem to be freakin' experts on it!

It's not just the fact that politics are less than interesting to me, but every person we see wants to have the same damn conversation!!

We had a nice visit in our hometown in Grand Rapids with my dad and his parents. On Wednesday we drove in to Toronto to stay with his grand parents. Family is great (mine especially) but I can only take so much! I can't wait to visit some good friends in a few days!

Tomorrow we head to New York to see my cousins and their kids which should be fun, then onto a friends house!

I'll share more pictures and stories from our trip in a few days when I have internet again...blogger on my blackberry is lame! :)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Where in th world is Wanna Be Baker? Days 6, 7 and 8

Last time I posted we were in Cuba, IL with my aunt and uncle...we had an awesome visit.. I love going out to their house because they are on a lake. That was great...we went out on the boat and we went fishing and I laid on the boat and got some sun! i was, however, a little shocked when i went in to town...

They live in a really cute little town. Down town is literally a one block square that has some cute shops and stuff. The scary stuff happens all around town though. We wanted to cook dinner for everyone on Thursday so we went in to town to pick up some groceries. We were shopping in the store and i couldn't find a few items so i asked the kid stocking shelves. i asked for basil and he said they didn't sell that...Really!?! i started to loose it just a little (i love to cook and am a little bit of a food snob), but I asked him where I could get some. He gave me directions to another grocery store. Then I asked if they had Arborio rice for risotto. he gave me a puzzled look and walked toward the rice aisle. He then handed me a bag of long grain rice and said, "we don't carry that brand, but this is a great brand." As he walked away I just sort of stared...maybe I was expecting to much of him...

So, we checked out and headed across town to the other grocery store. Right away i found the basil, but no risotto I stated to panic, because that was the highlight of the meal i was going to prepare. I decided to go back to the first store just to have one more look for the rice. This where things got a little dicey...

I pulled into the parking lot and there was a guy standing in front of me...wearing overalls. he had to have been in his late 30's maybe early 40's, but he was wearing OVERAllS!! My jaw just about hit the pavement. then...when e walked inside, there were two...yes, TWO, old men wearing overalls. Now, overalls are great if you 5 years old or younger, but seriously, these grown men were wearing overalls! Am I the only one that finds this unacceptable??

LAst night we drove into my cousins place in the suburbs or Chicago. We had a really great time and I realized that it really is ok to live near family.

Today we went into the city for a quick lunch before heading to my home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan. I'll share more on that later because coming back here always makes me feel just a little bit weird...

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Where in the World is Wanna Be Baker? Day 3, 4 and 5

Where in the World is Wanna Be Baker?
Days 3, 4, and 5:

So, it’s been a few days, but there hasn’t been much to say…I mean seriously, have you ever seen Kansas?!? There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to look at…NOTHING!! LOOK:

We did drive through Colorado though…I would LOVE to go back there. It was absolutely gorgeous. We stayed in the little town called Durango in Southeast Colorado, it was the cutest town ever! I wish I could put into words how absolutely breath taking this part of Colorado was.

Last night we stayed in Kansas City with some of the husband’s family. They were cute little old people, but boy can they talk! I have never met people that can talk so much! I guess his mom talks a lot too…it must run in the family. We said we were going to bed and finally over an hour later they stopped talking so I could go to sleep!! I know, I should be thankful to spend time with family, but I can only take so much.

Today after we drove in to St. Louis to see my cousin and his new baby for lunch we drove to Central Illinois and I went fishing!! I was only out on the dock for about 20 minutes and I got eaten alive by bugs!! Seriously, what have I gotten myself into? This is why I left the Midwest in the 1st place…heat, humidity and bugs! Our next assignment better be somewhere good! :)

Now for a few days of relaxing on the lake with the husband, aunt and uncle and mom! :)