On Wednesdays, Crystal doesn’t work so we were able to go out and see some stuff together. She took me to Downtown Covington, KY ( about 15ish minutes away) and took me to the neighborhood where she first lived when she moved here and showed me some really cute stuff. It’s an area that has a lot of German history and is proud of it. (see pictures below)
After exploring that neighborhood we went to historic Bellevue and visited some small shops along the main drag. One was supposed to be a candy “Emporium”. Truth be told, I have a thing for candy stores, I know, shocker. I can tell you that it was no Emporium. I would give it an adequate to adequate plus rating for lack of variety and square footage. However I was able to score some special Brach’s candy so that is why I’m leaning towards an adequate plus rating.
After that we needed to get home for nap time. (It’s really none of your business who’s nap time it was) but first we picked up sandwiches from Jersey’s Mikes. If you get the chance – go there. There were great. Kind of cross between Cousin’s and some one else, I just can’t put my finger on it.
When I’m at home, I don’t pay that much attention to the weather. I mean I work from home. Not a whole heck of a lot that will affect my commute. But of course, now that I’m out in the world, there is weather craziness all over the place. Record heat in Arizona ( where I’m headed in about 10 days) – a tropical storm that although it missed Florida – I will have to cross it’s hopefully greatly weakened path tomorrow on the way to my South Carolina layover and fires near the Grand Canyon. Like I said, I can’t make this stuff up…
Today I ventured out on my own for a while. I headed to Panera to work for a few hours and it was nice to be out. I have to remember that when I return home and try to work from different places a few days a week like Panera or Starbucks or maybe even the library. I also went to Office Depot with the help of Google Maps. I mean seriously, how did we even live before we had smart phones? I mean, everywhere I wanted to go this week – I just Googled it, put the address in the GPS and BAM! I was there – eating broccoli soup, buying card stock, getting a new computer cord and browsing the dollar store.
So in the morning I’m packing it up and heading on to my next stop. I find it hard to believe that this part of the trip is almost over already. In retrospect, I don’t think I could’ve picked a better first stop. Crystal and her husband, Charlie, have been fantastic in taking care of me and have a found a sweet balance as to not smother me either. They let me do what I needed to take care of me with gently reminders of things like if you don’t eat dinner, you should eat breakfast. They also helped me dissect the current weather patterns to make sure that it was safe for me to travel this weekend. They might have evened put up with some crying. There’s all these memes about how a true friend is one you can go a while without seeing or talking to and when you do connect again, nothing has changed. I would insert one here, but really, none of them could capture the gratitude I have right now for what I experienced this past week.
In the morning I am off to a new place and new adventures. I can say this. In the olden days, doctors often suggested a change of scenery for people. It does do wonders. I’m not saying I’m magically over everything, but a different place allows to not be reminded by daily routines of things. It’s giving everything a slightly different perspective, like putting a gel filter on a light. I’m still hurt, I’m still angry but out here, it’s not all consuming. I’m not reminded every minute that life is different because it’s whole different life now and everything is new to me. I kind of like it. Oh and in case you didn’t know this, John Cena is hot! 😉