Every few years I talk Beer Geek into venturing north to the cold and snow. So, we hopped on a plane last Sunday and headed to the land of beer, cheese, and most of my family. Meanwhile, back in DC, they were hitting record highs. Oh well.
Our first day we headed to this funky little train “museum”. The owner is a real train engineer and he’s set up this extensive layout of trains with moving displays powered by motors from things like microwaves and toasters. His attention to detail was pretty amazing!
After our train adventure, we headed for New Glarus Brewery. We hadn’t visited the new location yet and it was quite impressive. After we wandered around, we tasted a few beers and bought some to take home with us. (New Glarus doesn’t distribute outside of Wisconsin.)
On Tuesday the boys and I got haircuts. I’m too cheap to get my hair cut in the DC area and the boys prefer my stylist to the barber shop at home, so we try to schedule haircuts whenever we come home. (My boys were a bit shaggy in their holiday concerts this year. Oops.) As a reward for their patience at the beauty shop, we took everyone to see the new Star Wars movie. I was surprised that the theater in my parents’ small town had it already! I was also surprised at how few people were in the theater. I enjoyed the whole movie, but my favorite part was that the end was filmed on Skellig Michael. We had visited there when we went to Ireland, so I recognized the location.
On Wednesday, Beer Geek and I took advantage of my parents’ willingness to keep the kids and headed to a few newer brewpubs in Madison. It was fun to try some beers and to get a chance to hang out with Beer Geek without kids.
On Thursday, my brother, his wife, and their son arrived in Wisconsin. My nephew is 18 months old and this was my first chance to meet him. (They live on the opposite coast from us.) I love this age and he is just the sweetest little guy. As per family tradition, we opened presents on Christmas Eve. I had specifically asked my mom to replace some of my small kitchen things, so it was a Christmas of towels, measuring cups, and kitchen implements.
Christmas Day we went on a wagon ride as a family. It was a lot of fun, but Wisconsin opted for rain instead of snow the day before, so the whole ride was on pavement.
Afterwards, we headed to my aunt’s house to spend the day with extended family. I’m pretty sure I ate my weight in artichoke dip and Christmas cookies. No, I did not eat an actual meal that day, instead opting for a steady diet of cheese, sugar, and beer. Oy.
Beer Geek headed home on Saturday and the boys and I have just been hanging out enjoying time with family before we head back home on Wednesday.
On the running front, my running streak is continuing. I’ve gotten one outside run in since I got here, plus one fast for me run on the treadmill. The other days I’ve run a mile and then either walked on a high incline or hit the elliptical or rowing machine. Yes, my parents’ have quite the gym in their basement! I have, however, been disappointed at the lack of snow. I brought my new Altra Neoshell Lone Peaks with me to try out on snow and the weather has not cooperated. We do have a system moving into the area, so maybe soon?
I am looking forward to finishing the streak and getting back to an actual training plan, but that will wait until 2016!