Today’s topic from Cynthia, Mar, and Courtney is “Five things I love about…” Since I just returned from a lovely two weeks of visiting my parents in Wisconsin (and I’d move to Madison in a heartbeat if I could), here are five reasons I’m happy to be home in Virginia.
1. Beer Geek – One of the reasons that the boys and I started spending time in Wisconsin every August is that Beer Geek is really busy with work during that time. So, as you might guess, after a short visit for the Great Taste of the Midwest, he heads home and we stay for another week+. I LOVE being home with my parents, but I really miss him during that time.
2. *My* stuff – I have a great situation at my parents’ house – an entire finished basement to myself. (Kim can confirm it’s a great space.) But I miss my bed, my house, my cat… Heck, by the end I even missed the gecko. Ok, not really, but it was awesome to sleep in my own bed last night.
3. Mad Fox – What can I say? I like the routine of a Friday night dinner at a place where the waiters all know me and I have a 50/50 chance of running into the owner and his wife who are friends of ours. Not to mention, I love their beer and the food is pretty darn good as well. I got off the plane yesterday afternoon and we immediately went there for dinner – where we had a waiter who could have basically ordered for me and knew exactly what the kids wanted LOL.
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4. My running friends – I didn’t miss them as much this time as I got to run with both my dad and Kim, but my Ragnar group got together last night for a group event and I had to miss out. I can’t wait to get back into running with everyone again!
5. DC. – I know I complain sometimes about the traffic and the cost of living, but there are definitely perks to living in the DC area. All of the museums and many of the activities we attend are free or cost very little. It’s super easy to hop on the metro to go just about anywhere. And, after 18 years of living here, I’m not a country or small town girl anymore. I love the diversity of the people and the hustle and bustle and the availability of just about anything you can think of.
So, as much as I love Wisconsin and as much as I’ll miss my parents until we see them in October, there really is no place like home.