I arrived here late Monday night, and finally got to sleep around 2am Cali time or 4am Minnesota time. Well, my “sleep” didn’t really happen as I had one sore tonsil (more on this later), and then at 7am sharp the roofers started pounding away outside my window. So I got ❤ hours of sleep.
But, then I decided to make the most of the day, by going on a walk around the neighborhood with my neighbor in a northern suburb of Minneapolis (the best part about where
I my parents live: it only takes 10 minutes or less to get downtown!).
See why I love it here?
And then heading to my favorite place in the world – a 1.7 mile walk from my house to the entrance, which is a 17.9 mile decrease in the distance to the nearest one to me in California.
I walked out with travel face wash, lotion, cough drops (sore tonsil/throat), a dress and some jewelry. I’m happy to report I returned the jewelry – I convinced myself I didn’t need it (and therefore saved $29.99!). But the dress, well, I’m wearing that tomorrow for Happy Hour (granted I feel better) – and it was tax free (yay Minnesota), so I feel better about it
Then, a different neighbor and I kayaked around the lake.
It was pure bliss.
And then my family and I went downtown for dinner and a musical. We had dinner at Birchwood, a small restaurant that serves food from local sustainable farms. And have tons of GF, vegan options.
I had the BBQ tofu sandwich, without the bun (obvs) and chips and salsa.
My dad and sister both had the Caesar salad.
And my momma had the black bean quinoa burger.
We were all quite happy with our meals – and it felt great to be supporting local farms!
And then we were off to see H.M.S Pinafore at the “new” Gutherie theater. The “new” theater is about 5 years old, but to me it was new – and it has great views of St. Paul.
My mom proclaimed she had never seen the water rushing down the river as hard as it was (see the middle photo) – the water was out of control!
Great night, though my throat was a little sore through it all. But then, last night happened.
I didn’t sleep – all night long. My throat hurt so bad, so I started poking at my tonsil, and icky stuff started coming out of it. So I self-diagnosed myself at WebMD (at 3am) with Peritonsillar Abcsess. And, today when I went to the doc, I found out I was correct. So now I’m on a ridiculous amount of antibiotics (4x a day for 10 days), and therefore a ton of probiotics (bring on the pills & soy yogurt!), my left tonsil still KILLS, and if I start not being able to talk, my neck starts to blow up, or the pain worsens I have to go into the ER for emergency tonsillectomy. Awesome.
What a way to start my trip. Beautiful, fun day, followed by serious health issues. Its how I roll.
When/If you have a day off to do anything you want, what do/would you do?!