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Road Trip, Complete.

For those of you following along (and for those who aren’t), we’ve made it to California! AND we arrived one day early!

The last two weeks have been exhausting. I feel like I have been disconnected from the world entirely and that I also need a serious detox from fast food and sitting. While that was the easiest part of the move, it was tiring.

It was a very pretty drive across the country, though uneventful. I also must add that there is virtually nothing to look at in Nebraska or Wyoming.

Penny did well on the drive. She pretty much slept the entire time. And as you can imagine, she was waking up at all hours of the night while we were trying to sleep.

It was also fun to stop in St. Louis and Omaha to see friends and family! I’m so glad we did that!

Overall, it was a really nice trip.

Here are a few shots — the Great Salt Lake, a Morton’s Salt factory, Penny, Nick, Nebraska, Wyoming, a really sweet soda machine at Firehouse Subs, mountains, cotton fields and of course, a few other random shots.

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Road Trip

Today’s the day! We’re starting our journey to California.

We spent ALL of yesterday (a full 12 hours) moving and packing up the truck. I have to say, it was pretty much HORRIBLE and I think I had moments where I was regretting our decision to do this move ourselves.

But, now it’s done and I think I can say the worst is behind us–unpacking should be MUCH better.

Here’s our plan for the next five to six days.

1. I-55 North, stopping for the night in St. Louis.

2. I-70/I-29 North through Kansas City, stopping in OMAHA!(Apparently, parts of this road are closed so there will be some detouring going on as well).

3. I-80 West through, stopping in Cheyenne, WY, Salt Lake City and Reno, NV.

We’ll then go through Sacramento and pick up Mr. Tom Chandler who will be helping us with the second leg of our relocation!

It’s going to be a LONG one, but will be happy to be in a more permanent location finally.

Updates to come from the road! Stay tuned…


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Another Omaha Gem

I didn’t have a ton of time to recap some of my fun in Omaha, so I’m doing it now.

What’s  funny is it’s taken me actually moving away from Omaha to find some of the best places Omaha has to offer. This is interesting to me. Maybe moving away has caused me to be more adventurous. OR, I just have time to do things beyond running errands and cleaning. Either way, here’s what I’ve discovered this week.

Omaha’s very own — Anchor Inn. While it may seem a bit of a dive from first glance, I assure you it is not. They regularly host concerts of all sorts and people of all ages (that’s always my favorite part).

I love hanging out with people that are older, wiser and more mature than me. I also think biker-types are fun. This place has a mix of the two.

They’ve also got a special drink called, the “Watermelon.” I have no idea what’s in it, but it’s rumored to be too strong to have more than four. I think I can take that challenge on someday and win (feel free to share your experiences with the Inn or the Watermelon below)…

Now, some of you may be wondering, “Erica, just how did you find the Anchor Inn?” Well – let me tell you it was an interesting experience.

After leaving work around 6 p.m. (in Lincoln) on Friday evening, I decided I needed my favorite appetizer from M’s Pub – the M’s Renowned Baked Mushrooms (tons of garlic and cheese and O. So. Good.) While sitting at the bar eating my dinner, I met a very nice couple – Marcia and Brett. I proceeded to have great conversation with this couple (a pair of grandparents from Iowa with eight grandchildren) over dinner at the bar. Here we discussed the great details of the Anchor Inn and all that I was missing out on.

I was quite intrigued about this place, so no doubt when offered an invitation to stop by the “inn” later, I took them up on it. Now, I know it’s not good to hang out with strangers – especially in places where you know no one (and at a place that serves up something like a watermelon). But I thought it might be a kick, so I decided to go.

The live music was great. The dancing was fun and the river was flooded.  I’d definitely go back anytime it’s warm outside (not so much in the winter, but let me know if I’m wrong there). It’s also a place I don’t mind going to on my own. Which bumps it up a notch in my book. It would be so much more fun with Nick by my side, but I’m still proud of the fact that I like to do things on my own as a married woman.

Anyway.. ‘nough said about the Anchor Inn Omaha. It’s a great place and is worth the trip – even if just for a watermelon.


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As many Omaha residents know, there are literally hundreds of FABULOUS bars and restaurants to chose from in Omaha at any time – and most of them are REALLY good.  This week, I had the pleasure of experiencing a true GEM – Tiger Tom’s. UPDATE: Found the Facebook page, check it out!

Tiger’s a fun little place hidden where only the locals can find it. And not even all of them can find it I’m thinking. In fact, I only knew about this because a co-worker of mine so graciously hosted me there this week. The atmosphere is comfy and it’s almost a “Cheers” for Omaha. It seems like everybody knows everybody there which is part of what makes it so great.

I was also fortunate enough to be let in on a secret – the Tiger’s cheeseburger. I highly recommend this item on the menu and would encourage you to simply order “a cheeseburger.” Let them pick the condiments and cheese for you – I think that’s what makes it so good. The pizzas at Tiger’s also looked quality – though I would caution you on ordering a small. It’s really small (think the size of a kids meal at Pizza Hut).

Overall, would highly recommend this place and really wish I was a regular there. Maybe someday I’ll qualify… I’ll be on the lookout for something like this in Mississippi that’s for sure. Let me know if you know of one.


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