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I’ve lived in Alexandria, Virginia, for a little over a year, but just this morning I decided to take my first walk across the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge. Left around 7am and returned by 11am. I was hot and totally pooped out! Made really good time, though, according to my fitbit. Over 21,000 steps. Yay me! However, most of the efficient walking was the trip over to the MGM Casino. Because I know without any doubt that the trip back was a  l o n g  slow one 🙂 .

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Just starting my walk across I-495

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Not the only one out walking this morning!

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Alexandria Waterfront from the bridge

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Getting ready to cross into Maryland

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Wonderful little park on the walk over I-495. Viewing where I just walked.

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Walking by National Harbor

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MGM Casino. Sun was very bright and hot. As tempted as I was to actually go inside and experience the air conditioning, I saved my first inside visit for another day.

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One of the last pictures before finishing out my wonderful walk, dragging myself back to the apartment, and just resting for a couple of hours

As tired as I was, it was a wonderful way to spend the morning before more rain comes!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and mindful Memorial Day weekend.

 

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Thought I would bring you up-to-date a bit on what I have been doing and what tasty nibblets I have experienced lately. I actually posted last weekend as well, but after reading my words the next day, well……they just read kinda lame, so I removed the post. So I’m going to try again!

Last Saturday was a beautiful day here in Manhattan, Kansas, and I walked over 8 miles, just around my small city, looking at the yards as homeowners are getting out and upgrading their landscaping. Flowers are blooming; hostas all look so green; it was a fantastic day! As much as I love Kansas, toward the end of the winter I get very tired of the brown. Almost every tree and blade of grass is brown. Everywhere. Brown. So when I see the green hostas I truly get excited! Thank you fellow Manhattanites – for providing me with the green. As much as I love flowers, the green replacing the brown is what really lifts my spirits!

I walked to my own People’s Grocery that day and purchased a few bulk items (I had depleted my supply of not only the wild rice blend, but also brown rice. oops!), and some Amy’s salsa. I’ve been on a beans and rice and salsa kick for quite some time, so I keep running out of the main ingredients! I’m not a fan of Amy’s frozen foods, but Amy’s salsa is organic and tasty, and it offers a little something extra I like: a useful and functional jar.

Many of you know that I will often pay extra for a product in a glass jar for the “eco” reasons. Whenever possible, I avoid plastic. Well, so far all salsas I find are in glass, but Amy’s jar is heavy and a little square instead of round. Plus, the top is colorful! So Amy’s jars are the ones I especially like to save for storage. When I re-use them they fit well on the counter or in the cabinet. Amy’s should advertise that after these jars are empty, they “play well with others”.

I went out to lunch one day with a professor that seems very organized in her thoughts. I can be organized with my things, but not so often with my thoughts! She talked with me about the article I’m struggling to write after so many hours of research and a failed first attempt at putting it on paper. What was so wonderful was the fact that she didn’t tell me what to do, she simply asked me questions, making me look at my own work and figuring it out on my own. And while we talked, I ate a delicious salmon salad with a little sweet dressing. I couldn’t finish it all, but the productive lesson, fun conversation, and healthy “brain” food made for a magnificent break in a busy day.

Yesterday I walked just a little over 6 miles, once more enjoying extraordinary Kansas weather. It was not too warm, and I guess I would describe it as a hefty breezy day. You know, more than a gentle breeze but not enough to blow your head off. Again I walked on various streets admiring the green and flowers, but I went to Poyntz instead of People’s.

I needed to purchase the new book for our Ft. Riley/K-State Professional Reading Group, and I decided to go to Walden’s in the mall since someone told me they had a copy. Plus, it gave me an excuse to get out and walk again. I treated myself to a butter and salted soft pretzel and water for a lunch-snack. I didn’t call it a lunch because it wasn’t quite enough to call it a balanced meal. But whatever it was – it was great. Ah……bread with butter and salt. Yeah, not too nourishing.

On my way back home I stopped at Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts on Poyntz and purchased a few beads to make another necklace. I just make simple necklaces and earrings from time to time, but this way I can acquire just the colors I like without spending too much money.

And then, before I knew it, there was Emerald City Market. Right there. On my right. With a huge OPEN sign on the door. OK, so the sign isn’t huge, but I tell myself it is so I can blame the store for encouraging my weakness for their fudge. Really. It is Larry’s and Clark’s fault that I buy their fudge. Always their fault.

First, of course, I browse the store, pretending I’m a sophisticate that is interested in the chinaware, cappuccino machines, gourmet tapenades, and luscious pastas. [And sometimes I really am interested in those items, just not today.] No need to tip them off early that I am just in there for my creamy fudge fix! What do I want today? Plain milk chocolate? The dulce de leche? Chocolate with the creamy coconut filling? I decide on the chocolate with the praline filling, and believe me – Emerald City did not disappoint! Oh my oh my! It was all I could do just to take a few bites before I got home. Really. It was hard to stop munching!

This week I also devoured a delicious burrito with lots of black beans and salsa and cheese. My neighbor Larry introduced me to cranberry juice with a little diet tonic water, and I’ve been enjoying that right often. And there was some baked chicken along the way, French fries I made from scratch, tomato bisque (lots of 2% milk and a little cream), and, of course, peanut butter. I almost always keep 2 or 3 Ritz and natural peanut butter crackers in my drawer at work for when the hunger pangs attack! However, this weekend I stocked up on celery, which makes a healthier base for the peanut butter. And after a week of fudge and French fries, we all know how the health component is most important to me! Truly, it is. But for some reason lately all I want is comfort food, and I better quit it, or too soon there will be too much of me to comfort!

All in all, yesterday was a wonderful start for a beautiful Mother’s Day weekend! Happy Mother’s Day to all Mamas including me!

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