Friday, July 23, 2010

What to do when you forget your running shoes...

It seems that all my posts about "Life in Bean Town USA" occur outside of the Bean Town. I guess that's okay, as hopefully soon some exciting things will actually happen in the Bean Town.

This past Thursday my Business Man had to take a trip over/down to Newark, OH for a dinner meeting and then a meeting the next morning. I decided to tag along, because, what else am I gonna do??

As soon as we arrived at the hotel, my Business Man had to leave right away for his dinner meeting. (At the Olive Garden, none-the-less... not fair!) I was planning on ordering room service, as I have never done that before and have dreamed of someone delivering a scrumptious meal right to my room and then devouring it in bed. But, there was one problem. Our hotel didn't have room service, or any restaurant service at all!

Luckily for me, there was a Texas Roadhouse literally 1/2 block from the hotel. Probably even less than that. Now, I love me some Chicken Critters from the Texas Roadhouse, even if I feel like a 5-year-old when I order them. So, I called my order in and was seriously back in my room with my food in less than 12 minutes. And, it was enough food to feed 3 of me. Just sayin'.

Of course, I forgot my camera on this trip. Along with my contact solution and running shoes. So, pictures in this post will be courtesy of my crappy phone or just stolen from the internet.

Note: 3 boxes. One filled with chicken strips/french fries. One with salad. And then 4 rolls. For just me.

So, my Business Man came back from his meeting, and thought we should go out for ice cream... yesss!! My favorite summer activity! We drove to this nearby little town called Granville, and it was like Wisteria Lane. (For those DH lovers out there...) Just a perfect, quaint, cute little town. With an adorable downtown area.

We went to Whit's Frozen Custard, where I got a chocolate-raspberry-brownie "Whitster", which I believe is their form of a blizzard. My belly started to hurt a little after this. Maybe I should have skipped that sixth chicken critter...

It looked similar to this creation.

My Business Man and I walked around the downtown area for awhile and wished that we could live here. Everybody just seemed so happy! And perfect! And then, we found the most absolutely perfect running trail. (Well, technically it could be a walking trail or biking trail, but in my eyes, it was a running trail.)

I really wish I had a picture, it was that gorgeous. It weaved through tons of beautiful houses, set up on hills. It went right through the downtown district. It passed by old educational buildings that are very interesting to a education-minded person like myself.

A picture of a house in Granville. Just one of the many many beauties. Trust me, the others were a lot cooler, too.

Too bad this the overnight trip where I left everything in the Bean Town. I just needed to go for a run in this little town the next morning. What to do with no running shoes?!?

After much deliberation (aka 2 seconds), I asked my Business Man if we could make a quick Wal-mart trip to get some cheap running shoes. I mean, I would only have to wear them for one day. Who cares if they're ugly? Or don't give me any support? Or make people stare at me like I'm a freak?

We found Wal-mart, and got some sneakers... for $12. They only had one type of women's tennis shoe. Quite surprising.

Aren't they beauties? I have designated them as my "mowing" shoes from now on. Too bad we live in an apartment and don't have to mow. Shucks.

So, the next morning, I ran. Regardless of their Wal-mart-ness, they got the job done. I got about 5.5 miles in until my feet started screaming at me. Only escaped with a little blister on my baby toe.

Sorry to those of you who don't do well with feet. I'm still trying to salvage my pedicure from my wedding 3 weeks ago, but I don't think it's working so well for me anymore.

After the run, I headed to the cute little coffee shop and got myself a "real-fruit smoothie" and waited for my Business Man to get done with his meeting. And by "real-fruit smoothie", I mean frozen slushy drink that came out of a whirly machine that I'm sure had more sugar than fruit or any other ingredients. Whatever, it tasted good.

Gotta love Photo Booth pictures...

And then, my Business Man and I stopped at the Cheesecake Factory for lunch on the way home! Isn't he great or what? I only have pics of our cheesecake that we enjoyed later that night at home.

Key Lime on the left for the lady, and Coffee Kahlua Brownie on the right for the gentleman.
I may have just had some of his as well. :-o

That's about it for our latest adventures in the Bean Town. Maybe next time the adventure will actually occur in the Bean Town!


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