Virtual Office

Until I move I have the luxury (or curse) of working from home two days a week. Today was one of those days. On a positive note I can work in my sweatpants and don’t have to shower or do my hair. I had the TV cable disconnected which greatly minimizes distractions. I stay pretty focused with just the radio playing in the background. 

Today is looked like my office threw up in my living room. There were papers and binders everywhere. I have a massive project I am trying to get wrapped up before returning to my brick and mortar office. Also today I was able to have lunch with a friend of mine – we went for sushi! It was a short lunch but enjoyable nonetheless. I even got dressed and did my hair. Ha!

One final luxury – Caribou Coffee. I got some before I came home. That was a treat!  You wouldn’t think either of those were a big deal but I know how far both of them will be from me when I move so I am enjoying them while I can. There are some aspects of the big city that will be a bit harder to live without. 

Tomorrow I have one more day from the living room office before heading to the north woods. The house here should be ready to list this weekend after a good cleaning. We got the trailer packed from floor to ceiling yesterday. It was secured and safely delivered today. I will also be able to attend my son’s baseball game tomorrow, weather permitting. It is sad to see this chapter coming to an end but a new one awaits. 

Say Cheese

Yesterday included one of those activities I really dread, having my picture taken. It’s a small town so the photographer’s studio was three towns over, about a 30 minute drive. On the way over and back I was trying to make mental notes about locations of things I might want to research or check out later. The ladies at the office made a point to say that this town has a Walmart (which I interpreted as “it is large enough to have a…”). A theme I have noted as I drive north and back home every week is that every other town seems to have a Dairy Queen. Down here every other town has a McDonalds. I guess you are a big town if you have both. 

The studio was on Main Street. It is a cute area. In addition to the studio, they have a hardware store, a shoe store, a gift store, a cafe, a pizza place, a bank, a formal wear store and a jewelry store all on the main drag. It was like a step back in time. You have to cross the railroad tracks to get there. Kind of makes you wonder if you were to get stopped for a train would you just pull over and do some shopping? 

The lady at the studio was very nice and professional. After I was done I explored about a four block radius and hit the McDonalds drive through for some coffee before returning to the office. 

I still didn’t like my picture very much but I never do. 

Ahhh, Coffee.

So, I think it is fair to say that I have a small Caribou Coffee addiction. Not a bad one, I don’t go every day, but it’s enough that when I know there is one nearby I will stop. My former employer had more than a dozen locations and I knew the nearest Caribou for every one of them. There are 4 Caribou Coffee, 2 Starbucks and at least 3 independent coffee shops in the city where I currently live. I rarely go more than a few days without stopping at one of them.

The one downside to moving is the location of the nearest Caribou Coffee. I was going to be down to one location and it was on the complete opposite end of town from where I would work. Well, that is no longer an option Monday – Friday. As I mentioned in my last post, I took a new job and it’s 30 miles further away from that location. My office is in a town of about 3,000 (I think that is generous). There is one local coffee shop. It has an espresso machine. I stopped there once. Like most of my other small town experiences, they run at a little slower pace. For me to get there before going in to work I need to leave a little extra time in my morning. It’s nothing like the Caribou drive thru at home.

After work on Wednesday night, I stopped at a gas station to get a bottle of water before heading up to check on the progress of our house. I couldn’t believe my eyes…a self-service Caribou Coffee machine! I was in love! The locals probably thought I was nuts. I got out my phone immediately to take a picture of this majestic beauty. I had to send it back to all my peeps back home. I was so proud of my find! I am certain this will be a favorite hot spot for me. Because I have been so spoiled with the amenities of the city I didn’t even know something like this existed. Here’s hoping that there will be many more interesting things to find in all the small towns…only time will tell.

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