The Daily Grind

Do you ever have those days when enough is enough?

I do.

In fact, I have it every Friday while driving this intense commute. By the 5th day of the week, I really don’t want to be behind the wheel of the car which leads me to this post.

The only thing that keeps me going is music. I listen to all genres and all ages of music (yes,  I have been known to sing LET IT GO within the safe confines of my steel beast). Music seems to have the ability to keep me from driving like a maniac and being irritated with my fellow drivers (as I sure they are with me).

So here is the music that I enjoyed while commuting to the office today. What do you listen to in order to stay sane?

  1. Rod Stewart–Love Is
  2. Deee-Lite–Groove Is In The Heart
  3. Jeannie C. Riley–Harper Valley PTA
  4. American Authors–Best Day of My Life
  5. Herman’s Hermits–Can’t You Feel My Heartbeat

 

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Madison Wisconsin

Yes, Friday came and went. It was a recovery day for myself and my family and is also why I am posting today instead.  I flew into Madison, Wisconsin for my sister’s wedding on Thursday. It was a beautiful wedding and a whirlwind time in a beautiful state. I wish I would have had more time to explore and I could use some ideas of what to see the next time I am there. In the meantime, here are 5 things that I loved while I was there for two days.

  1. Obviously, my sister’s wedding. She was married out at Badger Farms enjoying the beautiful Madison countryside. IMG_5973
  2. I use to live in Kansas and one thing that I miss the most from the Midwest is the thunderstorms. There was a fantastic storm during my sister’s wedding. IMG_6145
  3. We went out to beautiful Lake Mendota the day after the wedding. IMG_6270
  4. We also perused the campus of University of Wisconsin-Madison and had to get Wisconsin cheese. IMG_6376
  5. Right before we headed into Illinois, we had to stop in Beloit, WI and take a picture as a cheese-head. IMG_6398

 

The Commute

So I am still looking for that perfect place to put down roots. I am planning on renting right now and in the future buying after I have had plenty of time to stake out ideal areas and the best price. In the meantime, I haven’t stumbled upon what I really want even for renting. It is okay except for the HORRIFIC COMMUTE.

On a good commute I can make it to my office in 1 hour. On a typical commute, 1 1/2 hours. On a bad commute 2 1/2 hours ++

SHOOT ME NOW!!!

I have to be up by 4:15 every morning and on a night like last night–I got home at 8. I actually quit my last job in the hopes of having some more “me” time only to now find that I am developing a very deep and personal relationship with my car. Don’t get me wrong, I love my car but I didn’t want to be married to it.

So I have decided to share my top 5 views along my commute. If you have a commute what beautiful thing do you get to look at?

  1. Mt. Hood 
  2. Columbia River 
  3. Willamette River 
  4. Downtown Portland 
  5. Fort Vancouver 

 

What It is That I Like

Hello on the flip-side!!

I have officially made it to my new home (actually what I mean, is that I am living in the area of where I would like to start looking for a new home). So I have a dilemma . . . I have moved to the beautiful Northwest and now I need to find a home but I am having trouble with that.

For instance: do I want to live in Oregon or Washington? I have a list of pros and cons on both sides. Heaven help me figure this one out. 🙂 But my other problem is reconciling what I want with what is available (and I do mean literally and monetarily). Does everyone know how much this sucks?

So for my five favorites this week; here is my top five items on my list let’s see if any of you have the savviness of figuring this one out for me!! 🙂 (BTW–the cheaper the better)

  1. I would love to live on the beach in a setting like this one however I am 1.5-2 hours away from it so that commute into work wouldn’t work.
  1. I want an older home or at least a home with character that also has up to date plumbing, electricity, foundation, etc like this one.

  2.  I would like a small home but large enough to house all of my holiday decor including Halloween like this one. (Halloween Village anyone?) 🙂

  3. I want a house that is in the “country” but only a few miles outside of the city like this one. A girl has to have options!!

  4. I want a place that feels like home as soon as I walk in because I want all of my family and friends to be comfortable when they come over not to mention myself feeling cozy every time I walk through the door.

Wish me luck finding something!!!  🙂