If you follow me, most of you know my full time occupation is what I call “supporting my husbands working habit”. This job is actually quite awesome, the hours are PERFECT, the dress code is whatever I decide for the day and my boss is the best. The pay, well, I haven’t really asked about that for a while. The one benefit and also downfall is that my husband travels A LOT but every once in a while when his travel plans include a city I want to see I tag along. This past week he was schedule for Branson, MO which I haven’t been to yet so I packed my suitcase again and did some exploring.
The highlight didn’t actually take place in Branson, it took place at a PF Changs located in Bentonville, AR where I was able to finally meet up with the one and ony Jan, a blogging friend I have been corresponding with for over a year. You can get to know all about this incredible lady over at her blog. Jan was the first lady who gave me encouragement and feedback when I first began blogging. I had absolutely no idea you could actually become friends from blogging, but let me tell you, a friendship can take place and it certainly has. This cute lady, as most of you know, is vibrant, energetic, smart, and stylish to say the least. But meeting her in person brought all these qualities to a whole new level.
Some of you who follow Jan may recognize this breathtaking fabric, (yes, it’s the same as her last skirt she made). She was creative and caring enough to present this gift to my husband and me at dinner and carefully wrapped inside were our very own chop sticks. Jan mentioned I wasn’t one to show off my chopstick skills but actually if truth be told, I have absolutely no chopstick skills and if I wanted to eat anything at all and get the food to my mouth I had best stick with the silverware, that is until I learn this fun skill.
The evening and meet up was so extremely delightful and hopefully just the beginning of many more.
Now to the highlights of Branson . . .
When I travel the first thing I do is take a morning run in my new surroundings, this enables me to see all the breathtaking views one might miss in a car.
(this is from my morning run by the lake)
I even found a restaurant for dinner, check out the menu. The food was wonderful (I did stay away from the alligator)
I found the mix of old and new in Branson just to my liking.
My husband told me there was a shopping mall right by the lake, but seriously who needs a shopping mall when you have antique and flea market stores to hunt through all day? Just wait until you see my treasures I purchased.
How many of you remember these?
When I went inside I did have to laugh because most the candy was 5 for a $1.00 now.
My husband was quite excited to be staying in a Chateau on the hill, even if it were in Branson.
And my friends, this is one of my typical travel type outfits. Since it is spring time, I opted for a light weight sweater to layer over my blouse instead of a jacket. I always take along a scarf for extra warmth and accent piece. Both the scarf and the sweater are easy to take off when it gets too warm throughout the day. And you can’t go wrong with a pair of trusty Chuck’s (converse). Normally my husband is in meetings for the day so I do most of my sightseeing on foot.
I found Branson to be a very delightful, friendly and extrememly patriotic city, I look forward to returning often.
As always my friends, thanks for dropping by. Hope you’ve had a wonderful week.