On the Road Again

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This past weekend, a friend of mine and I took a road trip to the western part of Virginia.  It was one of those let's-make-the-most-of-this-even-though-we're-here-officially-for-business trips.  Although I've not traveled to every part of my state, it's amazing how you can immediately tell when you've crossed the state border.  In an instant, everything looks different.  The roads, the scenery, everything.  With each curve of the road, I could tell that we were somehow climbing gradually up the mountains.  People talk about the beach as if it's the most relaxing place in the world, but me, I prefer the quiet of the mountains....as long as I'm not snowed in.  :-)

We drove up at night and snacked on homemade trail mix (recipe to follow) along the way.  The mountain air was crisp and clear.  And with the aide of a GPS, the places we chose to visit were relatively easy to find.  (Do you remember taking road trips with nothing but a map?  I think we were smarter then; using true map-reading skills and common sense, but with the GPS, there's not much thinking involved.  But I digress...)  On this trip we had a few weird encounters, probably because we had the word "outsider" stamped on our foreheads, but other than that, no problems.

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On our way back, we stopped at this mall, and one of the first stores I saw was Tui Na Master Inc.  There, they specialized in acupressure and reflexology.  And they were having a sale.  We promised to come back, and we did, although I'm the only one who got a service.  I asked for the 10 minute service, but the man looked at me and said, "30 minutes."  "No, I'm not sure I have time...," I went on.  But he looked straight at me and repeated, "30 minutes.  Better."  So who am I to argue?  I got the 30 minute service.  And he was right!  He kept focusing on my neck area from time to time, but that was no surprise to me.  Afterwards, he said, "Your neck.  So tight!"  My stress goes to my neck and let's not forget that I carry my purse, my tote bags for work, etc.  It's a wonder I'm not lopsided!

I had never heard of acupressure before, but after that service, I'm definitely looking into it.  If I weren't almost 4 hours away, I'd go back there again.  Maybe next time!

And as promised, my easy peasy trail mix recipe:

Libby's Trail Mix Recipe
2 c dry roasted peanuts (no-salt)
1 c dry-roasted almonds (no-salt)
1/2 c dried cranberries
1/2 c raisins
1 c dried pineapple (chopped in bite-size pieces)
1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix all the ingredients in an air-tight container.  Shake to combine.  Enjoy!

* Of course, Trail Mix is one of those types of dishes where you put in whatever you like.  I used what I had.  Making my own Trail Mix prevents me from having to pick out the ingredients in the store-bought ones that I don't like.  :-)

"...And I can't wait to get on the road again." Willie Nelson

Until next time,


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