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“There is nothing like being left alone again, to walk peacefully with oneself in the woods. To boil one’s coffee and fill one’s pipe, and to think idly and slowly as one does it.” Knut Hamsun

I’ve been thinking really hard, and I’ve come to the conclusion that tonight may be the first night I have ever spent in a hotel completely ALONE. I thought certainly there had to be some time in the past, I am 39 years old after all, surely I’ve spent just one night all by myself in a hotel room…but I honestly do not think I have. Here’s to a ‘first’ in my life! *glass clink* (or in my case right now *tea cup clink*)

I faced — and conquered — diet challenge #1 for this road trip. After meticulous meal planning, I get to my room tonight and there is no microwave for my soup…of course there wouldn’t be. But I wandered around carrying my soup in its thermal cup until I found one in the lobby (thankfully, completely clean and functional). Cabbage Roll Soup, leftover power salad from last night, and an orange for dinner tonight while watching Dodgeball (sorry, nothing scandalous or juicy on my hotel tv, if there’s a stupid comedy movie on tv, you bet your butt I’ll find it and watch it no matter many times I already have!).

Next on my agenda, absolutely nothing food related! I took my sweet time getting ready for bed, even did a fancy Beautycounter Charcoal Mask and marveled at how grossly large the pores on my nose are. Now, it is time for me to do something I rarely get to do — READ!!! I am embarking on one of my New Year’s resolutions, to read one new book a month. I’m starting off with a young adult book I bought for child #2 for Christmas last year, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Feet are warm and cozy, got my favorite Under Armour pants on, and my tea is ready for sipping. Hopefully, I don’t let myself get sucked in and end up reading all night and not get any sleep before the gymnastics meet tomorrow…but if I do, oh well! I have Sunday to catch up on some sleep, right? I bid you all adieu, but not good night just yet, my literature awaits…

~~ Amie

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