Location: St. George
Today was pretty cloudy.
But it was still warm.
There have been a few raindrops here and there.
Today I just kind of hung out (while Ben was working) doing random stuff. We did our first and second loads of laundry in our machine (last night – which isn’t typical at all for us to do laundry on a Sunday – and today). We have an all-in-one washing and drying machine. Yes, it is really one machine. Yes, it does both. Yes, you can either program an entire cycle to wash and dry, or one that will stop after the wash cycle. No, it is not vented. It actually dries the clothes by steam. So, it only needs a plumbing hookup, and not a vent as well. (I’m not comfortable leaving the washer/dryer running without us here, yet. So, we stayed around until about 5:30ish. Ben had a late start morning, anyway, so he needed to work later than typical…so it worked out.)
We decided to try somewhere new for dinner, again. This is like record new places for us. We would maybe try this many new restaurants in a 6 month period. And I am not joking. I hate trying new things. But, that’s a part of our journey…..becoming new – in letting go of phobias and having adventures. <3
We decided to try the Twisted Noodle Cafe.
They have some interesting options. It is either Vegan, gluten free or Paleo/Primal…which I thought was interesting. They did have a few items that were none of the above, though.
So, we ordered a whole wheat spaghetti pasta with pesto, a mixed berry and cashew salad, and a buffalo chicken wrap that came with a side of chicken enchilada soup.
And, for dessert, we each got these.
A plain peanut butter no bake cookie (for me, since I mostly don’t each chocolate), and a chocolate peanut butter no bake cookie for Ben.
And, yes, that is a lot of food. But, we try to have left overs as often as we can…as Ben loves to have whatever it is for lunch tomorrow. He’s even been known to eat cold nachos from a day or two before. Lol. I love him. Even though he is different from me.
I will rank each item.
Whole wheat spaghetti pasta with pesto – Okay/5 (I wouldn’t get this, again)
I have a feeling that the pesto was made with cashews instead of parmesan.
(Yeah, I know, it’s weird. But, vegans try to create the ‘cheese’ experience without actual dairy. And cashews are used in place of cream cheese and others.)
Mixed berry/cashew salad – Good/7
Buffalo Chicken wrap – Really good/9
Chicken Enchilada Soup – Delicious/10
No bakes – Amazing/10 – I would literally go back, just for these! <3
After dinner, we decided to drive around for a little bit trying to figure out where a couple things are/were.
First, we had recommended to us a place called Judd’s. It’s an old school candy shop. We knew that it was closed for the day, already, but decided to drive by to see where it was for future visits. (It’s actually pretty close to Twisted Noodle Cafe.)
And check out these awesome clouds! They had this ‘parting’ in the middle and the colors were absolutely gorgeous! Pinks and blues. I wish that my phone camera did the scene justice!!!!!
Then, we decided to see where the Temple Quarry was. It was really dark at this time, so it was hard to see. But, we found the parking lot for it, and the beginning of the hike. It is a 2.5 mile ‘family friendly’ hike. I hope that means ‘super easy’. Lol. I’m not exactly ‘in’ to fitness. But, I am planning on that being a part of our experiences in our travels…being more physically active and seeing things, even if it will be a little hard and some work.
So, the thing that we spent the most time on tonight, was going to the T-Mobile store in town. We bought an unlimited internet tablet to use as a hotspot for when the campsites that we will stay at don’t have very good wifi. We knew that was a reality, even before we began…as the mass quantities of people in the campground that use it creates a lot of congestion. So, our tablet has been really slow (it’s supposed to be 4G). Ben called in last week to tell them about it, and to hopefully figure out why. Well, they were going to look in to it. We hadn’t heard back from them in multiple days, so he called again today. Same thing. Troubleshoot, and nothing. They recommended we take it in to the store to have them delete and restore it, or something. I’ll have to have Ben fill in the places I don’t understand – if he chooses. They did whatever they were going to do, and still…slowness. They have no idea what is going on with it. So they ordered us a new tablet, and it won’t be here for a week and a half. Luckily, we are planning on staying here that long…or else it would be really inconvenient. So, hopefully the new tablet will resolve everything. In the meantime, I am dealing with slow internet, or using it at non-peak times. Or just using my regular phone network…which has used around half of our data in 9 days of our cycle. Yikes! I can’t wait to get it resolved and all working okay…or great. Great would be better!!!
Then we ran to Harmon’s for a few groceries.
We are trying to get into the swing of things, here. And it’s been a challenge in somethings.
We also went to Natural Grocers for some of the items that Harmon’s doesn’t carry.
Ben and I are mostly whole foodies. We eat foods that are in their most natural/least processed state…most of the time. Eating out is almost always a compromise, no matter where it is. So, that is why we end up getting groceries from multiple places – if you ever wonder.
Also, if you see a lot of our meals (especially mine) and notice they don’t often include meat, it’s because I’m a ‘flextarian’. Which is mostly vegetarian, but I occasionally eat meat. And it’s almost always chicken, when I do. I try to only eat meat 1-2 times a week in winter…and that often (1-2 times), per month, in the summer. It makes it a little harder to eat out. That is one of the reasons why trying new things is hard. I eat so specifically that I have a hard time at a lot of restaurants finding something sans meat.
AND, if you want to know the difference between Vegetarian, and Vegan, here you go.
- Vegans eat only fruits/vegetables/beans/nuts/nut milks – absolutely NO animal products…
even some vegans will not eat honey – as it is a product of a living creature.
- Vegetarians will eat fruits/vegetables/beans/nuts and also animal products,
but not the actual meat. So dairy and bone broths, and lard/tallow/butter/duck fat is
okay for a Vegetarian.
So, like I said…I eat vegetarian with a little meat – here and there. And when I do eat meat, it is generally a really small portion…as in Ben and I have shared a 6 oz steak before.
And then we came back home and played a few games of Skip-Bo and watched Pride and Prejudice. That’s a pretty good family night, if I do say so, myself.
And, now, here I am telling you all about it.
I’ve been pondering where to go next. We have debated so many things, and keep thinking we’ve come up with a new plan…..but then something changes, and we consider something new.
We got started on this journey about 2-3 months later than we considered. It’s been a slow moving process for us – though many that have read Our Story (s) know that we only started seriously considering this concept since August of last year…a whopping 6 whole months. But, trust me…it sometimes felt like an eternity in the process.
I can’t wait to make it back to Nauvoo…or even where I served as an LDS Missionary – in Maryland. It is getting to that time of year, that if we take too long to get to either of these locations, it will be sweltering and unbearable when we visit. So, we are just still not sure what we are going to do. Maybe Arizona, maybe Maryland. Lol. Maybe even Texas or Florida. It’s all up in the air. I’ve never been such a ‘wingin’ it kind of person, before. But that’s exactly what we are doing. And, it’s totally okay!
Anyway…I think that’s all for now. But know that our lives haven’t stopped. They are not completely centered around traveling. They are centered around God, and our ‘normal lives’. Like family and Ben’s job, and running errands, and staying involved with friends and family on Facebook. It’s all still here. And I wouldn’t have it any other way in the moment. It’s all a learning process. We are definitely learning along the way…and have invited you along.
I hope that you are enjoying this journey with us! Know you are loved and thought of…especially by God. He loves you and knows you are His.
With much love, and excitement for the future,
Ben and Shannon