I took the day off last Friday. Todd and I drove up to Milwaukee for the weekend. We've done this countless times before, but it always involved leaving after I got off work on a Friday night and returning early on Sunday so Todd could get to work/rehearsal on time. This trip was different and you could tell. We had a lazy morning on Friday and then drove up to Carthage College to have lunch with Todd's cousin Georgia before her afternoon class, which ended up being canceled so we were able to spend a beautiful sunny afternoon around town and still make it up to Milwaukee by 5:30. (On our normal trips, I wouldn't have even left work by that time.) We had a wonderfully casual weekend with Todd's parents - eating and shopping. (Every time Todd goes home his mother says "What are you wearing? You need new clothes.") So I picked up a couple lovely little items for myself.
Okay, so I didn't actually buy that amazingly soft green leather clutch at the Coach Outlet, but I did drool over it for as long as Todd would let me. He even offered to split the cost with me if it was something I really wanted. (Even though he and I both know we have to save our dinero for Puerto Rico. But it was sweet of him to offer - one of the many reasons to love him.) Although I did use our trip as an excuse to purchase that airy white cotton v-neck sweater. I will keep me warm on a cool night on the patio and it will be easy to throw on over my bathing suit to protect me from the sun on our island day trips.
The sun stayed out all weekend and on Sunday we ventured out to the Milwaukee County Zoo. Even if a lot of the animals were still hibernating, it was a really nice way to round out the weekend. When we finally got back to the city around 9:00 on Sunday night, we felt like we had been gone for a whole week. Mental note: take a Friday off every once in awhile and get out of town.