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The Reset Button

Posted Mar 01 2011 8:52am

Every once in a while, you just have to hit the reset button. Take time away from work, home, training, nutrition, and whatever else adds stress to your everyday existence. This past weekend, Laima and I did just that.

Taking no running gear, no vitamins or supplements, and only 1 of 4 children, we headed over to Union Pier, Michigan, where we rented the Blue Fish Cottage , ready to reset ourselves as individuals and as a couple.

We got in late Friday, had a pizza dinner, along with wine and a movie, and went to sleep with the snow falling, visible in the skylights throughout the cottage.

The next day we went antiquing, drove around the relatively deserted lakeside towns, and then enjoyed a leisurely walk down to the lakefront, which looked markedly diffferent with the snow covering much of the sand. We come here quite a bit during summer, it's a beach getaway in close proximity to Chicago, but this may have been the first time we spent an entire winter weekend here.

Some sort of Chocolate Festival was going on, so we stopped in our friend's shop, Milda's Corner Market , where we bought some mushroom "koldunai," onions, sour cream and some bacon chocolate goodies: chocolate covered bacon and a bacon brownie. Union Pier was once a bastion of Lithuanian vacationers and it's nice to have her there with some old-country reminders. A bottle of good champagne competed the feast.

After dinner, a fire and a movie, and the weekend was basically complete.

Heading home the next morning, we stopped off at the outlet mall, hitting the trifecta of vacation, gourmandizing, and shopping. It had been a good getaway, but it was also time to pick up the kids and be a whole family yet again.

It's good to hit the reset button occasionally, and we certainly did this weekend. What do you do to alleviate daily stress and remind yourself how good you have it?
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