“It’s The Garden Spot of Ceti Alpha Five!”

I’m glad to be home.

Advanced Peer Support training was interesting, and I brought back the official certificate to prove my worthiness.  But class ended every day by 2:00, so I had a lot of time to fill.  Since I was in better health his time around, I thought I’d explore Council Bluffs a little.

Green Acres Natural FoodsI found a funky little natural market with homeopathic remedies, essential oils, supplements, cruelty-free cosmetics and some organic foods.  It smelled like heaven, or more like the hippy apothecary I used to frequent in Minneapolis, Present Moment.  I chatted with the staff for a while and bought a packet of lavender bath salts.  I figured I might as well enjoy my hotel room’s large tub while I had it.

One afternoon I visited the public library to see if their computer lab ran any faster than the ancient Windows machine at the hotel.  It was the weirdest set-up I’d ever seen.  Each carrel had a glass top.  Patrons had to look down through the glass to the screen under the desk.  I’m sure there’s some ergonomic reason for this, or maybe the computers felt safer locked away from humans, but I left after a half hour ready for that hot soak.

rebumbant bikeMostly I just hit the great Chinese restaurant on my way back to the hotel, watched endless episodes of Supernatural and NCIS, and went to bed.  Which meant I woke up at an ungodly hour.  But, no one else was in the Fitness Room at 3:30 in the morning, so that worked out fine.

horseshoe casino, council bluffsMy hotel was in the casino part of town, which might have been an option if I wanted to empty my billfold and eat at Hooters.  There was also an AMC theater down the street, but why go to a movie with back-to-back episodes of Castle on TV?  Psssht.

I did enjoy the free breakfast every morning.  The ladies in charge were saintly in their patience with the guests who stumbled in and tried to make their own waffles.  We talked about putting up a sign with directions on how to do it, but decided folks that hung-over and bleary-eyed would never read it.

Peer Support Specialist Training, Dr. Braden DanielsIn the final analysis, it was a successful road trip.  I learned some stuff, got to hang out with the same great dudes from Basic Training, and ate fabulous Chinese take-out.  And I didn’t get sick.  So, while Council Bluffs may not be my vacation Mecca, it took me where I needed to go.  With waffles.

A thousand points to the fellow nerdling who knows the source of this post’s title.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Littlesundog
    Nov 02, 2013 @ 10:51:56

    Ha ha ha!! What a crazy outing! The natural market sounds wonderful. I love poking my head in those kinds of places, making new friends and taking in the atmosphere. Adventure presents itself in many ways! I’m glad you waffled your way through and came out shining… and healthy!


  2. Moss Piglet
    Nov 03, 2013 @ 01:29:39

    Well done with the Certificate, and glad you had an interesting break in good health.
    You reminded me I have a stash of essential oils…will have some smelly fun with them (I’m too scardey cat to rub them on light bulbs to diffuse the aroma, scemes of flame leaping forth).
    I am unable to contemplate leaving pussy Fred even one night…but I am toying with the idea of a trip to Scotland next spring, and a seaside weekend in Bournmouth next summer…I am sure Fred will forgive me. Bet your cats were pleased with Mama home. Mother, Mum…I can not understand the US “Mommy”…forgive me.


    • Sandy Sue
      Nov 03, 2013 @ 07:18:29

      Ooo. Just planning trips can be invigorating and uplifting, but of course I hope you’re able to go (I will gobble up your pictures and stories).
      I love the idea of my boys calling me “Mum.” When I hear them talking to me in my mind, they usually call me “Mo-ther” with great feline disgust or/and distain. Very put-upon, my fellas.


  3. pegoleg
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 16:17:26

    One of the Star Trek incarnations?

    Sounds like a great trip, really. Anytime being away from home suspends all the “have-tos” and it’s more relaxing, at least for me, because I never check the computer when I’m away from the office.


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