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Making Work Your Play

  September 29

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The hubs and I are work-with-what-you’ve-got kind of folks, so when the opportunity came up for a little (read: extremely short) vacay, I was all for it. I got a little bit of research moolah from my university to go and check out a museum for my master’s thesis in my neighboring state, West Virginia. Now, I know West Virginia is not Key West, people. But, as much work as our little 2 person family has been doing lately, one night in a hotel seemed like a dream. Plus, it was paid for. Thanks, history department!


Now, I won’t bore you to death with all the details about the master’s thesis, as my blog is my fun place to get away from all of that jazz. But in a nutshell, I’m researching antebellum insane asylums. And that means I get to visit a few. Like this creepy place:


Yes, it was as interesting as it looks. But let’s get to all the details about the drive. We really love road trips. Of course stinky little Miss Julep came too. It took us several hours to get there, and along the way we saw a national park, so naturally my park ranger self had to stop in. Here are a few pics from New River Gorge NPS:


Please excuse how exhausted we both look! Anyway, Miss Julep made herself right at home when we got to the hotel:

She stayed in the car while we toured the asylum:


And we all enjoyed the beautiful changing leaves on our way back to Richmond:
So, does anyone else turn work conferences or business trips into a day or two away from the house? With all the stress of school and work respectively, the hubs and I love to get out on 1-2 day breathers. Anyone else have tips and tricks for cheap travel? Or, were you really just hoping for some photos of blue water and strawberry martinis? Mmmm… martinis……
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6 responses to “Making Work Your Play

  1. Well, as usual, I’m trying to figure out excuses to get to England as a “research trip” for my thesis :). I think I’ve found one at the British Library, too! Hopefully that will be happening in January or February… hopefully I can get funding…

    Also, on another note, best martini I ever had was a kiwi martini. Sounds strange, but it was sooo good.

  2. She is a mutt through and through! Both of her parents were mutts. We were told dachshund and husky mix but have heard everything in between. All we know is that she is 35 lbs and she has HUGE ears and we love her to death! 🙂

  3. Oddly enough the creepiest part –was the staircase—ohhh. I think I might have hyperventilated in there–and I’m not that kind of girl!!!
    But how cool is that that you and hubs got to see some creepy things and Miss Jul…came for the ride. I hope you got what you went for and didn’t have to goback–hehe. Even though I’m sure you’d nothing more! Love, love the picture of the broken window with a view.

  4. Mixing work with play is the only way to go! I live in Alaska so it’s expensive to travel anywhere. My job sent me to Boston for a conference so I took an extra week and paid less than $300 to get to Virginia to visit my cousin.

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