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Appreciating your surroundings

I usually don’t do an afternoon post, but there is something that I am so excited about I just couldnt contain myself until my evening post.

I rarely eat out, and almost never twice a day – but today I discovered something else new, besides Dunkin Donuts (that is old news now).

Panera Bread.

I think I may go live there. It is the most wonderful thing.

Okay, I now realize I really have been sheltered. If I am this excited about discovering Panera Bread, it really is true.

I ordered a 1/2 sammich and 1/2 salad for lunch.

The Strawberry Poppseed Salad. It was fresh, crisp, and just the right amount of stuff.

In case you are unfamiliar (which you probably arent because I may be the only one in the US – or at least the 48 states – who hasnt experienced Panera Bread…) this pile of deliciousness included chicken, mandarin oranges, fresh strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, and a real light poppyseed dressing. It also comes with pecans, which I ordered mine without since I am allergic.

And yes I ate this all in one bite…

The sammich was equally as delicious. I ordered the Frontega Panini. With the salad it was a little much so I didnt finish it all even though it was only a half.

YUM! Roasted chicken on foccacia, with tomatoes, fresh basil, and melted mozzarella (drool).

Everything about this lunch was perfect!


I just had to share my excitement. With the discovery of new wonderful restaurants (which I am sure there will be many more to come, and you will hear about it!) I have been thinking about the other things I was” missing out” on…. some food related:

  •  Fro Yo- specifically, self serve places. This may shock and appaul most of you I know…Since I at least travel some, anytime we go anywhere, like to Tampa to visit Torr’s mom, or Cali to visit my sister, etc. you better believe I was always stopping to get FroYo anywhere I could. So I have at least experienced it, but was never able to go down the street and just get some.
  • Barnes & Noble. We had just gotten one in the last 2 years in my home town in Alaska… I spent a lot of time there, even though it was about 20 minutes away.
  • Waterparks & Amusement parks. Again, I did this a lot while traveling but never just a “hey lets drive an hour this weekend and go ride rollercoasters or water slides!” Because of the weather, there are neither of these in Alaska.
  • Malls. There are 2 malls in Alaska, both in Anchorage which were 6 hours away (or an hour flight). I have a love/hate relationship with shopping anyway so this didnt break my heart to terribly, but now having a mall with anything I would desire within 15 minutes is kind of amazing.
  • Crickets/bugs/etc. This will sound weird to a lot of people, but I think it is cool hearing the crickets, bugs, etc after dark at night time. Maybe because it is new to me.
  • Concerts. We have only been here a month so we havent gone to any concerts, but they are scarce in Alaska. There are more in Anchorage since it was more populated, but again, that was kind of far to travel. I am looking forward to this perk!
  • Landscaping. I love just driving through a town/city/anywhere and the trees and shrubs are arranged nicely, grass is cut, and flowers are in full bloom. Though there is a ton of beautiful wildlife in Alaska, you don’t see upkeep in the “civilized” area like that.
  • A large diversity of restaurants. A lot more options for fine dining, take out places, local hot spots, sushi, and other ethnic cuisines (some I have never heard of…)

I dont want this to come off in a negative kind of way at all either, I am just starting to realize my new found appreciations for my new surroundings! …And Panera Bread.


If you were to leave your current home, what is a huge convenience (regarding your surroundings) that you would miss?

If I were to move away from here (even though I have been here a month!) I would definitely miss the convenience of having everything right near me, I am forunate to live near work, and most other things I need!

And if you have moved away from your hometown, what is something (other than friends/family) that you miss?

I weirdly miss being able to just drive right down the road to go camping!

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Love panera!

    The only thing I’ll miss from my town when I move is the quaintness and safety of it. It’s a great area to raise a family in, but doesn’t have too much to offer besides the great schools & safety factor.

    August 13, 2011
  2. I’m afraid of the suburbs. Really really afraid.

    August 13, 2011

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