Last Saturday I drove up to Frankenmuth and Birch Run to do a little shopping and to get a little "me" time.
Frankenmuth is a little town with a Bavarian theme. It's a popular tourist attraction here in Michigan and they are known for their chicken dinners. There is lots of little shops and a nifty covered bridge.
Birch Run is a large outlet mall with practically every outlet store you can think of from Nike to Corelle and everything in between. I bought this pretty summer purse at the Fossil outlet.
It was rather sad to see there was a lot of empty stores. The economy has really taken it's toll on this outlet. There was a time when you could barely find a parking spot on a Saturday.
I stayed the night and just got some dinner to go, surfed the web, watched a movie (Nights in Rodanthe, good but sad!) and read and just relaxed.
On Sunday morning I wanted to get home early because I had desserts to make for Easter dinner. I was all set to go at about 7:00 am when accidentally locked my keys in the car, with the car running! The hotel clerk had to call a towing company for me and after about 45 minutes they finally got my car open! Luckily he didn't charge me a arm and a leg for calling so early on Easter morning! Then driving home I missed the I-75 to I-23 expressway turn off and went about 20 miles out of my way!
Apparently I can't be left on my own! I still had nice little break and will do that again someday!
Sunday night we had dinner at my dads house. I made a tiramisu bowl which was really good! It was really nice to get together with all of my brothers and sisters-in-law and their kids! I still feel sad going to my dad's house even though my mom's been gone for almost 7 years. I still see her touches all over the place.