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Monday, October 15, 2018

Weekending - October 12, 2018

As I was driving home from Kansas City yesterday, I realized why I like writing my weekend posts.  I love to relive them as I type out the details!  So many times in life I feel we rush through things and don't stop to acknowledge the good times.  Well here's me acknowledging that this past weekend was pretty darn fantastic!

Even though I had to work most of the day on Friday, I felt like my weekend started on Thursday night when I met two friends for an impromptu dinner.  It was great to connect with them over sushi and catch up with what was going on in our lives.


Friday I worked as fast as I could and my daughter-in-law, Kayla, and I were able to begin on journey to Kansas City by mid afternoon.  I loved having her with me and it made the car ride so much more enjoyable!  We arrived at my friend Linda's house, scooped her up and headed to dinner at Jack Stack Barbecue.   Linda's brother met us there to round out our table of four.  We started with a nice round of drinks.


If you're ever in the KC area and looking for some great barbecue, check out Jack Stack.  They have a couple locations around town so it's likely that you will be able to find one near you.  Their burnt ends are to die for!  I had a combo plate of burnt ends and shrimp.  And don't underestimate their sides!  I sampled the hickory pit beans, cheesy potato bake, cheesy corn bake and their green beans - all DELICIOUS!  


Saturday morning Kayla, Linda and I cruised over to Chez Elle Creperie and Coffeehouse to meet our friend Mary for breakfast and shopping.
  

Three of us choose the same thing - the Le Franco - which was caramelized green apple with spices, toasted walnuts, fig compote, Brie cheese and creme fraiche.  I really wish they offered a flight of smaller crepes so you could have more than one flavor!


Then there was shopping!  Nothing like a little retail therapy with friends to make a day wonderful.  The painting on this wall right outside Chez Elle was a beautiful site with its brilliant colors.  Very blog worthy.  


I fell in love with the little bread shop right across the street.  We purchased a few goodies from there to snack on later.  The cheese bread was fantastic and will be on my mind for a while.  Their cheese was equally as wonderful.  I wonder if they ship to St. Louis??


From this part of town we ventured over to the West Bottoms area.  Thrift shopping at it's prime!   All of us found treasures we had to take home with us.    My favorite was the Restoration Emporium.  This warehouse building had a little bit of everything inside.  No matter what your taste is, there would be something for you.


We shopped until the last minute possible before leaving Mary and departing to meet up with our friend Jody who was joining us for dinner and the Ed Sheeran concert.  For dinner we met at Summit Grill and it was the perfect place.  Happy Hour drinks and menu was in force and we took full advantage of it.  No joke, we talked about how good the sliders were for the rest of the night and into the next day!



We had bought tickets to see Ed Sheeran at Arrowhead Stadium almost a year ago and never dreamed it would be 45 degrees outside on concert night!  Winter gear in tow, we headed to the venue.  I had only been to Arrowhead one other time for a concert and remembered how terrible the traffic was getting in.  This time was no different.  We got a later start than we had planned and definitely paid the price.  Arrowhead management people -- there HAS to be a better way to get cars in the parking lots!!  After what should have been a 30 minute process turned into 2 hours, we parked and walked to the gate only to have our purses rejected.  The rule was no purse larger than 4.5" x 6.5".  I measured mine when I got home and it was 5" x 7".  Linda's was about the same size.  Jodie and Kayla were smart and left their's in the car.  Seriously people - so frustrating!!  We went to customer service, crammed everything that was in our purses into our coat pockets and left our purses there.  By the time we landed at our seats, the second opener (Snow Patrol) was on their next to last song.  


Not that I'm bitter or anything, but tell me this purse that we saw inside the stadium is 4.5" x 6.5".  I think it came down to what gate you entered.  


Ok - enough of the badness about Arrowhead.  We were there to enjoy Ed and we did!!  I just love him!!  He stands on the stage all by himself and talks to his audience like you were sitting in his living room.  The set list on Saturday include 19 of his favorites and warming the crowd's hearts even with the cold temperatures.


He might have been a little embarrassed after the show when he realized he was in MISSOURI, not Kansas as he repeatedly said.  Oh well Ed, I forgive you!  I imagine most of the people in the audience did too.


Guess what we did Sunday morning before driving home?  We went to see A Star is Born.  Two of us had seen it and two of us had not.  All four of us loved it (again)!  If you haven't seen it, add it to your list.

And just like that the weekend was in the books.  Kayla and I drove home reliving the fun moments from the weekend and planning Thanksgiving.  We stopped on our way through to say hello to my parents.  What an overall great weekend!  Hope you had a great one too!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Five on Friday - October 12, 2018

Hey, hey!  It's Friday!!  I'm so excited to get this weekend started!  Kayla and I are road tripping to Kansas City to join our friends on that side of the state for the Ed Sheeran concert.  Yes, it's going to be epic!!  Before I head out, here's my five for this week ~

One of my recent Amazon Prime purchases was this set of four Halloween pillow covers.  Guys, I love them!  I bought four 18 x 18 pillow inserts with the thought that I'd buy pillow covers for the different seasons and just change them out using the same inserts.  My original thought was I would put two on the chairs on the front porch and use two in the house.  Well, two never made it outside because they are so darn cute I wanted all of them inside!  They are a steal at $11.99 for all four.  Click HERE to check them out.
                   

2.  First Man
Opening this weekend is First Man.  This movie sounds so interesting.  Here's the synopsis from Rotten Tomatoes: 
On the heels of their six-time Academy Award (R)-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar (R)-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures' First Man, the riveting story of NASA's mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost on Armstrong and on the nation of one of the most dangerous missions in history.
 I remember when we saw Gravity with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, I got a little motion sick.  I'll have to remember to take my Bonine before we head to the theater to see this one just in case!

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3.  National Dessert Day
Get ready -- Sunday is National Dessert Day!  What's your favorite dessert?  I love a good pie.  I also love a good cake.  Hmmmm, guess I really love dessert!  Whatever your favorite is, make sure you enjoy it on Sunday in celebration of National Dessert Day!

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4.  Halloween Donuts at Krispy Kreme
Have you been by Krispy Kreme lately?  Look at these adorable Halloween donuts!  Maybe a donut would be a great way to celebrate National Dessert Day on Sunday.  You could pick one of the four Halloween varieties.  The Trick-or-Treat Doughnut features the original glazed dipped and drizzled with salted caramel and then topped with crushed Halloween candy.  If that doesn't sound good to you, there's the Monster Batter Doughnut which is filled with cake batter filling, slime-green icing, monster eyes and sprinkles.  Or maybe you would like the classic Jack-O-Lantern doughnut or the Chocolate Iced Doughnut with Halloween Sprinkles.  These will be around until October 31 so get them while you can.

Halloween has Arrived! Four holloween doughnuts for a limited time.

5.  I need a housekeeper.....
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And I'm off!  Pop back in next week to hear all about the fun!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Rome - Day Tre

It's Thursday!  That means it's time for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.  I'm thinking out loud today about our third day in Italy.

Our day three in Rome started bright and early.  We had followed the advice of Rick Steves and pre-purchased a tour of the Vatican that started at 8:30 am.   Looking back on our trip, we probably had more funny moments happen on this day than any other.  You know, the moments that you just have to be present to fully get and no matter how you try to explain it, it just doesn't seem as funny as when you were there living it.  It's the moments that bond friends and I'm so glad I got to share them with Eric and Linda.


Our Roma Pass was still active and our plan was to have the city bus deliver us to the Vatican.  We knew right where the bus stop was and got there in plenty of time to catch the bus.  We waited.  And waited.  And waited for our bus number 62 to arrive.  Buses came and went, but none of them were the bus 62 we needed.  After waiting for almost 30 minutes and much debate, we decided to go to the cab stand.  About a block-and-a-half of walking down the street, guess what we saw coming towards us.  That's right, bus 62.  Without even speaking to each other, we all turned and started running (and I mean RUNNING) after the bus.  We had to look like idiots.  In my mind I could hear Jenny yelling, "Run Forest, Run!"  As the bus came to a stop we were still quite a distance away but we were able to slide in the door just as it was closing.  Vatican City here we come!

It took half the ride for us to catch our breath, but we made it to the Vatican just in time for our tour.  We were handed our earphones and off we went following the yellow light bulb high on a stick being carried by our knowledgeable guide throughout the museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters Basilica.



 To keep our group together, he was constantly whispering, "come closer to me, come closer to me, come closer to me."  There were times that I obviously wasn't quite close enough because I was searching for him and the yellow light bulb in the sky quite a bit.  At one point, he handed off the light bulb and had Eric keep the group together.


There was so much beauty in St. Peter's Basilica.  If you go to Rome, don't miss the opportunity to wonder around this magnificent church.  None of my pictures do it justice.




One tip our guide gave us was how to get a ticket for the Wednesday appearance of the Pope.  He said we just need to ask one of the Swiss guards for an invitation.



They looked a bit intimidated, but I was determined to see the Pope.  Walked right up and asked Mr. Guard if I could please have three tickets and he kindly obliged.  We were seeing the Pope on Wednesday!!


After visiting the Vatican, we were starving and decided to revisit the restaurant we went to the first day, Origano.  It was just as delicious as the first time we were there!  With our bellies full and hearts happy, we decided to head back to the hotel and rest for an hour.  While we were at the hotel, I wrote postcards to my friends at home.  BTW, no one has received their postcards yet!


Recharged and ready for more Italy, we headed to the Pantheon, the temple of the Gods.  We had walked past it many times, but hadn't gone inside.   This is one of the most perfectly designed architectural domed structures in the world.  It also where you can find the tomb of the infamous artist Raphael.


There is a hole in the domed ceiling and the rain water drains out 22 small holes in the center of the floor.



The rest of the evening was spent roaming in and out of a few more churches, getting gelato and grabbing a bite to eat at the restaurant attached to our hotel.  While walking through a piazza, we stopped to enjoy the street musicians.  Ahhhh, the sights, sounds and flavors of Rome!




As with almost every night we were there, we took a few pictures at the Trevi fountain.  I loved that it was so close to our hotel!


Day three had been amazing and we were all excited about seeing the Pope on day four.  Check back in later to see what other adventures we had while in Rome.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Weekending - October 5, 2018

Hello friends!  Are you celebrating Columbus Day today with a day off work?  Not me -- but holidays are almost always great days to drive into work because of the low traffic.  Today was one of those days for me, so at least my day started off great!

Here's a rewind of our weekend ~


Friday night we attend EarthDance Organic Farm School's annual fundraiser - The Farmer's Formal.  This event enables EarthDance to sustain its Farm and Garden Apprenticeship Program, offer employment to youth, donate produce to families in need, and develop the Organic Farm School's campus into a beautiful, innovative learning environment.  Farmers teamed with local chefs to create the most delicious samples.  I was too busy sampling to get a lot of pictures, so you'll have to trust me that the food was out of this world good!



In addition to the wonderful food, there were also over 20 libationers sampling their drinks.  I found a bourbon watermelon concoction that was so yummy!  Who would have thought that watermelon would go with bourbon.


Overall it was a fun night with friends helping a great cause.  Two of our friends left before we had a chance to get a group photo, but we got this one on the way out of the four of us that were left.


Debbie was the winning bidder on a basket of peppers.  We got outbid on all the things we were hoping to take home.


Earlier in the week, Eric and I had bought tickets to see A Star is Born on Saturday morning.  Best movie I've seen in a long time!  We both loved it and both of us would see it again (true sign that we loved the movie).  Have you seen it?  What did you think?  The performance by both Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper suck you in and keep you there throughout the entire two hour and seventeen minutes of the movie.  Now I want the soundtrack.  Click HERE if you would like it too.

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When we got out of the show, we headed over to the Missouri Botanical Gardens for the Best of Missouri show.  Just as we were arriving, the skies opened and it began to rain.  We waited in the car a bit, and then decided to start our walk over to the Garden.  On the way, we popped in World's Fair Donuts for a snack.  My breakfast of movie popcorn and diet Mountain Dew had worn off and I was hungry!


While we were roaming around the Missouri Botanical Gardens, we saw the corpse flower that had bloomed in the middle of the night on Thursday.  This rare thing only blooms every few years and has a horrible odor when it does bloom.  Here's what was left on Saturday ~

                    

From the Botanical Garden, we meandered over to Chouquette for some bakery items, Urban Loafers for a nice loaf of sourdough bread, and Olio for some real food.  We sipped on cocktails while waiting for our cuisine.  It was a spritz for me.  


We enjoyed a couple small plates of hummus, egg salad and Israeli bruschetta.  Then topped it all off with the roasted cauliflower salad.  Oh.My.Gosh - the cauliflower salad was soooo good!


Sunday we went to a little pumpkin patch out in the middle of the country.  I'll have to share the ones we got and what we did with them later because right now they are still sitting in my garage.



Eric left for work and I did a little bit of shopping to round out the weekend.  Our temperatures were way too hot to be considered "fall like" and now this week our highs are going to be in the 50s.  Where did our fall weather go?!?    Hopefully it will return and we can enjoy some 70 degree weather before winter gets here!

Check out what others were up to this weekend.

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