Monday, November 30, 2009
We got seated right away in the back "patio"...(screened in in the summer, but windows put back up in the winter)- and overlooked the pretty outdoor courtyard from the Blind Lemon next door.
Kathie and Nancy ordered the chicken salad sandwich (Also a seriously yummy option) and both loved their sandwiches as usual.
I was having a cheeseburger kinda day...so I ordered a turkey burger with cheddar and it was delicious. Very juicy and cooked perfectly....my total bill for a turkey burger with cheese and chips was a whopping $5 after tax (before tip)- NOT bad for a delicious and satisfying lunch I'd say!!
Afterwards, All three of us were members of the Clean Plate Club.... Delicious!!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
I thought this post could be a fun way to show the before pictures of the house and kind of talk about what I want to do in each room...and then we'll see along the way if those things change or not as we get projects finished...Something I was unfortunately not blessed with at birth was the virtue of patience... so while I know I should do room by room slowly...I want to do every room in the next two weeks... any readers out there with a great design sense... advice is happily accepted on this blog :) We'll start off this post with the downstairs and move on to the upstairs in another post...everyone cool with that?
Let's start at the beginning with the picture that anyone that is my friend on facebook or in real life has seen...the outside of the house....so cute! Nothing to do here (for now) except try my darndest to keep those plants alive (another thing I was definitely not blessed with- a green thumb.) However I have managed to keep a basil plant alive for the past month or so...so maybe thats a start...even though the dill plant that shared a pot with the basil left us a long time ago...but anyways..the outside of the house:
The Dining Room:
The Plan: at some point someone ripped out the rest of the driveway to add more landscaping and used the garage as a clubhouse...that will be fun for now...but at some point in the future, I would love to actually be able to park in that garage..so one thing on the list is put the rest of the driveway back. Also, the sellers took that swingset with them, so I would love to (also pretty far off into the future) pour a patio with a built in firepit back there...that would be amazing.. Immediate needs are a rake and leaf blower...as the back yard right now has about 6 inches of leaves in it. I also am looking forward to a new patio set and a sweet ass grill...
Thursday, November 12, 2009
First of all.. I always randomly forget you are allowed to smoke in restaurants in the KY. No one (that I noticed) was actually smoking…but that musty smoky smell was lingering in the air. The smell that just smells stale and makes you pretty sure you’re going to smell like that when you leave. So the first impression…not so good…the other two times had been warm spring early afternoons, perfect for an outdoor lunch… I had actually never even been in the actual restaurant.
The first thing we ordered is a basket of chips with their homemade barbecue sauce. The sauce is pretty good…has a little kick to it…which I like…and who doesn’t like homemade chips? However for me personally the sauce was a little sweet...so not the best I've ever had or anything...but I appreciate the homemade effort for sure!
Next they brought out our meals. I was excited to see a whole list of different quesadillas! I asked the waiter what his favorite was and he said the buffalo chicken’dilla so I ordered that… my co-workers both ordered burgers, one plain and one with gorgonzola cheese. The food came out and I had a huge sloppy quesadilla with a side of blue cheese dressing. It looked delicious. I picked it up and hot sauce just started dripping out of it like crazy. I tasted it…and was disappointed because all I could taste was the hot sauce. The chicken seemed to be cooked well, there was blue cheese and onions in it…but unfortunately..all I could taste in the whole thing was the massive amounts of hot sauce. Don't get me wrong... I like hot sauce..but I dont like to eat an entire meal that basically tastes like eating hot sauce with a fork.
Nancy’s gorgonzola burger was pretty dry..I tasted it and it was decent, but not a juicy burger you would expect at a place that has multiple specialty burgers on the menu. I won’t even comment on the plain hamburger because, well I don’t think I’d like a plain hamburger no matter where I was. However she did order it medium rare and was the only person not complaining about her food...so maybe that says something!
Unfortunately for me…Keystone just misses the mark. While their barbeque sauce isn’t bad, it’s not enough to make up for rest of the food and the smelly atmosphere …..and today was definitely my last visit.
*all photos courtesy of Nancy :)
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I have been one serious blog neglector for the past couple of weeks…but I have excuses! Lots of times I write my blog while eating lunch at my desk at work… I’m not a total loser…I just can’t justify the calories and money that it takes to go out to eat every single day….so lots of times I eat at my desk and do my “personal errands” during my lunch hour….online shopping, blog writing, blog reading, facebooking, etc. Lately these have turned into more, talking to my mortgage lady, talking to my mortgage lady, getting stuff my mortgage lady needs, looking for furniture/paint colors/ a handyman/etc for the new house…and blogging had been on the backburner…but I am back today to catch you up on the latest happenins…
I love lists. They make me feel in control and organized. We close on the new house on November 12 and get the keys on November 20. I have a list (well, lately my lists have become more sophisticated, so this “list” is actually a “spreadsheet”) of what we are going to do every single day between November 12 and November 23. If we stay on task with the list, our move will be a breeze…if we deviate from the list…who knows what could happen! I am excited to get started on the list (a week from this Saturday) because then I will feel like I am doing something besides just sitting and waiting.
Two weeks ago we had a make up dinner at Mesh. I think that will be a separate post. I have pictures and everything…let’s aim for tomorrow on that one! That same weekend I got to tailgate with some of my favorite OU alumni….one of which told me that his triumphant return to Random Ramblings was coming any day now. ( Commence harassing him about this….NOW!) We had an enjoyable morning of flip cup, hanging out…and throwing frisbees at PVC pipes in buckets full of rocks with beer bottles resting on top…. No, seriously.
This past weekend Bernadette and Ben visited and Saturday morning Martin and I brought her to the bridal promised land that is Bridal & Formal. B was a champ…trying on dresses is hard (and exhausting) work. She (we) fell in LOVE with one and she bought it that day!!! Now that is a girl that can make decisions!! Not that I can blame her…it looked absolutely gorgeous on her….can’t wait to see the look on Ben’s face when she walks down the aisle in this dress… lucky for me I will have a front row seat!
After bridal fun we walked a block up the street and had lunch at an old Irish pub that served draft beer, liquor drinks and cheeseburgers and French Fries. It inspired a new business concept for me… don’t you think after wedding dress shopping all morning you want to go somewhere a little classier to eat a nice lunch with your sister/mother/best friend/grandma/whoever… The only place within walking distance to eat was an old,dark irish pub. I’m thinking a cute little tea house with finger sandwiches? …. Anyone want to invest? Bridal Row in Reading is the premier wedding dress destination in the entire Midwest… I think this idea could really go somewhere!
But I digress….. after checking out some bridesmaids dresses and getting slightly overwhelmed…we headed home to get some curlers in B’s hair and start cooking a pre-Halloween dinner. It was delicious and we were officially ready to get into our costumes and head over to Meg’s for Halloween fun… Here are some pics of the evening:
|Publishers Clearing House Costume- I WON!!|