Monday, April 21, 2014

Big Easter Weekend

Saturday, we went to the Farmer's Market and came home with things to plant in the garden.

I got my herb garden squared away, and Daph added some decorations.

Then, she made a big sign for the Bunny.

We were all tired, so we took Uncle Jeff downtown for dinner.  LBC has really good shrimp and corn chowder, and the best cheesy sauce ever for fries.

Sunday, we all got our Easter baskets.  Mine was awesome - thanks, Kev!  Then we had Easter Breakfast Tacos, and spent most of the afternoon playing outside.  Kev set up an egg hunt.

And we played baseball and cornhole.

It was fun to have Uncle Jeff here, and sad to send him off (in a surprisingly fancy taxi) to DC.  Looking forward to seeing him for lunch later in the week.

Dinner was grilled cedar plank salmon with couscous and asparagus on the porch.  This springy weather is so great.  I hope it sticks around for a while.  It's cool in the mornings, and warm (but not hot!) in the afternoons, and we can play in the yard (no gnats) and eat on the porch (no mosquitos).  Spring is awesome.

I hope your Easter weekend was a very hoppy one!

Road Trip - Day 8

On Friday, we drove and drove and drove.  Some of us slept.  It was a long trip.

There was some time along the way to rest and climb trees, but mostly, we drove.  I was happy to have Jeff with us.

When we got home, there was a nice colorful sign.

The cherry tree in the back yard was all bloomy, and so were the tulips in the front.

Daphne's big surprise was a new purple room.  Kev was busy while we were gone.

Now the hard part...getting back into a groove.  Starting with about 100 pounds of laundry.  Time to start thinking about the next adventure.

Road Trip - Day 7

Thursday we went to my old elementary school to have lunch with my cousin.  Same school, new building.  They tore down the old building, the one that I was in, a couple years after I left.  It's too was a cool old school building.  It was probably full of asbestos, though, and lead paint.

The new school has a nice little "cafe" area where visitors can eat with kids so they don't have to go in the cafeteria.  I kinda wish Daphne's school had that.  The cafeteria is so loud.  And kind of stinky.

In the afternoon, we went to the fossil park down by the river.  There were rocks to climb around on and dig in, so Daphne loved it.  She could have stayed there for hours.

In the evening, we met a bunch of people out for dinner at Buckhead, and I had a hot brown.  I don't think you can get hot browns anywhere besides Kentuckiana.  This is probably a good thing.  Nobody should eat that very often.  But it's so good.

After dinner, Daphne fed the ducks and geese with the leftover rolls.  Always fun to feed the birds.

Later that night, we went to the Zesto for one last treat, and I backed my parents' car into a brick wall. I suppose it made sense to start AND end the trip with a car problem.  For symmetry.

Very sad to leave.  I don't like it that my family is so far away.  But it was a nice visit.  Looking forward to the next one.  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Road Trip - Day 6

Wednesday started with donuts.  That's a very good way to start.

Grandma gave us a tour of the bakery, and we each picked 2 donuts to try.

As you can see, Daphne didn't like them AT ALL.

In the afternoon, there was time to knit and read.

And in the evening, we went to a little league softball game.  It was cold out, but fun to watch our cousin play ball.  Flat Stanley came along. 

Today is our last full day here.  We'll be having lunch at my old elementary school, but that's the only thing we have planned.  I'm looking forward to a nice relaxing day with the family.  Starting..NOW.  Bye!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Road Trip - Day 5

The sun has just set on Day 5 of our Big Spring Break Road Trip of 2014.  I was happy to wake up this morning and find NO snow on the ground.  It was cold, though.  My pedicure is being completely wasted.

We took my grandma out to lunch, and spent the rest of the day hanging out at the house.  I did some knitting and Daphne worked in the garage with Grandpa.

Together, they made a cool little wooden boat that got a test-float at bath time with one of Daphne's old Little People as Captain.  It worked!  I especially love the sail.  It's sort of Moonrise Kingdom-y.

I helped with dinner.  We had some great Indian food.  I made some curried chickpeas, and they were a hit.  I will have to get a copy of the recipe so I can make them at home.  

After dinner, Jeff took us to the Zesto, because we really haven't had enough desserts since we've been here.

I had a chocolate malt, as usual.  It was delicious, as usual.

Then we watched the Rangers again, and Chief fell asleep again, which told me it was time for bed.  

Tomorrow - the bakery.  Then, the sugar detox begins.  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Road Trip - Day 4

It rained all morning, and we did errands and went to lunch with my mom.  Then, I got a pedicure.  Now my toes are purple and I'm all ready for springtime and flip-flops.  Except now it's supposed to snow tonight.

Daphne spent the afternoon hanging out in the garage with Grandpa.

I went to dinner with my brother at the grilled cheese place in Louisville.

My sandwich was great, but the soup was just OK.  Needed seasoning.

The star of the show was dessert.  First, there was a s'more with chocolate, marshmallow mascarpone, and graham crackers.  Then there was a glazed donut, which was sliced in half and turned inside out.  Then they stuck the s'more between the donut slices and grilled the whole thing like a grilled cheese.  This thing is genius.  What a great idea.  Elvis would have loved it.

This vacation food is going to kill me.  

After dinner, we went to a good record store.  I got She and Him Vol. 3 and an Iron and Wine radio broadcast thing on vinyl, and the new Beck CD.  Louisville is really cool.  I don't think a lot of people know that.  Seriously, there is a lot going on there.

Now, we're watching the Rangers.

Chief is sound asleep, upside down on the couch.  Another good day.

Tomorrow, we're taking my grandma to lunch.  Possibly in the snow.  I will be having a salad.

Road Trip - Day 3

Sunday was about food and family.  I got my Zesto chili dog.  

Then, we had some awesome orange cake from the bakery where my mom works.

With Blue Bell ice cream...the best ice cream in the country.  Blue Bell is made in Texas, and I can't get it in Virginia, but they have it at the Kroger in Indiana.  I may take some back home with me in a cooler.  I miss Blue Bell ice cream.

In the evening, we met the extended family out for barbecue.  I had Big Red.  I haven't had Big Red in a million years.  It was extra good because it was in a glass bottle.

I sat at the kids' table.

Some people enjoy having their picture taken more than others.

After dinner, we went to a place that makes ice cream instantly, right before your very eyes, using liquid nitrogen.  It was cool.  The ice cream of science.

Plus, it tasted pretty good!

Ended the day watching Elvis Costello and Morrissey with my brother.  Another good day.  

Today it is raining, and we have no real plans.  Maybe I'll sneak in a little knitting.  But first, I need to go find Daphne.  She is working on "top secret plans."  That concerns me.