I take a little bit of pride in knowing how to pack like a rock star…unfortunately on this trip, we failed miserably. I’m not sure why we didn’t think of it, but we should have packed our bags with our destinations in mind…one warm weather bag, one cold weather bag – but, we didn’t…hence the sweaty-ness in this photo!
Our normal vacation destination is tropical, but on this trip we would experience some weather extremes. From -11 degrees in Crested Butte, Colorado, to a sweltering 96 degrees the afternoon that we drove through Death Valley. Long story short, we could have avoided some serious bag wrangling had we packed one bag for the Colorado (cool) portion of our trip and one bag for the Nevada / California half…lesson learned!
I’m not sure how I miscalculated the number of states we’d cross in my pre-trip post, but we ultimately ended up hitting seven states (not six) – IA, NE, CO, UT, AZ, NV and CA. I think the stretch of Arizona was only 30 miles or so, but it counts! :]
I was about spot on with my mileage estimate though – we logged 3,688 miles on our car and spent a total of 62 hours and 15 minutes behind the windshield. As with most road trips, the drive TO the destination seems much quicker and more enjoyable than the drive home, but we made sure that the return trip was a doozy by doing it all in one shot! 31 hours from Los Angeles to Des Moines, to be exact!
We talked, listened to music (only got as far as Omaha before activating the XM radio), and I took a ton of pictures along the way. If you’ve ever been through Nebraska, you know there’s not much to see there, but the rest of our drive was very beautiful and scenic!
Our first stop was to see my uncle Tony in Denver, Colorado. We hit up one of his go-to karaoke spots called Armida’s for dinner and watched as he belted out a song (Take It Easy by the Eagles). It was great to see him (and his new digs) and he is always a joy to spend time with. While in Denver, we hit up one of Denver’s impressive REI stores that night so that I could exchange one of my go-to bags that sustained some damage sometime between its purchase (for our wedding in 2008) and now. Luckily REI stuff has a lifetime guarantee!
Unfortunately for us, we brought the crappy weather with us and Denver ended up getting dumped on that night with almost a foot of snow. That next morning, we made the decision to scrap our plans to head to Fort Collins for the brewery tour we had scheduled at the New Belgium brewery and we took off for Crested Butte early, as there was no sign of the snow letting up.
It’s a good thing we did, because that nearly six hour drive (that should have taken around 4 hours) wouldn’t have been much fun in the dark! We even had to stop a few times to chisel the ice and packed snow from the wheel wells of my car.
Eventually made it to Julia’s in Crested Butte. We had a blast catching up with her and Danny and Lucy the English Bulldog. Danny had unfortunately broken his ankle (snowboarding) a few days before our arrival.
We ate an amazing dinner at a place called Ryce on our first night in Crested Butte before hitting up a local pub called Kochevars. Late night + too many drinks = need for a bloody mary and some biscuits and gravy (my hangover cure) the next morning at a McGill’s (Danny claimed that if he and Julia ever broke up that he would fight for custody of their McGill’s card…it was that tasty).
Julia also cooked some tasty home-cooked meals for a welcomed change of pace! We also went out to a few of the bars. The Sweet Spot was definitely my favorite based on how unique it was! It was a very luxe feeling place that was crazy mix between a bar, candy store and arcade / game room, and they were even selling local favorite Secret Stash pizza by the slice at the bar and some sort of Indian food in one part of it.
Crested Butte offers a free bus to residents and visitors that makes its rounds every 15 minutes during ski season. It stops at several condos as well as the base of the mountain and into town. We thought it was a pretty sweet place. It’s more than just the birthplace of Heidi Montag — hahahahahaha!!
I got to see where Julia works – a children’s museum called The Trailhead and a coffee shop / bookstore called Rumors.
We also stopped by the Montanya Rum bar and distillery. It was a pretty sweet spot with all sorts of rums to try!
Julia gave me a sweet friendship bracelet (it came as a pair, so she got to keep one too) right before we left — love that girl!
In Las Vegas we stayed at TI (Treasure Island), mainly because it’s where the Cirque du Soleil show that we wanted to see was being performed and we knew we wouldn’t have much time between when we got to Vegas and when the show started. Upon our arrival we were upgraded to a suite (never hurts to ask!), that despite only having one bed, had THREE bathrooms. It was nuts!
The Cirque du Soleil show (called Mystere) had me at the edge of my seat with sweaty palms, but unfortunately the rest of my experience in Vegas left a little bit to be desired – like money. This feeling probably had everything to do with the fact that we won zero dollars, but it was a fun sight to see.
Word to the wise — bring appropriate footwear for walking around Las Vegas (or sore feet and blisters are a guarantee). Apparently walking around wasted and barefoot, carrying your heels is totally fine though! YUCK. If I had a dollar for every wasted girl I saw stumbling down the strip carrying her high heels, I’d have at least 20 more dollars than what I walked out of Aria with.
Next stop, California! This was exciting because we were both eager to see California and spend more time in the warm weather. Prior to this trip, neither of us had ever been to CA.
Unfortunately for us, our not-so-warm-welcome introduction happened at America’s nastiest gas station…a Shell (I can’t imagine Shell knows) just before Barstow, California. It. Was. Gross. I purposely did NOT wash my hands for fear of contracting some sort of disease. I should’ve run the other way, but the gas station we tried to stop at before this one was actually creepier looking from the outside (wouldn’t accept J’s cc), so I didn’t want to take my chances that the next one would be even worse. Mental scars…
We eventually made it to LA and were greeted with a bum car-wash almost immediately. I tried to stop him, as we had only enough cash on us to pay for parking that night, but he did it anyway. I was happy for the clean windshield later on in our trip when I was taking photos without having to shoot around bug smears.
I L-O-V-E-D California, loved it! I’m sure we would have had a totally different experience had we gone as “tourists” and stayed in a hotel, but I absolutely loved it. If I didn’t have two mortgages and a crazy dog that requires lots of square footage at the moment, I would move there in a heartbeat!
We stayed with my friend Michelle, her hubby Kevin, their little boy Sawyer and their two pets – a Louisiana Catahoula named River…
…and a Norwegian Forest Cat named Fog.
Their loft was really cool. It was the old Federal Reserve building. I love how it has the modern, industrial feel – with concrete floors, high ceilings, and exposed brick and beams. They also have an amazing view of DTLA!
Also noteworthy were their sweet skate board and art collections. Seriously, some of the coolest stuff I’ve ever seen!
One afternoon we headed from downtown to Venice beach…a 12 mile drive that takes anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour!
We went to lunch at Danny’s in Venice and cruised Venice beach – we saw the skate park, muscle beach, the basketball courts from White Man Can’t Jump as well as tons of shops, street vendors and performers.
Another afternoon we took the subway (J’s first) from DTLA to Hollywood and did the star walk and saw the HOLLYWOOD sign from afar.
Our next stop was to eat lunch poolside at Tropicana within the famous Roosevelt Hotel.
We also had Two Boots pizza one night and we even experienced Korean BBQ at a place called ChoSun Galbee Restaurant. Justin is 1/4 Korean (his dad was born in South Korea), so it was pretty cool to experience an authentic meal.
While in LA I saw a new (to me) type of graffiti / street art — pretty cool!
Before leaving LA, we grabbed brunch at Bottega Louie – which was amazing!
At Kevin’s advice we took the scenic route through Death Valley on our way out of CA. We stopped at the sand dunes and messed around for a little bit.
I almost took a little bit of the dunes with me!
We saw an amazing wind farm along the way too. I Googled it out of curiousity on my phone as we were driving through and learned that there are over 5,000 wind turbines there.
We only made a handful of stops for bathroom breaks and to gas up (+ one stop in Denver) – and we made it back to Des Moines in 31 hours.
We had to stop and try In-n-Out for ourselves. The burgers were tasty, but I had a stomach ache a few hours later.
We are glad to be home, but I would do it all again in a heartbeat!
Clearly I did a horrible job of blogging on the road. I actually never removed my laptop from my bag, but we had a great time and made lots of fun memories along the way!
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…and I thought February was bad — HA!
I only posted twice in March, but the good news is that I’m about to post at one more time within the next 48 hours, so we’re off to an okay start – right?!
In March I shared our protein shake recipe and our road trip plans. We spent the end of the month on a road trip all the way from Iowa to California (and back). We had a blast and I can’t wait to share more! I wish I would have posted while on our trip (or the evening we got home), but…I didn’t… and then our internet went out (and I couldn’t handle blogging from the car in the McDonald’s parking lot — Cooper blew our cover).
I’m thinking that the frequency of my blogging can only get better from here! I’m not sure it can get much worse. I made a recent trip to Hobby Lobby and may have brought home a backseat full of canvases and paint. Hopefully I can get some fun projects in this month! I also bought more of the 8×8″ canvases for my Instagram photo wall that I’m planning on adding to tomorrow. Also, the weather is starting to look a bit more promising, so we can all finally come out of hibernation! YAY!!
Speaking of Instagram – here are the photos I posted in March :
I added 61 photos to Instagram this month! I didn’t post on this blog much, but I’ve been busy adding to my IG gallery. Of those 61 photos, eight of them are of our weimaraner Cooper. You get a pretty good look into our road trip too! One of my favorite photos was of some cool LA street art…not so much for the photo, but the content. I might try to replicate the technique (wheat paste) in our home when we finish the basement.
Justin’s favorite photo of the month is from our road trip. It’s a shot of the open road somewhere in California when we were on our way to Death Valley.
Do you have a favorite?! The photo with the most “likes” was this throwback photo of Cooper from when he was about 10 weeks old.
I’ll be back again soon — really, I will!
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If you’re a Facebook friend or follow me on Instagram you might have seen a few things about an upcoming vacation — Yessss!!!
We’re heading to the west coast and will spend 10 days making our way from Iowa to California and back, with stops in Colorado and Nevada. We’ll cross six states – Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California and we’ll put somewhere around 3,700 miles on my car. We’ve never been on a long road trip like this and we’re excited to hit the road.
Some people we’ve told think we’re crazy for wanting to make such a long trek in a car, but I look at it like this — we’ll get to hang out with each other in the car + listen to music, talk, laugh and take in the sights AND driving allows us to make those stops in Colorado and Vegas and we can shift and change our plans as we go. The only real plans we’ve made are for a brewery tour at the New Belguim Brewery (the maker of Justin’s favorite beer – Fat Tire) in Fort Collins, Colorado, and we booked a room at a hotel on the strip in Las Vegas for one night.
Everything else we’ll just decide on the fly – although we’ve got a few ideas: visit hot springs or go skiing in Crested Butte (I flirt with the idea that skiing is an option even though my reconstructed knee is telling me otherwise), go to a Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas, see the HOLLYWOOD sign, get a tattoo in Los Angeles, go to an NCAA Sweet 16 game at The Staples center in LA, eat at an In-N-Out Burger somewhere out west. What I’m actually most excited about isn’t what we’ll see, it’s WHO we’ll see!!
I get to see two of my best friends — Julia and Michelle. They’re the type of friends who I can go months (and unfortunately even years) without seeing, but every time we’re together we pick back up right where we left off and we always make the greatest memories. The photo above is of the three of us in junior high, painting something at Julia’s house. It’s not the most flattering photo, but I think it’s funny and so telling of the creative trouble we used to get ourselves into!
After we stop Denver for a night we will head to Julia’s in Crested Butte. You might recognize Julia from the post about our sailing adventure or even our wedding day — we have been the best of friends for as long as I can remember.
She, her BF and her bulldog Lucy live in Crested Butte, where she teaches art and manages a coffee shop. Sometimes we get lucky and are able to see Julia at her cabin in Okoboji (Iowa), but I’m more than happy to make the trek to Colorado this time!
After a short stop in Las Vegas (bucket list item – BTW), we’re heading to see another great friend of mine.
Michelle + her husband and their adorable little dude live in downtown Los Angeles. We were lucky enough to attend and take part in :] Michelle and Kevin’s wedding last year in an amazing setting up north near the boundary waters in Minnesota.
They both have dream jobs (in my mind) – Michelle’s a photographer and Kevin’s some sort of technology wizard/ninja as well as a photographer. Together, they’ve created a clothing brand called Native Runaway, which is awesome! The photo above is from Kevin’s birthday last year. We cruised around Lake Vermilion in a house boat, drinking champagne and various bagged wines. Michelle’s fortune cookie that day read, “You have so much to be thankful for.” Pretty cool. That trip confirmed that we needed to make it out to see them in California!
(I’ve known Michelle forever too – here’s proof that we attended the same preschool.)
FUN FACT: I am Facebook friends with 5 of kids in that picture!
Neither Justin or I have ever been to California (and we already know we’ll be back to check out the redwoods, wine country and to visit my cousin in San Diego). We are excited to see Michelle and her fam. and we’re hoping to see a few of the sights and make some memories in Los Angeles!
We hit the road at the end of the week and I am going to try to utilize some of the time in the car for blogging. Feel free to comment with tips or suggestions along our route or in the cities we’re visiting. I already got some great feedback from someone on Instagram.
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Sometimes I see eating as a big waste of time. If it’s not a juicy steak paired with a mouth-watering twice baked potato or something from Tasty Tacos, it might as well be in pill form. J and I are cheapskates and can’t justify spending a bunch of money eating out for lunch during the week, especially because one or both of us also like to drive home at lunch to let Cooper out. A few years ago after consuming my millionth pb&j sandwich I said something like “I wish I could just drink my lunch and have it be over with” — enter scene :: protein shake.
J went out and bought one of these bullet-type shake blenders. It came with the blender base, a bottle and two lids (one contains the blender blade and the other is for drinking). He also purchased a second bottle set so we’d each have one.
This is our take on a chocolate / peanut butter / banana protein shake. I think the ingredients have changed slightly over time, but this is the gist of it and we both think it tastes delicious and it’s filling and it only takes about 10 minutes to make two shakes.
Ingredients (per shake):
1/2 cup – Skim Milk
1/2 cup – Water
1/2 – Banana
4 tbsp – Light Plain Yogurt
1 scoop – Protein Powder (we change brands depending on what’s on sale)
2 tbsp – Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powder
3 tbsp – Peanut Butter
+ Ice Cubes
The instructions will change if you’re using a regular blender and making multiple servings at once, but here’s how we make ours:
1) Pour 1/2 cup Milk and 1/2 cup Water into blender bottle
2) Add 1/2 of a Banana
3) Add 4 tbsp Plain Yogurt
4) Add 1 scoop of Protein Powder
5) Add 2 tbsp of Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powder
6) Add 3 tbsp of Peanut Butter
7) Fill with Ice and BLEND
8) Add Ice if needed
Here’s what livestrong.com said about the nutritional value of our shake:
Today we substituted the Skim Milk with Soy Milk and we took the Yogurt out and added this stuff called Almond Dream (it’s frozen like ice cream) in vanilla. The shakes still tasted great and were dairy free. I’m about to do a cleanse diet thing where I can’t eat any dairy for 10 days, so we figured we’d test it out.
Do you have a favorite shake recipe? Let me know what you think if you try this version!
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I think I got an “F” for the month of February in blog land.
Things started off good for the month when I shared my thrift shop adventure inspired by the YHL Macklemore challenge on 2/1. BTW – The entire Macklemore & Ryan Lewis album (The Heist) is worth a listen in my opinion! They’ve become a quick favorite of mine, and for the time being my Pandora station is set to a mix of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis + Sublime + Bone Thugs, which serves up an interesting mix for my morning routine.
It seemed like there were as many family and friend birthdays as there were days in February. We celebrated my dad’s 60th birthday on 2/3 and then my great grandma Pearl’s 104th birthday was on 2/13 (she made the local newspaper in the Quad Cities area) — I posted about their birthday’s here. Later in the month we celebrated our dear friends Caleb & Nicole’s 31st and 30th and we went out for dinner last night to celebrate my step-sister’s 23rd! (J’s mom had a birthday on Monday that we’re celebrating this weekend too!)
I made my third and final post for the month [shakes head in disgust] a few days after we celebrated Valentine’s Day. My only other accomplishments for the month include surviving the 17-day cold / flu / plague…which means I was sick for more than half the month – and – I finally finished a painting that I’ve been working on for eons. Seriously, I don’t know how the paint hasn’t dried up on me…that’s how long I’ve been working on it.
Raise your hand if you watched the new episode of Duck Dynasty this week…guilty pleasure.
Here’s the rundown:
Not impressed? Me either. I have a protein shake recipe, some nautical-inspired chalkboard art and exciting vacation plans for March that I will share soon. I dare you to come back — did that work?!
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of these February flicks:
I added 19 photos to Instagram this month. Of those 19, five of them are of our weimaraner Cooper. My favorite February photo was a close call between the #throwbackthursday photo of me and my grandma and J’s diploma pic — mah man received his BA in Management Information Systems from Upper Iowa University. I’m very proud of him (he even graduated Summa Cum Laude, which is Latin for: with highest honor). Justin’s favorite photo of the month is the four-photo grid of Cooper playing in the back yard on a snow-covered Saturday.
Do you have a favorite?! The People’s Choice (photo with the most Instagram-er “likes” this month) was the snapshot of the map for our upcoming road trip. I will share more details about that soon!
Peace February…won’t miss ya!
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Happy Valentines Day! Better late than never, right?! Maybe?
J got me pretty flowers (including a rainbow rose because he was obviously drawn into its vortex) and some chocolate and we exchanged cards.
I made mine using the laptop-turned-light-table trick with a silver marker and some scraps of paper found in my craft
We feasted with friends like we have done in the past. We had king crab and cheddar biscuits from Red Lobster, bacon wrapped steaks from B&B, and twice baked potatoes from Fareway! :] We don’t mess around.
We also got to try some cupcakes from Scratch Bakery that my sister / neighbor / friend picked up! A few of the flavors we tried were: Chocoholic, Peanut Butter Cup, Wedding Day and Salted Caramel. The consensus among the group was that their frosting was amazing. If you get the chance, check them out!
Did you do anything fun for Valentine’s Day? Feast until your face hurt?! No? Just me.
Sorry for the lapse in posting. J and I cleaned all weekend. It was like Spring Cleaning, minus the open windows and fresh air. I admittedly found a “thing” on our front-loading washer that I should have been cleaning on a monthly basis…only I had NEVER cleaned it. It looks fancy, but apparently it doesn’t clean its own pump filter? Oops!
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We’ve had a few big birthdays to celebrate already in February.
My dad’s 60th birthday was on 2/3 and we celebrated with lunch and cake (check out the sweet golf cake) + family time.
I compiled some favorite photos in Photoshop and had a big poster printed at Staples for less than $5. We hung it up and had everyone scribble a message on it that day. I even got my older brother who was on vacation in Mexico to write a message on a white piece of paper and email a photo of it to me so that I could add it in (using Photoshop) before I sent it off to print.
It was a neat alternative to a card, for about the same cost.
Last weekend we traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to celebrate my Great Grandmother’s 104th birthday!!!
Yes, she is 104! Her actual birthday is on 2/13 and her name is Pearl. She is still pretty feisty and rumor has it that she only takes half of a blood pressure pill each day…that’s it.
Part of the instruction for Grandma Pearl’s party was for each person to bring a long stemmed flower. With about 50 people in attendance, she ended up with a few pretty awesome bouquets.
Can you imagine the things she’s seen over the last century?! Are any of you lucky enough to know a centenarian?
I checked out the hashtag #centenarian on Instagram and stumbled upon a photographer named Jayson Brinkler (jbrinkler on IG). He has beautiful photographs of all sorts of things, among his works are photos of architecture, some amazing images of London’s homeless and he is also documenting the lives of 100 centenarians. Check it out!
p.s. Great Grandma Pearl made it into the Quad Cities Newspaper!
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My favorite blog Young House Love launched a thrift store challenge last week inspired by the song Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. [WARNING: Uncensored version] — I recommend playing that song in the background while you read this post.
YHL shared their challenge and it seems like every time I climbed into the car or turned on Pandora since reading their post, that song would come on. I took it as a sign that I should accept the challenge. My favorite part of the song is at 1:26 when he says, “They had a broken keyboard, I bought a broken keyboard. I bought a skeet blanket, then I bought a knee board.” — Not sure why I like that part?!
Anyway, I was able to run to the D.A.V. Thrift Store (Disabled American Veterans) on Monday night to hunt for treasures (poppin’ tags?) with the $20 in my pocket –
I must admit, I’m not much of a thrift store shopper. I’m “thrifty” meaning I’m cheap, but in all honesty thrift stores make my skin crawl. It’s 100% the smell…a.k.a. “R. Kelly’s Sheets…Piss” as the song states. Sorry! I have a very keen sense of smell. I support Goodwill and the D.A.V. and stores like them and I donate bags full of stuff yearly. But, you won’t catch me trying on this beaut’ (it was definitely a big @$$ coat) –
I did poke around in the non-textile areas and found a few gems like this luggage (note the random barrel of crutches in the background) –
The blue suitcase was exceptionally heavy…it was part of a set, with a little guy hidden inside –
Up until a few years ago there was a purple pair like this at my mom’s house. One of them was gifted to another household for a white elephant exchange by one of my siblings at Christmas. I think they’d make a cool little spot to store dress up clothes for kids. Of course you’d have to worry about little fingers getting pinched in there, but I remember having fun sitting on them, opening and closing the latches, and playing with the “trap door” inside and I’ve still got all of my digits.
Just before my thrift store time clock expired I thought about a project I’ve been wanting to try for a few years…
I love the way this is painted!! Its a dry-brush / sanded / layered look with a bunch of poly on top and it looks so cool in person. This chair and the table below are from a coffee shop in Okoboji, Iowa.
They’re my inspiration for this chunky mirror I drug home –
When I’m done with the mirror, it will live in our guest room which is starting to have a somewhat hippyish-music+art-eclectic vibe with concert posters and crazy colors. I didn’t realize until I sat down to take the photo of this mirror that the unmade bed was going to make the shot, but I left it. Whatevs.
I’ll come back and share some after shots once I finish painting the mirror. It’s currently sporting it’s first coat of fun teal paint.
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I made it through a whole month.
I quickly realized that I’m not going to be able to write as frequently as I would like, and often when I do find time to blog it is not rehearsed and there’s no rough draft. I edit the photos in Photoshop (CS5) as I write the post in WordPress and just hope for the best :] — hey, at least I’m posting. Baby steps.
Sure, I didn’t post as much as I had hoped, but come to find out there is TONS of stuff that tries to keep me from blogging each night. There’s the never ending laundry pile, reading other blogs, cleaning, the occasional nap, random projects, YouTube in general (but specifically Jenna Marbles), new episodes of Moonshiners, headaches, the occasional beer with the neighbors, a cuddly dog…I could go on and on. The victory for me is that I’ve stuck with it. I needed to prove to myself that I could do it, and this was the first step.
Looking back at this month — I did a little introduction and shared the story of our beach wedding in Costa Rica and our sailing adventure in the Virgin Islands. I also wrote about our crazy weimaraner Cooper and took a photo tour of the townhouse we own. We celebrated Justin’s birthday and ugly sweaters. The January SUBLIME chalkboard art was shared, as well as an Instagram inspired canvas wall project, a free printable poster and an easy Oreo Ball recipe.
Here’s the rundown:
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of these January gems:
I added 27 photos to Instagram this month. Of those 27, four of them are of Cooper. My favorite January photo was the crying Sublime sun (chalkboard). I was just about to spray the whole sun when I let up on the trigger and got the idea to make it look like it was crying. I actually left it like that for a day or two before taking the whole thing down. Justin’s favorite photo of the month is the black and white of Cooper on the deck.
Do you have a favorite?!
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J turned 32 today!
We celebrated with dinner at Raccoon River Brewing Company and dessert at Creme Cupcake + Dessert Lounge. I got a few small gifts for him, but we usually don’t buy much for holidays unless there’s something we really want (ie. one year we “gave” each other a new couch for Christmas). We’d rather save our pennies for traveling and fun experiences than blow it on stuff that we don’t need.
Justin wanted a good hamburger and a beer, so Raccoon was an obvious choice for his birthday dinner — he loves micro-brewed beer and we both love Raccoon River. They have an awesome upper bar area that has a bunch of pool tables as well as a group of couches tucked in the back. It’s a fun place to hang out with friends. They serve great appetizers and I think their Vanilla Cream Ale is so tasty that I order it at other bars!
After dinner we went to Creme Cupcake + Dessert Lounge. Neither of us had heard of it and I thought J’s birthday sounded like the perfect reason to try it out (and we had a gift certificate). The alternative was to go ice skating (Justin’s never skated?!), but we’ll both likely choose dessert over ice skating every time. Easy.
Justin got ID’d when he ordered his drink at the dessert place. That alone is worth celebrating!
Although we knew we were about to spend as much on dessert as we did on dinner, we sprung for the dessert and drink pairings that they offered. Justin got the Cake and Ice Cream with the Where’s the Whiskey drink. And I ordered the Almond Chocolate Torte with the Rose Vespe. I had no idea what to expect, really. I’m more of a Coors light girl myself. The menu said that this drink had “essence of rosewater rinse” — mmmk. Apparently that means that the glass that the drink is served in was rinsed with rosewater. I about burst into laughter when our waiter was explaining it. Especially because there was a rose petal floating in my drink and all I could picture was someone emptying the vase from the centerpiece on our table into a tub of soaking martini glasses.
I made this card using a few pieces of paper that were already cut in my craft closet. I then had fun with some typography using the computer-screen-turned-light-table trick. The card probably took me a total of five minutes to make. Beats driving to the store and paying $5 any day!
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