Sunday, August 29, 2010

Upcoming walks

I just signed up for a 5K on September 12th at Tower Grove Park and am about to sign up for the Lewis and Clark 1/2 marathon in October. Yikes! I'm nervous about that one. I will be walking both of them, though, with different friends.

Will it seem like I'm a fraud if I get a 13.1 sticker afterward for my car? I have always wanted one, but know I can't run it. I worry that I'll kind of seem like a fraud for having one without doing the running. Thoughts?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Quick book review

The Particular Sadness of Lemon CakeThe Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was a bit odd. I thought it was a little odd when the only weird thing was that she can taste emotions in food. It got more weird toward the end of the book. It wasn't awful, but not a book I'd read again.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Book review

InsatiableInsatiable by Meg Cabot

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very different than the other Meg Cabot books I've read. I probably would've given it 4.5 stars if I could. Even though it was yet another vampire book, it still held my attention. I wanted to keep reading to see what was going to happen next. Honestly, I was a little disappointed with the ending. Maybe she ended it that way to allow for a sequel?

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

18 Bridesmaids?!

I'm watching a DVR'd episode of Say Yes to the Dress while catching up on blogs. A bride had 18 bridesmaids and over 400 guests at her wedding. I can't even imagine! I realize I had an extremely small wedding party (a maid of honor and a bridesmaid), but 18?!

Can you imagine even trying to get 18 girls to agree on a dress? I think you'd either have to just say this is the dress - deal with it. Or, let them choose. Tell them the color, length, and fabric, and let them choose a style.

To each his own...

Supper Club

Angie and I thought it would be fun to start a Supper Club so we had a regular get together with some of our friends. Angie brought Nick along with her this time. He was so well-behaved! He didn't cry at all and was a good sport at being passed around.

For our first dinner, we went to Cheese-ology in the Loop. Most of us had never been there before. I guess I'm a bit of a purist with my mac n' cheese, because I wasn't so sure about adding in things like chicken and beef. I ended up going with the four cheese. It was yummy! The mac n' cheese comes in a little cast iron skillet, piping hot from the oven.

After dinner, we went to FroYo. I think I was the only one who had been there. I love the tart flavor and the mochi you can put on top. Delish! It's self-serve, and they have several different flavors you can choose from, such as tart, peanut butter chocolate, and cheesecake. You add your own toppings (nuts, fresh cut fruit, cookie dough, brownies, sprinkles, granola, mochi, syrups, even cereal!). Then, you pay by weight. FYI - the mochi is a bit heavy so it costs a bit more if you want mochi (well, at least mine does since I like it a lot).

Angie was taking the photo. Here's Alicia, Pilar, Maggie, me, and Donna:

I'm looking forward to next month! We still need to pick a place. We've discussed somewhere out west since that's where many of us live. Somewhere on Main Street? Thyme Out in Cottleville? We probably should decide soon!

Angie - Thanks for letting me use your pictures! :-)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Three Monkeys

Last Friday evening, I had the pleasure of meeting some fabulous ladies at Three Monkeys. I had never been to the restaurant, let alone heard of it before. Luckily, it was pretty easy to find, and I lucked out with a parking spot in their lot. (The sign about them not being liability for your car being broken into or stolen worried me a bit, though!)

I hadn't met most of the girls before. We ended up with 6 girls total, all local STL bloggers. (Well, I use the term "blogger" loosely for me since I can't seem to think of much to say lately. It feels like my life is boring, so I never know what to write!) We took advantage of the half-price appetizers by trying their spinach artichoke dip - yum!

The service left a bit to be desired, but it was a busy Friday evening. Poor Alyssa had to ask at least 3 times (and 2 different waitresses) to get some ranch dressing. Angie loved her shrimp with cheese tortellini. Most of us ended up ordering pizzas, which made for a very cramped table, since three of us ordered the 16 inch pizzas. Oops! Guess we could have just gone with the 12 inch and still had leftovers. Oh well...I've enjoyed the leftovers. :-) I tried the philly steak pizza. I was a little worried about there being too many peppers, but I think it could have used even a little more.

Here's Angie, Alyssa, and Heidi:

And Randall, Sarah, and me:

It had been a long week, so I tried a drink called the Crown of Roses. It was pretty good. Angie decided to try the Island Escape. It contained Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Malibu Coconut Rum, Absolut Vodka, pineapple juice, splash of O.J. & a dash of grenadine for $6. She said it was good, so I thought I would try it as well. I agree - it was tasty!

It was a great evening, and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again soon!