Before you ask, yes, I already went to the Sonic site so I could send them a strongly worded email, but those peanut butter-hating jerks insist you call with your comments. Like I have time to be on the phone with customer service when there are obviously more pressing issues at hand, such as tracking down another drive-through restaurant with peanut butter shakes.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Despite what some of you may think (Sherri, Mom, Chip ... pretty much anyone who reads this), I actually do work at work. And it's been kind of busy lately. Nevertheless, it's been a week between posts, so here's something to quench the thirst of those who crave all things Brennan. More to come, I promise.
UPDATE:The previously promised photos are now available here.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
We celebrated the big event with an open house at my parents' home on Sunday. We thought we had surprised her, but of course she knew we'd do something. Of course she did, she's Grandma Thole. Who do we think we're trying to fool?
Grandma still works on marking and stitching quilts every day, she tools around in her Taurus, lives by herself, has a killer laugh and tells it like it is. And those are just a few of the reasons why I think it would be awesome to be like Grandma Thole one day. Happy birthday!*EDITOR'S NOTE: One time in high school, my Grandma had this to say about a kid in my freshman class: "That Benny ____, he's on the dope." I about fell off my chair. I mean every kid in my class knew this, but I certainly didn't think my 73-year-old grandmother was in the know. How silly of me.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
While I haven't had a steady stream of baby-sitting requests since junior high, some things just stick with you. And so when someone called and offered me a baby-sitting gig tomorrow night, of course I had to take it. Even though it's in Kansas City.Yes, Sherri is flying me in tomorrow night to watch Brennan on Friday. How cool is that? And how rich is she? A $110 plane ticket + $15/hour + meals + entertainment could get a little pricey. Or maybe I should go with a flat full-day rate? I am, after all, using a vacation day. Oh, and I like hazelnut coffee, yogurt and Cheetos. Just sayin'.
Let this be a warning to all the blog-reading burglars out there: His name may be Buddy and he may have sad Lab eyes, but he is not to be taken lightly.
Click here to see buckin' bronco Buddy at his best. Oh, and before you say it, I know that giving Buddy a shoe to chew was a really bad idea. But in my defense, it was quite funny.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Editor's Note:Sherri sent a few of these pictures to family and friends this morning, and I just have to share one of the responses she received. Brian's cousin Matt, who is one of the geniuses behind Socialthing! said that a friend saw the photo and referred to Brennan as "the poster child for procreation." Nicely put. You can count on me stealing that one for a future post title.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I thought she was exaggerating, but when I picked up the phone a little bit ago I was greeted with a symphony of fart noises. Brennan had called to wish me a good night, and he was phbbltting with authority.
Of course, it was still cute. And brilliant.
I'll go first: I spy a Bud Light can! Looks like Brennan must have driven Grandma Thole to drinking after some late-night baby partying. Click here for a few more images from Grandma Thole's recent visit.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
- Offender #1, The Retired Returner: Just because someone is retired doesn't mean they're not busy. I get that. Dos and the Luce are all about soup kitchening here and red hatting there. What I don't understand is why retired ladies insist on doing their returns, exchanges and price-adjustment haggling over MY lunch break. I really think that anyone wishing to make a return between noon and 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday should be required to show an employee ID. Wouldn't that be great? What? You're retired? Back of the line.
- Offender #2, The Check Writer: You read that right. A check writer. In 2008. No matter how many commercials Visa puts out mocking the lowly check writer, they're still out there, waiting to ruin your errand-running flow. Check writers are patient. They intently watch as each scrapbook page is scanned before getting out their checkbook. Then they ask for a pen. Then they dig for an ID, bypassing credit cards as they do so. This bugs me the most, of course, because knowing that the check writer has a credit card but didn't use it just adds salt to my now-I'll-never-make-it-to-Target-in-time wounds.
While the offenders were out in full force today, I still managed to get quite a bit accomplished. Nevertheless, as I drove back to work, I silently groused about the fact I'll now have to do another errand after work. The horror, I know. But with a start, I realized that one day I could very possibly be THOSE PEOPLE. Isn't that the way it always works? Well, probably not the check writer, but I totally have a future as a Retired Returner.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
The inside of Revival is 95% identical to how it was when King Louie's inhabited the spot not so long ago. This is fine with me, as I love the space. The menu is more rustic, but Bob gave the wine list a thumb's up and my scallops were quite delicious. Also, kudos to whoever decided to top a salad with a poached egg and warm vinaigrette. Delish. Sadly, our server left something to be desired. Among other things, it took her forever to get to our table, she failed to mention that we needed to order sides to go with our entrees, and she had to read the specials from her note pad. Call me snobbish, fine, but when you're at a nice(r) restaurant you tend to expect certain things. I don't need the server to necessarily recite the entire menu to me a la Sidney Street, I just think that by the time 9:30 PM rolls around she might have committed a few things to memory.
So, while Anne was all, "I knew King Louie's, and you, sir, are no King Louie's," I have hope. I'm all about giving restaurants second chances, especially when they're so close to our house. However, if they wrong me again, I might join Anne in blasting them on Sauce.
Oh, before I forget -- the "we were that table" headline? Yeah, we were that table. The loud table. The table that gets looks. What can I say? We were all at various happy hours beforehand, it was 9:30 before we ate a thing and Anne and I are what some might call loud talkers. I make no apologies! Especially since we didn't realize it at the time. Well, apparently, Anne did, but I'm sure she thought the lady was turning around to get a look at our two neurotic fingernail-chewing husbands and the women who enable them by picking up coins, buttons and collar stays off the floor.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Hooray for me! What was once an album of 400+ Italy photos is now down to 300 images. Only a day and a half of Venice editing left to go. Here's a shot from our 44 euro happy hour. No, we weren't sauced; that was what we paid for two drinks at Harry's in Venice. Highway robbery, yes, but they invented the Bellini. THE BELLINI! Let's all take a moment to absorb its greatness.Chip has a HH with the boys tonight, and then we're off to a late dinner with the Flemings. We're trying Revival, which I think will forever be known as the old King Louie's. I can't say any of us are necessarily fired up about the menu; I think we're just nostalgic for King Louie's. I'll be sure to take notes so I can post a Joe Bonwich-worthy review on Monday.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Chip was accepted into SLU's MBA program today. So proud. All those GMAT practice tests paid off. Classes start next month, so leisurely weeknights and weekends as we know them will soon cease to exist.thrilled that I have an excuse to buy Buddy another dog collar. We are Mizzou Tigers, yes, but I think it's only fair that Buddy rock the Billiken blue from time to time.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
In addition to letting the little cowpoke jump around, jump around, jump up, jump up and get down, it plays cowboy songs and makes "horsey animal sound effects." Brennan said he'll provide the "horsey animal scent effects," but Brian and Sherri have to handle the clean up.
Click here for more action-packed shots.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
- Chip returns from Chicago tonight.
- I am mid-way through editing the Italy photos.
- Dinner is made. In need of baking, but made.
- Wilco is coming to St. Louis, and we have tickets. Joy! Love concerts at the Pageant.
Brennan's other new trick is standing. Yes, you read that right. He stands. Now, Sherri tends to be the dramatic one in the family, so of course I thought she was just exaggerating for the sake of the story. Never trust a geologist, they say. Anyway, I thought maybe Brennan was propped in a corner or something, but then she sent me photographic proof.
Click hereor on either photo to see more of the standing man.