So as I was deciding where I was going to spend my vacation this year I knew that St. Louis would have to be one of those places for two reason...
Oh yeah, there was the other stuff like spending some time with my great friend Tracy. Going to dinner with LC (I don't care what your new vampire name is you will be LC to me...hahaha). Visiting with my work friends from A-B (Angela, Dave and Kevin), it was great to see y'all.
A chance to see my sister Trish and the dude I still don't know what to call after 10 years. I now just call Ray my brother-in-law. My sister's boyfriend after 10 years just sounds lame. Especially on my later trip to Chicago when I am introducing Ray's sister to all my Chi-town peeps it is a lot easier to say this is Kathy, my BIL's sister. See simple and sweet. Ray hurry up and marry my sister so you can make my life easier cause you know it is all about me! Here is the last side note on Ray...Nanny loves her some Ray. My grandmother has 9 grandchildren and a passel of great-grandchildren (to many to count this early in the morning) and out of all of us, we all truly believe that Ray is her favorite. I am not kidding! I think it is because he makes her laugh and pays for dinner.
On Saturday night we all got together at Schlafly's Bottleworks for some beer and food. I am from Portland now so you had to know we would end up in a pub with micro brews at some point. If you have not tried their beer give it a spin. I would recommend the Oktoberfest and No. 15 (their anniversary beer). Strangely enough they were not part of the flight selection but they were great.
|Trish's introduction to a beer flight!|
Well on to Sunday. Sometimes the worlds align and you are able to do even more on a trip then you hoped. That happened for this trip. My BFF Gail's niece Mary plays soccer for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Since Gail and I have been friends FOREVER...I have seen Mary play soccer all of her life. So when I was at my desk getting ready to book my trip to STL and saw that Mary was playing a game against the University of Missouri the same weekend, I knew we had to make the 2 hour drive to Columbia for the game. It was fun and it was Tracy's first soccer game! Sweet!
|Little action on the pitch!|
|Mary and Me (see I have my Life is Good soccer shirt on)!!|
Oh people, I have never met a sweet potato or pumpkin I did not like. I guess this could be why fall is one of my favorite seasons. Oh pumpkin shakes are back at Burgerville and pumpkin lattes at Peet's Coffee. Oh sorry I got sidetracked.
But then we got there and found out they only served them after 5:00. Darn it all to hell! Looks like I will be going back to Columbia.
|Love the bucking pig!|
|Happy happy joy joy!!!|
Thanks again to Tracy, Brian, Kelly and Mr. Tracker for hosting my visit and letting me stay at the Klinkner Inn.
Next stop Chicago!!
Enjoy the fall!!