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Oh what a night!

Have you ever had one of those nights that you wish would never end?  It hasn’t happened to me in a while, but it did this past weekend.   :-)

So I met RGG (oh, that’s what I’m calling him… really great guy from the last two posts…) at Newport on the Levee where our plan was dinner and a movie.  Well.. he just happened to suggest that we meet in front of my favorite store there, Barnes & Noble, so of course we went in, and spent almost an hour perusing the music and movie sections.  Now RGG knows music.  I mean REALLY knows music.  I thought I knew about music.. but I’ve found out that I have a LOT to learn.   I learned a lot Saturday night.  : )  And the movies…well, I have a lot of catching up to do.  I think we found a bunch of movies that will need to be on our “must see together” list though.  :)

Next up was a short walk over to Arnies, where I had a cheeseburger that I THINK I enjoyed.. but I really can’t remember because the conversation was so good that I didn’t pay much attention to it.  :)  It’s always amazing when you find someone that you can talk to for hours and not run out of things to talk about!

Some of the conversation centered around our server who had some umm… interesting tattoos, especially the one creeping up her inner calf near her thigh.   Now THAT sparked a very interesting conversation.. or sort of conversation because we were laughing too hard.



Next up was a movie… Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.  Awesome movie!  I won’t say much about it here because I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it.  But.. OMG SHOES!  I want them!  Don’t know where I’d wear them, but I want them… lol.  And really?  Can someone REALLY hold their breath that long?

Seeing a movie with RGG is really a treat though.  I’m surprised we don’t get kicked out for talking too much lol.  This is the 4th movie we’ve watched together… 2nd one in person.  I know.. doesn’t make sense, does it?   Think “When Harry Met Sally…”  Channel please?  :)

Oh, and that was the second quote that night from When Harry Met Sally… go figure.  Next we’ll be quoting The Breakfast Club, just watch!


Beer was the next item on the agenda, so the last stop of the night was at the Hofbrauhaus for a beer.  Yes, just one.  Because WOW what a beer!



I really didn’t want the night to end, but when we looked at the clock and realized it was 1:30 am, we decided that it was time to call it.  This was said as we were both stifling yawns I think.  Geez it sucks getting old, doesn’t it?  :)

All in all, a very awesome date, and already looking forward to the next one.  :)


P.S. I just realized how many smileys I used in this post… sorry… Guess it’s because I was smiling so much that night… lol.



For the past five days, I have been taking a staycation.  A what you say?  Really?  You don’t know about staycations?  Stay-cations. Apparently, they’re all the rage right now, aren’t they?

Per wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Staycation

“A staycation is a period in which an individual or family stays home and participates in leisure activities within driving distance, sleeping in their own beds at night. They might make day trips to local tourist sites, swimming venues, or engage in fun activities such as horseback riding, paintball, hiking or visiting museums. Most of the time it involves dining out more frequently than usual. Staycations achieved popularity in the US during the financial crisis of 2007–2010.[1][2] Staycations also became a popular phenomenon in the UK in 2009 as a weak pound made overseas holidays significantly more expensive.[3]

Common activities of a staycation include use of the backyard pool, visits to local parks and museums, and attendance at local festivals and amusement parks. Some staycationers also like to follow a set of rules, such as setting a start and end date, planning ahead, and avoiding routine, with the goal of creating the feel of a traditional vacation.[4]

So, now that you know what a staycation is, I’m going to tell you a little bit about mine.  :)

It actually started late last week when my darling son and I installed our pool in the backyard.  Staycation-2Ok, so it’s not much to look at at this point, but hey, it’ll cool us off in the 90+ degree weather we’ve been having, right?  lol.  So it takes us two days to install the pool and get it filled up (as opposed to the 10-30 minutes that the box promised).






So during my staycation, I used the pool as much as I could.. sitting there with my headphones on, and either a nice cold beer or some wine (product) with me.

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Saturday was a day of adventure.  I grabbed my passport and headed over to the (gasp!) WEST SIDE to pick up my friend Chris and try something new to both of us – Ethiopian food.  So we hit this tiny restaurant in a very small strip mall (where ALL of the traffic seemed to be going to the other restaurant, Penn Station) and proceeded to have a really good meal – all by ourselves.  lol.  I had a spiced beef dish called Awaze Tibs and it was DELICIOUS, as was Chris’ Chicken Tibs.  While I was aware that Ethiopian food is normally eaten without utensils, we both needed forks because there was just too much to eat with just the injera (Injera, the spongy bread used to eat this dish).  The service however was TERRIBLE so if I want Ethiopian food again, I’ll have to try a different restaurant.  A nice long coffee break at Starbucks followed before I finally crossed the border back to the East side.. 😉

On Sunday, I braved the torrential rains to drive ALL the way down to Florence, KY where had a date with this really great guy who took me to see a movie (Avengers – Age of Ultron) and then to a late dinner at O’Charley’s where we proceeded to close down the restaurant.  :)  It’s a good thing I was on my staycation because I didn’t get home till past my normal work-day curfew.  😉

Monday I slept in… REALLY slept in.  I think I finally got moving around 2:00 and even then, didn’t do much.  I DID manage to catch a really nice shot of a butterfly on my zinnias out front.  I puttered around the garden some, picking vegetables, pruning some of the flowers back and watering the gardens. Staycation-1


Oh, and on Monday, I TOTALLY got hooked on the X-Files (wikipedia), a show that I had never really had an interest in, but am finding really interesting. And spooky.  And creepy.  Made even creepier still because SOMEONE keeps texting me creepy pictures..  😐

Tuesday though was, by far, the BEST day of my staycation.  I started out by watching a few more episodes of the X-Files (told you, I’m hooked), then met that really great guy from Sunday for all-you-can-eat tacos at Don Pablos.  :)  Unfortunately “all you can eat” for me turned out to be three.  I ordered a fourth, and it’s still sitting in my fridge.  It’s probably really not any good anymore anyway though because it sat in the trunk of my car for 3 hours after lunch.

I’ll bet you’re asking WHY my taco sat in my trunk for 3 hours after lunch, right?  Well…said really great guy and I decided to hit the local CD exchange where he promised I could find used CDs and movies for as little as $1.00 each.  I haven’t really been buying CDs in the last few years – I’ve been working on my vinyl collection – but I figured, why not, I’ll take a look. I should be happy that I walked out of there only spending $15… lol.  Staycation-6

I could have spent a small fortune.  Looks like a return trip is in order (hopefully with said really great guy again..  😉  )



After the CD exchange we drove aimlessly around town trying to guess where we were, and looking at places where I might be able to get some great shots of.. well.. anything interesting.  Needless to say we found a lot of places!  More places to visit to put on my list.

As with a real vacation, the last day before you go back is always a rush to get everything done that you wanted to get done during the early part of your staycation, but didn’t.  So today I spent the day getting caught up on some paralegal association stuff – wait!   Did I mention I’m a paralegal?  I don’t think I did… well anyway, I am.  And happen to be the current president of our local paralegal association.  But that’s fodder for another day’s blog.  Anyway, I spent the day working on my presidential duties that I’ve been neglecting and watching MORE X-Files.  I have to remember to stop watching this at night though – I’ll never be able to sleep.. lol.

So tomorrow I go back to work for a very short week (YAY!) and I’m lucky enough to have the house to myself until Sunday afternoon, so even though my staycation is ending, it’ll still be quiet for a few more days.  My plans?  Take a guess…






“Blind dates” and beer tastings…

Sometimes fate takes you in strange directions… Tonight I went to an social event for a professional association that I belong to.  It was a Beer & BBQ cruise on the BB Riverboats.  I was ORIGINALLY supposed to go with a guy friend, but he backed out on me (another story for another time), and because of that, I almost canceled as well.  But I decided to suck it up, be a big girl and go anyway.  Turns out, it was the BEST decision I made all week!.  Because the guy bailed on me , someone else was able to take his place. And you know what?  Nancy was AMAZING.  She’s just a few years older than me, and going through things that I went through a few years ago.  We hit it off instantly.  I don’t think I would have talked to my original date as much as I talked to Nancy tonight… lol.  

Not to say the others the other people there weren’t great too.  The other ladies (and gentlemen) at our event were wonderful.  If I had had more to drink (J) …. 😉  But I had been very disappointed that my original date had canceled.  Going to the event was the best thing I could have done for myself this week.  :)

I tasted some great beers from Rhinegeist Brewery , a local brewery here.  As many beers as I’ve tasted in the last 2 years, for some reason I had never gotten around to sampling most of the fine beers of Rhinegeist.  One I liked (Puma, a pilsner), one not so much (Cougar, the blond ale – never been partial to blondes anyway… 😉 ), then there was Zen (the beer that you drink when you want to drink a six-pack by yourself, according to the rep…lol.  Who, btw.. was awesome AND drives a Miata (like I do) ).  And then there’s Truth… LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Truth.   :)  Going to have to stock my fridge with this one!

And to top it all off, I got some great pics!  Will post them on my Flickr page tomorrow (https://www.flickr.com/photos/kirstenmax/sets) but here’s one that I took on my phone.

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All in all, a great night, and an awesome “blind date” LOL!  I’d go walking with Nancy in a heartbeat, and wouldn’t request a full body pic first… 😉

And if I was drunk enough… maybe… nah…. LOL.