Monday, June 27, 2005

Bike Polo

After the Benefit BBQ Bash last night, a bunch of people headed down to the fields to play bike polo. I decided to swing by and bring a bunch of cupcakes along.

It was a great summer night. The weather was warm, there was plenty of beer, and the fireflies came out in full force! Bike polo is exciting to watch.

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Afterward, we headed down to Kaleb and Joey's house to hang out and take a tour of Joey's new trailer, Purple Rain. He bought it from his cousin for $150, and it's parked between Kaleb's house and the Crack House. It's pretty sweet! All the cabinets inside are painted purple, and the kitchen appliances are tiny and brown. Joey, Craig, Adam and I had some beers.

There was a roll of wood grain contact paper left in the trailer, and Joey gave it to Craig. When Craig unrolled it, there was the creepiest clown printed on the back side. Eek! I had my camera phone with me, so I took some pictures.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

A Benefit BBQ Bash!

I have been meeting with a small group of friends from the Pals of Kaleb group each Wednesday night for the past few months, working together to plan a benefit barbecue for Kaleb. This Sunday was the big event!

The Benefit BBQ Bash was held at Toscano's. We had two separate times for people to come: 1-3, and 4-6. This way we could have more total people come. It has been really interesting trying to plan a BBQ for approximately 300 people! Luckily we had Jamie, whose dad owns Toscano's, and she has had a lot of experience with serving large groups of people.

The BBQ featured ribs, brats, black bean burgers, beer, live music, and an awesome raffle! The turnout was excellent, the weather was perfect, and we had a flawless day. It was amazing to have everything run so smoothly! Our goal for the event was to raise $6,000, and we surpassed the $8,400 mark, so clearly the day was a success!

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Saturday, June 25, 2005

First Cookout of the Summer & DREAM BOOTS!

Tonight, Adam and I had Mom and Dad over for a cookout! We made Greek turkey burgers, and Greek couscous. Mom brought over a cherry crisp! The weather was perfect and the food was awesome. Dad was showing off his iPod. The first picture is Adam, Dad and Mom doing a catalog pose. Haha!

Also, this week my DREAM BOOTS arrived in the mail. I have been coveting a pair of Frye cowboy boots for about 3 years now? When I saw this year's seasonal boots, the Austin Cutout boot in Coral, I knew I had found the ones. Unfortunately, they are $289.00!!! But I found a pair on Ebay for only $100. I ordered them, and then waited in agonizing suspense for them to arrive, praying that they would fit. I did everything I could, including measuring my feet, perusing cowboy boot measurement pages, and even trying on a pair of Frye's on my trip to Chicago. All signs indicated they would fit, and they DO. They're perfect! Mom did a little boot photo shoot in our front yard during the cookout.

I conditioned them with Mom's special saddle cream stuff after the photo shoot, so they're actually a tad darker now than they are in these pictures, but I like them even BETTER that way. Maybe I'll put new pictures up soon. That kitty at my feet is our neighbor's cat Batman.

Monday, June 20, 2005


Anne and I just returned from a long weekend visiting Chicago and Milwaukee. Friday night, we flew out of Columbus, headed to Chicago. During the flight, in a wine-hazed moment of ditziness I was convinced that we were flying 30,000 miles in the air instead of 30,000 feet. Der.

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We arrived in Chicago at 10 p.m., and took a train to Jamie's hood. Jamie and the crew greeted us at the train station. At Jamie's, we had some pizza, beer and eclairs and called it a night. On Saturday, we woke up early and piled in Beth's van, The Golden Bullet, and headed for Milwaukee! We were attending Holly and Jayson's annual party, Werrapalooza. They had T-shirts made. If you tap it, they will come.

The afternoon and evening was full of sunshine, beer, rum punch, cornhole, beer pong, and the most food I have ever seen at a potluck! I made taco dip. They had brats and burgers, and tons of brownies, and these cheesy potato things and MORE. We all had a great time. The next morning we all needed McDonalds. 6 out of 7 of us ordered the #6 - egg and bacon and cheese bagel combo. Mmm!

After the rest of the crew headed back to their respective towns, Anne and I spent a cozy day with Jamie. Her husband Brian and us headed out on a walk to get some ice cream and then walked down along the lake. It was gorgeous out and there were a million people doing the same thing as us! Then we headed back to her joint and made margaritas. Afterward we went to Caro Mio, Jamie's favorite Italian restaurant. Mmm. I had some amazing ravioli. We got coconut sorbet for dessert, and it came IN A COCONUT SHELL. Fancy!

This morning, we rode the train into the city at 7 with Jamie and she went into work and Anne and I walked around the city all morning. We had breakfast, went to Millenium Park, and then did some shopping. Then we rode the train to the airport and flew back to Athens! What a weekend!

Saturday, June 11, 2005


Tonight, Yumi, Suzanne and I were planning to check out the Athens City Pool Community Pool Party, from 8-10 PM. They were having free pizza and pop, prizes, and inflatable games! We figured it would probably be pretty fun. However, when we arrived, there was a line FOUR PEOPLE WIDE that curved out and around the pool house. We decided to just go back to Suzanne's and order pizza, which was delicious.

Then we headed to The Union to see our friend Erick's band play! It was fun. We played pool and danced a bit. I love Athens in the summertime.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Happy Birthday Jason!

To celebrate Jason's 26th birthday, a bunch of us met up at Casa for a birthday dinner and drinks! It was delicious. Yumi got Jason a Village Bakery birthday cake - lemon - and it was awesome! It was a great evening.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Summer Got a Pool!

A few months ago, Summer and I went to Toy's R Us and got a pool in anticipation of summertime. It's an inflatable Family Fun Pool. The picture on the box showed FIVE people in the pool, including a grownup man!! So we were pretty excited. This Sunday, it was officially hot enough to blow up the pool, so we did. It was AWESOME! It was plenty big, and very refreshing. The hose water was a bit too icey so we dumped some water from the hot tub in until we reached perfection. Along with popsicles and Scrabble, I can't think of a more perfect day!