I was able to dodge the rain and gray skies at home. The weather in St. Louis was perfect......sunny and warm!
It started out a little rough though. Our hotel booked us in an occupied room.
That. Was. Awkward.
And probably pretty scary for the people in the room who were asleep when we attempted to open the door. Luckily, the chain latch kept us from opening it completely. Too bad it's really loud when you fling a door open into a closed latch. Those poor people.
Then, since our room wasn't so vacant, and the secondroom they gave us wouldn't open with even the master key, we ended up in a smoking room. The only room left in the place.
Third room's a charm? Uh, not so much.
We. Wanted. To. Die.
But it was 3 a.m. and we were super tired. We made it through the night and switched rooms the next morning. From there, the weekend improved greatly.
I got to:
watch the Tiger Pride Marching Band perform at the Greater St. Louis Marching Festival.
see my girls after they performed.
SHOP AT THE GALLERIA! I got the cutest dress and belt.........
Thank you, Nancy! ;)
eat at California Pizza Kitchen (and have free dessert).
watch the mister perform the Star Spangled Banner at the marching competition.
enjoy the beautiful fall scenery on the drive home.
take lots of Arch pictures.
I'm not sure why, but every time I see the Arch, my hands just gravitate toward my camera. It's like this unexplained force. I have to.
Sir Chester has the cutest habit. He recently started to nuzzle his leash when he wants a walk......
I know! I know!
You are so overcome by the unsightly, skanky carpet that you can't really appreciate Sir Chester's cuteness.
I'm so sorry. It bums me out too. But never fear!
Hardwood flooring has been purchased.....
That is bamboo actually. Bob the builder is going to install it. It's going in the front living room, right off the kitchen.
This project was high on my priority list when I bought my 1967 time capsule, so I'm thrilled the materials are sitting in my garage ready to go. I hope to have it finished before the holidays. Maybe I could host Thanksgiving or Christmas this year!?!?!?
These babies are cheap, tasty, and easy to grill up!
Dillon's, my friends, Dillon's.
2. Clinique Bonus Time
I love me some sort of free makeup. If it's not MAC, it's Clinique. And I just can't refuse a free bag, mascara, eyeshadow compact, and lipstick (in my favorite color).
3. Walking Sir Chester
He's getting the hang of it. Mostly.
I really enjoy walking around the neighborhood on these perfect fall evenings.
Until this week.
Which leads me to the "hate" part.
Well, now, hate is a strong word. I should reserve that for how I feel about cole slaw and bananas.
Let's downgrade it to "dislike" instead.
While on a walk this week, I struck up a conversation with a neighbor down the way that I'd never even seen. A teenage girl. I likedher dog. I inquired about the breed (Pomeranian and rat terrier mixes are super cute).
And then we continued on our merry way.
End of story.
Or so I thought.
Not thirty minutes later, our doorbell rings.
Guess who is standing on our front porch.....crying hysterically.......mascara running down her face?
Yes, our friend from about ten doors down with a Pomeranian/rat terrier mix.
How did she know where to find us? We'd never seen her before. Was this some scheme? Did she watch us walk home from all the way down the street?
She needs a phone. Mom upset her. She wants to call a friend to come to her rescue.
And although that's not the end of the story, that's where I'll stop.
The moral of the story is: don't talk to strangers.
After seeing a recipe on a friend's blog recently, I knew I had to make a batch of these muffins myself.....
I love all things pumpkin.
And cream cheese.
So combining the two?
This will be a great departure from my normal breakfast of peanut butter and bananas (that I scrunch my face up at every single day when I choke it down and almost gag ~ like I'm being forced to eat cole slaw and liver at the same time).