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Holiday Weekend at the Lake House

July 6th, 2013 · No Comments

Patriotic Fourth of July tractor parade.

All-American barbecue (with Kimchi in the middle).

Christine’s Fourth of July cake.

Wally wearing his new tie.


Pugs Not Drugs: Mike & Bernie.

Dallas made all-American Korean tacos for our Fourth of July lunch.

Relaxing morning overlooking the lake.

Piggly Wiggly.

Bros playing pong.

Ribs on the dock!

Kelly posing at dinner at 45 North Barn & Grill.

For the Fourth of July we decided to stay close to home and go to our friends’ lake house, which is about an hour away from Chicago. I think about 11 friends were staying at the house, along with their 6 dogs. We grilled out every day and only went out for dinner one night. I was surprisingly good at garage darts, which I haven’t played for a year? years? The guys played a lot of ping pong. Mostly we relaxed around the house.

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Lake House Fun

July 9th, 2012 · 4 Comments

July 4th was so weird this year. One day off, in the middle of the week and Dallas and I both worked for at least part of it. So, we decided it take off a little early on Friday and join our friends up at their lake house. The temperatures were still in the high 90’s or 100 degrees, so we did a lot of this:

Swimming in the lake and riding the jetski. For once I feel like we really had reprieve from the heat. The water was so warm and shallow but still felt great.

I decided that Michelob Ultra Light Cider was to be my drink of the weekend. It was so light and crisp, and not too sweet. Very refreshing on a hot, hot day. Also? Only 120 calories.

One day we decided to visit some local bars and hang outs. We headed to Famous Freddie’s in Fox Lake, IL, where we were ignored and then served disgusting drinks (skunked kegs, weak mixed drinks). The food was ok. Ahem. The food that Dallas didn’t drop on the ground was ok. But, needless to say, we didn’t stay long.

We were just going to head somewhere closer to home, or go home, but on a whim we decided to pull into the most country-ish, divey-ish bar we could find along the side of the road.

We ended up at the PMO Club in Lake Villa, IL.

I have no idea what PMO stands for, but this place had a pool table and a round of 7 beers was only about $10, so we were happy.

PMO Club also gave me flashbacks to my family Christmases that we used to spend at my grandpa’s bar. It was the smell, I think. It smelled just like his bar. And the fact that it was cool and kind of dank added as well.

Next we headed back, closer to home and dropped into the Limerick Lounge in Antioch, IL.

This is basically just a sports bar. Not too much Irish-y about it. The guys played darts and music on the jukebox, the girls sat at the bar.

Limerick Lounge isn’t too special, but it will forever hold a place in my heart because it introduced me to my true love of the weekend: Rumchata.

I was out with Jess and Sara on Thursday night (Magic Mike!) and Jess had been in Wisconsin at a lake house earlier in the week. She told me about this mystical potion called Rumchata. The next day I went to our friends’ lake house in Wisconsin and what were they talking about? Rumchata. I had a taste of it here at the Limerick and it was so delicious. Like horchata, but with rum. Very creamy and a bit cinnamon-y.

The girls decided we wanted to go somewhere else, so we left Limerick Lounge, intending to walk across the street to Rugan’s. Somehow we got a little distracted by a cupcake shop, Sweet Discoveries and a pet store, Best Pets.

Kelly fell in love with all of the kittens, especially this brown tabby.

I was partial to this little guy.

We quickly realized that if we stayed any longer we would end up going home with armloads of puppies and kittens, so we hightailed it out of there. Back to Rugan’s, the original plan.

By then it was nice enough to sit outside and not be scalded, so we enjoyed some wine on the patio. The bartender filled us in on all the local Antioch gossip and before long the boys met us over at Rugan’s. They’d wished they’d stayed over at The Limerick playing darts, I think, because they all had to listen to us gush about puppies and kittens.

Our waiter introduced us to a drink called The Lunchbox, which was Gumballhead beer, orange juice and amaretto. It was ok, but it wasn’t my One True Love:

Back home Decker did his best Lennie Small impersonation… without actually crushing Bella, though.

And I sang a monster ballad to Simon, but he was not impressed. Maybe if I sang it while I held a steak in my hand, he would have been more into it.

Brian played Horchata by Vampire Weekend so I could sing some Rumchata lyrics. What else happened? Frankie took out some pent up aggression on the stuffed dog toy.

Dallas made us all kalbi Korean ribs for dinner. Sara made sure I still ate my vegetables.

That’s about all she wrote. Long fun weekend up at the lake and in northern Illinois!

PS, yes, that is Kelly Kapowski.

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Memorial Day Weekend at the Lake House

May 31st, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Lake House

Sara and Adam playing bags, aka corn hole, aka corn rows (if you are a drunken Christine)


Beer can chicken

Strawberry shortcake

Izze + vodka

Relaxing on the dock

Lake sunset

Neighbors fishing

Simon, aka Saimin

Playing darts in the garage

Brunch at Red School Cafe in Bristol, WI was ok, but not great.

A few of our friends own a lake house on the border of Illinois and Wisconsin, about an hour’s drive from Chicago. We spent part of the Memorial Day weekend there on the water, grilling out, playing bags, playing darts and relaxing with friends. At one point we tried to go strawberry picking, but the farm was closed. We had to buy the strawberries for that shortcake at the supermarket. Next time!

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