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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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Books of 2004

December 31st, 2004 · 3 Comments

This year I set my hands on 50 books and finished 31 of them. Here’s a complete list.

  • Naked Pictures of Famous People by Jon Stewart
  • Great Expectations: Novelization by Deborah Chiel finished 12.16.04
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck finished 12.05.04
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie finished 11.30.04
  • Population: 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time by Michael Perry finished 11.27.04
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald finished 11.27.04
  • Minipops : Famous People Drawn Really Small by Craig Robinson
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith finished 11.05.04
  • Never a City So Real : A Walk in Chicago by Alex Kotlowitz finished 10.15.04
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction by the writers of The Daily Show & Jon Stewart
  • The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathon Lethem finished 10.02.04
  • In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez finished 08.29.04
  • An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving and Other Stories by Louisa May Alcott finished 08.24.04
  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson finished 08.08.04
  • The Risk Pool by Richard Russo finished 07.29.04
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss finished 07.21.04
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin finished 07.18.04
  • The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton finished 07.11.04
  • A Cook’s Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal by Anthony Bourdain finished 07.06.04
  • Middlesex : A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides finished 06.18.04
  • High Fidelity by Nick Hornby finished 05.27.04
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson finished 05.19.04
  • New Pocket Hawaiian Dictionary: With a Concise Grammar and Given Names in Hawaiian by Mary Kawena Pukui & Samuel H. Elbert
  • Discover Kaua’i: The Garden Isle by Stu Dawrs
  • A Pocket Guide to Hawaii’s Birds by H. Douglas Pratt finished 05.05.04
  • A Pocket Guide to Hawaii’s Underwater Paradise by John P. Hoover finished 05.05.04
  • Hawaii Blossoms by Dorothy Hargreaves & Hargreaves finished 05.03.04
  • Atonement : A Novel by Ian McEwan finished 04.24.04
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right by Al Franken finished 04.20.04
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan finished 04.08.04
  • Chocolat by Joanne Harris finished 03.15.04
  • Honky by Dalton Conley finished 02.03.04
  • 97 Orchard Street, New York : Stories of Immigrant Life by Linda Granfield (Author) and Arlene Alda (Photographer) finished 01.26.04
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown finished 01.24.04
  • Greenwich Village: A Guide to America’s Legendary Left Bank by Judith Stonehil finished 01.19.04
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom finished 01.11.04

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Chees Pizza

January 27th, 2004 · 20 Comments

Chees Pizza
For Mr. Martin, Port Authority Bus Terminal, Manhattan

In 9th grade Mr. Martin, my English teacher, told us that for every instance we reported of improper grammar or spelling on a public sign or display we would get extra credit points. I remember reading Of Mice and Men and A Tale of Two Cities that semester but I don’t remember anyone in our entire class getting any extra credit. In 9th grade we were old enough to realize how small our town was and how few public signs and displays there were. We were disgruntled about the assignment and protested that we never see anything wrong, ever. We thought Mr. Martin’s extra credit was impossible to attain. For the rest of my life I will forever be plagued by my extra credit assignment and feel the urge write down a sign misspelling on an index card and bring it in to class the next day.

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