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Trip to St. Louis

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October 31, 2009 at 1:23 pm

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Date Night

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Just two days ago I swore off blogging until I am done with my qualifying exam. But, here I am. I couldn’t resist telling you about the wonderful time I had last night. We went to the Eagle’s Nest. It’s a restaurant on top of the Hyatt in downtown Indianapolis. And it spins! We’ve wanted to check it out for awhile, but a) we heard the food wasn’t that great, and b) it’s expensive. Early in the week we decided we were overdue for a real date, though, and since we’ve tried just about everything else – not in the whole city, of course, but in our little walkable area of the city – we opted for this place. And it was definitely expensive. But worth it. The food was fantastic! We went all out with a bottle of wine, a shrimp cocktail, steak for Jon and halibut for me, and then dessert drinks. Even better than the food was the view, though. Indy is gorgeous when it’s all lit up at night. The state house was especially beautiful. It was neat to have a changing view as the night progressed too. I think we made two full rotations before we headed home. The best part of the evening was spending time with Jon. Sometimes I forget how easy and interesting conversation is with him. We could have stayed there all night talking. I love that after all this time, I still can’t get enough of him.

So, I may or may not be back for awhile. I have to keep my head in the game, and to help me do that, I’m disconnecting a little bit. Blogging, Facebook, and TV are all getting shoved to the back of the cabinet for the rest of this semester.

Written by Lisa

October 17, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Delightful.

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I’ve been in a crabby mood all day. Things just haven’t been going according to plan. But I just received a piece of news that has made me a bit more cheerier. A Panera is opening in our building on Wednesday. Delightful. And possibly very bad news for my wallet.

Written by Lisa

September 21, 2009 at 5:41 pm

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Time flies, but life sure is good.

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Oh, Sunday night. We meet again. And as usual, I am not ready for you to turn into Monday morning. But so goes life.

And really, life is good. I’ve had two great weekends in a row. Last weekend we went to Conner Prairie, an “interactive history park” on the northside of Indianapolis. It’s set up mostly for kids, and it wasn’t the most fun ever. But we did get to ride in a hot air balloon, which was really cool. Plus it was just nice to be outside in the beautiful sunny, warm weather that will be gone before we know it.

Conner Prairie

Conner Prairie

We also went to the Indianapolis Colts’ opening game, which they won! The new stadium is so cool. And the weather was perfect.

Lucas Oil Stadium, Home of the Colts

Lucas Oil Stadium, Home of the Colts

This weekend we have mostly just relaxed at home. We went to the Fountain Square Art Fair yesterday, though. Aside from a small photograph we bought in Maine on our honeymoon in 2003, we have not bought original art. We like to decorate with our own photography. But it’s always fun to look. It’s interesting to see other people’s ideas of beauty and interestingness and creativity. I am not very artsy, so I am always really impressed with how innovative other people are. Anyway, yesterday we made an exception to our no-buying rule. We came across the booth of Steven Keller. We were in awe of all of his paintings. To both of us, they stood head and shoulders above everyone else’s art pieces. And many of them were not just beautiful, but also funny and clever – playing on words and phrases as inspiration. One painting stood out more than the others, though. It was a painting of our street with our apartment building and the Indiana State House. It was so precise. It almost looked like a photograph. We were both blown away by it. We continued on to look at other booths but ended up back at Mr. Keller’s. We found a print of the painting, and it was nice, but it just didn’t do the painting justice. So we decided to buy the original. We hung it on the wall as soon as we got home. It is perfect. It represents very literally our home – the building and the city. This place that is really the first that has ever really felt like home to us. And it represents our fresh start after the flood. This is our starting over place, and it has been so amazing that I think it will always hold a very special place in our hearts and memories. That’s really what the painting symbolizes for me.

Anyway, in between these two weekends I didn’t get quite as much work done as I would’ve liked to because I went down to KY to visit my family for a couple days. I made a trip down there to help out after my mom had her gall-bladder removed, and luckily she was feeling well enough to hang out with the rest of us. It was great to catch up with them. I spent most of my time with my niece, who’s about two and a half years old. She is smart and sassy and funny and so imaginative. I love spending time with her.

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September 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Just a Photo

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A ton of people protesting universal healthcare outside my window right before I opened the window and booed at them as they marched by. Depressing.

A ton of people protesting universal healthcare outside my window right before I opened the window and booed at them as they marched by. Depressing.

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July 29, 2009 at 1:16 am

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I found a new happy place.

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It was rainy and cloudy when we got up Saturday morning, and I was afraid it was going to last all day. But it didn’t. By late afternoon it was gorgeous out. So we took advantage of it and went for a long walk through the White River State Park. We have been over that way before, but we never realized how big it is! I also didn’t know that the White River could look so pretty. I was kicking myself for not bringing my camera.

I managed to get back over there on Sunday afternoon, though. I wanted to do some work outside to enjoy the breeze, and it is the perfect place. Unlike the other parks that are close to us, White River is mostly removed from traffic and other city noises. And everyone there just seems so happy. They’re having picnics and riding bikes and jogging and flying kites and reading. I’m so glad we finally discovered this place. We’ll have to make lots of return trips.

Working at the park

Working at the park

View of the city from White River State Park

View of the city from White River State Park

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July 27, 2009 at 12:57 pm

I learn something new every day.

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I heard recently that Lucas Oil Stadium offers public tours of the facility for only $7 per adult. Although we’ve been inside before (for an NCAA tournament game), the tours offer access to areas that you don’t usually get to see – locker rooms, the field, press box, etc. So I thought it sounded like something that would be really fun to do. But then I looked up the info, and apparently they don’t actually want people to take their tours!

Or, that’s what I must assume since they only offer them on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm and you have to buy the tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis on the day of the tour. How many people can really make that happen? Most people would have to take a day off work not knowing if they’re actually going to be able to go on the tour or not. Bogus.

The good news is that Jon scored us tickets to the Colts season opener, so we’ll at least get to see some football action going on at the stadium. Who wants to see a smelly locker room anyway? 😦

Written by Lisa

July 24, 2009 at 11:24 pm