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“Books are brain food.”

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That’s what the magnet next to my desk says. It’s very cute. It has a little book worm with glasses on it.

I think the saying on the magnet is true. Too true.

Reading definitely keeps your mind moving. Just like food keeps your body moving. For my brain, Thanksgiving came a bit early. I’ve read too many books in the past few days. My brain is experiencing a food coma. It’s tired. It needs a break. It doesn’t want to work anymore. It needs to sleep.

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Written by Lisa

November 23, 2009 at 4:06 pm

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My Long Weekend

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Sunday was our 6th wedding anniversary. 6th! I’ve been married for almost 1/4 of my life!

So Jon was able to take both Friday and Monday off, and we had a really nice 4-day weekend together. I hadn’t planned to take all four days off from my work, but it’s so hard to do work when Jon’s here. I just want to spend time with him. Six year later, it’s still my favorite thiIMG_0952ng to do. I think that’s a good sign that we’ll make it to 60.

Friday we drove over to Dayton to see Jeff Dunham. It was a lot of fun. He is an amazing ventriloquist, and so funny! He has a character named Bubba J, a redneck who loves to drink beer and watch NASCAR. Apparently, Dunham has not been doing his bit with Bubba J for awhile and had forgotten a lot of the jokes. But Dayton-ites requested Bubba J, so Dunham decided to add him to the show, and he just read his notes for the jokes. Unlike Dunham, the audience didn’t need a cheat sheet. They knew the Bubba J routine word for word! It was incredible! There were thousands of people chanting these jokes, helping out Dunham. We felt just a little out of place.

We hung out at home for most of the rest of our long weekend. We slept in, made banana muffins, played some games, and watched some movies. We did venture out a few times – to see Angels & Demons and to switch our cell phone service to Verizon and get new phones. We also went down to the circle for the Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day. It was quite a production. And it was perfect weather for it. So lots of families with little kids were out. They seemed to be having a good time.

While we were out, we stopped in at Dick’s Bodacious BBQ. I’m a sucker for barbeque, and this place was really good. A lot of places smother the meat in so much sauce that you can’t taste it.  Dick’s just cooks the meat and lets you add the sauce. Much better. It’s also pretty inexpensive for being in the downtown area.

Anyway, I’m back at it now. The break was nice, but it’s time to get serious.

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Written by Lisa

May 20, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Indianapolis Dining

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We’ve been living downtown for almost two months now. We haven’t done too much exploring yet, with the exception of dining. Here’s a list of the places we’ve tried:

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – I had the hickory burger with fries. The burger was tasty but messy. The fries were terrible. Cold and maybe freezer-burnt.

Alcatraz Brewing Co. – We’ve been twice. The first time I had the Hoosier sandwich. It was okay, but weird. If you’re a fan of coleslaw, you might like it. The second time I had the Chop-Chop salad. It was just okay. There was too much dressing, and it just overpowered the other flavors. I also tried their wheat beer. It was good. I would have it again.

Champps – I had the Greek Chicken Salad. Just like Alcatraz – too much dressing.

Weber Grill – Smells better than it tastes. I had the ribs, and they were just ribs. Nothing too exciting. The baked beans were probably the highlight of the meal for me. I think it’s a bit overpriced.

Patachou – We had lunch here one day. I had a half turkey sandwich and a bowl of soup. It was fantastic.

Tata Cuban Cafe – I don’t remember the name of the dish I tried, but it had rice, green peppers, onions, shrimp, and an amazing sauce. I also had sweet plantains on the side that were incredible. We had a flan for dessert that was way too sweet, but maybe that’s just the way it is. It was my first ever flan.

Bazbeaux Pizza – We shared a pizza with sausage, green pepper, and onion. It was excellent. Very fresh vegetables, the crust was light and crispy, and the sauce tasted very natural and not oily. We will definitely go back and maybe even try one of their more “exotic” pizzas.

St. Elmo Steak House – I ate one of the biggest shrimp I have ever seen in the shrimp cocktail! The shrimp cocktail is quite an experience. I also had a bowl of soup, a ribeye steak, mashed potatoes, and a glass of Malbec from Argentina. It was all excellent. It was a very close runner-up to the best steak I’ve ever had, which was at Smith & Wollensky’s in Las Vegas.

McCormick & Schmick’s – I think I had a catfish dish. We’ve been here before, and you really can’t go wrong with anything. It’s a great seafood place, at least for a landlocked state.

Written by Lisa

May 12, 2009 at 8:09 pm