Fall and Winter 2016

Nothin’ like blogging months and months and months behind, amiright?! So, fall 2016. ‘Twas a good time. And by good, I mean stupid hectic. We were still relocating from Louisville to St. Louis but were determined to have fun and not waste those few months being stressed out.

So, what do we do when we want to have fun? We invite Danny and Sara to town!

It was Labor Day weekend and we were supposed to spend it on my parent’s boat, but the river was too high so instead we basically spent the weekend drinking. First stop was to Fast Eddies, a local favorite that any and all out-of-towners need to experience. Then we went to the winery over in Grafton for some tastings.

Up next was Old Bakery Brewery in Alton. And lookie who showed up! My cousin Katie.

Shout out to my mom for being our DD and stopping at Jack in the Box, ordering an obnoxious amount of tacos for all of us.

Fast forward to the next weekend, and we went to LouFest in Forest Park courtesy of the amazing Do502. I wanted to go to see Band of Horses and Shakey Graves, and they were both ah-mazing. We also saw Big Gigantic for the second time live and they. put. on. a. show.

Later in September, we visited Cincinnati to see Kevin’s mom, her new place and celebrate Oktoberfest. Cincinnati is home to America’s largest Oktoberfest celebration and while it was super crowded, it was so much fun. We had beers, ate wurst and listened to some good ole fashion polka. My kind of night!

In between all the fun events and visits, we tried out plenty of restaurants in St. Louis. My personal favorites were Tortillaria and Mission Taco (both Mexican, go figure). Tortillaria recently closed, but Mission Taco and their street corn are currently my jam.

Since living in St. Louis, we’ve had plenty of opportunity to visit with family here, especially my parents and brother. One night we went out on the town. And by out on the town, I mean we went to the local brewery, 4 Hands. 

PS my dad is the greatest selfie taker ever.

The Monday after moving into our house and working our tails off for five days straight, Kevin and I had concert tickets to see Saint Motel. We really debated not going because we were so tired, but I’m so glad we did! We were introduced to one of our newest favorite bands – Weathers – who opened for the main act.

In November, we celebrated Kev-o’s 28th birthday! It was on a Sunday, and all he wanted to do was watch football, drink beer and eat wings. So we did just that and had family dinner at Felix’s in Dogtown.

One of my clients is Anheuser-Busch and I helped with Brewery Lights, which meant I got to hang out with the Clydesdales one day. Seriously the gentlest giants.

Later in November, we went to Louisville for our first visit after moving away. We ate and drank way too much, per the usual, but it was so good to be back to the place we called home for nearly four years.

Late nights at Holy Grale and boozy brunches at Wild Eggs were just what the doctor ordered for the two of us, who were really missing Louisville somethin’ fierce.

We visited with friends and drank a. lot. of. bourbon. As one does in Louisville, right?

We were also suuuuper creepy and drove by our old house. We just had to! It didn’t look much different, but it took every ounce to not go knock on the door and ask to go in. I MISS IT.

I am skipping right over Thanksgiving because there were more important things happening that week… GILMORE GIRLS RETURNED. And it was equally horrible and great, and I ate Chinese food and watched all four episodes in a row without interruption. It was the best day after Thanksgiving ever.

Hah, good joke, Gabby. Before Thanksgiving I came down with a stupid cold, but after Thanksgiving I got a full blown sinus infection. I even took a day off work, which I never do because I hate wasting PTO, and finally, a week later, I emerged from sweat pants and dirty hair to meet up with my family for dinner out. I felt like a real human again!

Okay and then the real highlight of winter 2016 was my little brother’s graduation! He graduated from Missouri State with a degree in GIS and starts his new job in Charlotte next week.

I am of course so, so proud of him but always knew he had a bright future ahead.

We had a whirlwind weekend, going to his graduation on a Friday, driving back to STL that night, driving to Cincinnati the next day to make it to Kevin’s family’s Christmas party. It was worth it, though!

Maybe I’ll write about Christmas in July? 😉

Forecastle Festival 2016

Let’s back things up to mid-July when we attended our third Forecastle Festival in a row (previous recaps here and here). Just like years prior, I helped my good friend Holly work media, but this year I also volunteered at the Forecastle Foundation booth since I was on the board this year!

I left St. Louis for Louisville on the Thursday after work and booked it on 64 east towards where all of my favorites were. Four Roses, my client at my job in Louisville, was hosting a happy hour to kick off Forecastle weekend in partnership with the Foundation. Since I was on the board and love Four Roses so much, I really wanted to make it to this happy hour. So glad I did!


Friday I worked from home until it was time to head out to the Festival. I was so excited to see GroupLove and I’m glad the storm came and pushed back their set so I could make it. GroupLove live? DO IT. You’ll have no regrets.


Avett Brothers headlined Friday night but I’m not a super huge fan of theirs. I was more into Saturday’s lineup because…

Andrew McMahon! And yes, I really was this close. Because I was working that day, I was in and out of the photo pits. So instead of standing on the side, like I usually do during performances, I just went ahead and took a seat.


Holly’s Number One Rule of working Forecastle Festival is to not be a fan girl, or go up to artists and freak out. Normally, I’m able to do just that. Like when I ate lunch a table away from Shakey Graves’ Alejandro Rose-Garcia (who was, yes, The Swede, from FNL. Sidebar: that article is 100 percent wrong. Riggins is definitely the Hottest Friday Night Lights Star. I digress.)

Anyways! Hours after Andrew’s performance, he literally walked right by me out in the open (not backstage or anything!)… I just had to say hi. In fact, I didn’t even notice him. I was mid-bite of my dinner and Kevin says to me, “Uh, babe, isn’t that Andrew McMahon?” Yup, sure was! He, once again, was as friendly as could be.


The rest of Saturday was amazing with Alabama Shakes closing out the night. Brittany Howard is so awesome. Girl can SING.


Sunday we were back at it!


I worked in the Foundation booth and we caught a few other legit bands, like Big Gigantic. Guys know how to put on a show.


Pretty soon, before we knew it, our third Forecastle Festival weekend was coming to an end.



Death Cab for Cutie and Ryan Adams closed out the weekend on a high note. Both were top notch performances that I want to relive over and over again.


By the time we got home on Sunday night, I was wiped. Feet? Hurt. Voice? Gone. Body? Killed. Despite for one LONG Monday (and Tuesday and Wednesday, let’s be honest), it was so worth it.


See you next July, Forecastle!