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? 😉

Summer 2016

Ah, yes. Summer 2016. Remember that time? Seven months ago? Ok, good me too.

Since I committed to blogging for another year, I took a look at the photos on my computer and realized I really didn’t post much about summer. We had such a good few months as we prepared to move, so I definitely want to share. This will essentially a massive photo dump from a three-month span.

Some coworkers (at the time) and I went to see Mike Snow…

And also Cage the Elephant. Both concerts were amazing.

Four Roses, my client at the time, released their 2016 Limited Edition Small Batch and has a pop-up signing party with the Master Distiller. The location and weather made for a perfect summer night. (PS I really, really miss all the bourbon. It’s just not the same drinking it in Missouri.)

Kev and I did a major purge in our old house before moving, which resulted in a less-than-profitable garage sale. But after the garage sale, Sara and I loaded up my car and took everything that didn’t sell to Goodwill. In the end, it was worth it to not have as much stuff.

Oh, another concert! This time with Saint Motel and BØRNS, both of whom I’m obsessed with even more now.

In late July we threw a going away party for ourselves. We had never really had a housewarming party and since our house was technically sold at this point (we were just waiting to close), we figured it was a good time to have people over!

We didn’t do anything fancy – just bought a crap ton of beer, some wine and bourbon/vodka for mules, and had a few appetizers for people to munch on.

We put out lawn games if people wanted to play. But my coworker Sarah’s son provided most of the entertainment until it was time for them to leave.

I didn’t take many photos that day, but glad someone snapped this one.

And this one. A toast to good friends, who quickly became like family.

A few weeks later, we took a big float trip with both my family and Sara’s family.

We did a long float with four canoes, and couldn’t have asked for better weather.

Gracie was pooped.

The bus ride back to camp after a long day of drinking on the river is the worst. You’re hot, sweaty, probably wet from swimming, sunburnt and drunk slash on your way to being hungover. When Kev fell asleep sitting up on the bus, I had to snap a picture because this is what we all look and feel like during that ride home.

Gracie felt it too.

My parents stayed in their tent but because we were in the process of moving, we crashed in the Piller’s camper. I am a tent camper through and through, but campers are soooooo nice.

Flash forward to our last weekend in Louisville… after our house sold, we went to Holy Grale – my absolute favorite spot in the city – for beers and pretzel bread.

Then we went next door to Hopcat for dinner.

And shenanigans…

And finally over to Silver Dollar for a nightcap. My last Mint Julep as a Kentuckian.

The next morning, we headed off to St. Louis for good! Since moving, we’ve been back to Louisville once for a weekend trip (which I’ll probably write about in six months at this rate), but we’re itching to go back!