Hat Trick

You might remember the first annual Sheader Derby Party?  Well, we did it up then but one thing was missing from the first annual celebration.  This year:

I wore a fascinator!

I knew I was meant to be a southerner or a British old maid.

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Fun factor: 10

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#227: Nog me, Bartender.

The most recent holiday season was the first time I was celebrating it in my very own home, which translated into me wanting to do everything I normally do, but on steroids. I started listening to Christmas music in late October (no joke). I hosted gift wrapping parties with myself, drinking hot cocoa and blaring holiday tunes. I made handcrafted gift tags. I put up a tree and other greenery with white lights. These types of behaviors are typically reserved by my sister, who has an unhealthy obsession with Christmas. But my favorite occurrence of all was the fact that:

I embraced eggnog.

I have tried eggnog in the past and thought it was just okay. This year, I realized I was always missing the bourbon. Try it and tell me I’m wrong. It’s delicious. A little glass with some ice, Maker’s Mark and nog? All of the lactose-induced farts were worth it.

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Fun factor: 8

#226: Not in Kansas anymore.

Louisville has a lot nice parks and we are lucky enough to live near Cherokee Park, which has a great walking/running/biking path.  It was unseasonably warm a few weekends ago, so we went on a walk.  I came across some good-ass nature, including:

I saw a rainbow tree.

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I am gifting the name to the tree; I did not look up the plant’s genus or species.  Right now, I’m proud for my ability to recite those science terms  from my 7th grade brain.  Good instruction, Mrs. Nash.   I digress.  The tree is shaped like a rainbow, so that’s what I called it.  Typically, I like to reserve posts for action-oriented new things, but this was visually stunning and deserved a post, IMHO.  Also, I’m really boring lately, so I haven’t done many new things.
Fun factor: 7

#225: V.I.S.

I visited my good friend Suzanne this weekend in Asheville, NC.  What a pretty town!  We did lots of catching up and went on a million cute outings and meals.   I also got to:

Privately shop in a store.

Suzanne works at the cutest little boutique, The Gardener’s Cottage, every Saturday.  The store is closed on Sundays, so we went in for a quick peak to look around.  It was so cute and fresh-smelling and homey.

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I wanted to purchase everything in sight, but instead walked away with just one thing.   I bought this glass liquor bottle, as we’re collecting different shapes and sizes of them to place above one of our mantles:

liquor bottle

Fun Factor: 10

#224: Born in the USA

One of Brad and my New Year’s resolutions was to see more live music.  We accomplished that.  We’ve been to one music festival, one music cruise that included around 10 bands, and a handful of concerts in different venues.  One of the biggest names we saw was that of domestic fame:

I saw the Boss in concert.

I obviously knew many of his songs by virtue of growing up both in the 80’s and the midwest.  The Boss and I also share a love for bandanas.  What blew me away was the E-street Band!  There were so many musicians and instruments.  Like a lot.  The whole affair was great.

I think you have to drink an American watery brew before any Springsteen show, right?  We threw down a few at Sheffie’s beer garden.

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Wrigley Field provided a fun venue for an outdoor summer concert:

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Post-concert milkshakes at the Hollywood Grill.

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Fun factor: 9

#223: Who Ya Gonna Call?

I was a little bummed that our vacation this year (more on that in a separate post – it was a doozie) coincided with Halloween.  Since I’m now a big bad homeowner, I was excited to participate in the portion of society that hands out candy to adorable trick-or-treating tots. We did get to experience a bit of the holiday’s flavor, though:

I attended a Halloween parade.

I didn’t know these things happened, but they do in Louisville!  We live near a fun street, which played host to a solid couple of hours of costume-wearing humans and decorated vehicles.  There were two highlights.   One – and I unfortunately did not capture this on video/photo – was a group of about 30 kids (and I mean children) doing the thriller dance.  They were seriously so good.  It may have been the cutest, coolest thing I’ve ever witnessed, which is both inspiring for those youth and very sad for me.  The second highlight was this:

Halloween

 

Fun factor: 8

#222: Cheers

In the 4 years since I started this blog, I’ve noticed two consistent trends within the content of my posts.  #1  I eat a lot. #2  I drink a lot.  Just an observation.

I toured a bourbon distillery.

Good friends Emily and Willis visited us in October and we wanted to show them some of the outskirts of Kentucky in the fall.  We took a drive to Bardstown, and then we toured the Maker’s Mark distillery.  From my basic education, I knew that alcohol came from fermenting grains, plants, oats and corn, but I didn’t really understand what that may look like until we were standing over this vat of what resembled vomit:

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What human thought up THAT process way back when…  You know what?  I’ve been thinking. I bet if I leave some oats out for a long time and mix it with some shit and leave it marinating, it will form a liquid that I can then strain, refine and imbibe.  After that, I’ll probably streak my neighbor’s house while listening to power ballads.

Maker’s Mark was adorable and incredibly efficient from what we could gather on the tour.  They only have like 25 employees who maintain the distillery that supplies the entire world with their goods.  (Emily was a little less trusting than the rest of us and couldn’t shake the impression that our tour guide was hiding something.)

All of their buildings are painted in this black and red.  Not just for looks, though.  The warehouses that hold the barrels are painted black so that the sun’s heat flocks to them and ages the bourbon.  I’m a wealth of knowledge.

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Barrel House:

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Fun factor: 10