A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Baseball Game…

Bob and Ode had gone to Friday night’s Cardinals game and as you know, it was a rainout so Monday night was the make-up game. Unfortunately, Ode had to go to California on business so his loss was my gain. When yesterday rolled around, we find out that that Matt and Amanda were going. Well, hey, why not carpool down there, it’s so much easier. They were in section 170 while we were in 154. Not bad at all! As I was talking to Katie later in the afternoon, she had just got invited to the game as well and her seat was in section 160! How crazy is that? So we all decided to meet up and carpool down there.

When we got to the stadium, we each went our separate ways. I was hoping that there would be open seats in our section, but alas, there were not. I guess no one is going to miss a game when you have tickets pretty much behind home plate. So we ventured up and sat with Amanda and Matt in the outfield. They were by the foul poll and in home run territory. Definite danger zone if you’re not paying attention (which is not good for me, you know how I am at sporting events, all talk, no paying attention). After a while in the outfield, Katie called us to let us know that there were seats open in her section so we all migrated down the third-base line for the rest of the game.

Everything worked out. Even though we had three different sets of tickets, we all ended up sitting together. How perfect was that? Now, only if the Cardinals didn’t lose, again, to the Brewers.

I’ll Take Rocks for $100, Alex!

Patios rock. Or, patio rocks. Either way, it looks like a good deal to me. Last week, Jen’s coworker’s husband tipped us off to a great deal on Craigslist: 250 sq. feet of flagstone for best offer. I worked out the details with the guy who was getting his rocks offloaded and we started the loading. It quickly filled the back of my Explorer — there was more room, but couldn’t handle any more weight — so we went back, unloaded, and brought both cars and the wheelbarrow this time. After that trip, we had about 3/4 of the rocks, but it was dark, so we unloaded at home and called it a night. The next day, Colin was able to come out and give me a hand with the last load. Thanks, Colin!

Someday soon, these rocks will be turned into a beautiful patio. And walkway. And maybe a walkway at my parents’ house. And maybe a small patio at Jen’s parents’ house. And maybe even then, we’ll have some left over. All I know is that this deal was a good one.

Supper Club: Ariake Steakhouse

Another restaurant review! This past week, we all decided to go out to dinner and Katie had suggested Ariake Steakhouse. Now,who doesn’t love onion volcanoes? Monika was in town and Katie’s brother joined us as well so it was a little party!

Really, I have nothing but good things to say about a Japanese steakhouse. I have not been to one that I did not have a good time at. You have good food, good entertainment, and good friends. Our chef for the evening was funny, skilled and very accommodating. Of course, you have the onion volcano trick, the egg spinning trick and the flinging of food into your mouth trick. He even got Kate to freak out with the fake bottle squirting trick. Ah, laughing at other people’s expenses, that is true entertainment.

Now, I would have taken pictures of the food on my plate but I was so hungry that I ate it all. But here’s a picture of my dessert, though.

Mmm, Fritz’s. And now they have cake batter, I love it!