Saturday, January 21, 2012

St. Louis Site: Blues Hockey Game

For Christmas, Hubs got tickets to the St. Louis Blues hockey game. This was our first NHL hockey game ever. In fact, all my hockey knowledge comes straight from the Mighty Ducks movies - all three of them.

We took the MetroLink to the Scottrade Center, where the Blues play. Its is so convenient to not have to worry about parking and really, I'm not sure you could park closer without paying a ridiculous amount and then worrying about whether your car gets broken into or not.

I insisted we use some of my Christmas cash for food at the arena, which is a treat for us. And then we went to find out seats.

They were great seats. We were 5 rows behind the penalty box. For first timers, it was awesome because you could really grasp how fast the puck moves, and how fast the players move. I was always focused on the game because it was right in front of me.

I didn't understand everything, but caught on more and more as the periods progressed. It also got more excited as the game went on and I found myself standing up and cheering for the team. The blues had 38 shots total, and finally scored on shot 37 very close to the end of the game.

And although I watched for it, I never did see the "V" formation that always worked for the Mighty Ducks.

The Blues won, which added to the first time experience. And, I would definitely go again. I enjoyed it much more than baseball - it was fast paced, they played some great music, and you don't have to sit outside and sweat in the summer heat. Actually, I'd suggest wearing warm got a bit chilly in there after a while.

I am officially a fan of the St. Louis Blues and it's something to see when visiting St. Louis. I may even be caught trying to watch a game on TV!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Question of the Day

Will our Christmas decor be put away by the time our friends come over on Friday evening?

Don't judge me. Please.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Adventures in Grocery Shopping

Hubs and I went grocery shopping together today.

First, we went to Trader Joe's. Always crowded, but totally worth it.

Then, we went to Wal-Mart. Always crowded, and totally despise it.

Parking is a nightmare at both spots. At Wal-Mart, I point out an open spot next to the cart corral.

Hubs: You know I don't park next to the cart corrals.

Me: It's probably the safest place to park at Wal-Mart. Nobody actually uses them.

I earned a high-five for that one, as we walked in a saw carts strewn about the lot just feet from their convenient corrals.

Between the two stores, we walked out spending only $49 for a week of groceries. Not. Too. Shabby. I think I'm finally learning to shop smart. I think.

Saturday, January 14, 2012


I'm ba-ack (said in a sing-song voice). I've ignored my blog for over 3 weeks which hasn't happened in the almost 4 years that I've been blogging. There aren't any excuses for my absence either. I just haven't blogged.

But here I am now, and today I'm sharing a story about the pups.

Ransom has always had a thing for comfy, soft items. He loves stuffed toys, although he never gets them because they end up destroyed and eaten. Our entire upstairs consists of hard wood and tile, so we find him either on his bed in the bedroom or in the basement on the couch [the only piece of furniture he is allowed on]. When we visit our parents, he isn't allowed on the couches either, so he searches for whatever comfy spot he can find.

Over New Year's weekend, the only comfy spot available was a dog bed meant for a pup 1/3 of his size. That doesn't stop this dog. Somehow, he turned and twisted and pushed its limits until he made it work - determined not to lay on the hard wood when something comfy was around.

It might have been a comfy spot, but it certainly could not have been a comfortable position. Minutes later, he was curled up tighter inside the bed, snoring away.

His cousin, Holly, was less than thrilled that he took over her bed.