Thursday, November 20, 2008

Catching Up

Time always flies amazingly fast for me, but even more so lately. There is a lot happening in our lives...two new grandchildren are making their arrival within the coming week; decorating is progressing in the boy's room; and preparations are in full swing for Thanksgiving (assuming Ava's arrival holds off until after the holiday).

Doughboy and I traveled to the Chicago area last weekend where we visited our old neighborhood in Batavia and attended the Antique Slot Machine and Jukebox Show in St. Charles. I found three items I would have bought from the show, but Doughboy stood firm on his word to "look but not buy". What a buzz kill.

We ate at our favorite pizza parlor - Gino's East. There is nothing like Gino's thin cracker crust pizza coupled with a pitcher of cold draft beer. We also dined twice at Portillo's for the bext Italian beef in the world. I was ecstatic to see they ship anywhere in the U.S. Yummmmm! I'm a Wisconsin girl at heart and my taste in culinary arts are limited to basic food. I'd rather spend my money on something tangible than dine at expensive restaurants. Blue jeans, pizza and beer suit me just fine!

After cruising through the aisles of the slot machine event, we drove north to another of our favorite destinations - the quaint town of Long Grove. I couldn't resist buying a new sweater for Leo from the Dog House. It cost more than any sweater I would buy myself, but he loves it. Other purchases were cute finds for baby Ava and a bottle of Riesling wine for Doughby and I to share at home this weekend. It's fun to travel, but there's no place like home. With a click of my ruby slippers, I was back home in Georgia while Doughboy traveled to Pittsburgh.


10 comments:

Deb said...

Long Grove? Gino's? Portillo's? You hit all of the important spots!
Have you seen the "there's no place like home" commercial that just touches your heart...it is for Pillsbury Cresant rolls...but I love the clicking of the heels...sounds like a great weekend!

Jamie Payne said...

While you were traveling to all of my favorite Chicago area destinations, I was at your house taking care of Leo, Kadie and Dianora. They were extremely well behaved but eager for their mommy to return. I think I annoyed my fursiblings with all my coughing and nose-blowing.

Mental P Mama said...

I don't like this look but don't buy business. It is no fun. But that sweater is the bomb!

Judyann said...

Leo looks comfy and cozy in his new sweater. Looks like you made him happy. Glad you had a nice time on your trip. Maybe one day I can go to Chicago with you and you can show me around all the hot spots.

Starwoodgal said...

Road trips are fun!

Let us know when the babies arrive. :)

The Weaver of Grass said...

Love that super doggie sweater, How do you keep the yorkie wo beautifully neat and tidy? I have a Border and at the moment she looks like an ancient rag rug - as soon as I brush and comb her she rolls and flies round the field and we are back to square one!
A favourite restaurant never fails to give pleasure. One of my favourites in the US (which I visit quite often) is in Durango and is called E O's - I still remember the food from last time.

Roxanne Schwandt said...

yeah!! I'm glad you enjoyed your time in Chicago! Leo looks so adorable in his new sweater :)

The Mom Bomb, a/k/a Folksy Mama said...

Fun! I used to live in Chicago and still miss the pizza . . .

Country Girl said...

What an adorable little sweater and the sweetest dog is attached to it as well!

Chere said...

Love Leo's new sweater. Do they have a web site? Also, do they carry chuckie dog sweaters? I am having a problem with little Bella. She is a little chuckie, takes after her Mama.