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Thumbs up for this week

This week was frontloaded with awesome. Is it really only Wednesday night?

Monday night date night involved meeting up (on our bikes) at El Bait Shop for their special craft beer/cheese flight paring with The Cheese Shop of Des Moines. We each got one of the $15 samplers, which came with 6 beers and 6 cheeses. Talk about our kind of dinner! The goat cheese and Peace Tree pairing was my favorite. My only criticism is that I would have liked this served with a few slices of bread or crackers. But it was a great deal!

Then on Tuesday, I went to the 100 Chicks for Charity meeting at City Bakery, where the glamorous and generous Chelsea shared the “I Have a Dream” Foundation mission and story with a group of women. I teared up!

But I couldn’t enjoy (really, gorge on) the pastries for too long, because right after the meeting Joe and I met up with my friend Jennic and her husband Justin, who invited us for a double date to see RAIN, the Beatles tribute. I grew up on oldies, so I had a fun time singing along with the mostly Boomer crowd.

Jennic (who I wrote about forever ago) and Justin own KangarooBoo, the coolest little toy store. It has an excellent online presence and sweet shop in Valley Junction. They focus on eco-friendly toys that are made to last. If you have a baby shower/toddler b-day coming up, you have to check them out!

I’m also super excited for my friend Amy, whose book So Pretty! Crochet just came out through Chronicle Books. Two extra awesome things about this book: My dear friend Cara is one of the contributors, and there is a shiba inu modeling some of the crochet cuteness. Hooray for Wilbur lookalikes.

I’m looking forward to a second half of the week that’s a bit slower-paced, but grateful for all of the cool things happening right now!

What’s the best part of your week?

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In case you ever wanted to be a groundhog

I’m sure one of you has an entry in your bucket list that relates to waking up before the crack of dawn and donning a suit in the shape of a giant rodent to help people party at High Life Lounge / El Bait shop before noon on a Thursday in February. I just saw this opportunity and I had to share.

The Full Court Press Polk County Paula contest is extremely tempting to me. Apparently the lady who typically plays Paula is preggo and relinquishing her duties. Most creative “Why I want to be the groundhog” wins:

The winner, of course gets to play the Groundhog at the High Life’s annual party. Winner must be available to play the role at least from 6 AM to noon, Thursday, February 2nd. Breakfast will be provided for the winner, along with costume for the day and one of this year’s Groundhog Day t-shirts and one $25 gift card good at all Full Court Press establishments. Second place wins one $15 gift card. Third gets one $10 card.

But then, it’s really not fair if I enter. I know technically an aardvark is not a rodent, but 12 years ago, I did wear an Arthur costume and entertain children at the Centennial Beach in Naperville. This would clearly be the next step.


Yep, that’s me in the suit! The glasses gave it away, didn’t they. I brought a whole giant box of photos home from my mom’s so I can scan them, but they’re really just a massive archive of what a huge nerd I’ve always been. Might be best to keep the blackmail potential to a minimum.

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