NCAA Hall of Champions

May 31, 2011 at 7:35 pm (Uncategorized)

Every since I moved to Indy, I have wanted to check out this place.  However, they suffered from a very large fire and had to rebuild.  Its been open for two years, but I have been a lazy butt.  This is also the place I would love to get married in.  They have beautiful ballrooms and they are right on the canal.  Perfect for some awesome pictures.  Anyway, at some point, I realized it was a little silly to talk about where I wanted to get married when I hadn’t even seen the inside of the darn place.  So when my family was looking for something to do, I suggested the Hall of Champions. 

I COMPLETELY recommend this place!  Its a mere $5 to get in and is very interactive.  Downstairs are displays with some basic history of 23 different sports.  There is a huge display just about women’s sports history.  But upstairs is where all of the interactive games are.  We could play basketball, football, soccer, baseball, high jump, etc.  We got a great work out in.  If you have a free day, take a walk on the canal and stop by the NCAA Hall of Champions!

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Indy 500 2011

May 31, 2011 at 7:26 pm (Uncategorized)

I can’t believe this is my 4th Indy 500 living in Indiana. Once again it was a blast! Everyone arrived on Friday and headed to Carburation Day. I opted to work that day. The forecast was for cold and rainy. Not my cup of tea. After work, I met up with the gang at a bar right outside the track called the Winner’s Circle. It is a very disgusting bar that I would never step foot into except for one day a year. However, we like to take over the joint and just have a good ole time.

Afterwards, we went to dinner where we ended up dancing on the table in our private room and taking WAAAAAYYY to many shots.  Jeez, I love family time.  Saturday was the parade which might be my favorite day.  It is the one day that I don’t have to drive (although I ended up driving this year) and who doesn’t love a parade? 

 

We ended up at Kilroys after the parade for a late lunch and then all the kids went back to my house for a night of, again, too much drinking.  Sunday morning came way to work.  My dad was at my house at 8:15am ready to hit the track.  It was a great day.  The race was full of passing, minor wrecks, and lots and lots of lead changes.  I can’t tell you how long a race can drag on when someone is just dominating and unless its your driver, its not worth.  I had a very nice surprise towards the end of the race.  Last year, I decided to become a fan of Betrand Baguette becaust LBH, who doesn’t love that name?  Well, he didn’t do crap last year and almost didn’t have a ride this year.  However, on Sunday, he was looking pretty good and at one point took the lead from dumb ole Danica Patrick and lead until his car about ran out of gas.  So close!

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Eagle Creek Pizza

May 18, 2011 at 12:39 pm (Uncategorized)

As you all know, I’m obsessed with Groupon, Living Social, Eversave, etc.  I love these sites.  What a great idea to give people the opportunity to learn about new things in the city, different restaurants, and other places of business.  And you get it at a discount!  I had seen the Living Social come through for Eagle Creek Pizza, but its not a very convenient place for us.  But then a friend on Facebook posted a link to the coupon and raved about the joint.  So I immediately bought it (twist my arm, huh?).  So last night Chris and I went to try this place out after he got off work. 

On their Facebook page, they put in several areas to call your order ahead of time even if you are dining in.  They get very busy and they don’t want you to wait.  So I call at 5:30 and order our pizza to which the girl seemed very confused.  “You’re not coming in until when?”  I hate that.  Don’t tell me to do something and then act confused when I do it.  Oh well.  End result?  Dinner cost us $1.06 last night $11.06 if you count what I paid for the coupon.  We opted for the pesto, olives, and GOAT CHEESE (my fav!).  And then we added chicken to give it some kind of meat.  It was delicious!  I loved the big chunks of goat cheese on it.  I’m not sure how they afford to make that pizza.  I made a lasagna once with goat cheese and it cost me $10 just for the cheese!  And here is the end result:

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Saffron Cafe

May 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm (Uncategorized)

A coworker of mine started an international dining club about a couple months ago.  The idea was to try a different ethnic food once a month.  I love this idea!  But due to budget reasons, I was unable to go the first couple of times.  This month, I was ready to go.  We were headed to Saffron Cafe, a Moroccan restaurant downtown.  Of course, I had already checked out the menu and felt comfortable that I would find something I could eat.  I got Kafta Kababs which are ground beef rolls seasoned and dipped in a red pepper flake sauce.  They were pretty good!  I liked the seasonings.  We sat a table with a very nice couple.  We all shared food so we could try different things.  I loved the entire concept and Ally and I had a great time meeting people and trying new food.  I definitely recommend trying out the restaurant.  I can’t wait to take Chris there and try something different!  I believe next month is a German cafe on the northeast side.  Yum!!

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Mother’s Day Weekend

May 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm (Uncategorized)

For Mother’s Day this year, we invited Chris’ parents to come down and visit for the weekend.  Denny had some time off due to some minor surgery so we took advantage.  They came in town late Friday afternoon.  I unfortunately got home late due to having to run by the 500 Mini Marathon Expo.  I made some dinner for everyone and had to hit the sack.  I was meeting Colleen at 6:15 am at work!

I met Colleen and her husband at work the next day and her husband dropped us off at the Mini Marthon so that we didn’t have to worry about parking.  It was almost perfect weather.  A little overcast, but warm and not raining!  We walked the 5K in 53 minutes.  I thought that was pretty good considering we were slowed down in the beginning by all the people trying to run by us and then we had to stop for a bathroom break.  I think when I ran the 5K I did it in 43 minutes so 10 extra minutes and not have my knees killing me?  Perfect!  Colleen said she was very surprised at how easy it was and was asking when our next 5K was!?  Ummmmmm, hahaha.

Then I came back and Leta (Chris’ mom) wanted to take me to my first Moose Lodge.  I’m not sure if I mentioned, but membership at Leta’s Moose Lodge has been thin so she asked if she could buy me a membership.  Sure, I don’t care.  But I didn’t think I would ever actually go into one.  Well, I got to go to two Moose Lodges this weekend.  The first one we went to was closed but they let us come in and have a beer.  The second one we went to was very nice, but kind of far away.  I still don’t really understand the Moose Lodge concept.  But I did see that they have 50 cent taco nights and 2 for $20 filet mignon nights so I plan to take advantage. 

Afterwards, we came back to get ready for our Kentucky Derby celebration.  Leta got us all hats to wear and prizes for first, second, third, and last.  This is Leta and I in our finest attire. 

We got pretty tipsy on Saturday night.  We were in the mood to celebrate.  On Sunday morning I got up early and made brunch for everyone.  I made french toast casserole, tomato and spinach strata, manadrin orange salad and bacon.  I did take pictures, but it didnt look as appetizing on the camera as it did in my belly.  So maybe when I make it again, you will see better pictures.  Here are the links:

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/spinach-tomato-strata-10000000521985/

http://www.frugalupstate.com/recipes/recipe-overnight-french-toast-casserole/

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101 in 1001 Days: 1st Anniversary

April 26, 2011 at 6:15 pm (Uncategorized)

Today is my one year anniversary of starting my 101 in 1001 days list.  I started out this venture really just copying Dana.  But it has turned into a lot more for me.  Before I lived in Indiana, I had two things in mind.  One, I knew I had to get out of my routine of bartending, sleeping in, drinking, partying, etc.  As much fun as it was, I had bigger dreams.  My other thing was, all my trips to Indy were focused on family and going to a sporting event.  There were so many other things I wanted to do there. 

So then I move to Indy.  And I meet Chris and I tag along with him and his friends for a couple of years.  The job situation was kind of tough so I didn’t really do anything.  I don’t think it was until I got the job where I’m at now that I really started finding my own life out here.  So last year, when Dana mentioned this idea to me, I liked it.  It wasn’t a overly spirtual, God is there for you, psycho bull crap  type of deal.  It was just simple.  It was a guideline.  It was like a to do list.  I love to do lists! 

So in summary of my list, I have completed 32 of my 101 items.  I’ve started to really enjoy cooking and I’ve expanded my skills as a chef even learning how to make sushi and stuff a chicken breast.  I learned to play cribbage and euchre (two midwest games I had originally swore off).  I’ve been getting out more with Hank and have lost 14lbs to date.  I’ve been sight seeing, played burlesque bingo, and tried 13 new restaurants.  Probably my favorite one is running the 5K.  I never thought I could do it, but its turned into now I’ve run two 5K and have another in two weeks. 

I think this year, I need to focus on some more of the sight seeing that I’ve wanted to do.  I still have all the musuems to go to plus the NCAA Hall of Champions.  I have two more national parks to hike in.  I have taken some measures to ensure that I will be continuing on with my list.  I feel more active, more involved in my community, more aware of the happenings around the city, and overall better about myself.  I’m pretty proud of myself for going from going to bed at 4am to going to bed by 11pm.  I went from going to the bar almost every night to maybe a couple times a month sometimes not at all.  I went from eating at Glory Days every night to being able to cook a three course dinner.  And for that I will pat myself on the back.

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>Neighborhood Clean Up

April 18, 2011 at 8:03 pm (Uncategorized)

>On Saturday morning I got up real early and went down to the Sacred Heart neighborhood. This is an area just south of downtown. I would say it is in the worst conditions out of all of the sides of downtown. Run down houses, yards filled with crap, old broken down cards. Chris made me go look at houses for rent in this area even though I told him it was pointless b/c I would never ever ever live there. Anywho, I signed up for this clean up because my grandma grew up in the Sacred Heart area and went to church at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. In fact, that is where we spent many Saturday nights with her in her last years and its where we had her funeral. I thought it would be neat to give back to this area that was a home to my grandma and my family for so many years. The basic idea behind this group that I was volunteering for was not only to clean up the area, but instead of leaving it a big empty lot, they would turn it into a garden that produced fruits and vegetables for the people in the community. We started two of the four gardens that they will make this spring. I weeded, I raked, and then the worst came. I helped shovel soil into wheel barrows that were taken across the street to the second garden. At first when the pile was high, I thought this is easy! But as the pile got lower and I got more tired, oh wow. Yesterday I was definitely feeling it. So we just started the gardens. They will be going back every Saturday to do a little bit more work. One of the other neat things was that I met the guy who bought my family’s funeral home. So he was happy to meet someone from the Lauck family and told me to come by to see all the changes (um, no thank you) and that business was up 30% from last year (awesome!). He gave me his business card which of course I will be using to keep my dad in check. 🙂

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>Cribbage

April 11, 2011 at 12:45 pm (Uncategorized)

>When I was making my list of 101 things to do in a 1001 days, I knew I was going to have to put “Learn to play Cribbage.” I think it was around the second year Chris and I had been dating that he tried to teach me. I got frustrated and told him to buzz off. Since part of the reason I did this list was to grow, I knew what needed to be done. At some point, I was going to have to suck it up and learn to play. So Friday night we were sitting around bored and I said, let’s do it. Teach me how to play Cribbage. And he did. He did a very good job. He was patient with me because, trust me, its a very complicated game. I’m not even going to begin to explain it, but here’s a super cute picture of me with the cribbage board. I also knocked another item off my list by making herb and goat cheese stuffed chicken breasts. I can’t believe I forgot to take a picture of them because they actually looked beautiful. I had some trouble cutting the pocket into the breast, but by the fourth one, I had it down. Maybe if you’re lucky, I will stuff a breast for you too!

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>Hiking in Brown County

April 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm (Uncategorized)

>As most of you know I have been trying to go walk more and lose some weight. So when my cousins, Matthew and Joanna invited me to go hiking in Brown County yesterday, there was maybe a .3 second pause before I accepted immediately. I’ve been living in Indy for 4 1/2 years and have yet to check out Brown County which is a huge 15,000 acre state park. Hank and I drove to their house and then we packed three adults, two dogs, and a picnic basket in a little Honda Civic. We did three trails equaling about 5 miles. The first trail we did was around Ogle Lake. Even though its not green out yet, it was still very pretty. There were a lot of trees (duh) and they were so tall and the sky just looked so blue. I had to take this picture. I can only imagine what its like when the leaves have grown in or during the fall.

Juniper is a very experienced hiker and she led the way most of the time.

And good ole Hank tried to lead the whole time. He was pulling so hard the entire time that my cousin, Matthew offered to walk Hank for part of the time. My arms are thanking him today. If anyone has any suggestions on how to break this habit, I’m open ears. We use the Gentle Leader right now but he keeps stopping and trying to paw it off his face. However, he does look super cute in this picture.

It was a gorgeous day. It got up to 80 but it was breezy so we stayed cool. I’m so happy to have gotten outside to enjoy the weather and hike in a new park. Hank passed out the minute we got home and is still sleeping this very moment!

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>Burlesque Bingo Bango

March 24, 2011 at 12:43 pm (Uncategorized)

>About a month ago, my friend Misty approached me about going to a bingo night at a new cabaret joint in Fountain Square. Well, bingo just happens to be on my list of things to do in the next three years so I jumped at the opportunity. Plus, I’m pretty sure Misty is more excited about crossing things off my list than I am! I went on their website and saw that it was called Burlesque Bingo Bango. I had no idea what to expect. Is there a burlesque show going on during bingo? Are their intermissions? Do we even play bingo!!??

Last night, Misty, Angela, and I met up (despite a hail storm) at White Rabbit Cabaret to try a new experience. So there are two brothers, pictured below, who run the game. One is a mime and the other is the ring leader. They act silly on stage and entertain you while calling numbers. Every once in a while, a featured girl comes out and does a little tease. For each person that wins, she takes off one more thing.

Then when someone wins bingo, they have to shout it as loud as they can. They will check your numbers and if you have a bingo, they will bring you on stage. They embarrass you some, the girl dances for you, and basically you look like a fool up there. As I’m sitting there, I’m beginning to hope that I don’t win. I don’t want to go on stage. I don’t want to have to do something ridiculous in front of 100 people. We sure enough, second round, I won. So Angela was trying to be nice and take the win for me so I didn’t have to go on stage. I had an internal arguement with myself. Its an experience, Leslie! What’s the worst thing that could happen? Just do it! So I got up there.

Do you know how awkward it feels to have a girl dancing in front of you and you don’t know whether to look at her, the audience, do some dance moves yourself, stand there like an idots, etc. I think I ended up doing some sort of combination of those reactions. There is video footage, but it will not be revealed. However, after they put you through that, they let you pick a prize. They are all hidden and you just have to pick based on blobs covered by cloth. So I picked one underneath a table. And this is what I won!


Yeah you can’t really see it. Its a ceramic squirrel that is holding a salt and pepper shaker. I can’t wait to display this at my next dinner party. Misty ended up winning on our last game. Only she won and so did another girl so they made them slow dance on stage and then be judged. Misty lost unfortunately but came away with a horse statue. So we’re all winners and we had an absolute blast.

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