Tuesday, August 18, 2015


For the last couple of Thursdays, my friends and I have started to try new things. We just thought this might be a fun way to experience some of the fun activities and attractions that Omaha has to offer.

We started with Fun Plex. Alexa, Alicia, and myself took advantage of the spring like temperatures in August and dove right into a freezing lazy river. We also paid $5 for a locker the size of shoe box, tried and failed to avoid all of the stray human hairs in the "motion ocean," rode around a track on the fanciest lawn mowers you have ever seen, and those two sissies let me ride on a four-person, push-start "roller coaster" by myself.

To cap it off, we almost got hit by a rogue hot tub. It was on a trailer that had detached from it's truck and started barreling down the road... right towards our car.

Whose idea was this anyway?!? That Thursday night activity was definitely an adventure, and we made the most of it. It's one experience that we won't soon forget.

(I regret that I don't have any pictures of this epic adventure. This is not a mistake I will be making in the future...)

The next week, Alicia and I decided to take a break from physical adventures and relax at Jazz on the Green. It was exactly what we needed to balance out the week before.

More adventures to come!

Sunday, August 16, 2015


Another year, another Iowa State Fair. This was by far the hottest one yet. It was a humid 95 degrees. I think we were exhausted just from walking to pick up the tickets at will call. But, as always, it was well worth it.

This year's foods included:
 - Deep fried peanut butter and jelly (gooey and delicious)
 - Cheese curds
 - Turkey burger
 - Pumpkin spice funnel cake (Emily liked this better than the pineapple upside down one, but I disagreed.)

Andrew ate:
 - Strawberry ice cream cone
 - Jalapeno corn dog
 - Chili cheese dog (He ate it while we reminisced about his days as a fair food vendor, and we all weighed in with our opinions on fake cheese.)

Alex and Kelly met up with us after a few hours, and we had fun seeing the animals (the giant ones and the babies... one day old piglets and a three week old calf). It was East Sider's night at the fair, and we decided it was best to head out before then. I'm glad we left when we did, because I was so dehydrated.

On Saturday, we spent the morning at the Des Moines Farmers market with Andrew's uncle Mike and aunt Lynne, visited Mallory and her beautiful family, had lunch at Fong's, and ate dinner at Alex and Kelly's before getting our buts beat in a round of bags.

Today, I was absolutely exhausted. I'm glad we got home early so I could get a good long nap in before a long afternoon of doing nothing. Cheers!