Tuesday, June 24, 2008

We did a lot over the past weekend.

It all started on Friday because I didn't have to work. We decided it would be fun to go to the Royals game since they were having "The Big Sky Show" (a fireworks show that was supposedly going to last 3 times longer than any previous show and be the biggest Kansas City has ever seen) and I had received an email about getting tickets at a discount. I bought tickets that ended up being pretty good- behind home plate in section 311 (in the upper section, but not too high) for $10.



Brian, Nathan, Tony, Krista (Tony's woman), and I all met up at Nate's house and drove out to the stadium to tailgate.



I bought freshly made bacon cheddar brats from Hy-Vee that were amazing.



After we ate and drank a few beers we headed into the game just in time to see the Royals score 2 runs. I think that was all they scored the entire game.



The game wasn't very exciting overall- we lost pretty bad against the Giants, but the fireworks show was awesome. In between some of the fireworks they showed some of the famous sights of Kansas City, some of the famous people from Kansas City, and some of the history of Kansas City. I thought this part was a little cheesy and unnecessary (considering most people at the game had probably seen all of this stuff before), but watching the brand new HD jumbotron is awesome.



After the game we came back to our house, played some wii, drank some more and went to bed.

On Saturday we had plans to eat homemade sushi at Chris and Heather's, but I had to work in the A.M., so we drove Nate home, dropped off Brian at Chris and Heather's so he could help them make a frame for some mirrors they put up on a wall, and I went to work for a few hours.

Frame work:



Once I got back from work we decided to head out to Minor Park with the dogs and head down the "river" (more like a creek). We had a lot of fun walking in the water and watching the dogs swim (Taigain's first time!). Of course I fell in the water- twice! I lost the beer the first time, but learned from my mistake and saved it the second time. We didn't get any pictures of the dogs at the park, but we took a lot at the Prewitt's. They really seem to like each other.



We were hungry when we got back so we got the sushi prepared and sat down to eat it. We had a ton so it didn't all get eaten, but that's okay since we made it ourselves it was still cheaper (and better) than going out to a restaurant. Chris and Heather are pros! Someday Brian and I will be attempting this on our own.



After dinner we headed outside to join Stephen, Becky, Matt Stooks and Jon in the driveway for more drinks and good times (until we went to bed at 3 A.M.!)



We woke up on Sunday and ate a big breakfast of eggs, potatoes, sausage and veggies that Chris and Heather cooked. It was really nice to be waited on and not even have to clean up the mess! We went home so we could get a few things done before the NASCAR Sprint Cup series came on at 4pm (they were racing in Sonoma at a road course). Tony Stewart ended up getting spun out by his buddy Kevin Harvick with 6 laps to go (he was in 2nd at the time I believe), but he still ended up getting 10th. Junior got 12th- pretty good since he hates road course racing.

I made an awesome dinner of meatball sandwiches that we will be eating all week.



We took a walk with the dog, caught up with some TV and then the weekend was over. Good times!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

FFF

May 30th, 2008 Edition

Pizza Rolled Up (a.k.a Stromboli)

You can really do anything with this recipe. All you need is refrigerated pizza dough and fillings. Here is the version I usually make:

One Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough
Thinly sliced pepperoni, pastrami, bacon, and canadian bacon
Thinly sliced provolone and mozzarella cheese
Small can of sliced olives
Sliced banana peppers
Minced yellow onion
3 minced garlic cloves

Roll out pizza dough into a rectangular shape, as large as you can make it (14x8?). Layer the sliced meats, cheese and veggies on the pizza dough.



Roll of the pizza dough (long ways) like a jelly roll. Brush top of uncooked stromboli with olive oil.



Cook in preheated, 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes or until dough is golden brown.



As you can see, there can be many, many variations of this recipe. Basically it is any type of pizza rolled up in dough. AWESOME!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Interesting Pictures of the Day (idea stolen from CampBacon)

I have recently had the pleasure of viewing our newlywed friends', the Pottebaums, honeymoon pictures to the Bahamas, and my friend Shanon's pictures of her trip to the Florida Keys. After viewing their beautiful pictures, I became nostalgic for Hawaii and would kill to go back. But instead of paying for the $1000 per person plane tickets, I will just have to live vicariously through my pictures. Here are a few of the highlights.

Pearl Harbor

Our cottage and sweet ride.

Another view of the cottage.

The famous roosters.

Spouting Horn

Spouting Horn

Napali Coast

Wameia Falls from the air.

Are we in Colorado or Hawaii?

Goofballs.

I guess this year I'll just have to be okay with visiting New York City, Las Vegas, St. Louis, and Talladega. ;)

Monday, June 2, 2008

Tornadoes and Boobies Redux

Recently I wrote a blog post called Tornadoes and Boobies where I intended to talk about our tornado near-miss and Stephen's bachelor party. Well, long story short, the post was seemingly lost forever ... but wait, the story isn't over yet! When I updated Wordpress today it showed back up in the drafts section- well, part of it anyways (WTF?). I'm not going to finish it, but I thought the least I could do is post what wasn't lost forever:
Tornados

Last Thursday night we had a huge storm in KC. Around 1:30 AM I wake up to all hell breaking lose- the walls are shaking, the house is making awful wrenching sounds, it's green and blue outside, and the noise is deafening. I shoot out of the bed like a jack-in-the-box and run as fast as I can down to the basement, screaming Courtney's name the whole time (she was still at work thankfully). I 100% believed the roof was going to fly off the house as I was running down the steps (luckily it didn't)! For about 3 minutes I stand at the base of the steps in the basement, completely naked and blind (all hell continues to break loose). Suddenly I get the picture in my head of rescuers finding me completely naked and blind. I decided at that moment that risking death is worth avoiding that kind of embarrassment and decide to run back upstairs and grab some clothes. After all, if they find me dead and naked they will just think I died in my sleep, not being a stupid ass! I run back upstairs- the bedroom window is cracked 4 inches and somehow that is enough for water to hit me on the other side of the room. I shut the window, grab my phone, glasses, and a robe and then sprint back down to the basement.

I only had to wait in the basement for about 10 minutes before it got relatively calm again. I went back upstairs and turned on the local news. They were claiming that the damage was being caused by straight-line winds. I've had enough experience with tornadoes to know that what I had just experienced was not 60 mph winds. The next day I find out that a F2 tornado hopped over our house! The damage to our house wasn't too bad... the rest of the blog post is gone :(