the main event

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last friday was the annual main event, a fundraising dinner for our main street organization. it’s like the most fun thing. we get all dressed up, eat yummy food, drink tasty cocktails and spend lots of money to benefit our downtown. matt and i always bid on the same item: one night stay, dinner and limo ride to the cherokee casino. yes. three years running. this time around, it was a live auction item, and boy howdy did matt have ever so much fun outbidding everyone else. of course that means we also spent about $100 more on it than previous years but what the hey, it’s for a good cause. and that limo ride is worth it, man. of course, the ride is only about 10 minutes long because the casino is really close by, but WHO CARES I’M IN A BLEEPING LIMOUSINE!! plus the steak house there is off the churt. so good.

but the whole event is awesome and it always raises a ton of money. i think it accounts for about a quarter to one half the total yearly budget for the organization. and our main street is kinda the cutest.

the photo booth was a nice new touch this year. you can tell this was at the end of the night and we were feeling loose and happy. and i rocked the shit outta this pantsuit. dancing like a crazy person out on the floor. yep, it was a fun night.

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over the snowy weekend

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it started snowing friday afternoon. by early evening, there was a light dusting on the ground. i roasted up a bunch of root veggies because that’s my comfort food and settled under my blanket. my kinda night.

matt and i went on a beautiful yet cold run the next morning. there is something magical about running while the snow is still falling. everything is hushed. even our footfalls are muffled. the park was just gorgeous with snow cover and cloudy skies. matt’s beard was epically coated in white.

unlike most people, i didn’t go to the store before the storm hit. we basically had no food in the house. so we went to 28 springs for lunch and shared a bottle of rose, because why the hell not. it was fun and cozy. and the snow was still coming down.

sunday we watched a ton of documentaries on netflix and dreamed and schemed about going on a weekend hike in the spring. and about moving somewhere it’s always warm. i took a bubble bath with my gin and tina fey. only 30 pages into ‘bossypants’ and i already absolutely love it. and i realized this weekend that even though i hate winter so hard, i secretly get giddy inside when it snows. makes me feel like a kid. today it’s ugly and gross and i’m back to hating winter, but in the midst of the snowfall, i am peaceful and happy. and i’m in awe of the beauty of it.

over the weekend

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this past weekend the weather was glorious. sunny and warm. saturday, we started the day with a run in the sun before matt headed over to ash & ember, a gentleman’s shop that sells pipes, cigars, beard and mustache paraphernalia and vintage toys and comics. it’s super awesome. such a great hangout. but it was the inaugural beard and mustache competition and matt was the celebrity judge (his beard deemed too wonderful to be a contestant). but dudes from far and wide came to have their facial hair scrutinized and criticized. 18 guys entered and many left with cool prizes consisting of t-shirts and and combs and oils and fresh lotions. snacks were available as well as live entertainment. it was such a fun atmosphere and a really great turn out.

i also had some much needed girl time over drinks with my bestest. it had been too long. seriously, i don’t know how i’d get through this life without her.

then sunday was even more lovely than the day before. after church we¬†went on a wee family run around downtown. the kiddo is starting to take an interest in fitness and we are all about encouraging him towards healthier habits. i’ve always thought he’d love running as a sport, but it works so much better if he thinks it’s his idea. when we got done with our exercise, we headed out to the deck to enjoy the 70 degree february afternoon. my chocolate melted a bit outside. that’s how you know it was a great day.

ps sorry for all you north easterners. i hear the weather is a bitch right now.

date day

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yesterday was date day. matt took off work so we could go out one more time before school let out for christmas break. we headed over to crystal bridges museum of american art to see the state of the art exhibit. it was super cool. i love that the walton family invested so much into northwest arkansas and made the museum possible. it’s a really big deal to have a cultural center of this caliber in our area and basically walmart made it happen.

but as you enter the state of the art exhibit, you walk through this amazing granny crochet tunnel with a cat at the pinnacle. kind of the greatest thing ever. and while some of the pieces made me really consider the question, ‘is this really art?’ a lot of the ideas behind the physical items were very thought-provoking. like the living room set up where each piece of furniture and all the decorations were connected to cables that slowly drew them into a whole in the wall. and so every day they inched closer together until everything is just in a big messy pile in the center of the room. and the dot matrix printer that records every time a ship passes another ship in the night and also simultaneously triggers a light to flash in downtown bentonville to signal the occurrence of such a rare event. pretty interesting stuff.

but after wandering around a museum for a couple hours, we were ravenously hungry and hopped over to the greatest sushi house of all time. we feasted like royalty on raw fish and it was awesome. then hit up kennedy coffee next door to warm ourselves against the cold grey day.

and as per usual, we ended our date day at 28 springs for cocktails. i ordered my favorite french 75 and matt sipped a classic manhattan. we saw tons of friends around the bar and we laughed and talked and enjoyed life. i love date day.

thirsty thursday

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we used to get together every thursday night at the same restaurant, in the same booth and eat and drink and live it up. but life has gotten crazy and busy and we let that tradition kinda fall away. but last night, us girls met up at the same restaurant, in the same booth and we ate, drank, and lived it up to celebrate a birthday. just like old times. and it was great.

pappy

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yesterday i got to sample some of the rarest and tastiest bourbon made by the hands of men. pappy van winkle is like the holy grail. the whole state of arkansas got six bottles, and our local bar got one of them. it was liquid gold. smooth vanilla oak aged deliciousness. we were limited to a one ounce pour per person and by the time we left the restaurant, a little more than an hour after the grand opening, half the bottle was gone. it was a popular little tasting. and although my tiny little glass of fine, fine whiskey goodness went down too fast, it did make the chilly walk home a touch warmer.

bourbon and the harvest

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ok. i realize fully that it seems as though we eat and drink like royalty every day of the week. that just isn’t the case. however, we did attend a bar tasting at our favorite local spot on tuesday evening and it was a culinary delight. and we took our obligatory window selfie on the way to the restaurant to start off the night because of course.

but this tasting was all about the greatest of all beverages, the nectar of the gods, bourbon. all the food pairings chosen to highlight the flavors in the drink and celebrate the coolness of the season. 28 Springs always goes above and beyond for their tastings. even down to the personalized menus. as well, i have lots of dietary restrictions and they are more than happy to accommodate me, going so far as to completely alter a course just so there is no trace of gluten, dairy, or nuts on my plate. i love them.

we began the night going on a wee field trip to the bowels of the restaurant to see a true bourbon barrel and the resident drinks enthusiast, casey (look how excited he is!), talked about how the barrels are made, right down to the ozark white oak that is used to craft them. and when we got back to our seats, the first course was ready for us. it was hands down my favorite of the evening. such a delightful little apple salad with kale. mmmmmmmm.

as is the usual, tuesday night is Sons of Otis Malone night. a local blue grass band who plays a lot of gigs but always at 28 on tuesdays. it was fun to end our day listening to those sweet tunes.