Saturday Afternoon at the Fabulous Fox

Yesterday was a very exciting day, because not only did Bunny and I get to go to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis for the first time, we got to see Riverdance performed live!

I’ve been a huge fan of Riverdance ever since Ryan introduced me to it…well, over two decades ago, I guess. And Bunny likes it just as much as I do (sadly, I haven’t really been able to get the rest of the Fab Five interested). So when I saw that the 25th anniversary tour was coming to St. Louis, I knew it was something we were going to need to go see.

First of all, the show was amazing. It was very familiar, but there was enough new stuff to make it extra interesting. Being part of the audience was a thrill. Watching the production unfold live on stage is a very different experience than seeing it on TV, and it wasn’t just fun, it was also fascinating.

Now, on to the building. I’ve been past the Fox Theatre many times, but had no idea what the inside looked like. The grandeur, the beauty, the details, the amount of history in the building (we even got to hear the Wurlitzer, a local, but not original to that location, organ, being played before the show!), are really indescribable, so I’ll just let the pictures do the talking:

I really enjoyed both the show and the opportunity to visit this location…I hope I get to back someday!

2019-20 School Year–Week Twenty-Three

I really think February is my least favorite month of the year for school (really, for anything), but we’re surviving, and it’s already halfway done!

Turkey and Bunny started a chapter on periodic motion in physics, and did some experiments with springs. They also began The Merchant of Venice, which is one of my favorite of Shakespeare’s works. In US history, they started what is going to be a long section on the Civil War. In world history, they learned about both the fact and fiction surrounding William Wallace.

Ladybug learned about mass in pre-algebra. In science, she started reading about the five kingdom classification system, beginning with Monera and Protista. She learned about the French Revolution in history. The Door in the Wall is her new literature study, and I don’t believe I’ve ever read that book myself, so I’m looking forward to reading it with her!

Chickadee worked on borrowing from the hundreds’ place in math. She started a chapter on space rocks in science, beginning with comets. We’re almost done reading Winnie-the-Pooh already…I always forget how quickly the chapters in that book go by!

I decided to take the day off of school yesterday, not because it was Valentine’s Day, but because Moose had a half day at his school, and I wanted to share his good fortune with his siblings. We did do a fun Valentine’s Day craft, though. Since the Makit & Bakit ornaments we made at Christmas were so popular, I thought it would be fun to make sun catchers, too…they’re so pretty!

I am almost positive that next week we’re going to finally get around to one of the field trips I’ve been planning…stay tuned!

Matching Shirts on Valentine’s Day

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has been holding a special in-game Valentine’s Day event this month. One part of that event has been daily login bonuses, which included a pair of matching heart t-shirts. I assume the intended purpose of these shirts was for the player and their favorite villager to wear so they could match I decided that instead, I wanted my favorite penguin couple to be t-shirt buddies!

Aren’t Roald and Aurora adorable? Just a little over a month until the new Animal Crossing game comes out for the Nintendo Switch, and I can’t wait!!!

Quote of the Day

“Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. But I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey, and reminds us to cherish every moment because they’ll never come again. What we leave behind is not as important how we lived. After all, Number One, we’re only mortal.” Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard in Star Trek: Generations

Tasty Tuesday–Beast Craft BBQ: Sweet and Spicy Turkey Melt

It’s been a while since I tried something new at Beast Craft BBQ. I don’t actually even know how long the Sweet and Spicy Turkey Melt has been on the menu, but I just noticed it over the weekend, and once I did, I knew I was going to have to try it out sooner or later. As it turns out, it was sooner!

The Sweet and Spicy Turkey Melt of course features a generous serving of Beast’s amazing turkey. But it also has bacon jam (yes, please!), jalapeños, Swiss cheese, and tomato aioli, all on wonderfully delicious (and perfectly toasted!) sourdough bread.

In my experience, when a restaurant claims to have a “sweet and spicy” item, usually one of those two tastes is more prominent, and the other is just a vague suggestion. It’s no surprise to me, though, that Beast strikes the balance just right. There’s a pleasant blast of heat from the jalapeños, but that is tempered by the wonderful flavors of the jam and aioli, which pair together beautifully. Oh, and I had to get a side of Brussels sprouts to go with it (still my favorite, and what I usually order, but at least I’ve tried a few other sides here and there!).

I’d say this is my new favorite, and it was while I was eating it, but let’s face it…pretty much everything at Beast is my favorite, and I’m not even going to bother trying to choose a single top item anymore!

Lego Corner Garage–The Second Half

Time to take a look at the second half of the build for the Lego Corner Garage!

The second floor contains a vet’s office, which includes both the waiting and examination rooms. There were a lot of cool little builds in this section, including a neat desk lamp and a heat lamp for a frog. Two minifigs were included this time…the vet himself, and a child, who I assume is taking her pet (possibly the rabbit) for a check-up.

As always, the amazing sense of humor the Lego Group has is obvious…Dr. Jones Animal Care…No snakes!

The windows on the second floor were fun to build, too!

The third floor is home to the minifig that came in the fifth set of bags. It’s a nice little studio apartment, and it contains something hard to find on our Main Street…a BATHROOM! I especially loved building the little TV.

Even without the roof, it’s an impressive building!

The sixth set of bags was a quick an easy build…just the roof, with a nice little garden, and a place to lay out and catch some rays:

Even though I wasn’t necessarily thrilled with adding a garage of all things to my Main Street, I have to admit, it’s a nice-looking building, and I love having another corner to add to my modular grouping!

As soon as I’m certain I’m happy with the layout, I’ll shared a picture of my updated modular Main Street!

Lego Corner Garage–The First Half

Now that I’ve finished the Lego modular Bookshop, I figured I should get to work on the Corner Garage, a set I’ve had for almost a year, but hadn’t found the time to build yet. I decided that even though this building doesn’t split nicely down the middle, I’d stick with building it in two sections. Here’s a look a the first half, which included the bags numbered one through three.

As always, the bags for part one built the foundation for the set, which isn’t always too exciting. This set, however, had a very interesting feature right off the bat…a moving rack for cars to be lifted on! Also included were a mechanic and a very good boy.

The rest of the garage (and the downstairs entrance to the vet’s office located on the second floor) was built in the second set of bags. I love the moving garage door, and all of the little details in this part of the build.

The third set of bags contained the pieces to build the gas pump (and its overhang) plus the tow truck.

The tow truck gave me some fits. Because it has more moving parts than a regular Lego vehicle, it was a more complicated build, and I had to bring Turkey in to help me complete it!

Possibly my favorite part of the whole set is this sign…that is some excellent humor!

Here’s a look at the set, about half-done:

Up next…the second half of the build, including the vet’s office and an upstairs apartment, which actually contains an elusive Lego bathroom!

Sartorial Saturday–Gold Room Harley

It’s been quite a while since I had a new dress! There was a dress from Pinup Girl Clothing that I’ve wanted since the first time I saw it…the Gold Room Harley swing dress. And thanks to a sale last month, I was finally able to add it to my wardrobe!

The Harley is my very favorite PUG dress style. I love the way it fits. I especially love this dress because of its pattern and somewhat unusual color palette.

As always, accessories are important. The one downside to the Harley is that the neckline really doesn’t work with my necklaces. But I made up for that with an amazing Splendette duchess bangles stack, silver hoop earrings, and the Slothertons brooch duo from Erstsilder:

Did I mention that one of my favorite things about the Harley swing dress is the twirl?

I know I’m going to be wearing this dress often…it’s “practically perfect in every way!”

One last twirl before I go!

2019-20 School Year–Week Twenty-Two

I feel like we got a lot done this week!

Turkey and Bunny started a chapter on vectors in pre-calculus (which sounds an awful lot like some of the things they’ve done in physics!). They’re on the last section of The Hound of the Baskervilles…since they’ve both read it before, they know how it ends, even if they don’t remember all of the details. In US history, they learned about some influential women, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, as well as some famous American writers. They finished the chapter on momentum in physics, and did an excellent job with the calculations!

Ladybug learned how to find the volume, surface area, and lateral area of various figures in pre-algebra. She also finished up a chapter in science. There are only two chapters left in Anne of Green Gables, and neither one of us wants to read them! She learned about the colonization of Australia in history.

Chickadee started learning about Roman numerals in math! We started a new literature study…we’re reading Winnie-the-Pooh. She managed to make it through a spelling lesson that included the word “color” without her oldest sister teaching her to spell it the English way. In science, she finished up the chapter on Mars.

I have a few field trips on my schedule for the next few weeks…we want to see the new Da Vinci exhibit at the Science Center, and there’s a modern art exhibit (featuring a few of Van Gogh’s works) coming to the Art Museum this month. We still haven’t seen the new exhibit about the Mississippi River at the History Museum yet, either, so we definitely have some places we need to go!