Thursday, May 29, 2014

Groovin' in the Grove

While in St. Louis we explored the Grove, a hip neighborhood where buildings are covered with funky, colorful murals. These are some of our favorites:

Liz  kisses the trumpet player while Alex bangs on the drums and Dan tickles the ivories

Colorful Dragon

Dancing Fish

Prowling Cougar
Later that day we went to the zoo. I split off from the group to make a pit stop and found a peacock, in all its glory, blocking my path and, as some of you may know, I have a fear of birds. As I was mesmerized by his beauty I snapped a couple photos (from a very safe distance) then I quickly realized that he was totally in my way and was starting to make squawking noises at the crowd gathered around him! It was terrifying but I was able to successfully scoot around him (twice) to get where I needed to go.
Scary, beautiful Peacock

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Keep Meeting Me in St. Louis

Since moving to Missouri we've grown to love the Loop. After visiting St. Louis this past autumn with my parents and then again this spring with Ray and Kerry (recaps here and here) we knew it was a favorite spot of ours. So when planning a meet up with Alex and Liz we were more than enthusiastic to meet in St. Louie where Alex's brother, David, lives. After arriving at our vacation rental and cooking up dinner off we went, again, to the City Museum.
Alex at the City Museum
 The rooftop wasn't open in March when we were at the museum with the Patton-Allans so we were excited to explore this new area as well as run through the entire space like school children.
We went in this School bus hanging off the side of the Roof

David and I rode the Rooftop Ferris Wheel on top of the City

Giant Preying Mantis Guarding the Slide

David exploring the many rings of the City Museum
 On Saturday we took a 5 hour float trip down the Courtois Stream, the Huzzah Creek and the Meramec River. We had lots of good cheer, some good drinks and sammies to keep us happy. Unfortunately it rained off and on for our entire trip, but we still managed to make river friends, have lots of fun and give plenty of high tens.
Mary and Liz say "Prost!"
On Sunday we enjoyed lunch in the Grove neighborhood followed by drinks at Urban Chestnut Brewery a trip to the St. Louis zoo and a showing of Henry IV in Forest Park.

Jaguar patrolling his territory
On Monday we strolled along the Mississippi waterfront, walked in the shadow of the Arch, ate some grub then went our separate ways.

Gateway to the West

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Drury Graduation Recessional - Photo courtesy of Drury

Drury faculty, friends and family watch the graduates enter - can you spot Dan?

This past Saturday was graduation at Drury University. It was a gorgeous spring day and after the ceremony Dan and I joined Kerry and Avery on Commercial Street for lunch and a stroll. The day concluded with a couple graduation parties and then pasties from London Calling for dinner.

Monday, May 12, 2014


A belated Happy Mother's Day to all those wonderful mothers out there, especially our moms and our sisters (in-law) with little ones at home. We're so lucky to have these amazing women in our lives to love us, our nieces and nephews.
Dan, Lindsay, Angie and Mom in Williamsburg, April '12
To My Mother by Edgar Allan Poe
The angels, whispering to one another,
Can find, among their burning terms of love,
None so devotional as that of “Mother”
Mom picking blueberries in Virginia, June '12

Ellen and Audrey at HVSC, July '12

Gabrielle and David at a Nuggets game, December '12

Thursday, May 8, 2014

That's a Wrap!

After an extremely busy three weeks I am finally done with Shakespeare's Measure for Measure; the box office receipts have been tallied and, shockingly, I survived without losing my head . . .

An Assistant Stage Manager, Maddie, tries to chop my head off
Back at home things are progressing beautifully in our garden. The peonies that I transplanted from the backyard (where they weren't getting nearly enough sun) are growing strong and tall in the front yard. We look forward to seeing what color they bloom!

Peony Tubers have now grown as tall as Annie Banannie
 We had a Rising Sun Redbud planted in our devil strip last December, but sadly due to the (Missouri) harsh winter that we experienced the tree did not survive. Not to fret . . . the city came out, removed the dead tree, and planted a new Kousa Dogwood - we look forward to seeing it grow and blossom next spring

Kousa Dogwood
This past Saturday before my theatre double-header (matinee followed by evening show) I went to the Walnut Street ArtsFest to watch the Springfield Dance Alliance put on a show. The choreography was beautiful.

Kerry and her partner executing a Lift
It's been a busy few weeks and though it's been a blast I am looking forward to having a bit more down time in the coming weeks :-).