Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Parents in Louisville Part 1

Matt and I had a wonderful weekend... My mom and her husband came into town for the entire time which was nice since they haven't been here for more than a day over the last couple of years. Unless you count the few days when my mom was here for a class - I do not - we all worked during the day and just ate dinner and watched TV at night. My mom wanted to get a little shopping done and I wanted to take them to see and eat some touristy things within our area. Both were accomplished and I believe everyone had an enjoyable weekend. Sweet success!
We don’t plan on living in Kentucky forever and Matt and I have already planned on trying to see as much as we can and we figured we might as well show them the highlights as well. I don't imagine they will want to visit here once we are gone. So it's really now or never. (I am in the process of trying to convince my husband to move closer to the ocean. Perhaps Northern Florida... Maybe the Jacksonville area. Imagine all the possibilities living there! As of now, he claims we can if we both get jobs there. I am very hopeful at the moment. Nothing is tying us to Kentucky and I feel we should do it before we have any attachment here.)
Saturday afternoon we took them to Louisville Mega Cavern. Basically it is a man-made cave. You tour a small part of the cave on a 'trolley' which is pulled by a jeep and you learn some interesting facts of the cavern for about $14/pp.
The sign above tells you which companies are within the cavern.
Yes, I said within the cavern.
Curious about the place now? You'll have to go to there website to learn about all this...
Matt and I went here I think 2 years ago. I thought it would be something fun for my parents to see. Definitely something different you can't see everywhere.
The site was a success! My mom told me several times how cool the tour was.
While here, we also got to check out the new obstacle course. I think it looks like fun. Matt has zero interest in it. If I ever want to do the course, I guess I won't be going with him. Good thing my mom seemed interested in it. :)
Doesn't it look awesome?
Saturday evening we went to My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown to see You're a Good Man Charlie Brown. I had been wanting to go here for a few years and I figured we might as well do it now with my parents. This is the place where every year they perform The Stephen Foster Story. Along with The Stephen Foster Story, they feature a different musical each year and this is the one currently playing. I don't want to miss it.
The entire place looks awesome!
You get to watch a musical play outside in the state park. How cool is that?
It has small scale stadium seating situated around a large stage. This place doesn’t appear to have a bad seat. Nope. Not one bad spot. And I LOVE all the trees. It seems like a secret hideaway.
Sadly, when we got there, it was sprinkling. And I thought to myself, 'it will stop raining soon'. I was so sure... But it didn't stop. It started raining larger raindrops before we even got through the main ticket area. Most people waited in the covered area - not everyone though. As you can see. They waited about 30 minutes before calling it a night due to the weather. Our tickets are good for any show this season or next.
I was really disappointed we didn’t get to see the show. It wasn't their fault it was raining though. No one can control the rain.
We do have plans to go again in a couple of weeks. I'm hoping we experience better weather. Better weather as in no rain!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Cord Has Been Cut

Do you think this is the World's Largest Corndog? Nah! Me neither. I just couldn't resist having my picture taken with it when I saw it while waiting for the 4th of July fireworks. 
P.S. This picture has nothing to do with my post.... I didn't want to publish a post without a picture.
About a month ago, my husband and I made the decision to cancel our satellite service. We were very happy with our service, we were just unhappy with our bill. By turning off this service, we will save $70 or $80 a month depending on how you look at it. ($70 based on our last full bill; $80 based on the most recent bill with new price increase.) To us, the savings is worth the loss of the service. If you think about it, $80 (because this was our new rate) times 12 months equals $960 a year. That's almost a $1000! (And Matt, if you are reading this...) That's almost the price of our cruise! :)
After trying three different indoor antennas, we settled on one that cost us $80 plus tax and gets about 20 channels. Yes, they are all local channels, but we are very fortunate to be within the area of receiving this many channels. Besides, most of the channels we enjoy are these same local channels. And let me tell you - I am VERY impressed with how clear these channels come through. Some of the channels look even better than they did with our satellite service!
We already subscribe to Netflix for $8 a month plus tax so no added expense there. We might add Hulu Plus for another $8 a month if we feel we need it. The only thing I am going to miss having is having the option of recording my shows. On work nights, we aren't usually watching new shows at 10PM.
Side note: About 2 months ago, we bought a new 55 inch Vizio Smart TV and twice now, the Netflix ap has quit working and has gotten stuck. The first time this happened we were able to fix it by unplugging the TV for a few hours. This time, it started doing the same thing on Saturday and it is still not working. This is very frustrating... and per the internet forums, this is an issue for several people and there is no fix. My last TV was a Vizio and we are happy with it... after this TV, we will not be purchasing another one.
We made this decision for several reasons:
1. It's expensive to have satellite service.
2. We only watched a handful of new shows - most on local networks and the others can be seen online at the TV station's website for free within a few days of airing.
3. The repeat shows we watch we own on DVD and/or are on Netflix.
4. New shows can be seen on Hulu Plus and on each network's website.
Honestly, reason number one was enough to make me want to cancel our service once our contract was up. Even if I needed all three reasons, the simple fact for me is I would rather read a good book then watch TV anyways. 
Currently, we have been binge watching Lost on Netflix. Have you seen this show? It is SOOOO good! The fist 2 seasons have been the best. We are about half way through season 4 and at the rate we are currently watching, we will be done by next week. I'll miss it when it is over. Guess we will have to find a new show to get into. It is nice watching a whole series in order on your own time opposed to waiting each week for the new episode. I told Matt we need to try watching all old shows - then we don’t have to wait for new seasons of current shows to come onto Netflix.
In my queue, I have the following shows waiting to be watched:
Heroes (Haven't seen before)
Ugly Betty (Haven't seen before)
The Colony (Haven't seen before)
Drop Dead Diva (Haven't seen before)
Alaska: Ice Cold Killers (Haven't seen before)
Alaska the Last Frontier (Was already watching sometimes)
Deadliest Catch (Had just started watching - need to catch up)
Have already seen them all and LOVE them all:
Everybody Loves Raymond
How I Met Your Mother
Melissa and Joey
The Office
The Little Couple
Parks and Recreation

Monday, July 14, 2014

KFC eleven

It's Monday.... again...
I feel like Friday afternoon comes and goes before I know it and then I am waking up on Sunday morning. I am left wondering, 'Where do my Saturdays go?'.
I haven't done a weekend recap in forever so I thought I would mix it up and write one for you. Only then did I realize we didn’t really do anything worth mentioning. I watched way too many hours of TV, read my book, went to the gym on Saturday, grocery shopped (with $16 plus $3! Stayed in my 2 week budget - YAY!), cleaned the kitchen, vacuumed, did the laundry, cooked and tried a new restaurant.
The only thing worth going into detail with was eating out. We heart eating out!
KFC eleven:
Matt and I tried this restaurant for the first time for dinner on Friday night. Followed by yummy doughnuts from Krispy Kreme!
From what I read online, this is a test kitchen/test restaurant for KFC. It is the only one in the USA. It is located within Louisville in the Highlands. This place has its own parking - very convenient. The building on the outside isn't special looking. Average. When you walk in, it also looks pretty basic with a few cute decorations such as this cute guy peaking out from behind the tea machine.
Prior to going, I had looked up the menu online.
I ordered the chicken crispers and Matt had a chicken sandwich.
I didn’t try Matt's sandwich so I can only comment on mine....
The chicken crispers were not greasy at all. All white meat with a nice crispy texture as described with a peppery taste. Absolutely wonderful! If you know me at all, you know I enjoy my pepper. I could have ate more of those melt in your mouth balls of goodness if I had more. Do you see the 2 pieces of flat bread? I didn’t know what to expect. They were garlic tasting and reminded me of a very thin pizza crust. Could have ate more of those as well. I shared and gave Matt one of them. Aren't I a nice wife? (Sometimes). The fries were a disappointment. After eating 2, I decided they were tasteless and reminded me of something from a freezer bag I bought from the grocery store. I would not order those fries again.
I made a whole turkey for Sunday dinner.
No, we didn’t have a special occasion. I mostly cooked it to make room in my freezer. Plus, it makes preparing dinner very easy for the both of us all week. (Who am I kidding? Matt makes most of our dinners. I am a very lucky lady.)