This weekend has been a blast. The wife has brought me to Cedar Rapids, IA as our Anniversary/My birthday trip. The wierd thing is this is the first trip we’ve really done on our own! We’ve went plenty of places, but our familes are always there. Not this time!
We left yesterday at 0600 from Small Town USA and dropped the dogs off with my parents(sorry mom….). We stopped in Dyersville, IA to see the Field of Dreams Movie Site(one of my favorite movies). The trip was long overdue from a missed opportunity from when I was 6, where my mother bribed me with a hotel with a pool(for what I found out to be a 2 mile out of the way drive!) instead of going to see it. My wife thought this to be a horribly sad story and insisted we drive 2 hours out of the way to go there for 7 minutes in the rain.
Today we woke up and Headed to the Amana Colonies
. They are a former German Communal Colony that disbanded in the 30′s. They are well known for their Kitchen Appliances,
furniture, and Family Style
Dining. I had the Wiener Schnitzel from the Ox Yoke. It was amazing. I also had it family style which means I had bowls of potoatos, corn, gravy, coleslaw, and cottage cheese to gorge on. They also have some damn good German Beer, wine, and fudge!
We walked out with 2 bottles of wine for the wife’s post-baby bottle of wine, and 12 bottles of locally brewed “german” beer for daddy-to-be’s sanity(just kidding….).
After we went through all of the shops and a few other of the Colonies we headed to Tanger Outlets for some overwhelming outlet mall shopping…. Good god. That’s all I’m saying…
We then headed back to our hotel, rested a bit, and went to find some pet stores that weren’t open(we always check out the pet stores wherever we go!). Then we went to the mall, realized it’s time to start getting baby stuff, and freaked and left.
The best/wierdest/craziest part was next. We went to a Haunted House called Frightmare Forest.
Honestly, I’ve never spent 9 bucks for a haunted house–or spent 25 minutes in line–but it was awesome! It took us over 1o minutes to get through it and we only took the “short” path. The wife LOVES Halloween and since I’ve failed to get the decorations up yet this was the least I could do.
Sorry I haven’t been on top of posting. Honestly I’ve been in a real funk/block lately. I’m not content with my work situation and I’m trying to find a way to make it work. Expect more soon, and maybe something about EMS!