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Publican Quality Meats: Chicago

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After my recent visit with Oprah, I decided to go for lunch in Chicago.  I wanted someplace close to Harpo Studios and decided to go with The Publican.  I had been there before and really enjoyed it.
So after I jumped out of the cab and it drove away, I discovered that it wasn't open! ARGH! Luckily, Publican Quality Meats, a butcher shop turned restaurant is located right across the street and was open for lunch.  There are only 32 seats available for dining in, but I was able to snag one and finally fill my tummy.  No food is allowed in Harpo Studios and I had been there for 5 hours.  I was hungry!  The seating is communal style, which means you might be sitting with strangers right next to or across from you.  Depending on your personality, it can be a little uncomfortable.  I was alone, which made it even more strange because this man, who was also alone, was sitting directly across from me.  It looked like we were together, but we weren't.  Plus, anytime you looked up...the…

YouTube: Bermuda

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When I first started this blog in January I chose Bermuda as a starting point.  Since then I have also started a YouTube channel.  Today I used several of our Bermuda pictures to put together a postcard style video of our trip.  
Several parts of Bermuda are covered in the video.  Click on the links below to read more information.
Fairmont Southampton HotelCrystal CavesPink Sand beachCookie Snorkeling Cruise
Here are my other Bermuda YouTube videos.  Let me know which is your favorite.


Wild West Road Trip: Custer State Park Donkeys

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As we continued our Wild West Road Trip, we headed south from Mt. Rushmore to Custer State Park. We had heard it was a good way to see some bison up close if you were lucky.  Turns out there were some other animals wanting the attention of the tourists....the wild donkeys.  I had read about them before we left, but forgot about it, to be honest.  I mean, I grew up on a farm in the south, so I have seen my share of donkeys.  It was the bison I was interested in.  But I have to say, the donkeys knew how to get attention!  

Some people were crazy enough to get out of the car and feed the donkeys.  I don't really think this is a good idea.  They came right up to the window.  That is close enough without putting yourself in danger.  They are wild animals after all.


Even though my main goal was to see the bison, the donkeys did a good job of entertaining us as we drove through Custer State Park.  I would suggest you take the "wildlife loop" through Custer State Park if you ar…

Crazy Louie the Shih Tzu!

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My last post was two weeks ago...and this is why!

We surprised our daughter with "Louie" for her birthday.  My kids have always wanted a dog, but I have never given in to the desire.  It always sounds fun, but then I talk myself out of it.  I am a pretty logical person.  Always thinking about the things that would make me not want a dog.  For some reason, those things didn't seem as important recently.  I thought if we were ever going to get a dog, now would be the time.


HOLY CRAP! THIS PUPPY STUFF IS CRAZY!  There are moments (many) where I wish I had listened harder to that logical side of myself.  I honestly had NO IDEA how difficult puppies are!  I talked to lots of people and no one told me it was like having a newborn.  Why did they not tell me?!  All the biting, jumping, and running around with crazy energy was not what I was expecting.   It is cold here and I can't wear long pants without getting teeth marks in them. Thank goodness this puppy is so cute.  Wak…
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