Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Day 9 - Pic of my Friends

I've been slacking. I'm sorry. I'm sure all 11 of you that read this blog have been sad. I'm sorry. :) I have boocoodles of friends that I absolutely adore, so putting pictures of all of them on here would cause picture overload I believe. I will put one of my very favorite pictures of me with my very favorite friends:

This is our little "pirate" gang. If you know the story behind the pirates, good for you! If you don't, do even try to go makin' up what you think it is and spreadin' it around town! I promise it isn't nearly as interesting as you think it is! Ha!  But these are just 4 of my friends. I'm leaving out so many others! My friends Nicole, Laurie, Ritchie, Chip, Jackie, Katelyn, Laura, Bambi, my favorite sisters: Norma and Vivi, Melissa.... BAH! I'm still leaving people out!!  I love all my friends - and you all know who you are!!! :) Thank you for being my friend! (I'm hearing the Golden Girls theme in my head - and now y'all do too! RITCHIE! I know you do!) 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Day Something - A place I've traveled

Most of my favorite places I've traveled, I don't have pictures of anymore!! I LOVED Seattle.  I loved Savannah.  I love the mountains in Tennessee. I already blogged about St. Louis. The beach is, of course, one of my very favoritest places EVER.  Love New Orleans. One trip I really, really did enjoy was our trip last fall to Cincinnati. Parts of Cincinnati were really neat, some were really scary! Being there when we were, though, with the baseball games going on as well as the Bengals playing was great.  Derek might have even tried to sneak into the ball park. :) And any time we get to visit with our friends Reggie and Sheila is great.  We actually made two different trips up there, one for a day game and another time for Monday Night Football! One of those trips, we took our time on the way back and did part of the bourbon trail in Kentucky! We were up there during a BEAUTIFUL time of year and the distilleries sit in the hills - sometimes in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes in quaint little communities.  The trees were bursting with color, the weather was great, and we saw some places on our quick detour that I hope we make it back to some day.  So, some pics from our trip last year to Cincy!!
Reggie taking the field!

 Fountain in Cincinnati - they were showing the baseball game on a big screen in the middle of downtown that night after the football game - so we went down there to watch a little and check out some of downtown Cincy.  Derek got ice cream from a place that is well -known in Ohio (that I can't remember the name of).  There was a Tiffany's on the corner that was sealed up like Ft. Knox, which I THINK might have been my first time to see a Tiffany's store.  I just love being in big cities, and Cincinnati was full of a lot of energy that night.

Great American Ball Park 

From the distilleries

These are from Maker's Mark... The little cut-outs on the shutters are in the shape of Maker's bottles! 

I have lots of pics from the two games we went to up there of the teams, the MNF crew, Ochocinco, other players, etc - but I have to throw this in here because this moment will always be special to me.  It's the one time I have seen Derek Cody star-struck!! He got to meet Jermaine Gresham. 

He grinned like a 5 year old the whole time he was talking to him. It was so cute.  
Reggie and Sheila are now in Atlanta, so that will probably be it for our trips to Cincinnati. But I do hope we get to go back to Kentucky some time - I would love to see more of Bardstown, Louisville, etc.  Just beautiful up there. (By the way, it was kind of funny to look at these pics with Derek's hair still spiked!!) 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Day 7 - Favorite Movies

I never get to watch movies any more!  One is just a lack of time and two is my adult-onset ADD - I can't sit still that long. I always think I need to be up doing something!  But I do have some I love to watch and will make me sit down! :) As soon as I finish this post, though,  I will think of ones I SHOULD have used!

 "No, actually, I think you look too thin." Pretty much my all-time favorite:

"I'm kind of a big deal." Probably my favorite comedy (even though I love Talladega Nights, too): 

"You're the cheese to my macaroni."  Love this one: 

"You were wrong about the world. And you were wrong about me!" My favorite kids movie: 

"I like smiling. Smiling's my favorite." And a Christmas one, just for good measure: 

"I don't know what to say, except it's Christmas and we're all in misery." Well, and I can't forget this one, if I'm going to put Christmas ones on here:

"Fifty years from now, when you're looking back at your life, don't you want to be able to say you had the guts to get in the car?" And, this one.  The first one is my very favorite - 2nd one was awful - 3rd one was better, but not the first. :) 

Again, now that I'm finished, I will think of 10 more I SHOULD have put on here!! (Hey, I liked this challenge topic more than I've been liking them!) 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Day 6 - A Pic of Something that Makes You Happy

Honestly - I wish I didn't have to keep doing this blog challenge.  Sometimes this stuff is hard to come up with! But I'm not gonna quit! Today is a picture of something that makes you happy. Well that's tough!! LOTS of things make me happy! How on earth would I narrow that down?! My babies make me happy!! Love this pic of their feet on one of the spouts at the little fountain we play at on campus at MSU:

Love it when they are with us and we goof off on a Sunday afternoon.  Derek makes me happy!! Look at this pic he sent me the other day at work: 

I mean, that would make anyone happy. :) And of course there are tons of other things that make me happy - my friends, a beautiful day outside, getting off work early, etc... one small thing that is a very happy part of everyday is having a cup of coffee with D (and sometimes Emily!) at night. I LOVE my evening coffee. Took this picture a few weeks ago: 

The other day we stopped by our favorite coffee shop in the whole world - Strange Brew - and they had these MARVELOUS little coffee cozies on the counter and I just had to have one and it just made me smile so much I got a couple for a couple of other people to make them smile! 

Love it.  And of COURSE football makes me happy - high school, JUCO, college, pro... 

This was from the "Y'all vs. Us" game at Noxubee County a few weeks ago.  And these things don't come close to being all the stuff that makes me happy!! It doesn't take much.. I find that even the tiniest things can make me happy. Look for joy in every little thing - because it's there! 

So... once again I made my post entirely too long. I believe I am a tad bit long winded! :) BE HAPPY! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Day 5 - 30 Day Blog Challenge - Megan and Zack

I should have really paid better attention to these topics for this challenge. But anyway, today is siblings. So I will do it on the best sister in law in the world, Megan, and the best brother in law in the world, Zack. Meet the Brodericks!

And yes, they are ABSOLUTELY as cute as they look. Cuter, actually. Megan is Derek's younger sister and Zack is her husband. They live in Weatherford, OK, where Zack is in pharmacy school. Megan works as a Kindergarten teacher in Mustang, OK - which is just outside of OKC. I haven't personally gotten to observe her teach, but I have gotten to see Megan with my own kids...and I think she is probably a phenomenal teacher!! She does the CUTEST, smartest little things for our kids! She and Zack have just accepted me and my babies in as part of the family from the start, and have made us feel so comfortable and so loved. Megan is a great cook, stylish and always looks JUST right for whatever she is doing, funny, patient, and sweet. Zack will make ANYONE love him, is funny, makes lime-rimmed beers just as good as Ted's, always puts everyone else first, is smart, and just easy to be around. I just LIKE being around both of them.They were life savers during our wedding!! Zack helped anywhere we asked, served as an usher, and tons of other stuff I might or might not have been aware of! Megan helped out with anything and everything, came up with the idea for our fans, and was wonderful for the few months leading up to the wedding - she always gave me advice, answered questions, gave suggestions. My little life is just better because these two are in it. Looking forward to Thanksgiving week - they'll be with us in Mississippi for most of that week!! Yay!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Day 4 - Blog Challenge

Well, unfortunately, today's topic is "your parents."  Ok, let's just... don't.  But instead, let's focus on  my sweet, batty grandmother.
My grandmother's name is Helen Virginia Fondren Ford.  I am named after her, as is my youngest daughter. (I'm Mary Virginia, she is Emily Virginia.) She lives just over the state line in the metropolis of Pine Grove, AL (there is a water tower, 2 churches - not even sure if one is still open, and an old "community center.") which is actually just a few minutes from Ethelsville, AL - which isn't much better - but the road does 4-lane there. Ha! :) She's lived there since she and my Paw Paw bought their house and some land way back in 1980 or so. We lost my Paw Paw in 2005 and she's been out there mostly on her own ever since. My uncle John lived with her for a while.  She gets lonesome and it is about a 20 minute drive to Columbus, MS.  I just wish she lived in town, but not sure if that will ever happen. I am, frighteningly, a little mini-me of my grandmother.  We have a lot of the same tastes, we have similar personalities, we have similar interests.  She was taking me shopping and to ballgames from the time I was born. She started bringing me coffee from McDonald's when I was about 2.  I would follow her around anywhere growing up.  I idolized my grandfather, but it was my grandmother who I always was with and wanted to be with. I really feel it was her that taught me to be the Southern lady I am today. She taught me a lot about Southern goodies - caramel cake, pralines, divinity, cheese grits, etc.  I loved being in the kitchen making divinity and other candy/cookies with her. She loves sweets like you would NOT BELIEVE. She taught me about volunteering to bring food - to everything. To join clubs and to belong to something and to bring food to the meetings. She has taught me that you always make your dining table look good.  I have no idea how many times we would stand in her dining room figuring out how to set the table, which china to use, and what sort of centerpiece to use. She is probably where I got my love of decorating.  I could also spend hours standing or sitting at her bathroom vanity looking at all her cosmetics, her perfumes, her hair stuff.  I still love when she gets free samples from Lancome, Estee Lauder, Clinique, or whoever and sends them to me as "happies."  She always had a pretty bed, with all the pretty pillows, etc.  She is the one who has always taken me to nice restaurants and taught me how to order, how to eat, how to behave, manners, etc. Even when I was very young, my grandmother would take me to "nice" restaurants. I have loved a good spinach salad from the time I was probably 7-8 years old because of Maw Maw taking me to "Annie's"... a restaurant that used to be in Columbus. She corrected my grammar -constantly. Did you know that "stink" is not a word?? You say "smells bad." (according to my grandmother.) She told me to stand up straight. She told me not to put my elbows on the table. She permed my hair every time she could get me to the beauty shop. She taught me to never lose my cool - especially in public. (I am STILL working on that one.) She never cries. Ever. And I get more like that the older I get. She used to say the noise from the TV was "making her nervous." Again, I find myself constantly turning the TV down or off.
I do NOT get to see her often enough now.  Not having a car is a pain in the butt sometimes, along with working full time.  But I still have my weekly hour long phone conversations with her and I enjoy every single minute of them. She keeps me filled in, she makes me giggle, and she makes me  yearn to see her for a little while.  My Maw Maw is so much of who I am today.  She has taught me so well.  I hope that I am able to continue to pass a lot of what she teaches me on to my girls!!! LOVE YOU, MAW MAW!!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Day 3 - First Love

Other than my family, I really think my first love was reading. Really.  I have always loved to read, and the story goes that I started reading at age 2.  After having Josh and Emily who did crazy things like that, I almost believe it. I remember being in the first grade and we were divided into 4 reading groups in our class and it was pretty obvious it was based on performance. Each group would take their turn in the reading corner while the rest of the class did busy work at their desks.  Well, one day Mrs. Robertson called me over to the reading corner while another group was there.  "Ginnie, can you please read this section out loud for the group?" she asked. I read the section.  "Now why can't y'all do that??" she said after I was finished.  I don't know why that is still in my head - I remember I wasn't proud, I was kind of embarrassed.  I have never liked being put on the spot!! I also have this memory from when I was in 2nd grade being on the bus going home one day and I was sitting with a boy who was in the 7th grade. He lived in my neighborhood and I knew him and I have no idea how or why but for some reason  he was getting me to read his 7th grade science book.  He was just amazed that this "little kid" was reading his 7th grade book. Again, have no idea why that is stuck in my head somewhere.
 I was the kid who got in trouble for staying up too late reading. Once I get into a book, it is very hard for me to put it down.  I remember staying up wayyy too late at times reading, especially the older I got. I remember several times still being up reading when my stepdad got up to go to work (he left the house around 4:30 or 5 AM!)  Even into college, my favorite classes were literature classes.  One of my favorite gifts to get my kids now is books!! And I love it when they curl up with me and get me to read to them.  
I do NOT get to read much now. (Other than, you know, There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat, etc.) I have been working on Rick Bragg's book since the summer - it is not a difficult book to read... I just don't have time.  In between work, kids, following Derek around... I just don't have a lot of free time. I've also discovered that now, because I'm old, reading makes me sleepy! I have got to make myself start reading more, though. It's good for my little brain! So if you guys have any, give me some book recommendations! 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Day 2 - Meaning of my Blog Name

Day 2 is "Meaning behind your blog name."  My blog name is right up there - and it is "Life as We Know It."  I actually thought about it for awhile before I picked that.  This blog isn't necessarily all about my kids. It isn't necessarily all about me and D.  It's about all of us and life in general.  And as I said in my little "about me" right over there - our little family is probably  not like anyone else's you know.
Not going to hide anything or try to candy coat anything here - Derek and I talked to each other for the first time one week to the day after I'd filed for divorce.  To say there wasn't an immediate connection between  us would be lying.  It was very, complicated, for a while.  My divorce wasn't even the least bit pleasant, amicable, normal, easy, sane, or anything else.   I had been pretty much nothing but a stay at home mom for years and years and  I had to go 21 days without seeing my children. I left my ex-home with nothing except the clothes on my back.  I started my life over at 33 with nothing.  N O T H I N G.  If you ever want to hear the entire story, I would LOVE to tell you. Eventually, I got back some trinkets,  my clothes, and an ancient Pathfinder with 300K miles. I had friends that are my family that took care of me.  My friend Chip will have a special place in Heaven for taking me in and being my "safe place."  The day I got my clothes back - ha. I just had a moment standing in the hallway opening the bags and boxes and realizing I had SOMETHING that was mine again. And the first time I got to have my kids over was a feeling I will never forget. But I had no job, no home, and a car that was about to break down.  I faced decisions back then I don't wish on my very worst enemy. (Ok, actually, there are a couple of folks I would LOVE to see have to face that stuff.... ok, sorry...) And at the time, I made decisions that were the best for my babies and for me and for us as a whole.  If I had it to do all over again - I would have done a few things differently from the very first minute that every thing happened.  And who knows - it might not have changed a thing.
My babies are troopers.  They weathered everything fairly well. I'm not naive enough to believe that there aren't scars - I know there are, I see them all the time.  They still deal with it and hurt. My littlest baby, Josh, just wants everyone in one place. They all love everyone that is in their lives now so much.  My ex husband has been with his fiance pretty much since the divorce and the same with me and Derek.  The kids have new people in their lives that adore them - their family has tripled, basically! And their father and I did NOT need to be married to each other anymore.  And so I make all of this work as best I can.  I try to make the times the kids are with me (right now, that is every other weekend and Tuesday afternoon/evenings) great. We try to find other times and ways to spend with them, too. Even though I am only with them roughly 112 hours a month I am still a full time mom. My kids are still my life. There are nights I just cry from missing them so much and wishing I could go look at their little sleeping faces. I would LOVE to have them more.  I just have to make the best of what we have and hope they know how much I love and adore them.
My life with Derek is almost a separate little life - we're all a big family when the kids are there and then when they aren't, it's just the two of us - and it is like I live two lives.  It's weird.  And it makes things hard sometimes because I really feel like I don't "fit in" anywhere.  But again, I love our life.  Do I wish our kids were with us more?? Of course.  But they aren't, and right now, I can't do a whole lot to change that.  But we will continue making the best of our life, enjoying every single minute of it, and will always be looking for new adventures.  We will always all love each other just as much as we can every single day. We will keep trying to make every day a happy day.  It isn't normal, it isn't always easy, but this is life as we know it. And I think we do it pretty well.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Day 1- About Me

Day one!! This is supposed to be: recent picture, introduction, 15 random facts.  Well, there are a few recent pictures already on here.  However, I will include this one because it happens to be one of Derek's favorite pictures from our wedding and it's funny because you can see my gum in my mouth. My photographer kept fussing at me about seeing my lime green gum in my mouth!! But I just love this candid shot from right after the ceremony.

So, that technically isn't "recent" since it was from May, but I haven't changed that much since May. Just lost my tan and about 10 more pounds, but overall, not that different. I'm not sure if I need to do an introduction?? I mean, if you are here you probably know me.  The basics: my name is Ginnie; I am married to Derek; I have 4 kiddos; I work at Prudential; I have cats named Kitty, Patty, and Chloe - but I'm not a crazy cat lady; I am pretty creative/artistic; I am a sports FANATIC; and I LOVE being Southern.  That is pretty basic, but hey, you probably already know me anyway. And now 15 random facts about me.... this is a pretty damn self-indulgent little post... oh well, here goes: 

1. I haven't eaten carbs for the bulk of about 7 or 8 years.  However, because of that, I weigh almost 80 lbs less now than I weighed 7 or 8 years ago. I happily accept the trade off. I do "cheat" on occasion - like holidays. 

2. Why we call our kids "the babies:"  I don't really like "kids" because they aren't goats. I don't like "children" because it's too formal (we def aren't the formal type) and I had to use it too much during divorce/custody stuff.  Somehow "babies" came about and it stuck. 

3. Yes, Derek and I technically "met" on Twitter.  I started watching the End Zone way back when Clayton Moore was playing at Louisville, and I watch my local news, so I knew who he was.  When I got on Twitter way back when I needed someone who was covering sports and he came up as a "local Twitter user" recommendation. I followed him for updates during the SEC tournament in 2009 and one day in June of that year he responded to me.  It was kind of a joke between me and a friend of mine that I'd gotten him to respond to me (i mean, we kind of looked at him as a semi-celebrity) but he hadn't responded to him - but it later turned into a "virtual" friendship and later than that turned into us meeting and dating! So yay, Twitter.

(If I don't start making these shorter, this post will be waaaaaayyyy too long.)

4. I LOVE fashion but am terrified of it.  I never feel  like  I am "pulling it off."  I question every single outfit I put on, every single day.  And I usually wind up with very basic stuff on and not stuff I want to wear. I really want to get better at this, and I am trying.

5. I am a huge coffee "snob."  I am very particular about what kind of coffee I drink, how I drink it, etc. And I like powdered creamer- and one particular kind, at that - much to the chagrin of my friend Shane (who owns a coffee shop!)

6. I can't grow my fingernails to save my life. I don't bite them, they just don't grow. Never have. Oh well.

7. I opened the store Mary Virginia's.  I sold it right before I had my youngest son, Josh. It sold again and that person still owns it.  I am proud it is still open and I love to see my name downtown!

8. Building on that, until 2 years ago I had been a stay at home mom for about 10 years with the exception of when I owned Mary Virginia's. Getting back to work full time is STILL something I am adjusting to. 

9. I LOVE high heels. Love them. And I can wear them for hours and in all kinds of places and am still comfortable.  I have stood for entire football games on the sidelines MANY times in my heels. 

10. I love soup. And I could eat my weight in it. Which I did last fall (off my diet for a little while) and that is why my behind looked like it did when I got engaged. :) 

11. I also love peanut butter and if I could only have 1 food for the rest of my life, that would probably be it. (Coffee is not a food. It is a drink. It is excused from this hypothetical.)

12. One of my biggest pet peeves is people talking/humming/whispering/singing/just making any kind of noise to themselves.  It absolutely makes my skin crawl. 

13. I still have my tonsils, my appendix, my gall bladder, etc. I have never had surgery or a broken bone other than my tail bone. (Sorry, i am running out of random stuff. Although, that is pretty freaking random.)

14. I only lack a few semesters to finish my Elementary Education degree. But there is no way I am going to finish it - have no desire whatsoever to be a teacher. My dream is to change my major to Communication.... I want to be in media relations or some sort of PR for a sports team... college, pro, etc. I could also definitely see me doing some sort of travel section for Southern Living. ;) Maybe it will happen one day. 

15. Mario Lopez kissed me on the cheek back in 1995 because I let him borrow 50 cents. That is a true story.  Want to know the whole story, you'll have to ask. :) 

If I haven't bored you to tears, please come back tomorrow for Day 2! 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge

A WHILE back I copied this off my friend, Laura's, blog. I knew at some point I was going to get back to blogging, and I figured this would be a good way to make me do some entries! (Not that I necessarily need help rambling!)  It's the 30 Day Blog Challenge:

Day 1-Introduce, recent picture, 15 interesting facts
Day 2-Meaning behind your blog name
Day 3-Your first love
Day 4-Your parents
Day 5-Your siblings
Day 6-A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 7-Favorite movies
Day 8-A place you've traveled to
Day 9-A picture of your friends
Day 10-Something you're afraid of
Day 11-Favorite TV shows
Day 12-What you believe
Day 13-Goals
Day 14-A picture you love
Day 15-Bible verse
Day 16-Dream house
Day 17-Something you're looking forward to
Day 18-Something you regret
Day 19-Something you miss
Day 20-Nicknames
Day 21-Picture of yourself
Day 22-Favorite city
Day 23-Favorite vacation
Day 24-Something you've learned
Day 25-Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs
Day 26-Picture of your family
Day 27-Pets
Day 28-Something that stresses you out
Day 29-3 Wishes
                                                                                               Day 30-a picture

Now, any of you that know me know that a couple of those will be changed!! But I left the original list intact for anyone else that was interested in doing this challenge.  So, I will get started tomorrow!! I will still do some regular posts in here too.  I HAVE to show y'all what all I have accomplished from pinterest! I firmly believe it is making me a better, more productive person! HA!  Ok, come back to tomorrow for the 30 Day Challenge: Day 1! 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

St. Louis!

This post is actually about a trip we took the last weekend in September, but I wanted to get the pictures up! We had  a REALLY full weekend that weekend. We had FOUR straight days of football.(Heaven!) That Thursday night we had EMCC vs ICC.  EMCC won (of course.) Then Friday night we covered high school football as usual for the End Zone.  Saturday morning we got to see our little cheerleader cheer (for a little while.)  Emily cheers for the Starkville Saints and even though she is SO not the "cheerleader" type, she seems to be enjoying it!

Then we got to go see MSU barely beat Louisiana Tech (as shown in the post about MSU football earlier.) After getting home later that Saturday night after that game we grabbed a few hours sleep, got up way too early, and hit the road to St. Louis!  
This is what happens when Derek doesn't have enough sleep. :) No, actually, this is something Tim Kelchner started. Derek is doing "ram up."  It's a joke. 

   I won us tickets to see the Rams play the Ravens so we decided what the heck - we were going.  We are Rams fans because of Sam Bradford...that's about it, really.  And they are having a TOUGH year.  (Although this past Sunday was pretty great because they actually beat the Saints!!) But we did have a pretty good time at the game:

Our hotel was great - we were able to walk to the dome, but it also overlooked Busch Stadium! And yep, the Cards were at home that weekend!! We got to watch just a little of the game. Even got to see Pujols break his bat on a hit! 

So that was pretty fabulous. We were only in St. Louis for roughly 24 hours. We tried to shove as much as possible into that 24 hours! We decided to walk to the arch the next day - it was only a couple of blocks from the hotel.  We took our luggage to the car first and we got tickled at Turtle's (yes, our car has a name) awesome accommodations for the stay! He had a great view. So I took a picture. 

So here is the obligatory pic of us with the arch, if you can actually tell (it gets really hard always taking pics of ourselves, by the way) 

Then we decided to walk to a place that I had stuck in my head from YEARS ago from when I was in St. Louis on a youth trip.  So we looked it up and thought, "oh, that isn't too bad! We'll walk there!" Well, 18 blocks later we arrived at Union Station - if you are ever in St. Louis, you really should make a point to visit this landmark.  It is SO beautiful. It was just as beautiful as I'd remembered.  Just a couple of pictures from inside: 

The bottom picture is of the "whisper arch" and you will just have to ask Derek about that - it freaked him out! :) This is the clock tower, outside of the station: 

Ah, then the 18 block hike back to the hotel and Turtle in his cush-y spot on top of the hotel.  But I do LOVE just walking in big cities, and I think St. Louis is so pretty.  Couple of pictures from our walk: 

Even after that hike, and knowing we needed to get on the road because we both had to be at work the next morning, my sweet husband took me to one more stop!  In researching places in St. Louis I found an Italian area, so we rode through that - I believe it is called The Hill. We didn't stop, but we DID stop at Delmar Loop. And we will definitely be coming back! It was a great little area and Derek found a record store! 

We also grabbed a Pumpkin Spice Latte from that-place-whose-name-we-don't-say-because-it-isn't-Strange-Brew (but that is also necessary when traveling) and headed home.  And since I took a 24 hour reprieve from my diet we made ONE more little stop on the way home at the NOT diet-friendly Lambert's Cafe. :) The thrown rolls with apple butter were just fall in a bite!!! Gosh it was good. Derek liked the rolls too: 

I apologize. That is awful.  And the end of our St. Louis trip. :)