Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Snow Day!

You can see the Budweiser plant in the background of this picture.

Sugar and I have spent the day playing in the first big snow that we've gotten since we moved here!  I even went outside to take pictures of Tony cleaning off the car this morning.  He insisted that I use an umbrella to protect our camera.  Apparently, our neighbors thought that this was hilarious so they sat in their window and took pictures of me holding an umbrella while taking pictures of Tony clearing off the car!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Getting Ready!

With Christmas just around the corner, SLU has started to put up their holiday decorations!  Too bad we aren't still seeing the gorgeous weather that we were having last week when I took this.  Unfortunately, it's been cold and rainy for the past 3 days!  I can't wait to see what all SLU does for Christmas and I will definitely be posting pictures!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

It's Christmastime!

No wait, it's not even Thanksgiving!  Oh well.  Tony and I found a new little gift shop this past weekend called Enchanted Embellishments.  This place is like sensory overload!  The guy who owns it absolutely loves the big, elaborate Christmas window displays in New York and decided that he could have them in his shop has well.  He does all of the  decorating himself and honestly, it's gorgeous.  Tony was impressed because they had free food and drinks while you shopped!  Aunt Nell, we bought a present  for you here!  :)

Halloween for the Dogs

Sugar had a great time at the annual PetsMart Halloween Party.  They got to take pictures in front of a Halloween backdrop and walk in a Halloween costume parade around the store.  It was so cute!  They even had a costume contest where the winners won PetsMart gift cards.  Sugar was most impressed by the goodie bag that they received just for showing up.  It was filled with all sorts of new treats!

The Michael Jackson dog definitely stole the show!  Notice the sequined glove!  He had lost one by the time that we got to take a picture.  Too bad that he showed up after the judging because he would've easily won 1st!

OktoberFest - My first and last one

So, Tony convinced me after an LSU game at like 10:30 p.m. to join him at OktoberFest a few blocks away from our house.  It was very cold and had been raining all day, so it was extremely muddy!  Anyway, I can now say that I've been to OktoberFest and have absolutely no desire to return!  As you can tell, Tony plans to spend all day there next year.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Scary, Squishy Billikens!

We recently had the artwork in our hall replaced with large photos that would appeal to prospective students.  It looks absolutely amazing!  However, a few people in our office are a little afraid of this picture because they think that the little Billikens look like little demons! 

Doggie Birthday Cake

Our groomer sells these customized doggie birthday cakes and I think that they are adorable!  I do believe that Sugar needs one next year!

Riding around in my automobile...

Sorry, but that is the song that I hear in my head when I see a car like this!

SLU Fountain

The campus here at SLU is filled with many statues and foutains.  This is one of my favorites right at the entrance of campus lit up at night.  College church is directly across the street from it.  So pretty!

Happy Halloween, bunny!

Okay, this post is a little late, but we took Sugar to the pet Halloween party at PetsMart.  He had a great time!  I'll have to put up more pictures from it later since they are still on the digital camera, but I did want to share the bunny!  Isn't he huge???

A Lazy Sunday Morning

Sugar and Tony look cozy in their pj's and ready for a day of watching football!!!

Joey B's on the Hill

Since St. Louis seems to think that someone is actually watching the Rams, we can never get the Saints cames here.  Instead, we usually make a trip to Joey B's on the Hill where the dining area has roughly 10 plasma tv's.  It's football overload!  They always switch a tv to the Saints for us (thank you!) and we enjoy some of their yummy food while we watch the games.  Their pizza was recently featured on Rachel Ray's show featuring the best pizzas in America.  It's very yummy!

Sugar Likes to Nap!

This is his absolute favorite spot to nap!  It's in the window seat of our master bedroom on the third floor.  Unfortunately, it seems to be getting too cold for that because he's not sleeping there as much.

A view from the window that he's sleeping in.  You can see the gorgeous church in the background!

Sugar says Hi!

Silly Sugar.  This is one of his favorite places in  the house.  Don't ask me why, but he loves the half-bath downstairs.

He seems to like bathrooms in general!  He likes to sleep on the towels if they are left on the floor.


So, the BBQ place to go to in St. Louis is called Pappy's.  It's only two or three blocks from campus, so we've tried to go a few times.  The problem?  The line is usually the length of the entire restaurant and still continues out through the door and around the building!  We finally decided to go early on a Saturday morning so that we wouldn't have to wait in line for 45+ minutes.  Even still, the wait was around 20 - 25 minutes.  Good thing that the food delivers!  It really is some absolutely delicious BBQ!

It's hard to see from the picture, but there is a sign hanging from the menu that states "Cubs fans pay double."  This was the weekend that the Cubs were in town, so the place was packed with Chicago fans!

Their BBQ awards.  Notice that they are huge butcher knives on the trophies!

9-11 Tribute

On 9/11, SLU placed an American flag on the parade grounds here for each victim.  It was a beautiful, but very sad sight to see all day!

Monday, November 16, 2009

First LSU Game!!!

Well, it's certainly been a while, but I definitely wanted to get these posted.  Each week, there's an official LSU viewing party hosted by the alumni association at a "Louisiana-style" restaurant.  We had a great time, the food was okay, but the restaurant does have a live band which was annoying!  You couldn't hear the tv over the band.  I did run into one of the old student workers who used to work in recruiting at LSU.  How odd!  Geaux Tigers!!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Good Morning!

Last night, Sugar and I had a great time of video chatting via Skype with my parents, JT, and Ian for over an hour.  We even walked around the house with the laptop to give them a video tour of all three floors!
Oh, and this morning, Sugar was really hyper and wanting attention so I stuck him in the sink while I finished drying my hair so that I could pet him easily.  He seems happy there, doesn't he?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Mass of the Holy Spirit

Archbishop of St. Louis who is suprisingly funny.

Father Biondi - President of SLU
Last Thursday, Saint Louis University celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit.  It's an annual tradition dating back to the founding of the first Jesuit school in Messina, Sicily in 1548.
Now, most Catholic schools, and especially Jesuit ones, celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the beginning of each school year.  It's used as a time to ask the Holy Spirit to bless the University's teaching, learning, and service for the upcoming school year.  This year, it was extra special because SLU welcomed the Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, the new Archbishop of St. Louis presided over the mass.
One thing is for sure, no one does pageantry better than the Catholics.  It was absolutely gorgeous.  And you can see from the pictures of the church, it was a packed house!  My favorite was the processional in with all of the academic deans in their garb proceeded down the aisle by the flag of their college.  They were followed by the Vice-Provosts and the Vice-Presidents of the University who walked in under the flags of SLU along with the Jesuits.  It was neat seeing our two office Jesuits walk in the processional!
After it was over, I got to shake the hand of the Archbishop on my way out.  Even though I am not Catholic, you can certainly respect the man's place in the church!