Then it was off to find me some Cardinal apparel before going to the Cards/Cubs game with Brandon, his brother, and his sister-in-law.
Aww...friends! (I stole his shades....) :
Am I the only one that finds this hysterical? Probably.
More Cardinal booze. Ha.
From our seats (with zoom, obs)
Coffee vendor with his coffee-pot backpack. Top 10 jobs I wouldn't want to have....ha ha
Their mascot was giving out cotton!!!!!!!!!!! Best. Stadium. Ever. ;)
LOU PINELLA!!! Of course the one game of the series I go to is the one game the Cubs were winning so Lou only went out to relieve the starting pitcher, but still...aww...Lou we miss you.
After the game we headed down to the Loop to have dinner with Dizz's bro and sis-in-law. They are so much fun!! Brandon showed me the lovely sites of St. Louis such as sketchy alleys (he says he was trying to avoid traffic...riiiiight... I just joke).
Then we headed off to one of the casinos.
Where I won.
Okay, I broke even.
And I thought the 14 mph in Downtown Disney was ridonkulous (it is) but this takes the prize:
Waiting in Line: We went on All KINDS of rides - fast, upside down, the Tony Hawk roller coaster (which we agreed was our favorite) and then we went on one called "The Boss" which is an old wooden one that just goes up and down steep slopes. No big thing right?
The Boss Ate Brandon's Blackberry.
His 3 day old blackberry. (new from an insurance claim on the old one).
It was very very sad. (now you see why I'm glad I didn't bring my camera?)
But it DID mean that he had a justifiable reason to buy the new Blackberry Pearl: It has Wi-fi. And Video. And a 2.0 mp camera (instead of the 1.0 on mine). And it's prettier.
I have "new-pearl-envy". ;)
We made a pit stop at Dizz's casa so he could sync the new phone (note to data phone users, don't just sync your phone with your computer, do the backup feature. It will save you MUCH time with settings, etc) then headed out to grab some dinner.
Then we headed to our main event for the evening - seeing "IronMan" at the Moolah Theater.
The Moolah sounds pretty similar to Big Picture in Redmond, except you get to sit on leather couches!!! ROCK!!The next day it was time for the Cinco de Mayo festitivies!!
Oh, we kept passing this and I had to take a picture. (Hard to read, but it says "Bek hee Chinese Restaurant"): We were meeting some of Brandon's friends for lunch at Las Palmas and had some drinks:
And we got free Cinco beads! Yay!
We hung out and did nothing, really, (hey it was our vacation!!) until we met up with his friends again later for round 2.
Off to Chevy's (better than Azteca, but similar) Brandon's opinion of margaritas:
Chevy's was fun (crowded for the first few hours) and it was fun to meet more of Dizz's friends. After that, we headed to their local bar for some continued shenanigans.
The guys were VERY upset to find their bowling game replaced with Big Buck Hunter. But (of course) that didn't stop them from playing:
Tuesday it was time to crack down and go see the sites.
(caught this picture of Dizz and I before we left. Told you we were addicted)
They're known for their delicious malts:
Check out this tight building that changes colors. (weird!)
Next on the agenda:(since their walls invite us we HAVE to go to the Budweiser tour!)
HALF of the display of all the Anhauser-Busch beverages:
Next it was off to go up the Arch!!
You ride up in TINY little tram-things that squeeze 5 people into a sauna. No joke.
(shh...don't tell...you're not supposed to take pics on the tram, but we did and it's our favorite!)
Busch Stadium from the top of the Arch:
After that, we started driving back and got invited to meet MORE friends for dinner before we met up with people for a night of bowling (Brandon's ridiculously good and I was bound and determine to see "The Professional" bowl in person).
So where'd we go for dinner? :)
Then off to bowling!!
The must-take pic everytime I go bowling (shoes):
see he even owns his own shoes!! DANG. Not pictured the 3 bowling balls he brought (out of the 5 he owns!!!!!)
I didn't do too bad the first time. (Brandon's score was surprisingly low, but look at the last 4 frames - dang, skippy!)
When Dizz would get a strike he'd do this funny "yes" motion. I tried SO hard to get a picture of it, but this was all I got (sad, but I know what it is!): He saw me taking pictures of him so started taking pictures of me. :p
About this time it started raining. And not like Seattle rain, where it drizzles for a few minutes and then you're fine.
Luckily we made it pretty quickly to the Penguin House (we'd been looking forward to that!)
It was so much fun!! (wish this didn't come out so blurry)
We determined the penguins were our favorite for the day. :) We decided to try to wait out the rain for a bit and when it wasn't passing, we bit the bullet and bought umbrellas.
We didn't want zebra or tiger, so when we saw a black and white "penguin" one we were like "okay, that one will be more normal, right?" so we each bought one.
Not so much: But I'm the girl that wears candy necklaces and stuff at 25, so I was fine with it.
Brandon got mocked by 6 year olds. ;)
Totally wish I would have gotten a pic of him with his snazzy umbrella.
I seriously loved it there. Such a fun trip and so lucky to have gotten to go hang out with Brandon on his vacation.
Not gonna lie, miss it / him a lot. He's a great friend and his posse is full of good people.
Lucky for me, though, he's coming here in August for a concert. :)
AND NOW FOR THE NEW CONTEST....
We're both trying to get back into a healthy weight, so we decided to have a little competition of our own.
It started today with us weighing ourselves and when he comes here in August (15 weeks) we will see who has lost the highest % of their beginning body weight.
I think we decided that the prize for the winner is the loser buying them a fancy dinner out, but that may change (for some reason that doesn't seem like the right prize...) Suggestions?
So it's back to healthy living for me. Yay.
Oh and just because I spared Brandon the embarassing pics of him, here's this....ha...