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Life in Evansville Archives · Page 7 of 7 · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
Life in Evansville Archives · Page 7 of 7 · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
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Life in Evansville

Petite girls like pretty dresses too!!

Over the weekend N and I went wedding dress hunting. Yeah I know the dress is supposed to be a surprise for the groom and all. Problem is I just moved and am now living 1500 miles away from them, I have no "people" to go dress shopping with. I figured it would really be sad if I went alone so N and I talked and we are okay with doing the dress hunting together. Once I find a dress I love I'll do fittings and all the finishing touches by myself, unless one of my lovely readers happens to be near Evansville, IN and wants to be my dress buddy. So back to the dress hunting story, we spent the entire day roaming our new home town. We visited USA bridal...

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I love boxed wine, don't laugh at me.

I can't drink red wine, it give me a headache that lasts days (yes even just the one glass). Besides I had a rather embarrassing night at a strip club on amateur night thanks to red wine so I prefer to drink the blush or white wine. The other day while we were shopping at Sam's Club I was comparing the beringer white zin and the sutter home white zin when N suggested we try out the Franzia boxed white zinfandel instead. After seeing fellow bloggers who stocked up on the boxed wine right before hurricane Ike hit I was willing to give it a whirl. For starters it is 5 liters which is cheaper, has less waste than 5 bottles of non boxed wine and it doesn't get all nasty when...

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The Mesker Zoo and cat poo…

There is cat poo behind the front door again, thanks a bunch Hailey! She has been pooing back there for a week, for nothing other than the enjoyment of pissing me off. Both the cat boxes are clean and I have been scrubbing the poo area to get the smell out like every day. I am thinking about just setting her free outside that way she can poo anywhere she wants. Anyone want a carpet pooing cat? Just kidding. Enough about the cat poo. We are supposed to get some rain tonight here in Evansville. For the last few weeks we have heard nothing but whining about how dry and hot the weather has been. Every night when I switch on the news to see N's report I hear about how hot...

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A visit to Owensboro, KY and some quality time!

Yesterday N and I went to Owensboro, KY to do another mystery shop and to spend some quality time together. On our way to the mystery shop we stopped in at Abbingtons Bridal House to scope out some dresses. Sadly they did not carry the Jacqueline Exclusive dresses I liked but they did offer me some constructive criticism about what kinds of dresses I should consider for my body type and the owner even jokingly asked me to model a dress in an upcoming bridal show because he loved my hair. I also found another dress that I am  adding to the "I like" file. Here it is: After we were done at the bridal shop (no I did not try and dresses on) we headed to starbucks for a pick me up...

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Wedding planning and gardening fun…

N and I are making some progress this week. We started making some decisions about our wedding party. I have notified my maid of honor and N is trying to nail down the number of groomsmen he'll have. When he knows how many groomsmen he will have I'll know how many lady friends to make my bridesmaids. We already know we aren't paying for or forcing the bridesmaids to wear a a specific dress style. I'll probably pick a color scheme and then let my girlfriends pick out their own dresses. I am also thinking of having both my brothers give me away, since my father hasn't been in the picture for the last 24 years. We are still trying to come up with wedding venue ideas. Our first choice is to...

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Divide your peonies and enjoy a date night! It is good for the soul.

Holy cow you guys had some great advice and thoughts on wedding planning! I was initially worried about blogging about our wedding planning, didn't want to bore you to tears but you all had some great tips and thoughts for us. Brainstorming as a group is always easier so thanks for sharing you 2 cents it helped a ton! We came up with some good ideas that I can share here if guys want. As for our date, it was well overdue and extremely enjoyable. We went to bonefish grill here in Evansville, it was suggested by some of N's coworkers. The food was mediocre but the service and atmosphere were nice. N's was recognized by two different couples which surprised us. They were polite enough to not intrude on our...

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Some romance and wedding planning on the mind…

I have a date tonight and I am oddly excited about it all. I mean what girl doesn't like to get all dressed up and have a fancy night out every now and then? N works the day shift on Fridays at his new job. Team sports is a big deal in this area and that means Friday night news is all about the sports coverage, that means N doesn't need to work the late shift on Friday- yay! So we are trying out a fancy restaurant tonight to treat ourselves. After a successful move, nailing a better job and an engagement we deserve some one on one time together, big time! I have also been brainstorming wedding stuff. With all the insurance and not being married talk I have been motivated to...

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Sitting in the garage, watching Ike blow through.

We woke up this morning to howling winds and were not surprised. All week we heard warnings of severe weather for Sunday (today). After my family's flight was rescheduled for the second time yesterday we all kind of knew that the chances of them flying out of Evansville today were slim. After we each had a cup of coffee we all moved outside to observe the weather and so my mom could have a cigarette. We sat in our garage to shield ourselves from the wind and we just relaxed. Power lines were arcing and popping and as soon as we moved out to the garage a huge tree branch fell on the garage roof and scared the pee water out of us. We have 2 downed trees that N had to...

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In the new house, beginning to settle in.

It has been 4 days since we first stepped foot in our new home out here in Evansville, IN. Things have just begun to settle down and we are starting to settle in and enjoy our new surroundings. The last few days have been crazy hectic and I have gotten way behind in sharing my road trip experience. Lets just say the police were involved and we were all just trying to get from one day to the next, now things are resolved and my writing focus is beginning to return. I'll be posting our day 6 adventures soon, I just finished posting the continuation of day 5 and we now have internet access in the house so I can begin reading and commenting on other blogs again. Woho! Does anybody know...

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