Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Indianapolis, IN: Freedom Blast Fireworks Show

We watched the downtown Indianapolis fireworks show from our seats at the Indians game. The baseball game was supposed to be over in time for the fireworks show, but it went into extra innings and lasted quite a bit longer than anticipated. Unfortunately that meant for almost the whole show, the (really, really) bright field lights were on.

So my pictures aren't that great...

...until the game ended and suddenly that one light went off!

It was right in time for the grand finale and turned out to be awesome.

At first I was mad that we weren't able to see the whole show, but it turned out to be all right. Eric actually wanted there to be fireworks going off during the game because he wanted to see how it would affect the players (answer: not much). I am so glad we got to see the end without the light on, so it made it all okay for me (plus we got to see some more baseball).

Subscription Review: Graze

Review posts will be light for the next couple of weeks as we move, take vacation, and then school starts back up. We will be really busy for the next couple of months! But until then, enjoy one of my recent Graze boxes... 

Tropical Sundae - mango, pineapple, and banana

I get this one in my box a lot. My favorite is the dried banana.

Salsa corn chips with cilantro and lime salsa tortilla chips

I'm always surprised I like this one because of the cilantro, but it's good! And the salsa is really tasty.

Hot Cross Yum - orange raisins, sponge pieces, and cinnamon honey almonds

They really know how to mix the items in each snack to be complementary. My favorite thing in this is the sponge pieces, but it's all really good together.

Black Pepper Pistachios - pistachios roasted with black pepper

I just don't like black pepper, but these were actually okay. I have turned off all the black pepper items though ("trash" them in your account) so hopefully I will always love the snacks I get :)

This is the same joke as last time, but it's still kind of funny. "What did the lettuce say to the celery?" "Stop stalking me!"

If you are interested in signing up for Graze, you can click here and get your 1st and 5th boxes for free via my referral. It's $6/box (you can get it monthly, every two weeks, or every week, and now you can send one-time boxes as well). The entire box is recyclable (even the little boxes the snacks come in) except for the popcorn bags, they have a full-time nutritionist who makes sure every snack has some kind of nutritional value, and the food is good.

Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this review and all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Indianapolis, IN: Indianapolis Indians vs Louisville Bats (7/4)

For the Fourth of July, we celebrated by going up to Indy for an Indianapolis Indians game against the Louisville Bats. The Bats are the Cincinnati Reds' AAA minor league affiliate, and this is the second game we've been to this summer where it was Indians vs Bats.

The day could not have been more perfect for watching baseball. The game was actually sold out (Eric got us tickets a few weeks in advance), but the Indians shot off fireworks all weekend for the holiday.

Victory Field is really nice. It's hard to have a bad seat. You can also see Lucas Oil Stadium from one side.

During the Happy Birthdays scrolling on the scoreboard, the Indians wished the United States of America a happy 238th birthday. I thought that was awesome.

As the evening went on, it got more beautiful. The game started at 6pm so it would theoretically be over by the time the Indianapolis fireworks were going to start. Well, the Bats blew a huge lead and we wound up with several innings of free baseball. I will have a separate post about both of the post-game fireworks!

If you enjoy baseball, but find yourself living near Indianapolis where there is no major league ball team, definitely check out the Indians. It's really inexpensive for a great environment and fun baseball.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Notes

This is kind of a big week! It is my last week working at IU! A couple of months ago I was asked to apply to a position at DePauw, and I got it! So I will be teaching computer science in my former department this coming school year. To say I'm excited is an understatement. I can't wait to teach again (I have really missed it this past year) and I can't wait to be back on campus. This summer sure has been exciting!

This week is also the last week we're living in our current condo. Since we live on the south side of town right now, we are moving to the north side to make my commute a little easier. It's not a bad drive at all from Bloomington to Greencastle, but our moving from one part of town to the other cuts off at least 20 minutes each way on my drive, which is huge! We get the keys to our new place on Sunday and next week will be spent moving in. I can't wait for that either!

Hope you have a great week!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Instagram photo!

Demarcus Beasley at the Indy 11 game tonight! via Instagram

Weekend Links

I found some fun and/or interesting things on the Internet this week. Enjoy!

  • End of the Day Philosophy (probably most articles that begin with a Bill Watterson/Calvin & Hobbes quote are worth reading)
  • The "Perfect" Salary for Happiness, by State (we currently live in and are happy in Indiana, and our other favorite place we've lived is North Carolina; the two places we've least liked to live in were DC and California...hmm)
  • Two links from one of my current favorite bloggers, Rosie the Londoner: her morning workout and her anti-diet. I am going to try her workout. She always looks completely fabulous so maybe if I try it I will too? ;)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Goals Recap - Weeks 28 & 29

For the first time maybe ever, we have no plans for the weekend. This is crazy. We are going to pack a lot for our move, and hopefully the weather is nice to be outside!

Goals for Blog
  • Regular Posting Schedule - Obviously last week was a wash as I posted literally nothing except the weekend links (which I add to all week, so it's easy to just hit publish). This week was a little better. I missed Thursday's posts but we were out playing wiffle ball and then at trivia all night so I didn't have a chance to write :)
  • Design - Nothing new here.
  • Exposure - Nothing new here.
Goals for Self
  • Health/Wellness - Last week I was completely exhausted. I felt like I was getting sick. I am not sure what that was all about but I've felt better this week and even done some exercise. Eric is good at just getting me to do something (like lift) and I am very appreciative of him for that. If it were up to me I would be lazy all the time, which is no way to lose the 20-30 pounds I've gained since college!
  • Education - Nothing new this week.
  • Business - Nothing new here.
How are you doing with your New Year's resolutions/goals? This little recap definitely keeps me thinking about what I want to be doing this year! Thanks for reading :)