Monkey Girl and the Ice Cream Man Cometh

It was hard to believe that today was nearly the end of January; it was so warm and sunny. We had a really good day today. It started off with Ellie’s swimming lessons this morning. She is really amazing. Just over three week ago she hated getting her face wet while taking a bath. Now she swims really well (in fact I think she’s the best in her class), and even puts her head under the water.

On the way home we stopped so that I could get a haircut and the girls did some grocery shopping. We each did our own thing for lunch, and then I helped Sarah take a nap. Or was it the other way? In any case Sarah and I both slept for about 2 hours. Shortly after waking up, we hear the Ice Cream Man coming by in this truck.

That prompted us to get the girls outside. We went for walk (and Ellie rode her bicycle) up to the playground near the community center (that is the one with the swings). While there each girl experienced a first. Sarah went climbed up and went down a slide by herself, and Ellie, otherwise known as Monkey Girl, went across all of the monkey bars all by herself. (Note these are the one that I can do and even my feet don’t touch the ground).

When we got back, Ellie and Sarah played outside with the neighbors while I went shopping to by the ingredients for a dinner that Ellie and Fern saw on Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals yesterday. Fern had invited Chuck and Joy over dinner. Fern made Rachel’s The T2: Turkey Chili-Topped Turkey Chili Burgers with Red Pepper Slaw and Funky Fries, and it was amazing. I ate way too much.

What a fabulous day, it was more like a late spring day then the middle of winter. The house is now quiet as the girls are all asleep. What peaceful end. Good Night.


Galley Boy – World’s Best Hamburger

When I was home for the Thanksgiving holiday, I had the opportunity to eat not once, but twice at Swensons, and of course I had their famous Galley Boy. For those of you not familiar with Swensons (and unless you are from the Akron, OH area you wouldn’t be), it was found in 1934 as a drive-in, and it still operates that way to this day (although some locations may now have seating). By drive-in, I mean that you pull you car up to the building and a waiter (now waitress too) will run out to your car take your order, and then deliver your food to your car, where you eat it from a tray. Truly a peace of Americana.

Well back to the Galley Boy, it is their signature double cheeseburger (made from special cuts of beef ground daily) with two special sauces, on a homemade bun toasted with butter. At $2.25 it is the best deal in town. If you are ever in the Akron area, you must stop at one of their locations. Now I just need to find a way to have one sent to me every month.