Insta-January

JanuaryInstagram

1.  With all the nasty weather, delays, and school closings, we’ve been spending lots of time inside. TOGETHER. It never ceases to amaze me how well Elena and Eli get along when they work on a Kiwi Crate together. I don’t know what kind of crazy ju-ju the sprinkle in those green boxes to make it so, but I love them for it.

2.  We celebrated my 39th birthday and my brother’s 50th birthday in Nashville. Sombreros make everything more awesome.

3.  We cut the above trip short abruptly so we could get home before this snow storm hit on January 5th. Since then we’ve missed 6 days of school, had 4 two-hour delays, and I haven’t seen the grass or a day above 40 degrees.

4.  I spent a fun Saturday evening celebrating a friend’s 40th birthday on a bus tour of several local breweries. So much delicious beer, so little time!

5.  Eli got a LEGO castle for Christmas. Two weeks and nearly 1000 pieces later, he has this to show for it!

6.  January 13th marked the one-year anniversary of my father-in-law’s passing. Paul loved him some Cracker Barrel, so Eli and I had a dinner date there and shared some of our favorite memories.

7.  Elena made a rainbow cake after she saw one on Pinterest … and she actually nailed it!

8.  I just can’t quit a paper planner. My favorite one was discontinued, so last year I tried an Erin Condren planner. I liked it, but couldn’t quite stomach the price tag again this year. I found this one on etsy from Plum Paper Designs and I love it.

9.  We signed Eli up for basketball at the Y. He’s on the Butler Bulldogs, and he’s having such a good time. He had his first game last week. After he made his first game basket, he sprinted to the middle of the court and busted out some breakdancing moves. I’m pretty sure that’s frowned upon, but I loved it.

10. Mike came home with this issue of Sports Illustrated for me. I’m such a fool for that guy – I cried when I was reading it! I so wanted him to take home another Super Bowl ring this year.

If you’re not already following me on Instagram already, please do! You can find me there as (the one and only) AngieSix.

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I Love Lucy® Live On Stage Ticket Giveaway

I Love Lucy Live on Stage

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Heather W.!

This post is sponsored by the Bohlsen Group, who generously provided the tickets for the giveaway as well as tickets for myself to attend.

There are some television shows that are timeless.  Sure, they may show their age as you watch the reruns … June Cleaver’s pearls and heels, the Brady’s split level with shag carpeting, Jerry Seinfeld’s giant cordless  phone.  But once you get past that, you’re left with shows that still have heart, still make you laugh, and still have a relevant story to tell.

“I Love Lucy” is one of those shows for me.  It was already well past its time when I first watched it as a child, but I could still relate.  I heard Ricky and I heard my mother, her accent throwing people off, sometimes getting the words wrong.  I watched Lucy and Ethel and I saw that you’re never too old to have a best friend and a willing accomplice.  I laughed at Lucy, getting herself in a pickle over and over again, and was relieved to know that even grownups don’t always know what they’re getting themselves into.  And then there are the scenes that are burned into memory … Lucy and Ethel in the chocolate factory, Lucy stomping grapes, Lucy trying to sell Vitamegavegamin.  Classics.

So naturally I’m thrilled to hear that the characters I love are returning, this time to the stage.  The national tour of I Love Lucy® Live On Stage is making its Indianapolis premiere at Murat Theater at Old National Centre February 11-16, 2014.  I Love Lucy® Live On Stage is  adapted from the iconic television show.  This time around, audience members are transported back to 1952 as members of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience as  Lucy, Ricky, Fred & Ethel tape two beloved episodes of the I Love Lucy show: “The Benefit” and “Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined.” How fun is that?!

Ticket prices start at $25.00 and will be available at the Old National Centre Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.comOldNationalCentre.com and by phone at 800-745-3000.  Thanks to the Bolhsen Group, I have a 4-pack of tickets to opening night (Tuesday, February 11) to give away!  Just use the easy Rafflecopter widget below to enter.  And if you don’t enter? You got some ‘splainin to do!

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Giveaway will end on Sunday, February 2, 2014.  Winner will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  Winner will need to be able to pick up their tickets at the Bolhsen Group office in Indianapolis.

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Hendricks County: Holiday Fun & Then Some

Danville, Indiana

Last weekend I had the privilege of spending the weekend with the super-cheerful, ever-accomodating staff behind Visit Hendricks County.  They organized a two-day holiday-themed tour to show bloggers and travel writers some of the highlights of the place they live and work.  And they should be super-cheerful, as this county just west of Indianapolis has so many cool and fun things to show off.

Maybe you remember that I did a similar tour of Hendricks county once before.  That one started out super fun, but didn’t end so well.  I’m a little surprised they wanted me back, but I did pinky-promise not to barf on anyone.  I even got to give my sweet sister a do-over tour.  I’m pleased to report that I made it through this year’s tour vomit-free, and I couldn’t wait any longer to share some of my favorite photos and highlights of the tour with you.

We started out in Martinsville (which is technically Morgan County, but whatever.  The folks at Visit Hendricks County are so nice they want to show you ALL THE COUNTIES!), at the Martinsville Candy Kitchen.   I don’t know how I didn’t know about this place, but I can tell you it will be a Six Family Holiday Tradition from henceforth.  They’ve been hand-making candy canes, using the same copper pot and marble table since 1919.  It takes them 3 hours to make 150 candy canes, so  it’s truly a labor of love.  They make 33 flavors of cane, but in November and December they only make peppermint and cinnamon to keep up with demand.  They are beautiful and delicious.

Martinsville Candy Kitchen Candy Canes

We spent the rest of the afternoon browsing in some stores, including Mooresville Open Market Antiques.  Someone thought it would be a grand idea to give us wine while we shopped.  Let me ponder this for a bit … good idea?

Mooresville Open Market Antiques

I think yes.

We rounded out the evening with a great meal at Zydeco’s.  The chef is a New Orleans native, who found himself in Indiana thanks to a girl he loved.  I’m going to find myself at Zydeco’s more often, too, thanks to some fried catfish I loved – the best I’ve had since my Nashville days.

Zydeco's, Mooresville, Indiana

The next morning we revisited some favorites from the last tour: the 43rd Annual Tri Kappa Gingerbread Christmas and the Mayberry Cafe.  I love the assortment of vendors at the juried market, including these German Baptist women making the most beautiful wreaths to order.  And the fried chicken at the Mayberry Cafe just may be the best I’ve had in Indiana.

Tri Kappa Gingerbread Christmas

After lunch we were treated to a reading of Hoosier author Philip Gulley’s holiday story, “Clarence the Christmas Camel” by none other than his lovely wife, Joan.  As she read, we stuffed ourselves with homemade goodies from The Bread Basket, including a French Silk pie, snickerdoodle cake, white chocolate peppermint cake, and my personal favorite, peanut butter pie.

The Bread Basket Peanut Butter Pie

A few miles down the road is Beasley’s Orchard, featured in Indianapolis Monthly magazine’s “50 Things Every Hoosier Must Do!”  They’re best known for their Heartland Apple Festival, held in October (and site of our family’s near-breakdown in their corn maze), but they’re open year round.  Looking for cut apple wood?  This is your place (and it makes a great smelling fire). We also had a chance to sample their award-winning cider.

Beasley's Orchard Apple Cider

We finished the weekend in the most perfect way – sampling beers at Avon’s Cutters Brewing Company. They were new to me, but I’m happy to have another local brew to choose, whether I’m out for a pint or dropping by to fill up a growler. I was thrilled to hear they have plans to can their craft beer soon … perfect for the pool or for shower beers.

Cutters Brewing Company Beer

Whether you’re looking for a simple activity or a weekend full of fun, you’ll find something to love in and around Hendricks County. Keep up with all the happenings in Hendricks County by following their blog. If you have any questions, the folks at Visit Hendricks County are always happy to help. And after spending a weekend with them I can assure you they’ll whip up a perfect itinerary for you, too.

Many thanks to Visit Hendricks County for hosting me on the Ho Ho Ho FAM Tour.

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