Somehow, L has been watching a lot of British cartoons on Hulu. Her favorite recently has been something called Peppa Pig. She loves that show for reasons we can’t figure out. One of the things that come up often in that show is soccer…or as they call it, football.
Before she ever got in to the show, J suggested I sign L up for a soccer camp. It’s about the only sport we could find for her age group and even though I’m not a huge fan (or really a fan at all) I decided to go ahead and do it.
Last Monday, we started soccer camp..which L called football for half the week through Kingdom Sports. The camp was at Mattawan Middle School and only lasted about 45 minutes. J was really excited to see L run around and play soccer with other little kids, so she made the holiday weekend a little longer and took the day off so she could go the first day.
The camp ran until 11:30 so it was right about lunch time when we were packing up and heading home. J suggested we find something along the way. I knew there was a Main Street restaurant back near the Interstate and we’ve always had good luck with their other restaurants in the past.
The Main Street Pub in Mattawan is in a small strip mall on Main Street just north of the I-94 interchange. It’s in the back part of the development that also houses Chin Chin Asian Bistro and NaDene’s Coffee and Bakery. There is a little room to park along the side and in front of the building, but the large parking lot in back also has an entrance in to the pub. Read more…
Long weekend means we need to get out of the house. J took an extra long weekend for the Independence Day holiday so she didn’t have to get up for work bright and early Monday morning like she usually does. Without the worry of having to go to bed early, she suggested we take a little road trip somewhere.
We came up with just going to Grand Rapids and taking L to the John Ball Zoo. It has been four years since J and I have been there. We took my niece back before her little sister was born….so it’s been quite a while.
L tired out pretty quickly at the zoo. We made it through most of the exhibits before taking the Funicular back down to the entrance and heading home. J asked if there was anything we could pick up to eat in the car, but anything I could think of wasn’t open on Sunday.
It’s a good thing we just got moving, before we even made it to the highway, L was passed out. She was exhausted. J and I were both hungry, but we weren’t going to wake L just so we could eat. I decided to give it some time and she how long she stayed asleep.
On our way to Grand Rapids, J had noticed a billboard around D Avenue for Maude’s Taphouse in Otsego. I had looked at it online a few weeks ago and they weren’t open for lunch at that time. By the time we made it close to the Otsego exit, it was after 3:00, so I assumed they would be open. I asked J if she wanted to pull off and get dinner. L had been asleep for about 40 minutes at that point and I assumed she would be waking up soon.
Maude’s Taphouse is in downtown Otsego on Allegan Street (or M-89) just to the east of the intersection with Farmer Street. We pulled up to a parallel parking spot on the street and the open sign was flashing in the window. Unfortunately, L was still asleep and my attempts at waking her up were pretty pointless. She shrugged me off twice and turned over essentially telling me to go away. Read more…
It is rare that I get to work a shift during the day. Really rare. In fact, I haven’t done it since L was born 2 1/2 years ago.
This past Friday, Independence Day, I was scheduled for a day shift. J could have worked, but she decided to take the day off, so I didn’t argue with being scheduled during the day. I was scheduled to do a job I don’t normally do and I assumed it was going to be a pretty easy day.
Near the end of the shift, J sent me a message and asked if there was anything I could pick up on my way home for dinner. I had a couple ideas, but there was a pizza place in Wayland I drive by often yet have never stopped at.
Giuseppe’s Pizza is on Superior Street in downtown Wayland right near the corner of Superior and Main Street. It’s a small building that is about 90% kitchen. There are two small tables along the long hallway that leads back to the cashier area.
I called in my order before leaving Grand Rapids and when I walked in the store in Wayland about 25 minutes later, the two pizzas were coming out of the oven. I had ordered a 16″ thin crust cheese pizza for J and L plus a 14″ Inferno Pizza for myself. The cost was just under $30 with a large chunk of that coming from the specialty pizza. Read more…
How awesome is it being an adult? I mean, you can eat ice cream for dinner and no one can you not to.
Earlier this week, a co-worker and I were in Holland waiting for our next appointment. We had about 45 minutes to kill when she asked me how close we were to Captain Sundae. I looked on the map and saw we were only a few minutes away. We were going to go pick up dinner….like actual dinner, not ice cream dinner…but what fun is being an adult if you can’t have ice cream for dinner every now and then?
Captain Sundae has three Holland area locations. We were closest to the Holland North location on Douglas Drive. This location is actually pretty awesome as it’s on the route you would take to Holland State Park.
It was kind of a cold and dreary Wednesday night, so there weren’t many people in line for ice cream. The shop is a pretty typical summer ice cream stand with a walk up service window and outside seating. As the name suggests, the theme of the shop in nautical. There’s even a big boat behind the shop where you can enjoy your delicious treat. Read more…
Man, why won’t any of these wing places expand down this way? I was driving down 28th Street in Wyoming this past weekend on my way to work when I saw a familiar sign.
Wing Kingz is just another addition to all the confusing chicken wing places in the Grand Rapids area that sell the same things yet all call themselves different things.
The Wing Kingz stores are the newest addition to the wing landscape and the Wyoming shop is on 28th Street just to the west of Burlingame. The small store shares a building with a party store and it used to be a Shark’s Fish and Chicken.
After eating at the Wayland location a few weeks ago, I knew what I wanted, so I called in an order as I was driving back on 28th Street towards 131. The man who took my order said it would be about 20 minutes. I would have been a little bit early, so I ran an errand while I was waiting for my wings to cook.
When I walked in the small shop, my wings were waiting for me. The restaurant is tiny. It’s mostly carry-out with two tables squeezed in.
The cost for 12 wings and a pound of fries was a little over $10. I paid with credit then continued on to work to enjoy my lunch. Read more…
Even on my days off, I seem to end up working. J and I were starting to wind down for the evening when I got a phone call from work asking if I could meet a co-worker in Battle Creek. I really wasn’t doing anything else and I can always use the overtime, so I agreed to a couple hours of work.
Actually, it was only about fifteen minutes of work once I got to Battle Creek, but with the drive and the inevitable lunch break, it became a couple of hours.
After helping the co-worker that needed my help, I figured I could just pick up dinner. I was already close to downtown and there’s a sandwich shop that I really like and don’t get to enough.
The new location is not too far from the old one. It’s right across the street from Arcadia Ales on Michigan Avenue just south of the river.
On a typical night, there is street parking in addition to a parking ramp attached to the structure. This wasn’t quite a typical night though as the Back to the Bricks Classic Car Show was just starting, so I had to park quite a few blocks away and walk to the restaurant. Read more…
What to do on a rainy day? L has been so cooped up lately due to the awful weather we’ve had lately. It’s either been oppressively humid or raining so she hasn’t gotten out of the house much. She just stands at the window looking for her friends.
When J got home from work on Monday, she pushed to get out of the house. L and I were still in pajamas and we just needed something to do.
A few months ago, L participated in a bowling fundraiser for work. She took L along with her for a couple of hours and they had the ramps set up for the kids to play. L loved pushing the ball down the lane so we thought we would give her another shot at bowling to see how she liked it.
We decided to go to Airway Lanes in Portage. The bowling area is part of the larger Airway Fun Center, but for the purpose of this blog, we didn’t stray from the bowling alley.
The Fun Center is on Portage Road across from the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport. The bowling area is towards to back of the building and it has it’s own entrance so you don’t have to walk through the front of the space that includes the rest of the indoor attractions and a Quiznos. Read more…