I spent a lot of time in St. Louis this fall, which meant I was looking for lots of fun things to do around the city. In the end, it was a mixture of firsts as well as some tried and true activities.
We had three more Book Club meetings, where we read A Man Called Ove, Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, and Big Little Lies. The themed food and decorations are more and more impressive with each gathering. I’ll need some assistance the next time I host!
I squeezed in a final baseball game or two…and went to my first Blues game of the season!
I saw the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra perform in a free concert in Forest Park on Art Hill and then again at Powell Hall while it was decorated for Christmas. Their performance in December was alongside Leslie Odom Jr., who was absolutely fantastic!
I took advantage of events taking place in Forest Park, like the Balloon Glow and my first-ever Turkey Trot – the Hungry Turkey 5K. I was reminded why I haven’t been to the Balloon Glow in a decade…there are WAY too many people!
I played in a golf scramble for the first time ever. This also happened to be the first time I ever played 18 holes of golf! Of course, no one believed me when I hit the women’s longest drive. Another lady beat me at the very end of the day, but I was beyond excited in the moment (as I’m sure you can tell from the photo!). It made up for the dozens of time I swung and missed the ball completely during the course of the day. My teammates were very patient with me.
I celebrated birthdays…a 40th birthday party in Tower Grove Park, a surprise birthday dessert at the FOX Theatre, and a party with friends at my place for my own birthday.
I took my first ever cupcake decorating class at Kitchen Conservatory.
We saw so many wonderful shows at the FOX Theatre from a night of laughter with Jerry Seinfeld to musicals like The Bodyguard, On Your Feet! The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical, and The King & I.
One of my life goals has been to light a floating lantern, and this November, St. Louis hosted Lantern Fest at a farm outside of town. The event was fun – live music, fire pits, ingredients for making smores, etc. At a set time, they had everyone light their lanterns. Boy, were they hard to light! I think the wind was the biggest culprit, but I was grateful for the assistance of my Barnacle’s boyfriend. He helped us get all three lanterns into the air!
Every other year, Tennessee plays a football game at Mizzou in Columbia, Missouri. I’ve yet to live in St. Louis when this happens…until this year. Some friends joined me for the game. Sadly, this was Tennessee’s worst year in my lifetime, so we watched a very pathetic football game. The Tennessee Head Coach was fired the day after the game, so my dad joked that I saw history – his last game. Regardless, it was a beautiful night for football.
This year, I hosted my mom and another couple for Thanksgiving Day. Not quite the same as the extravaganza in Switzerland a few years ago, but all of the food turned out well, and it was a lovely day! Of course, I have no pictures of the food, because we were starving when my friends arrived and served up food almost immediately.
We went to see Christmas lights at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and the Missouri Botanical Gardens, which were both so beautiful!
Shake Shack opened ACROSS THE STREET from my home a couple of weeks ago, and I was among the crazy people who were lined up around the block on opening night! A friend joined me, which made it much more fun! The line has been crazy nearly every day since it opened, but I learned that they have an app, so hopefully, I won’t have to wait in line when I want Shake Shack in the future.
We snuck in a couple of other live events before Christmas – a concert at Peabody Opera House and Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberly at the St. Louis Repertory Theatre. I didn’t like the concert, but I LOVED the play!
I didn’t have too many Christmas parties this year, but one of the pastors at my church hosted a “Hot Cocoa & Cookies” gathering that was a lot of fun!
I think this 2.5 month stretch in St. Louis was my longest period without travel in my adult life. While I’m sure I’ll be off and running again soon, it was nice to be around for all of these events and to establish some routines – like joining a gym (a new Orangetheory opened three minutes walk from my home. It’s the closest thing to personal training I’ve been able to find, and I’m becoming a huge fan!) and going to the movies (I loved Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Wonder, and The Greatest Showman).