Tuesday afternoon randomness

I haven’t run since a week ago Sunday.  I’m currently icing my ankle/leg.  It’s getting MUCH better.  I plan to run this weekend (but not before.)  Who would have thought I’d miss it so much?  Weird.  Seriously weird. 

The gym this morning was tough.  Mike made me do a ridiculous amount of squats—back squats and front squats (holding the bar on the front of your shoulders).  I didn’t care for it.  The highlights of the day were when I went around a corner and almost ran into somebody, and then he almost kicked a woman who was coming around the corner.  Basically, be careful going around corners at the gym.  Perhaps use a mirror to make sure no one is coming or bending over with their leg sticking out backwards. 

The weather today is GORGEOUS…I am inside on the computer, about to start practicing.  I’ve been trying to put in at least an hour a day.  That may not sound like much, but (as I tell my students) it’s the consistency that matters. Then I have teaching. 

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It’s strange because for my fall schedule (so far) I don’t start teaching any day until at least 4:30.  I could almost have a full time job and then teach violin.  Of course, I’d hate that.  When would I work out and plan my wedding?  And blog?

I updated the "life" page last night.  Let me know what you think!

I’ve been doing a bit of cruise research recently.  We’re looking at Celebrity.  Anybody cruised with them recently?  Pointers?  Advice?  Suggestions?


The regular mail carrier seems to be on vacation this week.  The substitute keeps getting our mail mixed up, plus it comes three hours later.  It’s really throwing me off!  Usually the mail comes around 11 am and now it’s coming between 2 and 4 pm. 

Chris is having a great time in Vegas.  I’ve barely heard from him at all, so I’m SURE he is!  He seems to be doing a lot of golfing…I’m sure that’s what they are doing…golfing…at least that is what he is telling me about.  (I’m kidding of course, I’m sure it’s true.  Chris loves golf.)

Tavern of Fine Arts

I had heard about the Tavern of Fine Arts for awhile now from my friends at Chamber Project St Louis, along with a few news articles.  (Sauce, RFT, and Feast).   My friends were excited because they knew the owners were great chefs and great musicians and music lovers.  If you read the articles you’ll know already, but they plan to have classical music concerts at the restaurant.  In fact, we may even be rehearsing there for some of our concerts, as weird as that might sound.  I think people may enjoy listening!  (I know my mother would, and I’m sure other mothers across the world would.)

(Note to readers, I have no financial stake in the place, but a free place to rehearse and perform is priceless!)

Last night Laura, Melissa, and I decided to check the Tavern out for dinner.


It’s a cute little place, and there are two big rooms.  The menu is limited but had both meat and vegetarian options.  The wine list had a nice variety of types of wine and price range, with a good variety by the glass.


All of the artwork on the walls is for sale.  I loved the colors of the artwork in the front room.

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We decided to split the hummus as an appetizer.  It was more lemony flavored than some, but very tasty. 


We also split a bottle of wine.

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I ordered the gazpacho and a roast beef sandwich.  Our friend Dana had told us the gazpacho was fantastic, so we all tried it.  It was really good!  I was surprised by its creaminess.


The roast beef had cole slaw on it.  It was also very tasty.  I forgot to ask them to hold the tomato though.


Melissa had the fig flatbread and Laura the vegetarian sandwich and they said those were good as well.  Finally, we decided to split the cheesecake.  As you know…I’ve been craving cheesecake for WEEKS and I still hadn’t had any.  FINALLY. 

Also, remember,we split.  So the calories don’t even count.  Plus…fruit.


We popped into the other room to check it out before we left. 

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By the time we left there were about 8 to 10 other people there, not too bad for a Monday night, though I am sure they hope to have more people.  The service was really nice if a bit slow, but we were in no hurry so we didn’t mind at all.  Overall it was a tasty dinner and a nice place to hang out. 

They said tonight was their first "concert" which was going to be a percussion duo.  I look forward to playing there myself and seeing other local people play.  I’d recommend you check it out if you want a light dinner/snack, some music and a bottle of wine.