Project Life 365 – Day 46 – Reward

Okay, so maybe I’m a total dork, but I don’t mind admitting it. I consider going back to school a reward.

Laugh if you want, but I am seriously excited!

Yeah, this is just my admission to take a few summer session courses before I get around to the nitty gritty of diving headfirst into the counseling psychology program in Fall 2014, but it’s a step and it feels good to be moving forward.

Great way to start a weekend if you ask me. ūüôā

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365 Project – Day 299 – UNL Dairy Store Blogged on Lori Bites

So, I’ve written about the UNL Dairy Store before (and if you need a refresher, click HERE), but last Thursday I got a chance to meet with Managers Bryan Scherbarth and Jonathan Hnosko and Marketing Intern Kate Rosenbaum to learn a little more about just what it is that makes the Dairy Store so¬†unique, and so damn good.

If you’ve never been there, boy have you been missing out!

Head over to my Lori Bites Blog for more.

Here’s just a taste of what you’re missing…

 

365 Project – Day 230 – Happy Birthday To Me!

So, it’s official. I am now 31. It wasn’t so long ago that I considered 31 old, or at least middle aged, and I always wondered why my parents took offense to that. Now that I’m here myself, I understand. 31 is just a drop in the bucket. I mean, I don’t feel like a kid anymore. The fact that I actually like to take naps is proof of that. But, I am far from considering myself geriatric, so I guess 31 isn’t all that bad after all.

And I have no complaints about my day today. Cadence and Electra actually let me sleep in a bit this morning. We finally got up and around just before 9:00 a.m. We had a little breakfast, then just hung out and relaxed a bit. Steven brought home some Jimmy Johns sandwiches for lunch (partially because they sounded good and partially because we need to go grocery shopping).

Cadence went down for a nap after lunch and I killed some time on Facebook and¬†worked on¬†some photos. Then, I thought I might lie down a catch a few zzz’s myself before we headed out for dinner.

There is an Indian restaurant here in Lincoln called The Oven that I have been wanting to try, but I just wasn’t feeling Indian today, so we ended up heading to an Italian restaurant in the Haymarket called Vincenzo’s. The food was really good. Cadence, who never ceases to amaze me with her willingness to try new foods, loved the calamari appetizer. She then proceeded to eat half my house salad, which was tossed with a homemade vinaigrette, an entire dinner roll, and several helpings of my Linguine Tutto Mare. Seriously, this girl loves to eat, and she has a very short list of foods she doesn’t like…not bad for an 18 month old.

After dinner, we strolled back toward Memorial stadium, just in time to hear the Cornhusker Band marching down the streets through the campus. We followed the parade of fans through the entrance and chose our seats in the front row near the 40-yard-line.

Essentially the exhibition show tonight is a little preview for the fans, and a chance for the band members who have been attending camp and practicing all week to show off what they have learned.¬†Let me tell you, it was damn impressive for only a week of practicing together. These kids have been putting in 10-hour days and their dedication shows. I can see already that it’s going to be another exciting year at the University of Nebraska.

We were blessed with the perfect evening. The clouds were rolling in and there was a nice cool breeze, but luckily the rain held off through the entire show. The minute the drumline started playing the opening cadence calling the rest of the band onto the field, our little Cadence was hooked. She loved the music, and was totally¬†mesmerized by the way the kids were marching in formations. She did a little dancing, a little yelling, a little laughing and a whole lot of clapping. And, when it was all over, she waved goodbye as the band marched its way off the field. It was so much fun, and we’ve already decided we are definitely coming back again for next year’s show.

After leaving the stadium, we had just one last stop to make before we retired home for the evening, and that was to swing by the Dairy Store to pick up a little ice cream. Tonight’s choice = Chocolate Cookies & Cream. Mmmmmm! What a great way to end the perfect day! Happy Birthday to me!

Tonight’s 365 Project entry is dedicated to all my wonderful friends and family for all of the birthday wishes! Thank you all so much for making my day so special!

365 Project – Day 209 – I Love the UNL Dairy Store

Since 1917, the UNL Dairy Store has been selling dairy products to the general public. The combination of exceptionally fresh ingredients and extremely low prices have made it a favorite destination for anyone craving some delicious homemade ice cream, cheeses, and even meat products.

It is, hands down, the best ice cream I have ever eaten.

What I find so cool about the UNL Dairy Store (aside from the ice cream of course) is the fact that everything is handcrafted and sold by UNL students. The Food Science, Agriculture and Animal Science students make everything in the store–from the ice cream and cheeses to the summer sausage, salami and jars of local honey. Students even work in the store, selling the items they made and learning how to run¬†a business from the inside out.

Open 7 days a week, the UNL Dairy Store has a lot more to offer than just great tasting dairy products and low prices. They offer tours of the facilities if you’re interested in seeing exactly how everything works. They have a catering department that can cover everything from ice cream socials to full meal service. They have daily Lunch Specials, and a daily Happy Hour from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. They have a variety of Gift Boxes filled with¬†your favorite meats and cheeses¬†that can be purchased and shipped just about anywhere. And, last but not least, they have daily ice cream specials,¬† hand packed containers ranging from 10 oz. single serve to 3 gallon cartons, and an extensive list of always available flavors, rotated flavors, and special seasonal flavors so you can enjoy something new every time you visit.

I just might go so far to say that the UNL Dairy Store is a little piece of heaven here on Earth because, really, what would heaven be without ice cream?

The best part for us is that we live just a few blocks away from the East Campus location. So tonight, we took a little family stroll through the neighborhood to get some ice cream after dinner. As you can see, Cadence didn’t enjoy the cup of chocolate ice cream we shared at all!

Heck, even Electra got a little taste from a gentleman that thought our droopy-faced hound looked like she could use the last bite of his mint ice cream cone. Of course, she spent the next five minutes licking a five-foot perimeter of the ground around her, just to make sure she didn’t miss a crumb.

Tonight’s 365 Project entry is dedicated to the fine folks who are in the habit of making such delicious ice cream. If you are ever in Lincoln, the UNL Dairy Store should be at the top of your list of places to visit.

If you’d like more information about the UNL Dairy Store, head over to their website or find them on Facebook. You won’t be sorry.