May Madness, part 1

by spiceaholic on May 31, 2010

Is it just me or did May last a millisecond?  Yet within that millisecond I had so much going on!  So much that I’m going to have to split this post into 2.  🙂

Where to begin?

I think last time I left y’all, I was wading the waters of the South Beach Diet.  The good news?  I made it the first 2 weeks.  I felt a lot better, less bloated, and didn’t feel deprived.  The bad news?  I didn’t make it past the 3rd week.  My downfall was failing to plan ahead and a lot of stressful events the first half of the month.  What did I learn?  That I can indeed last the first 2 weeks and I got some insight into how certain foods affect me.  Worth the lesson.

Next up, I participated in the 20th anniversary Komen Race for the Cure 5k in Atlanta.  I walked it and was humbled by the turnout — over 17K people turned out!  I plan to do this next year as well and am going to try to find another 5K for this fall.  Who knows, I might even end up jogging part of it!

Here is a shot of the walk in progress:

The weekend after that, Mr. Spice and I were headed to Columbia, MO for a college friend’s wedding.  I had a blast in college, thanks to my group of friends, so it was great to see everyone and catch up.  I spent the next day dragging Mr. Spice around the Mizzou campus and town to reminisce.

First stop, my old dorm!  I had heard it had been torn down, but was glad to see it was still there.  I was in the dorms for my freshman and sophomore years.   Our dorm was a co-ed dorm, with the odd-numbered floors for the girls, and even-numbered for the guys. Good old Laws Hall! 🙂

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In front of Memorial Student Union — many meetings and study sessions happened here.

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In Speakers Circle — the acoustics of this circle are such that if you stand in the middle of the circle and speak in a normal tone, you can be heard clearly for quite a distance. Can you hear me now?

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To me, no trip back to Mizzou is complete without a stop at Shakespeare’s Pizza. This is truly some of the best pizza ever.

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I don’t even know if I remember what we ordered — pepperjack cheese, olives, green peppers, hamburger or sausage, mushrooms?

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Another Shakespeare’s glass to add to my collection! I still have some from my college days.

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You can take the girl out of Atlanta, but you can’t leave Peachtree in Atlanta, apparently.  🙂

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We flew into Kansas City from Atlanta and then drove to Columbia, so we had planned to spend Monday in KC to do touristy things before our flight back that evening, but the places we wanted to go were all closed on Mondays!  What to do?  Try out some of the famous Kansas City BBQ!  I took a quick survey on Twitter and Facebook for the best place to go and got tons of suggestions.  We ended up at Gates Bar-B-Q because there was one on our way to the airport and I heard they had spicy bbq sauce, and you know I like my food spicy!

I got the smoked sausage plate, which came with 2 HUGE links of spicy sausage over bread and some pickles. I got a side order of fries too. Can you tell the diet was off by this point? 🙂

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Mr. Spice got some combo platter that had enough food to feed a family:

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Let me tell you, this was easily the BEST barbecue I’ve had. The barbecue I’ve had in GA tends to be on the sweetish side and with a thin sauce, which I don’t really like. This stuff on the other hand was thick and SPICY. To be fair, this is the style of this particular restaurant and I didn’t get to try the other places in KC to compare, but if this is indicative of KC-style BBQ, then I’m sold. The sausage I ordered was excellent — lots of flavor and bite, and I had to stop myself from stuffing myself silly.

Stay tuned for part 2!

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