Dukes chairs

The age old question of “what did you do on your summer vacation?”
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I went to the Goodguys Rod and Custom 19th PPG Nationals in Columbus Ohio to help my dad at his very own booth for his company Duke’s Chairs LLC. Or let me appropriately title that dukeschairs.com
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Sounds like an exciting vacation right? Well it was!! I swear it was awesome.
This was the first show for Dukeschairs so we had no idea what to expect. It was also the first Goodguys car show for Mikey and I so we really had no idea what to expect. And let me tell you, I can’t wait to go to another one!
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The actual car show didn’t start until Friday but we had to be there on Thursday to set up the booth. My dad had a rent a van jam packed full and we had our vehicle jam packed full and we set off for Columbus. We made it there in good time and after just a wee bit of confusion, found our spot in the indoor display area. Nicely air conditioned thank goodness because it was 90 degrees all weekend with like 100% humidity. We weren’t sure how long it would take to set everything up and we were pleasantly surprised when we finished in no time.

Unloading and setting up
Unloading and setting up
My dad "Duke" and Mikey working hard.
My dad “Duke” and Mikey working hard.

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We were staying at a hotel about 20 minutes away and our check in was at 3pm. However since we got set up so quickly we went to the hotel at noon and they had our rooms ready early. Score! So to celebrate our accomplishments for the day we had a “happy hour!” Black rum and coke that my dad magically pulled out of his suitcase!
Our hotel also had a “happy hour” every day from 4-7 with free cocktails and snacks. This is my kind of hotel let me tell you! Oh and an awesome free breakfast buffett. (It was an Embassy Suites in case you’re wondering).

Hotel happy hour!
Hotel happy hour!

Once the show started on Friday, my dad was pretty much glued to his booth. Mikey and I would check on him every so often. Bring him food, keep him company, and treat him to his afternoon cup of coffee and Baileys.

Sippin on coffee and baileys keeping Duke company
Sippin on coffee and baileys keeping Duke company

Mikey and I walked for miles and miles and took in everything there was to see.
Now I should mention that I am a car girl or should I say a hot rod girl through osmosis. Or better yet because I’m a Daddy’s girl. Hehe. Before my dad “Duke” started making automotive themed chairs custom made for you, he built cars. A 1980 Camaro, a 1933 Ford, and his super custom 1950 Mercury with a Cadillac engine and parts. So my dad was always working on cars my whole life and going to some car shows and such, so I just have always been around old cars and came to appreciate them myself.
So I actually very much enjoyed walking around the car show and looking at all of the amazing cars.
Here are a few of my favorites
car show
car show
car show
car show

beer break!
beer break!

On Saturday when Mikey and I caught up with my dad, he informed us that dukeschairs won an award!!!
So after the show closed at 5 they have an awards ceremony so of course we stayed to see my dad receive his award. So proud of him!
dukeschairs
dukeschairs
After the ceremony there was a big shindig at a different hotel down the road. It was kind of like an after party car show. They had a cookout, a band playing, and hundreds of cars. We ate some good food, had a few drinks, and walked around looking at more cars. My dad actually got to see a few cars this time since he was usually cooped up all day at his booth.

having a few drinks at the after party
having a few drinks at the after party
Another cool car at the after party
Another cool car at the after party

All in all, it was an awesome weekend! My dad winning that award was like icing on the cake because he also gets to be featured in the Goodguys magazine this November(it’s like free advertising). Go Duke!!
dukeschairs
dukeschairs
Aren’t his chairs just the coolest??!! He’s currently making a custom loveseat and coffee table for a customer that he talked to at the car show. Check out dukeschairs.com

what up wednesdays

just a few things I’ve been up to lately…….
1. Don’t you tease me!! Don’t you dare tease me!!! Is it possible? Could this really happen??
2. This week I’m reading “the life changing magic of tidying up” by marie kondo. Also called The KonMari Method. It took me over a year to go through some of my things since I moved in with my boyfriend. And I still have a lot of shit to go through and organize so I thought this book/method might help. I already got rid of stuff by selling it at the flea market like I previously mentioned. Plus I’ve been trying to sell some clothes on Ebay. So we’ll see what happens and I’ll keep you posted.
3. I have not watched any new shows on TV yet. Unless you count bad reality TV. 90 Day Fiance is back and it’s spin off Happily Ever After? I know, I know, I’m pathetic but I can’t help myself. Anybody have any good suggestions???
4. It’s officially fall around here. I feel as though it smacked me in the face yesterday. We had such a hot September and I loved loved loved it and then BOOM it’s 70 degrees in the daytime instead of 85 and the temperature dropped to 50 at night and I had to close the windows and wear socks. Sooooo not ready for this.
baby pumpkins

Peanut butter and jelly protein shake

It’s peanutbutter jelly time!!
pb&j protein shake
Just like how all the kids headed back too school, I’m headed back to the gym and getting back to the basics of working out. So instead of packing my lunch with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I packed it all into a protein shake for my post workout lunch. pb&j protein shake
I was a little leery at first. To add jelly to a protein shake. But I was very pleasantly surprised by how very good it tasted. Mikey even agreed that this shake¬†was very good. He looked at me all funny and then looked at the jar of jelly and asked horrified if I put grape jelly “in” the shake. I said “Umm yea, it’s a pb&j protein shake. Just drink it, you’ll like it.” And he did. Drink it and liked it.
pb&j protein shake
I used the classic grape jelly too. I was never one for using any other kind/flavor of jelly on my pb&j. Only grape. But of course you do you and try your favorite jelly.
pb&j protein shake
When I was in school, I probably ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches 3 out of 5 days a week. The other 2 days were usually a ham sandwich that I would put some potato chips on the sandwich to eat. Weird? Not at all. I know you did it too….
pb&j protein shake
Peanut butter and jelly protein shake
2 TBL peanut butter
1 1/2 TBL jelly (I used grape)
1/2 frozen banana
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 cup milk (I used original almond milk)
1 cup of ice
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
pb&j protein shake
Is it lunchtime yet???

what up wednesdays

just a few things I’ve been up to lately……
1. It’s pumpkin beer season!!! Trixie and I had a so called pumpkin beer tasting while watching football on sunday. We tried 3 different kinds and our favorite was one called Block House Brewing Pumpkin Ale that was recommended by the guy at the beer store where I bought it. It was very pumpkin tasting. I was checking out the bottle to see where it’s made, and it turns out it’s brewed and bottled about 20 minutes from where we live. So cool. It’s officially part of my buy local, drink local project. Haha.
2. I already read one of the books I chatted about last week- It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. I initially thought this book was going to be a real simple read and kind of predictable, but I was wrong. It was really different than what the back of the book explained. And in a good way. After I finished it, I started reading Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty. Now this book was reviewed a lot in my local newspapers recently so I just had to buy it. What keeps me reading is that “something happened” at a BBQ and the book goes back and forth from the bbq and present life and from all the characters perspectives. I’m almost halfway through the book, and I still don’t know what happened at the bbq. But it’s keeping me very interested.
3. I haven’t been watching much TV lately. Gearing up for Fall I suppose. I want to watch the new HBO show “Divorced” coming out in October because Sarah Jessica Parker plays in it. SJP forever! Speaking of SJP, I’ve been doing my cardio to reruns of Sex and the City. Oh and let’s not forget- The Walking Dead is coming back on again in October!!! OMG. Oh, Oh, and I cannot forget that I cannot wait to watch Martha and Snoop’s Dinner Party premiering this fall on VH1. I’m sooo excited!!!

Tequila sunrise

An oldie but a goodie. And made with fresh squeezed orange juice.
tequila sunrise
And because some days you just need tequila. Especially Mondays. So instead of a margarita, I kept it so very simple. And loaded with vitamin C.
tequila sunrise
I’ve mentioned before how good fresh squeezed orange juice is, like when I made this amaretto with fresh squeezed oj. But I just cannot stress it enough how much of a difference fresh squeezed makes vs store bought oj. Fresh squeezed is sweeter and seems less acidic which just changes the whole flavor of any drink I make with it. Seriously, you gotta try it!
tequila sunrise
The trick of this drink is to not mix it. Pour the grenadine in last and let it settle on the bottom of the glass.
tequila sunrise
Tequila sunrise
2 oz silver tequila
1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (approx. 5 oranges, depending on size)
1 oz grenadine
In a glass with ice, pour in tequila, then top with orange juice. Slowly pour in grenadine and let it settle on the bottom. Do not stir.
tequila sunrise
This drink was very popular in the 1970’s. I think we should bring it back in style because it looks very ombre which is very much in style right now.