Thursday, June 17, 2010

Quick Update and Some Frustration

My husband's conference ended on Tuesday evening and I planned three days of non-stop activity so that we could experience as much of central Kentucky as possible while in the area.  It is an absolutely beautiful part of our country with gently rolling hills and mile after mile of stunning horse farms.  As planned, we spent yesterday in Louisville, KY where we lived from 1979-1985.  At that time, we were wide-eyed newlyweds, had NO money to speak of and having both grown-up in mid-sized towns, finding ourselves in a town the size of Louisville was quite an experience.  We had a lot of laughs yesterday as we revisited places with great memories and truly appreciated how naive we really were.  But we made the best of it and wouldn't trade the time for anything.   That's where we truly began to learn and practice a frugal, simple lifestyle because we had no other choice and I am so grateful that we've continued those habits throughout our marriage.

We spent today in Frankfort, Kentucky's state capital.  Several years ago, we set some travel goals to give us direction in planning future travel.  One of those was to visit every state capital.  We are now on number 28, but today's visit to Frankfort was not our first trip. When we visited several years ago, it was on a weekend, so we were unable to go inside the capital building.  It was also prior to digital photography, so my pictures are not very good.   We remedied both of those things today and had a lovely day touring the capital and the city.  In addition, we visited Rebecca Ruth Candies, original inventor of Bourbon Balls!! 

Eating has been a little tough these past two days and I'm a little frustrated.  I mentioned that we would be eating at Kingfish Restaurant during our day in Louisville.  In the early 80s, we scrimped and saved in order to eat our 3rd, 4th & 5th anniversary dinners at Kingfish, so we always return even though the restaurant is not nearly as good as it was then.  Prior to our visit yesterday, I had carefully searched their website looking for broiled or grilled options as I was determined not to stray from plan.  According to their website, I would have a few choices including a "Wednesday Special."  At the restaurant, however, the menu did not show any of these options that had I had seen.  When I asked our server, she was not the least bit helpful and rather abruptly informed me that the only Wednesday special was the Fried Scrod sandwich.  In fact, the only broiled options available were from the dinner menu at exorbitant prices.  I finally decided on the Scrod knowing I would take it off the bread.  But it got worse.  The list of side items was unbelievable.  Not one item on it that wasn't fried or a starch or BOTH!!  Needless to say, by this time I was pretty agitated.  Our food came, it was so-so as we expected.  

It is quite disheartening to me when I do my research and go to a restaurant prepared to order something in line with my eating plan only to find the reality nothing like what I had prepared for.  Kingfish is not a chain of 500 restaurants - they only have three locations. What is shown on their website ought to be in line with what is available in the restaurant.  We don't eat out a whole lot for many reasons.  Incidents like this certainly don't make me want to change our stance.  FYI - my husband said his fried shrimp and oysters were good, but you'd never have known it from his moaning, groaning & frequent trips to the bathroom for Maalox last night.  Serves him right!!!

I have not eaten very well today either.  Nothing drastic, just some poor choices I made on the spur of the moment that I wish I could take back.  I don't like the way I feel right now and my choices today will probably result in a gain tomorrow.   

Tomorrow we are headed east to the Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge State Park.  Totally different than the last two days.   Looking forward to it. 

1 comment:

  1. Oh, how frustrating, Sharon. :( I'm sorry, my friend. ((hug)) Friday will be a wonderful eating day for you, I just know it. :) Maybe eating a bit more for a meal or two will help you out in the long run. You might loose a little extra after you ditch the water from your tiny splurges. Praying this will be the case.

    Love, Grace