Archive | August 2022

Pokemon Go Fest Finale!

Saturday was the Pomemon Go Fest Finale, and despite what everyone seemed to think, so long as you bought a ticket to the first Go Fest, this one was free/was a continuation.

The storyline for this year’s Go Fest was that a mysterious portal opened up to another dimension and allowed in and Ultra Beast, and also sucked in Professor Willow (he’s the guy that you’re assisting with all the research and pokemon catching and what not). After he disappeared, a mysterious guy from the other dimension shows up to help you (aka take Willows place). This happened in June, and over the next months, the monthly research was the mysterious space guy, because of course Willow couldn’t be there since he was missing, so it was a cute way to keep the story going. Of course this last Saturday, Willow finally returns, and the portals increase, allowing other Ultra Beasts (who had been released at in person only events over the summer) to appear in raids, and our spaceman friend created some Ultra beast balls for catching them and…now everything has been returned to normal.

Anyway, Go Fest days started at 10 a.m. which meant we had to get up and get going early. The one joy of getting up early is that I get to eat breakfast, and what a yummy breakfast it was!

That’s right! A hot dog from the Weiner Wagon! Ha!! I actually ran into them a couple years ago at Buzzard Fest in Coin, but then they were the Teeny Weeny Weiner Wagon and had a tiny cart, so it’s awesome to see they’ve been able to upgrade. So tasty!

Lunch was just as good because it was a walking Taco from the DAC creamery (I had ice cream, too! Why not! It’s a special day, after all! Carbs don’t count on special days, right?)

And here’s something weird I noticed while driving around that hubby assures me has been there forever:

Anyway, though we did do raids to get Ultra Beasts, my main goal was shiny hunting. And I did waaaay better than usual. I think it’s because we spent most of the time driving around so instead of staying stationary and checking 50 mons we could check 200 mons. In all I got 22 shinies, which is a record for me for any event. I think 12 is the most I’ve had before.

The event ended at 6 pm, in time for a killer rain storm. (I wonder how the people who’ve been in the tents for weeks faired with it?) There was a lot of wind and rain, so we got trapped in the truck for awhile. But, when it ended we went to Stadium 34 for dinner with friends, and had a nice time.

The drink is a Rum Rollover. I’d never had it but yummy! So good! It’s coconut rum, OJ, pineapple juice and grenadine. Mmmmm… and chicken parmesana is always good.

So, anyway, it was a good day. The storm was weird, and the chick hiding in the park bathroom for well over an hour was weird, but what’s a day without a little weirdness, right?

Have a shiny pokemon kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚

Told Y’all I’d Buy The Dog

If you saw that and thought, “Isn’t that the skeleton dog at Dollar General?” You’d be right, except it’s no longer at Dollad General, it’s now in my house waiting for Halloween. Heh-heh. We all knew I was going to get it.

In other news, I finally tried the Asian stew recipe that has been haunting my cookbook for years and guess what? It was good!

It’s beef, carrots, onions, ginger, green onions, sesame oil, soy sauce and bok choy.  Actually we had to use a kind of cabbage but anyway, it was tasty with some rice. Hang on, I’ll just add the recipe.

I even left it big so that it’s readable. You’re welcome. We used stew meat instead of the short ribs because that’s what I had, lol!

Desert was lemon lime sherbert Ala the Ninja Creami.

I just used the orange sherbet recipe, but instead of OJ did half lemon juice and half lime juice and some green food coloring. It was pretty tasty.

And that’s it.

Have a lemon lime kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚

Gummi Sushi

Hello, hello. Yesterday we got some stuff done that’s not that interesting, but what was interesting was the gummy sushi! We actually found it at Hy-Vee, our localish grocery store (being in Villisca there isn’t a real local store since there’s not one in town.)

My favorite part was the round things covered in yellow. They were a nice gummy drop coated in crunchy yellow Sprinkles. With the flavored and the fun popping crunch it was sort of like what I imagine soda would be if it was a candy.

Inside the little plastic containers were some interesting things. The red berries were really delicious. I’d buy a whole bag of those. And the other was four shoe strings that were also really good. They had almost a lemonade flavor.

These were a super sour strip wrapped around a marshmallow. The offset between the super sour and the sweet marshmallow is really good.

The fishy sushi is an orange gummy fish on top of a marshmallow. Since both are sweet, it was a bit too much for me, but it wasn’t bad.

The other one I didn’t picture is a sour gummy ring with a gummy bear. It tasted exactly like a sour gummy ring with a gummy bear. It was also good.

And that’s my gummy sushi review. Wasn’t it exciting?

Have a Gummi sushi kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚

Apple Barrel and Cutlery

Yesterday was the weekly pilgrimage to Council Bluffs, and this week was topped off with a visit to Apple Barrel – which is the restaurant inside of Sapp Brothers truck stop, for those not in the know.

One of the best things about Apple Barrel is that they have all day breakfast. Since I’m rarely in public before noon, I rely on all day breakfast to ensure I occasionally get breakfast food. And it was tasty! I had scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, sausage, and the cutest mini loaf of blueberry bread, complete with a tiny bread board!!

Sapp Brothers Coffee machines are also worth mentioning. I love the “Awake” label!

I mentioned cutlery. For reasons I don’t fully understand, I’ve inherited some. But, it’s pretty cool, so…

The finger one is too big, but it makes me feel like Sauron, or the evil witch in Inframan. (There’s a classic everyone should see!)

And now I leave you with a skeleton dog I’m thinking about buying for our Halloween Undead Park scene. Tell me what you think.


Have a mini loaf kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚

Lemon Strawberry

Yes, that’s lemon strawberry ice cream as you can see, the strawberries float to the top and make the top half pink when you process it, but that’s ok because I think it’s pretty that way. Also, if you want it yellow, add food coloring.

Just pour everything into the pint, stir it up, and freeze. Super easy and delicious.

Have a tasty ice cream kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚

Sunset and Movie Night

Yeah. I fall off the blogging wagon on the weekends. It happens.

Saturday was outdoor movie night at the Willis house. Guess what we watched…

We also made funnel cakes. Whoo hoo!

And then you get a bonus pretty sunset

And that’s what I have for you!

Have a funnel cake kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚

Pizza in Glenwood

That was the big excitement yesterday. I finally got to eat at the pizza place the bro is so crazy about -Adriano’s Brick Oven Pizza. It was pretty good, actually, and the building was super neat. It’s downtown, so it’s in an old building, which I always love. Check out that amazing ceiling. Ugh. I’m jealous!

And that’s what I’ve got.

Have a brick oven pizza kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚

Even Pikachu has a Side Gig

You know the economy is bad when even Pikachu has to have a second job – as a floor cleaner at Walmart no less.

Hope he’s getting good benefits.

Have a pikachu kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚


Yesterday hubby and I spent the day at parks doing POTA – Parks on the Air. It’s a ham radio thing, wherein a ham radio operator sets their radio up on certain parks and makes contacts with other ham radio operators who then get the check that park off their list. The goal is to get all the parks in the state, or the country, or whatever marked off, so to speak. But to do that, people have to go sit in the park and operate the radio.

Anyway, so that’s what we did. Because it was a gorgeous day.

We stopped by Viking Lake first.

Though it’s still August, there’s a definite autumn vibe.

Then we headed for Lake Anita because we’d never been there before.

Truthfully, I’ve never heard of it before, but it is a really nice park. It has campgrounds, a large lake, obviously, and a bunch of shelters.

Weirdly, most of the shelters don’t have a bathroom anywhere near them, and since doing the POTA means we have a lot of equipment set up, we like a bathroom close by so the stuff doesn’t have to be left unattended. Luckily one shelter not only had a bathroom, but an actual flush toilet bathroom with sinks and all! Score! Even better, our shelter had some little feathered friends in it.

There were a lot wild flowers and some very cool trees.

Despite the clouds rolling in, we stayed until basically dark because it was so gorgeous out.

So that was it. We had a lot fun, and it was nice to be outside and not bake to death for a change. And, bonus, we got rain today, so even better.

Have a cool weather kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚

More Ice Cream

Did family stuff yesterday and got a new tire, so not a lot to blog. We did have ice cream, though.

That’s a container of the lite and fur Greek yogurt in strawberry cheesecake, mixed with sugar free chocolate pudding and two strawberries tossed in.

While those of us who don’t like the fake sweetener had chocolate raspberry. Just the ninja chocolate recipe with some frozen raspberries tossed in. Both were tasty but since the fake sweetners make me sick, this was my choice.

And that’s all I’ve got.

Have a chocolate kinda day!

Jo πŸ™‚

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