It’s getting real

There is no denying the fact that we are moving. Our living room is full of boxes thanks to the diligent work and assistance from my sister over the weekend. I still having packing to do, but not a lot. Today the trailer that we ordered through UPack was delivered. The huge trailer parked at the side of our house means there is no denying it now.

We still have no idea where we will live in Georgia. That is a little frustrating. But my husband’s company will put us up in an extended stay place until we find a place. It should be a lot easier to find a place to live once we are actually in the area.

I am looking forward to this new adventure, very much. I still need to get the dog in for his shots to be updated, finish packing before the movers come and then clean up the house. I already have the mail scheduled to be held.

My husband’s work had a company lunch for him today along with a cake to wish him well on this new venture. That was very nice of them. It is so nice to have him with a company that is so appreciative and nurturing of his potential.

My mind is ready for the move. My heart is going to miss our granddaughter the most of all. Yes, I will miss my daughters, but they are both adults now and in that stage of pulling away unless I can do something for them. Hopefully absence will make the heart grow fonder in their case. I will miss my family. Having them so close has been really nice. But it’s not the dark ages, there are cell phones and computers and the like that can keep us connected. And they will all have a great vacation destination, too.

I find myself today watching our granddaughter so closely, wanting to memorize everything about her. All while knowing that she will grow and change so much. I hope that my daughter will allow us to Skype regularly with her, because her baby girl means the world to me. And I never want her to forget me, because she is always on my mind and in my heart.

It’s amazing how we can plan and prepare for something and yet it’s magnitude isn’t felt until it is so close. I will become a frequent flyer just to remain close to our grandbaby…. this from someone who has never flown before.

This adventure will be grand and allow for us to see and visit places we had only previously imagined. I am excited for this new chapter in our lives.

It’s getting really real, really quick.

Hard Rock Cafe, Atlanta, Georgia

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to visit a Hard Rock Cafe. I don’t recall when, where, how or why this desire started for me, it just has been with me for as long as I can recall. Our recent trip to Atlanta, Georgia provided me with the opportunity to fulfill that desire. Let me first say that parking cost a lot in downtown Atlanta. We parked a few blocks away and walked to the restaurant, ate our lunch and then walked back to the car. We paid $10 for the time we were in the parking garage, which amounted to a little over an hour. I strongly recommend doing some research about parking, or using the MARTA to get to where you want to go.

Elvis’s jacket and Harley

About Elvis

Elvis on his motorcycle

Elvis’s baby blue Harley

Elvis gun

Elvis boxing


John Lennon

Hard Rock Cafe is all about the atmosphere, and it is very neat to be surrounded by all of the Rock & Roll memorabilia. Anyone who knows me well knows that I am an Elvis Presley fan, which explains all of my Elvis memorabilia pictures. I have a friend who is a big Beatles fan, so I snapped a few pics for her enjoyment. We skipped the gift store, although it looked like they have a lot of neat stuff to offer.

International burgers menu

part of menu

dessert menu

In my opinion the food is a little on the pricey side, at $15+ for a burger and fries. They were featuring their world tour burgers when we visited, so I enjoyed an English Breakfast burger.

English Breakfast burger

My husband enjoyed the Legend burger.

Legend burger

The up sell of the specialty fries was worth it. All in all, the food was rather good–although there was some of the white of my egg that I scrapped off because it wasn’t all the way cooked. We could have gotten away with ordering one burger and fries and splitting it and it would have been enough food for the both of us. They have a rather impressive dessert menu, too, which we decided to pass on.

The check topped out at just over $40. I recognize that in a Hard Rock Cafe you are paying also for the novelty. It is not somewhere that we will visit again, just the two of us. But if we have friends or family in town who want to visit, we will go back with them. Now I can check it off of my list, and note that it wasn’t as impressive as I had long hoped.

Huey Luey’s Mexican Restaurant and Margarita Bar

Huey Luey’s is a Mexican restaurant and margarita bar. They serve a wonderful and full Tex-Mex menu. They have several margaritas that are $5 daily. We don’t drink very often, so we skipped the margaritas, but if we were in the mood for one, this would be a great deal. There are several flavors to chose from.

Keep them on your list of places to visit for your birthday, because on your birthday you eat for free. They also have a VIP club that you can join to have savings text to your cell phone. We ended up visiting on a Tuesday, so we took advantage of the Taco Tuesday special of $2 tacos.

Our meal started with the usual tortilla chips and salsa. The chips were light and wonderful and the salsa had the right amount of spice to it, for which I was thankful, as my allergies had my sinuses a mess. We added the jalapeno ques o dip and it was very good, too.

I enjoyed the following tacos: carnitas, shrimp, steak & grilled chicken. The carnitas was good, the grilled shrimp was wonderful and the chicken and steak could have used a little something extra with them….some of the table side guacamole that was recommend (but read too late) would have been wonderful to go with them.

My husband ordered a shrimp, 2 beef & a streetcar brisket. His order was a little mixed up, as they only brought him one beef, but the young man who brought his food quickly corrected it and brought him a beef taco. It wasn’t until eating left overs that he realized his order also included a chicken taco, which he didn’t order….but I enjoyed it.

The atmosphere was very nice. I really liked their lighting. The lanterns all over are a really nice touch. Our waitress was Buffie and was just as sweet as can be. 🙂

For dessert they have a pretty good offering. Although the brownie in a skillet would be my usual choice, we decided to try something different and went with the chocolate chimichanga. It was a little tough to cut, but was worth the trouble. It was very good. We split it and we both like it.

Our total was $31.13, which was very affordable. We will definitely be returning and look forward to trying some of the other things on their menu.

They have locations in Hiram and Acworth.

This Is It! BBQ & Seafood, East Point, Atlanta Georgia

Our first full day in Atlanta was Monday. We visited the warehouse and met the people that my husband will be working with. We spent some time looking at places. At the end of the day were were slightly discouraged. We did see a place that we really liked, but the landlord wouldn’t even consider pets. And if my dog isn’t welcome, then neither am I. After our day we didn’t really feel like driving very far, if at all, but we wanted to experience some Atlanta food. We were fortunate that there was a restaurant that filled our requirements that was just a short walk from our hotel.

This Is It! BBQ & Seafood was an interesting experience. Our first impression was that it was a buffet type of restaurant, as that is how it appears to be set up. And it kind of is. You go to the counter and order your food as you walk along the line, but they make your main course fresh and then assemble your plate and bring it to you. We were a little skeptical. It seemed a little pricey for what you were getting….and then there was a lady complaining when we got to the register to pay. We paid, took our number and found a table and sat down.

Our waitress brought our drinks and any condiments we needed and we waited. It seemed like we waited a long while, although it was no more than 15 minutes. When they brought our food, we became impressed. I ordered the 2 whole catfish meal with sweet potato souffle and green beans & delicious cornbread. My husband ordered the white fish and shrimp meal with baked beans and coleslaw. My first reacting was that they weren’t messing around, it really was whole catfish on my plate. And it was so moist and delicious. As you can see by the pictures, we ate it all–emptied our plates. And you get a lot of food. Our first impression was blown away. Our taste buds were awed and our tummies were very happy happy. The food was wonderful and we will visit them again.

So if you are in the area and looking for some good soul food, my husband and I both will recommend that you try This Is It!

Thumbs Up Diner in College Park, GA

Thumbs Up Diner College Park, Georgia

Thumbs Up menu

We started our Georgia food experience at Thumbs Up Diner in College Park, Georgia. It was recommended multiple times when searching for good eats in the Atlanta area. It was as advertised, great food.

The inside of the diner has a great feel to it. Brick walls, seating at the bar area and on either side. Great blues/jazz music playing to complete the feel. They only take cash, but provide an ATM inside for card holders to access cash, with a $2.00 fee. The wait staff was nice and provided our first look of shock and awe about us being from Iowa.

I ordered the Yukon Omelette, which had salmon, spinach and cream cheese inside. I opted for their fresh made multi-grain biscuit, which was a wonderful choice. It was nice and dense feeling yet had light and fluffy texture and was very yummy with their homemade peach jam on top. (When in the peach state, one must eat the peaches.) Coupled with a small glass of apple juice. The whole meal was wonderful. Not a bite left on my plate when finished.

My husband ordered the Denver Omelette with toast and enjoyed their homemade blackberry jam with it and a glass of O.J. The blackberry jam was good, too.

My husband stuck his head in the kitchen to let the cooks know that our food was wonderful.

This is a place that I am certain we will visit again. If you are in the Atlanta area, especially if close to the airport, you really should stop in to Thumbs Up Diner and enjoy some good food in a great atmosphere.

Thumbs Up Diner

Quick short about Georgia

For the first time in our lives my husband and I are visiting the beautiful state of Georgia. I just want to give a brief mention to some of the places and experiences that we have had. I plan to make some specific blogs in the near future. These are just some things that won’t get a full blog post, but are worth mentioning.

First of all, Atlanta drivers live up to their reputation. Thankfully my husband lived near and worked in Chicago, so he has no trouble handling the driving.

Second, from a few sources we heard that there is no such thing as southern hospitality. Let me assure you that this is not correct. We recognize that everyone’s experience is different, and often based on what they project. My husband and I are both warm and outgoing people, and that is how we have experienced Georgians to be as well.

Chick-fil-A is huge here. Their headquarters are here. They are everywhere. We drove through one for lunch one day, and it was super busy. We were quite impressed with how efficient they are. They had people directing traffic, taking orders on portable devices and multiple lanes and stations for picking up your food. Which brings me to another southern staple…. sweet tea. In the south they LOVE their sweet tea. It is diabetes-causing sweet. My local friend says it is best to order it half sweet and half non-sweet with extra ice. I will remember this.

Georgia farmers market in Forest Park is HUGE, and will one day have it’s own blog post by me. For our first visit we were just checking it out. There is so much fresh produce, fresh and dried herbs, a greenhouse, pottery, all kinds of interesting things. Lots of people drive through in their cars because it is so big and they don’t want to walk it. There are store areas behind some of the store fronts to walk through. The perk for us was Po Boys Flowers, ran by a lovely elderly lady who was so friendly and such a joy to talk with, and she invited us to come back…. and we will once our move is complete. She has such a huge variety of house plants and lovely flowers, and we purchased some local honey from her and some peach jam.

And last but not least, Smoothie King…They are not horribly over prices like a lot of places are that sell smoothies and they have smoothies specific to whatever your needs or desires may be. And the lady even gave my husband some bananas. 🙂

All in all, this has been an amazing experience. I am even more excited for my lives here to start once we get moved here in less than a month.