On our way to St. Louis we stopped to visit some friends. One of their Portuguese Water Dogs had a litter of puppies, and they asked LD to evaluate the puppies' temperament using a puppy aptitude test. I know it was very hard for LD to be objective, and evaluate them because she has been watching them grow online.
After spending a few hours assisting LD with her evaluation of some adorable, furry puppies, we went inside for some delicious spicy lentil soup. After pigging out on two bowls of soup, we were treated to some delicious bread pudding/custard dessert. I am jealous of our friends' culinary skills! I would sign up for some culinary classes if I thought it would help, but I am a firm believer that people are just born with talents (I am still trying to find mine).
As if the gift of our friends' company and delicious cooking were not enough, our friends also surprised us with a beautiful Persian rug. It is a flat woven Kelim, wool on wool hand-woven rug, used by nomad tribes to protect them from the sand, and also used as windows and doorways. The rugs are woven with open spaces to allow the breeze to go through while keeping the heat out.
We actually managed to leave without taking a puppy with us, but it was very hard because they were adorable and intelligent.
We got into St. Louis and did a quick stop at REI. I was under the impression that I would be able to spend my dividend, but after speaking with one of the cashiers I learned that they would not be available until the third week of March. So the big shopping spree I had planned, will have to wait until my dividend is available. We headed to our hotel, and after unloading our stuff we headed out to Westport Pizza for dinner. The pizza was very good, it tasted like some pizza we had before, but we could not figure out where.
The next day after breakfast, we went shopping at Trader Joe's. It would be a crime to go to St. Louis and not pick up some groceries there. I am addicted to their chile spiced mango.
We missed a "sale" on contemporary furniture that had been advertised on Craigslist, but we went to the location (it wasn't really a store), and peeked through the windows to see what we had missed out. There were several nice pieces in there, so LD contacted the seller today. She found out the prices on some of the pieces that interested us. Let's just say that we know why there was so much furniture left; you had to have some very, deep pockets to afford a single piece! And the items were supposed to be 50-80% off!!