I Miss My Silverware!

I am pretty sure I have never said those exact words before, even though they are true! Since our time in Omaha is work related and just for a short period of time we rented a corporate apartment, which basically means it comes furnished, including linens and kitchenware.   I am convinced it was stocked by a man who had never cooked before in his life. I have exactly 4 dinner plates, 4 salad plates and 4 cereal bowls. I have no mixing or serving bowls. I do have three sizes of tongs but not one serving spoon, unless you count the soup ladle. Believe me, I have tried to use it as a serving spoon but it does not work that well.

After custom building a home eighteen years ago and continually tweaking to accommodate needs and wants, there is an expectation that your surroundings are a certain way, I am not saying I am spoiled, ok maybe I am saying that, but I am a little inconvenienced by a few things around here.

  • MY SILVERWARE – When Dave and I got married thirty plus years ago we registered for twelve place settings of Oneida’s Dover pattern 18/10 stainless steel flatware.   These heavy weight utensils have probably been our hardest working asset over the years, feeding our family on a daily basis. I really never appreciated them or even thought about them much until I went to use the flatware in this apartment. I have never felt such lightweight utensils in my life. I swear they are made out of tin foil.  Can you guess which is my silverware?

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  • A Walk-In Shower – This complaint might seem minor to many of you but for someone who has 4 joint replacements, falling and dislocating something is one of my biggest fears. Stepping over the side of a bathtub when everything is wet and slippery and there is not much to hold onto can be a scary thing.
  • A spray faucet – Every time I wash dishes here I find myself trying to pull the stationary faucet handle so I can use the spray feature.  I never realized how much I used this nice feature at home.

spray-faucet

  • My recliners – When I started the process of joint replacement a wise friend told me I needed a recliner at my house. Over the course of those surgeries I ended up with two recliners, one in my bedroom and one in our living room. They were a life saver during that process and continue to be my favorite places to sit in my house. This apartment has a very low sofa and loveseat which neither Dave or I find comfortable to sit on.
  • recliner
  • Space –  This one bedroom apartment is 656 square feet, actually smaller than my master bedroom suite and walk-in closet at home.

Ok, I will stop complaining now. Overall the apartment is not that bad. It is fairly new with granite countertops and dark stained cabinets. The bed is king size and we do have a washer /dryer in the unit. It also has climate controlled indoor parking for one of our cars.   This time away  is making me appreciate all those things that are waiting for me back home and that is not a bad thing!

AK-SAR-BEN VILLAGE

I have mentioned before that I travel to Omaha, Nebraska once a month for work. This year I am spending much more time than normal in this chilly town so the Mr and I have rented a small apartment for a few months. The apartment is nice as apartments go, but it’s  best feature is its location, just 10 minutes from work and in a great new mixed use development called AK-SAR-BEN village.

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If you lived in the center of the country in the 1980’s you probably would have heard of AK-SAR-BEN race track in Omaha (AK-SAR-BEN is Nebraska spelled backwards). Built in 1919 for thoroughbred horse racing, on it’s busiest weekend days it would host up to 25,000 people betting up to $2 million dollars per day. The racetrack closed in 1995 like many in the country when casinos and other forms of entertainment began showing up.

Since that time, the race track and an accompanying arena have been demolished. A large portion of the land was donated to the University of Nebraska – Omaha campus and the rest is being developed into a great area encompassing businesses, apartments, retail stores, a cinema and food and drink establishments.

street-scene

There is also a nice park that includes an outdoor ampitheatre, walking trails, benches and a children’s play area.  At night the tower is lite up with hundreds of light.  I am not sure if this is a seasonal thing or if the lights stay on all year.

light-tower

Also n the park there is a monument to “Omaha” the 1935  Triple Crown winner, who retired to a farm close by and made promotional appearances at the race track in the 1950’s. Upon his death in 1959, Omaha was buried in the race track’s Circle of Champions.

omaha

Last weekend we walked and walked and walked all over this little village. I love the idea of having entertainment and restaurants within walking distance. We ate lunch at an interesting place called VooDoo Tacos where Dave tried the alligator selection. I was not quite that brave.

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I kept eyeing the Jones cupcake store next door, but somehow managed to walk away.

jones-cupcakes

We then stopped by the cinema and watched “American Sniper.”  What a great movie that was!  It was a fun afternoon on an unusually warm January day and an easy way to get 10,000 steps on my fitbit!

 

 

Life in Omaha

Many of you know that the Mr. and I travel to Omaha once a month to provide some face time to our respective employers.  Because we work from home it is nice to get out into the real world every once in a while.  Here is “our place” when we are in town.

I love the Hampton Inn.  We began staying there about a year ago when it was newly built.  The rooms are very clean and comfortable and the breakfast always includes fresh fruit and a hot entrée.  A great feature is the complimentary happy hour each afternoon with wine, beer, appetizers and warm cookies.  That has been our dinner on more than one occasion.

The Hampton Inn is actually located in Bellevue, Nebraska a suburb of Omaha and home to the Strategic Air Command at Offutt AFB.  Remember on 9/11 when Air Force One landed in Nebraska and President Bush was taken to a secure bunker?  That was right here in Bellevue.  As expected, there is a bunch of air traffic overhead, but the noise is surprisingly not bad at all.

Just a few blocks from our hotel is where Dave’s employer recently built their new facility in the middle of a cornfield.   You might be thinking that all of Omaha is in the middle of a cornfield and that is not far from the truth.

I work at a Health System that is several blocks north in the actual city of Omaha.  Here are pictures of two of our hospitals.

Although we have taken in many of the attractions of Omaha since we did live there for about 15 months, most of our time these days is spent working or eating out.  These are two of our favorite places to eat in Omaha…..we are pretty easy to please when it comes to food.

Huhot is a typical Mongolian grill although on the small side when compared to BD’s in Kansas City.    The food is fresh and the Hot and Sour soup fabulous.  This is always Dave’s pick for somewhere to eat.    I on the other hand always have to stop at Qdoba Mexican Grill during our trips.  It is similar to Chipotle, although has many more menu options.  The 3 cheese queso sauce that covers the nachos is to die for.  I do not even want to know how many Weight Watcher points this would be!  There are a few Qdoba’s in Missouri, but they are in the St. Louis and Springfield areas.  Not a one even close to KC.

I remember when we were getting ready to move to Omaha EVERYONE told us we had to visit the zoo.  At the time, I had two hips that would not think kindly of a whole day spent walking.  However, now that I have bionic hips, I am planning on staying over a weekend on one of our future trips and do just that.   Maybe I will do a future post about all the fun things to do in Omaha!