Tuesday, November 28, 2006

the midwestern indoctrination continues

This year J was lucky enough to get the week of Thanksgiving off from work, so we road-tripped it from the east coast all the way back to Illinois to spend the week with my family. J is a brave man. Now, I've taken him back to my homeland before, so he knows all about the flatness, and the corn, and did I mention the flatness? This time he was lucky enough to be able to spend some time in downtown Chicago, but there was still something missing from his midwestern experience: he had never eaten at Steak & Shake.

What better meal to have the night before Thanksgiving than a big old Steak & Shake Frisco melt (the platter, of course) and a giant sippable sundae shake? That's what we thought, too.

After ravenously devouring everything on our table, we sat back to reflect on the experience. J turned to me and said, patting his belly, "Ugh, I feel like an engorged tick!"

My mother's jaw dropped open, and she fixed her eyes on us. "WHAT did he just say?!"

"Tick, mom, with a 'T'! He said he feels like an engorged TICK."

(P.S. You may have noticed the new look of the blog, and the new title. This is because I switched over to Blogger beta where I can actually understand what I'm doing when I edit the blog. Hope you don't mind the changes, but I bore easily. It's a wonder I kept it the same for so long!)


Mary Beth said...

Mmm, Steak 'n' Shake. I had never had it until college...I just hadn't lived until then.

I distinctly remember eating Steak 'n' Shake with you on the way to a certain fraternity party at a certain college in Peoria. I don't know why I remember that, but I do.

Jennifer said...

That is hilarious! Reminds me of taking my husband, who was my boyfriend at the time, to visit my family in Alabama. He was born and bred on Long Island and had sooooo many things to learn! On that trip, he ate grits for the first and last time ever. :-)

I LOVE the new look, and it's great to finally see a picture of you!

Kat E said...

MB--that was quite a road trip!

Jennifer--I figure it's his turn to learn a thing or two. I'm picking up all kinds of annoying east coast pronunciations, etc... The worst one is instead of the midwestern way to say "aunt" (like ant), I'm now catching myself--when referring to J's relatives--saying "Auntie", pronouced "on-tee". Yuck!

Mary Beth said...

Ooh, ooh, stop that nasty East Coast accent RIGHT NOW!

Jennifer said...

Yea, now that I'm getting divorced, I will never spend another family gathering trying to decipher that bizarre language! Woo hoo!