living an unconventional life, one cocktail at a time

I love Sandbar popcorn.

Well, I DO, except I’m not supposed to eat it right now because of the braces currently inhibiting my enjoyment of certain foods. (I said “not supposed to.” Yes, you can interpret that to mean that I’ve snuck a few bites here and there when I couldn’t resist, like when a friend I hadn’t seen in over a year came to town for a visit, or when we visited my parents and my dad made...

Why I Hate Scheduled Social Media Updates.

I’m not a fan of automating social media and scheduling Facebook updates or Twitter posts. That being said, I admit to doing it sometimes. It’s a necessary evil at times because managing several accounts on top of a million other responsibilities at work and home is difficult, and accounts would often go neglected without a few scheduled updates. I only schedule updates for things that won’t...

How I Met My Husband.

Our how-we-met story could almost be a sitcom. One night when I was in college, I was with friends at my new favorite bar. We were sitting in the front of the bar in the “comfy” chairs that sadly no longer exist, when I heard someone in our group say “Hey, there’s David Johanning.” Through my slightly intoxicated haze, I recognized that name. You see, my parents have been huge KU...

Baby Gifts from the Bar.

It’s probably expected that our baby would have pint-sized attire from our own bar (and he does, and there will be more), but we didn’t expect to receive baby clothes from other bars. A few weeks ago, a package arrived at the bar addressed to Dave. Inside we found a note from bartender Red at Kelly’s Westport Inn in Kansas City, along with a Kelly’s-logo’d baby T-shirt and a onesie...

Eleven Years.

Eleven years ago today, I got lucky. The most amazing guy married me, on the hottest day of the year. Seriously- it hit 109.9 degrees that day, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. And so I became the wife of a bartender. Just a few of our favorite wedding memories: The Reading.Our dear friend Peach graciously agreed to read one of the two bible readings we had chosen. Unfortunately for her, it was a verse from...

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