Some weird thing hanging by a cable from the ceiling.
Don't remember the plant but the pic is awesome.
Weird curvy tree.
LINK if you want to learn more. The website states: 'The RME is a nonprofit helping build the Quad-City music scene through diverse live music and unique educational programming.'
When we got there a group of teenage boys was performing on the small stage set up right in the front windows. They were pretty good. I have no clue who they were. I joked to my sister, 'Were they the Jonas Brothers?!' Hehe...no.
We went upstairs to find a small music museum that my sister had heard about. One display caught my eye right away...
Jimi Hendrix display.
We actually wasted a huge chunk of time here and most of it was spent doing absolutely nothing. The museum takes maybe 5-10 minutes to browse, the rest of the time we were just sort of lollygagging around, using the bathrooms, reading articles on the wall, revisiting the few exhibits over and over again. Finally we decided to head over to the baseball game.
The local team, Quad Cities River Bandits, were playing the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers that night. We'd seen these teams play each last summer here in Wisconsin. It would be fun to see this rematch on foreign turf. I had my T-Rats shirt on and hubby had our T-Rats hat on. We were two of what seemed like only.....two T-Rats fans in the whole place. LOL
Cool bridge right next to the stadium.
We lost. They cheated.
It was a good came. We made a small comeback in the end but it wasn't enough. And it had gotten pretty darn cold as the evening went on! We were glad to get into the warmth of the car and head back home. One more stop to be had though....a place called Whitey's. I think my sister said recently that Whitey's has replaced Wisconsin's own Cedar Crest as her favorite ice cream. The place was quite busy when we got there. (Is it always that way?) We were momentarily excited to see an ice cream called Vikings Pride or something like that, but then found out it was peanut flavored and passed on it. We got our yummies and slobbered them down on the drive home.
And FINALLY we were back at my sister's house, after a very long and busy day. Our plan at this point was to try and stay up long enough to see the Doctor Who season premiere at 11pm. I was so tired and not interested in watching so by 10:30pm I dragged myself up to bed. I thought (hoped) I could get to sleep and have some time to stretch out in that tiny bed before hubby joined me but no, they all gave up the fight and headed for bed by about 10:40pm. I was so soooo tired that night that I couldn't get comfortable and couldn't fall asleep. Hubby didn't seem to have a problem. When I heard his deep peaceful breathing after only a few moments I wanted to kick him.
The night dragged on and on and on. And on. There was no radio, which would have greatly helped me because I leave a radio on at night in our bedroom. I couldn't even really toss and turn because space in That Tiny Bed was so, well, non-existent. Whenever I did feel myself just drifting off, you know that moment of total heavenly peace before you're really out.....I would jerk awake for whatever reason. And still, hubby slept on and on.
I don't know when I finally fell asleep for any real amount of time but I woke up again at 4am to the sound of hubby's really annoying snoring. It's not a normal snore. I could probably tune that out. His snoring is often a gurgling, choking kind of noise. Sometimes I can nudge him enough that he rolls over and the horror sounds are gone. Sometimes he's oblivious. Like this night. So now I was over-tired, sore, cramped....and bitchy. I tried tuning him out. I tried kicking the bed, jiggling the bed enough that he'd hopefully move. I fell into a pattern of sleeping for a few minutes and jerking awake again. And by 5am or so I was fuming so I actually started kicking him. The pattern was then fume, doze off, jerk awake, kick hubby's leg, fume some more.
Around 6am I apparently gave him a good enough WHACK that he woke up and was up for the day. He got up and I considered using this quietness and open bed to grab and hour or so of sleep. But on the other hand, we'd mentioned to my sister that we'd probably head for home early Sunday, so if I got up too we'd be able to head out.
We quietly gathered our things and were ready to leave. But wait. Should we just leave or wait for them to get up? Hubby went outside to have a cigarette while I sipped my morning Dew and pondered the situation. Luckily my sister got up not long after us and came downstairs asking if we were leaving. A bit of morning chitchat and yep, we were on our way by just before 7am.
It was a busy and fun weekend, and we were glad we'd made the trip down to see them. Oh, one thing I don't think I mentioned was that the trees and flowers and everything were already blooming when we were there. The trees had leaves already...small, but definitely more than buds. Heck, the lilac bush in their backyard was in nearly full bloom! Back here in Wisconsin our trees were just starting to show bits of green. Not many spring flowers were blooming yet. And certainly no lilacs yet! So when we got back home that morning we were looking all around to be sure we hadn't imagined it. lol
One last pic....
About to cross the Mississippi back into Wisconsin.