Hi Y’ALL

Absolutely loving my Y’ALL (not to be confused with Yale) sweatshirt from Kentucky for Kentucky.

If you haven’t seen the Kentucky Kicks Ass collection…go there (here) now and check it out.

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Available here. Sizing Chart here.

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I am wearing a size small. The material is so soft, cozy, and the fit is true to size for a men’s sweatshirt. I washed it in warm water, cool rinse and dried on medium heat and it still fits amazing. If I could have a blanket in this sweatshirt material…my life would be complete!

It maybe a smidge on the small side for a guy (think more fitted hipster fit for a guy) so if you want it to fit like a real sweatshirt, then guys should go up a size. Usually a small guys sweatshirt is still large on me, but this one is perfection! I’d only love it more if it came in a women’s fitted sweatshirt (which Alternate Apparel sells in basic colors.)

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Thriller

Each year, on or around Halloween, the Mecca Dance Theatre presents, “Thriller” down Main Street (in Lexington). For years I have heard about it, contemplated going…but never have. Man was I missing out! 

For the past 13 years, Thriller has been dancing the streets of Lexington. What started as a small group of dancers in front of the Kentucky Theatre has grown to 1500+ dancers, multiple Michael Jackson’s, over 20 thousand spectators, and the performance runs from The Kentucky Theatre, down Main Street, to the Cheapside Pavilion. (see the original from 2002 here)

We made the mistake of getting dinner and walking straight over at 8:15 PM…which left no time to find a good spot on the street. Apparently people come down and camp out early. Who knew…We saw a few empty spots in one of the parking garages and sprinted up five flights of stairs to get a better view of Main Street.

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Gotta get the perfect iPhone shot!

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Here come the Zombies!

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_DSC0663The parking garage turned out to be have an amazing view of Main Street, Michael J and the Zombies. Word to the wise for next year, go downtown early. There is a Halloween parade that runs before hand. After the Thriller Dance/Parade there are lots of fun Halloween parties at the bars around Main Street! If you have never been, I highly suggest checking it out!

Kentucky (dot) com covers Thriller up close and personal here.

Keeneland 2.0

I used to only go to Keeneland on Saturdays (usually planned out with a big group of friends) and it would never fail to be freezing cold or get cancelled because of rain or snow. If we did go, we would get there early, par take in the whole tailgating experience and by 2 PM I was over the crowd and standing in heels and would would decide after a race or two to head on home.

This fall, I have been twice, both on Sunday’s, one planned (with seats)  and one unplanned, last minute kind of thing (and got seats) and I’ve had the best time! I’ve learned more about betting and picking out horses. Even though I still go with my favorite name, the prettiest horse, or the long shot (mostly in hopes of getting rich), I feel like my Keeneland experience has been on a whole different level. I’m not sure I’ll ever go on a Saturday again (unless I major plan and get seats).

The last trip it was rainy. This trip was a beautiful, crisp fall day spent with my mom and my sister. My mom has not been to Keeneland since I was little (my grandpa used to have a horse farm when I was a wee-little thing). I think she had a blast and will be begging us to go again next meet…she was pretty much schooling my sister and I on how to pick horses once she got the hang of it.

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I love this photo of this older gentleman holding the hand of this little girl. When I was pre-school age, I spent many days on the farm with my grandpa as my parents both worked full time. I have a few photos from the different race tracks of me and my grandpa and the winning horse/jockey. This moment between these two really hits a special place in my heart. I wish my grandpa was still around to go to the races with. (insert sad sentimental face here).

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I think I will, I think I will…win that is!

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And I did!

Which is hilarious because my sister, Caitlin, picked out the long shot horse…who came up out of no where and took first place for all but the last second of the race….

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where my horse, soley picked by name, came speeding up at the last minute and stole first! The sad news is her horse would have paid out $88. Mine only paid out $8.80. Meh.

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We are so nerdy that we all bought Keeneland hats.

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So many colors…how does one decide?

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And if it’s hard to pick a hat…you can only imagine the stress for three indecisive women to pick a horse…I’ll bet on three please…

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Caitlin finally won! A whopping $20 bucks! Which isn’t too shabby considering that’s what she game to bet with!

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This was the last trip to Keeneland for me this fall, but I’m very much looking forward to the spring meet. Hopefully starting a new tradition of family Sunday!

What are your favorite times or memories of Keeneland?