The Italian Combo

Lego minifig placed in the foreground for scale:

What you are seeing there, from top layer to the bottom:

Grilled onions, giardiniera, Italian beef, an Italian sausage, one poor bun that never stood a chance.

And there was au jus on the side, but I had difficulty formulating a strategy for that.

Chicago-Style Dog from Downtown Belleville

… and I was instantly transported back to college.

Back Home—Home Always Feels Nice

We’re back in St. Louis after a day trip up to see Amanda’s mother and visit with her while she recovers from surgery. The good news is that it looks as though she is doing much better than even yesterday, but we still do not know when she will be able to leave the hospital.

Amanda and I thank you for your prayers and wishes for her recovery and for our safe travels. Thankfully, the children made the trip with a minimum of fussing. They really were very well-behaved in response to our asking them to bear over twelve hours in the car.

Tomorrow is a day for getting some web work completed and also for relaxation.