Stella!!!

My family and I recently went to Stella's batting cages in Lyons, IL and it was the nicest of days. Stella's is slightly cramped and tacky and I loved it right down to the faux wood paneling in the snack shop and Zombie killing video games in the entryway.

And there is something about listening to the snap-pop sound when the ball makes contact that is utterly satisfying. The clattering of dropped bats, cheers and occasional profanity - fantastic.

Husband brought son into a cage for the first time and I was surprised by how he stepped back to let son figure it out on his own. Husband played ball in school and so I thought that he would be all about telling son how to bend at the knees or hold the bat once in the cage. And when I asked him why he wasn't he said, "First he has to know how good it feels to hit the ball. Then he can learn how to do it the right way." And so I stepped back and shut the hell up because I recognize a good baseball/life instruction metaphor when I hear one.

When husband stepped into the 75mph cage son and daughter were way impressed at how he nailed near every ball. Son said, "The pitches are coming fast and hard and daddy is hitting them all!". And he totally was.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

What double chin? You are GORGEOUS!

Lotta said...

Anon - Uh, no but thank you - look closer.... And you can't say that shit and be anonymous. It looks like I'm sending myself flowers.

Amy Kate said...

You look fabulous!!!
I always forget about Stella's, and we ride past it all the time when we go picnicking in Riverside...

LSL said...

This is the sweetest post. It made me sigh and feel jealous all at the same time.

Also, I don't see the double chin either, and I looked hard. I think it's one of those weird things that only you can see. You look like a Charlie's Angel. If it were me, I'd get business cards printed up with that picture on them and the title "Badass" underneath. PS Your hair color is divine.

Lotta said...

AmyKate - We are a doorbell ring away from Riverside and almost always have some type of booze with which to welcome you!

LSL - Thank you! I confess I love to shoot. So far it's been confined to video games and maybe skeet shooting once or twice. But I think a firing range trip is on the must do list.

joel said...

as far as zombie killing technique, are you a headshot and move on type of chick or do you take your time and try to decapitate every stray undead prick that stumbles your way?


love,
dad

Lotta said...

Joel - I def. aim for the head and move on. So many zombies to kill. So little time.

Princess Buttercup said...

I didn't mean to be anonymous, but since I'm stalking from my phone I can't get the correct radio button to click!
-Princess Buttercup

Debbie, i obsess said...

I thought this post might involve beer. (Stella. Artois.)

I don't know what that says about me.

(Yes. I do know. It says I'm a drunk.)

(I don't care. VERY MUCH.)

(I TOTALLY care. *sob*)

*glug-glug*

Spuds said...

Very Funny! I took all six kids golfing last summer... hoping for a Tiger Woods (pre-"too sexy for my shirt" Tiger Woods). It was a bad idea! When I bribed the beer cart girl to take the two daughters to the clubhouse, I knew the day was over.

Gretchen said...

I think you have my daughter...

Lotta said...

Princess! Stalk away - thanks for the nice compliment.

Debbie - your comment was better than the post lady!

Spuds - they have beer carts on golf courses? I need to start liking golf.

Gretchen - It's the blonde Swedish genes!

PamKittyMorning said...

HONEST TO GOD YOU LOOK GREAT! Seriously... Its like you're a new you!

Lotta said...

Pam - Thanks! Funnily enough it feels more like the old me. The pre-kids, pre-postpartum me.

Kindle said...

Wow! Sounds really exciting! Great to hear you had a lot fun. Have a wonderful week!

Tiggy said...

well, I know I am a bit late to the party, but DAMN GIRL...You look Fab-u-lous! I see no extra chins and like others, love the hair!

Lotta said...

Kindle and Tiggy - too kind!