January 22, 2012

A Relaxing Saturday Afternoon in NWA

Yesterday we had one of those perfect Saturday afternoons that we hope to copy when we are on the road. We started the morning by eating breakfast in bed and watching episodes of House Hunters International. During breakfast I received a call about one of our last pieces of furniture that's for sale on Craigslist, and a good offer. We decided that since we'd be taking the armoire to Bentonville, we would make a day of it up there. (Bonus points for getting the gas payed for with the hefty delivery tip!). After dropping off the armoire we made our way to Crystal Bridges, the new, world-class museum built by Alice Walton, of the Wal-Mart family, here in Northwest Arkansas.

Crystal Bridges Museum Entrance
A metal tree sculpture outside the Crystal Bridges Museum
One of the awesome displays at Crystal Bridges. The mural is made of spools of thread, and when you view the whole mural through the glass ball, the image is flipped upside down and becomes the Last Supper.
Skyler, admiring the artwork at Crystal Bridges
Art on display at Crystal Bridges 
One of my favorites
A view of the grounds from inside the museum.
Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, AR
Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, AR
Sky, wondering around Crystal Bridges
We explored the museum for a couple of hours and then headed to Atlanta Bread Co for some light lunch. After eating Butternut Squash soups with sourdough slices, we split a macadamia nut cookie with coffee and shared the USA Today newspaper by the fireplace.

Sky, reading the news by the fire at ABC.
After ABC we made our way to Barnes and Noble, where we read for two hours, and then we met a group of friends at the nearby Genghis Grill for dinner. This is an Asian Stir-Fry type of restaurant where you get your own bowl, go through a frozen buffet line of meats, veggies and sauces to create your own entree. You then give the full bowl to the grill cook who cooks the meal for you and brings it to your table. I can't say I really enjoy this type of dining experience because I generally end up making myself the same type of meal I would make at home, and don't get the "restaurant new food" experience. After dinner we watched Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the new Tom Hanks movie about 9/11.

And that my friends, is my version of a perfect Saturday. :o)

Happy More Saturdays Like This!


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