Sunday Funday

Sundays are typically a soul care day for me, a time to relax and recharge, to indulge my inner artist, or do nothing at all. This bright and beautiful Sunday was a travel day, as I drove to the Kansas City area to visit with family and pick up Greg for the return to Joplin. 

Sunday Funday, A day of travel and fun with family
Rather than write about one event or develop one line of thinking, this Sunday Funday is best represented through a series of snapshots. 

Sunday Funday
I didn’t practice Italian phrases in the car today as I drove. With the movie La La Land fresh in my mind, I looped through my iPhone’s downloaded copy of the movie soundtrack, over and over. I have context for the songs now, and hearing them stirred my heart as I remembered scenes from the movie. 

Sunday Funday
Greg’s cousin Tim and his cousin’s wife, Lisa, have a wonderful theater room in their beautiful new home. What a treat for me! My comfy seat reclined and there were soft blankets to snuggle under. 

Sunday Funday
We started the movie Sully, and finished it after dining out. Based on real life events, this film covers the aftermath of the emergency water landing of an American aircraft, piloted by Captain Chesley Sullenberger (Sully). I liked that rather than focusing just on the crash, the movie centered around the investigation that followed and Sully’s struggle to reconcile what happened with the self doubt he experienced about his life saving decisions. 

Sunday Funday

Our group dined at Q39, one of the best BBQ restaurants in the KC area. I enjoyed their delicious veggie burger, minus the bun, with a side of white bean cassoulet. I tried a small bite of Greg’s sliced brisket, which is legendary at Q39. It was tender, and tasted good, however, after seven months without meat, I decided I haven’t been missing a thing! 

Sunday Funday

Fun family group included cousin Pam, cousin Tim, Tim’s wife Lisa, Lisa’s mom Anne, cousin Mallorie and her boyfriend Dan, me and Greg. These are precious people!

Sunday Funday
And then there was this amusing sight on the drive back to Joplin. We spied this truck in a convenience store parking lot that appeared to have a canine driver. 

It wasn’t a typical Sunday, but it was a fun one, a Sunday Funday. And having a different kind of day, full of travel and family connections and fun, can be just as restorative as a day of relaxation. 

There is an old proverb that says, “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content.”  Which means, I’m going to have an awesome week! 

Sunday Funday

Kilkenny’s Irish Pub

Today was a Sunday Funday. I was able to combine two fun activities into one special outing. Greg and I drove to Oklahoma to pick up my sister Debbie and take her out to lunch. We ended up at Kilkenny’s Irish Pub, on Cherry Street in downtown Tulsa. I have been wanting to visit this authentic Irish pub. This afternoon the perfect opportunity presented itself. 

Touted as a “Destination for travelers and a gathering place for friends”, Kilkenny’s offers a large menu of delectable food and a wide variety of drinks. We loved the dark wood interior, which created a delightful old world pub feel. Irish ballads played as we perused the menu. 

After we placed our lunch orders, we raised our glasses to toast Debbie’s daughter and son-in-law. Ashley and Jon arrived in Scotland today. While they were enjoying Glasgow, we compensated by celebrating life in this warm and inviting space. 

Kilkenny, I learned, comes from the Gaelic “Cill Chainnigh”, which means Church of Canice. In the 6th century, a monk named St. Canice founded a monastery near Aghaboe. In the 13th century a stone castle was built in the same area, that became known as Kilkenny Castle. By the 14th century, the castle was the main seat of the Butlers, the Earls and Dukes of Ormonde, who were influential in Irish history. 

Our food arrived, and it was delicious. Debbie had a reuben sandwich, Greg a meatloaf sandwich and I sampled a traditional fish and chips lunch. Since we were in a celebratory mood, we capped off our meals with a couple of shared desserts. 

We opted for something new. The Irish Balloons were fried pastry balls, dusted with powdered sugar and served with sweet Irish whiskey butter sauce. They were wonderful and reminded us all of funnel cakes. I was excited to see Sticky Toffee Pudding on the menu. This dessert consists of pound cake pan fried in sticky, buttery caramel toffee and topped with vanilla ice cream and more sticky toffee sauce and nuts. Oh my goodness, this was a scrumptious treat! 

We had a great afternoon, laughing and chatting and enjoying a leisurely meal together. The service was exceptional, and the pub clean and attractive. I’ll be back to visit Kilkenny’s Irish Pub again, eager to try more authentic Irish fare. 

According to their website, owner Brett Rehorn desired to bring his passion and talents together to create a unique and top rated Irish Pub, right there in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I’d say he succeeded.