Father’s Day Bowling

My father-in-law arrived in Ocala right after lunchtime yesterday. He was greeted with lots of whimpers and wiggles from Sadie who absolutely adores him. (They spent 10 days together when we visited Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands and seriously bonded. It’s adorable.)

About an hour after he arrived, we decided to spend the afternoon at the bowling alley.

ryan and dad

Bowling Shoes

None of us are bowling superstars, but we had fun bowling and trash talking each other whenever we’d get a spare or a strike.


The music at the bowling alley was rockin’, so we couldn’t resist making up mini victory dances whenever we’d knock all the pins down, too. My favorite was Ryan’s spare-turned-salute arm dance. I realize that is probably difficult to visualize, and I think that’s for the best.

Since my bowling skills are subpar, if I break 100, then I am a happy girl. During our first game, Ryan’s dad and I tied with 101!

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At first I made the mistake of bowling with a ball that was much too light for me (hence the two zeros in my first two frames), but once I changed to a 10-pound ball, I felt better and started knocking a few pins down.


And yes, we gave each other ridiculous pseudonyms.

Ryan ended up winning every game and as his wife and father, my father-in-law and I were very happy for him.

Can’t you tell?

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Ha! Sneak attack! My father-in-law cracks me up.

During our time at the bowling alley, Ryan and I split a chocolate chip cookie which didn’t really do anything for our hunger, so we headed out for an early dinner once we finished our games.



For dinner, we took Ryan’s dad to the Artisinal Dish, one of our favorite places in Ocala. It’s part gourmet grocery store, part restaurant!



The food served at the Artisinal Dish is organic and incredibly fresh. You order at a counter and can buy bottles of beer and wine by the glass to enjoy as you wait for your food to be brought out to you.


I loved my scallop salad and sides of curried sweet potato salad and coleslaw.



I can’t wait to try to recreate the sweet potato salad at home. It was fabulous!

Once we made it home, we hung out on the couch and watched Argo, which we all agreed was really good. Even though we knew what was going to happen in the end, it was still suspenseful and easily held my attention. I get bored quite easily when I watch movies, so this one was a winner in my book.


Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers, fathers-to-be and father-like figures out there!


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