A Love for Kansas City Beer and Chocolate

Kansas City had an extravaganza a couple of weeks ago.
The Boulevard Chocolate Ale craze.
It's a collaboration with one of the best beer makers in the country, Boulevard Brewery, and the best chocolate artisan ever, Christopher Elbow Chocolates, both made locally here in Kansas City.
This is the second year the two combined forces to make the tastiest chocolate beer of all time. Last year they sold out in less than a week. This year, the bottles were sold out in one day. And this is with producing over double what they did last year. Lucky for us, we were put on a list so I was able to scavenge two bottles.
The liquid gold...

People were waiting in lines around the buildings of the liquor stores at 8 and 9 in the morning. Stores were giving out tickets and officially were selling out even before they opened.

Some of the local bars around town had it on tap, so we decided to partake of their beer and hoard ours.

Day two...still on tap...an excuse to go out for dinner.
Oh...and have another Chocolate Ale...or two.

Day three...we decided to stay home and cook out. In January. It was 61 degrees out at 6pm. So beautiful. We grilled steaks and was going to break out a bottle. Until we gnawed into them and they were icky. So the dogs ended up with steak. We ate cereal and decided to save the Chocolate Ale for another day.
Day four...a couple of the bars were getting another shipment in so we decided to head up to grab another glass. By the time we arrived at 5:30pm they were already tapped out. Boo.
I thought the chaos was finally coming to an end...

 Until a friend put his bottles up for a fundraiser last night.
Whoot! We scored another bottle!
What can we say? It was for a good cause. And it will go to good use.


Marathon Medal Display

First things first...had another fabulous run this morning. Whoot! Whoot! It was in the 40's with heavy mist. Pretty perfect. You could smell the trees and it was peaceful. I had another stellar run. Long story short...it's amazing what consistent training will do for a girl and her running.

Now...on to the real reason for this post...
Doug has been hard at work refinishing our basement. He worked himself around to his old medal display. It was an area we had a large map of the United States where Doug would 'pin' each location he ran a marathon. Under the map was somewhat of a ballerina bar where he would slide his medals onto and have them hang from the bar. 
We knew we wanted to change that up, but what do you do with over 90 MARATHON medals and 1 IRONMAN medal? With more forthcoming...
Below is what we decided. And this is only 50ish of them. We're still deciding on how to display the others.

 Curious to know what is inside the jail door?
Our wine cellar that Doug created.
How did I get so lucky?