|My artsy take on the Meredith Corporation headquarters|
The Boys, needless to say, loved it. I'm assuming their rolling eyes and pained expressions were indication of delight.
I sang "Ooooooooh--there's nothin' halfway about the Iowa way to treat you" last week when Husband and I spent several days in Des Moines. For his 60th birthday present, he had decided to not have a party but rather to apply those party-hosting funds toward a woodworking seminar put on by his favorite magazine. (Well, his favorite magazine is Sports Illustrated, but a punt/pass/kick weekend probably isn't the best choice for a 60th birthday.)
Do you see why I love this man? It's was his birthday, but I got the present! Three days in a hotel with knitting and Netflix and naps, then evenings spent with my sweetie. It's my idea of the most perfect vacation ever.
I managed to bestir myself to go to the famous Des Moines farmers' market, which was just a block away from our hotel. Oh, my goodness, people. So much wonderfulness.
Only Husband's reminder that we would be at least 48 more hours without refrigeration kept me from buying All The Vegetables.
And I did give up some sleep to take a 7 a.m. tour of the Meredith Corporation headquarters. In case you don't recognize that name, I'm pretty sure you magazine readers recognize their products. Better Homes and Gardens. Family Circle. Midwest Living. Woods (of course). The list of magazines they produce goes on and on.
We got to see the test kitchens and where they do their photo shoots, and learned that in a lot of ways they are just like us:
|Namely in the ways that make us forget to unplug the iron.|
|Half a spicy Thai salad, half a winter corn chowder and a great book. Perfection.|
|Nope. It was real.|
It was a fabulous four days, which I would happily repeat and repeat and repeat.
You really ought to give Iowa a try.