Tuesday, August 31, 2010

2) Go to a Chicago event

The full goal read:

"2) Go to a Chicago event, in the vein of the Chicago Pride Parade, Chicago Air & Water Show, etc".

Which was convenient, since you could actually watch the Air & Water show from my living room couch.

I would still like to do more Chicago events, and I plan to in my 27th year, but for the purposes of this blog.... well, see below:

(Akward self-portrait of me watching)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Photo of the Day

From the game that Joe and I went to earlier this summer.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Photo of the Day: Interstate Storm

I love storms. Especially when I am not out in the elements, but instead safe and sound in my apartment.

Or Scott's car, heading back to Iowa.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

9 Months...

Nine months from today I get to get married here:

To him:
Hurry up, May!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Friends Sushi

I realize that I'm becoming one of those people who photographs their food, but... how photogenic delicious does this all look?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fire in the Sky

A few weeks ago, Scott and I walked south of Navy Pier to a bridge near the Shedd. We sat with our feet dangling in the Lake and watched a pretty spectacular set of fireworks. You can see the fireworks (sort of) on the far right hand side of the bottom two photos.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Photo of the Day

Right after I bought "THE DRESS".

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

#10 Post a Make-Up Free Picture of Me

In all my glory, a makeup free, uber-zoomed, picture of yours truly:

(If only all of my 27 items could be this easy).

Monday, August 23, 2010

The best part of wedding planning...

My mom's facebook status last week:

"Rehearsal dinner place? Check! Wedding bands? Check! Cake? Needs further research!"

And with research like this who can blame us?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Night skyline

Oh, hello, best view of Chicago:

Photo taken by Scott, on the Lake Shore Bridge near Illinois St.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

#9 Go to a Chicago farmer's market

The first photo proves it was a Farmer's Market, the next three are some of the gorgeous goods!

Friday, August 20, 2010


Now that I'm closer to 30 than to 21, I think it's time to update my cocktail of choice. The above is my newest concoction - strawberry vodka, Diet 7-Up, and lots of (in this case, frozen) strawberries. Bethenny's got nothin' on me!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

This is why we're friends: Kelli edition

Kelli: I love your blog
Kelli: I also love Mr. Goodbars

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Photo of the Day

In Nawlins with my mama, on the best vacay evaaaaa.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pool's open!

Not bad for a random Tuesday night.

Monday, August 16, 2010

My favorite street

My favorite street in Chicago is Lake Shore Drive.

Especially when it rains.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Quote of the Day

"Write it on your heart. That every day is the best day of the year" - Emerson

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Lyrics of the Day

it suddenly rains on us
and she is laughing
as she turns up her hands
- ron pope, fireflies

Friday, August 13, 2010

Heading back to the 52405

En route back home. Photos from the last trip home.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Quote of the Day

"And now I'm just trying to change the world one sequin at a time" - Gaga

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I am so lucky

Nothing like a birthday to make you feel like the most special (lower case S) girl in the world. I am so lucky to have had all of the shout-outs, calls, texts, emails.

My amazing coworkers, Colleen & Jordyn even made me the above cake.

And my love Scottie sent me this flower-cupcake.

Happy birthday to me :)

Photo of the Day

A year ago tonight I got engaged at, you guessed it, the Melting Pot in Huntsville, AL. It was the best day ever. (The photo was actually taken 8 months later, when my parents visited Scott in Huntsville).

Twenty-Seven by 27

1) Learn all the words to the "It's the end of the world as we know it" REM song
2) Submit an essay to "My Turn"
3) Read the Sunday NY Times in a coffee shop I've never been inside
4) Go 1 entire month without eating a single meal out (*except with work)
5) Memorize the Presidents in order
6) Try a new dark beer
7) Go to a state or unique place that I've never been
8) Meet Parvin Taraz
9) Go to a Chicago farmer's market
10) Post a make-up free picture of me on this here blog
11) Have one or more drinks with Malcolm Gray
12) Go to a Chicago event (in the vein of the Chicago Pride Parade, Chicago Air & Water Show, etc).
13) Take a 1 week celebrity-gossip hiatus (not in tandem with #16)
14) Make one new, good friend that I could truly call at 4AM for help if I needed to
15) Write a blog post about my mom
16) Leave the continental US
17) Get involved a Chicago Dance Marathon
18) Learn the Thriller Dance - start to finish
19) Become more confident in my blog - post the link on Facebook
20) Finally quit Diet Coke - once and for all
21) Reconnect with a friend from the past (kind of like Anna!)
22) Face a fear
23) Memorize the Constitutional Amendments
24) Learn a new word
25) Send birthday cards to every single one of my first cousins
26) Be better at taking photos of events (post at least 3 albums on Facebook, and document more here)
27) Find my theme song
Twenty-six is going to be a big year (um, for instance, I'm getting married and am going to then be living with a BOY) but it's also going to be a great year.

I cannot wait to tackle this list particularly if number 13 doesn't kill me first.

What do you think of my list?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Twenty-five was an amazing year for me.

I got engaged, moved in to my very own apartment, and in a lot of ways, felt like a real grownup adult for the first time.

I also did a lot of other things. I read a lot. I went for bike rides, runs and walks.

I visited Alabama, New Orleans, and of course Iowa.

I went to games, games and more games. I saw concerts, cousins, and the Anchorman guy.

I cherished my family and my friends.

I drank here, there, and everywhere and I did a little cooking along the way.

I talked about politics, sports, religion, gay rights, and marriage.

Three of my favorite men moved to Chicago.

I don't know how twenty-six is going to top it, but I'm going to bust my ass trying.

Starting tomorrow.

Monday, August 9, 2010

#25 Run a 5K

I'll admit: this goal was initially intended as an ACTUAL 5K, one where pre-registration and fellow 5K runners were involved.


My birthday is on Wednesday (which concludes the Twenty-six by 26 year , so on Sunday I went for an equitable run run/walk and, well, since it's over 3.1m I say that it counts.

My course below (mileage in the upper right hand corner):


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Happiness is...

... clean sheets, a spotless apartment, and nothing left on the "to do" list.

... a rejuvinated iPod playlist, the TV turned off, and a solo living room dance party

... lit candles, music blaring, blogging inspiration.

Lyrics of the Day

and its funny how it`s the little things in life that mean the most
not where you live, what you drive or the price tag on your clothes
there`s no dollar sign on a piece of mind; this i`ve come to know
so if you agree have a drink with me
raise your glasses for a toast
to a little bit of chicken fried
-zac brown band, chicken fried

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Lyrics of the Day

and its funny how it`s the little things in life that mean the most
not where you live, what you drive or the price tag on your clothes
there`s no dollar sign on a piece of mind; this i`ve come to know
so if you agree have a drink with me
raise your glasses for a toast
to a little bit of chicken fried
-zac brown band, chicken fried

Friday, August 6, 2010

#16 Join an athletic team/group

Last week I began a 30-day Bikram Challenge.

I'm a few days in by now, and let me tell you, it SUCKS. It is HARD. I have consumed more water than I thought was possible, sweat more that should be reasonable, and exerted more energy than I thought I had.


I am kind of loving it? I've pretty much completely stopped doing anything else for exercise during these 30 days, and thank goodness for that.

I'll let you know how the rest of the days go, but for now...


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Quote of the Day

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
—Dr. Seuss

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Quote of the Day

"Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same sex couples" - Judge Vaughn Walker

This picture makes me happy

Quote of the Day

"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”
—Wayne Dyer

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

#24 Bike along Lake Michigan

This weekend, I finally did it.

Photographic evidence, below.

(Sorry for the grainy photo quality - cell phone photos!)

"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race" - H.G. Wells

Quote of the Day

"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good" - Samuel Johnson

Monday, August 2, 2010

August 2, 1997

I was twelve years old when my mom married Shawn Steil.

Twelve years worth is a lot of moments, a lot of days, a lot of memories.

It is almost half of my life, but to be honest? I barely remember how it was before.

Almost nothing that happened before matters - but what does matter is my family, the family I was born in to on August 11, 1984, and the family that was created, on August 2, 1997.

I didn't know it at the time, but it was truly one of the best days of my life.

Happy 13 years, Mom & Dad. Cheers to many, many, many more!

Love, your maid-of-honor

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Lyrics of the Day

Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?

In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights
In cups of coffee
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.

In five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure
A year in the life?
-Rent, Seasons of Love