Saturday, March 31, 2012

i love you saturday night

I also love YOU, homemade diet strawberry margaritas.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Quote of the Day: Breath Edition

"I can hear some of your breaths.  That's a good thing.  That's the sound of life" - Judd, Power Yoga Chicago instructor.

I can't tell you how many times I've reminded myself of this quotation over the past few weeks.  Sometimes when I'm doing cardio I get embarrassed by my heavy breathing, but I'm done with that.  The heavy breathing just means that I'm working hard.   Scott and I are running in tomorrow's Shamrock Shuffle 8K, and while 5 miles isn't a marathon, it's certainly more than I'm used to running in one go.

My goals for the race:

1) Not die
2) Not kill Scott when he tells me we can't stop running
3) Finish the race

Not super high standards, but I believe in being realistic.  If you have any suggestions for my race playlist, holler.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Book Review: Unbearable Lightness

I just finished reading Portia de Rossi's memoir - Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain.  I began the book exactly two days ago.  It sucked me in, and I couldn't put it down.

Where do I even start?

The book detailed her battle against an eating disorder that controlled her life for 20 years.  More than just a harrowing account of her life, and the way she almost lost it, was the way she put her struggle in to words - her battle against food, her battle against her sexuality, and her battle against, really, herself.  In many parts, it was hard to read - sad, thoughtful, inspiring.

It was so honest.  Raw.  From telling us that Portia de Rossi is a made up name, picked because it sounded glamourous and exotic.  To telling us how she more than doubled her total body weight after she stopped starving herself.  Telling us how she used to dread modeling fittings because she was a size eight in a six four sample size world.  Describing the horribly drastic measures that she took to be thin.

Overall, I really liked this memoir.  And the author.

happy birthday, Sam!

Sam is one of my favorite people and best friends.  Almost all of my favorite college memories involve her.

(Strangely, many of them also involve Hawkeye Rum and apple juice?  Weird.  Anyway..)

 She was one of my beloved bridesmaids in May, and I'm thrilled to be one of hers in July.

Happy 27 Sam.  Something tells me this will be the best year yet.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Price of Admission

Before I share this video, a few caveats:

Do you know Dan Savage?  If not, click here.  I'm most familiar with him as a liberal, gay, sex-advice columnist.  (And a damn good one).  He's also an author, a husband, a father, etc etc.

I read his weekly column, and I find it both entertaining and just darn good (even if it makes me blush most every single week).

Anyway, the below is a selection from an old Q&A, wherein he talks about "The Price of Admission".  There's an f-bomb or five, and the content is definitely adult.  So, if you can't handle that, don't watch it.  (Duh).


You know what I was thinking of the whole time I watched this?

Dish towels.  &$@%ing dish towels.

No two words in the English language have caused as much friction since, I dunno, Saddam Hussein or Adolf Hitler.  I'd estimate that over 90% of the cuss words that Scott and I have hurled at each other over the past 10 months have originated because of our &$A%ing kitchen dish towels.  Why?  He folds them wrong.  (The other possibility is that I fold them wrong, but that's unlikely).

Anyway, the Price of Admission.  Yes.  This.  Maybe it's time for me to look at the kitchen dish towels, or the way he loads the dishwasher as my price of admission.  It's most certainly not a dealbreaker, we're not going to break-up over them, so why let it drive me so crazy.  Maybe the price of admission to my relationship is ignoring the dishtowels and instead, thanking my lucky stars that I found someone that can rile me up so completely.

(Over dishtowels).

Photo of the Day: Panoramic Rooftop

Three panoramic shots.  The first two are facing south, and the bottom facing north.  

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Book Review: Lone Wolf

I just finished reading Jodi Picoult's newest novel, Lone Wolf, and it was quite different than her others.

 Here is a summary, taken from the author’s website:

Edward Warren, 23, has been living in Thailand for five years, a prodigal son who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father, Luke. But he gets a frantic phone call: His dad lies comatose in a NH hospital, gravely injured in the same accident that has also injured his younger sister Cara.

Cara, 17, still holds a grudge against her brother, since his departure led to her parents’ divorce. In the aftermath, she’s lived with her father – an animal conservationist who became famous after living with a wild wolf pack in the Canadian wild. It is impossible for her to reconcile the still, broken man in the hospital bed with her vibrant, dynamic father.

With Luke’s chances for recovery dwindling, Cara wants to wait for a miracle. But Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his father’s organs. Is he motivated by altruism, or revenge? And to what lengths will his sister go to stop him from making an irrevocable decision?

LONE WOLF looks at the intersection between medical science and moral choices. If we can keep people who have no hope for recovery alive artificially, should they also be allowed to die artificially? Does the potential to save someone else’s life with a donated organ balance the act of hastening another’s death? And finally, when a father’s life hangs in the balance, which sibling should get to decide his fate?

My thoughts, after the jump:

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Quote of the Day: Oprah Edition

“My first day in Chicago, September 4, 1983. I set foot in this city, and just walking down the street, it was like roots, like the motherland. I knew I belonged here.” - Oprah Winfrey

Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up?

Hilarious hilarious hilarious.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring in Chicago

This weekend was pure bliss.   

No other way to put it.  

One of the crown jewels of the weekend was the hour(s?) I spent on the rooftop of our condo, reading the new Jodi Picoult and snapping photos.

I feel very fortunate to live where we do.  I thought I wanted to keep living downtown when Scott and I got married and moved in together, but he'd wanted to live in Lakeview/Wrigleyville his entire life, so that was a point that I was willing to concede... and I am so glad I did.  We really have the best of both worlds.  Easy commute to downtown, neighborhood feel, great bar and restaurant scene.  Plus, we're across the street from Lake Michigan, which makes everything better.

Our guest room is finished, and we're taking reservations... now.  Come visit!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Photo of the Day: Rooftop Edition

Everything is better outside.

When it's 80 degrees.

In mid-March.

Sheffield & Roscoe

The other day Scott and I had dinner at one of our favorite neighborhood bars.  The weather in Chicago has been a dream, so the windows at the bar were thrown open like doors.  It was glorious.  

Anyway, one of the reasons we love this place is that it's directly below the El, and when a train rolls by its a cool view and angle.  

I've been trying to learn more of the features of my camera, so here are basically the same six shots, using all different camera settings.  

Saturday, March 17, 2012

New York, New York

I just returned from a three day work trip to New York.  Amidst the work, I thoroughly enjoyed being in the city.  My feet are firmly rooted in Chicago, but I can absolutely understand the draw of NYC.  It's just... special.

My first ride on the NY Subway.  (Um, I was shocked by what I found below the streets.  Flower stores, barber shops, scarf boutiques.  Crazy).

I participated in a very fun scavenger hunt which found me... in the trunk of a taxi.  I can definitely say that was a first!

I can't wait for my next NY trip.

quote of the day: peace

"Peace is not something you wish for; It's something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.” -R. Fulghum

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Photo of the Day: Spider Mum Edition

Can I just say how much I looooved my wedding flowers?  I saw them at Whole Foods the other week, and just couldn't resist.  (The flowers were slightly wilting, so I convinced the floral cashier to give me 50% off - from $5 to $2.50.  Proud? Yes.  Anyway, these lasted for TWO WEEKS.  No joke.  Possibly the best $2.50 I've ever spent).

Monday, March 12, 2012

Photo of the Day: Packing Edition

I secretly love packing.... but I may need a bigger suitcase.  


Sunday, March 11, 2012

kitchen, end of phase two

Our granite was installed yesterday, and my parents helped us to tie up the loose ends that that involved.  Here is the almost-finished kitchen:

Phase three includes the backsplash, cabinet handles, etc.  Love my new kitchen!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

New Music: Charlie Worsham

I mentioned that we loved Lee Brice's opener, and we really did.  His name was Charlie Worsham.  We arrived at the venue when his set was probably about half way complete, so we only caught the last few songs - but I loved them.  

As we were walking out after the show, Scott spotted Charlie and we bought a copy of his CD and asked him to sign it.  He did ("thanks ya'll!") and gave Kelly and me free Charlie Worsham t-shirts!

Endearingly, Charlie urged us to spread the word about his music - and told us to encourage people to purchase his music on iTunes, and if they wouldn't, to "burn the hell" out of his CD.  How cute is that?  

(So if you'd like a copy, let me know).

Without further ado:

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Quote of the Day: Begin Anywhere

Lee Brice at Joe's on Weed

I was recently introduced to the music of Lee Brice, and he quickly has risen to be one of my favorites.  I fist heard of his song, "A Woman Like You" and I just love it.  So good.  Anyway, after finding that song, I discovered that he also sang the song "Love Like Crazy" which was a hit a couple years ago.

I heard on the radio last week that he was coming to Chicago this weekend - playing at a bar venue called Joe's on Weed Street, and tickets were only $10.  Yes please.  I mentioned it to Matt, and a double date was set up.  

I've been looking forward to it all week - and it FAR exceeded my expectations.  The opener, Charlie Worsham, started at 9, but since it's standing room only, we decided to get there part way through his set. (Another post on him coming soon).

Anyway, the show was AWESOME..  

I actually can't say enough good things about Lee Brice.  Just enough talking in between songs, and enough rockin'.  One funny thing was his facial expressions - I loooved them.  When he was singing a song about veterans, his face was so serious and he looked like he was about to cry.  When he was singing about beer (HA) his face was cracking up.   My favorite was in "A Woman Like You".  His facial expressions mirrored the words.  It was fabulous.  You could tell he really enjoys what he does for a living.

Another moment I just loved was right before he played "Love Like Crazy" (one of his two biggest hits so far) he said "this is the song that changed my life".  I just loved that.

He also played the song "Crazy Girl" (which was made famous by the Eli Young Band).. turns out, Lee Brice actually wrote it.  Cool huh?  

His new album comes out in April, and I will definitely be buying it.  He played some new stuff from that album, including a song that had the amazing lyrics (I'm recalling from memory, so these could be a little off) "I like drinkin' beer while I'm fishin' on a lake... I like drinkin' beer while I'm thinkin' bout fishin' on a lake".  Just classic country party music. 

Come back soon, Lee Brice!

Friday, March 2, 2012

plot your escape at union station

On Wednesday, Scott sends me an email - subject line: not sure, but possibly just got free tickets.  Attached were two Ticketmaster tickets to a Thursday night concert at Union Station.  Sara Bareillis and Maroon 5.  (Did I mention they were free?  Did I mention I love Adam Levine?)

We weren't sure what the deal was.  Some quickly googling showed this could be legit, and could be fake.  We decided - what the heck, let's go check it out.  If it turns in to nothing, no loss.  If it turns in to something, free Maroon 5 concert!

So we went.  And it was awesome.

The night was hosted by Giuliana and Bill Rancic (whom I loooooveeeeeee).

The show started promptly at 8pm, and the opener was Sara Bareillis.  (I actually saw her once before as she opened opened for James Blunt a couple of years ago here in Chicago).

And then - Maroon 5.  It was really cool.  They started with Moves Like Jagger, and continued playing all of their hits (which as a casual fan is all that I know from them).  My personal favorite, Harder to Breathe, was included in the lineup which was a fun surprise.

It must be said: Adam Levine is a ROCKER.  Literally no other way to say it.  Great show, tons of energy, super fun.