Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Macklemore - Same Love (Lyrics + Official Music Video)

I recently heard the song "Same Love" and while I'm late to the game (very late actually) I still think it's worth sharing.  I cried the first two times I heard it.  It's worth a listen (and the video's pretty awesome, too).

I might not be the same, 
but that's not important.
no freedom til we're equal,
damn right I support it.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Scenes From Two Weeks: September 17

The past two weeks were full of - everything.  Work, family, Scott's family, and time at home.  I like a mix of down time and busy time, and the past two weeks have been a little light on time at home.  This week I'm looking forward to football, two different parties on Saturday night, and some relaxation at home.
new, edgy stamps (it's the little things in life, eh?)
a bucket of beers with my parents and two uncles in chicago last weekend
blue nails and the chicago bears (winning!) on tv
scott's first day of ukulele lessons (seriously - i am married to the most
interesting person ever)
matching blue pedicures with my mom (see where i get
my fashion sense from?!)
an awesome work event on a boat
a moment on the water, remembering september 2001
visiting lindsey, a few days before baby girl johnsen made her debut

house hunting for our next place  (the place i love sold 48 hours later!)
scott gave me a groupon for a facial for my birthday last month, and i
redeemed it this weekend.  lovedddd it.
watching the iowa game on saturday with my hawkeye ladies
double date at dry hop (a new brewery near our home)

Monday, September 16, 2013

on life

I realized the other day that it'd been over a week since I'd posted anything.  I didn't think to post, because I didn't have anything to post.  Sometimes I feel like I'm just throwing words out there, seeing what'll stick.   When that happens, I often step away.  Not really on purpose, not NOT on purpose.

The shootings in DC today scared me.  My younger brother is a new Washington DC resident, and while he was safely out of harms way - his home and work are about four miles away from the shootings - other sisters tonight didn't have the sigh of relief that I did.  Other people out there are screaming and sobbing and only beginning process the way their lives changed today, in a morning.

Life is hard.  Life is hard to comprehend.

An hour ago, I got word that Scott's cousin Lindsey welcomed a baby girl in to the world late this afternoon.  She's six weeks early but healthy and strong.  A beautiful, happy occasion and one worth celebrating.  And celebrate we are.

Life is beautiful, to be celebrated.

Hard and beautiful.  Happy and sad.  I don't know if you can have one without the other and maybe that's the point of it all, or at least this post.  The two happenings of earlier today are a reminder to me - to live in the moment, to live consciously and gratefully, to breath deeply, and that each blessedly mundane day should be celebrated.

Welcome to the world, Baby Johnsen.  It's hard and beautiful and we're so glad you're here.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Lindsey + Jamey: August 31, 2013

On Saturday night, Scott and I were thrilled to witness his cousin Lindsey make it official with her longtime love, Jamey.  Interestingly, this was my first Special family wedding.  The wedding was at a really cool bar venue close to downtown Chicago, and it was the perfect setting for them to exchange vows.

The ceremony was short and sweet, and featured personal vows and hilarious commentary.  The reception featured Old Fashions in mason jars, confetti everywhere and tons of dancing.  It was fantastic.

Congratulations, Lindsey & Jamey!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Boating the Chicago River

Last weekend, Scott and I were joined by my parents, my brother and his fiancee, and Scott's parents for an evening boat ride on the Chicago River.  In March, Scott found a Living Social deal for a boat rental, and it was such a good deal that he jumped at the chance and purchased it.    There were many "black out days" where it wasn't able to be redeemed, so we settled on a Friday night in August - which at the time, seemed very far away.

The weather was perfect and the company was even better.  We had snacks and beers, and even champagne in honor of Matt & Kelly's upcoming wedding.  I even drove the boat for a short time :)

Monday, September 2, 2013

On Miley and the VMAs

I did not watch the MTV VMAs last Sunday night, and in fact, I still haven't watched the whole show (nor will I, probably).  I like celebrities in general, and award shows in particular, but I tend toward more of the Grammy/Oscar/Golden Globe variety versus the shows on MTV.  There isn't a particular reason - or maybe there is - it just isn't my style.

Last Monday the Miley Cyrus/ Robin Thicke performance was all over the news.  From The Today Show to, it was everywhere and the outcry was mostly negative, with bloggers and news reports saying how inappropriate and vulgar the performance was.  I didn't see the performance, and therefore I didn't really have an opinion.

Over the weekend I noticed that the performance was available for free as part of my cable company's "On Demand" section, so I took the 5 minutes to watch it, and I was shocked.... by how not shocking the performance was.  Seriously?  All that outcry over THAT?

One of the major criticisms of the performance was that Miley is a role model to young girls, and that her performance drew in many young girls to watch it (Hannah Montana!) and that her provocative dance moves were inappropriate for that age group.  While I certainly agree that the dance moves were inappropriate for young girls to see, I don't blame the person who did them - I blame the parents that allowed their too-young children to watch MTV.

Not only did I not see what the big deal is, I'll actually tip my proverbial hat to both Miley and Robin Thicke.  A full eight days after their performance and each of them have at least one song in the iTunes Top 10 (and Miley has two)!  Part of their job (the most important part) is selling records, and the performance clearly did that.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Scenes From A Week: September 1

This was one of the busiest weeks I've had in a long time.  I feel like I say that every week - but I think it's something to do with the calendar during and realizing that the end of summer is upon us.  I love fall - but I'm not quite ready to part with summer and this week was spent enjoying it as often as possible.

three dots and a dash - a new tiki bar downtown that i visited on monday
view in the west loop on tuesday night
fantasy football draft at reilly & lou's on tuesday night (ignore my qb -
he makes me a terrible bear's fan)

on thursday night scott & i attended a benefit for a friend who is running
the chicago marathon on 10/13 in honor of his sister, who died of
cancer last summer
visiting xoco (a rick bayless restaraunt)
crazy clouds coming in on friday night - five minutes before the storm

scott's cousin - the beautiful bride, lindsey at her wedding on saturday
(full wedding post coming this week)
windy city bbq classic with scott + melissa on sunday afternoon
some gorgeous "just because" flowers from my thoughtful husband