What a Sunday! To start out, we woke up to a snow storm this morning and then hubby surprised me by saying we had reservations for Sunday Brunch at The Signature Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock center downtown! This is a big surprise because 1) Dave never plans things and 2) He hates going to brunch. So this was a very special, and greatly appreciated gesture.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I'm currently first place in my March Madness bracket at work with UConn playing North Carolina in the final game. A very likely scenario.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I'm headed home to visit my family in St. Louis this weekend and I am tickled pink that I will be there for the Green with Indie Craft Show!
- Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm
- Sunday from Noon to 5 pm
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I posted back in February about my hunt for a vintage telephone bench to make-over and after multiple craigslist searches for "Telephone Table", "Telephone Bench" and "Gossip Bench" I either came up short, or found pieces that were $100+. I couldn't bring myself to spend that on something that I am going to sand, paint and upholster myself. I also went out two weekends in a row to various local antique stores and re-sale places and never found anything either. But recently my luck changed...
On Sunday, Dave and I headed down to the southside of Chicago, no not for Chicago's infamous South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade, but to pick up the telephone bench I found on Craigslist for only $45. Woo-hoo.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I posted last week about the yellow Ikea HEMNES Linen Cabinet that we purchased and could not wait to put together, and now it's time for the big reveal.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I'm not a huge soft drink person, so when I do have a craving it's only for a fountain coca-cola or vanilla coke. And since vanilla coke is hard to come by, vanilla vodka works just fine as a flavoring agent ;-)
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I’ve been interviewed. I took the challenge from blogger Sarah, and she sent me the following questions to ponder and answer...
1) What is one food you could not live without?
CHEESE. Hands down. I love it all. I love trying new cheese about as much as trying new wines, and pairing the two is divine. Sharp white cheddar is a fave. I have also grown to like blue cheese & gorgonzola very much. Smoked gouda is gooda (hehe) and for me, you can’t miss with swiss, especially gruyere. Yum. But I’m also not a cheese snob, give me a reduced fat stick of string cheese and I’m also good to go! The ONLY cheese I’ve come across that I am not a huge fan of is feta.
2) If you had the ability to cure one disease/illness/affliction in this world, what would you choose, and why?
Wow. Just one? Ok, I think that there is a lot of attention on physical disease & illness, but there is a scary silence around mental illness. I would love to “cure” depression, anxiety and any personality disorders… those afflictions that so many of our neighbors, friends and family may be dealing with, yet we may never be aware. Curing these common afflictions would not only leave millions of individuals to lead a better life, but would result in a stronger, more productive society as a whole.
3) Where do you find inspiration in life?
I have always been attracted to people, places and things that are different from me. That scares some people, but it inspires me for sure. For me, new settings bring fresh perspectives. I like to pick the brains of people who have lived where I have never lived, or visited where I have never visited. Accents also fascinate me, as well as regional dialects. I like speaking to people with opposing views from me because it either fires me up & affirms my beliefs or makes me take a step back and challenges them, but either way I am renewed and invigorated. I also am inspired by people with talents that I do not have, like musicians (though I have never picked up an instrument) and artists (though I can hardly paint-by-number), etc. because, even if they don’t make me pick up a Guitar or become the next Van Gogh, they do inspire me to be creative in my own right.
4) What is the funniest thing you have ever experienced?
I think everything is funny. I know it’s a cop-out, but this is a hard one! I laugh easily. And often. I was actually voted “Best Laugh” in high school, lol. (see!) I also can laugh at myself quite easily, making it hard to recall truly embarrassing moments in my life, because I’m rarely mortified. I do have one funny story AFTER the fact. Once, I had to have the Heimlich maneuver while on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in L.A. I was on the job, shooting a TV commercial and I choked on a piece of beef. The act of choking = not funny. The events that ensued and the entire story looking back on it = very funny. Since photos of the real Heimlich Maneuver are not funny, here is a useful and less scary dog-version:
One of my favorite childhood traditions is when we used to go apple picking, go to the pumpkin patch and also when we used to go cut down our Christmas tree. I don’t know if I’m allowed to lump those all into one category, but my memory throws these in the same basket so I think it counts! There is something about going outdoors in the cool weather as a family that makes me smile when I think of it. And the festivities that ensue when you arrive home with your goodies is the best part: mom making apple crisp, dad helping us carve a jack-o-lantern and of course trimming the tree as a family. As we got older (I am the oldest of 3 sisters), we ate less hand-picked apples, got our pumpkins from the grocery store and eventually bought a fake tree – maybe because we got busier or maybe because us girls appreciated the outings less as we got older, but now I have fond memories of those younger years.
I know I have written about our lovely loft and it's lack of closet-space or storage before, so I have been on the search for a linen cabinet to house our towels and sheets in style. For the life of me, I cannot remember which of the hundreds of home decor blog posts I found this on last night, but it immediately caught my eye and I drug the photo to my laptop's desktop for later review.
Monday, March 9, 2009
It has been almost 2 weeks since my last post, and honestly... I thought I had lost my creative mojo. I have been uninspired, a little stressed and somewhat mopey. It's been a combination of work, lousy weather, missing my hubby since it's his "busy season" and really just a bit of a general funk.