Friday, May 28, 2010

Sex and the City Two-night!

I know it hasn't gotten great reviews,
but I'm still super psyched to see the movie this eve!

After that, it's time to kick-off the Summer!!


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Appointment Week

Every year I try to schedule all my annual doc/dentist appointments/check-ups during the same week -- this way I do not forget when I went, and I when I need to go again next.
This system works very well for my pea-brain)

Yesterday at my general physician apt, our convo went as such ...

Dr. Ho: Stacey, it's great to see you again! How've you been feeling? Anything new I should know about before we begin? Recent illness, changes in cycle, potential pregnancy --

Me: You have to actually have sex for that to happen, right? ;)

Dr. Ho:
Always a jokester. Yes, that is correct. So I can assume you are not currently expecting?

Affirmative. For real, I'm feeling good. My dentist just filled 2 cavities but that's my own fault for considering candy to be a food group. And when I went to donate blood last time the nurse told me my iron was too low so I've been eating spinach like Popeye. And other than that I'm just trying to work off some of this Winter weight gain and drinking a little less on the weekends. Oh! This was crazy -- on Saturday I was at Battery Park and almost got bit by a squirrel but dodged the bullet -- rabies averted!

Dr. Ho:
(now shaking his head) Aaaanything else that pertains to your general health before we begin?

Ummmm, no. That's all I got.

Oi, thank goodness for employee health insurance so they all have to except me as a patient ;) Hahaha

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My Favorite Things (May Edition)

For your reading pleasure ...

Music to my ears ...

Foreign Film Awesomeness ...

Best Random Whatnots ...
Heart shaped sunnies of every color and ...
flip floppers with a built-in bottle opener, obvi ;)

Best Yummy Snack ...
Fruit stand papaya

Guilty Pleasures ...
Pear & Soda :)

Street meat of any kind :)

$5 fresh flower bunches

And simultaneously watching
on DVR :)

Monday, May 24, 2010

GO HAWKS!! Woooohooooo

Empire State of Mind ;)

5 tickets to the top of the Empire State Building: $74.00

1 touristy pic while waiting in the Disney like lines: $21.22
Harper looking kinda like baby Carlos from The Hangover:
Priceless :)

What a wonderful weekend with Jessica, Harper, Pat & Gee...
Four generations traveling together,
how ah!mazing is that?

Ranging in age from seven months to 92 years old,
this fearsome fivesome conquered New York City!

From Central Park to Battery Park,
by foot, stroller, train and boat,
I so enjoyed every moment of site seeing
and spending time together :)

Hurry back and as always,
visitors welcome!

Thursday, May 20, 2010


My first rejection of the new draft ...

Fingers crossed for "Fight the Crazy"!

Thoughts on Goodnight Prayers

I've always tried to refrain from blogging about religion;
politics being a close second.

Maybe it's just my "Midwestern niceness",
but I slightly beg to differ...

The thing is,
I have very strong beliefs on both topics;
and contrary to my often-times left one-sided ways,
I very much believe that everyone
(even if opposite to mine)
has the "right" to express their own strong suits ;)

Back in grade school, when asked what my "sign" was,
I had no clue how to answer
(I used to think Astrology was a type of religion, ha!)
I just remember I used to meekishly mutter,
"Well, I'm a Virgo and a Protestant."

But with time, I began to develop educated opinions and my life took me to places I never ever dreamed of going. So to this day, I've pledged to believe in the best of both, "church and state". That no matter what our differences may be, we can ultimately elect to live, love, and laugh together.

And with that,
every single night,
I say a little
non-prayer ...

I pour a drink of water,
take my "Women's One A Day"
(it's ok to chuckle)
and raise a glass to my most favorite corner on Earth.

The corner of our kitchen that represents
and embodies everything in my life:

I raise a glass to my family and friends,
to the places I've traveled,
and to the happy events that are soon to be celebrated :)

It's religion nor politics,
but it's what makes me, me!

And when I get into bed,
I smile at the "art" I made at my 8th grade confirmation:
and that is my goodnight prayer.

I simply wish the best upon everyone
that the moon sees :

It may seem silly,
but a wise man once said,
"Everything that you do in this life will be insignificant,
but you must do it anyways."
~Mahatma Ghandi

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Maybe not one of Oprah's Book Club selects ;)

... but I totally pre-ordered this for my Grandma Stella,
so that we can laugh together about our lives when I am home :)

All My Friends Are Dead -- If you're a dinosaur, all of your friends are dead. If you're a pirate, all of your friends have scurvy. If you're a tree, all of your friends are end tables. Each page of this laugh-out-loud illustrated humor book showcases the downside of being everything from a clown to a cassette tape to a zombie. Cute and dark all at once, this hilarious children's book for adults teaches valuable lessons about life while exploring each cartoon character's unique grievance and wide-eyed predicament. From the sock whose only friends have gone missing to the houseplant whose friends are being slowly killed by irresponsible plant owners (like you), All My Friends Are Dead presents a delightful primer for laughing at the inevitable.

Avery Monsen is an actor, artist, and writer.
Jory John is a writer, editor, and journalist.
They are friends, and neither is dead. Yet.

Mental Whip Cream :)

After work last night I had a major case of the Mondays ...
Was still in recovery from an absolutely awesome weekend in Philly, and trying to digest a ton of new changes/neat additions with work stuffs. Needless to say, I was in need of a little dose of
mental nothingness

So I walked over to Whole Foods, made a yummy to-go box, and ate dinner by my lonesome with my feet up in the last row of the Sunshine Cinema to enjoy and laugh at every moment of the movie, Babies :)

I swear it's not just because I'm female that I loved this Focus Feature. The cinematography is so beautifully done that the screen is straight up eye candy -- and the babies are so incredibly funny you cannot help but to belly laugh at many parts :)

Although I'm not ready to take on the responsibility at this point in my life, it made me feel so happy for all my friends who have little ones in their lives. What a joy!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Looking for a "Meapster" ;)

Over the weekend two of my besties hosted one helluva BBQ --
during which, countless cocktails and funnies were shared :)

And somewhere in between the umpteen rounds of flip cup
and beer pong, we managed to squeeze in the "serious" convos,
ya know, the ones about work/life/dating/marriage/babes/
hopes/dreams/and fears of the failing economy ...
(insert more booze here)

And maybe it was just the aforementioned alchi speaking, but when asked, "What are you actually looking for in a guy, Stace?"
I replied, "I still don't really know, but I honestly love the best of Chicago and Zoo York, so I'm basically looking for like, a Meapster. Ya know, half meat head -- half hipster."

And we all laughed,
but I was being serious!

kinda ;)

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Yesterday I had the privilege to attend the Landmark Ventures 2010 Media Technology Summit. Murti, the co-founder of Peanut Labs, was a featured panel presenter and let me tell ya, I was one proud Nut watching him up on stage :) I've always admired the brilliant minds of the guys behind our ever growing start-up, but I'm not gonna lie -- when the man who invented Google Analytics spoke, I pretty much wanted to french kiss his brain cells!

Can you even image what it would be like to think like that?!?
Clearly I cannot.

So I just wanted to put a major
kudos it into the universe to all the "tech geeks" out there who do what they do. Because without peeps like these, I wouldn't be able to simply press a button to publish this post. And let's face it, the blogosphere just wouldn't be complete without a lil' Zippidy Do Da in it. HA! Toootally joking

Personally, I just wish I'd invented these ...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"Little by little, Stacers. Little by little ..."

Growing up my Grandma Stella used to repeat this saying
over and over again.

And I'm not gonna lie, it took
years for me to actually understand what she meant by it.

And to this day, my impatient "what's next?" lifestyle
still often fails to remember, or adhere to this simple,
yet infinitely wise advice.

But there are moments like tonight,
when it's meaning hits me like a brick shit house ...

Because tonight when I logged onto Blogger, it notified me that this entry marks my SEVEN-HUNDREDTH post.
I remember thinking 100 was an accomplishment,
or a slight glimpse of hope that I'd cured A.D.D ;)

So two years and 700 scribbles later,
I just thought I'd take a moment to pause, and be thankful
for what can be created, achieved and learned from ...
little by little :)

Zippidy do da
posted on MAy 11, 2008

Happy 100th Postday!!

This "Jack of Many, Master of None"
has actually stuck with something!!

And as a result,
today my bloggidy-blog-blog is 100 posts old :)

Hip Hip Hoooooooray!!

But what does one write about on such a momentous occasion?

I thought about this last night
and then immediately shut my computer off.

The thing is,
you can't think about these things,
they just have come ...
And they always do!

That's what I've loved most about blogging ... it's never forced. Just thoughts out loud. Impulsive. Scheduleless. Spontaneous. Random. Thoughts. And pictures. Gotta love the pictures. All brought about by the things in life that just happen to happen :)

So, I've decided to write this entry about the first thought that came to mind last night when I started over thinking.

First thought: "I am totally still scarred from that damn '100' project in the 1st grade."
Second thought: "I hope that I live to be 100"

So, today I'd like to share the ever-so-scarring story
from Mrs. Kirch's first grade classroom ...

I was all of seven years old.
I wore a lot of hand-me-down clothes.
And I loved anything that was loved by my older siblings.
Whatever Jamie and Stephen said, I did.

So when Mrs. Kirch gave us the homework assignment to bring in "100 of the same thing" -
I immediately turned to the dynamic duo for advice.

At the time,
Stephen was 10, and at the peak of his smart ass phase.
Jamie was 13, and as always, was using my parent's landline.

So when I asked my wiser older brother what he thought I should bring for my "100 project", he replied

And for weeks, I picked my poor little nose.
And then I returned to class, ever-so-proud,
of my bacteria based collection.

And I will NEVER forget that once short walk from my designated coat hook, to my designated desk.

Erin Estey had perfectly glued 100 pennies to a poster board.
Juan Romo made a tree house out of 100 twigs.
Jenny Mathison-Moore made a snow man out of 100 cotton balls.
Chris Connell built a replica of the Sears Tower with 100 legos.
Brooke Bicknell baked 100 sugar cookies
she had a stay home mom)
Lacey Lofton made a mosaic from 100 pieces of colored glass
she was an only child)

And then there was me ...
With my god damn 8.5 x 11 sheet of loose leaf paper,
covered in 100 hand picked boogers.

I wanted to die.
No, I was past death.
At that very moment in life, I would have rather dropped my lunch tray in the cafeteria WITH my pants down.
Yep, it was that bad.

I'll never forget folding that white sheet of paper into a million little pieces and ever-so-meekishly telling Mrs. Kirch that
"I'd forgotten mine at home."
(Note: this was VERY unlike me. I loved homework!
I lived for shit like this!

And I was respectful in praising everyone else's projects.
And I ate Brooke Bicknell's (stuupid f*&%king) sugar cookie.
And I complimented Juan Romo's tree house (even though I thought he smelled and that his twig idea was tooootally lame).

(Funny how twenty years later
this still stays with me like it was yesterday)

So, the point of the story is this:
If I were to be given the same assignment from Mrs. Kirch today,

I would bring in my blog :)

I'd bring these 100 posts,
and I would tell Lacey Lofton to shove her stained glass window up her ass!

And I'd tell Erin Estey that she should have just brought in a dollar
and saved herself the glue-job on the 100 pennies.

And then I'd probably drop my tray in the cafeteria
with my pants down)
just because it's funny!

We all just need to take a little more time to laugh about it :)

So cheers!
Cheers to smart ass big brothers!
Cheers to 100 hand picked boogers!
And cheers to 100 more blog posts!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Happy Birthday, Momsta!

Love You :)

Get Well Soon Gram!

My Grandma Stella has been in the hospital all week
but is being released today :)
I'm sending LOADS of get well wishes her way!
If you have a moment,
could you please do the same?

Thanks friends

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Have no fear ...
I took this picture last year,
I promise I'm not boozing for breakfast ;)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

No Words!

My buddy Nick Howard
just found out he'll be opening for the Counting Crows
at Summer Fest in Milwaukee this July!

Opening for the

As in,

Holy hell, I may possibly be more psyched than he is right now! Likely not, but just thought I'd attempt to express my excitement :)