Sunday, November 28, 2010

'Tis the Season!

Tonight, after walking past the Upper Rust antique shop
I got super inspired to turn the page to Christmas :)

And since I can't afford a single thing from their store,
I headed straight to Lot-Less for some Hall-iday decor.

$30 later... shazam!

Can't wait to put up the tree when Alyssa gets back from Cali :)

Best Day Off EVER!!

Instead of shopping with the masses on Black Friday, 
I decided to do ab-a-sa-lute-ly NOTHING :)

Not gonna lie, I did not leave the couch for a full 16 hours and watched 7 great movies (only to be interrupted by periodic naps and snacks in between. Teehee!)

Coming from a person who is always on the go, I was ever so "proud" to accomplish this highly unimpressive task ;) 

Then on Saturday, while mourning the loss of Michigan's once respected football legacy (tear), we went to see
and loved it!

Jake on the big screen butt-nekkid for 2 hours...
Ummm, yes, please, thank you. Don't mind if I did.

Social Napping...

Mark Zuckerberg can take his whole Social Media bonanza...
we're clearly onto something MUCH better :)


Many thanks to the Nish/Pearson families
for having me this Turkey holiday :)

Although I so missed being home with my own fam, I truly enjoyed every minute of this super wonderfully yum-and-fun dinner party, surrounded by such great company. 

SO much to be thankful for, today and always!

Yep, yep, yep... I BELIEVE :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Gobble Gobble Gobble!

Hopefully tomorrow you will be in front of a feast and not your computer -- so I wanted to wish you all the best
and cheers to a very

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gnome Bomb... quite literally :(

With the photographer in need of my gnomies, I was inspired to use them as the premise for one of my UCB Sketch assingments. Unfortunately, I was apparently the only one to find this funny :( Needless to say, my teacher continues to think I drink absinthe...
and part of me not-so-secretly wants to do so as a result of the fact that not one person laughed during the reading in class.
MAJOR bust!

But for what it's worth, here are my scribbles 
for your viewing "pleasure" ;)

"Gnome Issues Here"

Stacey Hall

INT: Bar / Evening

Three garden gnomes sit at an outdoor beach bar. Bob sits between Sam & Larry. They're each wearing a red hat, white beard, blue shirt, green pants and black boots.

... but it's like, she doesn't even know I'm alive.

You haven't had "the talk" yet, have you?  

No, there just hasn't been a good time.

(Deep sigh. Gestures to the bartender)
We'll have another round, please. 

I don't want to frighten her.  

If you love her, you must tell her.  You should do it next week!  On Christmas Eve -- Tis' the season! 

(shaking his head in disagreement)
Terrible idea!  Have you not looked in the mirror lately?  Tis' not the season for gnomes --
(he lifts his mai tai and alludes to a decoration of Santa)
We can't compete with that! 

Well then pick another day but you must tell her.  I'll never forget the day I told my Elizabeth.  She was tending to the garden and I politely asked, "May I help you darling?"

So after she knew you could speak, what happened?

Well sure, I startled the petunias out of her at first but once she put the shovel down, we talked it out, and it's been bliss ever since.  Like two peas in the proverbial pod!

You make it sounds like sunshine and rainbows.  What Sam's not telling you is what really happens after you tell her --

Tell me!

About how, after a while, she'll get comfortable, and demand to wear the pants in your relationship.

(looks down then back at Larry)
But they won't fit her!

It's a figure speech -- what I'm sayin' is that she'll have you on a leash so tight that you can kiss freedom goodbye.

Yeah, I've read that before, in all those "What to Expect" books.  I mean, know I love her, but there's still a part of me that just doesn't know if I'm ready.

Grass is greener syndrome?  Don't know if you can give up the yard just yet?

Haven't quite soiled your oats?  Fertilized enough flowers?  Put out the flame of the burning bush? --

Sam & Larry chuckle, cheers, and then fist pump

Something like that.  I'm on the fence.  It's like one day, she's on all fours, hoeing the garden and I just wanna tell her I'm alive!

Sam & Larry both nod in agreement 

And other days, when she's talking baby-talk to that goddamn cat of hers, I just wanna magically disappear.

Sam & Larry heavily nod in agreement and drink 

You know, get outta dodge for a while!  I've been thinking about traveling.  Maybe head back to Europe -- 

Do it.  Run while you can!  
(he cracks his necks)
I haven't slept in weeks.  She moved me next to the new planters.  You know what that means.  
(He throws a glass of water in his face)
Straight to the face.  Three times a day.  THE WOMAN SPRINKLERS THOSE GOD DAMN PLANTS THREE TIMES A DAY! I'm gonna cut the hose.  
(Chugs his mai tai)
Don't tell her Bob.  Save yourself. 

Well I still think you should tell her -- we may be but wee little men in stature, but we're capable of big things, if you know what I mean.  

Larry nods in agreement and they fist pump again

To women! 
(raises his glass)
Can't live with 'em --

And ya can't live without 'em!


So does this like, make me a stage mom?!?

He came over on Saturday to "get the goods"
and I can hardly wait to see the proofs!
Too funny :)

Monday, November 22, 2010


I've said it before and will proudly say it again, 
my friends have the cutest kids on the planet :)

These lil' picture gifts made my day(s) last week, 
hope they bring a smile to yours as well!

Michigan's defense makes me drink :(

We may have been losers on the field, 
but we sure as hell all felt like winners at the bar :)

Super Funny Show

If you have a chance to see
I highly recommend it :)

Leslie Meisel is hands-down one of the funniest women 
I've ever had the pleasure to watch. 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sometimes change really is beautiful ...

February (taken on the day we moved in!)
November (taken this morning)


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Quotes Me Likey

Articles Me Likey

My fellow Night Owl friend passed this lil' gem along,
and I couldn't agree more ;)

Possibly just as great a theory as this and/or this!

I'd like to thank these brilliant philosophers
for being on my side :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"$#*! My Dad Says"

My parents both went to Northwestern and are huge fans -
so I sent them a "GO CATS!" email as we're all super psyched
about Saturday's game at Wrigley :)

Here's the priceless reply I got in return: 

Kinda makes me wish I could be a Dad someday ;)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Benihana Birthday!

Hap-hap-happiest bday, Abigael :)

Goes without saying, 
it was so much fun celebrating!

Staycation :)

Last night we had drinks after work at 
the Southwest Porch in Bryant Park. 
Yes, I know it was a Monday, so sue me ;)

And yes, I know it's lame to tout the brainchild of an airline, 
but hats off to the marketing team at Southwest because  
I love every second about this outdoor gem!

From the fire pit, to the porch swings, to the chance to chill in an adirondack chair in November. Yes, please, thank you.

If you ever can't find me...

Friday, November 12, 2010


Cannot stop laughing ...

at all of these photo "booth" funnies :)

I was trying to digest this epic wedding in doses, 
but giggling at all this ha!larity has made that impossible.