Tuesday, May 31, 2011

5 Year Plan

Tonight, while walking home from work and admiring all the gazillion dollar single family homes that surround my apartment,
I thought to myself (in all seriousness), "Is it wrong that I just want to be successful enough to have a slide as an option for stairs?"



Thank You!

This will happen :)

Wknd Rewind

Back-to-back Cubbies games

a whole lotta rain, 
laughs, encased meats, and canned beer...
Was a really nice wknd hanging with friends 
and spending time with my fam yesterday :)
Ever thankful to those who serve this country 
past, present and future!

Oh HAIL Yessss

June 6th can't come soon enough

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bits O' Truth


Great Music. Even Greater Cause.

Last night my buddy Nick Howard played a benefit show
with the ever talented, Matt Alber... Arguably the two most kind hearted musicians out there :)

Part of the proceeds went to help the UCAN foundation, an organization here in Chicago that helps aid youth homelessness and provides a safe haven for LGBT teens and young adults.
What an incredible and important cause to support.

Way to go, Nick & Matt!

Mr. Snake's Monthly Mouse

Just another Wednesday at the office ;)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Welcome to the world, Stella June Gooden!

Life was made all the better this week by welcoming 
beautiful baby Stella :)

Congratulations, Gina & Jeff!!

I cannot wait to meet your little 
6 lb, 7 oz bundle of  fabulousness :)
(and to give lots of puppy love to Lily & Maddy too!)


Monday, May 23, 2011

Best Wedding Week Ever :)

There's just too many awesome pix to share from Pensacola, 

so I created Stephen & Kendra their own blog
to remember all of the amazing memories!

I sure did ;)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Blog Break!

In sunny Pensacola this week to gear up for
Stephen & Kendra's WEDDING wknd!!

The fun has begun :) 

Many more pix to follow on Monday
once my brotha's officially scored me a sister-in-law!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Andersonville Wine Walk

Yesterday was the perfect storm of awesomeness!

My friend Steve and I had a full day long friend "date" and it was honestly the best Sunday I can ever recall having in Chicago :)

We met at 9am to get our butts kicked at Yoga Sculpt class (highly recommend!) and didn't speak the whole walk home because there was no energy to be had.

Since we live three blocks away from each other, I have the absolute fortune to trade Steve wine for laundry. He actually has a washer and dryer in his apartment (jealous = me!!) 

Once the boring Sunday chores were done, we hit up the Clark 22 bus to head to Andersonville to caffeinate and indulge in one of the best brunch spots my taste buds have ever been... M.Henry, you complete me :)

I had the bacon wrapped baked eggs with polenta and mixed greens, which should really be called "PERFECTION ON A PLATE - PREPARE TO SALIVATE!" But that's just one suggestion ;)

Double Love

3pm came before we could even get to ordering the rosemary potato flatbread so we took it to go and headed to pick up our tickets for the Andersonville Wine Walk! Let me tell ya, if there was such a thing as a triple rainbow, this would be it :)

Steve and I had the mission to each meet a boy while drinking and shopping (wishful thinking ;) 

and even though we were not successful on that front, it was hands down one of the most fun events I've ever had the pleasure to attend...

Drinking + art galleries + vintage thrift + flower shops + unique whatnots + some more drinking = YES.PLEASE.THANK YOU.

Sunday Funday! Andersonville Wine Walk

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hot Mamma :)

Was so nice to catchup with Rorie and see baby Wade  --
however, I think all of our girl talk put this beautiful baby boy
straight to sleep! 

Friday, May 13, 2011




One Highly Comical Commute

I find it impossible not to laugh at least a dozen times on the mere 8 block walk I have from the time the Halsted 8 bus drops me off at Fulton Market, to the arrival at our office door on Racine. 

New York may be known for it's hip Meat Packing District,
but holy hot damn, Chicago's got the real deal!

While dodging delivery trucks and crates,
I took a mental inventory this morning and counted that in just eight short blocks, my fortunate eyes get to see the following,
each and every morning on my walk to work:
- 5 meat packing factories
- 2 fruit and vegetable whole sale warehouses
- 1 egg factory
- 3 autobody repair shops
- 5 art and furniture galleries
- 3 gym facilities
- 5 new awesome restaurants 
- 4 doggy day care centers
 and countless renovated lofts.

It's such a trip!

Once I contain my giggles after passing 
"Bee Jays Meats"

I look forward to squeezing between the egg boxes 

to hit up Jupiter Outpost for coffee :)

This is one chaotically cool slice of Chicago,
I feel so lucky to see in action everyday!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

On the topic of Cinderella...

I love this!

"Alarm Clock" For Sale!!

A couple weeks ago I posted about this "little funny bird"

14 days later, 
"little" may still stand true, 
but "funny" -- not so much!!

If you're in the market for a case of on-set morning turrets,
I've got the perfect "pet" for you ;)

I tell ya, 
I gotta hand it to Cinderella...
What a Saint!

I now know for a fact that I would not have been as nice or polite after 2+ weeks of being woken up by birds, let alone talking mice! (and I definitely would not have shared all my cheese,
this I know is true)

Maybe I could call on my new co-worker, Mr. Snake to ask of his advice to resolve this dilemma -- I'm not a betting girl, but something tells me this would be a proposal he might "bite" on ;)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


The Good with the Bad

In our sorority in college we were never allowed to
end on a negative note when discussing new members
during the RUSH process {insert big yawn here}
so all comments had to be in the form of 


I still laugh to myself about all the ridiculous rules we used to follow. But even now that those days are long  past, I still like to crack jokes using this little method -- for example: 

I love my new job!
My co-workers are all awesome :)
All, except for one...

I adore my new job, 
but why do I have to sit so close to him?!


Never a dull moment ;)