Sweet Home Chicago

June 26, 2008

This past weekend, Bill and I went for a quick visit to Chicago. The primary reason for the visit, apart from visting with my Dad, was to take Grandma and Dad to the Cubs-White Sox game. It is THE series of the summer.

This game has been a tradition for the last two years. We picked up Grandma nice and early, circled the ball park looking for a free parking spot and believe it or not, have found a free parking spot all three years. We had plenty of time to pick up our score cards and find our seats, giving us time to take advantage of the 25% discount on food and non-alcoholic bevarage if you buy 1 hour prior to game time. We chatted and got comfortable and anxiously waited for the first pitch

The game was awesome! AWESOME! The Cubs came from behind with an unbelievable 4th inning. Being there with all those people seeing the Cubs kick ass was unbelievably fun. If I only saw the Cubs win one game this season, I wanted that win to be when I was at Wrigley. The stadium is old, full of charm, and like no other ball park. There is a tradition of singing Go Cubs Go after a Cub win and we got to sing. No one leaves the stadium until the song has been sung.

Of course we had to listen to some White Sox fans rub in the fact that the Cubs haven’t won a World Series in 100 years. But despite the losing streak, Cubs fans are loyal. And maybe that’s really what bugs the White Sox fans.

Bill and I did some shopping after the game and then we fought traffic to go to our favorite pizza place, Connie’s. We rehashed the game, talked about family, caught up on life, stuffed ourselves silly. We took Grandma home and visited for a little bit and then headed home ourselves. It was a long and wonderful day. Bill and I were exhausted and slept well that night, with dreams of back-to-back home runs and a train of pin-striped players moving from first to third and scoring.

The rest of the weekend was a little less exciting, but wonderful nonetheless. We had two more days of quality time with my dad. We ate delicious hamburgers, went to the Buffalo for ice cream creations, watched the Cubs on tv, read, did some needlepoint, ate more pizza, and saw some of the flooding currently devastating parts of the midwest. Thankfully the areas around my dad, aren’t too bad, but flooding is flooding. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families currently struggling with the situation.

Our flight home was uneventful. We did get delayed on the plane however. We landed 10 minutes before a big thunderstorm and because there was lightning in the area, they weren’t letting the employees outside to wave the planes in. So I snuggled into my seat with the new Coldplay album and my Nora Roberts book and read. We were held up an hour and fifteen minutes but at least we were “home”. Of course the airport was a zoo because other planes were held up and everybody deplaned at the same time. Yikes!

And that was our trip to Chicago!

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General Specialist

June 10, 2008

IMG_0532I feel like that’s been my title of late, at least on the home front. Queen of Everything, Expert at Nothing. The weekend was best categorized as a little bit of everything. Friday night I relaxed and worked on some scrap paper notebooks, cut some fabric, read, relaxed. I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do, so I did a little of everything. Saturday was much the same way. It started out with a walk in 90 degree heat and that just took a lot out of me. I relaxed, worked on my dresser, ate, watched the Cubs, took a nap, read, and went to see Indiana Jones (Yay!). Sunday was a repeat. More reading, picking up, needlepoint, nap, Cubs… There was some knitting at one point… Maybe it was restlessness. Regardless, the weekend went by quickly and I did find it restful.

I’m getting ready for a shop update on Tuesday, June 17th. I am working on 2 bags in this style, some coaster sets, lots of necklaces and whatever else I can get done. Check it out if you can get a chance.

Also, I have to share a funny story from today. I had a very important work meeting this afternoon. I’m sitting in the first row with four of my colleagues, behind my supervisor, boss and other important work people. I’m paying attention to the meeting, balancing my work papers on my lap, and the next thing I see is a spider coming down from the ceiling about two feet from my boss’ head and about 3 feet in front of me. I am not a fan of spiders and am trying not to freak out. My coworkers (all girls) see it too. My friend to my left whispers loudly to a male coworker behind us “Do you see the spider?” “Yes, I see it.” “Do something!” No response. What was he going to do, vault over my seat to knock it down? So now I have totally forgotten that there is an important meeting going on, my full attention is on this ugly, definitely poisonous spider. I watch it go up its little thread, down, up, hang out, up, and then it falls to the floor and starts towards us to which there is a gasp and 8 sandaled feet being pulled off the floor. Then it starts to head away from us and toward our supervisor. My friend to the left, puts down her notebooks, gets on her hands and knees with one of her shoes in hand, and practically crawls under the table our supervisor is sitting at, and hits at the spider three times. My supervisor, completely oblivious to the emergency, whispers loudly “Suzie, No, NO.” And Suzie whispers back, “yes, YES!” and the whole time the three of us still sitting in the front row are trying not to lose it. Thankfully 75% of the people at the meeting had no idea what was going on and we eventually got back to paying attention at the meeting. But did we laugh about it afterward.

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What Have I Been Missing All This Time???

June 4, 2008

My creation, originally uploaded by PennBando.

I read about this meme on Creative Little Daisy and had to give it a try. And am I glad I did. This mosaic maker thing by fd’s Flickr Toys is awesome!!! I’m not that Flickr savvy as I use Gallery for my photos (and I’m happy with Gallery). But I am seeing that Flickr is pretty cool too. And this mosaic thing… Loving it!

And being pretty new to Flickr I had to set up my blog which I did all on my own (Bill, are you proud?). ‘Course it does need his expertise to make it fit better with my format which is why I keep him around.

So try out this mosaic thing!!! And do this meme.

Here’s how it works:

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker).

There’s a group you can add it to, as well but I don’t know what the group is. (sorry).

The Questions:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name. (kid version: favorite animal?)

And thank you, Thank You, Creative Little Daisy for opening up a whole new world to me!

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June 3, 2008

anniversarySigh… Eight years ago on this very day, 685 miles from here, I married my best friend. I am so blessed to have found such a supportive, loving, kind, funny, handsome, smart guy.

I’ve had weddings on the brain lately. My coworker just got married and she wore my veil. It’s made me think back to when I got married and how exciting and fun it was. What it felt like to be starting our new life together. That there were so many things yet to come. In many ways it’s making this anniversary extra special. We know each other better and have more life experience, but there’s adventure yet to come. Places to go, people to see, things to do. Together.

I just can’t believe it’s been eight years. That seems like a long time. Almost 25% of my life has been spent with my husband. Yikes! I just don’t feel old enough for that to be the case. But maybe it’s a good thing it doesn’t feel that long; time flies when you’re having fun. And it has been fun. Marriage is work, definitely, and every day isn’t sunshine and daisies. But most days are and for that I am grateful. There’s no one I’d rather had beside me during the tough times, and no one that I’d rather be with to share successes.

So to my dear, sweet Bill, there’s nothing I’d change about you (except maybe your paper management skills). ;) There’s no one I’d rather come home to (except maybe CJ). ;) There’s no one I’d rather be sarcastic to. ;) I wouldn’t trade in a moment of the last 10 1/2 years and I look forward to our future.

          Who knows how long I’ve loved you
          You know I love you still
          Will I wait a lonely lifetime
          If you want me to, I will
               from I Will, the Beatles, sung by our friend at our wedding eight years ago today

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I Am A Reading Machine

June 2, 2008

libraryOkay, that’s a little bit of an exaggeration. But I am on a bit of a roll. I have finished four books in the last week. Nevermind that I started the first book about a month ago…

The reason for my inspiration is the insane number of books that I have to read. I have this great program, Delicious Library, for my mac. You can use a barcode scanner and scan in your books or manually enter then into your library. The program pulls the book info from Amazon. Then you can set up different shelves. For example, I have a Books to Read Shelf and then a Books I’ve Read in 2008 Shelf, Books I’ve Read in 2007, Books in My Library, Books I’ve Donated, etc… I also have a Wishlist shelf where I enter in books I’m interested in (recommendations from friends, magazines, books I passed up at the store but really really really want to get), My full library consists of 260+ books. To make sure everything is accounted for in my library, there are 2 formulas I double check:

1. All the Books I’ve Read Shelf + Books to Read + Wishlist books = total number of books in my library
2. Books in my Library + Wishlist Books + Donated Books + Books to Read = total number of books in my library

This many sound a bit obsessive, and it probably is, but it helps me double check and make sure everything has been sorted and that my library is in order. There’s a location in building field that is very helpful to me, because my books are all over the house. 90% of my books to be read are in a tall shelf on the 3rd floor landing. The books used to be on a headboard Bill’s grandfather made. I was using it as a shelf on the landing but I’m actually going to use the headboard on the 4th floor (as a headboard even!). Using what I have, I pulled out this shelf that was being store in the garage. I am very pleased with the look, it makes the small space more open. Next to the shelf, I have a container for books that I’ve read. From there, they either get donated or put in their “permanent” location in the house.

The scary thing about organizing my library is the number of books I have to read. Hence, my reading roll. I have 116 books in my to be read pile. Yikes! Considering last year I only read 16 books, it could take me awhile to get through all those. I love reading, but now that I don’t take public transportation every day, my reading has practically come to a halt. I’ve decided that I have to get my pile down to 50 before I can buy another book. So I guess that will be in…2012?

I also have been cleaning out old papers from high school, grammar school… My dad is a saver and I have inherited that gene. Thankfully, I was also born with the purging gene which seems to have skipped a generation. Anyhoo, I did find an interesting list from high school; it’s a list of classic works which you can see here and here. This is not a complete list, by far, but a good start. And it’s the perfect time of year to pick up a classic; perfect beach reading.

And now, it’s time for me to pick up a new book and turn a few pages before I hit the hay.

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A few tidbits about me: I met my husband in college, flirting over tuba letters in the Penn Band. Our dog, CJ, and our cat, Sabrina, round out our family. I'm a sewist, knitter and needlepointer, and an occasional scrapbooker. I love organizing, reading, making jewelry, and hiking. A Chicago girl at heart, I am an avid follower the Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks.

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