Archive | January, 2012

peace out chicagoooo

28 Jan

Corey and I are hitting the road this morning! We’re on our way to St. Louis to spend what is sure to be an awesome weekend with Sarah and Craig!

(Sarah, we’re getting so much better at the whole not-waiting-an-entire-year-before-we-see-each-other-again thing! yay!)

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Where I’ve been… or rather, where I’ve never been…

27 Jan

Blah.

Blah. Blah. Blah.

Good story, right?

Wanna know where I’ve been in the good ol’ United States of America?

The Midwest/East Coast/South.  Oh, and California. (I technically had an hour long layover in Arizona, but somehow I think you’d all fight me on counting that)

Sample

Wanna know how I feel about the lack of blue on this map? fjio;awj fioa3. That’s how.

I think it’s time to start seriously considering getting my travel on. I’m not convinced it’ll happen right away, but that doesn’t mean I can’t plan for it so when the time comes I’m ready. There is a whole lotta white on that map and gosh darnit… NO!

Wanna see something even worse?

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Those are all the countries I’ve been to. Two. I live in one of them and passed through the other for about 30 minutes. But hey, don’t you take Canada away from me.

I think it’s time I start making some plans.

Want to map out where you’ve been/want to go? Make your own HERE.

52/52: Book 19 – The Professor’s House by Willa Cather

27 Jan

The Professor's House (Vintage Classics)

 

A study in emotional dislocation and renewal–Professor Godfrey St. Peter, a man in his 50’s, has achieved what would seem to be remarkable success. When called on to move to a more comfortable home, something in him rebels.

awkward & awesome thursday!

26 Jan

awkward…

  • Walking the one block from the train to my office almost directly next to this guy and at almost the same moment we both stopped dead in our tracks. “What’s different here?” I asked out loud. He said he was thinking the same thing. Turns out they took the scaffolding down that had been there for the past 2.5 months. That’s all.
  • Hanging up on a client at work. Sorry about that, guy!
  • Having 2 minutes of a conversation with my dad thinking we were talking about one thing while he thought we were talking about another, very different, thing.
  • Getting slightly excited when a friend cancelled dinner on Monday because it meant that I could go home and watch the Bachelor.
  • Missing my boyfriend terribly when it’s only been 4 days since I last saw him. Wah wah.
  • A stupid lady telling me that because I’m “only” an aunt that I don’t know how to take care of a baby. I nearly punched her when she told me that it was much too cold to be bringing a 2 month old outside without a hat and coat. Well, meanie, he does have a hat and a whole warm fluffy bodysuit… they are right over there. See? Now back off. 

awesome…

  • I made a kick booty budget. Wooooo for me!
  • Spending 8 hours on Saturday with my little bug, Thomas!
  • Sunday morning was a tough one for me and Corey “made” me breakfast on couch. [That sounds weird, but I ate on the couch, not in bed.. anyway..) The awesome breakfast was ice cream, bananas, and hershey kisses. He spoils me.
  • Going to lunch with Erin, Paul, Izaak, and Thomas. [“Am I being punked??” haha!]
  • I juuust checked weather.com and you know what it told me? It’s supposed to be in the 39-45 degree range this weekend!! With SUN! As my co-worker said… it’s time to bust out the t-shirt!! (Sorry Chicagoans, this is the forecast for St. Louis)
  • Getting slightly excited when a friend cancelled dinner on Monday because it meant that I could go home and watch the Bachelor. [see what I did there? I made it both an awkward and awesome. I’m slick like that]
  • I’m wearing earrings today that make it look like I have a mini disco ball hanging from each ear. Yup, fancy pants earrings for a gloomy Thursday.
  • Corey and I both got out of work early last Friday and met up for lunch at Goose Island Brewpub. Best spinach and artichoke dip everrrr. After lunch we went and took a long afternoon nap. Best way to spend a Friday afternoon if you ask me!
  • I haven’t gone to Starbucks ONCE this week! This morning I reallllllllly wanted to, but didn’t. Good story, right?

brie, oh how i love thee..

26 Jan

Let’s be real here… I’m not the most domestic gal out there. But when I cook dinner for the boyfriend I want it to taste good while at least attempting to look sexy while cooking it. Even if it means making the exact same meal twice in a week… first time with a friend or by myself and the second time for the boyfriend.

(Side note: my old roommate and I used to have “boyfriend dinner” where we would go through a trial run of cooking a dish in order to look like a pro when we finally did make it for our lead guy. Turns out we never really made anything for the boys, just for each other .. ha!)

ANYWAY.

I did make this for Corey and we. loved. it! 

Puff pastry, brie cheese, and spinach… what more could you want?

Sauteed onions and carrots, you say?

Somehow he always seems to pull off the looking-sexy-while-cooking-for-girlfriend thing.

Oh heaven above! Would ya look at that? 

Really people. It’s good. We made it again last weekend and thought it turned out even better. Go us!

ALSO!

The other night I made Deconstructed Cabbage Roll Soup. After I tried the first bite of it I thought “Oh snap… that’s good!”  A huge thanks to Erin for sharing the recipe! It was [almost] as good as yours. 🙂

Yo, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want

24 Jan

i want to shop in sydney’s closet and be her friend…

yaah baby

i want to be here…

this is the life...

i want to have a forever love…

photography

i want to travel…

Little traveller.

i want to live in an apartment that i think is fabulous…

colors, wall, art

i want to eat cheesecake with strawberries on top…

strawberry cheesecake

(All photos are from my Pinterest)

one year

22 Jan

“Life Uncommon” -Jewel

don’t worry mother, it’ll be alright
and don’t worry sister, say your prayers and sleep tight
it’ll be fine lover of mine
it’ll be just fine
lend your voices only to sounds of freedom
no longer lend your strength to that which you wish to be free from
fill your lives with love and bravery
and you shall lead a life uncommon
i’ve heard your anguish,
i’ve heard your hearts cry out
we are tired, we are weary, but we aren’t worn out
set down your chains, until only faith remains
set down your chains
and lend your voices only to sounds of freedom
no longer lend your strength to that which you wish to be free from
fill your lives with love and bravery
and we shall lead a life uncommon

there are plenty of people who pray for peace
but if praying were enough it would have come to be
let your words enslave no one and the heavens will hush themselves
to hear our voices ring out clear
with sounds of freedom
sounds of freedom

come on you unbelievers, move out of the way
there is a new army coming and we are armed with faith
to live, we must give
to live

and lend our voices only to sounds of freedom
no longer lend our strength to that which we wish to be free from
fill your lives with love and bravery
and we shall lead…

lend our voices only to sounds of freedom
no longer lend our strength to that which we wish to be free from
fill your lives with love and bravery
and we shall lead a life uncommon