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Stephanie’s Graduation From Oak Creek High School

June 18th, 2014 · 1 Comment

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My niece Stephanie graduated from Oak Creek High School on June 14th. Can you believe it? Me either! The day before graduation she got her first job and in the fall she starts college! Craziness!!

Steph’s class was about 480 students and the ceremony was held at Miller Park. I can’t even remember the last time I was at a graduation ceremony. Maybe when my brother graduated about 17 years ago? I don’t even know. It was interesting to see, even if it was loooong! And I wasn’t thinking, but the roof of Miller Park was open, which meant sunburns for everyone!

After the ceremony we met up with Steph outside the stadium for family photos. There were a ton of people, friends and family, and a very festive atmosphere. And even the racing sausages were there!

After photos, we went downtown to Joey Buona’s for a huge Italian feast.

Congratulations to Stephanie and the entire class of 2014!!

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Paying Up on the Sandwich Bet

February 1st, 2014 · No Comments

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Dallas and Adam always make a sandwich bet every year. I don’t know what exactly it involves.. something to do with fantasy football. Last year Dallas lost and made a fried green tomato and shrimp po’boy for Adam. I got to sample a little of it when my brother and I stopped over after watching the Hobbit last year. This year Adam lost and for payback he went to Eataly and then came over with Christine and served COURSES of sandwich. Three different sandwiches!

The first, my favorite, was a prosciutto with fresh mozzarella and basil on fresh Italian fennel bread. He made some kind of balsamic/olive oil/garlic dressing that was amazing. The second sandwich was prime rib. This was a hot sandwich and really tasty and rich. Dallas and Adam liked this one the best. Finally, there was a hot rosemary ham sandwich, which was also very good, but we were getting SO stuffed.

After dinner we sat and visited and played with Makai and ate cookies I made for dessert. Fun night.. and yeh. I can not wait to visit the Eataly in Chicago!!

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Fun Weekend With Friends and Family

January 13th, 2014 · No Comments

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Friday: Amanda came down to watch Makai while Dallas and I went out for the night. First we had some happy hour drinks downtown with Jessica, Todd, Adam, Brian and Damien. Then we headed to the Roundarch Isobar holiday party at Siena Tavern. After 11 weeks, it was so nice to see all of my work friends, but it really did drive home the fact that I only have a few weeks left until I go back to work! Still a fun night. As per usual with the Isobar holiday parties: great food, endless open bar, lots of fun. This was the most drinks I’ve had in one night in literally a year. And the longest I stayed up forever (not counting New Years, when Makai was with us). Paired with the fact that I’d been sick the two previous days, I lost my voice for the whole weekend. So worth it, though!

Saturday: Amanda decided to stay over one more night instead of driving home and driving back on Sunday. We ate bacon all day and went to brunch at Revolution Brewing where she met her new favorite beer: Gravedigger Billy, a barrel-aged scotch ale.

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Makai & Jessica & a bunch of beer & a grape soda.

Sunday: Richard, Stephanie and Jessica came down. We had lunch/brunch at the Goose Island Brewpub on Clybourn. Amanda met another new favorite beer: Extremely Naughty Goose, an imperial brown ale with a chocolate and whiskey flavor. I had the London Fog, a milk stout with chocolate and Earl Grey tea, and really liked that. We also both had more bacon in the form of bacon jam! This trip to Goose Island was Makai’s second restaurant outing (not counting Starbucks). I don’t think he even knew he went, though. He slept the whole time!

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After lunch, Jess, Steph, Amanda and Makai went home and Richard and I went and saw The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. We have seen all of the Hobbit and LOTR movies together.

Update: More photos from the holiday party (via the official photographer).

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