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The Packers Won On My Birthday

September 9th, 2011 · 2 Comments


…with Alden


…with Jess


…with Danny & Caroline


…with Ed

The Packers kicked off the NFL season this year by taking on the Saints at Lambeau Field on my birthday. A few friends and I met up at Logan Bar & Grill to watch the game. This is probably the sportiest of the bars in Logan Square. We don’t really have sports bars here. The weather was on the cooler side, but nice, and it started raining. Logan Bar & Grill had their doors/windows wide open and it felt really nice, without having to actually be outdoors.

The game was the first time since 2000 that the last two Super Bowl winners were matched up. Also, it’s the third time in four seasons that the Packers opened the season on national TV at prime time at home. No pressure, guys! The game was exciting and high-scoring. And, though I was a little scared on the last drive, the Packers ended up winning 42-34.

Also, Dallas flew to Las Vegas yesterday. I gave him $20 to put on the Packers at the sports bet. He added $30 and so we had $50 riding. If the Packers won by 4 points then we’d win $100. This was the first time I ever was cheering for the spread as well as a win! Kind of stressful!

Thanks to everyone who came out for drinks on my birthday! It was an exciting, but laid back night. … Just what I wanted.

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Radiators are not cheap

June 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment

So, back to that Jeep thing. On my drive to Milwaukee for the UPAF Ride for the Arts, the dash started dinging and lit up saying “check gauges.” I looked at all the gauges and noticed that the temperature gauge was all the way to the right, indicating as hot as it can be. I pulled over at the next exit that I could and pulled into a parking lot in an office park. As soon as I stopped the car smoke came billowing out of the hood area. I got out of the Jeep and looked down. Green fluid was flowing out. Lots of it. My parents were already at my brother’s house when I called up there and so my dad and my brother agreed to come down. I checked Google Maps on my phone and saw that there was an auto parts store nearby. I called them and they were open til 10 p.m. My hope was that my dad would come down, realize it was a hose or something easy, go to the parts store and fix it and we’d be on our way.

So, I camped out in the parking lot of this building.

And waited for my dad and my brother to drive down from Milwaukee. I realized that I wasn’t even out of the city of Chicago! I was at Cicero and Peterson, quite a ways north and west in the city, but still, in the city. So, I realized it would take them a while to come down. Luckily, I was not alone. I had this to keep me company:

I was bringing these Half Acre beers for my dad and my brother to try. They were still ice-cold and it was in the high 70s that evening, so I cracked one open and waited.

Then after a while I oriented myself using the web browser and maps on my phone. I realized I was right next to a Whole Foods, so I walked over to the store and killed some time there.

When my dad and brother arrived they took a look at the car. We realized that the leak was not in a hose, but was actually a leak from the radiator. I needed a tow. Well, little did we know that it would be SO HARD to get a tow. Some said they couldn’t get to me for hours, some said they’d call me back and didn’t, some said they were closed (!?), some didn’t answer their phone, some said they didn’t have a flatbed tow truck, which a few told me I needed. I was basically just going down lists of tow companies on Yelp and Google just trying to get anyone to come out.

Finally, I called a guy who said he didn’t have a flatbed but knew someone who did. I was rolling my eyes at this. I’d heard it before that night and it didn’t pan out, but when he gave me the number I called it and a guy said they could come out within 20 minutes and he actually did. I got my tow! For future reference, this was S&M Towing. They were great to work with did what they said, charged what they estimated, right to the dollar. Nothing shady. Also for future reference, the tow was $85 to hook up the car and $3.50 (I think) per mile after that. It came to about $103. Also, while we were waiting for the tow truck to arrive, I ran into that Whole Foods and bought us all slices of pizza and drinks. It was getting late, I’d been sitting in a hot parking lot forever, and we needed to eat.

My dad rode in the tow truck and chatted it up with the driver. My brother and I followed in my brother’s truck. We towed the Jeep to our regular service station, Nal’s. Dallas’s uncles are good friends with the owner, Al. Dallas has golfed with him before and stuff, but I’ve never met him. I should mention I also spent about a half hour or more calling all of Dallas’s uncles and Dallas, who was in Las Vegas, trying to get Al’s number and find out if I could tow to his shop and leave it. By then the shop was closed so I couldn’t ask them. Anyway, long story short, no one was answering their phone on a Saturday night. We ended up leaving the Jeep on a residential street just south of the shop, where there was no parking restrictions.

After leaving the Jeep, my dad and brother and I drove up to my brother’s house. We pulled in at about 11 p.m., about 5 hours later than I’d planned to arrive. By the time we went to bed it was almost midnight. So, yeh. Late night. And we had to get up at 6 a.m. to get ready for the bike ride! But it all worked out..

When Dallas got back from Las Vegas he brought the keys up to the shop and worked everything out with them. The repairs will end up costing a lot more than I’d have liked – about $600. Stinks! But hopefully nothing will go wrong again and we can stretch out the life of this car. It’s old, but still generally runs good. And $600 is less than a new car. If the Jeep keeps acting up, though, we may have to think about doing a trade in.

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Wine and Cheese and Lingerie

October 27th, 2010 · No Comments

This past weekend Dallas went to Las Vegas for his bachelor party. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to have a bachelorette party, but a while back I decided maybe just to have a girls weekend while Dallas was away. A couple of my friends flew in from New York and a couple of my family members drove down from Wisconsin. They all stayed at my house and we spent the weekend with my Chicago girlfriends.

Dallas had to fly from Las Vegas to Florida for a business trip, so I haven’t seen him yet, but while talking a bit, it seems like they all had a crazy time partying. That is what he wanted to do, so I’m glad that he did it. Vegas is not really my style, but I was so totally happy with everything we did over the weekend. I had so much fun and I think everyone else did too.

On Friday people were driving in and flying in, so we decided to have wine and cheese at my place. I provided the space, but Jessica G. and Kristin brought everything over.. all the food and wine. We had about 5 different kinds of cheese, a few different sausages, quince, nuts, mini Mediterranean pizzas, hummus, veggies, grapes, three kinds of olives, and crackers. It was all so delicious. Our s’mores dessert was provided by The Baked Escape.


The Spread

Jess B. flew in early in the afternoon. Kristin and Jessica G. came over at about 6:00 or so to set up. Amanda arrived shortly after that. We ate and ate and drank and drank. Jill couldn’t come over because she had previously plans. Later on we convinced her to stop over and bring Halle with her. They only stayed for about an hour, but it was fun to see Halle-girl. I wish I’d have gotten my photo with her!

At about 10:30 Jeannette’s flight came in. I was feeling kind of tipsy by then. Jeannette got something to eat and we quickly got a drink in her hand. Since everyone was assembled, it was time to open gifts. I didn’t know anything about this when we were planning the party, but Jessica G. planned to have everyone bring “boudoir gifts.” I was kind of frightened to open these, but the ladies got me some really nice, pretty things… which I will not get into detail on here!


Feeling a little scared


Aw! Pretty purple nightgown & robe


Jeannette & Kristin


Amanda & Jessica


Something was hilarious


I can’t remember what Kristin was describing, but it was IMPORTANT

Oh, and Jess G. got me a tiara, which came in handy later on in the weekend!


How do I look in a tiara?


Soy? Edible? Huh?

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