Entries Tagged as 'mothers day'

Logan Square Neighborhood Walk: California Avenue

July 23rd, 2011 · 3 Comments

One day a few months ago, I was wanting to go for a walk, but wanting to go somewhere new. I used to do these “neighborhood walks” and post photos on this site, but haven’t done it forever. So, I decided that maybe over the course of this summer I will try to walk Logan Square. When you look up Logan Square boundaries, people have varying opinions. For this exercise, I’m going to go with these boundaries for the neighborhood: Diversey to the north, Western to the east, Armitage to the south and Pulaski to the West. However you classify it, the neighborhood is HUGE. So, I think if I do this I’ll have to break it up into a bunch of chunks. As the summer has progressed I haven’t done a great job keeping up on this project, but I’ll keep trying. Here are my photos from my walk on California Avenue from Armitage to Diversey.


Los Arista Food & Liquors


A strip mall in Logan Square. The Papa John’s is new this year.


Zen Salon for Men


Condo building.


Salem Evangelical Free Church


Ronny’s


More Condos


Mandy’s Cleaners


For Sale


14th District Police Department


Cafeteria de Pancho


Little Mel’s


This place is going to be Masada’s (Middle Eastern). It’s been under construction since we moved to Logan Square, but seems to actually be making progress now. I like the look.


Boiler Room. Been here for many slices.


California Blue Line Station


Cozy Corner and Emilio’s Produce Stand


Taqueria Moran, Logan Bar & Grill


It was Mothers Day, so there were vendors out trying to sell flowers and stuffed animals and stuff.


Currency Exchange


Logan Square Pantry


Sierra Tire Shop


California Furniture


More Mothers Day stuff for sale.


And they say all the new condos look the same…


Letizia’s Fiore


Mops Beauty Shop (Dallas and I, along with several other friends, have been going here for years!)


Used to be a drive-thru, now someone’s home?


Digame Language Instruction, A Touch of Vintage


Gosu, Korean/Japanese restaurant we’ve been meaning to try


Hachi’s Kitchen


Provenance Food & Wine, Anong Thai


Buona Terra


This Starbucks has an awesome outdoor patio.


Logan Boulevard


Flowering trees on Logan Boulevard


Fellowship House Assisted Living


Color Me Salon


Again with the older houses that are all exactly the same.


Walgreen’s


Need a mattress or futon?


I’ve never been to or any Popeye’s. I may have been to an IHOP once or twice, but not this one.

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Bossypants by Tina Fey

May 8th, 2011 · No Comments


finished 05.08.11

I went on a long, three-mile walk around the neighborhood on this nice, sunny day. It was great to finally be outside. While walking, I listened the the rest of Bossypants by Tina Fey. This book is awesome in the audio format because Tina Fey reads it herself, so it’s her telling you her stories. I loved this book. My only complaint about the book is that it had me gaffawing and giggling like a crazy person while walking down the street or working out in the gym. Today, near the end of the book, Tina read her prayer for her daughter. I thought it was hilarious and appropriate, being that today is Mother’s Day, so I posted the text of it below. You can also listen here, she reads the prayer in beginning of this recent Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross.

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The Mother’s Prayer for Its Daughter

First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches.

May she be Beautiful but not Damaged, for it’s the Damage that draws the creepy soccer coach’s eye, not the Beauty.

When the Crystal Meth is offered, May she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half And stick with Beer.

Guide her, protect her
When crossing the street, stepping onto boats, swimming in the ocean, swimming in pools, walking near pools, standing on the subway platform, crossing 86th Street, stepping off of boats, using mall restrooms, getting on and off escalators, driving on country roads while arguing, leaning on large windows, walking in parking lots, riding Ferris wheels, roller-coasters, log flumes, or anything called “Hell Drop,” “Tower of Torture,” or “The Death Spiral Rock ‘N Zero G Roll featuring Aerosmith,” and standing on any kind of balcony ever, anywhere, at any age.

Lead her away from Acting but not all the way to Finance. Something where she can make her own hours but still feel intellectually fulfilled and get outside sometimes And not have to wear high heels.

What would that be, Lord? Architecture? Midwifery? Golf course design? I’m asking You, because if I knew, I’d be doing it, Youdammit.

May she play the Drums to the fiery rhythm of her Own Heart with the sinewy strength of her Own Arms, so she need Not Lie With Drummers.

Grant her a Rough Patch from twelve to seventeen. Let her draw horses and be interested in Barbies for much too long, For childhood is short – a Tiger Flower blooming Magenta for one day – And adulthood is long and dry-humping in cars will wait.

O Lord, break the Internet forever, That she may be spared the misspelled invective of her peers And the online marketing campaign for Rape Hostel V: Girls Just Wanna Get Stabbed.

And when she one day turns on me and calls me a Bitch in front of Hollister, Give me the strength, Lord, to yank her directly into a cab in front of her friends, For I will not have that Shit. I will not have it.

And should she choose to be a Mother one day, be my eyes, Lord, that I may see her, lying on a blanket on the floor at 4:50 A.M., all-at-once exhausted, bored, and in love with the little creature whose poop is leaking up its back.

“My mother did this for me once,” she will realize as she cleans feces off her baby’s neck. “My mother did this for me.” And the delayed gratitude will wash over her as it does each generation and she will make a Mental Note to call me. And she will forget. But I’ll know, because I peeped it with Your God eyes.

Amen.

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Mother’s Day Weekend :: Save the Dates :: Polonez

May 10th, 2010 · 2 Comments

On Saturday I went up to Oak Creek to work on wedding stuff and to celebrate Mother’s Day. Our Save the Dates for the wedding arrived last week so I needed help getting them ready for mailing. We had an assembly line going on. Mom and I addressed envelopes working from a spreadsheet I created. Jess put return address labels on the envelopes. Steph sealed the envelope. Amanda (off to the right, not pictured) added the stamp and did some quality control.

Child labor may be illegal, but we employed it anyhow. Here’s Jess and Steph with envelope #1 completed:

It was actually fun to have everyone helping and cut down on the time a lot … compared to doing it myself. Some of the labels may not be totally straight and the writing may not be someone’s perfect calligraphy, but I don’t really mind. When you use cheap child labor, what do you expect. hehe

When that was all done, we had my mom and Amanda open some Mother’s Day gifts. Of course, Jess had to get in on the gift opening!

Later we took mom and Amanda out for Mother’s Day dinner. Amanda had Polish food from Polonez at some street festivals and had heard that it was the best Polish restaurant in Milwaukee so we decided to check it out. Polonez is located in St. Francis, south of Milwaukee and only about a 15 minute drive from where my brother lives. When we arrived, Polonez was a sort of no-frills, old-school, banquet-hall-style place. Like the kind of place where you order a salad and it’s a pile of iceberg with a slice of tomato and a side of French dressing, which is exactly the kind of salad I was served there. haha

But the Polish food. That’s what we came for. And how was it? Fantastic. I haven’t been to man Polish restaurants, and none in Wisconsin, but I believe it when they say this is the best. The food was sooo good. I wouldn’t expect that such an old style restaurant would have a Zagat rating or would be written up in Gourmet magazine or would be featured on the Travel Channel, but it has. On the Travel Channel, Andrew Zimmerman tried Polonez’s specialty, czarnina (duck blood soup), on his show Bizarre Foods. We declined to try the soup, but enjoyed a variety of other Polish specialties. Everyone ordered an entree, but then we all passed and shared what we ordered.

My dad and Stephanie both had the potato dumplings – 5 large German style dumplings filled with ground beef and pork, served in mushroom sauce. I thought these would dense and heavy, but I was surprised that they were quite light and fluffy.

For his vegetable he got the red cabbage. It was chopped and cooked red cabbage. Nice and tangy.

My brother got the special that day, wiener schnitzel. There was some discussion about how we always think “sausage” when we hear wiener schnitzel, but it’s not sausage at all. The wiener schnitzel at Polonez is two breaded veal cutlets served with mashed potatoes and a vegetable. They offer to serve the schnitzel “Holstein Style” which is with and egg and cheese. My brother opted to do this. Actually, he said he heard the waiter ask, “Do you want blah blah blah on that?” and he didn’t know what he said, but answered “yes” so that’s what he got!

Amanda and I got the Polish plate, a sampler platter that includes four pierogi, stuffed cabbage, a half link of Polish sausage, sauerkraut and a potato pancake. You could get any combination of meat, potato and cheese, sauerkraut, and sweet cheese pierogis. We both got one of each.

You know, I think I grew up hating sauerkraut and thinking nothing could be more disgusting, but it was quite good. I think this has something to do with growing up with close ties to the largest sauerkraut producer, but maybe I’m over it now! The potato pancake was light and fluffy. I didn’t know what to expect from the cabbage roll, but it was almost like a meatloaf inside. And the cabbage itself was not “cabbagey”. My mom got the cabbage roll as her entree and I think I would have been happy with that choice for dinner as well. I’m a big pierogi fan and these did not disappoint. The sweet cheese ones were so sweet they could have been dessert!

Jess was doing good down on the end with her not-so-Polish grilled cheese and fries. Look how impressively long Polish French fries are.

I mustn’t forget the Polish beer we tried. My brother and my dad each got porters and I got a light beer. I must admit, the porters were better. Very flavorful. The light beer was super easy to drink, though. I looked down and my beer was pretty much gone without my even realizing it.

At the end of dinner we were all stuffed, plus had a bunch of leftovers, but we couldn’t resist at least trying one dessert. One dessert for 7 people can’t be too much, right? So Amanda and my mom chose the Polish torte. It was so delicious. We all took a bite and passed it til it was gone. Jess especially loved it. We weren’t sure what was in it, since it wasn’t described on the menu, but it was so moist and tasty!

Later on as we were waiting for our check we heard another waiter at a table behind ours describing the desserts and he told them the torte was SOAKED IN RUM! So, one day when Jess becomes a rummy, she and her therapist will trace it all back to her entire family’s early encouragement of indulging in the vice!

We all had a fun time trying the new food and would highly recommend checking out Polonez. I’d be surprised if Amanda doesn’t make them go back today for dinner!

Fun day, and we got a lot of work done. Thanks for the help, everyone! Happy Mother’s Day!

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