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An Extended Weekend of Birthday Celebrations

September 10th, 2014 · No Comments

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My Saturday night began and ended at Liz’s birthday party. She is turning 30 and celebrated at Smoke Daddy. Dallas and Makai and I took the bus down to Wicker Park (our train station is still closed). This was Makai’s second time on the bus, but the first time was just with Dallas. We had a few drinks and some fun, but had to leave after a short while.

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Dallas and I had plans for Saturday dinner at Kai Zan. Makai got his first paid babysitter. It was a little strange, but he was with someone he knows who loves him, so it was fine. Kai Zan was delicious. We tried a lot of adventurous things. Afterwards we met back up with Liz’s party at Smoke Daddy again where we proved that three root beers (10% AVB) is not the limit, even when you’re pairing them with shots of Fireball!

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On Sunday, my parents, who were in the area for a wedding, came over. We went to brunch at Revolution Brewing and Makai got his own meal for the first time. It was a side of scrambled eggs, his favorite food. He LOVES eggs! We also got some good chores done, like finally getting the gate by the stairs installed.

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On Monday, my actual birthday, Dallas had to fly to San Francisco for work, but it was still a great day. I treated myself at breakfast and went to Intelligentsia for a great coffee and ham and cheese croissant. At lunch I ducked out to the nail salon for some pampering. And in the afternoon I got my annual flower delivery, which I completely forgot was coming until Amanda was standing at my desk with the vase of flowers. Very summery this year. Pretty colors. Lots of roses and daisies.

For dinner, I picked up Makai and met Jess at Lula. I’d never been there with Makai, but they were SUPER kid friendly (high chairs, plastic cups, crayons, and my biggest pet peeve lately – the waiter was awesome and DID NOT set things right in front of Makai so he could immediately swipe them off the table). The food was great at Lula, the weather was really a perfect summer night, Makai was well behaved, and best of all, I got to catch up with a good friend.

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And continuing on into Tuesday! At lunch I went to Eggy’s with some of my friends at work. We had to continue the birthday tradition by getting the poutine. It looks gross in the photo, but it is SO good. And then for dinner, Makai and I met Jen, Quinn, Kristin, Cousin and Donna at Longman & Eagle. Makai’s first dining experience at a Michelin starred restaurant. Ha. I wasn’t sure how kid-friendly Longman is, but they have high chairs and we sat outside, which is more casual. It was fine. Actually, it was great! Lots of fun with a bunch more friends, all while having a great dining experience!

Maybe 39 29 isn’t so bad! Thanks to all of my friends and family for all of the texts and instant messages and cards and gifts and time spent celebrating. You have made this a great birthday!

Oh. And here’s my growing list of birthday flowers!
- 2013
- 2012
- 2011
- 2010
- 2009
- 2008
- 2007
- 2006
- 2005
- 2004
- 2003
- 2002

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Musical Randolph

September 5th, 2014 · No Comments

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I pass by a lot of guys making music on my commute back and forth across Randolph Street each day. Not to mention the changing array of musicians who are in my train stop daily.

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Milwaukee Avenue Arts Fest

June 30th, 2014 · 2 Comments

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We’ve gone to the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Fest a few times (2010, 2011). This year Dallas was out of town (in Vancouver) but my parents were visiting so we decided to give it a shot again. I swear the art part of it used to extend all the way down to California Avenue, and I know one year for sure there were stands and performances in Logan Square, the park, but this year was different. Everything began just north of The Square and went solid up to Diversey.

We walked all around a few times. We didn’t go into any of the pop up galleries, but we looked at all the booths, tried food from several different stands and also different drinks like sangria and beer and lemonade. We went to the kids area, but Makai was too little for most of the activities. I thought it was going to rain but it didn’t so we sat for a long time. There was an area where a restaurant was closed and they put a bunch of umbrella’d picnic tables in that area. It was nice. Some of the bands were pretty good. The one above was all kids (Intonation Music Workshop All-Stars) and they were great! We even stopped off for a treat at Heavenly gelato!

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