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Office Secret Santa Gift Exchange and Party

December 19th, 2014 · No Comments

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This year Meenasha took over the coordination of the office secret santa gift exchange and party. It’s grown so much since our first exchange in 2012. SO fun! I was excited to participate, since I missed out last year when I was on maternity leave.

I got Ashley’s name and I don’t know her that well, so I did “drive bys” down her desk aisle to check out her desk and stalked her social media accounts online. I ended up getting her a Star Wars moleskin (based on her posting the new Star Wars movie teaser trailer and also posting something on Field Notes), a Japanese pen, a santa spatula (because she said online that she bakes) and an Intelligentsia gift card (because she had a mug on her desk). She said it was perfect and was really surprised!!

My secret santa, Laura, knew I like to take photos because we were on an office photography committee together a few years ago. She also guessed correctly that I don’t have much time to fiddle with my DSLR camera lately, so she got me a selfie remote for my iPhone and also a telephoto lens that attaches to my iPhone. Awesome. I’ve been having fun especially with the remote.

Jeremy got a Bears chip and dip set and guessed that I gave it to him… but come on! I don’t spend my money on Bears merchandise!! What a fun office event. Can’t wait til next year!

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A walk on California, from Armitage to Milwaukee

February 22nd, 2013 · 1 Comment

Steve recommended Dodd Camera to me, so last weekend I took my camera there for a cleaning. I’d been noticing some spots in my photos and usually that means the sensor is dirty. I’ve had the camera for 6 years and have never gotten it cleaned, so I guess it was due! Anyway…. I didn’t wait around for the cleaning, but they called me to come pick it in less than 24 hours of when I dropped it off. Dodd is close enough to my house that that I walked there and back when I picked my camera up. On the way back home, I took some photos. This was with my 24-105 lens, which I need to practice on in the next month, in preparation for a trip! So, here are some photos I took on my walk from Dodd Camera, home.

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Tastee Freez is an old time-y ice cream stand that is only open in the warm months.

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I took Jess (B) there once for a sweet treat.

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I noticed that Brand BBQ was all papered up. A sign on the door said that they’re doing renovations. Who knows if that’s true or not. Dallas and I ate there once when they first opened a few years ago and didn’t love it. I don’t think we’ve ever been back.

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This part of Logan Square is really in flux. New stuff next to old stuff, more well off next to less well off.

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Some of the buildings are really old and ornamental.

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Some of the buildings are very new.

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Salem Evangelical Free Church seems to have been around forever.

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Here I spotted some graffiti made of wood. I can’t remember the artist who does this, but his “work” is all around Logan Square and Bucktown.

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Bang Bang Pie used to be a food truck before they opened a storefront in 2011.

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Ronny’s was a dive-y bar that closed in 2010 and has been empty since.

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Funky old house.

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I was taking some photos of the Chicago Fire Department, Station #43, when this happened:

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Exciting.

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Engine #43 has a Facebook page they use to stay in touch with the local community.

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They’re also the station that responded to the fire behind our house. Thankful to have them so closeby!

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This used to be Pancho’s, a Mexican/Puerto Rican restaurant/bar/performance space. Now it’s Township, an American, with a slightly Indian twist, restaurant/bar/performance space. I went to Township with Jess (G) once for dinner and it was decent. I’ve been meaning to go back.

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Little Mel’s. One place I haven’t been!

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Entrance to the California stop on the Blue Line.

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Under the Blue Line tracks, facing northwest.


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Revolution Brewing

May 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

Demonstrating to Dallas the awesomeness that is the AutoStitch iPhone app on an oddly dead lunch hour at Revolution Brewing. View larger.

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