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Katjie and Steve’s Holiday Party

December 28th, 2014 · No Comments


On the day after Christmas, Katjie and Steve hosted a get together at their house. Katjie’s “brother” Kimmo was visiting from Finland. This was her family’s foreign exchange student from years and years ago. In Finland he is a chef and he prepared the most delicious food for us. It was all finger foods, bite sized, but we ate so much I was so stuffed! Craziest: Half year old reindeer. Seems not right to eat it during at Christmastime! I also loved the “taco,” which was made with smoked turkey and did not look like a taco, but had all the flavors. Loved the whitefish with dill creme fraiche, too.


It was so mild outside that we actually spent a lot of time on the deck, which had a fire pit to keep us warm. At some point the karaoke machine came out. I’m sure the neighbors appreciated that! Also, Lola, one of Katjie and Steve’s daughters (age 9), drew portraits of us, which was fun.


Had fun hanging out and hope to do it again soon!

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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.


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



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


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.


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


Some of the buildings are really old and ornamental.


Some of the buildings are very new.


Salem Evangelical Free Church seems to have been around forever.


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.


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


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


Funky old house.


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




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


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



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.


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


Entrance to the California stop on the Blue Line.


Under the Blue Line tracks, facing northwest.

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CHIRP Presents The First Time: First Child

February 13th, 2013 · No Comments

Georg Coleman
Gerald Dowd
Matt Spiegel
Susan Messing
Megan Stielstra
Erin Shea
Jocelyn Geboy, MC & Event Organizer

The week before I went to Toronto, Sara, Steve and I went to the CHIRP event, The First Time: First Child at Beat Kitchen. Like the last few times (First Date, First Record, First Digs, First City), we had so much fun! This time I knew one of the readers, Erin Shea, but also recognized a few from previous events. We’re becoming a family!! :)

As always, all of the essays were great. I enjoyed the music so much too. I, of course, especially like Erin’s piece. Over the years, since we’re not working together any more, we’ve grown apart and I while we’ve kept in contact online, it was interesting to hear her tell her tale in person. I also really enjoyed Gerald Dowd’s essay, which brought him out from behind the drumset. I’ve seen Tributosaurus perform, so was also especially interested Matt Spiegel’s reading. And Megan Stielstra is always great. Ok. They were all great. I call them each out on their own merits, but just believe me, they were all good.

The event was $10 and all proceeds went to benefit CHIRP. Follow CHIRP’s Facebook page to make sure you get alerted when the next event is planned! You won’t want to miss it.

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