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Katjie and Steve’s Holiday Party

December 28th, 2014 · No Comments

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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.

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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.

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

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Josh & Liz’s Wedding Weekend

November 10th, 2014 · No Comments

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Sign of a good wedding weekend: I’m STILL tired!

Dallas was a groomsman in Josh and Liz’s wedding and it all kicked off with rehearsal on Friday night. I didn’t actually go to the rehearsal, but met up a bit later at the top of the Tribune Tower at The Crown for cocktails (many) and appetizers. Though it was chilly outside, everyone braved it to go outside and take a look around. The views are amazing and so is the architecture. I used to work across Michigan Avenue from the Tribune Tower and it was really interesting to see the opposite view and to see the Trib Tower architecture from the inside out.

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The wedding was at The Ivy Room. The ceremony was short and beautiful. The bride and the bridesmaids all wore white. The groom and the groomsmen were all tuxed up. I could not get over how adorable Liz’s niece, the flower girl was! And especially later on when all she wanted to do for hours was dance and twirl in her dress. I loved the part of the ceremony where the officiant revealed to Josh some things Liz said and vice versa.

The dinner was good, the dancing was great. After the wedding we kept going and it was quite a late night. I’ll leave it at that! Congratulations to Josh and Liz (and Konrad)!

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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!
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