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The last few weeks have been full of goodbyes and going away parties before my 'round the world travels. It started when Heather visited my work to drop off a sweatshirt I'd left behind and some mail that didn't get forwarded. She was going out of town for her job and so it would be the last time I'd see her before leaving. And then Eric took me out for a quesadilla lunch and to loot the storage room at work (please note: I did not actually steal anything although he tried to get me to take a box of cassette tapes). And...

Yesterday. He bought me a chocolate milkshake from Margie's and we watched Journey to the Center of the Earth, which was quite possibly the worst movie ever made and was, sadly, short on dinosaurs. I helped teach him how to update his website so he wouldn't have to ask me every time it needed sto make a change. I drove to Wrigleyville and cried a little on the way and then cried, again, when I got there and realized I had to park during a Cubs game. I found him and made him park my car for me. We got Ian's pizza, mine...

My blog is very much behind on my life. There was a time where I couldn't go to bed without sitting at my laptop and editing my photos and updating what I did that day. I guess, in a way, it's a good thing that I've gotten behind. When I start traveling I won't always have as easy access to the internet and won't always be able to post everything I do. But, believe me, I'll try. And when I get way too behind I'll spend some time going through everything I've done that I wanted to say but never...

I had to bring Chelsa back her crock pot. I had borrowed it to make hot chocolate in for my birthday party back in January. SO I brought it back and we went to Hopleaf for mussels and beer. I had a furlough day on Friday. And, of course, I still woke up early. So I treated myself to a Groupon-bought breakfast of a cafe mocha and banana bread french toast from Bakin' & Eggs. It was a good thing I woke up early anyways. Because they were working on the street and it would have probably woken my up all...

For an early Mothers Day celebration we took my mom to afternoon tea at the Lobby at the Peninsula in Chicago. I got coffee. Because I don't really like tea. But, as always, with afternoon tea, what I really was looking forward to was the food. And there was a lot of food, both savory and sweet. On the savory side there were delicate tea sandwiches: house smoked turkey with with cranberry chutney on pretzel bread, smoked salmon and asparagus roulade on marble rye, grilled seasonal vegetables and boursin on multi-gran bread. Plus there was a winter mushroom and fontina quiche. On the sweet...

I had breakfast at Pannenkoeken Cafe in the Lincoln Square neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois. Pannenkoeken, Dutch pancakes, are larger and thinner than traditional American pancakes and come topped with a variety of sweet (caramel apple, chocolate banana, strawberry) or savory (salami and cheese, chicken sausage and mushroom, veggie) options. I went for savory with a Bacon & Cheese Pannenkoeken: a large thin pancake with four strips of bacon cooked into the batter and topped with four strips of melted Havarti cheese. And I washed in down with a hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of syrup. As you...

I never in my life thought I would say this. But there might just be such a thing as too much bacon. I spent the latter half of my weekend with heart burn and a stomach ache and a general feeling of not ever wanting to move or eat again. It's not to say that it wasn't worth it. Because, really, If you're going to spend the second half of a weekend with heartburn and a stomach ache you might as well have had spent the first half stuffing yourself with bacon....

1. I went to watch Mat's improv team improvise at a sandwich shop. I drank a raspberry beer that tasted too much like beer. Their improv show was funny. Mat complains that that's all I ever say. I say it's good constructive criticism. Afterward we went for a drink at Zakopane and then back to Mat's place. It was midnight but we got pizza. And donuts. And ice cream. And we played the original Trivial Pursuit. I was wrong about 80s Trivial pursuit being hard. Trivial pursuit in general is just hard. I think the cat won. Or maybe the ice cream.   2....

After I gave notice at my work I wanted to celebrate. Or at least, do something. So Mat came over and I made green chicken and chevre tacos with leftover chicken from the whole chicken I made. And they were yummy. I wanted to go out and do something because when we hang out we often just sit around and watch movies. We decided to go bowling but Timber Lanes had leagues until 10pm. So we played a game of previously-seemingly impossible Totally 80s Trivial Pursuit. And you know what? I conquered it! I got every single darned pie piece in...