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1. Last Wednesday I stopped by Chelsa's to watch the last Stanley Cup game. Blackhawks won! And we ate turkey sloppy joes and Blackhawks cookies. 2. I decided against braving the crowd to watch the Blackhawks parade on Friday. I did take this photo at my work on Monday though. 3. When I taste the deliciousness of strawberry lemonade I question what I ever saw in Coke. 4. Last night I went to get dinner with Mat. I am pretty sure my sangria was made with a can of fruit salad medley. And by "pretty sure" I mean "positive." 5. Last Thursday I met...

One of the best foods in the world: ribs. My favorite "sport" in the world: competitive eating. Combine the two and you've got a deliciously messy afternoon in the city at the RibMania Ribs Eating Contest at Ribfest Chicago. Friday was opening day of this year's Ribfest and the festival was tipped off with a professional ribs eating contest. By this time last year I had already seen four eating contests. This year, since my teeth problems took away a good chunk of my time and money, I had to cancel some of my previous plans, making this on my first...

On Monday Jen was in town (yay!) and so was Kurt (yay!) so I hiked it over to the bean to meet them at lunch time. Jen and Kurt had just been to the new(ish) modern wing at the Art Institute so Kurt was inspired to create some post-modern art of his own...

It's been a while since I've had a real true girls' night out. And of course, there is probably no better excuse for one than a new Sex and the City movie. So Friday, after lazily waking up in Wicker Park around 11 and watching some old TV, I headed home and gussied up in a cute little dress and headed down to the loop. I met with Meredith and some of her friends at The Purple Pig, which I was so excited about as it's a new bar that I've been anxious about trying. I mean, their motto is...

1. Thursday night Mat came over. I made a pizza because I had leftover cheese and sauce. Then I realized I also had onion and garlic so I made a caramelized onion and garlic pizza. Delicious. We watched Atonement. How the heck was that an Oscar-nominated movie? It was awful! At first it was interesting, I really did love the first half hour or so, but then it just kept getting worse and worse. Awful. And (spoiler) I hate movies that just kind of end with someone wrapping everything up for you. And this was the worst because they not only...

1. I was a big girl and called a dentist yesterday. Now I just have to be a bigger girl and actually go. But I suppose when I'm lying in bed and really contemplating taking pliers and pulling out my teeth one by one that it is time I stop being afraid of a dentist pulling out my teeth and causing me pain...

1. Mat always complains that I use the term "improv" incorrectly. For instance I will say "I'm going to watch you improv tonight." Which, apparently, is a completely wrong usage of the word. You can watch improv but you watch people improvise. Which, personally, I think is silly. So one day he told me to just use "improvate," and he said it didn't matter how I used it because it's a made up word. So, cut to Sunday night, while watching Middle Age Comeback, the dude on stage actually used "improvating" in a sentence. And it was weird. 2. So Sunday...