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15 minutes into Season 5 of 24 and already way too many of the good characters are dead. :-( And I'm already crying over one of the characters who I know is going to die later in the season :'( When I run out of clothes to wear I should stop buying new ones and just do laundry instead. I wonder how many nose studs are lodged in my brain. Plan for next weekend: Go to Opera Ball in Chicago on Saturday. My dad is going to pick me up at midnight downtown. Then we're driving to Chattanooga (9.5 hour drive) to go...

So in typical Val/Emily fashion, this is how our Friday night plans of taking a Chicago sex tour around the city came to fruition: Val: Look Em, Weird Chicago has a sex tour of Chicago! Emily: I'll get the tickets! Really, neither of us needed any convincing that taking a Chicago red light district tour was a BRILLIANT idea. And really I could have said any event in there and we'd both be up for it...

Looptopia is an all-night festival helf once a year in the Chicago Loop. There's a variety of entertainment of various kinds in public spaces around downtown from dusk to dawn. Emily and I went this year and while we didn't stay out all night, we did experience a lot of fun the street fest had to offer. Here is what we saw...

You know what's awesome? When one of your friends wins a happy hour party at Howl at the Moon. You know what's even awesomer? When at her free party you win your own free Howl at the Moon happy hour :) So Friday was MY Howl at the Moon happy hour party: free admission, free taco bar, cheap drinks, great music, dueling pianos, amazing company, great fun. Let's sum up the night in five six items or less...

I did it. I jumped into a freezing cold Lake Michigan on a cold day in March for the annual Chicago Polar Plunge. When we arrived at the event to benefit Special Olympics, The guy overseeing it all made this announcement: The bad news: it's 49 degrees outside. The good news: the water is 33 degrees. It actually ended up being a beautiful day for a dip. It was pretty warm out considering the freezing weather we've been having lately...

Piano guy one: I have a Bon Jovi song here I can play. Piano guy two: Wait, I have a Bon Jovi song too. piano guy two starts to play "Living on a Prayer" Piano Guy one: That's the song I have. I have five dollars for it. Piano Guy two: I have two dollars for it. Piano Guy One: That makes nine dollars! For the record I paid $5 to hear Bon Jovi's Living on a Prayer at Dueling Pianos. For the other record, I think I was the only person at my table to get a song played. So my friend Chelsa from work won...