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Over ten years ago I inherited a guitar from my sister when she replaced it with a new model for herself. Every so often I'd take it out of it's black case and haphazardly strum, making up songs, taking out joy or aggression in the strings. But, mostly, it's sat collecting dust in my closet because I really had no idea how to play....

One of my goals in life is to spend the holidays in Europe. I would love to don my winter best and wander the lights and markets of some German Christmas market. Some day. Some day. Until then, I suppose, the Christkindlmarket in Chicago will have to suffice...

Gnocchi are little magical puffs of Italian goodness. True story. I mean, why would anyone in their right mind ever choose regular old pasta, which is just basically flour when they could have pasta made with potato? Or cheese? Quite possibly two of the most amazing things ever invented? Am I right? I can't tell you the first time I ever ate gnocchi, but I can tell you I eat it often. I ate it at least twice while admiring the canals of Venice(I tried to confirm this by going through my photos, but can you believe that on my first trip to...

I hadn't been to Green Mill, an old jazz club that opened in 1907 with ties to Al Capone's mob, in years. I did a photo shoot there in 2009, and before that it was where I chimed in the New Year from 2006 to 2007. But somehow Chelsa and I ended up going twice in this past month. The first night we met for swing music and drank gin and I saw a guy who looked freakishly like a guy I...

I'd been meaning to get to the Museum of Contemporary Art for weeks. Because I love contemporary and modern art (even if I don't always "get it" — show me a canvas painted completely white any day!) There's a free-admission day on Tuesdays but something always seemed to come up. But this week I had nothing to do, so headed there, and spent an hour or two wandering the exhibits. ...

Jen and Andrew were in town from Seattle for the wedding. And so, the monday after, when we were all back in Chicago, we decided to meet up to go to the Shedd to look at sea creatures...

Despite the fact that I just spent eleven months in Asia, I ordered Chinese food on my second day back. Because I'd spent the day at the ER and could hardly move and it was my best choice for delivery in suburbia. And because it is delicious....