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Today was our department's Christmas party. Yes, yes, I know that Christmas was a while gone by now, but we're busy people damnit. So a bit after noon we took the rest of the work day off and headed to Quartino for lunch. We had three pizzas (I ate two: one topped with bunches of fresh spinach and one with a slab of spicy but yummy sausage), Italian "sliders" (a small sandwich of fresh mozzarella (made in house) and tomato), nice pillowy gnocchi and green beans, and a sulumi platter of Duck Prosciutto, Bresaola, olives, artichokes, cheeses, and a few spreads....

2007 was both the best and worst year you could ever imagine. OK, so definitely not the worst year ever, but at the same time I feel kind of shitty that I didn’t suck it up and accomplish the two biggest things on my list. I’m still living with the parents and I’m still single 🙁 Other than that though I had one of the most amazingly awesome years you could ever imagine! Thank you so much to everyone who helped make my year so sweet! Highlights definitely include Nadia and Bryan’s wedding, the Illinois road trip, Warped Tour exhibit at the Rock Hall, the Krystal Square Off, meeting Kurt Halsey (and him recognizing me!), and meeting Pat Bertoletti (and him remembering me!). Oh! And the Kwik-e-Mart…and my birthday…and skiing…and cicadas…and well…I guess a whole lot more!

Despite the fact that this year I also completed my masters in writing, I think i probably can sum up the year best in the 10,328 photos I took…



(Don’t worry, I didn’t really post here all 10,328 photos. But sorry they go so fast, I had too many!)

For those brave ones, below the cut is a recap of my “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” 100 in 2007!!!

In the last month of 2007, I completed eight more things on my list of 100 things to do in 2007, bringing the grand total for the year to 55 and surpassing my goal of doing half! I had wanted to try and shove a few more things in, but I have felt pretty sick over the last couple of weeks, so I didn't get to everything I had planned. Still, I'm pretty happy with the fact that I actually completed my goal this month!!! Here's my December: 4. Pick a hair color and stick with it I've been a blonde the whole...

I think I am in contention for the worst gingerbread house ever made. See, I lack the two qualities necessary to succeed in the gingerbread house making world: patience and precision. My dough was too crumbly. I didn't bother to try to make even, straight pieces. I didn't bother trying to make a slanted roof. I burnt the gingerbread. The icing was too runny. The melted Jolly Rancher windows came out surprisingly nicely. Trying to put my gingerbread house together I just kind of held the pieces in place and dumped as much frosting as possible over it in hopes that something would...

My November progress towards my list of 100 goals for 2007.   28. See at least 3 plays When did I get so laxidasical about theatre? It took me eleven months, but in November I saw House's "The Nutcracker" and "The Sparrow." Two down, one to go. 30. See plenty of Opera So I missed Caesar :-( But I saw Die Frau :-) Four hours of opera is definitely plenty of opera :-) But I know I will see one more this year! 65. Finish my masters Donedonedonedonedone...

What do you get when you put two scaredy cats on top of the Sears Tower, the tallest building in the United States??? A bit over a year ago I was in Austria talking to CanadiaJason(eh) and he was asking me about Chicago and where I have and haven't been. He brought up the point that we never really do the touristy things that our cities are known for. I've been to the Sears Tower before, but not since I was probably eight or so. Heather has never been to the Sears Tower at all, so, since she was in town, Emily,...

Yes, we drove ten hours to Chattanooga and ten hours back to Chicago to watch people eat hamburgers for eight minutes. Yes, we are weird and wacky and insane. Yes, it was totally worth it to see the Krystal Square Off IV hamburger eating contest live in Tennessee! The whole event started at noon with "Free Krystals, games, etc. etc." We had to check out of our hotel by 11 and had nowhere else to go, so we arrived around 11:30/11:45. We saw some people in Krystal Fan T-shirts so we went to scope out where we could get some. Nad...

I woke up at 5am on Saturday morning surprisingly awake. I think it was kind of like when you're a kid how you can wake up on Christmas morning before anyone else and be completely ready to go. Except instead of waiting for Santa Claus I was waiting for Joey Chestnut and Pat Bertoletti. We were about to take a road trip through Kentucky to Chattanooga, Tennessee for the. Before 7am we were already on the road to Chattanooga for the Krystal Square Off, the only Major League Eating sanctioned hamburger contest, and one of their top two competitions. The...