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Saturday morning Flopsy and I woke up bright and early to pick up Brian and Paul and head out on a ROAD TRIP (yes Scott, it IS a road trip even if we only drive an hour away) to Woodstock, IL. "Why Woodstock?" you may ask. Well, Woodstock, my friends, was the filming site of a little movie we like to call Groundhog Day. Despite the fact that the movie is fifteen years old and despite the fact that it's Thanksgiving Weekend, I can see no better place to go then to see all the places the movie was filmed! In...

Despite the fact that I was pretty exhausted after the Music Box Massacre, and despite the fact that I had been awake for over 30 hours already and should have gone right to bed, when JoeJoe called and asked if I wanted to go apple picking I was so there. Of course, I should have remembered that it was JoeJoe planning something and that meant trouble. Now, if you know Joe you know that he is a wonderful planner, very organized, good at scheduling, great at getting people to come out for stuff. But he has this little problem with...

My horoscope from Sunday, the day of the Krystal World Hamburger Eating Championship: CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You're the kind of adventurer who is willing to sometimes go against the grain in order to experience what only a few people ever do. You're due for another one of your brave escapades. (This photo of Takeru Kobayashi is probably one of my favorite photos that I have ever taken) *** Luckily insanity runs in my family. On Saturday I had to work the Opening Night Gala and Opera Ball in Chicago from about 4pm to midnight. But the Krystal Square Off hamburger eating contest was on...

Over Labor Day weekend Emily and I took a Chicago to Mount Rushmore road trip through Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa. This is a recap of the long weekend trip and all of the roadside attractions we saw.   Friday: Labor Day Chicago to Mount Rushmore Road Trip Friday morning I ditched work for the last time all summer, woke up even earlier than I would have if I had gone to work, cut myself shaving, bled all over the place, cleaned up the blood that got all over everything, packed up black pickle (AKA my car) with way too...

I have this photo. It's a picture of Mount Rushmore with a face missing that my grandparents took a very long time ago. The monument was still under construction and Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, was still yet to be carved into the mountain. It's my favorite photograph that I own. I'd never seen Mount Rushmore myself, in person, so, as I happened to have a four-day weekend off over Labor Day I decided that it was the perfect time to pack up black pickle and head on over on a road trip to South Dakota. Em...

Warning: the following post about my weekend trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to take the Miller and the Lakefront Brewery Tours proves that I am a) a lightweight b) kind of pathetic and c) not allowed to drink ever again. I've always been of the mindset that you don't need to drink in order to have fun. And I think I have proven time and again that I personally am really no fun when I drink anyways. So, that's it, no more drinking for Val. Except wine. Wine doesn't count of course...

I'm sure you've all been, at one point or another, so exhausted and worn out that you thought "I just need a vacation." But this past weekend I was at the point where I was so exhausted and worn out that I kept thinking "God, I really don't want to go on this vacation." Not that I wasn't excited to go see the Nathan's finals, because it was a totally kick-ass experience and the downright coolest event I've ever been to in my life...