Thursday, August 25, 2011

Another year older (Chicago Birthday PIP)

And probably not a whole lot wiser to be cheeky, haha









I enjoyed my birthday weekend at home to the max. I spent Friday downtown with my mom shopping up and down State St and Michigan Ave, playing tourists at Millennium Park, etc. She bought me these fabulous Nine West silver Grecian style sandals that were 75% and I looooove them. They are simply fab. (see that box in the picture to the right? That's them)


It stormed during the day on Saturday so we couldn't make it down to the Air and Water show but I ate a great lunch from Taco Burrito King and our friend from up here in WI came down to hang out with us for the weekend. Saturday night we went to a Queensryche concert at the Congress. They are a past their prime band that had some great hair metal big hits in the 80s/90s but we still love them. I mean, shit, it's sad that now when I go to concerts, I'm noticing that the audiences are getting older and older. Oh wait...that means I'm getting...Never mind.

If you've never been to the Congress, you should if you get the chance. There's no air conditioning. The bathrooms are dingy. The floors are sloped concrete. It's outdated. Instead of forcing people outside for their cigs, they said screw you and literally just knocked down a wall in the keg storage room for the smokers to go have their nic fit. But it's awesome. It rocks. The interior is a huuuge dome and the whole room has intricate architecture and carvings that are over 100 years old. If they ever fixed this place up I would cry. It's that awesome.

Sunday I went back downtown with K and friend and I got to act like a little kid. I jumped in fountains and looked up the skirt of Marilyn. I rode a water taxi to Navy Pier and drank a creamcicle drink while playing in the Navy Pier fountain. It's every immature late 20-something's dream day right? Ok maybe not. But for me, it was heaven to be home enjoying the city that I love and miss so much. I am so homesick right now. I will never stop saying what a wonderful city Chicago is.


I actually got a decent shot during the practice flight session on Friday




Friend and K


Yes...I am a big kid. I hope some things never change. Life would suck if I actually took myself seriously.



Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Birthday bummer

I always get so worked up about having a fun time with birthdays. In my life I have only had one time where my family is in one place at the same time. That was my wedding. I can count on one hand how many celebrations I have had in my life with both my mom and dad present at the same time. They were too busy battling each other to see how it took its toll on my...especially on my birthday. This year is no exception. I had plans and then my dad decided that he didn't want to do that on Friday (my actual birthday) and instead he wanted to do it on Saturday. All because he wanted to. Too bad I already had plans with my mom for Saturday
. He just doesn't get it. He doesn't see how my whole life, I've never been able to enjoy just having my family together without any problems. I always have such high expectations but in the end, I'm just setting myself up for disappointment. Now I'm not doing any of the things I mentioned in the other post but I'm busy filling my days with other fun stuff. I say, to hell with the problems makers!

A few days have passed since K's cousin had her son. I will concede that there is the chance that maybe she deleted me with good intentions...but I really don't know if I think that's true. I mean, it would be nice if it were but the main reason I say that is because when I figured out I was deleted, I sent her a message about it. I never received a response and she didn't go into labor for another 4 days. I know she had a test coming up so maybe life was just really busy so I think the best way is to just let it ride for a while. The ball's in her court and when things settle down, if she wants to talk to me she can. It might have been easier for her to just hide her posts from me rather than going the deletion route though. In any case, it is what it is. Luckily she lives 1500 miles away so I don't have to worry about running into her or talking to her in person any time soon. I still say I am going to let K handle the gift situation. It is his cousin after all. If he wants to get something and send it, I don't mind one bit. He's a big boy ;o) I kept working on the blanket and I didn't like how it was curling up so it wouldn't have been done in time regardless. lol.

Anyway...I guess I better get some laundry done and then start packing so we can leave after I get home from work tomorrow. This 3 day weekend could not have come fast enough! I'll bring back lots of pictures to share I'm sure! Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Sisterhood Everlasting


A decade ago (almost,) my SIL and I became avid readers of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series and the subsequent movies that came out. I remember reading the fourth installment and being so sad that it was over. At the time, I think I remember reading some interviews with the author about how she didn't have any real plans for the characters it the future. Cue the tears.

However....it looks like she came to her senses! Hahaha. Brashares said that she didn't feel like it was the end after all and that she had always hoped to revisit Lena, Tibby, Bee and Carmen as adults. The beginning of the book finds us transported to a sisterhood now comprised of almost 30 year olds. And may I add...that makes me realize how much I have changed in the same amount of time. These girls were in college when I was. Yikes.

Anyway, back to the book. This book takes a sad turn almost right from the get go. I didn't read any spoilers before picking the book up. In fact, I hadn't even know that there WAS a fifth book until maybe a week before I checked it out of the library! I'm almost glad I didn't know. It was a shocker for me. So much so that, as luck (?) would have it, I was home for the funeral and saw SIL at my ILs and I told her about the book (which, no she didn't know was out either) and I told her how the beginning shocked me and she said she wanted me to spoil it for her. You should have seen her eyes.

The funny thing is, after thinking a certain way about the book up to that point, the end turns it all around. The book makes sense..after not making sense to me for close to 300 pages. I suppose it had to happen like it did. There were times I was absolutely frustrated to no end with all the girls. I wondered if the author lost the magic that was the Sisterhood. But she didn't. The Sisterhood lives on. I doubt there will be another book focused on the four Septembers. I do, however, see an outlet for another branch series though...just sayin'.

Completed:
  1. Read a YA book: 3 Willows by Ann Brashares, 5 pts.
  2. Read a book based on its cover: Sunset Bridge by Emilie Richards, 5 pts 
  3. Read a book with a number in its title: 10th Anniversary by James Patterson, 10 pts
  4. Read a book that is a part of a series: Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares, 10 pts
Total: 30 pts

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

10th Anniversary


Ok, so at the bottom where you see my completed count, you will notice I am moving a couple books around - which, calm down, is allowed, lol.

Anyway. This is the latest Women's Murder Club book from James Patterson (I feel like I have typed that here before - oh wait - I have). Major life changes are in store for Lindsay in this book. She and Joe are finally married and trying to have a baby! While I still wonder if something will eventually happen between her and her partner Rich (who proposes to Cindy!!) I feel like they are a good math. I just wish we would have actually been able to be "at" the wedding. The book just picks up right after they got married. As for the investigative part of the book, 10th Anniversary centered around three cases that Claire, Cindy, Yuki and Lindsay are trying to solve.

One involves the mysterious rapes of various women. They have no recollection of where they were, who they were with, and how they got to where they were. Cindy, ever the reporter, is not going to let this spree go unsolved - no matter what damage it might bring to her.

Lindsay is looking for answers to a crime of kidnapping a newborn from a teenage girl. Her case takes lots of twists and turns and in the end, her assumptions are proved wrong.

Yuki is trying a high profile case that should be a slam dunk. She needs this win in court. Her boss is dangling a nice office along with a promotion if she continues to produce results. What should be an easy conviction of the wife of a philandering husband might not be so cut and dry after all.
Completed:

  1. Read a YA book: 3 Willows by Ann Brashares, 5 pts.
  2. Read a book based on its cover: Sunset Bridge by Emilie Richards, 5 pts 
  3. Read a book with a number in the title: 10th Anniversary by James Patterson, 10 pts
Total: 20 pts