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five good things: the bandwidth edition

Morning, chickadees!

And my apologies for a quiet (on here, anyway) week. We’ve been having some sort of bizarre internet issues in which I can’t connect all six hundred of our devices to the wireless network at once.

Thus the radio silence.

Anyway, since it’s too hard to recap everything, I’ll just recap the good things, and then we don’t have to dwell on the fact that my Sperrys are covered in mud from rainy puddles and that this was the week Theo finally rolled off of our bed and smacked his face on the floor.

Forget you read any of that.

Onto the good things!

1. While I was forced to watch Duke win another national championship (not a good thing), I also had the pleasure of watching the UConn women win their 10th championship game and 3rd title in a row Tuesday night. I’ve been watching these ladies since the early 90s, because my uncle was a basketball coach and I believed that girls could do anything boys could do (better), and so my interests really wrapped up nicely into my basketball obsession. My uncle bought me tickets for Christmas once, and it was pretty much the best thing that ever happened to me. This game was the 20th anniversary of when the Lady Huskies went 35-0, and while that makes me feel pretty old, I also feel pretty proud that I’ve been into them so long.

2. Yesterday during the commute the rain was coming down in sheets, and I was obviously displeased because this meant crazy hair and wet shoes. I scooped up Theo, opened my umbrella, and stomped out of my house. Just as I was working up to my greatest level of scowl, I heard my crazy little baby start cackling. Apparently the sound of the rain on the umbrella was the funniest, coolest thing ever.

You guys, we pay attention to the wrong stuff.

3. Although the weather has been rainy, it feels like we’re on the precipice of a real warm up, and I cannot complain about that. We’re all ready for spring over here, chickens.

4. Last weekend my little family drove to Michigan for the weekend, where we spent tons of time hanging out with family, watching Sam and Theo play, and eating delicious meals. I took a long walk by the lake and all in all, it was really just the thing after a few very full and frenzied months.


5. My bff  JC sent this to me and while I have yet to actually comment to her how funny it is, I can definitely leave it here with you fine people.

Enjoy the sunshine if you’ve got it- and the weekend!

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admitting to it and getting on the road

Morning, chickadees!

I’m spending the morning holed up in a Starbucks, finishing up some work before heading to Michigan with the boys. I attempted to work from home this morning, but an internet issue + Boo really not understanding why he wasn’t allowed to press all of the buttons on my laptop made it a little trying in the productivity department.

I admire the kid’s desire to get work done, I guess.

Yesterday, due to my over indulgence in the wine department Wednesday night, was the kind of day where I sat quietly in my cube, listened to quiet music, and ate french fries on three separate occasions (oh, how I wish that I was joking, but no, I am deadly serious about it). JW and I went out to dinner with our pal D and his lovely bride-to-be A, and ate approximately one million delicious items from the Bristol, a restaurant that was awesome, except that maybe the mood lighting was so dim that I couldn’t read my menu.

I am old and blind, and unfortunately have fit those descriptors since I was about eight years old.

The fact that they bestowed my third order of fries upon me totally made up for the light situation.

It doesn’t take much these days.

So after a long night of sleep, a hectic early morning, and a productive mid-one, we’re looking forward to packing up and getting out to quieter scenery for the weekend. I hope everyone’s got the same thing planned for themselves–enjoy the sunshine if you’ve got it, chickens!


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five good things: making good edition

You guys, I’m not doing a great job at the consistency thing lately.

It doesn’t help that my computer is currently living in Theo’s room, which means when he’s sleeping, I can’t be writing.

It also doesn’t help that what I want to do most right now is just stare at his face, and when I’m not doing that, watch the West Wing and read library books.

I’m a very busy woman leading a very glamour-filled life, obviously.

July is the month in which I will do better.

In honor of that promise, here are five good things I’d like to tear through (oh man, there are a lot more than that):

1. It’s summer book reading season. I currently have 10 books home from the library, and a slew of new reads in transit. Here are a couple I’m into at the moment:

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald








I’ve always heard that good old Zelda was pretty much insane, but this book showcases a  (fictionalized) version of the story where no one’s left blameless. These two were celebrities  in their day, and their lives seemed to be perfect, but obviously, the gin-and-tonic-ing and  partying of the 20s eventually caught up with them. This wasn’t a masterpiece, but it was  interesting and kept moving, and about people I’m into, so I’d recommend it on those  pretenses alone.

Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar


So my friend Ky told me to follow Kelly Oxford on the social media, and like most things Ky demands of me, I complied. She’s funny, and she was promoting her book, so I picked it up. The book makes me laugh, even though I think I’d care a tiny bit more if I understand exactly where she came from, but I’ve got confidence that the book is headed in that direction.

2. The World Cup plays on, and so does the US, in the knockout league. While I wish I was going to be at Soldier Field watching the game with what feels like the rest of the city, I can cross my fingers from work. Go USA!

3. Theo has learned how to roll over. However, every time he’s almost there, he panics and springs onto his back. He’s also started holding onto a ring on his mat so he can pull himself back when he’s gone too far.

Smart kid. Here’s an unrelated photo, because it’s adorable.

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4. Last weekend we headed to Michigan, where we hung out with family, baptized my sweet nephew Sam (it’s also his birthday next month, so I decided it’s the Summer of Sam. Just not in a murder-y way, you know), played Mario Brothers (ohmygod I’m still addicted) and got through part of a library book. Theo had his first swim in the lake and first boat ride, so he’s now got experience to go along with all of those nautical-themed outfits.


5. After what feels like a week of sub-par summer weather, it has finally stopped storming. Which means that JW and I can take a couple walks with Theo and that I can make it to the grocery store so we stop eating exclusively carbs.

Because being exercise-free and eating only carbs seems like a bad plan.

Enjoy this one, chickens, and I’ll be back for more, I promise!

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one month in

Morning, chickens!

I have decided to simply ignore the fact that it has snowed here in Chicago, again, in official spring, because I simply cannot face it.

I promise not to complain one bit when the hot weather rolls in, chickadees. I give you my solemn vow.

This weekend was lovely, and included a quick trip to MI so that Theo could meet all of his family from the mitten and hang out with his cousin Sam, who is a role model in cuteness and infant behavior.

It’s good to have people to look up to from the beginning.

Yesterday was a fairly busy day, involving me taking T for his one month appointment at the doctor.

How it’s been a month already, I couldn’t tell you, but I’m trusting the calendar on this one.

It also meant my first solo trip with the piglet in the car, which obviously was a matter of concern for a non-driver such as myself.

So I left an hour early.

And made it there, without incident, in twenty minutes.

I even had time for a visit to the drive through Starbucks en route.

I admit that bringing my baby to the doctor has so far been the thing that makes me feel most like a mom, although I couldn’t really tell you why.

I also admit that I tried to carry the baby carrier in one hand and my dirty chai tea latte in the other, which meant I accidentally ran Theo into the side of a door.

He recovered nicely. It took me a little longer.


Up today: another drive with the bambino, as we have our first visit with my grandma- she’s a great grandmother pro, with Theo coming in as number 7.

Which means I’ll eventually have to face the snow.

Wish me luck, chicks.

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March madness and other sporting events

You guys, two nights of sleep in a row.

It’s a beautiful thing.

And now, onto the theme of this day, which is obviously sports.


Theo and I spent the afternoon (and part of the evening, too) watching March Madness, and being pleased that both Michigan State and Uconn made it through with round 2 wins.

Although Uconn didn’t make it easy to be a fan last night, since they bumbled through the first two halves before finally taking (some) control in overtime.

I spent most of the game yelling at the television while Theo slept peacefully. When questioned about if this was a baby appropriate noise level, I explained that he was used to it.

You’ve been yelling like that all day?

No, I’ve being yelling that way at sports since T was conceived. I’m 100% sure he’s cool with it by now.


Also yesterday, JW, T, and I headed into the wide open to check out KD’s first high school soccer game. Girls’ soccer is obviously near and dear to my heart, being the only sport I was ever any good at during soccer. Even better, despite her freshman status, KD managed to make the varsity team in her first go around, played the whole game, and scored.

If I have mentioned it before, I’ll say it again: KD is my role model, and I don’t even care that’s she’s only fifteen. She was my role model when she was six, too.

We also got to hang with the rest of the S family at the game, including my favorite toddler, who has several new tricks. One includes answering questions posed to him in Spanish in either English or Spanish (because he is so advanced), and another one is acting out a gorilla, complete with knuckle dragging and growling:




My yoga studio is essentially the best. I was sitting around the other day when UPS came to deliver another package addressed to Theo (he gets the most mail around here). I received a box from Amazon, opened it up, and was excited to see this, compliments of my pals over at Spring (oh man do I miss you guys, and I can’t wait to get back):



I can’t wait until T can get into happy baby.


Up today: more hanging, book reading, rattle shaking, folk song singing, and in addition, lunch with my pal M, and an afternoon of good weather, walk-taking, and dinner making with my mom and Ky. We’ve got Theo’s first weekend in MI to look forward to, which means Bubba needs a bath and his finest onesies packed this afternoon.

Enjoy the sunshine if you’ve got it- it’s supposed to be a real spring day here in Chicago, chickadees!


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into the next phase.

Hey there, chickadees.

It’s already Tuesday! How amazing is that?

And Happy September to you all.

That was a fast little summer, am I right?

This weekend was a good way to cap it off, with a trip to MI, which included some time to hang with Sam and lots of lake-gazing. After beating the traffic home Sunday night, it also meant a day at home relaxing before getting right back into it this week.



Friday night JW, J&CC, my parents, and I headed out to the Taste of Melrose to eat every delicious Italian food that they had to offer (which basically meant I ate a lot of items on bread covered in sauce and cheese- I can’t complain about that), and I wished that it was held more than once a year.

I’d have to do a lot of bells to justify that though.

Up this month (back-to-school month, can’t even believe it): my favorite 30 days at the Farm Market, the official end of summer, JW starts his very last quarter of school, and I head to San Francisco for work.

I like to keep things moving over here, chickadees.

Enjoy this beautiful start to another amazing season.

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start me up

Morning chickens!

Despite the fact that I don’t actually have to be at work today, I found myself wide awake at 7:30 this morning.

So I did the respectable thing and put on yoga pants.

Namaste, day off.


Yesterday I skipped the writing because I was running around like a crazy person, after remembering that I needed to be at work early to take a class about managing people.

You guys, I can barely manage myself.


I also headed to Cosi to pick up squagels (square bagels) to celebrate MK’s departure of SB after a decade.

She’s onto bigger and better things.

And you can’t get to bigger and better things without breakfast.

It’s a known fact.


However, at the end of the day I found leftover bagels hanging around the cubicle-land, so I grabbed them up and brought them home.

And was also not-so-secretly delighted to have extra squagels.

When I walked through the door and presented this prize to JW, he confessed that he had to tell me a secret.

Who has bagel secrets, chickens?

JW, apparently.

You guys, he’s never had a squagel.

Do I even know this man?

I’m not sure anymore.

Luckily, he was able to get into one this morning, and reported back that it was “wonderful.”

My faith in life is restored.


And with that, I’m off in search of coffee, yoga, and the motivation to pack for our trip to MI this weekend.

Enjoy the sunshine if you’ve got it.


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ready for what’s ahead.

Morning, chickadees!

After a long, relaxing weekend in MI, it’s back to the hustle and bustle of the city.

Also, April has decided to show its face, and although I am brutally aware of the fact that it is only 22 degrees out today, I have the utmost confidence that this is the month in which it will decide to be spring.

You guys are with me, right?


In other news, this weekend I decided to start my giving campaign to Cory Booker’s Senate race, because I think he’s a guy who’s doing great things, and also, I’m maybe a tiny bit obsessed with him.

Maybe a little more than a tiny bit.

In any case, after donating, I threw a tweet in his direction, and two minutes later, my phone beeped with a notification.



How’s that for a beautiful end to an Easter weekend?

Other than that little one word gem (that I will treasure until the end of time, or at least until Cory and I become best friends in real life, which will probably be soon), I’m ready for one big week in front of me, opening day of baseball (I’m giving myself at least one whole month before I fall into a Cubs’ despair), and the promise of above freezing.

We’re pretty sure we’re gonna get there at some point, right chickens?

Enjoy the sunshine if you’ve got it today!

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spring in my step

Hey there chickadees!

Sorry I’m a little late this morning, but we’ve got the day off over here, so I slept in before packing it up and getting ready to go to MI for a few days.

Sometimes it’s best to leave the concrete jungle behind you for just a few hours.

I’m a firm believer in switching up your scenery for a change in perspective.

In other news: thanks for all the information about being gluten free yesterday, chicks. I received a whole slew of texts and messages about the pros and cons of all of this, and I’m taking it under consideration.

It seems my people know a lot more about this than I do, which honestly, is a relief.

It’s nice to have resources, you guys.

My bossy little sister has already set up a Pinterest Board for me around acceptable foods for my RA.

Check it out here.

And now, I’m off to finish packing, supervise JW’s idea of acceptable weekend wear, and hit the road for a weekend of blue skies, fresh air, and visiting family.

Not much to complain about from this angle, my friends.

Enjoy the sunshine if you’ve got it (and we’ve got it, today).



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till what you’re looking for finds you

Welcome to a new week, chickadees!

And in honor of this year’s early pledge to be a little more mindful, here’s something I found to start this day off right:

“If you are not willing to look stupid, nothing great is ever going to happen to you.”

True story, chickens. Sometimes you have to be willing to take a risk to get it right.

And luckily, most things that go wrong become moments to look back on and laugh about with our friends.

And now, on this cloudy (in Chicago), cold (almost everywhere) Monday morning, I’d like to recount the weekend in pictures, worth far more than the words I’d come up with to share.



Next up, after a lovely weekend that was over far too fast, I’m headed straight into a busy, busy week full of meetings and visitors and getting.it.done.

Also though, full of bendy yoga poses, meals with friends, and swinging kettlebells.

And best of all perhaps,  joints that are working mysteriously well despite still not figuring out what kind of meds might work for my stubborn body.

There’s nothing better than having something easy to be grateful for first thing, chicks.

Enjoy what’s ahead of you- hope the first weekend of 2013 was lovely.



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