Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Keller's piece in today's Tribune resonated with me, not just because I am an incessant reader and can relate to the wonders of the random bookmark. (Business cards are a favorite place-marker for me.) I love the idea of something as small as a bookmarker being a sign of hope and accomplishment. We can all use a dose of that from day to day.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
-List 5 things you are currently procrastinating about. This can be professionally, personally, or both.
-Take a sheet of paper and rip or cut it into 10 pieces. (You could try to just write on a piece of paper but the next steps won't be as easy to complete.)
-Ready? Pick your 10 top values from the list below and write one word per piece of paper. This should be a quick process- go with your gut instinct. This is a partial list so if a top value is not included, add it!
-Got your 10 values? OK, take away 3 of them. This does not mean that these values aren't important to you. You just need to have the 7 most important.
-Take a look at these 7 values. Then take away 2 more.
It's not easy is it?
-Finally, rank your 5 remaining values in order of importance to you.
-Now look at your list of procrastinations. Compare it to your values. Our procrastinations usually have nothing to do with our values. After all, we prioritize the things that are important to us. Instead, you need to figure out how to make the procrastination fit with your values...a new way to motivate yourself.
For instance, I've been procrastinating on setting up my dental appointment, as well as my eye doctor and dermatologist. I often procrastinate on setting up any appointment. But my relationship with God is my number one value and he has commanded that I view my body as a temple, something I need to take care of. Suddenly setting up an MD appointment can be viewed as obedience to God. Love was another top value so I could see taking care of these appointments as a way of loving myself.
Serena recommended that you recheck your values every 3 to 6 months or once a year, depending on what you want, since our values are affected by circumstances, life stages, etc. She also upped the ante: choose your top 3 values. When we're not doing something on a daily basis that is connected to our values, we feel disconnected. Try focusing on your values for a couple of days and see if you notice a difference. I'd be interested in hearing about the results or any insights this exercise gave you...
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Then I saw her:
Petland employees are quite brilliant. Before we could say we were just looking, the employee scuttled to the cage and lifted out my little Shiba, bringing her over to a play area. This puppy quickly captured my heart with her playful spirit and incredibly soft fur. My hospice patients have the option for pet therapy but I think we can all benefit from a little one-on-one time with a dog or cat. We just relate a little differently with furry critters somehow. It was good to play and laugh and cuddle this sweet puppy. Of course, Petland employees would come back to check on us and then ask, So are you going to take her home today? Or what questions do you have about taking or home? What can we do to encourage you to take her home today? They are persistent! I just wanted to play in peace. Instead, we got the Big Presentation about all that is included in the cost (food, free spay, crate, chew toy!) and, more importantly, how we will have this beautiful dog in our lives and be loyal Petland shoppers for life. All for the grand total of $1395. At least twice what I was guessing! Still, as my little Sheba the Shiba (as I liked to call her) scampered in my lap, I thought that maybe, just maybe, I could budget it in. Every time Linda and I said we'd have to think about it, the employee would say they'd leave us for a few minutes, with hopes those extra minutes would be enough for us to change our minds. Of course, outside of my budget, my apartment does not allow dogs. And there's that whole "not being home during the work day" aspect. I briefly considered pleading Sheba's case with my parents but I'm not sure what Tucker and Buzz would think about a new animal in their home. Alas, I had to say goodbye to my sweet, spunky puppy. At least I have a new favorite breed! And there's a rescue group too so maybe I can get a dog and do a good deed at the same time someday...
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Jim Wallis looks at common ground regarding each candidate's take on abortion during the debate last night. Read the whole article and join the conversation on his blog. I hope we can continue in this positive direction.
Joe the Plumber responds. I personally don't have a problem with a 3% tax increase on those making more than $250,000 but that might be easy for me to say since I will never make that much money! Yes, most people have earned their money (although what about the millionaires that made their money off of others' misfortunes?) but I still feel we have an obligation to help the least of us. Just imagine if the candidates had been talking about Leigh the Social Worker!
Finally, don't forget to FactCheck the debate. I love this website!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
The hospice team with Jim pre-jump
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Even though we all claim not to care what former classmates care about us, in truth we do. And I felt validated by these old friends and acquaintances. Hearing about everyone's career path and marital status was daunting at times but it was interesting to see myself through their eyes. There was the usual reactions to hearing I'm a hospice social worker (I could never do that, I would cry all the time!) but I also felt admired and respected for this line of work. I sometimes forget the nature of my job. Yes, I'm good at it (some days!) but it's also a calling. All in all, 10 years later I have to admit: I did turn out pretty good. I've grown in a lot of ways but one friend put it best: "You've changed the least for the better." The core of who I was in high school is still with me today and that's not a bad thing. I'm the improved version of myself.
Yesterday I went to the Sox game and they finally won! And then they won today! And tomorrow? I can only hope!
Also tomorrow....I'm going skydiving with a patient! I'm excited for him and nervous for myself. I'm giving myself the right to back out last minute as I have never wanted to go skydiving before. But I figured, if there was ever a time to do it, it's now. Hopefully I'll be alive to tell the tale!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
On Wednesday a patient told me I bring joy to his life. Without a doubt, one of the best compliments I have ever received!
It's hard to believe that baseball season is almost over. Next Sunday I'll be at the final home game of the regular season. As our magic number continues to go down, I'm pretty confident there will be 2 Chicago teams in the playoffs. Who knows what our beloved teams will do with that opportunity? I, of course, am keeping my schedule open throughout October.
Before I can go to the last regular season home game, I have to survive my high school 10 year reunion. I am not looking forward to this at all. I'm in regular contact with the high school friends that I want to keep in touch with. I can think of a million other ways I'd like to spend Saturday night (in fact, there are literally a million things I've had to pass up because of this stupid thing.) However, my best friends would kill me if I skipped out. Despite the panic attack I had a few weeks ago, I will go to the reunion. I will make small talk. I will mingle. And then I will never go to another high school reunion again.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Choosing Palin was a bold strategic move but it looks like McCain will end up regretting it for the next two months. The RNC is making me want to throw things and if you walk past the apartment, chances are good you'll hear me yelling in disgust. Let the battle continue!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
"You go to Wrigley Field, you have a beer, beautiful people up there," Obama said in an ESPN interview. "People aren't watching the game. It's not serious. White Sox, that's baseball. South Side."
I don't think he's saying anything that people don't already know. Wrigley does have a reputation for being the biggest bar in America. In the full article, Derek Lee even agrees! Many people go to Cubs games, not for the game itself, but for the beer, the camaderie, the experience. I went to a Cubs game with a few friends a couple of years ago (free ticket, mind you.) I was with 2 self-proclaimed die-hard Cubs fans. However, neither person knew who was pitching or who was playing. What is die-hard about that? Or take this more recent example. During the second Cubs vs. Sox series (which I like to call "Turning the Table"), a "die-hard" Cubs fan worriedly asked me what had happened to Kerry Wood. She had no idea that he was the closer! When I expressed my incredulity to her, she said, "I'm a Cubs fan. You're a baseball fan." I firmly corrected her that I'm a White Sox fan and if I know that Kerry Wood is a closer, as a Cubs fan, she should know it too!
Die-hard is my cousins Jon and Adam who know Cubs history front and back and never miss a game if they can help it. Jon told me that if the Cubs make it to the World Series, he might need to leave the country because he will not be able to take the stress. Neither of us could even talk about the possibility of a Cubs vs. White Sox World Series! So yes, there are some real Cubs fans out there but that does not seem to be the reputation that the fans have as a whole.
The funnier part to me was the outrage people expressed towards Obama's statement. There are now 407 comments as I post this. How on earth can people let this affect who they would vote for???
A small sampling (spelling and grammatical errors intact):
notsofriendly: isn't that stereotyping??? to say all Cubs fans are drunken idiots who only are at the game to party? well, I'm insulted and this seems to be in direct 'violation' of the 'watch what you say' mentality this campaign season. and Derek, that wasn't too smart, speaking out against Cub fans...are you a Sox fan?
Gary: Obama has a right to be a sox fan but he insulted me and many others. He has helped me make up mind on who I will vote for.
Samantha: Obama's comments don't effect how I will vote, but it does make me wonder, maybe he should have consulted the facts before making this statement.
Phil: I am a Cubs fan, but the times I have been at Wrigley, it can feel like a 'Friends' convention.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I don't agree with everything Steve Knight says but I love the questions he raises at the end and his points concerning criminalization. And for the record, I do believe that life begins at conception. I just also believe that it's time to look beyond pro-life and pro-choice. It's time to look at the issues of poverty, education, health, and yes, even the war (don't you love how the never-ending war eats up the entire budget?). They directly impact the number of abortions without a doubt. Frank Schaeffer, one of the pro-life movement's founders, says this all so much more eloquently.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Back in May he began a different program and was discharged on Friday. Over the weekend, Jim did a lot of thinking and decided he was ready for hospice. This is a huge decision and Jan was relieved. Monday night the hospice RN Liz went out to do the admission and today Beth and I did a joint visit. Jan is absolutely thrilled to have us back! She told me today that she was so happy that Jim agreed to the hospice program, that she didn't want to push her luck in requesting who would be on the team. She said she was so happy when Liz told her that Beth and I would be assigned. Beth and I told her that we wouldn't let anyone else be involved! It was so nice to talk to her again, get an update on Ernie, and meet Jim. Jan said she is relieved that I will be the social worker because she felt so supported when I was involved with her dad. Apparently the other social worker does not have much tact or empathy (still new to the job) and Jan feels that this will be a much better fit. It's so nice to know that someone would request me, especially after a week where I have felt I am lacking in skills. That might be my own issue- I certaintly haven't heard any complaints but every once in awhile I feel like I am in over my head and don't know what to say or think. Another social worker told me it takes 10 years in your field before you feel competent. Just 6 more years to go, I guess. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to working with Jan and Jim and helping them find enjoyment in the days ahead.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
The Partial Line Up:
(just partial because I only ended up checking out bands on the 2 main stages and we got there a little late due to ticket distribution issues- still got to listen from outside but not sure who it was!)
2:00 p.m. Caribou- A great starter for my Pitchfork experience.
3:00 p.m. Fleet Foxes- Absolutely my pick of the day! I fell in love with the harmonies, the lyrics, and the band.
4:00 p.m. Dizzee Rascal- Energizing rap with enough F-bombs to make a seasoned rapper cringe. Still, I enjoyed his accent and the way he got the crowd pumped up.
5:00 p.m. Vampire Weekend- OK, I know that their debut CD is all the rage but they definitely lack stage presence. At one point, I wasn't sure if the set had ended or if they just had a loooong transition between songs. Once the stage presence catches up to their genius, they will be unstoppable.
6:00 p.m. !!! - Pronounced "Chick Chick Chick." (We were wondering too.) High, high, high energy band that inspires all to dance around them. There were some unflattering camera shots of the male lead singer but I could forgive that based on the band's enthusiasm and commitment to their music.
7:00 p.m. The Hold Steady- Already loved this band and they did not disappoint. I'm digging the stuff on their new album.
8:00 p.m. Jarvis Cocker- I found Jarvis to be mellow and quite enjoyable.
9:00 p.m. Animal Collective- I've heard little bits and pieces in the past. A wonderful close to Saturday and definitely ownable.
The Pitchfork web site has a link to webcasts of all the performances so check it out if you have time!
1. Guys should never wear capris or skinny jeans. Actually, I don't think anyone should wear skinny jeans. Ditto on high-waisted pants and shorts. Let's keep that trend in the 70s where it belongs.
2. Brooke and I sat with a few of Melissa's friends. One of them, Chris, was only there because his wife is a big Pitchfork fan. He's more of the death metal type, funny and perfectly harmless. I learned later that people tend to be intimidated by him- not me! Melissa told me I handled Chris perfectly. I didn't realize that he needed handling! Yay for my people skills!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
(In good news, I had an otherwise fantastic time with Christy. We shopped, hit the beach, watched some movies, and, of course, ate some delicious food! I left at 8 this morning to go to my family reunion. I seriously adore my family! You would not believe the amount of food that is available at our reunion. I brought my famous whiskey cake, which was a big hit. I had a great time catching up with everyone. My uncle let me see the new kittens- he banned everyone else from the barn. And my cousin Adam finally won money off the chicken poop lotto. All in all, a good day!)
Sunday, July 06, 2008
In great news- I passed my LCSW test on Tuesday! Hurrah! It is such a relief to have that over with. Now I just need to fill out my application and it will all be official. God remains silent over what lies in my future career wise but I'm hoping to have some direction within the next year. I figure I should either move on by then or consider myself a hospice lifer. Ironic term, eh?
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday Brooke and I went to the game. I was a little nervous because my record has not been good in attending Crosstown Classics. Pretty sure I'm 0 for 3 (we lost even the year I had to sell my ticket!) Still, we both wore our Ozzie's Angels tank tops. I wore the 2005 black one and Brooke wore the white version we created last year. Brooke had her Sox naval ring in and was wearing her Sox necklace- she is sure these are lucky items and noted that she was unfortunately not wearing them last weekend. The game was an amazing nail-biter to the end! We were sitting by lots of dedicated Sox fans which made it even more exciting. There's nothing like high-fiving a whole row of strangers and this game gave us lots of reasons to do that! Our tank tops were a big hit as always- one guy said it was the best original shirt he'd ever seen. Why yes, sir. It is.
I watched tonight's game on tv while I studied for my LCSW test. Of course it's hard to focus on studying but the test is on Tuesday... Sweeping the Cubs was a dream but I didn't know how attainable it would be. I held my breath every inning. I told Jill last night on our marathon walk that it would be interesting to be hooked up to an EKG during one of these games. I get just a little bit worked up. I'm sure that's hard for you all to imagine! I'm so, so happy that we won once again! To sweep the Cubs after last weekend: priceless. But am I going to rub it in their faces? No. Sox fans don't do that. A Cubs fan always starts instigating. Do I defend my team? Of course. But do I start saying crap? No. I don't think that I need to do that. I'm confident in my team. It's been a great season so far, shaky at times but enjoyable to watch nonetheless. And lest I jinx myself, I will sign off now...
Monday, June 23, 2008
I was planning on visiting Ruth as usual this afternoon. Vickie, her nurse, called me about noon to let me know that Ruth had had a change in condition over the weekend. When I arrived, I didn't know what to expect. Ruth has had many ups and downs since she has been a hospice patient; we have expected her to die a few times only for her to bounce right back. In fact, the family jokes that I can bring her back from the brink, as she really has perked up at the sound of my voice. The moment I saw her, I knew that she wouldn't be bouncing back this time. She briefly woke up and smiled when she saw me but quickly fell back asleep. I spent the afternoon at her bedside, holding her hand and comforting her daughter. We shared our favorite stories about Ruth. At one point I took my hand away to drink some water. Ruth opened her eyes and asked "Where'd you go?" and reached her hand back towards me. I reassured her that I was there and held her hand once more. She was comforted and fell back asleep. Later on she asked me "So you found yourself a boy?" Her daughter and I had been laughing and reminiscing earlier about Ruth's matchmaking hopes for me. There's the proof that hearing is the last sense to go! I told Ruth about my latest date. Her eyes remained closed but I could tell from her facial expression that she is quite hopeful about this prospect.
It was very hard to leave the house today. It was very hard to say goodbye to Ruth. I don't know if she'll make it through the night or not. As much as we hospice workers prepare for these moments, there are certain patients that steal a piece of your heart. Ruth is that patient for me. She has told me in the past that I am her favorite hospice team member. It's rare that I trump a nurse in the line of favorites! I rarely cry during patient's final moments but I could not keep back the tears when I told Ruth goodbye. I will never forget her or her family. I know that I made a difference in Ruth's life and that means everything.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Hurray for Oswego selling gas for $4.06 this afternoon!
My weekend will happily be consumed by the Crosstown Classic. If I'm not watching the games, I will be obsessively checking the score from wherever I am. I can't wait until next Saturday's game. I may have heart palpitations from the stress but I will enjoy every minute of it. Go Sox go!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
White Sox organization has little antipathy for North Side rivals
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- When Jerry Reinsdorf was the subject of ESPN 1000's "Lunch with a Legend" series back at the end of May, the White Sox chairman was asked for his opinion on one of the show's hosts, Marc Silverman, being a Cubs fan.
"Why don't you lie down, and it will pass," said Reinsdorf, taking an indirect but humorous jab at the White Sox baseball rivals from across town.
In complete honesty, Reinsdorf has nothing against the Cubs. Neither do most of the White Sox players, nor do the members of the organization. The White Sox are too focused on their own goal of winning the American League Central and pursuing their second World Series title in the past four years.
As for Ozzie Guillen, he has absolutely no hatred for the Cubs. The White Sox manager does desire equal respect for his team, in regard to how their current status is portrayed throughout the city.
"I don't really worry about the way people treat the Cubs in this town," said Guillen, prior to Wednesday's game with Pittsburgh and just two days away from the first Cubs-White Sox matchup of 2008 at Wrigley Field. "With all respect, they don't appreciate as a city what the White Sox have been doing here for the last few years.
"That's why I don't like it sometimes," Guillen added.
White Sox players have been hit with questions about the Cubs series for pretty much the past month, but that attention has heightened over the past week with both teams in first place atop their divisions. It's to the point now where these same players, some of the best quotes on the team, are offering up standard answers just to get through the respective interview sessions and move on to other topics.
You know, the "Let's focus on Pittsburgh right now" approach, followed by "It's just another series for us, but it has a little bit more excitement." In regard to hatred for the Cubs, a feeling the most ardent of White Sox fans regularly show off -- a feeling usually returned by the North Side supporters -- it's not outwardly present in the clubhouse.
"It's really for the fans," said White Sox third baseman Joe Crede with a smile. "I would never say that I dislike any team. As you play longer for one certain team, you grow accustomed to fans, and what they like and dislike about each team. You learn the whole situation of how passionate fans are here in Chicago."
"There's more craziness with all the fans and with all the hype, it's like a playoff atmosphere," White Sox right fielder Jermaine Dye added. "It's an exciting series, but for the players, once you get on the field and start playing, it's like another series."
Dye has a friendship with Cubs first baseman Derek Lee, having grown up in the same area and played together as far back as the Arizona Fall League. Guillen also is close to Lee from their days together on the Marlins, as well as Ryan Dempster, while he also has a great deal of respect for manager Lou Piniella and general manager Jim Hendry.
So, the White Sox will lead everyone to believe this weekend will be just another series at a visiting ballpark among friendly rivals. The intense disagreements in the stands and the equally intense reactions to happenings on the field would lead everyone else to believe otherwise.
"Really, it's all about respect," Guillen said. "Am I a Cubs fan? Do I wish them doing well? As a fan, no. As a baseball man, yes. The thing is obviously when the game starts, it's another club to face.
"Off the field, a lot of people think I hate the Cubs or I'm jealous of the Cubs. But I have a lot of respect for them."
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
I'll be honest. It was a little hard to sing during church, as I thought about what I was doing at that time a year ago. Last summer was difficult for obvious and not so obvious reasons. I think I've come a long way since then but I am forever changed by this loss. Grandpa is still at Marianjoy for rehab so tomorrow our family will gather there to remember Grandma. I'm not sure that I want to go. I love being with my family. I want to pay my respects to my Grandma. Right now, the thought of a formal reflection time makes me unbearably sad. Still, I will go. I know it will mean a lot to Grandpa and to my mom. I will be with the people who understand exactly what I'm feeling. I will continue to learn what it means to praise God through our trials. And I will continue to remember Grandma and the ways that she blessed and impacted my life.
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Spears and slices, take your pick
If you've never been in the Peru-Mendota area, chances are you've never heard of La Grotto's. And chances are even better that you've never heard of fried pickles. And that, my friends, is a travesty. Three of my good college friends are from Peru and Mendota. There's not much to do in those parts but they do have a shining jewel in La Grotto's restaurant. Fantastic pizza and amazing fried pickles. So it was after our freshman year of college, 8 of my closest friends and I went on a camping trip that naturally incorporated a visit to La Grotto's. I've been hooked on fried pickles ever since. I'm unaware of local restaurants that offer this tasty appetizer but it is all the rage in Southern states. Every time I visit Tracy and Joel in Nashville, I make sure to get at least one order in.
Lately I've had fried pickles on the brain. I haven't been able to get back to Nashville since January and I've been craving a fried pickle dipped in Ranch dressing like nobody's business. What else could I do? I decided to track down a recipe and make them myself. Last night I attempted to create this delicacy for Annie's School's Out party (a celebration of her last day as a teacher and first day of summer). It was a bit of work but the fried pickles were a hit! I'm not sure how soon I'll attempt them again- especially as summer draws near- but I'm glad to know that I'm able to make such a wonderful treat.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Since I do a fair amount of driving through DuPage, Kane, Will, and Kendall Counties, I know where the "good" gas stations are. There are web sites that post where the cheapest gas stations are but, generally, when I need to fill my tank up, I'm nowhere near a computer. I'm betting that's true for most of us. Therefore, if you're ever curious about where to go, feel free to give me a call. I might as well put this knowledge to good use. It's too bad we don't have any local candidates offering cheap gas as a campaign stunt. Seriously. It's too bad.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
It's strange to see Jon Garland in non-White Sox gear. I don't like it. I feel so conflicted about tonight's game. Obviously I want our guys to win but I still have such affection in my heart for Garland. Don't even get me started about the weekend series with the Giants- I can't wait to see my beloved Aaron Rowand! If only I had the power to bring my favorite guys back to the team.
It's been almost a year since I stepped away from all church ministry. I confess I've enjoyed the break. But I know it's time to dive back in. I've been praying about a couple of options so we shall see what happens...
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Well, I made some great spaghetti sauce, almost 20 friends showed up, and the prayer time was very convicting and encouraging at the same time. George did a fantastic job! There was a discussion about what a balanced prayer life should like, time spent individually in confession, small group time praying through various attributes of God, and then big group time worshipping and praising God. I was personally convicted by how me-focused my prayer life has become. George shared that he had once been challenged to go for a day without asking for anything for himself or for anyone else. He said he couldn't make it for more than a minute. I think I would fail that challenge too. I hope that last night will get me back on the right track again. Everyone seemed to have a good time and I'm pretty sure this is another party that will become an annual tradition. I love being a hostess and creating opportunities and reasons for people to come together. Few things make me feel more alive. Now I just have to figure out what the next party will be...
Friday, May 09, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
These words resonate with me:
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Today I learned that a friend's 2 year old daughter has leukemia. She has the most common and most curable form and it seems like they have a good plan of attack. My heart goes out to them.
It seems like it's been just one bad thing after another lately. As I drove home from work, I reflected on God's faithfulness. We live in a fallen world and these circumstances reflect that brokenness. God knows the big picture though and He is able to use all things for good (Rom. 8:28). This is comforting to remember. I may not understand why these things happen and I may never know why but God has it all under control. May it be so.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Yesterday was a strange juxtaposition. I went to a college friend's baby shower and a high school friend's memorial service.
Really wish I did not have to go back to work tomorrow. I definitely need a vacation. I can't decide if I just need a break or if it's time to look in to something new.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Grandpa met with his surgeon yesterday and got the good news that they got all the cancer. He'll find out next week if he needs any radiation and the week after that they will schedule his second surgery. That's all positive news!
In other good news, Brooke got us tickets to see Death Cab at Jay Pritzker Pavillion in June. The lawn seats were just $12.50. Sweet!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
The not-so-good stuff: Grandpa P. had surgery on Wednesday to remove a malignant mass (the MDs think they got it all and the cancer has not metastecized!), Friday was the one year anniversary of Aunt Teresa's death, learning that 2 high school classmates died.
Who knows what will come next?
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
After Dinner Club I took a break from cooking until Saturday. I served up Irish breakfast at Mark and Erin's house for 9 friends. Then we headed down to the city for the St. Patrick's Day parade. I love being downtown for the SPD experience but I've decided I no longer need to watch the parade. We can just head straight to the pub for some hillarious and yet insightful conversations with drunk people. Sunday night I made Beef Stew- the last stew of winter. I invited a few friends to join me spontaneously and we ended up talking late in to the night. Ellen told me she is going to move in and just let me feed her from now on- she was happy to have been a part of Dinner Club, Irish breakfast, and then the stew dinner. I'm just happy that people like what I make!
Last night I had my parents over for Reuben sandwiches in honor of my favorite holiday. Donna was able to join us. It's the first time I've made Reubens by myself and now I have no idea what to do with the extra sauerkraut. Any ideas out there? I can safely say I'll be eating leftovers the rest of this week but who knows what I'll be cooking next...
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Saturday, March 01, 2008
Just got back from Miami (shot another AT&T spot)
and I told Chris Nunez of Miami Ink (he threw us a little shin dig at his bar)
that you (my fav cuz) were a big fan and that u said "hi!" --
He said, "Her name's Leigh? Tell her I said 'What's up!'" :)
I said, "I'll try to remember to pass it along" :)
More soon! Running out the door for work!!
Thursday, February 28, 2008
I haven't been able to find the commercial itself online but rest assured, I will post it once it's available. In the meantime, I leave you with thoughts of Irish Eyes which are smiling at the thought of another day off from school and work.