Sunday, September 21, 2014

4.21 Laughter - Hot Diggity Dogs

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-first day of each month is "Laughter."
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Do you know what the Chicago city flag looks like? (Of course not, most of you are grumbling. I'm not a vexillologist You would be right to grumble at me.)  It looks like this.
I cheated. I took this at Navy Pier last weekend, not this weekend.
Four red stars in the middle of two blue stripes on a white background. The blue stripes represent the two bodies of water that dominate much of the downtown landscape -Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.  Each of the stars represents a significant event in the history of the city - Fort Dearborn, the Great Chicago Fire, the 1883 World's Columbian Exposition, and the Century of Progress Exposition.  (Maybe they will get another star if the Cubs win the World Series.  Zing!)

I am absolutely in love the simplicity and beauty of the design of the flag and clearly I am not alone because it is everywhere in Chicago.
I love that there's a train, graffiti, and a Chicago flag here. It is the perfect Chicago scene.
So when I passed this place while walking to lunch yesterday, I couldn't help but chuckle. This, my friends, is one of the most clever signs for a hole-in-the-wall eatery I have ever seen. 
Thank you Chicago, for being awesome.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

4.20 Lessons - Be Prepared

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twentieth day of each month is "Lessons."
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I'm traveling for work and apparently the entire world came to Chicago this weekend so when the person who arranges travel accommodations for our office finally bothered to book me a room (on Tuesday - this training has been booked for months), the only room available in a six mile radius of where I need to be was in a shady motel where I can hear the neighbor's television playing one of the six channels offered, there is no soap, hair dryer, or towels (!), and I feel the need to sleep on top of the comforter. 

Also, the curtains won't close all the way. Since my view out the window is the parking lot, this had to be fixed. Enter: safety pins.
What? You don't travel with a full sewing kit and your own soap?  You clearly do not travel on my company's dime very often.
Yes, I did complain about the lodging.  Vociferously.  Yes, next weekend I will be in a hotel that has a hair dryer. But I'll still bring my supplies.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Friday, September 19, 2014

4.19 My Best Friend - Everything I Do

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the nineteenth day of each month is "My Best Friend."
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What do you do when you're upset or sad?  Well, as much as I would like to say that I call up my best friend and we go out for mochas, in the end what I do is call up my best friend and she makes me laugh. We don't live near each other and I don't have any close female friends here, so our communication is by phone.  I remember calling her, hysterically crying, the day after Thanksgiving last year, and by the end of the conversation, I had some perspective and was even laughing a little bit.  So, yes, I do wish we could hang out in person more often, but I also know that I can count on her even though she lives hundreds of miles away.

And occasional greeting cards like the one below that sent me into gales of laughter.  If you don't have someone in your life who will send you handwritten lyrics to a cheesy pop song from a movie starring Kevin Costner, you are really missing out on the best parts of life. My favorite part is that she made sure to mark the chorus appropriately.  As if I didn't know the song beat by beat already.
Perhaps I should pretend that my husband* is the bagel to my cream cheese and the peanut butter to my jelly, but we all know who really has that honor. So, here's to best friends everywhere.  BFFs 4Eva.
The front of the card. Just in case you wanted to get the "joke."

*He is more like the accessories package to my car purchase. I would be absolutely adequate without him, of course, and some people would be satisfied with the very basic car, but I'm so much better with him. 
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

4.18 Favorite Memories - Best Concert Ever

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the eighteenth day of each month is "Favorite Memories."
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Last weekend I went with my friend, The Angry Taoist, to see Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinios. I had built up huge expectations of this event and I am going to brag a little bit and admit that it lived up to all of my dreams. It's true that he didn't sing "I Don't Have to Wonder" or "The Red Strokes" or "She's Every Woman," but I heard many great songs, jumped up down like a fucking kangaroo, and screamed out "you can kiss my ass" at the appropriate time.  It was marvelous.
Our hotel was about three miles from the venue and being bad asses, we just walked. See, the traffic was bad and we would have had to pay for parking or a cab and, you know, we just walked.  And then we walked back afterwards, which was awesome because there were cars coming in for the second show of the night at the same time everyone from the early show was leaving and I would have lost my ever loving mind if I would have had to deal with that tangle of traffic. 
Obligatory blurry concert pic.
If you get a chance to see Brooks (and Yearwood, to a lesser extent, ha ha ha), you absolutely must. It was the best concert experience ever - Brooks has a charismatic persona on stage, the fans are enthusiastic and lovely, and I can't get over just how much excitement was in the air. 

Two very happy thumbs up from me!
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

4.17 Bedtime - Cozy Clothes

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the seventeenth day of each month is "Bedtime."
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As soon as I hit publish on this, I'm going to go help my husband cook dinner and then once it's in the oven cooking, I'm changing into my cozy clothes. Neither of us really wears "pajamas," so we started calling the clothes we wear to bed cozies one day and the label stuck.  During the summer, cozy clothes are a pair of shorts and tank top, but it's getting colder here, especially at night. The night I moved the cacti in from the balcony (hard frosts will do them in, I've learned), I busted out my sleep pants.
The shirt is from the Biscuit Love truck where I ate a delicious breakfast when I was in Nashville over the summer. It's approximately five sizes too big for me, but it's made of a super soft material, so it's perfect for sleeping.  Also, I fall asleep dreaming of delicious handmade biscuits slathered in fresh peaches.

Sweet dreams to all.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

4.16 Beauty - Blue on Blue

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the sixteenth day of each month is "Beauty."
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Anybody else have the theme from Sesame Street running through their heads right now?  Just me?   Sunny days sweepin' the clouds away...

It's amazing out there today. 
Today's topic - The history of campaign reform.

Today's challenge - Don't look like an idiot when students continually ask you questions you don't know the answers to. (Do I look like Nina Totenberg*?)

Today's highlight - Overhearing students talking about how awesome my husband's class. (I mean, yes, it would have been more awesome if they were talking about how awesome my class is, but...)

Today's lowlight - Despite wearing pants, a long-sleeved shirt, a sweater, and having a blanket in my lap while I was in my office, my lips turned blue because the air conditioning is turned up so high.

Today's glee - Watching as the cat jumped into a box, chasing after a mouse toy, and accidentally brushed against Dr. BB's leg, causing a chain reaction of Halloween-cat puffed up fur, running pell-mell through the apartment as fast as I've ever seen her move, and running headfirst into the dining room table leg. That cat is quality entertainment.

*Nina Totenberg is the Supreme Court correspondent for NPR. If Nina didn't say it, I don't know it.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Monday, September 15, 2014

4.15 Inertia - Someone Else Grade It

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the fifteenth day of each month is "Inertia."
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Since I didn't really work this weekend (have I mentioned that I went to a GARTH BROOKS concert?), I had a lot to do today including writing the lecture I was going to give in the early afternoon and, you know, actually teach that class.

Meanwhile, how long can I put off grading these?  I'm teaching a class online and I give them assignments to do every week, but it turns out that I don't really enjoy grading them all that much, so this is what I face when I log in to do anything online. 
I don't know if I'm going to be able to put it off much longer. After all, it has to be graded before the next assignment is due in a week.  But maybe someone else wants to come and do this part of my job for me? No?  You think that would be unethical?  Huh. 
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.
 
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