Monthly Archives: December 2011

My 2011 in review

January: This time last year we were in Maui, on vacation! We celebrated New Year’s Eve at David Paul’s Island Grill and had the most amazing AhiThe day after New Year’s, we watched the sunrise from HaleakalaWe also planned a Cabo San Lucas trip with our college besties.
February:  We saw the Harry Potter exhibit,  celebrated my birthday Mr. F’s birthdaymy Mother’s birthday, my Grandfather’s birthday and my Uncle’s birthday! In the middle of the month, we flew from Seattle to Chicago to look for a new home!  I had four interviews in two days!
March: We went to Cabo with the soon to be Mr. and Mrs. Beav! We spent a lot of time in the infinity pooland an amazing time in the sun with lots of sunscreen!
We drove across the country from Seattle to Chicago! We stopped in Boise, ID, Boulder, CO and St. Louis, MO on the way! We love our new view. 
April: We discovered more of our neighborhood and the Loop area! The kitties love the new apartment too![Lyra on a rainy weekend.] 
We met my cousin’s cousin and her boyfriend for drinks at the Wit! They’ve really introduced us to Chicago  with block parties, new friends and El rides!We celebrated Easter in St. Louis.We went to the St. Louis Botanical Gardens.I also met a few Chicago bloggers in April at the Anthroholic Afternoon at Anthropologie
May: It was very rainy and full of thunderstorms in May, so it was hard to take (as many) pictures!
 Over Memorial Day weekend we rode the ferris wheel at Navy Pier!
The next day, we went to the Eastside Millenium Park Art Fest and later walked through Millennium Park. We loved the Lurie Gardens! We went to Barcelona for a conference and stayed for a few extra days!We loved all the Gaudi, cava, and walking everywhere!We also made it to the Taste of Chicago and had Rainbow cones!
July:We had a fabulous Fourth at the beach with friends and a swim in Lake Michigan!We also walked around Waverly Island and saw fairies!We had a fun summer BBQ at my cousin’s cousin’s house too! At the end of July, we drove to Crystal Lake, Michigan for a long weekend! We loved swimming every day!
August:Lily Thomas looked cute. We ran many loops through Lincoln Park.We explored more neighborhoods in Chicago on foot and by El.We also had our three year wedding anniversary! It was a very muggy month. We had dim sum in Chinatown with friends
 September: We had a foodie and an oyster filled month in both Chicago and Seattle! I took a few ballet classes and we got a lot of running in Our friends, Mr. and Mrs. Beav, surprised everyone and made it official at city hall. We went back to Seattle for a vacation and a reunion and it was strange. Everyone has moved on, grown up, began balding, in grad school, or got married and started having babies……None the less, we had an amazing time with Mr. and Mrs. Beav. Returning to Seattle also made us realize how much we love our new lives in Chicago! 
October: We had a wonderful first fall in Chicago. We ran more in Lincoln Park and we went to the Chicago Botanic Garden and hosted a fun Harry Potter Halloween Party!
November: I went to Tampa for a conference. We celebrated Thanksgiving in St. Louis with Mr. F’s familyMr. F also got a promotion and we celebrated at graham elliott. We can’t wait to go back there!
December: I did not realize how big of deal Christmas is, until I moved to Chicago. Christmas music plays everywhere starting the day after Christmas. Everyone has lights up. It’s pretty amazing. We really enjoyed the Christmas Mart in the Loop with friends, too. I loved see the Joffrey Ballet’s the Nutcracker. We had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas in St. Louis. We brought our kitties with us and so did Mr. F’s sister. There were four cats and a dog all under one roof and they seemed to get along pretty well! Mr. F’s sister just got engaged! I miss my family but I Skyped them during the opening of presents and it was just like I was there! 

Have a wonderful 2012!

The Eve of the Eve of New Year’s Eve

Work was annoying (to say the least) today, so to get my mind off of it, Mr. F took me out to dinner at Erie CafeSource: via Emily on Pinterest
I had an delectable breaded veal pork chop and we got tiramisu for dessert! 

Now we’re watching the awesome movie, Colombiana. Luc Besson wrote the screenplay.

Source: via Emily on Pinterest

Mr. F and I love “Leon: The Professional“, Source: via Karen on Pinterest

The Fifth Element” Source: via Heather on Pinterest

and “La Femme Nikita“, also written by Luc Besson.

I’m really looking forward to a long weekend and sleeping in! What are you doing for New Year’s Eve?

Planning for New Year’s Eve

I’m really looking forward to New Year’s Eve. My best friend since middle school is coming to visit!This is us, last Christmas, in 2010.
As soon as she gets here, there will be lots of laughing,

and dressing up for the evening!

Andy Mac and I met in the 5th and 6th grade. We used to drink a lot of Dr. Pepper and gossip about boys.

(I do not have any scanned in photos from those years, but I’m not too sad, because those were the years of frizzy hair, glasses and braces!)

I remember when Andy Mac helped me get my first email address and taught me how to use AOL instant messaging in middle school! She used to dream of becoming a pilot. (And she actually became one!) I wanted to be everything from a veterinarian, a doctor, and/or a fashion model. We also played Junior Varsity Volleyball and Softball together in high school. Check out these pictures, circa 2000 and 2001.  Can you find us?
Here’s Andy Mac, at Mr. F’s and my first apartment in 2005, with our guy friends from college.In 2006, Andy Mac lived in Honolulu. Of course, I visited! Since then, she’s lived in D.C., Boston, Youngstown, NY, Del Rio, TX, Little Rock, AK, briefly in Spokane, WA, and now she’s moving back to upstate New York. I’ve been a punk and only visited her in Hawaii and D.C.. Andy Mac spoke at my wedding in 2008.Most recently, I saw her when she was driving across the country from Youngstown to Seattle. Of course, she stopped over in Chicago for a night!Hopefully,we can meet between Youngstown and Chicago this summer, perhaps in Michigan!

Merry Christmas from St. Louis

We drove to St. Louis on Friday, with a car filled with presents and two cats. Lily Thomas was ready to co-pilot. Mr. F’s family and I went to the St. Louis Art Museum to see the Monet exhibit, that afternoon.
Today, we met up with some of Mr. F’s high school buddies before celebrating Christmas Eve at his Aunt’s house. We all loved the paper crowns that we found in our poppers!We had an amazing turkey and pork roast dinner with our cousins. 
Merry Christmas!

Workouts for the New Year

The 4 Hour Body book by Tim Ferriss introduced me to kettlebells. He has great time-saving exercises and is all about minimum effort for maximum effort. He has also done extensive and very interesting research on nutrition and diet too. He calls it the slow-carb diet and my husband adheres to it religiously. Obviously, I do not.

I usually do 30 minute kettlebell exercises 3-4 times a week, alternating swings with back and chest exercises with additional abdominal exercises every time. I used to run in the warmer weather, but now I run in place and do jumping jacks between 3 sets of swings for cardio.

I like Tim Ferriss’ 6 minute ab routine with the bosu ball. [We do not have a gym membership. We just own 5 kettlebells of varying sizes-15lb, 25lb, 35lb, 45lb, 55lb, a yoga mat, and a bosu ball. We also bought two medicine balls, but do not use them frequently.] (Swings on pages 7-8, on back and chest days I also do the Turkish Getup 5 times only, see pages 10-11)

My Random Christmas Mix

Please enjoy my Christmas mix!

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Jack Johnson
All I Want for Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!) by Justin Bieber & Mariah Carey
A Great Big Sled (feat. Toni Halliday) by The Killers, (RED) Christmas – EP
Little Saint Nick by She & Him, A Very She & Him Christmas

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My Only Wish  by Jessica Simpson
Christmases When You Were Mine by Taylor Swift
Winter Song by Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson
Christmas Lights by Coldplay
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers by Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops Orchestra, A Christmas Festival
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Judy Garland
Dance Of The Sugarplum Fairy by Performed By The Appollonia Symphony Orchestra, The Nutcracker Suite
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! by Bing Crosby
White Christmas by Louis Armstrong
The Christmas Waltz by She & Him, A Very She & Him Christmas
Men of Snow by Ingrid Michaelson, Everybody
Waltz Of The Snowflakes by Performed By The Appollonia Symphony Orchestra, The Nutcracker Suite
20 Years Of Snow by Regina Spektor, Begin To Hope 
Holiday (iTunes Session) by Vampire Weekend
Frosty the Snowman by Fiona Apple, Winter Songs

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Dance Of The Flowers by Performed By The Appollonia Symphony Orchestra, The Nutcracker Suite

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