My conference ended at 2pm on Friday so we packed the afternoon with a walk to and through the Louvre and the Notre Dame before dinner. It was an 8 mile loop! My favorite paintings were the Botticelli and the Mona Lisa! Mr F liked the Egyptian art. It was a lot to take in, but I’m glad we were able to go when the crowds weren’t too bad. We might have stayed a little longer but the weather was sunny and nicer than it had been all week! Walking towards the Norte Dame, we saw a cute cat gallery! We arrived at the Notre Dame in time for the 5:45pm Friday mass so we got to hear gorgeous organ music and the choir, as we walked around inside the chapel. Sunset on the Seine was majestic. We rested our feet for a few moments in the Palais Royal prior to our dinner reservation at Verjus. The daffodils are just opening in Paris! The restaurant was suggested by Eater and it was in a cute corner, perfect for people watching. The prix fix menu was innovative and intriguing. I really enjoyed the beet puff pastry with pork three ways. The sunchoke ice cream with stewed apples was fun and different too! Overall, we wanted more stereotypical French food, so we prioritized this for our weekend meals!
A week ago, my parents threw a welcome wedding lunch at the family farm for the incoming Wisconsin family. My mom had many pies and cookies, as well as many other salads, bbq and cute veggie cups. Several aunts and uncles, and many cousins flew in at noon, so we all met at the farm before heading to Camano Island for the wedding. We ate in the pole barn with seating for 25 people! Before the bride and groom arrived, we celebrated my dad’s big birthday early! We all loved the birthday apple pie and the train cookies! After lunch we went for a tour around the farm, some people went by golf cart, some collected apples for the horses, or danced with cows. We also celebrated Jason and Jeri’s upcoming baby, due in November! After our late lunch, we drove to our rental cabins on Camano Island. They were stunning and more spectacular then the VRBO photos online. Each cabin had water views and beach access! I love my Wisconsin family plus my cousins are hilarious “people of fun”! Can’t you tell?!? Friday morning, the bride, bridesmaids and Kiki, the most epic wedding organizer met for breakfast and to discuss logistics! An incredibly nice regular customer paid for our meals anonymously too! Friday afternoon, there was the wedding rehearsal at Center of Wooden Boats-Cama Beach. It was super windy but wonderfully not raining. My sister has cute dimples, right? The Ketchbots are pretty cute together too. After the rehearsal dinner, we pampered ourselves with face masks and scaring Mr F. Next up, the wedding!!!
We celebrated the weekend before Christmas in St. Louis. On Christmas Eve, we opened presents at Mr. F’s parents house. Mr. F loves his new Master Chef apron that I won on the Brave Apron blog by Anna Rossi, a season 3 contestant. We also made apple and pecan pies for the annual family dinner. We had Christmas dinner at Aunt Cammi’s with wild turkey. (I love my new Frye boots too.) The wild turkey is pretty amazing, especially with bacon braided on top. Mr. F’s cousin gave us a great photo of the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan for Christmas, in anticipation of our move! We drove back to Chicago Christmas Day to pack up our apartment. The moving truck arrived on the morning of the 26th! Lyra was sad to say goodbye to the Christmas tree.
This weekend we drove up to Appleton, Wisconsin to visit my Granny Kay! We went out to dinner along the Fox River. It seems all the snow we’ve missed in Chicago was in Wisconsinespecially near Granny Kay’s house!
Today is my last day of work! We’re celebrating our last night in Chicago and New Year’s Eve with Katy and Rob. I can’t believe this time tomorrow we will start our drive to Seattle!
My husband just got an iPad! It’s so amazing, like a large iPhone or iTouch, but it also reminds me of a flatter, hardcover book. Last night, we had fun streaming videos from Netflix, reading the newspaper and Marvel comics, and downloading free books, like Winnie the Pooh and Treasure Island. I love slideshows of pictures on this screen, especially from Flickr and Kodak Gallery! Flickr and Netflix even have optimized sites specific to the iPad. We just need to find the ideal stand for the iPad now. Mr. F and I agree that a stand that can hold it in a portrait and landscape position would be best. It’s mind boggling how fast technology moves, iPhones only came out a few years ago, and here comes the iPad blowing touch screens out of the water! It’s so intuitive that even my Dad could enjoy using this computer!
Thus, enjoy more awesome iPad pictures that I love from the Apple website!
This is what your bookshelf could look like! The Kindle app is also available on the iPad!
I highly suggest looking at the Apple.com website or going to your local Apple, or computer store to check one out. They are simply revolutionary!