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My weekend

This weekend was a much needed visit with friends, evening with good music and topped off with a great meal at the end.

On Saturday Justin and I headed to Carol Stream, a suburb in Illinois to visit our good friends Susie, Erik and their daughter (our goddaughter) Jannah.

Here Jannah is showing Justin how to push her baby doll around in the doll stroller.  I think he got the hang of it!

Susie and I took the day and went out for some “girl time”.  Had lunch at Olive Garden and went to the mall to just hang out, talk and window shop.  After that we headed over to Barnes & Noble where I sat and drooled over the books I couldn’t get!  While we were out, Justin, Erik and Jannah had some time together.  I’m not sure what they all did, but I know they did go to a dog sled race.  Here’s Jannah meeting one of the dogs, who was also up for adoption.

I love huskies!  I’m so glad I wasn’t there, trying to convince Justin we could do 3 dogs, because I know we couldn’t!  When Susie and I got home, we got to work on dinner.  We had homemade calzones.  Very yummy!  Here’s Erik getting the dough ready.

Dinner was awesome.  After a bit, it was time for Miss Jannah to go to bed.  The grown ups stayed up and played a game of Settlers of Catan (one of my favorite games).  I won, actually I think I beat everyone pretty soundly and quickly.  The game took less than an hour, which is very rare with that game!

Our night wasn’t over yet though!  We said our goodbyes and jumped in the car to head to the Irish-American Heritage Center in Chicago.  The best blueirishfolkgrass band in Chicago was playing there that night, One of the Girls!!

The beer was a flowin’ and the tunes were rockin’.  It was great to be out with friends, listening to music and just relaxing!  Justin had to head to home early because he had to work in the morning, so I stayed late and then crashed at my friend Abbey’s place.  I’m glad I decided to stay longer, because I really did have a great time, and I needed that kind of an evening.

This is the Obsquatch.  He plays the upright bass in the band.

Here is most of the band: Obsquatch, Tom, Tripp and Sean.  There is one person missing, Mike D the accordian player.  Where is he you may ask??

Yup, that’s right – he’s dancing on the bar, like ya do.

Here are a few shots of the crew having a great time and listening to some great music:

I think he had just said something mean to me…

Trish enjoys the gig…

Me, Sarah, Abbey and Evy.

The next day was V-day.  I spent most of the day at Abbey’s while Justin was at church working.  When he was done he came and picked me up.  We went to Whole Foods because he wanted to make me a special dinner that night.  It was AMAZING!  Scallops (my favorite), lamb and rainbow chard.  It was so so yummy, and beautiful, too!

Malcolm and Inara even got to enjoy the meal.  We gave them each one of the lamb bones after dinner was over.

Inara was VERY HAPPY with her little treat!

Malcolm was a bit, um, demonic with his bone…


February 15, 2010 at 5:03 pm Leave a comment


You may have read about my friends the Brekke’s in previous posts.  Susie and I have known each other for a very long time.  We went to camp together, we worked at camp together, we went to college together.  She and her family (husband Erik and daughter Jannah) currently live in Madison, WI.  It’s been great having them relatively close.  In about 3 hours I can swing up and visit them all, which isn’t bad considering most of my other friends outside of Chicago live 7+ hours away!  When Jannah was born, my husband Justin and I were named at godparents!  We take that role seriously and hope to be a large part of Jannah’s life and guide her on her way!

Well, happily Erik has accepted a position at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL – a suburb of Chicago!  This will bring them much closer to us!  Yay!  They were there this past weekend looking at places to live so I went out Thursday night and stayed with them through Friday.  Friday morning they had a bunch of housing appointments, so Jannah and I spent some quality time together at the park.  They dropped us off on their way and we spent quite a bit of time swinging, sliding, swinging, picking dandelions, swinging, chasing squirrels, swinging…she really likes swinging!  When she was ready, we walked back to the hotel.  It wasn’t far, about 1/2 mile – but that’s a bit of a distance for an almost 2 year old!  She did great though.  Enjoying picking more dandelions and taking her time enjoying the walk.  I even found the perfect sized walking stick for her for a bit.  We had to cut through a townhouse development to get back to the hotel and I got CAKED in mud!  Here are some pics of our time at the park:


Going up the stairs, with dandelions in her hand!


Pretty Jannah in her sunglasses.


On the walk back…don’t you think she looks like Gandalf?

Had a great time with the rest of the Brekkes on Thursday night and Friday.  We played a lot of “Banangrams” which was a lot of fun!  Oh – and by the way Erik, “cagey” is too a word!  Check it out.  On Friday Erik went to the school and Susie, Jannah and I hung out.  Jannah napped a long time and then we took her swimming which she loves to do.  She jumps in, and goes under water, and floats around on her floting ring thing.  It was good to spend time with them.  I’m really looking forward to them all being closer to me!  My ultimate plan is to get all of my friends to move to the Chicago area…now I have Abbey & the Brekkes here.  Who’s next??

April 27, 2009 at 11:49 am Leave a comment

Things that make me happy…

Iowa…who’d have thunk it??

Hank Green dressed as Sarah Jessica Parker from Sex in the City and Rickrolling me…

My Husband.

Finding out today that Susie, Erik & Jannah will be moving to the suburbs of Chicago!!!!!!


Free books!  Gotta love Paperback Swap!

April 3, 2009 at 2:21 pm 3 comments

Song lyric of the week…

"I bring you pain, the kind you can’t suffer quietly/Fire up your brain remind you inside you’re rioting/Society is slipping, everythings slipping away"
- Slipping from Doctor Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog

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