Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
- High heels look sexy but they are the devil
- No matter how full I am, there is always room for candy and/or cake
- I hate asking friends to bum cash when I accidentally leave it at home (which rarely happens)
- When buying a dress, fit is key, but make sure you leave some room to eat (sometimes, you need it)
- Groomsmen always look a little hotter than normal at a wedding, something about the suit
- Sometimes on a bad day, Chipotle can taste like sweet heaven
- Some of the best Friday nights include: comfy pants, magazines and cleaning out the DVR, all while relaxing on the couch
- RedBox may be my new best friend
- The movie Australia isn't great, but Hugh Jackman without a shirt is on fabulous
- Twilight is much better upon second viewing, coupled with low expectations for the film
- When dumpster diving, dress appropriately, if possible
- Cobblestone and high heels do not mix well
Thursday, March 26, 2009
- Tommy Boy
- Bridget Jones' Diary
- Love Actually
- Anything by Jennifer Weiner or Emily Giffin
- Vanity Fair (makes me feel smart)
- Us Weekly (I need my gossip)
- Twilight series
- Office (yeah, that's not a surprise)
- Arrested Development
- 90210 (original version)
- Colbert Report
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
- The stares. The oh-you're-so-brave-and-independent-so-we-won't-talk-about-it stares with silent judging and nods of encouragement
- Pressure. The inevitable, lingering pressure to hook up or keep yourself open to finding "the one" at the open bar or buffet table
- Slow songs. It's like being back at a high school dance, but without a date. Which means during slow songs I'll be saddled up to the bar, swearing like a trucker and dreaming of a cigarette
- Bouquet toss. I don't know if the couple is actually doing it, but I've never caught one, yet don't want to look too desperate in reaching for it to see what sucker catches the garter
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
- Seeing Gail Simmons, Top Chef judge and Food & Wine editor, within the first two minutes of arriving and saying (loudly,) "OMG it's Gail, I die!" FYI: she is gorgeous in person, skinny and petite while rocking sky-high heels
- Hunting down Stephanie Izard from Top Chef Season 4 and over enthusiastically saying how excited I am to meet her, like several times, oh and how I "hunted her down" to meet her. Probably thinks I'm c-r-a-z-y!
- Getting winked at (twice!) by Michelle Bernstein. So cute and petite (just like me)
- Saying hi to Mr. Graham Elliott Bowles himself and having him offer to shove leftover caramel popcorn in my purse. Really wish I brought a bigger bag
- Best meal: Pork and pasta by Michelle Bernstein. Why was it so good? Perfectly cooked meat that melts in your mouth. Why was it also good? Butter and cream. Num and nummier
- Best meal runners-up: Goat cheese from Les Nomades and Swedish pancake with goat cheese from Blackbird
- Most bittersweet dish: Pork and shrimp by Stephanie Izard. It was good, but a little underseasoned for my taste. Still love her though
- Best drink: Trust me, I behaved myself, but the champagne, Gran Marnier and pomegranate juice concoction was very lovely
- Other reality-star sighting: Ken from season two of Make Me A Supermodel (he was smiling with his eyes)
Sunday, March 22, 2009
- One of the worst feelings is knowing you're going to throw up and you have to wait for it to happen
- There is no shame in walking into a store and saying quickly, "hey chicky, where is your bathroom?" It's better than taking care of your business outside the front door
- Even if the "club scene" isn't for you, it's still fun to go indulge in it once in a while
- Brunch with friends is a weekend requirement, same with naps on the couch
- When you go shopping to look for one specific item, you rarely find exactly what you're looking for (I have more luck when I'm not looking for something in particular)
- It's okay to put clothes on over your street ones to avoid the dressing rooms. But be discreet
- Champagne in a can tastes...not awful, but stick with it in bottles
- Sleeping past 8 a.m. on a weekend will likely never happen again (stupid weekday sleep schedule!)
- Trading the puffy coat for a spring fleece is a great feeling
- You always get sick at the inopportune times
- If you find an item of clothing you love and that fits well, buy it in at least one other color
- Parent visit (the car ride to North Avenue was rough)
- Brunch at Table Fifty-Two (parents wanted to go but it was rescheduled due to my stomach)
- Brunch at Nordstrom Cafe (had to settle for a few spoonfuls of soup over my favorite salad ever and dessert)
- Joy in shopping for cocktail dresses (swollen stomach = three-months preggers look)
- Saturday morning breakfast (let's just say, I saw it again)
- Excitement about friend's birthday dinner at Vermillion (I was scared my stomach wouldn't handle the food)
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I am not a fashionista but I am puzzled because several of them do not work for my body type: petite, curvy, full chest, etc.
I'm not knocking any of these trends, but I'm just not sure who buys them. Let's take a look at a few examples:
Popped collar? How have I missed the announcement on this? I do pop a jacket collar but that's it. Are you pro- or anti-popped collar? I hope I don't look like this big of a d-bag when I pop it
My only fear: this dress has a side zipper, which makes me fear getting it stuck on my broad shoulders and being the "fat girl in a size zip dress." Maybe I'm just paranoid.
What is everyone else up to this weekend?
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
- Gossip Girl
- My own safety
Monday, March 16, 2009
- Cuddlers - If you really cannot stand to be physically separated, I recommend going back to bed. Then you won't tickle my gag reflex
- Loud talkers - This includes personal conversations and people on cell phones. One woman was speaking so loud on her cell phone that I could hear her over my iPod, which was IN my ears. Indoor voices!
- Mistaking the bus for home - It drives me insane when people feel the need to stretch out the morning newspaper on a packed bus. I also enjoy stretching out with the newspaper...at my home. I don't need half of the Times' Business section stretched over me, thanks
- Excessive PDA - Much like cuddling, I don't need to watch you swap spit and feel each other up. I have Cinemax for that :)
- Space hogs - I am guilty of this too, but it's an unspoken rule that when the bus fills up, you move your bag from the seat next to you so others can sit down. Yes, it's not as much fun, but it's necessary. People who don't do that are rude
- Bumper cars - Eek, another thing I'm guilty of, but I really try to avoid this. This includes having people collide into you with their oversize purses or bags. If I had a nickel for every time I was hit in the shoulder or head by a purse, I could pay off my student loan. And one time, after a chick hit me multiple times in the head with her Puma bag, I pulled out a pen and made a mark on the white leather portion of the bag. Burning in hell, I know
- Personal space issue - I don't really have an issue with this, but after having some guy caress my butt on a packed bus once, I get very nervous when I'm packed in. Especially if the person sandwiched next to or behind me hasn't showered or reeks of cigarettes. That is the worst!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
- Green Miller Lite actually takes better than regular Miller Lite
- Also, Miller Lite is not the best adhesive for a temporary tattoo. Licking it or ice works better (I prefer licking)
- Watching Chicago dye the river green is one of my favorite touristy things to do each year
- I am always in the mood for a Starbucks blueberry muffin (and none of that low-fat stuff)
- Charging $5.75 for beer on St. Patrick's Day is highway robbery, but getting two beers for free by accident is awesome
- It's okay to judge a 22 year old woman who is drunk and swerving while standing at McDonald's with her boyfriend. Hey, she could throw up at any moment
- Watching guys/girls and then girls/girls dry hump each other at a bar is a sign that it's time to go home
- You should not apologize for staring at some guy who is simulating oral sex on a large glass. I mean, isn't he asking for attention?
- I need to be better about using the "blogger" card
- It's okay to call a tourist an "a-hole" when he/she runs into a sitting flock of pigeons, sending these scary, vicious animals flying right at you and your friend
- Online shopping is an easy way to curb your spending urge, as long as you don't go too overboard
Thursday, March 12, 2009
What books or movies make you cry every time you watch/read them?
Well tomorrow if Friday and I am wicked excited about this weekend. That's right, wicked.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Being in New York has been great, but before we get to that, let's hit the key learnings.
- Everything in NYC is more expensive. Everything
- Cab drivers are much nicer about paying by credit cards than Chicago drivers (Chicago cabbies should take note)
- Being awake for nearly 24 hours can start to mess with your head, especially with daylight savings added on
- Eating a cupcake made from pure sugar will help keep you awake
- Walking is the best way to see New York, but be sure to take breaks and don't walk 60+ blocks in one trip
- When an "unmarked" cab driver asks if you want to ride share with a guy who is "out for a smoke," say no
- Eating with bloggers is the best because everyone takes pictures before we eat
- Asking me what I "wish" for will automatically get a response of, "a pretty pony"
- Every accessory you could need can be bought on the street, especially $5 wraps (bought four this weekend. Someone stop me)
- Snapple is more readily available in NYC than anything else, even water
- A pet store and bong shop make for interesting retail neighbors. Get baked and then get a dog 50 percent off!
- Hint: when someone tells you not to take a picture, that doesn't dissuade me, it makes me more determined
Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to upload any of my pictures from this weekend because Lulu didn't come with me, so those will be coming soon. I got some great photos.
When tourists come to Chicago, we residents are not always the nicest when we talk about them. They flood the sidewalks and ask dumb questions to the bus drivers. But, this time the shoe was on the other foot, as I was a tourist in NYC this weekend. But I like to think I was still "big city savvy" when maneuvering around.
It's late here and I have a big day Monday so here is another list, this time of things I did in NYC this weekend:
- Met my friend Maris at the Empire State Building (very Sleepless in Seattle)
- Walked from Midtown to West Village to Upper East Side back to Midtown (my legs were killing me)
- Waited in line for a Magnolia cupcake (and then went back Sunday for another one)
- Had an uncomfortably close encounter with a pigeon (I am scared of them)
- Found my favorite candy at Dylan's Candy Bar and overpaid for it
- Ate at Craftbar with Ashley and Maris (give it a grade of a B, but I do recommend the appetizers we had: crispy chicken wings with spiced creme fraiche, mushroom bruschetta and chickpea fries)
- Celebrated Lacey's engagement with awesome New York bloggers and a retired Chicago blogger
- Had bloggy brunch at SaraBeth's with lovely lady New York bloggers with salmon eggs Benedict
- Acted like a total tourist, taking pictures of Times Square, Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center
- Sat on a bench, watching a couple flirt on their first date and a man drink gin straight from the bottle
- Dined at Perilla with Ashley (give it a grade of an A+++++) My pork loin, hanger steak with creamed spinach and mushrooms, risotto and apple bread pudding was just beyond words. But no Harold sighting (shoot!)
Tomorrow I head back to a flooded Chicago and I'm looking forward to it. But I guarantee I won't let another three years go by without a weekend out here. It was a lot of fun!
How was everyone else's weekend?
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Well the weekend is almost here and I am super excited about my trip to New York on Saturday. It will be a brief trip full of cupcakes, New York bloggers and food. I'm planning to drag people to Top Chef-owned restaurants too so if I see you, be ready!
That means I'll also be blogging from NYC this weekend and the key learnings should be entertaining!
Snuggie note: Thank you for all the funny comments on the Snuggie both here and on Facebook. Yes, it was a lot of fun to wear it but sadly I do not own the Snuggie myself, but I can see the appeal. Maybe next year for Christmas! And if a man would date me after seeing that picture, he's definitely date-worthy.
Online dating turnoff note: Several people also mentioned the whole "bait and switch" with photos in online profiles. I do 100 percent agree with you on this. That should have definitely been on the list. Thank you for reminding me!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
- Wearing a shirt that says "I like hot moms" in the profile picture
- Talking openly about enjoying the "swinging" lifestyle
- Multiple pictures of the guy with his shirt off (and the view isn't good)
- Pictures of guys flexing in a mirror and/or weight lifting
- Guys cuddling with their cats or multiple pictures of them with pets (I won't be able to compete with that)
- Saying they don't have kids in one part of the profile but mentioning that actually do have kids later on
- Commenting that they are "brutally honest with women" and that women "might not like what [they] have to say"
- Saying they care about a women's physical fitness when they don't take care of themselves (I'm not a trophy, unless you're the Sugar Daddy)
- Continuously asking a woman how she feels about "traditional gender roles"
- Stressing that sex is the most important thing in a relationship. Isn't that an added bonus?
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
- It's okay to eat cupcakes for breakfast...and lunch
- Hearing someone say, "I love weighing myself!" makes me want to hurt them
- A proper response to, "you look bad with glasses," is "you look ugly without them, but at least I have contacts"
- Parents love me. I'm very non-threatening
- It's healthy to have a few people be scared of you, as long as you don't use that for evil
- I do not remember the layout of NYC as much as I used to
- Restaurants that say your entire party be present before seating you, suck
- Sushi + champagne = a fun Friday night
- Shopping for spring clothes when it's winter-like temps outside is not very much fun
- Always have a stockpile of witty comebacks when people ask you why you and your platonic manfriend don't date
- The gym is not a babysitter. That's what malls are for
- Butter makes cookies and any baked good better