Monthly Archives: February 2009

Prayer request

Posted by Katie on February 24, 2009
Family & Friends, Prayer / 2 Comments

Dave’s paternal grandfather passed away yesterday morning.  He died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 99.  He was being taken care of by his daughter and her family.  While I never met him, I know through family stories that he lived a healthy and active life.  He is well loved and respected by his family.  We are traveling to Michigan this week to attend the funeral. 

Please say a prayer that he rest in peace.

Moment of Zen

Posted by Katie on February 21, 2009
Relaxation, Weight Loss / 6 Comments


In addition to my Nia class, which I continue to love, Love, LOVE, I have been taking an intro to yoga class on Monday evenings.   I have always been naturally flexible, so the stretching part of yoga is easy.  It is the strength and toning parts that kill me.  I have been shocked at how much of a workout this one hour intro class has been, or maybe I should just be shocked at how out of shape I am.

There are only a couple of girls in the class, so I have really received good instruction from the teacher.  And the breathing and relaxation aspects of yoga do wonders for my mental health.

Every Monday night I have the most peaceful, relaxing and restful night of sleep ever.  Every Tuesday morning I am so sore that I can hardly move.

Oh, and I took this photo at the Art Institute last weekend.  It is a sculpture of God Genesha, the Hindu Remover of Obstacles.  This piece is dated from the 9th or 10th century and is from Indonesia.

#96 – Done

Posted by Katie on February 17, 2009
101 in 1001, Chicago, Valentine's Day / 2 Comments

#96 – Spend a lazy weekend day at the Art Institute of Chicago with Dave.

Is it still a Valentine’s Day date when you have to drag your husband (and yourself, for that matter!) out of bed early on a Saturday morning?

Well, that is exactly what we did.

We are members of the Art Institute.  This means that we can show up an hour before opening time and get into the Art Institute and all of the special exhibits free of charge.  We thought that we would be able to casually view the current Edvard Munch exhibit, taking our time and enjoying the exhibit as members.  Well, it turns out that there are a lot of other members.  We enjoyed the exhibit, but had to push our way through the crowds.

And much to my disappointment, they did not have The Scream – the painting, but only The Scream – the black and white lithograph.  I turned every corner in the exhibit looking for the painting, holding out hope until the end.  Dave gave up hope as soon as we saw the tiny little black and white lithograph.  Different versions of the painting have been stolen, damaged, put up for ransom and recovered by the Norwegian police.  So what?  I still thought it would be there.  And I had my expectations set pretty darn high after admiring The Scream – the 8 ft. tall inflatable doll at the touristy gift shop across the street.

The “lazy” part of this goal came after the Munch exhibit when we wandered around the museum, ate lunch and admired all of the great works of art that were closest to benches.

Vintage love

Posted by Katie on February 12, 2009
Memories, Valentine's Day / 4 Comments


I was cleaning out old boxes a couple of weeks ago and I found this Valentine’s Day card that Dave gave me in college, a very long time ago.  It’s too bad that I had no idea that Artoo-Detoo equaled love way back then.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

#53 & #54 – Done & Done

Posted by Katie on February 12, 2009
101 in 1001, Weight Loss / 5 Comments

#53 – Take my lunch to work everyday, excluding client lunches (1 month).

#54 – Do not order dinner out (1 month).

Actually, these two have been pretty easy to stick to since I joined Weight Watchers.

I think I am over the initial shock of not having the convenience of eating out a lot.  I am getting better at planning ahead.  I am learning the new healthy things to stock the refrigerator with.  And I have only had to ask Dave to physically restrain me from ordering my favorite Thai take-out once.

The real challenge has been in eating out with clients for work.  We typically go to very expensive and fancy places.  You know, the kinds of places with white table cloths, where they keep pouring wine for you, the entrees cost $40 and the servers use those scrapers to remove the crumbs from your table.  Hey, clients love it.  I love it too!  Hmmm…come to think of it, I was a lot skinnier before I took this job.

Anyway, these meetings/meals usually last a couple of hours, and you can eat a lot of food in a couple of hours.  I have found it helpful to find the menu online before we go out.  If I can make a decision about what to eat before we sit down, I will stick to it.  I do not want to draw attention to myself by asking for steamed broccoli and baked chicken, when all the menu items are very fancy.  But most menus offer healthy choices if you look for them.  And I don’t have to eat everything that is served. 

Oh, and I have officially lost 10 lbs.

Real kittens eat “sea kittens”

Posted by Katie on February 09, 2009
Moxie, Weird / 6 Comments

Moxie\'s dinner

When I bring home “sea kittens” for dinner, Moxie goes crazy.  Her nose starts to twitch as soon as I bring the innocent murdered “sea kittens” home from the grocery store.  And when I open the refrigerator and start to prepare and cook the “sea kittens”, she goes wild.  This is because she likes to eat “sea kittens” just as much as I do.

PETA’s latest marketing attempt has failed on me, and apparently my “kitten” too.

Facial hair

Posted by Katie on February 05, 2009
Family & Friends, Husband / 7 Comments

Everyone knows that I like it when Dave shaves.  Yes, yes, part of this has to do with kissing.  It’s true.  Nobody likes a scratchy kiss.  But part of why I like to see Dave clean-shaven is because I like the way it looks.  I think that he looks cleaner, neater and less shady.  Not that my husband is shady, but you understand.  My opinion on facial hair, however, does not just apply to Dave.

I would like to present a few pieces of evidence in support of my opinion that all guys look better clean-shaven…

Exhibit A – This is my brother, Michael.  Don’t be scared.  He really is a nice guy under all that scruff.  This picture was taken a few years ago on St. Patrick’s Day.  This was the very day that he skipped around the local grocery store, dressed as a leprechaun, singing “Where are me Lucky Charms?  They’re Magically Delicious!”  Like I said, he is a very nice young man under all the hair…and comedy!


Exhibit B – Michael has recently shaved and cut his hair.  He sent me this picture and an e-mail the other day saying, “Blog about this.”  Well, ok.  He cleans up nicely, no?  Not scary

A couple of years ago, Michael and I spent the summer together in Chicago.  Good times were had by all.  He slept on my futon.  I charged him rent.  He has yet to forgive me for that.  Anyhow, that summer I lined up a temp job for him at a law firm in the suburbs somewhere.  I made him shave and wear a suit for his first day on the job.  He walked into the law firm and all the attorneys were wearing blue jeans and sporting facial hair.  I believe one of the attorneys actually said, “Oh, look how cute you are in your suit.  You can take off your jacket and tie now.”  He has also yet to forgive me for that.

Maybe he will forgive me for this?