Monthly Archives: April 2009

Religion and politics

Posted by Katie on April 24, 2009
Famous People, Politics, Religion / 3 Comments


Religion and politics were the topics of a very interesting speech by Tony Blair the other night in Chicago.  Dave and I had front row seats.  Mayor Daley was sitting five seats to our right.  Unfortunately the Mayor neglected to stick around after Mr. Blair’s speech so we could ask him why it takes 6 to 8 months to process a pothole damage claim with the city of Chicago.

If you are interested in Tony Blair’s comments on religion and politics, you can listen to the speech here.


Posted by Katie on April 17, 2009
Life / 4 Comments


Time for a summertime haircut!

#12 – Done

Posted by Katie on April 15, 2009
101 in 1001, Easter / 9 Comments

#12 – Give up alcohol for Lent.

Last year, in the midst of planning a wedding, I gave up alcohol for Lent.

CRAZY, I soon found out!  Don’t worry, my fast from alcohol did not last long.  My mental stability and our wedding were both made possible by a slow, but steady supply of wine in the months leading up to the big day.

So, this year I gave up alcohol again.  With a few notable exceptions along the way (everyone knows that St. Patrick’s Day is not Lent), Dave and I both sobered up this year.

And now that Lent is over, I have a question for you.

Whatever you gave up for Lent, did you observe your fast on the Sundays during Lent?

Happy Easter!

#7 – Done

Posted by Katie on April 10, 2009
101 in 1001 / No Comments

#7 – Take a multivitamin everyday (90 days).

I promise not to bore you with the details of my vitamin regimen.

Conventional wisdom states that in order to break an old bad habit (or establish a new healthy one) you need to commit to not doing (or doing) whatever it is for 30 days.  In order to give myself a fighting chance of actually sticking to the healthy habit of taking a multivitamin everyday, I figured that I should triple the recommendation and force myself to do it for 90 days.

Old habits die hard.

And then we returned to Chicago

Posted by Katie on April 08, 2009
Chicago, Signs, Winter / 2 Comments


See all of that white stuff in the air?  It is not a blanket of spring flowers, but %*$&^#@ SNOW!

This was the scene we returned to in Chicago on Sunday evening.  Yes, Sunday was in April.  It is sad.  I know.

At least all of the tourists will know exactly how to reach Oprah.

Spring beauties

Posted by Katie on April 08, 2009
Family & Friends, Spring / No Comments

spring beauties

See all of that white stuff on the ground?  It is not snow, but a blanket of spring beauties!

This is a picture from a park close to my parent’s house.  As a kid I remember this mystical time each spring when these flowers came out.  It was a sure sign that winter had passed, and a reminder to enjoy the beauty of spring while it lasted.

These flowers only bloom for a short time each spring, and only open up in the sunlight.  They are quickly outgrown by the grass that surrounds them.  Then the park department mows them all down.   I would hate to have the job of taking a riding lawn mower to all these flowers.

Dave and I spent last weekend in Indiana visiting with my family.  It is always great to see the family.  Being in Indiana to see the spring beauties this year was just an extra treat.