Monthly Archives: February 2010

Giant S

Posted by Katie on February 21, 2010
Crafts, Family & Friends / 4 Comments

While my sister Maggie stayed with us over New Year’s, we came up with the idea of doing craft projects for each other.   A bit silly, I’m well aware, but one trip to JoAnn Fabrics later and we had our ideas.  It turned out to be fun!

Maggie, who is an RA in her dorm at Ball State, got to go back to school with a giant glittery S, representing her last name.  While it looks cool and all, I’m under no delusion that the giant S won’t find it’s proper home in a college dorm either as a prop for a drinking game or as an accessory for a statue on campus somewhere.

Maggie took a much more practical approach to her craft and painted a birdhouse for our kitchen.   She didn’t have time to finish her project while she was in Chicago, but I hear there is a birdhouse in the mail.

V is for Valentine’s day and Vacation day

Posted by Katie on February 18, 2010
Chicago, Valentine's Day / 3 Comments

Dave and I celebrated a low key Valentine’s Day this year, making time for a date night out on Sunday.  And while Dave had the luxury of a 3 day President’s Day weekend, technically, I did not.  To solve this horrible injustice, I put my vacation days to a good use and took the day off.

After some deliberation about what we should do with our free day, we came up with the great cheap date idea of going to the Shedd Aquarium, which is hosting free admission this week.   Unfortunately, we were not the only people with this brilliant idea.  It turned out that the wait to get into the aquarium was pushing 2 hours.

Dave and I promptly agreed that we are not cheap enough to stand out in the cold for 2 hours, and we paid full price to get into the Field Museum.

So, instead of learning about fishies, we learned about dinosaurs…

And found conclusive evidence of alien presence in ancient North American Indian tribes…

And when it was closing time at the Field Museum, the line for the Shedd Aquarium, which was staying open late to accommodate the crowds, was non-existent.

We did get to see fish after all, but a formidable mad-dash through a few main attractions would best describe our visit.

On walking into the aquarium, however, someone approached us with extra tickets to Fantasea, the dolphin show.

We were excited to see the show…for free…but it was honestly a disappointment.  It’s really just a rock concert style theatrical performance, to which any non-deaf person should bring earplugs.  It includes a plant child and mother in the audience who by “random luck” participate in the show, flying canoes, grown men dressed as fairies and an occasional animal.  While the animals are cool, they make up about 25% of the show.  My sister, Amy, tells me this is how things go at Seaworld, but I’ve never been.  I prefer the old school dolphin tricks on crappy bleachers at the zoo.

Fantasea may be best described by one of Dave’s favorite web-comic authors who lives in Chicago and recently chronicled an hourly comic which includes a reference to the show.  Check out the 6:38 PM time slot.

Dolphin light show complaints aside, we had a really great day.

Especially when things are busy and it’s cold out, it’s easy for Dave and me to focus on the daily chores and get in the rut of our own habits.  We need to make more of a conscious effort to get out of the apartment and do something different on occasion, lest we become too grouchy and reclusive.  Turns out married people should go out on a date every now and then!

#2 – Done

Posted by Katie on February 13, 2010
101 in 1001 / 2 Comments

#2 – Professionally print and frame pictures from our wedding.

The pictures are in fancy frames, so we must be really married now.

Winter blues

Posted by Katie on February 12, 2010
Spring, Winter / 1 Comment

While I am very thankful that we are not under snow house arrest like our very favorite East Coast relatives, I am ready for winter to be over.  It’s halfway through February, and that means March is next and that means spring is soon and, to be honest, I have found myself daydreaming about this a lot recently.  I actually shopped for new flip-flops online today.

It really hasn’t been that bad of a winter.  Sure, there has been snow and ice, but we live in Chicago.  I think I just kicked the winter off on a bad note with getting sick.  Even though exercising is good for my spirits, I have struggled to get back to yoga and Nia.  And it’s never fun walking home from work in the dark.

Anyhow, I don’t really have anything to complain about.  Girl just needs some Vitamin D.