We didn't make any plans for the holiday weekend because we thought we were going to be taking care of our dog. So on a whim we decided to take my mom into Jefferson park today. She grew up very near there and it's where they shopped, hungout and went to movies. The taste of Polonia was going on and it was basically all about eating and drinking. We were there at noon when it was 90 degrees so none of that really appealed to us but it was nice to walk around and take it all in. c.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I received a pretty bouquet of flowers as a thank you gift recently. They never last as long as you would like and I have such a hard time parting with them. Today I clipped some of the buds that were still good and laid them out in the center of our dining room table. I got to thinking that buds arranged all the way down a table like a runner would make a really pretty center piece. Nice and low so you can talk over it. I don't have much occasions for this but I'm going to have to try and do it someday. c.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Well the days are beautiful but the signs of fall are all around us now. It seems way too soon. We're not ready yet.
Helicopter seeds make a nice magic wand. Leaves fading from green to red. A spider that wasn't home until we put him there.
Did you know that you have to accessorize for walks? c.
Monday, August 25, 2008
The fruit of choice around here is melon. Even our dog likes it.
Driving along today I saw this sign being hauled by a truck. Billy Goat Tavern is a Chicago greasy spoon made famous by a Saturday Night live sketch in the 70's. Cheezborger! Cheezborger! It was funny to see it driving next to me on the highway. c.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Well that was easy. Thanks to my new polar bear obsession I'm ahead of schedule. So if you're on my list (what list?!) you'll be getting one of these. I'm not totally sure about this yet but I'm going to use my polar bear drawing for a free pattern. I'll have that up once I figure out what it's going to be. c.
Friday, August 22, 2008
It was hot and it was humid. A nice day to be a polar bear for sure.
Lee the polar bear was as interested to watch us as we were to watch him. Little g. asked over and over to touch the animals. She does not know yet that we can't actually do that.
Apparently the foot of a polar bear is about half the size of little g.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
A special week for little g. She's got her "Big Grannie" (big because she's tall) here visiting. It's been a year since she's seen her and I wasn't sure if she would remember. I don't think she did but she took to her immediately. I think children have a 6th sense with family.
"Cupla" teddy comes with us everyplace we go lately. Lindsay might recognize him! c.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
It was so nice having my nephew Sean here. He was really sweet and very patient with his little cousin.
Just before he left we asked him if there was any last minute thing he wanted to do. He wondered if there was any quintessential American food (Sean lives in London) he should try. Rather than subject him to hot dogs and apple pie we went out for some Cold Stone Creamery. Probably just as unhealthy but a whole lot more fun. c.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
That's the sound of me kicking myself! We had a wonderful day on Saturday with my nephew at the air and water show in Chicago. So what did I do? I forgot my camera at home !*@#! Even just typing that sentence got my blood pressure up. All the stuff I could have shot, the amazing people, the jets, the buildings, the sightseers, the protesters, our spaced out waitress, the beautiful lake, the craziness and intensity of it all. I'm so mad at myself!
I stumbled on something that's cheered me up though. I just found out about the latest thing in trippy kids programs. Yo! Gabba Gabba on Nick Jr. is totally out there and fun to watch. I seriously think this clip of crying veggies was made just for us. Little g. has watched it about 10 times this mornning. c.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I made two tutus last night. One for little g. and one for her friend. They are so easy and fun to make I think I'll make a few more for some other little girls. Dress up clothes are very popular with the 2 year-old crowd. I just folded 4 yards of tulle in half, made a pocket along the uncut edge and fished ribbon through to tie. c.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Our deck gets a lot of use for messy craft projects. I'm going to miss the outside time once it gets too cold. We should have a few more months of decent weather around here but we can feel that cold stuff looming in the distance. Most casual conversations end with some comment about it. It must be some sort of universal mental prepping we do.
I like to lay out all kinds of stuff for little g. to use. We usually end up with something pretty colorful. Just look how much concentration is required to learn how to use the scissors properly. c.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
I notice these two random bits of paint in our half finished garage all the time. Today they are having a conversation.
In our loft downtown we used to have some plaster on a brick wall that had a dog's face on it. A few other people pointed it out to us so I know I'm not totally crazy.
Don't forget to stop and look at what your eating or you might just bite into a Pope Tart. c.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
A picture of a girl looking at a picture of herself (a little blurry still). We've had a long day. No nap (that happens a lot lately), a play date, and an afternoon at the pool. A nice day for little g. Missing all these naps is bad for me because I've got to do all my client work at night and in the wee hours of the morning, yikes. c.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.
I remember when this hit the morning tv shows and the viral email circuit a while back. My first impression was that this was some dork doing a dorky dance but as I watched it and saw all the incredible places he's been I was really wishing I could experience all of it. Maybe I could crisscross the globe doing that Elaine dance.
Found the link via this site which I love because she's very clever at recycling and repurposing. c.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Went to a little farm with our nice neighbors. We saw lots of animals and some silly plastic ones two. Took little g. on her first train ride and she loved it.
Today there will be a total eclipse of the sun but you won't see it unless you live in China or Greenland but you can go here to watch it online. c.