Sunday, January 29, 2012

My family's visit to Chicago (Day One)!

My parents, my sisters and my future brothers came to visit for the long weekend! They flew in Thursday night and we've been exploring Chicago ever since then. Friday morning, we walked from the near North side along the Chicago Riverwalk to Millennium Park.We took family photos in front of the Bean!We all had so much fun, vamping and smiling. We took lots of sissy photos too! I love my sisters.We wandered through the Art Institute of Chicago, checked out the new free exhibit, and got some fun group photos!  Then, we went ice skating!!!!!!!!My sister, Nene, and me
Taters, Nene, and me!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

My parents and sisters are coming to visit Chicago!

Yay, my parents and sisters are on a plane coming to visit for a long weekend! I can't wait to show them our favorite places like the Doughnut Vault,

walking through Lincoln Park and posing next to the bean! 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Scenes from a snowy Chicago

As I write this, all the snow has washed away after a huge thunder and lighting storm last night. 
On Friday, the snow started falling at 10am and didn't stop until evening. My carpool buddy and I left work early at 2pm and it took over 3 hours to drive 13 miles home. I decided to walk the last mile and a half home.By 8 or 9pm, over 5 inches of snow had fallen in the city. 
The view from our balcony on Saturday morning was like a winter wonderland. We even had snow on the covered deck.
Saturday afternoon, a friend and I went to a jewelry and wine party in the South Loop. The snow covered views were pretty amazing in Downtown too.How are you faring in the snow?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

My 800th post and winter update

Just when I was starting to get jealous of the snow in Pacific Northwest and my sister's snow fort. We get another winter storm watch warning! 

Winter Storm Watch

from Fri, 6am until Sat, 12am CST 
3-5 in of snow over the next 36 hours 

Partly CloudyMostly CloudySnow
CloudyPartly CloudyMostly CloudySnow
Feels Like: 
Past 24-hr Snow: 0.2 in (est.)
Past 24-hr Precip: 0.01 in (est.)
0 in
Chance of Snow:
0 in
Chance of Snow:
3-5 in 
3 to 5 inches of snow expected
Chance of Snow:
From NW at 16mph gusting to 21mph
NW at 15 mph
N at 9 mph
ESE at 9 mph

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Why is there more snow in Seattle than Chicago?

On Saturday night, we enjoyed Indian food and dancing in Lakeview. My cousin, Katy, and I unintentionally wore the same print from J. Crew!We danced at a place called Berlin's that had an abominable snowman behind the bar!This weekend, there was still 3-4 inches of snow in Chicago, but last night, it poured and all the snow was gone this morning. We saw flurries all day but nothing accumulated. Today, I got a text from my sister in Washington, a few hours North of Seattle, and she has 16 inches of snow! Soot, her cat, loves it. This is so bizarre! [ reports, "While rare, snow is not unheard of in Seattle.' 'The Emerald City sees much less snowfall (5.9 inches) each season than many other major cities in the northern tier of country, including Chicago and New York City."]

 Mr. F and I had a date night at mk tonight! We celebrated his bonus with a bottle of Cayuse ImpulsivoWe nibbled on gravlox as we ordered appetizers of octopus and butternut squash ravioli. Mr. F ordered the venison with black mushrooms and corn grits. I had the veal porterhouse with oyster mushrooms and sugar snap peas!For dessert we had the mucho chocolate! It was the perfect finish to a lovely dinner date. We were pleasantly surprised when they gave us guava jelly and guava brownies before we left! Mr. F and I can't wait to go back and try the tasting menu!

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