Tuesday, November 29, 2011


It's been a busy few weeks.

A couple of weekends ago, my sister Melissa and her boyfriend came to visit.

They were excited to ride on the CTA.

We were supposed to meet them downtown to watch the tree lighting parade, but the swarms of people blocked them from getting to us. We stayed and watched it on our own.

You can see the lady in front of me was taking the same photo.

Yesterday we put up our tree.

It's the first tree we've had in 4 years. One of the fun things we've been able to do is to collect ornaments from all the places we've visited.

It's a very international tree!
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Jeannie's dream of becoming Katniss, from the Hunger Games, took another step yesterday.

Groupon was offering a deal at a local Archery School, so Brett and I bought sessions and got one for Jeannie as well.

Jeannie was really excited and nervous.

A few months ago, she made a list of things she wanted to do (not a bucket list, mind you, but a Lady's List of Future Accomplishments).   On the list was "Shoot a Bow and Arrow".  She got the idea after we watched an episode of the Australian version of The Amazing Race.  After she read the Hunger Games trilogy, she was even more determined to do it.

We had a really good time.
We even got to shoot balloons off the target.

Jeannie was the first one of us to hit a bulls-eye and she hit it frequently.

Brett was not happy with this older lady.

She always shot more arrows than everyone and took forever to shoot each one.  Brett was not pleased.

It was a lot of fun and after it was over, we each said we want to come back and do it again.

Next time we do it, we'll do it in honor of District 12!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

My gift to Jeannie...

Did you know that Brides and Grooms are supposed to buy gifts for each other?  Well, they are.

I'm not sure who decided that for everyone.  In the midst of all the stress of the event, you also have to find a gift for someone that has to be good enough to be remembered for the rest of your life.

Well, I was lucky.  I knew there was something that Jeannie had wanted, but didn't realize that I knew she wanted it.  So, it was something that was a complete surprise to her.

I bought her a bike.

Not just any bike though.

An old timey bike.  A quirky bike that you might see Audrey Hepburn or Zooey Deschannel riding on around a movie set.

The gift totally caught her off guard and she really liked it.

Last night was the first time I had some free time since the wedding to put it together.  So, while Jeannie was at Anne's apartment having dinner, I put it together.

 I even got her one with a basket.
This afternoon, before the Bears game, we went across the street to the lakefront and she took it for a spin.

For my gift, Jeannie got me a really awesome, historic Chicago portrait. It's very, very cool.

Thankfully, the exchange of wedding gifts was a huge success!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


We have a couple new episodes available from our movie podcast.  Have you listened to them yet?

The first one's for the movie Unforgiven.

The second one is for Annie Hall.

Give a listen.  Then, if you can, give us a rating or a review on iTunes.

If you want to send us an e-mail with comments or suggestions of movies, you can e-mail us at thursdayeveningmovieclub@gmail.com.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Jeannie and I have been sick for the past week. She actually got sick on the flight back from London. I was able to fight it off until Friday.

Saturday morning was the Hot Chocolate 15K. Against our better judgement, we went downtown to run the race through our sickness.

Do we look sick?

Jeannie was at least feeling good enough to smile. I was not.

Usually, if I'm sick, a run kind of helps me feel a little better.

This one kind of did. We finished in an hour and thirty minutes. If we were felling better, we would have shaved 5 minutes off of that.

After the race, they had hot chocolate ABD chocolate fondue.

It was pretty good.

Got home and felt worse. Much worse. Didn't leave the couch until I had to go to work Monday morning.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wedding photos...

We're still getting more photos, but this is one of the fun ones that Oscar at S1 photography has done for us.

One of the other fun things we did for the wedding was our wedding program.


We're back in Chicago.

Here are some final thoughts and photos from the trip...

Loved, loved, loved London.  Incredible city.  So much to see and do.  It's one of those places where I could easily see myself living.  It is expensive though.

I have to say, every time I go anywhere, people always say, "It's so expensive there."

I live in Chicago, which is a pretty expensive place to live.  So, the price of things never seems as bad.  New York, Tokyo, LA, San Francisco, all seemed financially comparable to Chicago.  Now, I didn't try to rent an apartment in any of those places, but the price of things all seemed similar to what I'm used to where I live.  They definitely where a little pricier than Chicago.  But, only by a little.

London, not so much.  London was expensive.  Paris was worse.  The exchange rate for the Pound was $1.67 GBP for every US $1.00 dollar.  The Euro was better, but the prices in France were jacked up.  A 16 ounce diet coke was $6 Euro's!  The whole country of France is selling all their items at movie theater and MLB ballpark prices. 

Here's a photo of a typical London girl.

Notice the patterned tights.  Every girl in London wore patterned tights.

Notice too that she was wearing the patterned tights under shorts.  Jeannie pointed that out to me.  It's a huge trend in Europe now.  Even women going to work in business offices were wearing shorts and patterned tights.

The last thing I'll point out about this girl is the cigarette.  Ever wonder how the tobacco companies are still in business?  I hardly know anyone or see anyone who smokes anymore.  Well, Londoners and other Europeans have taken upon themselves to keep the tobacco companies profitable.  It seems like every person in London smokes.  They can't smoke indoors anymore, so the streets and sidewalks are packed with smokers.

That girl above was not allowed to smoke while standing in line.  Notice how she generously stepped 3 steps away from the line to puff on her cigarette.

One final thought for the day, before I head to work.

We traveled everywhere on the Tube train station.  We bought Oyster Travelcards as soon as we got into England.  It was one of the best things we purchased.  We were able to travel all over the place, worry free with that card.  It was invaluable.  That was gifted to us by our dear friend Mel Evans.  Mel, if you read this blog, please know, I have a special gift for you that you're going to want to collect soon.