Thursday, August 22, 2013


Last Wednesday, our friend Scott messages us to tell us he had some Cubs tickets he wasn't using. He has season tickets and his seats are amazing.

The next night we bought tickets to the Bears game, but Scott offered us his Bears tickets. Again, he has season tickets to the Bears games and his seats were much, much better than the seats we had bought, so we used his instead.

Jeannie and I got there early and walked around the empty station for awhile.

It was a lot of fun.

Brett and our friend John Glenn were there with us. John wore his Ditka sweater vest.

On Sunday, I did my all-sports fantasy draft.

It's a special league that Brett and are a part of where we don't draft individuals, we draft teams.

It was intense.

Last night, The Thursday Evening Movie Club did a Fantasy Football draft.

Look at how much preparation Becca did for the draft! She and Jeannie both had tons of notes to read from.

We only have 6 teams in our podcast league. Jeannie, Brett, me, Becca, Guillermo and Brian.

I'll keep you updated on who is winning!
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013


It's been a busy few weeks.

I taught at IO's Summer Intensive and went to see their shows on Wednesday and Thursday.

On Saturday Jeannie and I went to the Japanese Ginza festival in Old Town with Jeannie's friends from Japan.

It was a really fun time. Afterward, we went to Fleet Feet and I spent way too much money on running Gear.

Sunday we had a really great Deep Schwa sow.

Monday, Jeannie and I drove down to Decatur for my mom's birthday. We had such a good time with her, my dad and my brother Jacob.

Jeannie was especially happy to see that Jacob had the Lays Waffle and Chicken chips. We haven't seen them anywhere.

Side note, my book Guru; My Days With Del Close is now available as an e-book. You can by the Kindle version here. Feel free to give it a 5 star rating and write a review!
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Saturday, August 10, 2013


I finally tracked down some Cronut's!

What's a Cronut, you ask?

There have been lots of articles written about this food fad that has navigated here from NYC. Here are a couple stories about them. Time Out and Cronut 101 and Eater.

They are essentially a donut/croissant hybrid. A donut, made out of a croissant.

In Chicago there are only a few places that sell these delectable pastries. One of those places, La Boulangerie is a 15 minute walk from my house.

In the past few weeks, I've walked over there on 4 different occasions to try to procure one of those little devils and have been thwarted all 4 times. They sell out fast!

Yesterday, after my long run of 16 miles I saw on La Boulangerie's Facebook status that they had a fresh order of Cronut's (They actually call them Crognet's, because it's a French bakery.). Most places have only been selling Cronut's on Saturdays and Sundays, so a mid-afternoon delivery on a Friday afternoon was a surprise.

I was headed over to Landmark Theater anyway to see a movie so I detoured over to Belmont in the hopes that I might be able to snatch up one of these little treats.

I walked in and there they were.

I picked out 3.

The maple-glazed bacon Crognet, salted caramel and peanut Crognet and the vanilla glazed with raspberry filling Crognet.

Let me tell you, I thought they would be good, but they're better than I thought.

Look at the buttery layers.

My favorite was the salted caramel and peanut Crognet.

So buttery. So satisfying.

Now that I've had them, there's no need to stand in line or wake up early to get one. If ,however, I happen to be in the area and hear there's a fresh batch in the display case, I'll elbow everyone out of the way to get one.
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013


We've been home for 3 weeks now.

We're still not used to being in Chicago. I still feel like we're only here for a few weeks and will be leaving to go on another cruise contract.

I just can't shake it.

In the past few weeks we have been able to see lots of our friends.

My improv team Deep Schwa took team photos.

Also, the Thursday Evening Movie Club podcast is back to our weekly schedule.  Here's our most recent episode, Blade Runner.

We did the podcast while we were on the ship and had some real fun episodes, but it's nice to be back home to have Becca back and to get all of our friends like Guillermo Lugo and Brian Finlay back on.  More fun friends will be back on in upcoming weeks.

We are actually up to 72 episodes!  Listen to all of them!