Tuesday, September 27, 2011

3 Months

On Saturday, David and I will have lived in Chicago for 3 month. I know - we can't believe it either. 

In honor of this momentous occasion (and the fact that I finally uploaded my pictures), I wanted to post a few pictures from my parents visit our first week here.

Picture with the bean  
Lunch & Blues at Buddy Guy's Legends
Waiting for the show    

Water Cannon
Hanging out on the Chicago River Walk
Navy Pier Farris Wheel with David :)

The 'Rents

Navy Pier

View of the downtown Chicago

My crazy father

David letting me take pictures

Watching people walk the pier

Checking out the city

Captain Peanut Butter
 Due to my lack of camera memory (and we aren't talking memory card space people) I missed many of our adventures. 

1. My father graciously put together our kitchen table and TV console. 
2. Eating yummy food - Deep Dish Chicago Pizza, Mayan Palace, etc.
3. Eating Pinkberry on opening day in Chicago
4. Our 45 minute walk through the Art Institute of Chicago on Free Day
5. Our very crowded experience on the El
6. Lots of walking

Wow... can't believe I just remembered all that. Can't wait for the next visit!

Monday, September 19, 2011


I don't like change.

This is not recent news to me - but after a discussion David and I had a few days ago,  I began to think about what that really meant.

If you turn it upside down, inside out, flip it over whatever you want to call it, this means that I am dependent on the "normal."  I want things to stay just as they are.

You may find this weird since about 2 months ago David and I packed our few belongings into a yellow Penske Truck and took off for an adventure in the greatest city of the Midwest - Chicago.

It all fit :)

But this was always "normal" to me. David and I had talked about moving to a big city since before we were married.

Pit Stop = Picture Stop

My response to change is never lovely at first - but then I usually warm up to it just in time for change to occur again.

When it comes to the small things (i.e. a new menu at a restaurant) - I am just being silly.
When it comes to the big things - I am not trusting God.

My goal is experience & accept change.  My goal is to not be so dependent on the "normal". My goal ultimately is trust God.

So I will start with Baby Steps:

Bill Murray I am going to take Baby Steps with you towards accepting change. By the way if you have not see What About Bob - rent it.

p.s. you know it is time to update your blog when your mom comments on the lack of posts. Love you Mom ;)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Food Facts

Fact: I am extremely indecisive when it comes to ordering food

I always narrow it down to 2 choices and then look at David with puppy dog eyes and say "ahhh... what should I do?" My mind immediately starts running an imaginary pro/con list.

Then the server comes - pressure is on - and I make my decision. I would say i usually get it right 50% of the time.

Choice A.  Choice B was ribs - the right choice.

So, once I find something I like - don't expect me to switch. It's just easier that way.

Fact: A hokie sign does not indicate how good the food will be.

Don't be fooled!
I believe David and I have eaten here at least 5 times. We are obsessed. We first went with my parents our first week in town and all 4 of us were beyond impressed.  We have since taken David's brother in law and plan on introducing others as well.  We have also discovered the very small (but charming) patio in the back- you just follow the skinny one person pink hallway. Awkward hallway encounters are just part of the fun.

No worries - I always order the same thing. 2 chicken flautas and a steak taco with rice and beans.

Fact: Once you find a great Mexican place - don't stray.

David and I discovered this today. Wanting to switch it up a little we decided to try a Mexican restaurant closer to downtown.It all went downhill after they brought out the salsa.

Mayan Palace - from now on our loyalty lies with you.