Tag: winter

10 un-Christmasy things given the 'Ho Ho Ho' sales treatment

It wouldn't be Christmas without the white stuff. So we might need a few more jars this year in Chicago.
Fear not, for behold I bring you Christmas advertisements of great joy, which shall be without vacuum cleaners, irons, soda beverages, men’s DIY tools or female undergarments. Because that would have been too easy. Made you smile? A click on the facebook button is always appreciated. You could also enter your email address in the... Read more »

10 gifts for the Chicago lover in your life

Chicago Skyline Thong - a skyline worthy of  adorning any bikini line. The perfect Chicago present for Grandma. From <a href="http://www.cafepress.com/+chicago_skyline_classic_thong,1309967805">CafePress.</a>
You may have family living away from home and missing Chicago dearly. You may, like me, be living away from home in Chicago and need to stock up on some Windy City goodies before you head back for the holidays. Either way, here are my top 10 Chicago-themed gifts for this year, chosen to be... Read more »

Bikinis and leafpiles? No way November

I saw a bikini on the beach this week. And it wasn’t just lying discarded on the sand, there was actually someone lying in it, thanks to the Indian summer we’ve been enjoying. Meanwhile I’ve just swept up 6 huge bags of leaves from the backyard. Here are a few other things I’ve not expected... Read more »

10 signs of Chicago 'Fallification'

It’s hard to believe earlier this week we were in shorts, T-shirts and flipflops. I was warned the seasons changed quickly in Chicago but I didn’t imagine temperature-wise, it would be from one day to the next. Especially when nothing happened on September 23, the Autumnal Equinox. I know we’ll probably have a few more... Read more »

How to catch glimpses of Hawaii from Chicago

We’ve just ticked off one huge item in our ‘Things to do while living in the US’ bucket list – we visited Hawaii. Needless to say attempts were made by some to stand up using wooden boards on white, frothy stuff in the water. I’m not calling it surfing because it certainly wasn’t. But we... Read more »

Getting it right in the bedroom - the temperature, I mean

I expected to have to learn how to layer up when I moved to Chicago, thanks to all the winter horror stories. I didn’t expect to have to learn how to layer down in the bedroom during the summer. And I’d like to clarify here that I mean my bedding as opposed to my bedwear.... Read more »

My favourite Chicago dog comes with brownies - and sometimes greenies

One year ago, the Irish Wheaten Terrier/Terror/Tearer joined our clan. Chicago is the only place we’ve lived where it seemed right to have a dog – we don’t have a landlord, we do have a yard and the first blade of grass is not ten miles away. So what have we learnt over the last... Read more »

How your winter puffer coat started out as a fishy tale

Can you imagine winter without a puffer buffer? Eddie Bauer, he of the eponymous clothing range and not Jack’s brother, didn’t have much choice back in 1935 when winter fishing with a friend in Washington State. Puffy and fluffy didn’t exist back then, only woolly and weighty, so Mr Bauer left his heavy coat behind.... Read more »