Category: Trainspotting

Congratulations! You made it!

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The end of the year is not just a wrapping up of 2012 and looking back.  It is a kind of patting yourself on the back  and saying, “I made it.” …”We made it.”  Congratulations. If you are a husband or wife, you may have had to stand tall or be strong for your partner... Read more »

On the 9th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Balsamic Poached Chicken

On the 9th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me:  Balsamic Poached Chicken
This makes the most beautiful chicken to use for salads or sandwiches or, of course, to eat hot fresh after poaching.  It is never tough or dry and it is white on the inside and brown on the outside. The contrast when you slice it is beautiful.    The only downside is that it inevitably... Read more »

The Do-It-Yourself Messiah at the Harris Theater: Just What the Doctor Ordered

Last night I went to and participated in the Do-It-Yourself Messiah at the Harris Theater.  I do not sing in a choir.  I do not sing in a band.  I do not sing.  But I love to listen to other people sing!  So to be surrounded by people who do sing was therapeutic.  The sound... Read more »

On the 1st Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Lucky Pennies

On the 1st Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me:  Lucky Pennies
Ok, so we didn’t win the Lottery. It was fun to dream though, wasn’t it? I dreamt (is this a word? dreamed?) of all of the wonderful things I would do for other people to make them happy and then surprise! … the Garnet Hill catalog came in the mail and I thought…HECK NO, I... Read more »

Got Coffee? Intelligentsia in Chicago does!

Eager coffee drinkers after standing outside to get in for the tour.  If you sign up for a tour, try to be right on time and not too early.  They don't open the doors until the minute it starts, so you could stand outside in VERY hot or cold temps.
Have you ever learned a new word and then heard it over and over and over and over soon after?  It has been like that with Intelligentsia Coffee.  I saw it at Eggy’s, and then I saw it at Suzette’s Creperie, and then I saw it on Randolph Street as a store front. So I... Read more »

The Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza

The Christkindlmarket, or German Holiday Market, has been in Chicago for the past 13 Christmas seasons. The market officially opens following the Annual Tree Lighting in Daley Plaza. The name “Christkindlmarket” originates from the mythical tale of the “Christkind“.   She is a fairy-like being, dressed in a gold and white robe with a crown.  The tradition... Read more »

Christmas House Tour in Geneva, IL

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If it’s good enough for Ellen, it’s good enough for you!  The Geneva House Tour and Christmas Walk  is the weekend of December 7th and 8th in lovely Geneva, IL. I went with a friend on the house tour last year and IT IS PHENOMENAL.  The houses are professionally decorated by stores in town and... Read more »

Christmas Tea at Suzette's Creperie in Wheaton

In downtown Wheaton, just a short walk from the train station, is a lovely spot for tea at Suzette’s Creperie.  Pinkies up or down, optional. Suzette’s Creperie is as French as you can get for a little bistro without leaving the Metra line or the country, for that matter.  As is sometimes a tradition for... Read more »

The Historic Chicago Tribune

As a blogger for ChicagoNow, which is hosted by the Chicago Tribune, it is always a real treat for me when we get to go to the historic Tribune Tower for a meeting or a seminar.   A beautiful Sunday morning with a bright blue sky was the perfect day to take a few pictures... Read more »

We've All Got "Bruises" ~Train

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This isn’t the first time I have sung the praises for the lyrics by Train, and it won’t be the last.  I think it could be the unofficial band of this website. Not only do I love the sound and tempo of Train’s music, but the storytelling is enrapturing.  It sucks you in, makes you... Read more »