Category: Trainspotting

Doughnut Vault: Was it Worth the Wait?

The other night when I was catching up on the news, I read a post that Taylor Swift had just released a new song and was shown sharing it with an intimate group via YouTube on her Vevo channel (aka~ the universe).  I told my teenage daughter, who was lounging on the couch, about it and... Read more »

Trainspotting: Backstage with Train

As Miranda Lambert sings… “Every last one, route one, rural heart’s got a story to tell Every grandma, in-law, ex girlfriend Maybe knows you just a little too well Whether you’re late for church or you’re stuck in jail Hey, word’s gonna get around Everybody dies famous in a small town.” Hometowns are proud. Small... Read more »

Phillip Phillips - Home (American Idol Studio Version)

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Have you been watching the Olympics and wondering what this catchy song is?  It is by the 2012 American Idol, Phillip Phillips.  (two LL’s both names for google search purposes)  It’s a good one.  Whether you are on your train ride home or tumbling on the fence in your backyard pretending it is a balance... Read more »

Free Concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park

I am sure that when you were visiting “The Bean”, officially known as Cloud Gate at Millennium Park, the huge heap of metal in the background caught your eye.  You might have even walked back there to look at it.  You might have even walked around it.  But did you make a point of coming... Read more »

Tour the Chicago River and Lake Michigan on a Wendella Boat

Have you ever been on Michigan Avenue and looked over the railing down into the Chicago River and contemplated taking a boat tour?  Out of town tourists do it, why don’t you?  The Wendella Boat Tour is a spectacular view of the city from the “inside”.  While you’re outside… I have done this tour before,... Read more »

Next Stop: Leaving Your Comfort Zone

Do you ever do something just to figure out how to do it?  You can take your car in for an oil change, but do you ever change it just because you want to know how?  You could call a plumber, but have you ever replaced your faucet, just to say you did it?  How... Read more »

Marcel's for Mother's Day

Marcel’s Culinary Experience is a GREAT store.  It is a candy store for cooks.  I stumbled upon it a few months ago while shopping in Glen Ellyn.  It is just a short walk from the Metra train.  (Less-than-a-block short.)  I love all of the gadgets and kitchen items they sell, but what I was most... Read more »

It's Spring! Get Moving on the Illinois Prairie Path

It's Spring! Get Moving on the Illinois Prairie Path
I live as close to the train station as I live to the Illinois Prairie Path.  I feel very fortunate to have both.  The path is a nicely maintained slice of nature through the busy western suburbs.  It is a shortcut to downtown Wheaton for me, but it is really so much more. The 61 mile... Read more »

From Teacher to Student: A Parent's Transition

The transition is a slow one. It starts with “Can you help me turn on this TV? The screen is blue.” They push a button on the remote, remark about how it was like that for the video game being played last night, and off they go. One day the teacher needs an opinion.  “How... Read more »

CYT: Broadway for Less without Compromise

CYT: Broadway for Less without Compromise
I have to give you some background on my musical history. I LOVE MUSICALS. LOVE them. (I have even subjected my spin class to a Broadway Spin on occasion.)  My love for them started in high school with being in high school musicals, then Spanish Club field trips at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, moved on... Read more »