Tuesday, September 26, 2006


Back from Chicago in one piece (barely). We drove to Oklahoma (gar) to see the in-laws & drop off the kiddos. We jumped an EARLY plane to Chicago to meet 2 pairs of neighbors on Friday and then returned to OK on Sunday. Monday was another painful drive home.

All in all, it was good. One set of neighbors, we won't be traveling with again. It was Drunk Dad and his wife. We didn't think he was drinking anymore, and DEFINITELY shouldn't be! Talk about Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde! Holy Smokes. This idiot's antics came to a head Saturday night prompting our other neighbor to want to "punch him out". Sigh. Doesn't 3rd grade SEEM so far, far away? It's too bad because the wife is great. Oh well.

Friday night we had dinner at Harry Caray's and it was great. We blew the rest of the evening at Mother Hubbard's swilling beer. Saturday I shopped on Michigan Avenue with the gals while my husband and "ok" neighbor golfed. Drunk Dad stayed in his hotel room ALL day due to previous night's hangover. Never been to Chicago before, yet stayed in the room. Yeah. I landed a steal of a deal from Macy's on a Ralph Lauren pant suit and got some more black loafers from Filene's Basement. That night we had a nice Italian dinner and then hit some bars on Rush Street. I'm just skimming over the part where one neighbor almost punched the other and we ended up parting ways with Mr. Hyde & wife.

The next day my husband and I left much later than everyone else, so we had most of the day to enjoy. We had breakfast at Tempo, which was AMAZING. We also saw Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore and posse there. We were already seated and they had to wait in line outside like everyone else. Ha!

Then we hit the Field Museum and talked our way into the next available King Tut exhibit showing (they wanted us to wait 2 1/2 hours. No go with our flight!) It was cool but we liked the Evolution exhibit better. I ran into one of my old docs right in front of Sue in the lobby. What are the odds?

For me, the worst part was getting back to Oklahoma to see that our luggage had not arrived. No new suit, no make-up, shampoo, clothes or deodorant. Fortunately, it showed up the next day.

Back to reality! A couple of chiropractor trips and a massage this week ought to have me back to normal and right as rain!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Just Say "No" To Todd

Disclaimer: These comments are based solely on the experience of me, plus a couple of friends. I'm sure there are one or two decent ones out there (maybe).

While chatting with a couple of friends the other day, it dawned on us that we have NEVER met someone named Todd, that wasn't a piece of crap on some level. Not once. What is it about naming your kid "Todd" that dooms him to a life of being a dick? Yes, some Todds are worse than others, but generally speaking, we could all agree on this phenom.

Anyone ever met a Todd worth a damn? Lemme have it.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Happy Birthday To Me!

Another year! Yeah for me! I worked all day, and my husband was working tonight. Hrmph. Fortunately a friend of mine came to my rescue. She brought over food & cake. It was lovely! Don't get me wrong...we had a weekend filled with crazy fun too.

I had to play a little trick on my daughter. My husband searched high and low for the perfume I wanted for my birthday. He could NOT find it and had to give up to go to work. Unfortunately, he promised our daughter that he would secure the gift and put it on her bed so she could give it to me when she got home from school. Long story short: I wrapped up some perfume I already owned and stuffed it into a gift bag. She proudly presented it to me about 5 minutes after I jammed it into a bag. She would have been very upset not to give me a present. I think that's one of those acceptable white lies, y'know? I bought my real gift on eBay, and my husband can pay me back later. Romantic, huh? Guess it could be worse.

My husband, the kids and I are off for a little road trip to Oklahoma, then an adults only weekend in Chicago. Good times!

It will be nice to not look at my work e-mail or listen to voice mail for SIX DAYS STRAIGHT! Wahoooo! I've been working much harder than I'd like to lately, but it is what it is. The good news is that after this mini-trip, I'll still have almost 3 weeks of vacation left. Whatever shall I do with it?

I'll check back in after Chi-town and let ya know how it was. Wish me luck on Michigan Avenue!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Cutest Book EVER!

The kids got a super-belated Christmas gift from one of my husband's friends from his hometown. It was two books. One of them was a book called Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner. Oh...my...gosh. After 800 kid's books, it gets pretty tiresome to do bedtime stories when you're tired too. I loved this book so much I re-read it in my own bed before I went to sleep. The illustrations are adorable and the story is deee-vine! Skippyjon is a precocious little Siamese kitten with a grand imagination. His mother calls him little pet names, such as "Mr. Fluffernutter" and "Mr. Kitten Britches".

Just a little excerpt:

"Then, using his very best Spanish accent, he said "My ears are too beeg for my head. My head ees too beeg for my body. I am not a Siamese cat...I AM A CHIHUAHUA!"

It just gets better from there. If you have kids or need to buy a gift for one, this is it. Loved it!


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