Musings of a Museum Fanatic: April 2013


Look Ma! I'm wearing a scarf! {Giveaway}

Between so many style blogging ladies, my friends and Bethany rocking out the scarf look for probably years now I've been attempting to rock it too.  I would try on long ones, short ones, knitted ones, and cotton ones.  They would just not work for me.  I would tie it weird or it was too thick and made my face look huge.  

Finally I found not one but two scarves that actually made me look cute!  Thanks to Loft & New York & Co. I am now the proud owner of two thin infinity scarves.  I broke out the blue, black & white striped one from Loft today.  
I attempted to take photos outside but since our balcony is on the west side the sun didn't cooperate.  I also had no hubby at home to train in the fine art of outfit photography ... we did try once and it was not good haha.  I think someone should have their hubby write a how to!  

I can't wait to figure out a cute outfit for my other scarf!  

I'm hanging out this month on Allie of Tales of a Twenty Something's wall and it's time for her monthly giveaway.  So check out all the other fabulous ladies who contributed to it and be sure to enter!

Today's the day y'all.
These lovely 20 ladies below have come together and are giving away one awesome prize!

Brin // Jenn // Ricci

Sarah // Meg // Betsy

Thanks to these wonderful ladies, one lucky person will win $115 dollars CASH!
Enter below via Rafflecopter!
All entries will be verified.


Happy Birthday Dad! {Free Ad Space}

Happy Birthday Dad!!!
I love my dad so much!  He's the best dad.  Always there when you need him whether it's just to talk with me on gchat for a couple of hours cause I'm alone at work (in the creepy basement!) or when he drives an hour to get you when something goes wrong with your car. 

I have so much to say about my dad but I will save that for another post since it is his birthday and I should be hanging out with him! So instead of more about my dad in print here are some fun photos of us : )  Look how young I am!

In honor of my dad cause he's awesome I'm doing a free ad space blitz!  For the next two weeks let's say (who knows maybe I'll let it go longer!)  use HappyBdayDad to get any of my spaces for FREE!  Use it as many times (choose a larger quantity  as you like cause it's unlimited!  I know I'm not a big fish yet but I would LOVE to get to know more bloggers, grow with people and just interact more blog to blog.  Hope everyone is having a lovely Saturday!


I'm kind of a big deal: Pinterest Edition

I like to think I'm a big deal in real life but alas I'm only a medium deal but lately it seems as though I'm becoming somewhat of a big deal on Pinterest!  

I'm not exactly sure how it happened but some of my pins are getting liked and re-pinned like crazy!  It's actually quite interesting what people like and re-pin.  Without further ado here are my most pinned pins.  Please feel free to re-pin and please check out my other boards!
Source: via Betsy on Pinterest

3 Likes 25 repins

53 likes 105 repins

Source: via Betsy on Pinterest

109 likes 1 comment 196 repins

87 likes 280 repins

Source: via Betsy on Pinterest

104 likes 198 repins

I get at least two re-pins for the last two each day it's crazy!  Now if only I can translate my big deal status into real life : )


Weekend Update a Day Late : )

I know I'm a day late but hopefully not a dollar short.  : )

Last night we were being so productive at our house that I completely forgot to post.  I pulled about a dozen clothing items and a dozen pieces of jewelry pulled out of my closet and ready to leave our condo!  Also packed up another box to go into storage yesssss!  Those were the biggies we accomplished a lot of smaller things too. 

Now for the fun stuff ... talking about my birthday weekend!!!!

The weekend really started off Thursday night when the hubby gave me my birthday gifts.  He started off by giving me a new pair of ear plugs for shows.  That was sooo great (lots of sarcasm there) I told him the other one better be good!  OH it so was : )  My amazing hubby got me the Coach purse I've been drooling over for probably the past 8 weeks!!
Source: via Betsy on Pinterest

It's this purse but in black.  Love it!!! Used it all weekend.

Friday night my parents, Lou, Bethany and I went to member's night at the Field Museum!  Like always it was a blast.  The best part was showing Lou & Bethany everything since they had not been before.  This was actually the first time Bethany had ever even been in the Field Museum?!!?  I know right, we will be going back and I will be showing her everything!

***WARNING some photos are a tad graphic****

A look at some of what's going on in exhibits

Stanley Field Hall during Member's night

My lunch friend John from exhibits showing kids something

Working on preparing a bird for the collections

 Beetles eating an iguana.  These beetles are the coolest thing, they will eat everything except bone so they are the cleanest way of getting a skeleton.  There are large beetles that do the same thing in a special room but it wasn't open that night : (  

Preparing a skeleton

Dinosaur roaming around Stanley Field Hall

 April birthday babies with Sue

Bethany and Mom outside the Field Museum

View of the Field Museum from the car.  This was the least blurry of the photos I shot. 

There was so much more than what you saw from my photos it really is the coolest thing.  Check out the Field Museum's Flickr Page (you can see the photo of my family with a really old Gar.  Also check out the Field Museum Library's Flickr shows you more of the images I worked with!!

Saturday was great as well.  I ended up back in the city to have dinner with Stephanie and Tara.  We went out to dinner at Shine Restaurant in Lincoln Park and I was able to check off one of my 101!!!  I ate sushi. 
I stole this photo from Stephanie.  Me having my first piece!  I had a Honey Roll which is white tuna, cucumber, and sesame honey sauce rolled in tempura crunch.  It was yummy!  I shouldn't have done the noodles and the sushi that was waaaaaay too much haha.  Tara and I split crab rangoons too, next time we need to split more ha.  

We then headed to Lincoln Station and chilled out.  We played what I think Stephanie referred to as bar crack, one of those end of bar gaming stations.  We played photo matching games for hours I think.  It's their goal to put a friend of their's name as the high scores in every single machine in the city.  I guess there is an excel spread sheet and everything ... they're hardcore.  Since Tara is heading back to Iowa this summer I was being tested for possible replacement status ... I think I passed : )

Sunday was a travel home and hang out day.  I went over to Kevin's parents for a little bit to see his brother and his wife who were in town to celebrate their anniversary.  Kevin ended up getting home later that evening.  Unfortunately for Kevin I had brought back a little too much Hawkeye with me and Kevin had a bit of a reaction after our cuddle session. Oops!  He's ok and he still thinks Hawkeye is adorable.  

So all in all it was a great but really tiring birthday weekend.  Thanks for all the birthday wishes!  Don't forget to enter my giveaway from Friday either!!!


It's My Birthday!!!!! {giveaway}

Happy Birthday to MEEEEE!
My first birthday going with the hubs 2009
So far today has been a pretty good birthday. Since the husband is out of town I got to park in the garage which was awesome yesterday with the rain and all. The drive to work I had a killer run of music right in a row, little AC/DC, Locked Out of Heaven, some 80's. A colleague brought in some doughnuts for my birthday.

So far today I'm definitely winning. We shall see how the drive to Lisle looks though with the massive flooding nearby my parents. Tonight my parents, Louie & Bethany and I are going into the Field Museum for their members night. It's like when you were in elementary school and on parent teacher night you would open up your desk and your parents got to see everything you were working on. It's pretty awesome. I'm definitely going to make sure I try and get some good photos for you! I might even attempt to use my Instagram!
Birthday 2010 .. we started out at like 12 of us and this was what was left at 3am.  Terry is not thrilled to still be up at 3 ha.
In the mean time check out my guest post over at One Haole Girl more Chicago loving.  Tarole is so sweet and I always love seeing her face pop up in my feeds, her smile is so warm : )  I've got a giveaway going on as part of my guest post too.  As we say in the Windy City ... Enter early, enter often ; )  


The Party Don't Start Til I Walk In (Birthday Take One)

Today is the first day I'm linking up with Stephanie of Bourbon & Glitter and Chelsee of Southern Beauty Guide for their "Party Don't Start Till I Walk In" link up!

This comes at the perfect time, right in the middle of my two weekend birthday shenanigans.  It was torture not   sharing the photos from this past weekend with your right away.  So now we DUMP!  Photo dump!

My cousin-in-law who just turned 21.  

Yes I realize three in a row from my left side.  I might be a righty but I take photos with my left ... plus with the way my bangs go I look better from the left : )

Yup I'm a baller with a point and shoot!

I've decided in the future I'm definitely going to steal Stephanie's Secret Shame photos idea.  I have sooooo many ... many of which are of Stephanie MWAHAHAHA!  That was an evil laugh by the way, in case you weren't sure.  


No Sh*** Given Pinterest Style

I'm the nice one.  I try to make sure everyone is alright and nothing is wrong with them.   I try very hard to make sure I always say the right thing to people so no one gets offended.  Sometimes I might not say it but OH do I have an opinion about what you're doing, especially if it's something dumb.  Sometimes people just make me so mad.  Sometimes I just give zero shits ...pinterest style : )


Source: via Ty on Pinterest

I don't really have this feeling at my job but more so in personal life sometimes ... with certain people ...

Eat the damn thing!

Definitely was feeling this during the summer and fall last year ... and look who's still here me! : )

Yes tell me how everything has gone right for you in life and you've had a few issues lately and it's awful they haven't fixed themselves yet ... after one week. Tell me please.

I will stalk your drama like it's ice cream (I will stalk ice cream like crazy fyi)

Source: via Mary on Pinterest

I just want to yell at people so badly!

Source: via Jiliana on Pinterest

Zero shits given