Musings of a Museum Fanatic: June 2013

6.28.2013

Say What Facebook?

A couple weeks ago someone posted a fabulous topic ... things people people say on Facebook.  We were totally emailing about her post and now for the life of me I can't remember who cause I want to give her credit for bringing the crazy to light first.  I think it should really be a link up cause I'm sure we all have those couple of people right?  I figure since it's Friday and one really shouldn't think on Fridays, it's bad for your complexion you know, I better give you some really amusing ones!

"I seriously just want to take a shower right now so nobody can see me cry."
So you post it on Facebook so everyone knows you're crying?

"I'm starting a revolution against bathroom attendants. We've lived under their oppressive regime for too long. I know how to get my own paper towels. SPARTICUS!"
I actually kind of agree with this one but am still amused by the rant : )
"Any chicks wanna come over and make out?.......or we can make out."
This one from one of my high school crushes ... me me!  Oh wait just kidding Kevin!

"throwback #paige #prom #freshie #dress #throw#back"
You're 15, prom happened a week ago and you're using hashtags incorrectly.  Not allowed to use Facebook anymore.

Happy Friday everyone!

6.27.2013

The Weekend of Tour de Franzia

This past weekend was jam packed with 'Stache fun and boxed wine.  We started off the weekend seeing 'Stache at Social 25.  Like usual things started out nice and there was plenty of room but probably 1,000 people in the bar later we wanted to punch someone.  All in all it was a great night though.  We took some fun photos,  we gave Tara's little brother a great new nickname that he thoroughly enjoyed : ) and we danced  ... a lot.







Saturday Stephanie hosted the first ever Tour De Franzia!  It was one crazy day!  Somehow I only ended up with one photo off my camera from the day.  For more crazy photos check out Stephanie's post.  There was lots of drinking games, mini bike riding and too much boxed wine.  Everyone should also be very proud of me I didn't get toasted but I held my own reigning as President for three rounds, getting tickets for drinking four out of the six wines and rode the bike back up to Stephanie's apartment. 

 This was when Stephanie and I were up in her apartment being creepers.  

All in all fabulous times!



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6.26.2013

Ice Cream!

I LOVE ice cream.  It is one of the only things that I can always be in the mood for and could eat anytime of the year.  I'm the person who will eat it for breakfast (did that last week shhh don't tell Kevin!) and when it's below freezing in the Chicago weather I'm game to head to DG for a yummy Reese's Blizzard.

Naturally when Kevin and I started to work on our registries one of my first additions was an ice cream maker.  One year later and a still stuffed freezer later we still haven't used it!  Since both of us are good kids and read the directions we know that the part of the maker you freeze must freeze upright.  I'm assuming that's so the stuff freezes evenly so it will make ice cream evenly ... or something like that.  We have an issue of too much in our freezer.  I can be a bit of a hoarder, if it's a fabulous price yes I will buy twice as much then freeze it cause I know we'll eat it eventually so because of this we have no room in our freezer.

We have been actively eating from our freezer stash so in the meantime I'm trying to figure out what two ice cream recipes I should make.  Yup it's on the 101 list!!  I love ice cream waaaaay too much to actually narrow it down to two or even three recipes off my Ice Cream Board to choose from : )

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk Frozen Yogurt
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk Frozen Yogurt
Plus for this recipe it's super super easy!


Double Dark Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream


YUM!


Nutella & Cookie Ice Cream
Can't go wrong with anything that includes Nutella right?


Happy Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream

Which two should I make for my 101 list task??  I can't decide!! I also realized I have tons of other ice cream recipes that really should be made.  




6.25.2013

Tunes on Tuesday: Chelsea Dagger

GO HAWKS!!!!!

Just in case you're not a hockey fan the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup!!  Last night Chicago went craaaazy.  You should really check out Taylor from the Daily Tay's post today, it looks like she was right in the thick of the craziness.  I'm not here to chat about the craziness of last night, we're chatting about one of my favorite parts of the Blackhawks ... Chelsea Dagger by the Fratellies



Chelsea Dagger plays every time the Hawks score and it now a staple in every Chicago bar playlist and party mix.  I know I've said this before but any song that incites flailing arms and jumping from the first cords is amazing in my book.

Even the most un-sports type person can't help but get caught up in the pounding energy of the kick bass and the bass guitar.  Plus can you even find an easier chorus to yell out?  Nope!!  You haven't seen anything until a bar jam packed with a thousand plus people erupts in synchronized arm pumping and jumping.  I can only imagine that everyone celebrating in the streets last night was singing this too.

In the mean time you really need to check out this article I found on the CNN sports page of Duncan Keith's baby in the Stanley Cup.  SOOO cute!



 

6.24.2013

5 for 5

What a weekend!  I hope you guys had a fabulous weekend as well, keep tuned to my Thursday link-up for more on that ; )  While the weekend was good I started off my week in not so great fashion.  I woke up at 8:05 and while some days that might be good but when you're supposed to start work at 8am that's not a good time to be waking up.  Luckily I'm good under pressure!

This week I've decided to pull myself together blog wise and to help me out I'm linking up again with Jessica from Fantastically Average.  I know it's been a long time since I linked up for this one but I felt that since for a number of weeks I just wasn't putting any effort into it I needed to stop for a bit.

1.  Write one museum post ... I know I've been totally slacking on being cultural at all.  When I write those posts I like to sit down and research.  I don't want to give you any bad information or leave anything exciting out so it really takes me a while to write them.

2.  Write one review post ... I have a bunch of fun new items that I've been using but just haven't sat down and wrote anything about them!

3.  Contact at least 5 other blogs about swapping ad space ... this one is fairly up front.  Also if anyone would like to swap let me know!!!

4.  Finish up form & send it out for my sponsors ... I have been a terrible host as of late, I've been sort of working on being a better host but I need to really get my act together.  Plus it would stink to miss out on really getting to know the ladies on my sidebar and making even better new friends.

5.  Contact 3 people about hosting a Pampered Chef show ... since life has been crazy I haven't been keeping up with it that much which is sad both because I really enjoy it and because then I'm not making any money from my business.

These are my goals for this week so please feel free to drive me crazy reminding me to get my goals done!

What are your goals for this week?


6.20.2013

Fest Dresses

Linking it up again with some of my favorite ladies!!

Since it's summer in Chicago it's time to break out some fabulous dresses for the festivals.  Here are some of my picks.  I kept them all under $50 since we all know I'm not going to spend more than $50!  Although most of the time I won't even spend close to that.  Raise your hand if you love stalking something for a killer sale price.  Totally raising my hand over here.

Summer Fest Dresses



Old Navy actually has the cross front jersey maxi in a short version as well.  I love the short one I have since it's a solid color I can pair with all sorts of funky and colorful jewelry.  That's also why I love the black and white dresses.  Actually every time I look at the stripped empire dress I really want it but I'm going to be good and resist it, if you're not a black and white person head to Kohls.com and there are a ton of other colors it comes in!!  I want them all! : )

What do you go for in the summer shorts or dresses?


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6.19.2013

101 List: DIY

Continuing my conversation about numbers but turning to a much more pleasant set of numbers ... my 101 in 1001 list!!  The past couple of months I've been a complete slacker on getting things accomplished.  I've come to realize that I'm going to need to do some serious planning and getting things like my DIY items and recipes picked out in advance so I don't have any excuses.  

Today I've decided on six different DIY projects I will accomplish in the next year, one every other month for a year.  My plan is to make out a list of all the items I will need for the projects, stalk Michaels, Hobby Lobby & Jo-ann sales and then purchase everything so I'm all nice and organized and ready to craft!  I think that was a stroke of genius if I do say so myself ... and I do! : )



I know right? Crazy huge undertaking but I really really want a sofe console table. I also figure between Kevin, my dad and his dad I can get this accomplished with a little aid. Although I am pretty stellar with a hammer and screw driver. This one would be first so I don't have all that wood hanging around

I need something so bad to house my bracelets. I have a large jewelry case but when you have bigger bracelets and odd shapes they don't always fit. Right now most of them are spread all over our dresser. It annoys me a lot!

As we all know I love me some Gamma Phi! Finding adult ways to incorporate sorority stuff is a bit difficult and one must be creative. I would do this one with maybe a smaller canvas so it's not so huge and gaudy.


Both Kevin and I are terrible about just leaving junk and smaller trash in our cars! This would be perfect.

For this one I think I would do a set of candle holders, different sizes, and possibly do a bit of a different pattern.


I have been working on getting rid of our old crappy magnets for a while now. If these go well I would definitely do something like this for other for gifts!
Materials list started!!  Feeling good : )

6.18.2013

Numbers

I hate math!

I have never been a huge fan of math or numbers.  As you could probably tell social studies and English person.  One would think having such an aversion I wouldn't be so gosh darn fixated on numbers but I just can't help it.  

For a while I was just completely obsessed with my Blogger ticker and my scale.  It was ridiculous how many times I was checking each during the week, especially the Blogger ticker.  While I was at work I would check it, I could check it on my phone and then of course multiple times when I got home in the evening.  Cause the number was really going to change all that much.  The scale was a little better but I was checking it in the morning or at night or both every day for weeks.  It's not like I was doing anything that would change the number drastically or anything I was just a woman obsessed.   

This probably went on for at least a month and half.  Then one day about three to four weeks ago something just clicked and I had my WTF? moment.  Seriously WTF? Why was I driving  myself nuts over stupid numbers?  Since then I haven't stepped on the scale once!  I will admit I do look at the blog counter but I don't open up that page just to look at the number.  It feels so freeing!  I hate math why am I letting it drive me crazy?

Why do we drive ourselves nuts about these types of things?
Why is it so darn hard to stop once we've started too?!




6.17.2013

Happy Birthday Kevin!!!!

This is going to be short and sweet today and I'll be back tomorrow with more.  I'm currently running around our condo like a nut case getting ready for Kevin to come home and his parents to come over for dinner.   We switched around the plans to having dinner here instead.  Kevin has been kinda down about his birthday so I'm trying to do a couple last minute cute things for him!



HAPPY BIRTHDAY KEVIN!!!!




Also a super Happy Father's day to my two dad's!!
 Father Daughter dance with my dad at our wedding

My father in law Bill wearing the sombrero.  That picture is really tooooo good not to share right? haha.

Happy Monday (is almost over) everyone!

6.14.2013

The Evil Poop

If you haven't noticed I've been talking about Kevin a ton lately, well it started out unconsciously but I figure since his birthday is Monday I will chat about him for a few straight days.  I know I've said it before but he really is an amazing husband.  Last week I was gone 4 nights in a row, which we figured out since moving in was the longest we had gone apart.  Not going to lie two nights into it I was being whiney on the phone.  So Kevin decided the next day to do something sweet through texts ... I guess you could consider it sweet ...

**Disclaimer:  I asked him for permission to post word for word and the pictures and he said yes so I'm doing it!**

I should also let you know that about three years ago Kevin bought this fake poop from the $1 section at Target and I haven't been able to get rid of it, the darn thing always tends to make it's way back into the house.

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Oh no the evil poop has kidnapped Yoda

I will get the poop

I should shower first 

Clean with spiked hair upgrade. 18x power and defense obtained

The poop is making a run for it

At a secret hotel the evil poop called for backup. Where could Yoda Be? (oh yes I should mention he had a show in Iowa so he not only took my stuffed animal but fake poop with him to Iowa to complete the story)

Super Kevin was hiding under the table

Super Kevin grabs the poop with great anger

Flushed down the toilet

Yoda and Kevin went to watch some TV.  Yoda is safe

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Yup that's my hubby.  This entire text conversation is such a perfect description, both through words and the photos, of Kevin haha.  I'd would also bet money that he probably chilled out with Yoda like that for the rest of the night.  

6.13.2013

Getting Ready Playlist: Driving Kevin Crazy Version

One thing I've realized lately is I haven't been sharing my love of music as much as I should be.  I am always listening to music, I love so many different types and I really enjoy reading about the history and stories behind music.  So from now on you will definitely be seeing more of that from me!

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I always seem to put on the same play list when I'm getting ready to go out for a 'Stache show or out with my girls.  It makes the whole figuring out what to wear and applying make up experience more fun.  Kevin hates it!  He hates it because I always put on as he puts it  "that annoying pop stuff".  Kevin is a metal head so the pop stuff doesn't do anything for him.  It definitely gets me in the groove and ready to have a great night.



I know this one is so cliche but I can't help it I gotta dance!


The pumping beat gets my hips shaking. Although not too much cause I still have to apply my eyeliner!


I think this one is pretty self explanatory : )


I do like to go a little old school too.


'Stache used to play this song and I still am pissed that they don't do it anymore so I really annoy Kevin by playing it before every show. Although he's actually telling me right this minute he likes this song. HA! He is such a liar. He is now dancing in the kitchen. I should probably stop typing and tape this for you ...

Now that we're all pumped up and beautified let's go out get crazy!

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6.12.2013

Being Better Pinterest Style

Yesterday I talked about how I'd like to be better in my relationship with Kevin.  Here are some thoughts I have about small things I can do to accomplish this. 


We write notes and leave them for the other and something permanent like this would be so neat. Maybe make a couple into magnets and you can leave different notes.

Kevin has been really trying hard to eat more fruits and veggies (jerk has been losing tons of weight barely doing anything too!) We usually don't get very creative with what we do .. plain salad, cut up fruit, or steamed veggies. Going out of both our comfort zones and playing to his grilling strengths would be a ton of fun this summer.

So I asked Kevin what would be like his favorite dish, if he could snap his fingers and it would just appear. His response lobster on top of a burger. Pinterest has everything! That doesn't actually seem that difficult I can make a burger and after Valentine's day I know how to make lobster!

Kevin and I are both Mario Bros. fans. I'm sure he would love a quilt and the cupcakes below!

These are just a few small things I can start out with being better. I made sure to make him a sandwich for dinner since he was running late :)
He very much enjoyed it : ) Although now he's being a brat and not letting me have any ice cream.  I kinda want to give him attitude but maybe I'll get something fun at Target later instead ... 0: )

6.11.2013

Advice From Bon

If you don't know who Bonnie from Life of Bon is then you are missing out.  I've hung out on her blog multiple times and each time she's been totally awesome and a super sweetheart.  With that being said way back in April she wrote a post that has been circulating through the back of my mind since.  Whenever I read people's posts especially when they're talking about more serious subjects I imagine that we're actually holding a conversation so that could be why this particular post seemed to really resonate with what was going on in my life lately.  

Her whole post was about being better.  To quote Bonnie:
"Why that's absurd!  That's too easy! That would mean...

When I am a better wife, Greg is a better husband to me.
When I am a better teacher, my kids are better students.
When I am a better friend, my friends are better to me.
When I am a better worker, my principal treats me better.

Surely it can't be that easy!"
Bonnie ~ thelifeofbon.com

It does seem that it really is that easy.  Let me give you a little back story about why this post really stuck with me.  I haven't really shared this much with anyone since I didn't want anyone to think less of myself or Kevin.  No no nothing huge is happening!  This first year of our marriage especially the second part has been really hard.  First off the two of us didn't live together before we got married and for most of our time dating we'd only see each other on the weekends.  So because of these facts moving in together has been (and continues to be!) a huge adjustment.  

Because of this major adjustment we have been giving each other totally snippy attitudes.  One of us will do something or forget to not do something and the other will just be a brat about it.  It isn't just one or the other either it really is both of us.  We have been extremely aware of this fact especially the past couple months.  After sniping at each other and then apologizing we just look at each other and ask why are we acting like this?  
The past month both Kevin and I have been really trying extremely hard to be a better wife, better husband and better roommates.  I can definitely identify with Bonnie's example of compromising and suddenly the hubby is your slave ...  haha just kidding ... sorta.  There is a definite difference when I make sure things are taken care of for him for the week or have done all the laundry, Kevin will try and make sure he does more cleaning around the condo or makes dinner and cleans up.  

Things are definitely still a work in progress since no one changes overnight but I can tell lately that both of us are trying not to snap at stupid things and help eachother out more.  Kevin and I are trying to just be better all around.  I think we've started off pretty well: )

Like Bonnie asked "And why is it so hard to be a good person?"

Seriously?

6.10.2013

Love me some cooking shows

I got to enjoy one of my favorite things while I was gone this weekend ... cable!  Growing up and even now my parents have never had cable and Kevin is the same way so we haven't seen the need to get it.  Plus it's darn expensive!  One of my favorite things about going to a hotel or someone's house with cable is watching cooking shows.  

I discovered a couple months ago that Hulu has started to get some of my favorite Food Network shows on free viewing!  Here are my top three favorite picks:

Iron Chef:
Iron Chef is probably the most intense competition show.  The whole premise of the show is a professional cook comes into Kitchen Stadium and challenges one of the reigning Iron Chef's, Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, Masaharu Morimoto, Cat Cora, Jose Garces, Michael Symon, Marc Forgione and Geoffrey Zakarian.  I would have to say my favorite Iron Chef overall is Cat Cora.  We got to eat at her restaurant on our honeymoon ... it was amazing!  I really love to watch Morimoto.  He just does the most amazing things, he cooks and plates his dishes in ways I've never seen!

One can't talk about Iron Chef without talking about Alton Brown.  Not gonna lie I'm not a huge fan of his actual cooking show but I really love him as a color commentator.  His commentary will make you laugh more than you're probably supposed to during a cooking show, especially one so intense and he is always bringing up some sort of tidbit that you would never know about the food.   


Chopped:
As I write this I'm actually going through the new posted episodes of Chopped.  This one took me forever to actually start watching, I'm not sure why I thought I was too cool for Chopped but now I'm an addict.  I'm a big fan of seeing the four different chef's do completely different things with the mystery boxes.  It's just fascinating how four chefs sometimes with similar backgrounds will do crazy things.

The mystery boxes themselves are so educational sometimes.  Like today's episode, I had no clue what umeboshi was or how to spell it before but now I know what it is and how I can use it if I'm ever given a mystery box including them, eel and something else!

Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives:
I know this one is almost a cop out since there really isn't much cooking.  I'm always into seeing different places and maybe someday I will get to actually visit some of them.  So for now I enjoy watching Guy Fieri eating his way around the country.  Some of the items that these places serve up are just so crazy.

We should probably start working on the ones in the Chicago area.  You'd be surprised but I've actually only been to one of the places Guy visited, in South Carolina with the family and it was definitely a dive!  Hmmm maybe that's another item I should add to my 101 list or something.  That could be fun to try and go to as many of those places as possible.  Doesn't seem like there are very many out my way in the burbs which is kinda sad : (

What's your favorite cooking show that I need to check out?


6.07.2013

Pinterest Ideas: Party Bars

I'm braving the battery drain to link up with my favorite ladies!  I know I'm a little late but I'm sure Chelsee and Stephanie will love me anyways : )  

I started a new Pinterest board, Party Like It's 1999, a while ago but have really been adding pins to it lately.    It seems that any party I will be throwing in the future must have some sort of bar to it.  Here are some of the bar ideas I've been drooling over!


Obviously we need to bring back the sleepover! Although the way we do the weekend sleepovers tend to happen :) Also loving the butcher paper table cloth that you can write on! As a labeller this is so me.

A fun and different dessert bar idea. This is perfect for people like my mom who can't each chocolate but love their dessert. Also you can go very healthy with it if you prefer too!

I'm totally loving this one. I love that this would be perfect for big groups or you could get fancy on a movie night for two. I would just get the individual bags of candy instead. I wonder how the fruity candies would go with popcorn?

I am obviously a chocolate person since I've pinned THREE different s'mores bar ideas!




What is your favorite party bar idea??

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6.05.2013

St. Louis

Well I made it to St. Louis! Pulled out my computer since I had some time before dinner to write a fabulous post with some fabulous pins and realized I didn't have my computer cord!

So I'm writing on my phone and it might end up being my only post while I'm down here so I can save my battery. I did snap this cool picture for you! I will be enjoying this view till Sunday since our hotel is in spitting distance of the Arch.