Musings of a Museum Fanatic: November 2018

11.30.2018

Quick Guide to Christmas in Chicago

 

Christmas time in Chicago is one of the best times of year! It's that sweet time when the winter weather is fresh and lovely before the long winter sets in. Everyone seems to be happy and smiling as they go through the city. There are lights, snow and hot chocolate to be found everywhere. I've got your quick guide to really enjoying the holiday season in Chicago. 

The best part about enjoying Christmas lights is that they're all over the place and there are so many spectacular ones throughout the city and suburbs. For one stop shopping for lights I would recommend heading to Lincoln Park Zoo or Brookfield Zoo. While you might have to enjoy the lights with lots of your new friends you won't be disappointed in the sights. 


Walnut Room

Since 1905 the Walnut Room has been entertaining people during the holidays. It's most well known for it's iconic, gorgeous tree in the middle of the restaurant. They don't take reservations during the holidays so you'll have to get there early to put your name down but it's definitely worth the wait! Kevin and I are hoping to have lunch here during our staycation this year. Tried last year but underestimated that there would be that many people. I highly recommend the Frango Mint Ice Cream Pie, it's pretty life altering.  


Enjoy the decorations
Chicago usually is decorated for whatever holiday is happening but there is nothing like the city being all decked out for Christmas. There are massive window displays at stores like Macy's and Christmas decorations in the greenery put out by the city to lights in everyone's windows. Plus when everything is covered by the lovely white December snow there is nothing quite like it. I always enjoy just strolling around taking in the beauty. You can really enjoy it in any neighborhood too it's not limited to just the Loop.

Tea at the Drake

You'll find all sorts of lovely holiday teas around the city. For the grand daddy of Chicago holiday teas you'll want to check out the tea at the Drake. The ornate Palm Court looks every more amazing when all decked out for Christmas. You're going to feel like you've stepped into another world. It's the perfect get dolled up event for the holidays.

TBOX

For the other end of the spectrum you can hit up TBOX or the 12 Bars of Christmas bar crawl. It's a full day of bar crawling through Wrigleyville with hundreds of your new, drunk best friends. Everyone gets dressed up in crazy Christmas and theme of the year costumes. You're taking shots of cereal and shots of alcohol. It's a blast. 



Every year we enjoy going to the Christkindlmarket! You'll find ornaments and gifts from Germany and all over the world. Delicious hot chocolate from the mug of the year and chocolate dipped everything. Although the chocolate dipped Rice Krispie treats are my absolute favorite. We love to get an ornament from the market each year to add to our tree and remember our fun holiday tradition.


If you're looking to get indoors but still experience some holiday fun the Polar Express is the perfect event for you. Taking off from Union Station this one hour train ride is filled with fun, singing, Christmas cheer and so much more. I remember way back when in high school we used to do a once a season type of polar express on the Metra trains but now this Amtrak and Warner Brothers version takes you through the entire month of December and a little bit into January. I love it when holiday events get extended that week between Christmas and New Year.


Throughout the month of December you'll find the CTA and Allstate have paired together to bring holiday cheer to the city of Chicago by way of the holiday train and bus. This year it's double the fun on Saturdays with an elves' workshop train as well! One thing I didn't realize is that there is another purpose behind the trains. They're delivering food baskets to various charities throughout the city, this is actually how the train got it's start.  

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11.28.2018

Perfect Winter Weekend at Pheasant Run Resort

Perfect Winter Weekend at Pheasant Run Resort

Just 40 miles outside of Chicago you'll find the lovely city of St. Charles. A stones throw from downtown St. Charles is the Pheasant Run Resort. Pheasant Run is the perfect weekend getaway. Arriving at Pheasant Run you'll think you've been transported to a wonderful resort like you'd find in Lake Geneva.

Perfect Winter Weekend at Pheasant Run Resort main entrance

Perfect Winter Weekend at Pheasant Run Resort tower

Arriving on Friday you'll check in and be greeted by friendly staff. They were so helpful in answering all of our questions about the resort and even giving us a map. Of course one must first check out your room. There are two types of rooms you can find, some in the tower and then there are other resort style rooms. We were lucky enough to be in the tower with the lovely view. We did go check out the two floor resort style part of the hotel. They had up close views of the pond and golf course so really there isn't a bad view!
Perfect Winter Weekend at Pheasant Run Resort view of lake

Perfect Winter Weekend at Pheasant Run Resort view of lake 2

Since you just arrived and want to take it easy I would recommend grabbing a pizza to bring back up to your room and relax from the Terrace Cafe. After you started off the weekend with a relaxing dinner head over to the iPANIC Escape Room. No worry though you don't even have to put on your coat! iPANIC Escape Rooms are located in Bourbon Street on the Pheasant Run property. Kevin and I got the chance to conquer the Bourbon Street Voodoo room during our stay! We made it with 7 minutes to spare! It was so much fun doing an escape room together. Have you ever done an escape room?

Perfect Winter Weekend at Pheasant Run Resort bourbon street

Perfect Winter Weekend at Pheasant Run Resort iPanic escape room

After enjoying a lovely night sleep wake up and head to breakfast. No need to trek outside for breakfast since you have several different options just a few minute walk from your room. From the breakfast buffet at Jambalaya to more grab and go options from the Terrace Cafe. During the holiday season there is wonderful breakfast with Santa option the three Sundays before Christmas weekend. Who wouldn't want to enjoy red velvet waffles with the big jolly guy?

Perfect Winter Weekend at Pheasant Run Resort pool

Be sure to book a treatment at the on site Spa Vargas to relax your Saturday morning away. From massages to nails they've got you covered and relaxed. You can even make your own aromatherapy scents to take home! Best part about those is there is no appointment needed. Throughout the day you'll find all sorts of happenings at Pheasant Run. From movies for the kids (or big kids) to s'mores and game rentals. We found that there were lots of fun extra happenings throughout the resort. 

Perfect Winter Weekend at Pheasant Run Resort Christmas tree

After lunch at Jambalaya if you're going totally stir crazy and the Chicago weather hasn't kicked up I would totally recommend making the 10 minute journey to visit the St. Charles History Museum. Being right in downtown St. Charles you can enjoy the museum and the downtown along the river before heading back to Pheasant Run for dinner at Harvest.

Perfect Winter Weekend at Pheasant Run Resort Kale and spinach salad

You might recognize that name since I've shared the delicious meals at Harvest before! When you're looking for an amazing, delicious dinner Harvest is it. Every time we've been it's been nothing but the best and this past time was no exception. Kevin started off his meal with the Spinach and Kale salad, yes that is a huge swatch of delicious goat cheese! I tried a bit of the salad but wanted to keep my stomach free for the homemade bread and dinner. Seriously you could eat just the bread basket and be happy as a clam the bread is amazing. 

Perfect Winter Weekend at Pheasant Run Resort lobster ravioli

Perfect Winter Weekend at Pheasant Run Resort halibut

We both opted for seafood dishes. Kevin picked the Lobster Ravioli and I went for the Crusted Halibut. The raviolis had huge chunks of lobster meat in them! It was clearly terrible since I think Kevin probably would have licked his plate if I would have allowed him. My dish was just as delicious. From the crisp crust to the perfectly cooked vegetables it was a well balanced and cooked dish. I even ate all the brussel sprouts and I don't usually eat them! Of course one must save room for the fried Oreo dessert. The only down side to the dessert was that there were only three Oreos and with a dessert this good it's tough to share one haha. There was definitely some spoon wars happening over that last Oreo.

Perfect Winter Weekend at Pheasant Run Resort deep fried oreos

Perfect Winter Weekend at Pheasant Run Resort Kevin & Betsy

Perfect Winter Weekend at Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage show

After dinner head to the Mainstage to see a show! You can find all sorts of great bands and shows throughout the year. During December things are especially Christmas fun with Irving Berlin’s White Christmas December 14-16. While it's much better to enjoy it as part of your weekend get away if you are just planning on the show check out their dinner and a show package too. We got the chance to enjoy a fun musical about the women in rock and roll. Mainstage has something to offer for everyone in your family that's for sure!
Perfect Winter Weekend at Pheasant Run Resort view from tower room

Perfect Winter Weekend at Pheasant Run Resort view from tower room

After you enjoy another on site breakfast there is plenty of time to enjoy relaxing in your room or the lovely grounds. Even with it being chilly Kevin and I enjoyed walking around outside. Maybe you're more of a swimmer? Take some time to enjoy the indoor pool by the spa or the indoor/outdoor pool. There is nothing like topping of a weekend with some down time. Your next getaway or staycation is in good hands with Pheasant Run Resort. 

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11.26.2018

7 Ways to Slash Your Utility Bill This Winter



With winter settling in here in the Chicago area and most of the country our utility bills can be much higher than other times of the year. I know we'd all like to work on keeping those bills as low as possible. There are things we can all do that will not only lower our bills but be better about our energy consumption as well. Is there anything you do to slash your utility bill in the winter?

Turn off lights
This is a huge one not only in winter but throughout the year. If you're not in the room for sure turn off all the lights. Even if you're in a room there might be enough sunlight that you don't need the light on. Maybe you can do with only one light instead of two. 

Change types of bulbs

Build on your good light habits by changing your light bulbs. If you're able to switch to a more energy efficient light bulb do it! Not only will it save you in your bill but you won't have to buy bulbs as often. 

Wash clothes cold

This is something that Kevin and I already do with out laundry. I'm not sure why but I've just always washed clothes cold. Probably because I'm scared of any bleed from color! Either way it's been something that helps our bills out. If you don't need to heat the water you don't need to pay for that heat, simple as that. Plus no worries about pink underwear!

Adjust thermostat

I've read a lot of articles lately that have mentioned if you reduce your temperature by 5-10 degrees you can save something like 5% on your bill. Most of us won't even notice the different either! Put socks and a long sleeve t-shirt on and you won't even notice that difference.

Unplug
Unplugging is another year round utilities saver. Have you ever heard the term phantom energy? Well that's when you item like a curling iron is turned off but still plugged in. Since the curling iron is still plugged in it's still drawing energy! There are a few things we've found throughout the house that really don't need to be plugged in all the time, like our electric tooth brushes and the toaster. What items do you leave around your house that could be unplugged?

Furnace maintenance 
This is a must do each year when you live in the north. It's never a good thing to find out in January when your furnace goes out that this could have been prevented by the yearly check. The yearly check also helps you to keep parts like the filter in tip top shape.

Close your drapes
This might seem like an odd one but it can really make a difference! If you shut your drapes you're adding another barrier between the cold glass and the warm room. This helps to insulate the room better. It can especially be helpful during the night. Even if you don't have fabric drapes closing the blinds can definitely help.

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11.19.2018

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Holiday Traditions


Now that we're full into the swing of the holiday season I thought it would be fun to share some of our holiday traditions! Everyone has their own traditions from when they decorate the tree to what they eat. I love hearing about all the different traditions that people enjoy during this time of year. Who knows when you might a new tradition for your own celebrations! I definitely want to hear all about your traditions in the comments.


Chocolate turkeys at Thanksgiving
In my mind we kick off the holiday season mid-November with the ramp up to Thanksgiving. A number of years ago the chocolate turkey recipe made it's way into our family collection. Ever since then it's been a must have on our Thanksgiving table. Kevin loves to remind me multiple times before, during and after Thanksgiving that these were the first gift I gave him.

Christkindlmarket visit
Nothing says holidays like getting hot chocolate in a little ceramic mug with our families. We've enjoyed going to both the market in Daley Plaza and the one in Naperville. Plus if you're looking for an iconic Chicago area Christmas tradition or something to do visiting the market is a definite on that list.

Ornament at Christkindlmarket 

Kevin and I a few years ago started a tradition within the tradition of the Christkindlmarket. We decided that after going crazy on the ornament purchases the first year that we would pick out one ornament together each year. We've gotten some amazing ornaments throughout the years.


Celebrating with my family
We used to spend Christmas Eve with my family but with the kids around now we've switched dates and have been celebrating on Christmas Day. Even though the dates have been switched what we do has still remained the same. We always pull out a new puzzle for us all to work on. That usually ends up being just Bethany and I plowing through the puzzle together. We enjoy a meal of munchies with delicious dips, cocktail weenies and other good eats. It's just a fun relaxed holiday.


Celebrating with Kevin's parents
We continue the chill Christmas with Kevin's parents. When we were at their house for Christmas Day we would head over mid morning for a later breakfast. Nothing like homemade pancakes and bacon! Now we've been enjoying dinner and hanging out.


After Christmas dinner with Kevin's cousins
There is always a get together with Kevin's cousins the week between Christmas and New Years. It usually involves Popeye's Chicken for dinner and several very competitive rounds of UNO. I'm not gonna lie Kevin and I tend to get pretty competitive!






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11.16.2018

Most Amazing Chicago Views

Best Views in Chicago by Musings of a Museum Fanatic


Chicago might have one of the best skylines in the entire world, if not the best! I love snapping photos of the skyline but also the amazing views of the city up close. It's a city filled with skyscrapers, 19th century mansions, iconic homes and so many other architectural gems. These are my top must see views of Chicago. There might be a few in here you've never thought of!


Best Views in Chicago by Musings of a Museum Fanatic
From the river
Most people go strait to the air when thinking about amazing views of Chicago. When I'm asking about where to see my favorite views I tell people they need to get down to river level. Whether it's taking one of the iconic architectural river tours or just enjoying the Riverwalk getting down low provides some spectacular views. Recently I discovered on my first water taxi ride that taking it down to Chinatown you get some wonderful views from south of the Loop. 

Looking into the Bean

Everyone always heads to the Bean to take photos but I've noticed that a lot of people only want to get themselves in the Bean. To really grab a great Bean shot pull back a little bit and get the skyline. You won't be disappointed at the view. 


Best Views in Chicago by Musings of a Museum Fanatic
Museum Campus
You don't have to travel too far to get an amazing view of both the city and the lake. Head straight to Museum Campus for both! Some people thing that the only great skyline photos can be had out by the Adler but I actually think that there are plenty of spots all around Museum Campus for great shots. One of my favorites is just outside the north doors of the Field Museum. 

Hancock Building (875 North Michigan)
A lot of people go straight to the Sears Tower (Willis Tower) for the view. Which don't get me wrong it's an amazing view but if you're up in the Sears Tower you can't see it as part of the view! That's why I always recommend heading over to the Hancock. Plus you have the option of only needing to pay for a drink if you head to the Signature Lounge instead of paying for a ticket to go to the observatory floor. The view from the bathroom is pretty fantastic as well.

Best Views in Chicago by Musings of a Museum Fanatic
Lincoln Park Zoo
I've shared my favorite view from the south well the view from Lincoln Park Zoo is my favorite view from the north. Most people head straight for Studio Gang’s Curvaceous Wood Pavilion. I recommend walking around the entire nature boardwalk. You get some great shots with the beautiful foliage and the city, then end with the iconic view of the city through the Curvaceous Wood Pavilion.

Best Views in Chicago by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

One of the many rooftop bars
There are so many rooftop bars in Chicago and most if not all of them have fantastic views of the city. Cindy's always ranks tops of the list. I had always thought it was probably overrated until I got the chance to enjoy a drink and the view with Jackie in October. As you can see with the above photo it definitely lives up to the hype! The extra perk of enjoying the views from a rooftop bar is the fact you can enjoy a delicious beverage while you view.

From public transportation
This might be my all time favorite way to view the beauty of the city. There is just something different and so unique about viewing the city from the L platform or as you rumble through to the next stop. While you're not a the high up bird's view level you're at this sweet in-between spot. Plus when you go from the Loop northbound on certain lines you get great views of the river! 

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11.12.2018

6 Ways to Stay Healthy at Your Desk Job



I read somewhere recently that something like 86% of people in the United States work at a desk job. This means that so many of us are sitting down for most of the day and can lead to us being more unhealthy. I know that most of the time I'm sitting down doing research, designing exhibits and other projects that keep me tied to a desk. Even though I am sitting more than I would like there a certain things I do to infuse a little healthy in my work day. Do you work at a desk job? What do you do make it healthier?

Get up and walk
Getting up and walking is probably one of the best things you can do during your work day. My work has a fitness incentive day you can earn by walking at work so I know that helps me. Even if you don't have a work incentive for something like that take it upon yourself to take a break and walk or spend 10-15 minutes of your lunch hour walking. I am of the mind set if I need to talk to someone I'll get up and go ask them instead of calling and sending an email. Doing more of that I feel has good health benefits as well as building those relationships. Gotta love a double dip!

Take breaks often
This goes hand in hand with getting up and walking. Don't just sit glued to that computer. Take regular breaks to give your eyes a rest. Stretch a bit and then take a few minutes to walk around. Not only is it good for your body but taking a mental break can help you regroup and refocus on what you're looking to do and accomplish.

Stairs
If you can make only one change I would suggest taking the stairs instead of the elevator. This is an easy thing that really doesn't change your schedule or day really at all. Stairs can be a pretty good quick workout if you work in a taller building too! Take the stairs your health will thank you.

Better chair
The right chair can make your back love you but the wrong one can give you health issues for years to come. Talk to your person or department who takes care of the furniture they might be able to hook you up with a better chair or there are some attachments that you put on the chair to make it better for your back. 

Drink water
Water is always a good idea whether or not you're at work or at home. Make sure you have a water bottle handy and keep it filled throughout the day. Not a huge fan of water? Make it something you can enjoy. Like using an infusion water bottle filled with delicious fruit flavoring your water. Use something like Crystal Light or Mio with all the different flavors out there your bound to find something you'll enjoy.  

Get up for lunch
Don't sit at your desk for lunch!! This is so important. Not only for your physical health but mental health as well. Don't let yourself work through lunch get up and go somewhere else to eat. Eating with other people is good for you to make and build those connections with other people at your work place. Also you should work on bringing your own lunch too. Not only can you control what you're eating so it's better for your health but it's good for your pocketbook too!

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11.07.2018

Do People Actually Buy This? Vol. 7



I realized that it had been a while since I shared some of my crazy shopping finds! They have just been piling up, waiting to be shared. August was definitely the month of the tassle and this month is definitely the month of the crazy bag. Not sure if it's because we're heading back to the 90s in all the different fashion that the bags are following that trend but the crazy bag is definitely here this season. 


Compared to some I've seen this is definitely more on the tame side since it's all a nice neutral black. I'm just not sure about a purse with ears, even a Mickey purse! Although this is a good subtle ear purse.


I still can't with all of these furry poof balls. They just make me shudder. I can just imagine it brushing against my arm right now and it's terrifying.


These bad boys are not something on my I can't imagine people buying they're on the every 90s girl must buy list. Who could forget the iconic Caboodles cases? If I wasn't paring down everything and actually could use something like this I would totally get one. The colors these days are much better too. I love that green marble.


Since we're already back in the 90s why not pick up this perfect Cher Horowitz in Clueless outfit. I'm not sure if the person who dressed the mannequin meant to dress it this way but I saw it from across the room and recognized the inspiration immediately!


Right now for some reason that I'm still trying to comprehend fuzzy bags are really in. I just don't get it. At all. It's not like you can wrap the bag around you to keep you warm. I guess you could stick your head in the backpack but would that really do anything besides suffocate you?


There is something about Sherpa fabric I just do not like it. Maybe it's how since it's white it always gets dirty immediately and then it just always looks dingy and gross. I'm not sure. Either way I'm pretty sure I'll be seeing these not one but three Sherpa purses on the clearance rack. 


I about died when I saw this purse! It's all of the things that make me cringe in one purse!!! From the Sherpa outside (how is that a thing?!) to the massive fuzzy keychain ugh. I still can't believe that this exists. The only thing that would make it crazier for me is if it had a tassle. 

Have you seen any crazy finds while shopping lately? How to do you feel about the Sherpa outside on bag trends?

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11.05.2018

Fall 2018 Goal Link Up Update



Hopefully we're all recovered from the time change this past weekend and well on our way into a good November. I thought it would be a good time to check in on fall goals and make sure myself (and you!) are staying on track. I'm always glad to take some time and review goals. It seems like there are always one or two that slip through the cracks and are forgotten. Are you keeping up on your fall goals? I hope so!



1. Plan out blogging calendar for the next year
I've been working on this one a ton! So far I've got ideas scheduled out as far as next summer. Been working a lot on actually writing to keep ahead so I haven't gone back yet and finished out the year.

2. Complete 4 courses from Genius Bloggers Toolkit


I had to make sure to sign up and download all the things before I didn't have access last month with the release of the new Genius Bloggers Toolkit. So after making sure I had access to everything and downloaded all the things I was able to start on all those great courses. I've totally completed one so far and I'm now about halfway through a second. 

3. Work our way through three rooms of the Year of Organizing Challenge

This needs to be made a priority. Kevin and I just have not done so. 

4. Figure out one way to wear a blanket scarf and wear it that way twice
Chicago has still been in this weird in between weather spell. It's not quite cool enough to warrant a full blown blanket scarf yet. I'm guessing the weather will get cooler really soon so I'll be able to start this one really soon. I've been pinning all sorts of tutorial and informative posts about blanket scarf wearing to my Super Model board so I'm going to go back and start looking through those.


5. Have a scrapbook day where I finish my Disney scrapbook
I've got the Saturday after Thanksgiving blocked out to really work on this scrapbook. I'm so far with this scrapbook it really shouldn't take me much time at all to finish I just have to really put my mind to it and finish.


6. Spend a day organizing family papers

I spent a day at the end of October at my mom's house working on papers. Haven't had the chance to order more folders or archival boxes yet but it feels good just to do the sorting and corralling. 

7. Do my first two week time spent tracking
I haven't even thought about doing this yet since things are still pretty nuts. I guess I just should do since life is not going to get any less nuts any time soon!


8. Figure out the crescent knitting pattern

This is a tough one that I had been putting off for so long. There is a crescent dishrag pattern that I've made in the past but it's a really large pattern so I'm working on creating a slightly different pattern that is smaller. So after finally finding a couple pieces of graph paper I've been working on creating the new smaller pattern. 

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11.02.2018

30 Things That Happened in 1988

Way back when in 1988 when the world was young and I was only four years old there was so much happening. It was a banner year for hair metal and fantastic kids movies.



The Land Before Time

Summer Olympics are held in Seoul, South Korea

Stephen Hawking Publishes " A Brief History Of Time"




US Space Shuttle program resumes 2 1/2 years after Challenger disaster

Jem & the Holograms ended it's amazing 3 season run

The Winter Olympic Games are held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada



Coming to America

Archaeologists uncover the original Globe Theatre in London


Good Morning, Miss Bliss kicks off our five year love affair with Zack Morris





The Wonder Years

Doppler radar was invented

Beetle Juice

Suspected Libyan terrorist bomb explodes on Pan Am jet over Lockerbie in Scotland on December 21st. All 259 people on board were killed and 11 people on the ground





Al-Qaeda is formed by Osama bin Laden

The first major computer virus infects computers connected to the Internet

Rihanna is born February 20



Iran–Iraq War ends

Video game addicts everywhere are born with the release of the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) 

Peter Kalikow purchases NY Post from Rupert Murdoch for $37.6 million



Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

First World AIDS Day is held

Rupert Grint was born 

Former pop singer Sonny Bono is elected Mayor of Palm Springs, CA








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