Archive for December 2007

31 December 2007

Is dead animal on the head in this season?

By: Jessica B.

So it’s still great to be back in the city – in fact, today while walking home from dinner at Bamee with Liz, I happened to see a woman on the corner of Belmont and Broadway with a fur hat, that actually still had the animals head over her forehead and the tail in the back. It was like the Davey Crockett hat on crack. And what was more interesting was that the top of the hat, behind the stuffed animal head was open! So the top of her head was exposed under all of that fur nightmare. Yikes, bad choice. I definitely did not see that in my fashion magazines.

So tomorrow is the last day of 2007 and part of me is waxing nostalgic about how my group has changed this year. New additions to my circle of friends, thanks to knitting and our master yoda – Amanda – but it’s the first year that Team Hamster won’t be together either. Sarah/Thom in SF, Mike with his gang in MI and Liz, Ryan and I pulling together plans here. Kind of sad, but a sign that things can easily change in a year. Besides, tomorrow in Wicker Park at Rebecca’s will be awesome – I must begin fasting early!

29 December 2007

Home at last!

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Chicago

Oh it feels so good to be back in Chicago, in fact an elderly woman at the Jewel even snapped at me, calling me “goddamn rude,” because I accidentally nudged her with the cart. I swear it was an accident! Ah it feels good to be back, love my crazies!

After an exhausting afternoon of moving all my crap back into my apartment, watching the men’s Wisconsin basketball team win against #9 Texas in a last-minute shot and walking around downtown, I came back and unpacked (after trying hard to will it to happen on its own.) Tomorrow is the Pottery Barn mirror that I got for Christmas, that will take all of my strength.

But my little home is coming together, slowly but surely. Now if someone wants to help me take down the loads of boxes and garbage, that would be great :)

28 December 2007

Winter Wonderland Redux

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Movies, Wisconsin

So the white Christmas Nat King Cole sang about showed up fashionably late in Wisconsin and the Midwest today, dropping 6 inches near the lake and likely 6 inches in Chicago, which will hopefully make my grand arrival back in the city tomorrow as painless as possible. I was even on co-shoveling duty, which did not feel good for the following reasons: snow was wet and heavy, I have not lifted weights in nearly 2.5 weeks and because my continually sore rib was not feeling like working today.

Fingers crossed that my pilgrimage home to my overly warm apartment will go well!

My cinema marathon also continued today, catching “Charlie Wilson’s War” at the IPic theater at Bayshore. WHOA. When paying, I was enraged at $15 for tickets per person ($7.50 for the actual ticket and $7.50 for the VIP services, which include valet parking, popcorn and reserved seats – which is automatically included in your ticket price – no negotiations). But after seeing the very adult and nice surroundings, including an usher escort us to our seats and the shock and awe of actual art on the walls and the ability to not only have a bottle of wine and fresh pizza with your movie…the grumbling was subsided. I doubt I will be returning there, but for a night, I did feel like a VIP….for $15. AMC, you haven’t lost me yet!

28 December 2007

Should I be tired?

By: Jessica B.

In short – no, but somehow I am! Logically, I believe that I have no reason to be tired, as I sleep through the night and wake up at a work-friendly hour still, but I’ll forgo that thought and go with the fact that my body is apparently exhausted. Why? I have no idea. I’ll think of that later.

More snow tomorrow, yay! (said with a sarcastic tone.) Here in Wisconsin, it’ll be about 4-6 inches, same with Chicago. I’m literally praying that when I return to Chi-town on Saturday that the roads won’t be too terrible. Ugh! I’ve also been informed that I’m on co-shovel duty since my stepbrother now has a “real-life” job. Darnit! Let’s hope that duty only regulates me to shoveling the front porch and walk, while dad works the snow blower. *Fingers crossed*

Well, back to pondering the reason why I’m ready to go to bed now. Hopefully once I’m back in a workout routine and not eating “crap” foods all the time (holidays indulgences), then I’ll be back to usual me.

26 December 2007

Post-holiday coma

By: Jessica B.

I cannot believe the holidays are over. It seems like just yesterday that I began daydreaming of purchasing gifts for friends and family…and dreading making my own list, asking myself the eternal question of, “what do I want this year?” Fortunately I was a good girl this year (phew) and I only have one return, which is amazing. I didn’t get everything on my list and honestly I wasn’t too upset about it. The one thing I was missing was the sequined clutch/makeup bag at Sephora in silver, which fortunately was rectified today at Mayfair.

Then the lure of post-Christmas sales got me and I got an ornament (which I don’t need) from Restoration (at 60 percent off though) and a scarf from Gap (fortunately also on sale.) The big coup of the day had to be the new lamp I got from Pottery Barn, originally $119 without the base, marked down to $90 and then to $21.99. I thought I might have been drunk when I saw that so I asked the nice saleslady to confirm, and fortunately, I was not drunk and the price was correct! Unfortunately, there was a chip on the base, which would normally make that lamp dead to me, but whatever alcohol was left in me didn’t seem to care. Very exciting! I love Pottery Barn floor models!

Well I’m ready for an afternoon “lay down,” which in our house is basically a nap without the actual sleeping part. Then I am off to bond with my future sister-in-law, who will share the same name as me once she marries my brother. It’s scary, but just remember, nothing beats the original JB :)