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an AWESOME touchdown

Who has your back?


I wanna be friends with stickman.

Fun!

Click below & try it out:

http://www.drawastickman.com

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what are you doing new year’s eve?

What Are You Doing New Years Eve? by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt


welcome, Zoe

We’ve been busy over here this fall- see the lack of posts?

Let me introduce you to our newest little trouble-maker:

Chicagoland Dog Rescue

We first saw Zoe on Petfinder.com, a website that helps you find rescue pets in your area, based on your specifications. Lucky for us, the Schaumberg PetCo was hosting adoptees from Chicagoland Dog Rescue, and Zoe was one of them. We headed on over & there she was.

After lots of paperwork, Zoe came for a home visit. WE wanted to make a good impression, especially with Zoe’s foster mom & director of her case. There was another family also interested in her, so Zoe got to choose- which family would she like best? She picked us!

Originally a stray, Zoe came to us with intestinal parasites, a urinary tract infection and soon developed pneumonia, which she battled for 2 weeks.

Now she is healthy, 40 pounds, somewhere around 6 months and we think she’s at least part plott hound.

What’s your guess?

Here’s her success story posted on the CDR website.


our pit completed… in-ground trampoline

How in the world can you make a trampoline accessible?

Thanks to one of Meredith Sinclair’s (Hoo-dee-Hoo) tweets, I found the perfect solution in an in-ground trampoline. Didn’t take much convincing of Otis Carter (Carter Albarran Landscape Group), our amazing landscaper, to give it a try. Now, our guy with cerebral palsy can walk right out onto it & bounce to his little heart’s content.

We might be the only people here in the arctic, snowy climate of Chicago to have attempted a pit trampoline- we’ll see how it fares after a blizzard or two. For right now, it’s just a lot of fun.

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Whooo-hooo!


Head First Studio

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My friend, Richard Malstrom, has a recording studio with Pat Noyes, right here in Chicago. Musicians can rehearse, record and get help putting music together in a big loft with a huge skylight. The boys & I got to visit today, make some music & laugh a lot.

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We loved the space almost as much as we love Richard-

and can you ever have too many microphones?

Find out more about Head First Studio here:

http://headfirststudio.com/index.html

 

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Win! Win!

Just saw this great movie the other night- although it’s out of the theaters. One of those quiet little movies that came & went before we had a chance to hear of it.

vintage-twisted     Funny & poignant, it’s always a joy watching Paul Giamatti wrestle with the decisions of his characters and a real treat watching Amy Ryan, girlfriend of Michael Scott on The Office, in an expanded role. But the real heartbreaker in the movie is Alex Schaffer, who plays Kyle. He’s compelling & conveys complexity with barely any dialog at first meeting.

Here’s the trailer…

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did-


Can you call a pit gorgeous?

The kids have been dying for a trampoline and I have serious reservations- the biggest is how is the 10 yr old with cerebral palsy going to get on?!? And off? And around the netting? Without, of course, breaking my back by lifting him up. We thought about building a staircase, perhaps with a platform, but it seems that might cause more problems than solutions.

Can a trampoline be any more unsafe than the way the kids are dangling, hanging, jumping, and twisting off the second story of the soon-to-be replaced play structure? As soon as I say, “You can NOT do that!” they come up with a new crazy, daredevil antic to perform.

And what floats across time & space and lands right here, on my computer, through a friend’s tweet? This! Known as a sunken, pit, or in ground trampoline.

vintage-twistedThanks to Babble, an amazing blog, with a lot of information for all, for posting these . Check out this post to see other backyard beauties…
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After some initial research, it seems that a drainage system is a must, along with some type of retaining wall. Do you have any input? Suggestions? Concerns? Send me a comment & some help!


just love those babies!

I know you’ve already seen this, but I can’t help it. I especially love the ending.

Enjoy!

 


I’m just dreaming of Blue Heaven…

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Seriously, heaven on a fork! And Key West perfect: quirky outdoor patio, live music, roosters & cats roaming, unbelievable food & friendly, funny staff. Long wait, unless you’re there early.

 

 

SHRIMP AND GRITSSari Shein
Five sautéed Key West shrimp served over grits
with Vermont white cheddar cheese, scallions
and bakery fresh toast

Best I ever had, and I do love cheesy grits.

 

 

 

 

Who else loves Blue Heaven?

click below to find out!

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