Happy 100th Birthday, Wrigley Field!

23 04 2014

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The first game in Wrigley Field was played 100 years ago today. Wow.

Happy Birthday to the place that’s one of my favorite places in the world to be! So many great memories within those Friendly Confines.

#Wrigley100

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(Top image c/o Cubs.com; bottom image c/o July 5, 2013 game with my parents)





Quotable

22 04 2014

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I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.

Anne Lamott





On Connection. And Brisket.

22 04 2014

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On Saturday evening, we attended our first Seder at the home of some of our dearest friends. These people have felt like family from the beginning but we were still so honored that they would include us in such a special tradition.

Ryan and I are Catholic and Episcopalian, respectively, and even though we read up a bit on Passover before last weekend, we learned so much during the meal. Judaism is such a beautiful religion and it was the coolest to see our friend lead the Seder in his home, a home that now includes a wife and darling little girl, with his parents, aunts and uncles looking on.

Related: I want to eat Kugel every day for the rest of my life.

Walking back to our hotel (the sheer amount of brisket consumed made a walk very necessary), Ryan and I reflected on the evening and in addition to how much fun we had, the thing that came up the most was connection. The connection to religion, to family, to tradition, to each other. It’s something we have been craving and to be present to it for an evening was really, really special.

When I count my blessings, these friends that are family and connecting with them across a table full of love, conversation and food is at the top of the list. So infinitely grateful for these special times and opportunities to learn.





Proposal Magnet

21 04 2014

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I have, approximately, seen a million couples get engaged.

Okay, that number may be a little exaggerated but it’s a rare month that goes by where a guy doesn’t drop to his knee somewhere in my general vicinity.

I have seen proposals on the lake front running path, random street corners on Michigan Avenue, on the river. The nature observatory in Lincoln Park, well, that’s just shooting fish in a barrel. 2 weeks ago, I saw someone propose at a coffee shop in my neighborhood. Before we were engaged, my fiancé thought I was making this up to get him to propose but now that he has been around for a few drive-by proposals, it’s clear that I have seen an abnormal amount.

We were in Washington DC this weekend and found the cutest, quaint bar in Georgetown to grab a nightcap. In our booth, there was a newspaper clipping that informed us that Martin’s Tavern is the oldest bar in DC and that JFK allegedly proposed to Jackie in Booth 3. Immediately, I tried figuring out which booth was #3 because I LOVE the Kennedy’s and omg if we were in that booth, I would die. I was ordering another drink (champagne, obviously- we were in the bar Jackie O got engaged in!) when we hear a burst of applause and see flash bulbs going off in the booth behind us.

Guy on his knee. Big sparkler. The yelling of “yes!”. Family and friends running out from corners of the bar.

Proposal number million and two. Huzzah for love!





Boston Strong

21 04 2014

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Sending lots of love, wishes for fast feet and a safe race to Boston today!

Running can be a solitary endeavor but I think it’s safe to say that not a single person running the Boston Marathon today will be doing it alone- the entire country has each and every participant in their hearts today.

Today, just like last year, we’re all Boston Strong. Go get ‘em, runners!





Throw Back Thursday

17 04 2014

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I don’t know how people have such instant access to their childhood pictures (really- where are they getting these?!) but since Throwback Thursday is a thing, I submit this image as being a pretty legit throwback- Cubs players circa 1926.

Love the historical decals on the brick around the field right now- they’re really celebrating their 100th birthday!





Quotable

16 04 2014

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Tutto finisce a taralucci e vino.

Translation: It all ends with biscuits and wine.

Italians say this to mean don’t worry- everything is going to be fine. Isn’t that lovely?








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