Saturday, April 27, 2013

Spring...what a rush it is!



The sun is shining!


Iced tea on a beautiful day!


The boats are finding their way into the docks...


Yes, it feels like winter is dead.  

Exhale.




Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Indoor Picnic


It has rained...
 and rained...
and rained...here in Chicago.

In anticipation of the upcoming warmer temps and sunny dayz...
I decided to have an indoor picnic to encourage summer to 
COME ON!


Tartan plaid...candles...


A little wine and some sparkling water....


An assortment of cheeses...avocado...hummus...carrots...and crackers....

I turned on some music and found myself smiling...

Anticipating summer....

Monday, April 22, 2013

It's Earth Day


LOVE our Earth

The fight for a clean environment continues in a climate of increasing urgency.

Please continue to do your part in helping to create an environmental movement to protect and save our beautiful planet.


It was 68 in Chicago today with a slight breeze...perfect to chill during lunch and sit outside and enjoy.

I'm off to dinner with a good friend to celebrate our wonderful planet!

Cheers!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013

A FIERCE weekend!


My Niece, Ashley came in for the weekend to have some fun and do a photo shoot for her 
Limitless Bracelet Collection. 

We had a lot of fun being creative, laughing and just hanging out together. 


Drinks and dinner at Cesars Mexican restaurant to kick things off.


  With an early start...

we got a lot accomplished.


Her journey is amazing and I am so proud of her.


Here is a sneak peek at the collection.


Like her page on Facebook, 
FIERCE FORWARD 
You will find awesome tips on staying motivated, workout routines, recipes, her journey and 
how living a healthy lifestyle has changed her life. 


To order bracelets visit her website for details:
www.fierceforwardforlife.com


Rosebud for brunch on Rush St.


Lox piled high over a tower of bagels.


Of course, a stop for Starbucks before some shopping on Michigan Avenue.


Kewl cement arrow.


It sure is.

I hope you had a great weekend too!!!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Train of thought....


Everyday I cross these tracks.

Most days I get stopped by a train.  

I stand and wave.

Hello.

To the strangers on the train.

I stand there...waving and smiling at all these people I don't even know.

Somehow, it brings me this little bit of joy.

It's silly, I know.

No one knew that until now.

Except for the strangers on the train who saw me.

Then I disappear into the building and it's just another working day.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Laura...in the conservatory...with a shovel


Just next to The Lincoln Park Zoo is the Conservatory. 
 It's like getting transformed to another place...another time.  

Ancient ferns and tropical palms...it smelled like Hawaii...I was in heaven.


All the iron and glass...it just feels exotic.
Paradise under glass.


I love the big leaves.


The brilliant colors.


The details...




Isn't it simply beautiful? 



Staghorn ferns are my absolute favorite.


Orchids...nature's finest.  
I love them.


They were everywhere.


A paradise indeed.

How lucky am I, I thought.  

This is in my backyard.

Laura and I sat there and decided we must come back.

To sit...breathe it all in...enjoy and stay awhile.

Monday, April 8, 2013

The happy was too loud


The Lincoln Park Zoo is a few blocks from my apartment.  
It's free and open everyday of the year!


A kewl iron gate welcoming all.


Flamingos


I loved watching these guys fly around their habitat.



My favorite may have been the Gorillas.  
So amazing!



She was a beauty. 

Being there, made me think about that movie, We Bought a Zoo.
Have you seen it?

My favorite line...
You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage.
Just literally, twenty seconds of embarrassing bravery.
And I promise you, something great will happen.

Makes you want to go get brave...and courageous...so something great will happen....