September 2012



Playing Catch Up

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Good Morning!  It is a cool, crisp, beautiful Fall morning here in Chicago and I thought it would be the perfect time to grab a hot cup of coffee, settle in on our porch, and write a quick post to catch you up on my life!  The last couple of months have been pretty crazy for Mike & me…and we’re not slowing down quite yet-a wedding, a Bears game, and an anniversary party at our gym, Kru Strength + Fitness, are still lined up for this weekend!  I’ll come back to all of that soon-but in the meantime, here’s what we’ve been up to…in a nutshell…

We visited Lawrence, KS (Mike’s hometown) for the KU Home Opener football game!

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

I absolutely love Lawrence!  From the cute little shops, bars, and restaurants that line Mass St to the friendly, down-to-earth people I’ve met there, it didn’t take long for me to fall in love.  Our visit to Lawrence and KU really deserves its own post…but I guess we’ll save that for the next visit!

Next up…the BEARS home opener!  I’ve decided that my love for the Bears really deserves its very own dedicated post…but I’ll give you a quick sneak peek to hold you over…

Somewhere along the way we also visited Kingston Mines-FINALLY!  Kingston Mines is one of  the more popular (in my opinion, the best) Blues clubs in Chicago.  Mike and I have been talking about going here pretty much ever since we met 4 1/2 years ago…so we finally got the chance to check that off our Chicago bucket list!  Between the unique atmosphere and the FANTASTIC music, I have a feeling we will be returning very soon!  We were also there the same night as Mikey Roe, a Travel Channel host, who has a new show called ‘Feed The Beast’ coming in December-can’t wait to watch the episode featuring this Chicago gem!

Mikey Roe

Guess what?!?  There’s more!  Ever hear of a guy named Bruce Springsteen??  Oh yes…we got to see The Boss at Wrigley Field and it was a seriously ridiculous show…ridiculously awesome.  With cameos by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, it was the concert event of a lifetime.  Bruce roared through 28 songs over 3.5 hours and kept the 5-song encore going even after Wrigley turned its lights on.  Here’s the ridiculous set list from…

  1. (With 78 Intro)
  2. (with Tom Morello)
  3. (Jimmy Cliff cover)
  4. (with Tom Morello)
  5. (with Eddie Vedder)
  6. (Tour Premiere)
  7. (with Tom Morello)
  8. (with Tom Morello)
  9. Encore:
  10. (With Tom Morello & Eddie Vedder)
  11. (The Isley Brothers cover) (With Tom Morello & Eddie Vedder)

My brother sporting an All-American look for the concert

Fast forward to our Barbeque day!  I bought Mike a Weber smoker for his birthday a few years ago and the art of smoking meat has now become one of his favorite hobbies.  Ribs, pulled pork, brisket, chicken…he does it all…and he’s really good at it!

That brings us to our final event…a beautiful wedding at Chicago’s Carnivale.  Carnivale is an amazing wedding venue and we were super impressed by the food, atmosphere, and really just everything about it.  One of my favorite new wedding trends is the Photo Booth and Shutter Booth provided us with some great entertainment over the course of the night…we had a lot of fun with it, so I’ll leave you with a little peek into our shutter booth antics!  Thanks for sticking with me in my attempt to quickly recap the last crazy couple of months!

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