Hunter Wellington Boots

After last weekend’s torrential rains and the promise of heavy snowfall this winter, I’m pining for a pair of rubber boots. I was reading about Nicole’s quest for the perfect wellies over at Making it Lovely, and I’ve love a pair of Hunter Wellington boots, but I’m a little leary about the calf size. I wish the mid-calf version came…

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PJP Memorial

Northwest Indiana is littered with religious memorials. The Shrine of Christ’s Passion is the most well-known, but it’s a bit grandiose for my tastes. I prefer the PJP Memorial at the Carmelite Friary. Notice that the statue is of Pope John Paul II, not that crazy Pope Benedict XVI. I was completely enthralled with the process of choosing the new…

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The flood waters are receding!

The Chicagoland-area is still drying out from last weekend’s rain and flooding. The main highway just re-opened after being closed for five days, schools are back in session, and people are being let back into their homes to assess the damage. The water level in the pond behind our apartment (pictured above) was 3-4 feet higher than it normally is,…

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My Favorite Season…

My most favorite time of year is quickly approaching. With cool temperatures, colorful foliage, and the beginning of the holiday season; I wait for October to arrive every year. I love having a reason to stop for a hot drink in the morning and switching out my summer wardrobe for my comfy sweaters, warm boots, and leggings. My most favorite…

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pretty please with sugar on top

I have four little cousins that you have probably heard me talk about before. Mitch is 13, Madeline is 7, Kate is 6, and Jack is 4. My uncle called and asked me to host a sleepover the weekend before Halloween so that they can have an adults only party. Obviously, I’m not invited. I told him I’d think about…

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Wildfire Restaurant

My boss and I were on the road visiting a vendor today, and he took me for a fancy lunch at Wildfire. At first I was afraid he was going to fire me, but he told me not to worry, he just felt like treating. We both had the chopped salad and it was phenomenal. It had bits of warm…

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Lost & Found

Mike lost his wallet for the second time in a week, and this time it’s for good. On Saturday we were on the hunt for it before we went out for the night, and it turned up on a shelf in his closet. He must have laid it down while getting changed. Today it went missing after a trip to…

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Take that Morgan Spurlock…

Don Gorske has eaten 23,000 Big Macs, and he has the receipts to prove it. He began tallying his Big Macs in 1972 after being fascinated with the way McDonald’s tracks the number of people served on its billboards. Since then, he’s eaten two Big Macs (he nixed the fries in the 1980s) every day. It should be noted that…

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Goodbye Summer

Do you see that? It’s the first time since April that our air conditioning has been off and the temperature has been tolerable in our apartment. Although, 72 degrees is barely tolerable when our ideal temperature is 66 degrees. It feels like summer is officially over, and for that (and our steadily declining NIPSCO bill) I am thankful. [ statistics…

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The Perfect Bag

This happens before every vacation or weekend trip. My leather purse just won’t do, so I’m searching for the perfect tote bag to drag around Disney World for a week. I want it to be large enough to fit snacks, water, and an umbrella or two, but lightweight and with straps that allow me to keep my hands free. This…

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