Monday, April 9, 2018

Condo living

We've been living in my parents' condo for about a month now while our kitchen renovation is underway. The latest update is that our cabinets will arrive the first week in May, so unfortunately, we still have a couple more months to go. But it's okay! My parents will be in Florida until June, so we are very lucky to have a place to stay while we wait.

We miss our house and neighborhood (and Jason misses his Sonos), but overall, I kind of like condo living. It suits our little family to be together on one floor. And I get to test out a capsule wardrobe! I know this doesn't sound like everyone's dream, but I love the idea of paring down my belongings to just a few basics and mixing and matching my way through the week. This is approximately what I've been working with for the past 4 weeks. Work-out clothes and accessories not pictured.

Full confession--I'm pretty sick of everything in the suitcase and am planning to swap out some of the tops later this week. But, it has showed me that I can get by with fewer choices. I'm thinking it might be time to go full Marie Kondo on my closet when I get home.

Other benefits of condo life? I love that there's a gym in the building! And Molly loves it too. She either takes a book and reads, or practices handstands and cartwheels for half an hour while I run or use the elliptical. This leaves no excuse for me not to work out.

My work out buddy

Thanks Mom and Dad for loaning us the place. Our kitchen is still without a finished floor or walls, but I'll post pictures as soon as we have visible progress!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Spring breakish

Our grand plans for a trip to Arizona and the Grand Canyon for spring break were sadly abandoned when we saw the price of flights. So we decided to stay home and bring spring break to us with a visit from Marsha and Steve and a couple of fun excursions close to home.

I felt a little bad that we didn't go anywhere, but it was nice and relaxing to just sleep in, hang out, and enjoy the family time. Plus, we still have something to look forward to. We didn't book the spring break trip to Arizona, but we have plans to go for a long weekend over Memorial Day. Warmer weather is on the horizon! Let the countdown begin!
Hibachi night

Buying up the galaxy in Star Wars Monopoly

A trip to the Jelly Belly factory

A visit to our favorite pizza place in Bucktown -- Piece

Friday, March 30, 2018

Sing Street

We watched a really charming movie last night and I just have to pass it on. I think it's a hidden gem, because I had certainly never heard of it, but maybe I'm wrong. Check it out on Netflix -- Sing Street. It's an Irish movie, set in the 1980s, with a pretty simple plot -- a boy starts a band to impress a girl. We loved it!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Birthday month

March is a big month for birthdays in our family ... my dad, Sean, James, and B all get to celebrate. It was kind of a big one for the B this year - a milestone of sorts - so we made sure to get the adults out for a fun dinner. We went to a restaurant called Wood that was SO good if anyone looking for a new place to try. Happy birthday to all!

The adults in the fam - minus Terry who is taking the photo

James got to celebrate the BIG 5! 

Had to also include a pic of my girl - and Batman George in the background taking advantage of a quiet moment to play with his brother's new toys

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

This used to be our kitchen

Out with the old, in with the new!
There's no turning back now!

A delight to the senses

Jason, Molly, and I went to New York last weekend, and from the look of the photos, you'd probably think all we did was eat! That's partially true ... but we also went to sightsee, visit Jon and Adina, and hang out with a few of my best friends from college.

For a quick trip, we really packed a lot in and ended up having such a good time. Molly was a total trooper and just kind of did what we did all weekend. It was great :) She had only 2 requests -- to go shopping for a pair of aviator sunglasses and to try bubble tea. Luckily we were able to make both of those things happen.

Trying a slice of New York pizza. 

A kid in a candy store - Dylan's Candy Bar at Union Square
Pesce Pasta with Uncle Jon - neighborhood Italian spot in Chelsea

Molly finally getting to try bubble tea with Adina

My new favorite food -- soup dumplings
(P.S. That's Jason's thumb, not mine)
Thai style ice cream in Long Island City

That face says it all
Jon and Adina were wonderful hosts -- I fell in love with their neighborhood (Sunnyside, Queens) and had some of the best food ever at the New World Mall in Flushing. My only regret ... I did not take a single picture with my friends from NU! Courtney, Brian, Kirsten, and Manu all trekked in from their various neighborhoods with spouses and kids and I did nothing to document the occasion. Next time! Hopefully we'll be back soon :)

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Best of Feb

Short month ... full of activities. Things have been hectic, but happy. 

We've had good times with good friends, I finished a few good books (Give a Girl a Knife, Little Fires Everywhere, Small Great Things), and saw a couple of good movies (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Call Me By Your Name). And in between it all, I've watched about a thousand hours of Winter Olympics coverage, about half of that with Austrian commentators while I was on a work trip in Vienna. 

We've also started packing up the kitchen. Yup, the permits have been approved and we have a tentative start date of March 5th! It's going to be an interesting few months when this renovation finally gets underway. Hopefully we'll stay busy this spring and the months will fly by. 

More to come! Until then, here's a look back on the best of Feb:

Celebrating Jason's 44th

A visit from Jon and Adina

Daddy daughter dance ... Jason's caption: My hair was perfect

Best of Vienna ... Bier, goulash, and spƤtzle
Selling cookies in the cold