Tuesday, March 31, 2009

My favorite train man makes the news

Back in December I made this post about my favorite CTA train conductor. I was on his train again last week.

Imagine my joy when I found this article about him on the Chicago Tribune's website today. I'm glad that other people appreciate him as much as I do.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Dear Mother Nature,

I remember once, when I was a little girl, it snowed haevily on Easter. Being a native of the Chicagoland area, I know that it really can snow at any time. Sometimes I'm surprised it doesn't snow in June.

And it's only March. It's still snowy season. But could you imagine my horror and disappointment when I woke up to snow this morning? I often don't mind winter, but this winter has been particularly brutal. We've had a few nice days lately. I thoight we might be turning the corner.

But no. Here we are. On a day I have to go on a roadtrip there is a couple of inches of fresh snow on the ground.

Thanks, Mother Nature. Thanks a lot.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Every Burger

We went to Golden Pacific Market on Broadway for the first time in years this afternoon. I was looking for Pocky (which I got) and briefly considered getting some Jaffa Cakes before putting them back. This box, located among boxes of Pocky, caught Tim's eye:

Every Burger

We weren't exactly sure what this was going to be. After seeing that chocolate was one of the ingredients, we decided to give them a try.

We had no idea what to expect when we opened the box. Inside the box were two smaller packets.

Every Burger

Inside each packet are these little burger cookies.

Tiny burgers!

They are tasty! As you can see, they are tiny.

Is that supposed to be cheese?

The buns are made of cookie, with some sesame seeds on the top one. The patty is made of chocolate. It looks like there is some white stuff, is that supposed to look like cheese? I'm not sure, but it was tasty!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

We only go to Navy Pier for two reasons.

1. We have family or friends who don't live in the city who are going and invite us along.

2. We are going to see an IMAX movie.

Yesterday we went to see Watchmen. We went early so that we could grab some lunch and walk around a bit before having to get in line for the movie.

As soon as we walked in, my boyfriend decided to use the restroom. He left me along to watch the children's entertainment of the day, which was Barney.


While walking around we saw some beautiful stained glass windows.

Stained glass

Stained glass

Oh, and the movie? We loved it.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

It's been a long time

On many levels. I haven't posted here in forever. I want to post more regularly, but I've really had nothing interesting to say or show lately.

On another level, last night I went to my first concert since September. That is a long time for me. My how I missed live music. How did I go that long without a show? That won't be the case for the next few months. I'm still thinking about going to see the Handsome Furs this month, and next month so far I have Coachella and Franz Ferdinand (who will also be at Coachella).

Last night we went to Schubas for Airborne Toxic Event's first show of two. It was the all ages show, so I expected to be one of the oldest people there. That was not the case. It seemed as if almost everyone was 21+ and bought a ticket to the early show because the late show was sold out, just like me. I expected to see many more high school aged kids, but that wasn't the case.

Henry Clay People

The opening act was a band called Henry Clay People. I had never heard of them before. I visited their Myspace page early in the day yesterday, and while I didn't have time to really listen to any of the songs, I figured I would like them when I saw a picture of a pug on their page. Yes, I'm that shallow sometimes. They were a lot of fun. I'm not really sure who I would compare them to, so I guess I'm not really informative that way. But they were good.

The Airborne Toxic Event

I really enjoyed Airborne Toxic Event's set. If I recall correctly they played their whole album, plus a cover of "Goodbye Horses" by Q. Lazzarus. You know, from The Silence of the Lambs? That song? Yeah. I squeed!!! I love that song. Looking around the room, it didn't appear that many people knew the song. That's too bad. Their cover rocked.

The Airborne Toxic Event

Last night's concert puts a new wrinkle into how I'm going to determine who I watch at Coachella. The actual performance schedule hasn't been released yet. I was hoping that I would see this show, enjoy it, but then feel free to see whatever other band would be playing at the same time as Airborne Toxic Event at Coachella. I didn't just like their set, I loved it. So now I'm going to have a hard time skipping them to see someone else. I thought this would make it easier! Oh well!

You can see the rest of the photos from the show here. I wasn't very close to the front, so they aren't fantastic. You can hear the original version of "Goodbye Horses" here.