2014 Week 41: A happy boo weddiversary! & Swap #4

La De Blog - Wedding Boo-versary 1
After being together for 8.5 years, it was bound to happen that we’d get a nearly identical card for one another and it turns out this happened for our one year wedding anniversary card. :)

La De Blog - Greenhouse Bed & Breakfast in Kempton, IL - Breakfast
Breakfast @ Greenhouse Bed & Breakfast – HUBBA, HUBBA

This week: Celebrated our anniversary at our beloved Greenhouse Bed & Breakfast in Kempton, IL (30 minutes outside of Kankakee, the same place we had our mini-moon last year. It is the best best & breakfast that we’ve gone to and we love Mark and Guia and their pups Tinka & Apollo. It is the best place to forget about the stress going on in our lives packing and getting ready to move. Truly feels like a home away from home. And the food that Guia makes; probably about 90% grown in their gardens, from their chickens, or from their neighbor Mint Creek (sustainable meat farm), is better than most restaurants we have eaten at. Pictured above is breakfast: savory kale oatmeal, poached eggs and tomatoes, cornbread, persimmon pudding, zucchini bread, fruit, and bacon for Z. Guia does not mess around with food. You can pay additional to have dinner there since it’s rather remote and it is completely worth sticking around because dinner is just as good. Basically, everyone should go there. Tell Mark & Guia we sent ya.

La De Blog - 2014 October Chicago Food Swap - what I made
What I brought to swap:
potato & onion pierogi. black bean, kale & butternut squash chili. popcorn eyeballs.

La De Blog - 2014 October Chicago Food Swap - my haul
My swap haul

After missing a couple Chicago Food Swaps due to being out of town, it was fantastic to make it to this one! Lots of veteran swappers and a few new faces. Some faves were coffee beans from elhurst coffee, two different dilly beans, vegan pancakes, fig bars, maple ginger soda, lime curd, and amazing caramels. Freakin’ tastiness. I feel like this was the most winning combination of stuff I made. Everyone went WILD for the pierogi. I used this recipe from Isa Chandra and then froze them for swappers to cook them with whatever they wanted. Mods made: Adding the magical Epic Spices garlic pepper.

Films watched 41st week of the year:

The Hangover Part III
ParaNorman
Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince

THP3 was terrible. The opening scene is the only thing worth watching. ParaNorman was brilliant – I’d guess that others felt it was similar to Frankenweenie as well. Pretty cool. HP&THBP excellent re-watch.

2014 Week 40: Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend!

La De Blog - River Farm
View at River Farm

This week: Got into Renegade Craft Fair Chicago Holiday – HUZZAH! Lunch with Betsy @ BDP. Flew to DC. Dinner with Jen, Matt, and kiddos Max & Luke. Brunch with Alison, Ron & kiddo Hannah. Dinner with family @ Cedar Restaurant. Carol & Russell’s Wedding at River Farm with reception at China Garden. Monday = Brunch with Nancy & Les @ Woodlands Vegan Bistro. Flew back to Chicago.

It was so great seeing so many buds in such a short time. Also, it was pure serendipity that Nancy happened to be in town over the weekend also. Such a happy weekend. We also got to meet my parent’s new dog Gracie. Even though she’s also a berner and looks nearly identical to Shadow, Gracie is the polar opposite.

Films watched 40th week of the year:

Obvious Child
Gone Girl
A.C.O.D.

It’s obvious why most people I know who saw it loved Obvious Child – quite a film. Gone Girl was really good. I tried not to hear any spoilers about the book – I only knew that there was a twist, but oh boy, it was a doozy.A.C.O.D. was alright. I love Adam Scott, but I don’t think I’d watch this one again.

2014 Week 39: “Oh, I was moved by your screen dream.”

La De Blog - Leigh and Marnie the Dog
Me with Marnie the Dog

I met Shirley’s pup, the famous Marnie the Dog, at NYC Popfest, but I forgot to post the picture. I only took a handful of photos during my epic week, so I figured this photo is better than any of those. <3

This week was the most culture I think I have ever jammed into one week. Met Amanda & Stacy at Tecalitlan. Dropped tea towels @ Plenty Grocery and Deli. Music Box. Quesadilla with Z, Elisse, & Nathan. Magritte exhibition @ Art Institute. Scotch tasting @ Jarvis house. David Bowie Is Exhibit @ MCA. Velvet Goldmine screening @ MCA with Todd Haynes & Sandy Powell.

For our wedding we had received a few museum memberships and, since we're closing in on our one year wedding-versary, we knew we had to finally use or use for a second time! It was an incredibly fun and productive week - feels good to get stuff done. So, about the Magritte exhibit - when Z and I were done I whispered to him: "Yep, not into Magritte." Admittedly, I only knew about 10 works of his, but I thought I enjoyed them, but seeing the paintings in person, I am not a fan. It was our first time in the modern wing and when I turned the corner and saw the Joseph Cornell wall, I was like, "yep, this is my kind of art." I've been a long time fan of Cornell's work and have seen a retrospective, but it had been awhile since I'd seen any of his pieces in person. The blend of art and craft is what touches my heart. Whatever kind of art moves you is great, as long as you find something that moves you! Speaking of art, I have been incredibly proud of buddy Dolan Geiman‘s work these days. The pieces he is creating today remind me of Cornell and strike my heartstrings the same way. Get thee to his website.

Films watched 39th week of the year:

Safe (2012)
The Zero Theorem
Velvet Goldmine

Safe was fine. The Zero Theorem was fantastic for costume design; think The Capitol City from Hunger Games, but without the heart behind it. Since I saw it, Velvet Goldmine has stayed in my Top 10 films of all time. I love every single thing about it. One of my perfect films. Getting to see it with Todd Haynes and Sandy Powell doing a Q&A after was splendid. Sequel, please? :)

2014 Week 37 & 38: On our way to fall into fall.

La De Blog - Zack & Leigh pre-K&B wedding
Z & Me, pre-Kate & Brian’s wedding

The last two weeks: Sara and Chris came to meet Codex. Errandin’. Last Dragonlady vegan buffet. Got rear van light replaced. Black Lips/King Khan @ Logan Square Auditorium. Apple picking @ Kuiper’s with Eliza, Mike, Meghan & Lee. Reprinted garlic & artichoke Veggie Vampire tea towels. Picked up stuff @ Amish Healthy Foods to go with Kate & Brian’s wedding gift. Drove to Cleveland. Helped Kate & Brian with wedding prep (see wedding card box below!). K&B Rehearsal Dinner @ Stone Mad. K&B Wedding! Breakfast with Hansens @ Dante Next Door. Drove back to Chicago and listened to a heap of Ready Player One, read by the one and only Wil Wheaton himself.

La De Blog - Board Game Wedding Card Box
Kate with Board Game Wedding Card Box

Films watched 37th & 38th week of the year:

Let’s Be Cops
The Rock
The Abyss
David Bowie is Happening Now *
The Princess Bride
Safe

* documentary

LBC was OK. TR remains great. TA was far more beautiful than I remembered watching it 15 years ago. DBIHN was one long commercial for the exhibit we’re seeing at the MCA, but I didn’t mind because I am SUPER psyched for it. TPB is an absolute classic. Safe was forgettable, but it’s hard to like Statham in a movie that is not Crank or Crank 2.

2014 Week 36: Twee much light make the boos go woo!

La De Blog - Too Much Light Chicago
Zack, Leigh, Susie, Michael

Internet, you do some cool things. I happened to see on the book of all the faces that my old lj turned irl friend Susie Ghahremani (boygirlparty.com) was in town on a whirlwind trip and Z and I crossed off a Chicago bucket list item of seeing TMLMTBGB at Neo-futurists theater with Susie and Michael. I laughed a whole bunch and I cried twice. Would wholeheartedly endorse for Mayor if the cast could run.

This week: Chef Shangri-la with Z, LCB & Adam. Epic Burger with Gretchen! Too Might Light Makes The Baby Go Blind @ Neo-Futurists. Busy morning running around before helping out at Paper Doll. Picked up old stock at Local Goods. Franks N’ Dawgs for lunch. Aldi & Trader Joe’s.

Films watched 36th week of the year:

The Corner

It has the same creator as the Wire and; though it felt more raw, it felt even more emotional for me watching The Corner. The cycle of drug and alcohol abuse is one that hits very close to home. I am adopted and found my birth mother in 2008 and we are now friends. Half of my birth family has struggled with addiction their whole lives. Being raised by my parents was a game-changer for me. In The Tipping Point, Gladwell compared nature vs. nurture and I am a result of the fact I was removed from a situation where addiction was dominant and I never went down the path of alcohol or drug abuse. I was sXe well into being 21. Now I have a drink or two a week, tops. I have never done drugs. I absolutely have an addictive personality where I strive for every detail to be perfect; where I cannot put down a good book if I am in the zone; where I run my finger around a bowl to join the clean plate club when something is delicious. Because I was removed from an environment where drugs and alcohol ruled, I escaped this fate. I don’t have the answer on how, but I know that there is a true need for substance abuse help in our country. This is an engrossing mini-series and I highly recommend that it be shown in schools.

2014 Week 34 & 35: I Werner be your boyfriend.

The last two weeks: Z made spanakopita a la lalalaini for his August vow dinner. Sen with Annie G. Greek Islands with Eliza & Mike. Rhymes with Twee factory time. Flew to Cleveland for Kate’s Lady Shenanigans. Z picked me up from the airport and we headed straight to Quesadilla for dinner. Lunch @ Yuzu with Judy. Jen’s Bday dinner @ Rangoli. Sold @ Renegade Craft Fair Chicago. Post-RCF Celebratory Dinner @ Bite.

The last two weeks were leading up to Rhymes with Twee splitting with di Palermo Body for Renegade Craft Fair Chicago. It was my best yet. Square tells me that there were no repeat credit cards, which is so surprising because it seemed like there were many repeat customers from last year. I made heaps of brand new things and most are up in the Etsy shop. I remade Picked You cards and made 3 brand new cards: Werner Herzog Love, Goat Love, and Mushroom Love. I also remade Artichoke, Garlic, Radish, and Carrot Veggie Vampire Tea Towels and made mushroom ones as well as making ‘I Quilly Love Writing’ stationery sets. Mushroom tea towel and stationery sets will be photographed soon and listed on Etsy.

Rhymes with Twee - Werner Herzog Love Card
Werner Herzog Love Greeting Card

Text inside:
I WERNER BE YOUR BOYFRIEND.
BEKLAUS I LOVE YOU.

(and of course Klaus Kinski is inside the card holding a heart)

Rhymes with Twee - Mushroom Portobello Truffle Enoki Love Card
Portobello Truffle Enoki Mushroom Love Greeting Card

Text inside:
My heart turns to mush when I think of you.
There’s room in there only for you.

La De Blog - RCF Chicago 2014 - Rhymes with Twee Booth Display

Rhymes with Twee Booth Display @ Renegade Craft Fair Chicago

Films watched 34th & 35th week of the year:

The Fisher King
Bright Star
Dear Mr. Watterson *
Tiny *

* documentary

Somehow I had never seen The Fisher King. It was lovely. Bright Star could have been called Bright Snore. Gorgeous costumes and settings, but I didn’t feel empathy for any characters. Both documentaries were short and sweet to have on while prepping for Renegade. I am very much in love with the idea of tiny houses. We had already tackled books, but the film kicked Z and I to pare down our music.

2014 Week 34: God help this girl!

La De Blog - Week Wrap 2014-08-27

This week: God Help the Girl @ Music Box. Used a PTO day and moved 600 lbs. of Rani’s stuff to Patricia’s and then drove Codex to Chicago Exotics for her Revolution treatment. Screening of The One I Love @ Landmark. Double doctor. The second to last ever Dragonlady vegan korean/latin buffet. Lunch with Rachel S. @ Breakfast House. Found a wounded squirrel/arranged for pick-up by Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation. Late bday dinner for Jason @ Jerry’s. Sold Rani’s massage table. Cities of Darkscorch @ Donovan & Dillon’s. Robyn/Röyksopp @ Pritzker Pavilion.

Stressed, but checking off boxes. Busy with Renegade prep. Fun, fun, fun. Rhymes with Twee and di Palermo Body are Booth 280 at Renegade Craft Fair Chicago on September 6th & 7th.

Films watched 34th week of the year:

God Help the Girl
The Apple
The One I Love
Final Destination 5
The Way Way Back
Micmacs

Such a great movie week. Every one but FD5 is worth watching. My twee-ometer readings were off the chart while watching God Help the Girl. Tandem bicycle = check. Adorable puppy = check. Young unrequited love = check. Mod clothing = check. I loved it beyond words. The Apple was similar to The Who’s Tommy in its spectacular productions, far out costumes, and gorgeous sets – definitely worth watching!

Go into it blind. Don’t read anything about The One I Love. Just go see it. Elizabeth Moss & Mark Duplass are EXCELLENT in it. Truly the best acting I have seen this year. I still can’t believe that this is Charlie McDowell’s first feature film, granted he is Malcolm McDowell & Mary Steenburgen’s child. I loved it.

The Way Way Back was not deep, but it was a good coming of age film. Hands down, the best part of the film was when Sam Rockwell’s character asks for help by speaking the lyrics to Bonnie Tyler – I Need a Hero and now that song has been in my head for days.

Z and I hadn’t seen Micmacs since it was in the theatre, but again, this one is a favorite Jean-Pierre Jeunet film alongside Amélie.