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July 16, 2012



Mawidge is what brings us together…





Congratulations to my good friend, Julie (or, Mrs. Schirm, I should say!), and her new husband (gasp!), John.


Sometimes you just need a sunroom

July 9, 2012


You know?

Summer in the city

July 8, 2012

Chicago summers are much-anticipated and much-adored.  Every restaurant puts out patio furniture, dog bowls filled with water line the streets for pups to refresh themselves, and bike riders come out in droves.

People darn near wax poetic about it:

“The winters here are disgusting…

But the summers make it all worth while.”

Well, everyone seems to be right.  Chicago summers live up to the hype.

Good grief!

July 3, 2012

Oh my goodness.   My first year of graduate school at Northwestern has just sped on by and I’ve been neglecting this little depository of words.

Not that anybody reads this thing, but… you get the idea.

Perhaps this little snapshot gives you, well, a snapshot into what my life has been like lately.

That is to say, painful… with a side of yoga.

Anyway, if you need some marriage and/or family therapy, I’m one year away from being able to legit charge you money for that crap!


September 19, 2011

I’m about to start school at Northwestern!

We’ve had a zillion orientation days, done about 500 ice-breaker exercises, and really had a great time.  I adore my cohort (all 21 of them!) and feel like I am going to love this program.  The university is beautiful, as you can see.

Hope to be back soon to catch you up on news and keep you posted about everything going on in my zany life!

And… we all know it’s all about Penny, so here you go…

I mean…

Hi, my name is Rachel…

August 29, 2011

… and I’m addicted to the Rick Bayless Mexican Mix of granola from Milk and Honey.

Ok, where do I start?

First, of course, the company name.  The synchronicity isn’t lost on me!

Second, it’s a Chicago company, so score #2 for this stuff.

Third, fellow Chicagoan, Rick Bayless.  Need I say more?

Lastly, it’s completely delicious.  I’m hoarding it like one of those troubled people on TLC.  I have this fear that Whole Foods will stop carrying it, so every single time I go to the store, I buy not one, but like 4 bags of this stuff.

I’m actually shaking my head as I write this.

But, how often do you find a food that you absolutely love?  Have any of you tried this stuff?

Please tell me I’m not the only one that has a food addiction that they can’t control!

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The fabric of the city

August 21, 2011

Oh my goodness, the past few weeks have been a delightful whirlwind!  I think the best way I can describe what I’ve been up to is this:  I’m becoming a part of the fabric of the city.

Jacob and I were strolling along Lake Shore Drive on a pedestrian walkway over the river when it hit me.  In just a handful of weeks, I’ve fallen madly in love with Chicago.  I feel like a piece of what makes this city buzz with energy.  I’m constantly going here and there; I’m navigating through a new life in the backdrop of this fantastic place.

I wish I could share with you all the pictures of all I’ve done, but it’d honestly take up way too much space!  But… the highlights include Jacob coming in mid-week to celebrate a friend’s birthday with an 11-course tasting at our favorite restaurant, Blackbird (our second meal there in 2 weeks!) — going downtown multiple times a week to wander, meet my nephew for lunch, and even help a friend try on wedding dresses (!!) — finding my way to The Shedd Aquarium with an old (and a new!) friend and some of the best views of the city — being in awe of Anish Kapoor’s genius at Cloud Gate — basking in the cool drops of The Crown Fountain at Millennium Park with Jacob — celebrating our 2nd anniversary with a hotel and night out downtown — and then waking up joining the tens of thousands on the lakefront to watch the aerialists fly planes in twisty patterns across the sky for the Air and Water Show.

And then, the little things, like the sound of the train rushing into the station and the feeling of racing up the steps to catch it, are also climbing the charts of things that make me love it here.

Even though Jacob’s not always here to enjoy it with me, a small part of me thinks that going it alone and diving in head first has been what’s made this experience so fun.  It’s been lovely, exhilarating, and fabulous, and I really can’t wait to share even more with you as our summer comes to a close.

And, of course, Penny has been thoroughly loving it here, too… especially all the new toys her grandma gives her.