Thursday, August 14, 2014

Shooting Range

So I have shot a gun one other time I life and that was a shotgun. This was a little different. We recently headed out to the 'burbs to Maxon shooting range. My husband got his Grandfathers old gun for Christmas and wanted to try it out. Armed with a Foid card, we went to the range. Unfortunately, there were no cameras allowed at all inside of the shop and range. But I did get to wear a pretty cool pair of hot pink ear guards and snazzy glasses. Here is a pick of my target!

Not too bad. I was the only woman there and I felt like a bada**. Will I do it again? Maybe. Was it a cool experience? Absolutely

Have you ever gone to a shooting range before? What did you think? 


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New School year, new decor

So I haven't posted in forever and I apologize! I am starting a new school year in a couple weeks and I'm trying to get excited about it.  I think I'm going to try a few new things to spruce up my work environment.  I share my classroom with 4 other adults so it can be difficult to have our own space.

Here are some ideas I had..

1. New schnazzy desk items.
I saw this picture on Pinterest and there was no link to anything but I think it is totally my style.  I found the gold stapler here.  And the Diptyque here.   I think I can find the rest at one of my favorite stores, Homegoods.

2. Flowers.  
Peonies are my favorite and I know I can't have those all the time but they make me happy and why not bring some fresh ones to work every Monday? 

3. Contact Paper around my Desk.
This might be my biggest adventure yet, my desk at school is metal, old and boring so I had an idea to cover it in Contact paper like this, or wrapping paper? We'll see how it goes! ( source here

What have you done to jazz up your work environment? 


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Euro-Trip 2014

My Christmas present from my husband was a trip to Europe! We decided to go over spring break and are going to London and Paris.  We are going for 10 days and I could not be more excited.  I have been planning for weeks and created an itinerary planned and a packing list. ( The two things I am most concerned about :)) I did a ton of research, read a lot on trip advisor and bought 3 travel books.  I also couldn't find very much out there about what to pack!

Here is our itinerary and what I decided to pack.  I will keep you posted on how the packing and itinerary turns out!

London- We are staying in the Kensington Area

Arrive at Heathrow around 10:30am, Travel to hotel, check in, freshen up,  Tower of London, Westminister Abbey, Dinner somewhere in the West End

 slept in, wake up and grab the bus tour, Cabinet war room, Churchill museum

- National Gallery, Nottinghill,  Leicester square for theatre tickets, Dinner  in SoHo

- Changing of the Guard- Buckingham palace @ 11:30, High tea at the Dorchester, Tate Modern Museum, Theatre, Dinner at Sampson's 

Check out west end, Covenant Garden, Trafalgar square: walking tour, Eurrail leaves at 5:30, arrive in Paris 

Paris- We are staying in the Champs de Mars area near the Eiffel Tower

- Historic Paris walk ( AM ),Louvre ( allow 3 hours), Dinner reservation

Versailles, casual dinner out, could stay out there or come back and wander

Notre Dame, Arc de Triumph, Explore, shopping, Muse de Orsay , River Cruise 

Flea Market in the AM ( have map and directions), Rue de Clare walk ( grab supplies for lunch, Take it to picnic on the Eiffel lawn)  Go up to the eiffel tower, watch the sunset, glass of champagne, late dinner, drinks in Place du Trocadero or Rue de Clare

- Left Bank, any other areas we want to go back to, Airport and go home @ 2

Packing List
- 3 pairs of pants; jeans, black pants, leggings
- 2 sweaters, black and gray
- 1 cotton midi dress, black
- 1 vest, 1 trench coat
- 3 scarves; to add some color to some outfits
-3 tops, black long sleeve, 2 diff. striped tops 
- 1 skirt ( black)  and pair of tights
-3 pairs of shoes, Toms, Low heeled boots and tennis shoes

Have you ever done this trip? What did you do and what did you pack?? 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Chicago Restaurant Week

Earlier this month, we had Chicago restaurant week in the city that loves food.

I usually look forward to this week. It's a chance to go to my favorite restaurants and try some of their newest creations or try somewhere new! 

This year we did...

Ruth Chris: I love their filets cooked in butter. I know this is a chain and some people ( including my husband) might snub their noses but I really like it! Everything was delicious ( unfortunately I forgot to take pictures! )  Downside; tons of people, it was very crowded and it felt like our server was on autopilot. 

RPM: I had been here once and it was fantastic. I was looking forward to trying it again. We went with a big group and I was the only one that did the prix fix.  It worked out because we wound up ordering a lot of different things.  The lobster bruschetta was by far my favorite.   Their pasta is fantastic and if you ever in doubt, I would give that a try.  Downside; we had to wait for over 25 minutes for our table with a reservation and I also had a pork dish which had more fat than meat. 

Tortoise Club:  This was our first visit. I had only heard a few snippets about it and sometimes that is the best way to go into a new experience.   It was very cool location with traditional decor.  They had a live jazz band playing which really added to the experience.   We did one prix fix menu and then the rest of us ordered off the menu.  Our friends had sea bass and trout and they liked their dishes. We also had a salted carmel dessert, very good.   I had a shrimp polenta gumbo and that was excellent.  Very spicy but good. Downside; a little pricey for what you get.

Pictured: salted carmel, shrimp gumbo.

Overall a great experience and a great excuse to get out in this freezing weather and enjoy good food with friends.  

Did you try any new restaurants for Restaurant Week? 



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