Just a little doodle I did over top of the new Jcrew catalog for kids. I think its interesting how all the kids in this catalog look like tiny adults in their cardigans and shoes that match every outfit. Jcrew shoes are usually over 100.00 a pair so I’m not sure how anyone affords this type of attire for their children. Either way its definitely adorable.
I’ve been going to yoga classes at the Tai Chi Center of Chicago for almost two years and it is truly my sanctuary. I refuse to go through my stressful work week without attending class with Tracy! I head home afterward a more peaceful, calm, and focused person. Continue Reading →
Bobby and I had the most amazing date last night. We headed out in search of something yummy but with no actual place in mind. It was Friday night but we weren’t looking for a loud and exciting bar-type place, we just wanted to relax, chill and try something new. As we drove around Wicker Park/Bucktown for awhile, we realized we might need some local reviews to help us make our decision.
We pulled over to check out reviews on Yelp for Duchamp, Le Bouchon, and The Bristol – 3 places we hadn’t tried yet. Duchamp it seems is better in the summer for their patio and The Bristol had been rated really well but was also named “The Publican’s Little Brother”…we weren’t really in the mood for that style food either. We never eat French yet our last name is French so we decided that was a good enough reason to choose Le Bouchon.
Walked in around 9:30pm….it was packed but with one table open (what a coincidence). ;) We sat down and were greeted with wonderful service, welcoming smiles and a list of featured menu items for the evening. Bobby ordered the Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Braised in Red Wine) and I went with a special of the night – Sauteed Skate Fish with Spinach & Boiled Potatoes. We both enjoyed a glass of red wine and bread/butter while we waited for the food to arrive, which was also delicious.
The food we ordered didn’t seem like anything too far out of the ordinary, so I assumed I would like it and didn’t have super high expectations, but Holy Wow! – I really cannot describe how tasty every morsel of it was….it was the perfect amount of flavors and textures and portions. We both cleaned our plates, as if we hadn’t eaten in weeks. I was almost a little embarrassed when the wait staff came over to take our plates – there was literally nothing left on them!
Sarcastically, she said “I’ll have this boxed up for you” as she picked up the empty plates.
Since we hadn’t planned on going out big that night, the plan was to just have a nice entree and glass of wine and head home, but after such a spectacular meal – we really couldn’t stop ourselves. The temptation of cappuccinos and cream puffs covered in chocolate sauce became entirely too impossible to resist. We gave in and indulged in some naughty after-dinner sweets that were literally the icing on the cake.
Walking out the door, we held our heads high – triumphantly, spectacularly dazzled by our food experience. What a beautiful way to end the week! Thanks Le Bouchon – we will definitely be back!
We had quite a busy year and wanted to fill you in on whats been happening with us. We watched 2009 come to a close with a bang – our own Chicago wedding and honeymoon to Mexico was more than we could ever ask for – thank you to those of you who could share our big day with us! Now for the 2010 recap…
Today, on the 8th of November, 2010, Dorothy “Dottie” Argeanton passed on from this life on earth. I’m new to the Argeanton family so I didn’t know her as well as everyone else, but she really did make an impression on me with her laughter, smiles, songs, stories and fun-loving personality. Continue Reading →
Needless to say, I really enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love – it was like listening to someone very similar to my own sensibilities figure herself out on so many levels. The biggest connection I felt was Liz’s nervous chattering mind, I felt like I could understand what she felt in so many moments – searching for a stillness, serenity, and peace of mind. Her painstaking transition into what became such a huge triumph in India with a sudden understanding for the love in her whole heart, God, spiritual stillness, peacefulness, and strength really struck a huge cord with me. And, the author’s intricate and detailed way of telling the story was so enveloping – makes me want to travel to India and find peace of mind myself.
Codes for Living Peacefully with Others: Ahimsa (compassion for all living things), Satya (commitment to truthfulness), Asteya (do not take what is not freely given), Brahmacharya (sense control), and Aparigraha (take only what is necessary). Tracy went through each of the virtues and talked about their history and significance & as we did our poses, she posed questions to us for personal reflection.
What I learned while reading this book is that sometimes the big business approach isn’t best. You’ve got to embrace ‘you’ and what that means is going to be different to everybody. If your product is simple and thats what makes it great, embrace simplicity. If your business works well with with 6 employees at the table, why go global? If your plan isn’t perfect in the beginning, then keep working at it, its OK not to be perfect at launch. Be your self and be upfront about your shortcomings, you may not seem as professional but you will seem a lot more genuine. People don’t like spam, so don’t sell crap, sell something you believe in.
Bobby and I just had a great dinner at the Green Eggplant Restaurant on Queen Street East – with the Hawks game in the background. ;) Nice atmosphere, great service, great food – I highly recommend it for anyone going to the “Beach”.
Ever listen to a song about 50 times and then finally after singing loudly in your vehicle to lyrics (that you thought were the words that whole time) happen to NOT be in fact be the words? Well, that’s what happened to me on Saturday during our drive to Toronto, while listening to “Rabbit Heart” by Florence and The Machine. :)
Bobby and I aren’t exactly the fashion experts, but today we learned a little bit about smart consumerism and sustainability. Not sure if you’ve ever heard of Preloved clothing line, but we hadn’t yet and now we do. ;)