I wish it was Christmas today…

Today kind of feels like Christmas because I’m heading home to see the family (and Coco!), but to celebrate the holidays with the Peters, you have to watch – and love – two things: Nightmare Before Christmas and this…


Twelve Bars of Christmas

Finally made it on the TBOX bar crawl this year – been meaning to do it since I moved to the city – and by the simple fact that I survived (and even made it to work the next day!), I’d say it was a success. My liver may say otherwise…

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Special thanks goes out to Mimi for letting me borrow that SWEET SANTA SWEATER.

I want that Wednesday

I want an apartment I feel safe in. And renters insurance.

I got home from work at about 10:45 p.m. on Monday, and my front door and foyer door were open. My TV and laptop were gone, and the kitchen window was shattered. I called 911, and two cops came out and were making jokes about how their laptop doesn’t work. Tasteful, guys. At least you have one.

The perp left behind a hat and pair of gloves, so an evidence technician came and picked them up. But it’ll take months for any results to come back. CPD detectives have called me the last two days though, so it is nice to know they’re actually looking into it.

It’s weird, I was just thinking that the place was finally starting to feel like home. Only six more months until I can move out…

Weekend Rewind: Renegade Craft Fair

I stopped by the Renegade Craft Fair over the weekend. I’d mentioned it a few weeks ago after I went to the Randolph Street Market, but I had no idea there was one in Chicago coming up so soon. I actually really enjoyed it, though I didn’t buy a single thing – not that I didn’t want to, just that I need to save up for Christmas presents. But there was a ton of great jewelery, screen prints, t-shirts and even terrariums.

I didn’t take as many pictures this time – partially because it kind of felt like a form of stealing, and partially because I parked illegally and thus rushed through the booths – but here was the general madness at Pulaski Park:

These cute prints from Nourishing Notes were my favorite things at the fair. I’d love to have them for my kitchen, and luckily they’re only $12 each and for sale in their Etsy store so I can pick them up when I’m less strapped for cash:

Overall, I think I’d say I liked Renegade better than Randolph. It’s kind of bs that you have to pay to get into Randolph while Renegade has free admission. But Randolph does have furniture and vintage items, whereas Renegade is for the most part new. Just know this: If you decide to go to Renegade in the future, TAKE A CAB.

Foodie Fridays: Roots

I didn’t know the Quad Cities had their own style of pizza before I heard about Roots opening. I have a coworker from Moline, and we anxiously awaited to eat there for MONTHS. Seriously. And I’m not going to lie, it was worth the wait, and it seems to get better each time.

Apparently QC is known for their taco pizza – sausage pizza with lettuce, tomatoes (I get no tomatoes), crushed tortilla chips and taco sauce. I really have to be in the mood for that, but even the sausage alone is delicious. It has some kind of malty crust that’s nice and crispy. It’s hard to explain. Look at the pics:

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Anyway, mozzarella sticks, caesar salads, spinach-roasted red pepper-artichoke mini calzones (doesn’t sound like me, but it’s creamy and delicious), it’s all good. I want to try a corn dog next time. The only thing I wouldn’t recommend is the Asian chicken salad. Tastes like dry coleslaw…But they have Goose Island Sofie, so it makes up for one disappointing entree (their salads are huge, by the way).

Eat here. Roots, 1924 W. Chicago Ave. B+

A very modern Christmas

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Tah dah! Ok, so it’s no Macy’s tree, but I really love how it turned out (the pictures aren’t the best). My dad and I collected a bunch of branches, and spray painted them silver (except for the yuca plant stems) and filled the vase with shredded ads and magazine pages. The vase was the most expensive thing, but it’s really versatile and can be used for 100 different things when Christmas is over (I’m thinking terrarium).

Vase: $13
Ornaments: $5
Spray paint: $7
TOTAL: $25