The Great Chicago Trip of 2010

Good friends are hard to find. We’re lucky to have the best friends ever. They’re more than friends – they’re family. We rally hard for each other, especially at weddings. Congrats Jennelle and Tim, here are some of my faves from the weekend:


The Most Entertaining quote from the trip:

“Isn’t there something fundamentally wrong with the fact that we act exactly the same way we did ten years ago? Is it our generation, or just us?”

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the couple who votes together

…gets overwhelmed together.

Seriously. This was a lot of work.

I got serious ADD in the middle of this. We hung on pretty well through the propositions and state officials, but then there were so.many.judges.

Fun fact: When I accepted my job at Governor Napolitano’s Office it was the first week of October in 2006. She was up for re-election two weeks later. Had she lost, I would’ve been out of a job. Talk about blind faith.

Bruno was semi interested; Molly, not so much.

boo flu

I like being healthy. I obsess over it. So when work offered free flu shots, I was first in line. (Actually, I was second. Some freak beat me).

Signed my life away on a waiver…No, I don’t have a clotting disease, no, I have never had a bad reaction to a flu shot…This would be cake.

Got my shot. Got my Tazmanian devil cartoon bandaid. Ready for a day o’ work. Check. Check. Check.

Around 1 p.m. I started to feel tired. This is not a shock. But I was really tired. Horse tranquilizer tired.

An hour later I started to freeze. Teeth chattering, shaking, brr cold. But – my office is typically in the 60′s so this too felt normal. For a while. Then the coldness got the best of me and I wandered staggered outside to defrost in the sun.

At that point I was feeling pretty dizzy. And my vision was blacking out a bit.

Could it be my flu shot? Maybe. But after convincing all my coworkers to get them, I wasn’t about to be the weenie who couldn’t handle it.

I made it back up to my desk and promptly informed my coworkers I was about to faint. Sat with my head down for an hour. Drank a Sprite. And then decided I should get home before it got worse.

I had a 102 fever when I got home. And a monster headache. Jim gave me Tylenol while I forced him to google ‘adverse flu shot reaction.’ Because you can never be too careful you know.

Turns out this is a NORMAL reaction. What? So basically I got two weeks worth of the flu within a span of three hours.

I felt fine within 30 minutes of taking Tylenol, but I probably won’t be first in line next year. Yuck.

*Katie, if you’re reading this, yes – I’ve joined the dark side of vaccinations!

a small, sparkling cupcake

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Why is Jim holding a tiny cupcake covered in glitter? Well, that’s an interesting story.

I am a Yelp Elite member, which means that I write enough smarmy reviews of local businesses that I (and my +1) get invited to all kinds of random events with free food/drinks. Clearly the free food is the draw.

This week we went to a neighborhood art gallery where we were served from local restaurants and and vendors…hence, the mini pastries.

This particular event featured, surprise! A burlesque show. Normal. I also won a raffle prize: four tickets to the Arizona Taco Festival this weekend.

I enjoy the complete absurdity of all this, and am stoked for taco-palooza tomorrow.