10 Best // Life Lately

January 16, 2014

1. went to the sears tower (i'm a chicagoan, it will never be the willis tower) with tara and we went out on the ledge.  to cross this off both our 101 in 1001 lists.  it. was. terrifying.  tara had actual tears.  i mean, my legs were still weak when we finally got downstairs and outside, but at least i didn't cry.


2. date night with john, we went to the cheesecake factory and took photos with the giant christmas tree at the base of the john hancock building.  this was my first instagram picture to get more likes than a photo of hawkeye.  her highness has been dethroned.


eventually i'll post the photo of one of the gems found while cleaning his place - the card i gave him for high school graduation.  in 2005.  i even signed it 'love, stephanie' back then and he kept it all this time.  aww cute.  ok, no more sappy shit.  moving on.

3. in addition to checking the sears tower off the 101 list, i also went to high tea at the drake with my mom, made perfect chocolate peanut butter fudge (only 3 ingredients!), gave all clutter-free holiday gifts, and went shopping on michigan avenue when it was all christmas decorated, and bought my fancy bedding.  this brings me to 46 out of 101 things checked off.

4. my christmas gift from john.  (ok one more sappy thing, sorry i lied.)


5. holiday party with my best friends from law school.  even caitlin made an appearance, all the way from canada.

6. harry potter weekend with natalie.  yes.  we marathon watched the first 5 movies and it was everything we anticipated and more.  the second half only got delayed because of the weather being snowy and -45, and we'll be finishing up next weekend.  don't worry, i'll share more of these details soon.

7. 'stache! remember my predictions, that i'd see them at least 10 times this year?  one down, 9 to go.


8. new years was awesome.  i stayed in this year with john.  we watched the horrible things that went down on tv (chicago announcer mark giangreco was bombed, he just was awful but so hilarious), plus a marathon of hardcore pawn and the movie the internship.  oh and a 3 am showing of the haunting, starring liam neeson and catherine zeta jones, which is on netflix.  i remember seeing this in theaters as a kid, and it was just as god awful terrible then as it is now.  you have to watch it.  you have to.


9. quinn taught me how to say 'two beers please, my friend will pay' in vietnamese!  which is probably the coolest one on my list of languages i can now say that phrase in - spanish, italian, french, german, and vietnamese.  yup, vietnamese wins.  cross that off my 101 list too, which brings me to 47/101.

10. hawkeye.  perfectly, adorably asleep... on top of my planner.  my planner, guys.  what a conundrum.

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39 comments

  1. I got a tiffinanys ring too!! I love yours!!

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  2. Oh wow Sears Tower (and really I couldn't think of it as anything else either) - is a beautiful view, but I would have been just as scared. Wow though! And that ring is beautiful, I love it so much!! And Roxy lays on the tablets allllll the time, she thinks they are hers I think.

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  3. I love that pink bag in the picture! Love these little updates- your life is so fun!

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  4. omg, my legs would be shaking too if i went to the edge of the sears tower! this was such a fun little glimpse into your life. sleeping hawkeye is just toooo cute.

    xo,
    gabby

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  5. You and John are just the bees knees. Me love you long time :)
    Oh and I would totes have tears streaming down my face if I went out on that ledge. Heights and me don't mix

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  6. The Tiffanys ring is so pretty! I would probably have been crying out on that ledge as well. Way to go with your list, your cruising with your list!

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    1. Thank you :) I love checking things off, I still have a ton of time on it too. The travel ones are going to be hard and expensive though, those will take me awhile!

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  7. we have something similar to the sears tower horror but it's called the CN tower. you can actually hang off the ledge harnessed to the building (no thanks) but if that tickles you fancy you can do that when you come here WHICH IS WHEN, BTW??

    kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  8. 1. Hawkeye is adorable...even on your planner. ;)
    2. ...they changed the name of the Sears Tower?! wtf?

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  9. Your ring looks almost exactly like my wedding band #2. I wanted something not traditional, Which worked out well because Abbey now wears it.

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  10. clearly that photo of you and john needs to be your christmas card next year. I mean obviously hawkeye needs to be photo shopped in but come on!

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  11. Wow, how pathetic is it that I didn't know the name od the Sears Tower was changed? Yipkes... LOOOOOVE your hot pink bag!

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  12. Ok, I thought that said Hardcore Porn. Then I laughed super hard.

    I didn't know the Sears Tower was no longer the Sears Tower. I would be shaky as hell out there sitting with glass underneath me. If I was there I'd have to do it, but I'd be so afraid.

    I missed that tree pic on IG. I love it!

    I also love Hawkeye asleep on your planner. She's one of us.

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  13. That is such a pretty ring, i love the hearts on them!

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  14. I stayed in on NYE too this year and it was freaking amazing, not sure why I'd never done it before.

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  15. I don't think I could do that observation thing in the Sears tower, I might throw up!

    I love the ring, silver is my favorite!

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  16. I have an indetical photo in the Sears tower :) So fun playing tourist!!

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  17. I wanted to visit the Sears Tower so badly in Chicago and never did. Guess that means I need another trip! I love that you gave clutter-free gifts. That's an awesome way to think about things.

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  18. You are killin' that 101 in 1001 list, girl! I would probably pee my pants if I went onto the ledge of the Sears Tower. HELL NO!

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  19. Seriously LOVE that Hawkeye is sleeping on your planner. Heisman sleeps in the weirdest positons too.

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    1. I don't know if she wanted to claim it for herself, or just distract me from using it. But she was too cute to move!

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  20. Loved the post...just still shaking from the first photos on the ledge! Freaky!!! PS I love sappy. :)

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    1. The ledge was terrifying - once was enough!! Haha and thank you :) Sappy isn't usually my style but the holidays made him all lovey-dovey!

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  21. Just found your blog from an awesome comment you left on someone else's blog (with the link to Nobody Likes This Facebook picture) so I knew I had to check your blog out.

    I live in Toronto and I've been up the C.N. Tower so many times that I think I'd find the Sears Tower exciting!

    That ring from Tiffany's is perfect!! I love it!

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  22. I have a weird fear of heights that hasn't always been around but is getting worse as I get older. I don't know if I'd love or freak out up there! John did good with that ring, it's so pretty!

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  23. All of these are amazing but the HP weekend CLEARLY takes the win!
    I would proooobably shit myself up that high btw.

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  24. sounds like so much fun! i am going to make a 101 in 1001 list like you! i love the idea!

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  25. Um, when did the Sears Tower get renamed? Like seriously? What the hell? I would be shaky and probably pass out being that high on a ledge! EeeK!

    I am sure Hawkeye is most displeased to find that you have taken more likes than her. There will probably be some kind of hell to pay.

    When I finish reading the last Harry Potter book, I plan for a marathon of all the movies for the first time. I imagine it to be completely wonderful.

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  26. Crossing lots off that list! And I have no idea what the Willis Tower is, but the Sears Tower glass floor is SO intimidating!

    -AJ
    OccasionallyAJ.com

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  27. I've lived in Chicago FOREVER and still haven't been to the 'new' ledge in the Sears tower! I'm sure it will get done eventually... right?!

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  28. That is a little too close to the edge. What a great picture of you two and the fact that he kept the card is so sweet. Hawkeye is just too cute, but the planner?! Some places should be sacred! Haha!

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  29. That ring is gorgeous! I have yet to get to the Sears Tower since they put the ledge in and I need to make it happen...you are so on top of things I think you just might be my hero!

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  30. We were there the weekend they opened the ledge. Tony and my grandma went on it and they got interviewed. I didn't. I almost cried just looking, I would have probably passed out. ha

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  31. Holy cow- the sears tower looks awesome and terrifying all at once! I bet it was so worth getting to the edge even though you may have peed your pants.
    x

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  32. Pretty ring! You two are such a cute and HAPPY couple! I don't know if I could do that ledge thing...I might pee myself...

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  33. I HAVE ANXIETY FROM THAT FIRST PICTURE.
    FROM A PICTURE.

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  34. Tifanny ring and yellow hoodie make some splash:)

    Siss
    http://www.apparelnbags.com/jerzees/sweatshirts.htm

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