Wednesday, December 31, 2008

eve of the eve

We celebrated the Eve of the Eve with 2,000+ people at Union Station. I love getting dressed up and Union Station is a beautiful space for an event. It was a fun night, kicking off the the year-end celebration.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Chachi likes the new scarf mom made me

Lila is filled with Christmas light

Christmas Lemons

Mom's friend Roberta sent her a big box of lemons from Houston. We're trying to decide what to do with all of them. (Besides make lemonade!)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

the gift of friendship

At this time of the year, in the midst of trying to find the best and "right" gifts for the people on my list, I often think about the things you can't buy -- friendship and the gift of time.

This year, I am so grateful for my friendship, and the time I've spent, with:
  • My sister! Growing up, my mom used to scold us when we would fight so much. As we've gotten older, we've developed a cool relationship and I can honestly call my sister my friend.
  • My mom. It's become this thing where some moms say, "My kids are my best friends." And the kids are still kids. When your children are young, they are not, and should not be, your friends. My mom was my mom FIRST. As I've grown older, we've become friends too.
  • Shelley and Kristine. My west coast, far-away friends. My call-in-the-middle of the night, no matter what, tell you the truth when it hurts friends. My friends who have never met each other, but seem like one wise soul.
  • Tena. One of my first friends in Chicago. She made Chicago a friendlier place with her smile and warm spirit. Even though she's moved away, I'm glad we both make the effort to stay friends. (And I love her comments on my blog.)
  • Robin and Jennifer O. Oddly enough, Robin and Jennifer have something in common, even though I met them at different times in my life -- they didn't like me when we first met, and I didn't like them. Somewhere along the way we changed our minds about each other, and I'm so glad we did. I recently reconnected with both of them, and I'm thankful for the chance to continue being a part of their lives.
  • Jennifer W-B. We went to our 20-year high school reunion together. And 20 years later, we're still dressing eerily similar... An artist at heart and by career, I love Jen's view on life.
  • Erin and Kathleen. I met Kathleen at a marketing conference on a cruise ship, and from the moment we started talking, we clicked. Kathleen introduced me to Erin, who I call my "redheaded Scorpio soul sister." I'm constantly amazed by their smart, beautiful presence in my life.
  • Kerri, Terri, and Kathy. My original post-college posse. Roommates (Kerri & Terri) and coworkers (Kathy & Kerri). Bridesmaids -- we've worn the dresses for each other's weddings (fortunately, nothing terrible!). Whenever we're together the laughter is still genuine and I always feel 100% free to be myself.
  • Laura. One of my first friends post-college. From Minneapolis to Chicago -- Cincinnati to Switzerland, having fun together and being real has always been easy.
  • Jean and Molly. Entrepreneur, author and a communications pro + Bulldog rescue activist, artist, and marketing whiz (respectively). I met both Jean and Molly at the office and we've ended up becoming friends. With book groups, BYOB dinners, and just by hanging out, we keep exploring new ideas and places in Chicago. Their passion for life inspires me.

"Friendship is very, very important. We take it for granted, and we have one life. If you've got a friend, enjoy it. Don't wait until someone passes on. Enjoy it while it exists, because it's rare.... It's that kind of blind loyalty and love that makes a real friendship, and we had that real friendship." ~ Jack Klugman, on his 50-year frienship with co-star Tony Randall

Merry Christmas Friends! I appreciate the gift of you in my life.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

an unorganized Christmas

I don't know exactly what happened to my Christmas plan this year. I still have a lot of gifts to wrap, packages to send that will arrive AFTER Christmas, and cards that will arrive in time to wish everyone a happy new year. The time has gone by in one big blur, and I'm having a hard time sorting out what exactly happened in these weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas...

Even Chachi seems shocked that Christmas is less than a day away...

"What, Christmas is coming? I have so much to do!"

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

the right shoes

"Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world." ~ Bette Midler

the view from my office

We moved into our new office this week. It’s bright and new! And there is Tazo tea in the “tea points,” an area on the floor where we can get coffee, tea, water, and fountain soda. LOVE Tazo tea. I had "joy" tea this morning (my holiday favorite) and now I'm enjoying organic darjeeling. It’s so much better than what we had at our old offices. We have “an open office environment,” which has its pluses and minuses… Luckily, I have a spot by the floor-to-ceiling windows. Here’s my view of the world on the snowy day today.

Monday, December 15, 2008

angels, wisemen and ... giraffes?

Angels we have heard on high...

The wisemen are new this year. I got this at Gardenviews in Northville -- one of my favorite places to shop for holiday decorations.

And yes, giraffes get into the celebration too!

three silver trees!

I love that the silver trees are back. The tree in the middle is actually a vintage silver & blue tree. The other two trees are from West Elm and Urban Outfitters. One thing that's easy and fun -- no lights to wrap around and around and around all the tree branches -- the silver tree sparkle all on their own. They are kind of eco-friendly! No electricity required.

JOY at Christmas

The fur posse wishes you a Merry Christmas -- Happy Hanukkah -- Whatever holiday you're celebrating, we wish you peace and JOY!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

lights on

The Daley Plaza tree looks so pretty lit up at night.

There's also a nativity scene at Daley Plaza that I love. A sign says something to the effect, "This nativity scene is paid for by a non-profit organization (and lists the organization name and address) to put CHRIST back in CHRISTmas." I understand the idea of separation of church and state, and I also respect people of other religions and beliefs. At the same time, I can't stand the political correctness of recent years surrounding Christmas and how we're supposed to say, "Happy Holidays!" I hate that it's become almost a crime for a city to have a nativity scene without some kind of disclaimer. Look at every news report and retailers all too eager (desperate this Christmas) to take the money associated with Christmas, but we don't want to recognize the reason for the season.

the Christmas Tree in Daley Plaza

The Christmas tree in Daley Plaza is actually made up of 130 trees, and starts off like this.

All assembled, the tree is 90 feet, and looks like one big tree. The lighting ceremony is Tuesday, December 2nd at 12:30pm.

Monday, December 1, 2008

fountain in the snow

Walking home from work tonight, I liked the sculptural lines of the fountain, and how it looked, covered with a layer of snow.

the first snow

It's the first of December and I woke up to our first snowfall today. Snow in Chicago means boots for Chachi, as much as he doesn't like wearing them. The Pawz boots are a lifesaver though and keep Chachi's feet from salt burn and he can run through the snow.
Tonight Chachi and I went walking in the park by my house. I love how the snow looks covering the trees and the park benches. It's so pretty!

wrapping it up

I didn't plan on going shopping, but I did end up getting some Christmas shopping done over the weekend. And since some of the gifts are for my family, my mom helped me wrap up a lot of the gifts and left them at my parent's house. Gift wrapping -- it's one of my favorite things -- and I have as much fun picking out the paper, the ribbon and extra things like ornaments and embellishments.