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Fan-cy

May 13, 2011

Suddenly it’s a million degrees outside. Okay, maybe not a million, but it has gotten into the upper 80s, which ain’t so cool when you don’t have central air.

As much as I complain about the lack of a thermostat in my abode, truth be told, I actually prefer it. We have FREE heat (yes, you read that right!) in the apartment through the radiators, but have to supply the cool air through the eye-sore that is a window unit. But free heat and window units make for teeny tiny energy bills, so no complaints here.

Well, except for the kitchen. I refuse to purchase a window unit for the kitchen because I don’t spend enough time in there to justify the cost, so last summer I had a little desk-sized fan going most of the time. But it’s time to upgrade. Because as small as that little fan it, it sounds like a commercial-grade fan whenever it’s on.

OK, enough with the chit chat. These are some of the options I’m looking into getting. High marks if it oscillates.

vintage table fan

clockwise: 1. Retro Fan 2. Hunter Fan Classic Table Fan 3. Minka Aire F300-RD 4. Vornado VF20 60th Anniversay Classic Table Fan

The Vornado is almost $300, so it’s a total splurge. Pretty on the eyes, but if you’ve learned anything from this post, it’s that I’m cheap. Moving on … it’s either a toss-up between the Minka-Aire and the Hunter.

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Let me upgrade ya

March 25, 2011

Okay, let me geek out for a bit. Obviously, there has been an upgrade in my life.

I just got the iPhone 4, after shattering the screen on my 3G on St. Patty’s day. Yes, an adult beverage may have been involved. I was trying to hold out because Apple is rumored to have a new phone out sometime this summer. But I got this refurb for $99, which is about the same price to get a new screen put on.

My 3G was on it’s last leg, as I had actually just been over at the Genius Bar getting her serviced a couple of weeks ago. It was so old, ancient is tech terms, and was having trouble doing anything from taking a picture to bringing up Google Maps, which is so very important to me anytime I step outside my little apartment.

So far I’ve had my new gal by my side all day long and the camera is ah-mazing! I’m just so excited by it.


{I snapped this in my kitchen.}

But the best part … the VERY best part … was FaceTiming with my Dad tonight all the way in Ft. Worth, Texas. It was just like I was sitting in the den with him and Mom, talking and laughing. I miss them so much.

Okay, I’ll get off my nerd box now. Back to pretty things.

PS: I realize I’m basically just gushing over Apple here, like a bad school girl crush. And I’m not even paid for it.

Puzzlin’

February 1, 2011

We picked up a Charley Harper puzzle (Mystery of the Missing Migrants) sometime before Christmas, when times were innocent and I thought the idea of putting together a puzzle actually sounded “fun.” Cut to a a few weeks later and our puzzlin’ adventure began.

Mystery of the Missing Migrants, Charley Harper puzzle

Hours and days (and a bit of bickering, if I’m to be completely honest) started to pass by, the puzzle taunting us at every piece. It would sit for a day or two, just staring at us as we watched television. It would scream “No liquids!” if we wanted to put a glass down. It became a full time job. But slowly, bird by bird, star by star, the chaos actually began to look like something.

Mystery of the Missing Migrants, Charley Harper puzzle

Mystery of the Missing Migrants, Charley Harper puzzle

A full week later and 1,000 pieces of torture under our belts, the puzzle was completed. And guess what? I could not bare the thought of tearing down of fruits of labor and had to frame the damn thing.

Mystery of the Missing Migrants, Charley Harper puzzle

So for now, it will sit atop the mantle (another thorn in my side) and remind me to never pick up a puzzle again.

PS: What do you think of the new pillows? I’m starting to think the big one looks like a Cosby sweater. Just me?

Beer packaging and design

January 26, 2011

Lakefront Brewery

Visiting Lakefront Brewery reminded me about what I love most about beer: the packaging. In fact, its secretly always been a dream of mine to design a beer label. Are you out there, dream client? We could do trade. I will accept your product as pay.

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Here are the designs have caught my eye lately.

Red Brick Blonde22 Squared
Cockeyed CooperTravis Bone for Uinta Brewing
• Need to sell at CTA stops, stat. Green Line Pale AleGoose Island
• Chocolate beer?! Motorman LagerFreshthrills
• Texas favorite. Shiner Holiday CheerMcGarrah Jessee
Waitemata Sparkling AleDesignworks

Milwaukee

January 25, 2011

Daniel and I ventured north to Milwaukee for a quick day trip after we got back from Texas. It’s only a 90 minute drive, which seemed like nothing compared to the 16 hour drive to Chicago we had just completed. But mostly I wanted to mark another state off my list and have a good beer.

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Milwaukee is super small compared to Chicago and a massive snow storm was coming down right as we rolled into town. Lovely.

It was lunch time, so we stopped at the Milwaukee Public Market (kind of like Reading Terminal Market or Pike’s Place) and chowed down on blackened tilapia from St. Paul Fish Company. Try it. You won’t be disappointed.


Then it was beer time. What else do you do in Milwaukee, anyway?

We took a tour at Lakefront Brewery, where I swear all of the employees were moderately drunk. I’m not kidding. For $7, you get a tour, four beers and a beer mug to keep. That’s a serious deal there and the beer ain’t bad either.


It was around 4 p.m. at this point and getting dark. The snow was making me nervous so we took a quick drive to the museum, checked out Lake Michigan from another side, watched our fingers freeze taking pictures, then hightailed back to Chi.




You can look at more of our fab Milwaukee pics here, if you’re so inclined.

Chicken Scallopini

January 24, 2011

I’ve had a gift card to Cinemark in my wallet for over two years, so after a bit of Googling we found a theater in Evanston and decided to make the journey to the burbs. It’s funny because downtown Evanston looks shockingly similar to Mockingbird Station in Dallas. Same stores: UO, American Apparel, Gap, etc., lots of apartments and a giant theater in the middle. Sadly though, no Angelika where they play the good stuff.

Moving on, (and I’m rambling here, I know) we had enough time to squeeze in dinner before at an Italian place literally right next door called Bravo, which had your standard chain restaurant grub. I opted for the chicken scallopini because I’d never had it before.

Oh my, I was hooked and had to make it myself. And quite frankly, mine was better. It’s super simple and could be pretty elegant for a dinner party if you wanted to substitute the chicken for fish. (Which I will the next go around.)

Chicken Scallopini, mikasa mediterrania pink

CHICKEN SCALLOPINI

Ingredients
Looks like a lot, but I had most on hand.
1 clove garlic, minced
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons capers or to taste
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
6 thinly sliced provolone
1 box Barilla Whole Grain Linguine
2 tablespoons EVVO
1/2 cup flour
oregano, to taste
Thyme, to taste
garlic powder, to taste
salt and pepper, to taste
half a tomato, chopped
feta, to taste

Directions
In a sauce pan, melt butter and combine lemon juice and garlic, wisking thoroughly. Add capers to taste. I bought my chicken thinly sliced, but if not, you will need to butterfly the chicken. Then using a meat mallet, gently pound the chicken breast out until it’s an even thickness. Combine flour, oregano, garlic powder and salt and pepper in a shallow pie plate. Coat both sides of chicken, then pan fry around three minutes each side or until lightly browned. Remove from pan and top with a slice of provolone. Cook linguine according to box directions. After shocking pasta with water, combine EVVO, oregano, pepper, thyme, minced garlic and a bit of feta in bowl. Place chicken on top of linguine, add sauce, tomato and feta. (Yes, more. Don’t judge.) Serves four.