These trees are fading into red from one end to the other.
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20 September 2010
Having grown up in an old house, discussions of crown molding, wainscoting, beading, pocket-doors, newel posts, and spindles were common. I was able to put this unique knowledge to test on Sunday as I volunteered as a docent for the Edgewater Historical Society's Annual Historic Homes tour. I spent my afternoon in a charming Queen Anne style home ushering visitors throughout the upstairs, oo-ing and awing over the five bedrooms, maple flooring, and beautiful crown moldings. I was especially enamored by the original doors and doorknobs, and the beautiful stained glass window on the landing of the stair case. I am such a nerd.
19 September 2010
Best word of the day ever: Orchidaceous. I will soon be peppering my daily conversation with the word orchidaceous.
Ejemplo Uno: "Why are you so orchidaceous? Stop it."
Ejemplo Dos "There was nothing orchidaceous about my evening -- just cooking Indian food and watching The Office with friends."
18 September 2010
17 September 2010
Today I joined my friend and classmate, Brooke, for lunch to talk about life outside of academia. We ate at the adorable Waterfront Cafe which has a spectacular view of the skyline. The weather was absolutely perfect. We both had delicious wraps, and I got really excited that their menu was creative and vegetarian friendly. I'm just sad that I just now found this place because it's closing down for the season on October 15th. At least we got to enjoy it today - and we've still got a month!
16 September 2010
I have been in awe of my bright bouquet of flowers all week and I just had to share them. The lilies are especially breathtaking. I took a series of shots as a little experiment to see how quickly they opened.
|This was taken last night.|
|And I awoke to this.|
|This one was slowly waking with the sunshine.|
|And greeted me when I returned home tonight.|
15 September 2010
Today was the launch party for Loyola's new catalog system: WorldCat Local. College kids (and adults) can't resist free food and games, right? In the picture above, Charis and I are on the balcony of the IC. Yup, a balcony in a library. How cool is that?! Below are some of my library crew enjoying a game of Uno, some free snacks, silent films projected on the wall, and tutorials of our sweet new online catalog. It was a fantastic hour between work and class.
14 September 2010
My alternate route to work this morning included a detour to the U.S. Post Office in the Loop (Gavin, Hope and Anna - keep an eye on the mail!). As I crossed Dearborn in front of the Dirksen Federal Building, and passed a line of protesters who have stood there every Tuesday morning since September 11, 2001, I was greeted by a large farmers market under "The Flamingo" statue. These baskets of tomatoes, corn, and apples seemed out of place surrounded by steel, glass, and brick. Nevertheless, it was an unexpected treat to my morning and provided me with some much breakfast.
(U.S. Post Office in background)
13 September 2010
12 September 2010
My mother raised me to understand that presentation is key.
This Bridal shower had an English feel, what with cucumber sandwiches and Eton Mess. Delicious!
The Bride and friends for some Amazing Indian food. (Note: I hadn't really had Indian food before last night, but it is seriously like a party in your mouth - so many flavors! And so vegetarian friendly!)
The Bride and her (free) flourless dark chocolate cake. Our waiter had recently eloped with his love of 22 years and was excited for Gretchen's wedding.