Tuesday, July 31, 2012

film map

Dorothy 0033 d2 Film Map

via wearedorothy as seen on kottke

This film map is awesome. There's Field of Dreams, Revolutionary Road, On The Waterfront, Valley of the Dolls, and Funny Farm to name just a few. It even has its own Red Light district. Brilliant!

Monday, July 30, 2012

week in photos

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

week in photos

For the past 3 years I've attempted to complete a 365 photo project which you can see here, here and here. I say attempted because every year I'm just a few days short of having taken a picture every day for one year. But this year, year four, is going to be different. I've decided to do a weekly "week in photos" blog post. I've never posted my daily photos on my blog before which is a little scary...I'm putting my work out there for others to like or dislike. Not that I think I take great photos or anything, but putting yourself out there is always scary. I decided to do this for two reasons...it will make me blog at least once a week (I know I've been slacking on blog posts) and by actively posting my photos for others to see I'm hoping it will help me take better pictures. I can't be lazy with my photos. Someone is going to see these photos (I hope) and by posting them regularly I'm now having to decide is this a photo I want to share. Is this my vision? Is this how I want to express my daily life? It's a much more active project then just posting a link in hopes that someone clicks on it. And it's exciting! Bear with me as I catch up on the past couple of weeks, Ebert and I just got back from vacationing in Phoenix and LA.

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{all images via create.your.happy}

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

de cero

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Ebert and I dined at De Cero's a few weeks ago. We met up right after work, around 5:30pm, so the restaurant wasn't very busy. We were able to snag a table outside and it was a perfect evening for dining on the patio! I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious everything was. Sure it was a little bit pricer than our usual neighborhood taco joint that we love but we wanted to try something new that was close to work so this was a perfect choice.

Chips and salsa are not complimentary. I know, I know...I, too, have come to just expect free chips and salsa at Mexican restaurants and when I don't get it I'm usually a little sad. But then I always eat way more chips than I should and get filled up before my meal comes. It's a gluttonous expectation that I'm glad isn't an option at De Cero. It makes me think about what I'm ordering before I just stuff my face. However, since this was our first time here we had to try their homemade chips and salsa. We ordered the charred habanero salsa and it was oh-so-spicy good. The mango in it made it refreshing enough so that it wasn't too spicy. Our waitress did bring us a second bowl of chips, which we happily munched on, but I'm not sure if that's customary.

We split the Ensalada Campo Verde. And, let me tell you, if I could I would have ate nothing but the cilantro jalapeno viniagrette. It was amazing! We each got one taco (I got the Chicken Mole taco and Ebert got the Tilapia taco). Both were very fresh and flavorful. The mole was smokey and the fish was crispy. Then we split the goat cheese tamale. This was the only item we ordered that we probably wouldn't order again. It sounded amazing and we love goat cheese, but we think the goat cheese lost some of its tangy flavor when cooked inside a tamale.

All in all it was a great experience and we will definitely go back. Next time I want to try some of their cocktails!

Monday, July 9, 2012

le tour


Thanks to Black Eiffel for sharing these awesome Tour de France posters. It's the only sport I truly enjoy watching, although most of the time I have no idea what's going on in the race. Good thing my bike riding husband is patient and doesn't mind explaining to me several times who is who and what's going on. Due to our Monday thru Friday adult responsibilities though Ebert and I are only been able to watch the Tour on the weekends. It's not the same as last summer when we could wake up early on our own time and leisurely watch the tour but it's fun nonetheless. I'm rooting for this guy because Ebert raced with him back in the day. Look at my husband go. I love him...a lot!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

july 4th

"Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better."
~ Albert Camus

Happy 4th of July friends! I hope you're enjoying this midweek break. I know I needed this day off to sleep in, relax, have some fun and to create my happy. Unfortunately, it's 102 degrees in Chicago right now so we haven't been able to venture outside yet but good thing there's a big lake nearby to cool our feet in while we swelter in this heat and watch fireworks.

In honor of America's 236th birthday here are a few links for you to enjoy...

  • Our 50 states.

  • A Red, White and Blue salad.

  • Cake and ice cream.

  • 4th of July recipes from 2011.

  • Vintage Independence Day.

  • The Grand Old Flag.

  • Monday, July 2, 2012


    It's hot in Chicago. Too hot for my liking and all I can think about is sipping on some summery, sweet sangria...red, white and blue style, of course.