Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My Kind of Town

I was very tempted by the Vlog Talk prompts this week maybe because I have been wanting to highlight my travels more.  When I started going through my pics, I realized I should start with the city I know the most because I visit it the most... CHICAGO!!  I claim the city as my own but I have never actually lived there.  I grew up in a south suburb about 20 minutes south of Comiskey Park now known as Cellular Field (where the Sox play).  That name won't go away just like the Sears Tower being called Willis Tower (WHAT?!)  

Being in Northwest Indiana now, we get there as often as possible when the kids are off school and you'll see why.  There's so much to see and do!

If you ever have the chance to come to Chicago, there's so much I didn't even mention!  Loads of family friendly things to do!

If you have been here, what was your favorite part?

Vlog Talk

Monday, January 30, 2012

This PITA is becoming a real pain in the ass..

If you've been reading for awhile, you know that back in November I was diagnosed with a PITA.  What first appeared as lower back pain is actually a bit lower in my right cheek.  It began really cute and funny even...go look, 
I'll wait..

I was told not to vacuum or do much laundry (oh dread) and take it easy.  This condition came about without an injury that I'm aware of and they were first treating it as a muscle problem, using stretches, different exercises, and ice to loosen up the muscle only to result in not much improvement in pain.  I have relief the day of therapy, it feels great, I get my stuff done and the next day it feels like crap again. The first appointment was the only one where massage was used because quite frankly, who wants to rub my ass?  My husband, possibly on a good day and if there's sex involved.  If anyone knows of an ass specific massage therapist, please let me know...there is now a big demand for it.

Friday, January 27, 2012

I'm Out!

Taking a little time out here with Coffee Chronicles this fine Friday as I am making my way "up north" to visit with Doctor Deborah Gilboa, MD aka @AskDocG who is visiting for a speaking engagement in Chicago and was kind enough to invite me out to breakfast at what she tells me is a great Pancake House.  The coffee will give it away right off the bat..

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

So Hot, She Only Needs Initials...T.R.M.

This year I decided I would take a path not traveled by this blog in general and invite some of my favorite bloggers to guest post.  I am so excited about the line up, I can't even tell you -  trust that you will be glad to welcome these fine people into your own bloggy world if they aren't already!  I will be featuring at least one blogger a month and to make things easier on some of them, I asked some questions that might give you a little clue as to why they are here being featured.  Little bits of wisdom go a long way and you can learn something from each of them so listen up good!

You all know my first Featured Guest from our follies on Fridays here on Coffee Chronicles - together, we make the Java Joe Mamas.  It was coffee that brought us together and it's her persistence that tells us to #ThankCoffeeitsFriday and keeps it all rolling through her own robot family follies with doctors, toddlers and the occasional let's talk about poop while my husband is drilling the doorknob because we got locked out of the bathroom incident.  

Monday, January 23, 2012

Everybody has a Klout Story - What's Yours?

Klout was once one of my daily check-ins, seeing who gave out +K, announcing on Twitter who I give it to, seeing if my topics changed - or what crazy subject they might have given me this week. (I mean, Edmonton Oilers, seriously? Really?  I'm from Chicago..)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Your Coffee Questions Answered by Ellen

I have to admit, being short on cash is not where I wanted to be when I pulled up...but I had to get my fix.

"Hi, this is Shelly..what sounds delicious today?"

"Hello Shelly - Um, a tall is a small right?"
(I have not worked at Starbucks unlike the other Java Joe Mama)
"Why yes it is"

I could almost hear her secretly chuckle thinking she was speaking with an amateur - little did she know who she was dealing with..I've ordered Starbucks in Germany for the love of Mike..

If she knew me at all, she would know I get a grande or a vente quad shot or better, today I forgot my card at home and only had three dollars and some quarters. Definitely not enough for my usual caramelicious number and I was off...way off.  The cup looked teeny tiny to me (I felt like a giant), it was too much milk because I couldn't afford the extra shot so I went home and made more espresso on the stove top, put it in a bigger cup, which required more milk and took away from any caramel deliciousness it ever wanted to have and I think may be the reason I am still up at 2:20am writing this post..

Ever been in this predicament, being thrown off from your normal coffee order?

If only someone had shown me this video...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

From Where I Blog

I know I'm usually late to the party and this case is no different because Jennifer at Just Jennifer put up a link LAST WEEK about posting about your wheres and hows of personal blogginess..quite honestly, it took me this long to clean the space enough to take a picture of it.  I am a genius at work people, we are not known for our organizational skills.  Let's just say I am happy there is a door to close on this space when I need it!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Once Upon a Time...

Once upon a time I had a job..
It took me places...
Like castles in Germany on the Mosel River....

I'm linked up with Galit and Alison for their monthly Memories Captured.

What memory would you most like to capture?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

10 Years??

I am still in disbelief that my son turned 10 this week.

A decade - it seems unreal.

He's proud of the fact that he's double digits and also that he knows I turned 30 soon after he was born so he will always know my age even though he agrees when I say I'm 29 - it's like it's our little secret..

I can remember thinking about what life would be like when they were 10 and 7 - here we are -  it went by like a flash..much faster than I ever expected so my advice to those of you with young children: You will be here before you know it - Don't blink!!

I am serious about the blinking!
Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, January 13, 2012

A Starbucks Blonde, Not My Type

The Java Joe Mamas were out in full effect this week sampling some of the new goods at Starbucks they call Blondes.  You've heard the hype, now hear the gripe.  Personally, I found it to be darker than expected - this from someone who expected the Blonde roast to look more like tea than coffee.  Not sure what I was thinking considering this is still Starbucks after all.  On a regular basis, I do not choose Starbucks regular coffee as I go for the espresso drinks so I can get the extra shots to boost my coffee flavor.  While that may make me a dark roast fan, I still don't think the new blend is what they are advertising.  I think people are going to try this thinking like I did, that it would be more mild than the normal coffee which I really didn't think it was anymore mild.  It still has that good old Starbucks kick to it.  Here's what TRM had to say:

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hey You Guys...

I don't know if anyone has even noticed that I haven't posted yet this year, but I have not completely dropped off the face of the earth contrary to any scuttlebutt you may or may not have heard.

Really, I'm still here, re-evaluating what I want this year to be with this space and how I want to go about the future of it. Being honest, I just haven't been feeling it on the writing front, I have never considered myself to be a writer freelance or otherwise. You will not see my blog on a list of a top anything and that is okay with me - I'm far from the competitive type. I have a problem getting into a groove or a schedule or a niche for that matter and the only thing I am consistent about is being inconsistent. I'm usually funnier when I'm not really trying to be. As much as I would like to change this, I would also like to stay the same and not conform to any guidelines set by whoever the experts are - I've never been a numbers person. As a pisces, I am always going upstream when the rest of the world is going downstream.