Awesome Gift Ideas

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It may be too late but I’m throwing these out there just in case you need to do some last minute shopping. And, if you can’t make the X-Mas deadline . . . my birthday is in January! 🙂

For your writer friend/Facebook obsessed friend: This stamp combines two awesome things: Facebook and real live paper!

For your friend who is obsessed with bacon but already has the bacon dental floss, bacon candle, bacon gum, bacon mints, clogged arteries, etc etc, a plush bacon guy.

For your friend with a sense of humor, cold feet, or a penchant to misspeak, Freudian Slippers:

For your Francophile friend (me) who likes breakfast (not me so keep looking), a French Toast stamp:

For your Francophoile friend (me) who has fond memories of drinking vin chaud in Paris a month ago (me me me!), the German version of mulled wine:

For your bad-ass friend who’s not so bad-ass that he doesn’t rely on his daily coffee, a fisticuffs mug:

For the cyclist in your life who, I guarantee you, needs to study up on the rules of the road:

Happy shopping and happy holidays!

Things I Live For: Gift guides

Quote of the Day: “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” –Rogers Hornsby

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An Ode to Grape G2

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I stayed out too late last night, this morning I’m an awful sight.

I can’t get out of bed, there’s suffering in my head.

I know what I need—to Walgreen’s I must proceed

for the delicious nectar that serves as my protector.

It cures my ailments from the previous nights derailments

and brings me back to life with the grace of a surgical knife.

It is purple, delicious, low calorie—affordable on any salary.

I will always long for Grape G2 when I’ve had one too many brew.

Fruit punch will make me lose my lunch

I hate lemon-lime and orange doesn’t rhyme.

Grape is the only solution — There will be no substitution.

Pet Peeve of the Day: Nutmeg

Quote of the Day: “You can’t sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock.  You’ve got to throw the ball over the damn plate and give the other man his chance.  That’s why baseball is the greatest game of them all.” –Earl Weaver

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…if you want my respect.  (In honor of opening day at Wrigley today, woo hoo!!)

1) A knowledge of baseball 

2) Clever heckling lines (read: not “you suck”)

3) A willingness to boo the home team

4) A thirst for beer (read: not mai tais)

5) A hate for any unofficial mascot (read: Ronnie “Woo Woo” Wickers)

6) A couple quarters to use the payphone (read: because you will not need to be on your mobile during the game, standing up and waving at people across the field)

7) A jersey in which you commit to a team member (read: not blank, and not your last name)

8 ) An interest in baseball

9) Sticky hands (read: if you catch a ball in the bleachers you will not throw it back)

10) A pen (to keep score with)

And bonus points if you bring the day’s sports section! 🙂

Pet Peeve of the Day:My incessant need for socks because otherwise my feet become ice

Quote of the Day: “I don’t wanna end up in a room alone–don’t wanna end up someone I don’t even know.” –Tom Petty

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Things I Wonder…

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Do people really sing in the shower?  What’s the deal with that being like “the thing”?  I sing in the car, along with the stereo.  The shower where just the water beats down and there’s no background music?  Negativo.

How are the events of 9/11 taught in history classes?  I suppose I will never know this unless I have kids or meet a high school history teacher.  I am very interested though.

chiskyWould I love Chicago if I’d never been here and came as a visitor?  (Coincidentally, this would be one of my 3 wishes if I ever meet a genie– visit Chi as if I’d never been before).

Why do people hate the Cubs so much?  You should pity our team and our fans; some sympathy and compassion would be nice!  Everyone in the world was pulling for Boston when they finally won the World Series; why are we different? 

Why is it news when someone goes into court for arraignment and pleads “not guilty?”  America = innocent until proven guilty.  Only a fool would ever initially plead guilty.

Why do women never call into sports talk radio?  I listen to more than my fair share of sports talk radio (670 The Score and ESPN 1000) and in all my years I have only ever heard one woman call in.  I know that I’m not the only chick listening!  So I guess a short term goal I will have is to call into The Score myself.  It’s gotta be a good comment though, I can’t come off sounding like some dumb girl– I gotta make us lady sports fans proud!  Stay tuned!!

Things I Live For:Driving back into the city on south Lake Shore Drive and seeing the skyline in the distance ahead of me; Delicious Johnsonville brats!

Quote of the Day:“Bad road trip.” –Lou Piniella

(Don’t forget to check out the new quotebook page!)

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Recently, at a Cubs-Cards game at Wrigley Field, I was talking with my dad about Cardinals fans, and how we hate them waaaaayyyy more than White Sox fans. 

There are 2 things I know about White Sox fans that I can get on board with: They live in the best city in the world (Chicago), and they cheer for the greatest NFL team in the world (Bears).  Those 2 facts pardon them from my most aggressive wrath. 

But Cardinals fans?  What do I know about them?  Well, they live in a state that people call Missour-UH, and a city that is pretty freakin’ ghetto.  Perhaps that is why they take over Wrigley Field– to get the hell out of dodge for a weekend. 

They are also more obnoxious than White Sox fans, which must be some sort of record in obnoxiousness cuz, damn.  A “friend” of mine has a red Cardinals shirt declaring Wrigley as “The Biggest Gay Bar in the World.”  Hahaha… Wrigley Field is kind of by Boys-Town so it must be gay…  Yet Cards fans have no problem coming to games at Wrigley or swarming nearby bars afterwards.  Hmmm…

zAt a game Cubs game in St. Louis a week or so ago, a Cards fan was seen wearing a “Zambrano Mows my Lawn” t-shirt.  Classy.  Middle America (i.e. Missour-UH) at its best.  Now, I’m not going to pretend that people in Chi weren’t selling “Horry Kow” t-shirts, but that was different becaue they were meant to support Kosuke (in a horribly offensive way, yes, but we’re Cubs fans, what do we know). 

If I lived in the middle of nowhere and had to cheer for the St. Louis Cardinals, I too would relish the opportunity to come to the “big city” and watch a game in a historic park.  All I’m asking is that Cardinals fans stop acting like it’s the worst possible thing they could imagine when in actuality, it’s pretty much all they’ve got going for them.  AND, cue “World Series Champions 2006” chants…  (Hahaha, to think I thought it was White Sox fans who had the worst inferiority complex!)

Pet Peeve of the Day: People who can’t properly use “you’re/your” “it’s/its” “there/their/they’re” “to/too/two”

Quote of the Day: “Two cars parked on an overpass – rocks hit the water like broken glass – I should have known right then it was too good to last – God it’s such a drag when you’re living in the past” –Tom Petty

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