7/31/2005 05:40:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|My sister and I went to the Chicago Antique Market today, and look what I picked up:
An antique plant stand
a pretty quilt
The market is very cool, and within it is also an Indie Designer Fashion Market, which had some great stuff too. This was my first experience with "antiquing," and I realized all of the cool furniture and accessories I miss by shopping at the old standbys. Another shopping coup was had at my local JoAnn fabrics (the one on Elston for the local folk). They are moving to a bigger space in the same strip mall, and everything was 30% off, including yarn:
yes, I was a bad girl
This morning I ran in the Fleet Feet Women's 10K -- I had not run a race in a while, and thought it would be a good one to do pre triathlon (2 weeks from today). I did ok - 10:02/mile, which was good considering that I biked to the start (7 miles), and was awake for about an hour last night with horrendous cramps (sorry if that's tmi). On Saturday I swam - yet another difficult workout. I'm starting to wonder if I bit off more than I chew with this whole triathlon thing. I'm not sure who I think I am with this athletics stuff -- let's just say I've been know to be quite the chicken shit in my day. The plan is to just focus on swimming this week and we'll see how it goes. The husband has been in motorcycle riding school all weekend - yes, we are now the proud owners of a 1966 BSA motorcycle. I'm not thrilled...more on that later!
|W|P|112285095366687776|W|P|Great Finds|W|P|7/27/2005 09:43:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Probably not what you think. One of the most intoxicating scents ever is the smell of Blommers Chocolate Factory in the River North area of Chicago (just west of the loop). You can smell chocolate at any time of day, even outside of my building, which is on the far east side of the loop. Today as I was riding my bike home, I caught a wiff of not only Blommmers, but fresh baked bread from Gonnella's bakery...yum! I've finished about 3 lace repeats on my Lelah top. The TLC yarn I'm using is so not soft, but I'm wary about knitting a strapless top that I may not like.|W|P|112251907132960321|W|P|Smells of Chicago|W|P|7/26/2005 10:01:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|So I'm watching this show for the first time, and what's with Dave Navarro's huge head? I think he and Celine Dion look like bobble-head dolls. And the makeup on him - so scary. Horrible commute home today -- I biked into work, not knowing that it would be pouring when I left. I had no umbrella, no rain coat, but I decided to take my bike on the train. As I was carrying my bike down the stairs to the Washington platform, my shopping bag (filled with new goodies from Anthropologie and Thomas Pink...must stop shopping!) was so wet that the bottom fell out on the stairs, spilling all of its contents. Luckily a nice man helped me pick up everything and carried my bike down the stairs. Did I say I must stop shopping? Well I just bought pattern for this A-line skirt - to sew not knit. This site is so cute, and it appears to be local. I've only used my sewing machine a couple of times, so I hope this is relatively easy.|W|P|112243332256355913|W|P|Rock Star - INXS|W|P|7/25/2005 08:28:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|...so my homey Nellie put it best! My car said it was 106 degrees yesterday afternoon. Nasty, nasty. I had a major case of swamp ass (my new favorite term) everytime I peeled my butt off our hot black leather upholstery. Lots of stuff going on this weekend, mother-in-law in town, shopping at Bucktown sidewalk sale, visiting my friend Kristen's new baby, and wrapping it up with a big home cooked meal last night. I managed to squeeze in a run on Saturday and swim on Sunday. Not bad for 48 hours, huh? Also - can't recommend RoSal's restaurant in Little Italy enough. Went for the second time this weekend and it is fabulous. Got some cute things at the sidewalk sale, including some fun jewelry from Shebang, some Besty Johnson undergarments from G Boutique, some athletic ware from Running Away, and a really cute dress from Jolie Joli (bargain of the day, originally $375,got it for $60!) This one's for you dad...my brugmansia plant will be blooming soon. Also, one of my scarlet runner beans has started to bloom: On the knitting front, I started my Lelah top. I'm using some super cheap and super yucky TLC yarn I've had for years. I like the color, and I figure if I don't like the finished project, it only cost me a couple of bucks. |W|P|112234299912121843|W|P|It's gettin' hot in hurrr|W|P|7/20/2005 08:40:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|The float trip was a blast...totally relaxing because I was a third wheel and got to sit in an inner tube all day while my friends paddled me in their canoe. I got pretty ripped on Friday night, so I nursed my beers slowly on Saturday. It was so nice to get out of the city for a few days! On to a finished object - these took me a lot longer than I expected. I realized after I finished that I sort of screwed up the waistband (it's supposed to be flat), but it's still functional and it looks really cute! I think my next project will be Lelah. I hope my ta-ta's can handle it! In shopping news...Nordstrom Anniversary sale rocks! Hanky Panky's for $11.90? Best undies in the world! I bought a bunch of cute tops from Anthropologie online - also having a great sale. I just got a raise, and every year about this time I go on some shopping benders.|W|P|112191153958799736|W|P|Finished!|W|P|7/15/2005 12:00:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|I'm off on a float trip this weekend in Lesterville, MO. I think a float trip is a Missouri thing. You basically sit in a canoe all day, float down a small river, and get drunk. Who-hoo! |W|P|112144693382674597|W|P|TTFN|W|P|7/13/2005 08:23:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|That's the sound my poocher (tummy, gut, stomach, whatever) was making this afternoon as I was running in this lovely ensemble It's my outfit for the triathlon, and I wanted to bike/run in it today so I get all the chafing and other fun stuff out of the way before my race. But I don't normally work out in a sports bra sans t-shirt, so I was quite startled to see the reflection of my jiggling pooch in a window. Some toning is in order - gross! Anyway, rode my bike into work today for the first time, and parked at Milennium Park after joining their "Bike Club." For all you non-Chicagoans, Millennium Park is by far the coolest city park I've ever seen. A definite must-see. Not much knitting to show...I've finished the second leg of the baby denim pants, now it's time to join and work on the butt part. Hopefully pictures soon!|W|P|112130549550392337|W|P|Jiggle Jiggle|W|P|7/12/2005 03:48:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|To all my loyal readers (yes, all 5 of you...dad, nick, doug, etc.), please help me to be able to quit work after my husband and I bear children! You know you've got hundreds (if not thousands) of CDs sitting around waiting to be converted to MP3s and put on your shiny new iPod. It totally sucks having to convert all those CDs yourself, no? Fret no more - Digits Music can do it for you! Check out Digits Music for more info. |W|P|112120189557787831|W|P|Shameless Plug|W|P|7/07/2005 06:35:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Local Tribune Columinst/Blogger Eric Zorn pretty much summed it up for me today...there's no reason that what happened in London (or Madrid) could not happen here in Chicago. I take the "El" everyday, and my line goes underground for most of my commute. Today, I chickened out and drove to work. Direct quote from the director of safety and security of Port New Orleans regarding today's events: "We're especially cognizant of the fact that this came a day after the announcement of the awarding of the Olympics to London ... and we're a city that's often awarded special events." Huh? To end on a cheerier note...a couple of garden progress pics: Left photo: scarlet runner bean, crimson climbers, switch grass Right photo: random mix (petunia, geranium, moss rose), and my "science project"|W|P|112078014183531682|W|P|London|W|P|7/05/2005 10:54:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|With all of my swimming of late, I forgot how gross chlorine is. I feel like a raisin right now...but maybe the chlorine will burn all of the zits off of my face. Kind of like a chemical peel? Probably not -- I'm pretty sure I could be the oldest spokesperson for Clearasil right now. I've even gone the way of Jessica Simpson and Vanessa Williams - but all Proactiv did was bleach my pillows! Here's a good tidbit on the book I'm reading right now, Whores on the Hill. If you went to Catholic school, particularly an all-girls Catholic school like I did, you can probably relate to some, but hopefully not all (I never made out with any of my girlfriends in a cab), of the experiences of the protagonists. Night night.|W|P|112062247623594771|W|P|But will it make my hair green?|W|P|7/04/2005 09:34:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Oh my the fireworks...who needs Grant Park when you live on the near northwest side of Chicago? You can go out on our rooftop right now and see literally dozens of different firework "displays." I use the word "display" loosely, since all of these are amateur and illegal of course. Nonetheless very cool. What a beautifuly weekend here...yesterday was the annual 4th celebration on my brother-in-law's boat. Went out on Lake Michigan for a few hours, then grilled back at the dock. I like this photo: Finished the One Skein Wonder this weekend: It's actually the first thing I've knitted for myself that I like. Even Doug said that it is the nicest-looking thing I've finished. It's a little tight on the arms, but I might see if blocking will help that.|W|P|112053253235753330|W|P|Firework Season|W|P|