Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy Holidays

Pup's Santa Harness
Originally uploaded by hooeyspewer
Wishing you all a great holiday season and a wonderful 2011. Think my pup might be hoping that we misplace her harness between this year and next. Fat chance. LOL.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

It's starting to look a lot like Christmas... even though it isn't Thanksgiving yet. Well... it DOES make for a more festive Black Friday :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

SkyRise Chicago: Willis Tower Observation Deck

Today was SkyRIse Chicago - benefiting the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). A 103-flight stair-climb up to the Observation Deck - 2,109 steps straight up. I didn't think I could do it, but I did. I've never even run a 5K previously. Frankly, to have my mobility and to use it to benefit an organization like the RIC which provides rehabilitation care for patients suffering from traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, stroke and cancer seems only fitting. I want to do this again next year and encourage anyone who can to try this as well.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Our Dog Can't Bring Herself to Watch the Bears

She crawled under a blanket in the middle of the first half. The turnovers were too much for her, I guess.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

What Was Waiting in the Wine Glass

Apparently, a bat got into the house while we were away and had the decency to die in a wine glass in the sink so I could get rid of him easily when I returned. This is the first and only bat to make it into our house in the eight years we've owned it.

I immediately called our pest control company which referred me to a wildlife company and I had the wildlife person come to the house that afternoon. We went through the whole house to figure out how the bat made it inside. I think we figured out that it bit a hole through the wire mesh under the fan in the attic that is covered by a mushroom cap on the roof. The wildlife company quoted me a $900 fee to "bat proof" my house - by sealing any place a bat could enter (though we really only found the one place) and by installing bat doors that would stay on the house during "bat season" and which would stick out of the house on two sides by about nine inches each. I decided to pass on that and have our contractors fix the mesh in the attic that has the little hole.

While we were up in the attic, it happened to be raining and I noticed a small leak in the roof caused by the support for one of our solar panels. So - I guess I need to be grateful to this little bat because if not for this bat, I wouldn't have found the leak in the roof until we would have sustained water damage to the ceilings on the upper floor.

Strange how life works.

Monday, August 23, 2010

On a Plane Again

ORD: View from the plane
Originally uploaded by hooeyspewer
I'm finally using an airline ticket that I have changed twice since its original issuance because my husband came down with the flu and then because things out of our control came up. It was $150 per passenger plus the difference in airfare for each change to this non-refundable one-way ticket. I should probably just buy first class tickets until our schedule gets more reliable. It would have been less expensive.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pup Protests in the Park

Pup Protests in the Park
Originally uploaded by hooeyspewer
Apparently, turning around to go home was not what she had in mind today. When I suggested that we go home, she firmly planted herself where she stood. She really wanted to just sit and watch the people and pups in the park. She's a wise one. She seriously likes to stop to smell the rose bushes that line the park too.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Prep for the Weekend

Blue Angels
Originally uploaded by hooeyspewer
The Blue Angels are in Chicago for the Air and Water Show this weekend. They practiced over the city and lake today and gave us quite a show.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Trapped Under 10 lbs of Pup

Trapped Under 10 lbs of Pup
Originally uploaded by hooeyspewer
I don't have it in me move and wake her...

Pup's a trooper as we are stuck in some hotel room for the day. Least I can do is give up my lap (and be grateful that she didn't manage to
capture one of my arms as well).