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Rebecca & Dale

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Snow My God

So we got some snow. You might have heard.

Dale got out of work early on Tuesday and had Wednesday off–as did most of Chicagoland. Even our local Starbucks was closed.

A fella pushes into the wind. With my old building in the background. What a dump that building is!

So we went on a little adventure on Wednesday afternoon once the storm had died down.

A lovely Victorian around the corner from our house.

Steep snow!

My favorite house on Kennilworth.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

Knee-deep in snow at Austin Gardens…

He took quite a few photos so if you’d like to see the rest click here.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio

I started volunteering at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio in Oak Park this summer. It was quite the intensive training process but all I’ve got is time, right? Anyway, at the end of the summer they throw a party for volunteers and I got my graduation certificate. And now I volunteer to give home and neighborhood tours one day a month.

Let me know if you want to take my tour!

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Something happened! Kinda.

I bought our first fabric shower curtain! I feel like a grown-up. It has a complementary bath rug and even a few washcloths. I LOVE it. It has squirrels on it!

Oh, and Sidney jumped on the counter in the middle of the picture. As he does. And I let it go because it amuses me!

In other news, I’m ignoring the fact that the new bath accessories do not actually go with the horrid floor. I’m just going to pretend that floor is not there. I hate it so. much.

In still further news, we are plotting exciting summer trips that will yield charming and grand photos for your enjoyment.

Our blog URL is probably changing. Stupid Blogger! Anyway, I’ll make an announcement on that soon. Now I’m going to do homework (sob) and then watch a little TV. Just another wild night in the big city…

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Santa's Express

Updating madness!!!

Saturday afternoon was the Oak Park WinterFest! And the Santa Express pulled into our local station at 1 p.m.

Every year, the CTA employees volunteer and decorate a train with tacky decorations and run it on one of the lines for the weekend. This was our weekend!

It’s decorated inside and out!
How great is this Santa? Again, a volunteer–just like all the folks who participate in the Santa Express’s weekend trips.

Santa’s Express!!!

Even the seats are decorated!

And at night? It’s alllll lit up like a Christmas tree!

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A Guinness World Records attempt in Oak Park!

Last Saturday Dale and I went to lunch in the midst of an attempt to break the Guinness World’s Record for the largest mass doggie wedding! It was a charity event for the Oak Park Animal Care League. We saw lots of adorable puppies and their nutty families.

This little dude was Dale’s favorite–he loved the hat! He loved the nose and the ears. He loved it all.

This gentleman was in line holding a friend’s dog. He told Dale that he’d always felt secure in his manhood–until he found himself holding somebody else’s tiny puppy so that the puppy could get married.

This little couple was in hot demand! They had their own customized stroller. It was quite chilly and lots of puppies were suffering from the cold and snuggling up to each other and to their owners. These two had it made!

Many others simply opted to dress for the weather…

As opposed to just dressing for the occasion as these two did.
This big guy wasn’t playing games–he had a hat and a scarf! Amusingly, his hat fell over one eye and he kept tipping his head to move the hat and it looked like he was nodding his head to everyone that walked by!

This little one–Mia!–was the star of the show. She was propped atop a heavily decorated shopping cart and even had her own theme music blasting. The nutty owner even wore heart-shaped, rose-tinted glasses. Amazing!

We didn’t stay for the whole thing but Dale had so much fun shooting the doggies that he’s put up a gallery. Click here to check out Dale’s complete gallery!

I think my favorite thing about this event–aside from my genuine love of absurdity–was how much the owners obviously loved their pets. My favorite moments–and photos in the gallery–show the humans looking at the dogs with love and pride. The folks that came out saw the humor in the situation but were also eager to show their pupper off as a great dog. Sadly, no records were broken but I’m guessing lots of dog bladders were tested!

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Attempted Burglary!

Very creepy thing happened today and since I can’t stop thinking about it, figured I’d share…

Dale was taking some laundry out on our back porch when he found our neighbor and a police officer on the neighbor’s porch (it’s all connected). So he stopped and realized that our neighbor had been burglarized! Scary! And we also realized the screen to our bedroom window was pushed up…

Dale noticed that we had two strange marks on our door frame. It appears a dastardly burglar attempted to wedge a screwdriver into our lock to pop the door open! The burglar pushed the screwdriver (allegedly, heh) in the space between the door and the frame and gouged the weather seal, as well as the wood on both the door and the frame.

The small, blurry divots show where the thief attempted to pop the door open!

On the outside of the window was a big hand print! The burglar likely pushed up our bedroom screen and then tried to push the window itself up. The outside window is very dirty (oops). The officer attempted to get prints off the window but he said it was more likely that the thief lifted dirt off the window as opposed to left prints behind. I took this photo from inside the house with my flash on the camera to show the dirt/smudge marks. It WIGGED me out. Go away creepy thief!

Anyway, we’re VERY thankful the criminal did not make his way into our little home–and that I’m paranoid enough to keep windows locked (side effect of growing up in Flint, Michigan). Had the window been unlocked it would have been easy for the thief to get in–and our kitty cats to get outside! I’d be deeply upset if someone broke into our home but I would deranged if my baby kitties were roaming the streets due to some asshat that can’t make his own way in the world without trying to take our stuff! That said, we’re also very sad for our nice neighbor. The dirty thief broke the window out of his backdoor (we have a windowless back door) and made off with some money and his son’s X-Box. Boo! Hiss! I hate thieves!

To scrub that disturbing hand print image out of my head, I will close with this adorable picture of Monty snuggling on the sofa…safe and sound!

And don’t worry about us! Crime in our neighborhood is actually very, very low! All of the crime for the ENTIRE city in the month of September can be found on this map. And we didn’t have a single crime on our block last month. So while we are freaked out about this, we know it’s an unusual occurrence. We’re just going to be extra vigilant about locking doors and windows.

And Dale is considering high-tech safety options, of course.

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Second Annual Fireworks in Oak Park, IL

Weird piece of Dale & Rebecca blog trivia: Last year Dale took pictures of the fireworks. I don’t remember exactly why but I think he had some piece of equipment he wanted to play with.

You can find last year’s photos by clicking here.

Anyway, I liked the photos–and apparently other people did, too!

Last year’s photos of the fireworks are one of the most viewed posts we’ve ever had. Somebody out there looks at them all the time–even in the dead of winter!

We aim to please so Dale took more this year! Aren’t they pretty?

The river flooding pics were indexed by Google Images and boy did they get hit like crazy when the Ol’ Mississip flooded like mad earlier this year.

I get the popularity of the flooding photos but the fireworks photos getting accessed all the time perplexes me–and Dale, too.

No matter, I love fireworks and enjoy looking at the photos, too.

The fireworks in Oak Park this year was colorful and made even better because we got to share the event with my dear friend Sarah!

Hope everybody had as lovely a time as we did!

See you next year!

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Two of our favorite places…

We don’t like to admit but we are creatures of habit…
and we habitually visit these places!

This is the cafe at Borders, just around the block from our apartment. We usually stop in here on the weekends, have a coffee, and browse some magazines and books before finally buying a Buffy comic book, a photography magazine, and something the Martha Stewart magazines family.

This is the bar at one of our favorite restaurants, Cucina Paradiso. They suffered a fire last year but are now back and better than ever! If you come visit, we’ll likely take you here (or if you’ve already visited you might have already been here).

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New Sushi House!

A big event for us in Oak Park. Our favorite suburban sushi chain has moved into Oak Park. Sushi House is always tasty! It just so happens to be located at the end of our block!

They don’t have an official sign up yet but we were amused by the temporary sign…

The dining area is lovely–bamboo and neutral tones with splashes of red and orange.

We’ve already been twice–we love the sushi rolls!

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Hanging with Tara & Jacey…

We spent a little time with our neighbors, Tara & Jacey this weekend.
We saw carolers in downtown Oak Park.

We went into the city and saw the most adorable puppet show! Right on the street in front of Macy’s!

Tara & Jacey on the escalator–I’m trailing behind.

At Daley Plaza, we saw the eternal flame for soldiers–which serves as a warming station for the poor little pigeons in the winter. They huddle near the flame to keep warm.

This is Jacey with me & Tara in tow. Jacey is carrying her buddy, Joe. And backup Joe, just in case.