How did we end up here? We've lived in Northern Illinois for 24 years. Way too long for this vegetarian! Thankfully, we're only a Metra ride away from Chicago.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Enjoying Fall

We've had beautiful weather the past couple of weeks here in Northern Illinois. Two weeks ago we went hiking along the Illinois River. Perfect blue sky, temperatures in the high 70's, and stunning scenery.

On Friday of this past week we headed to another forest preserve in Rockford and enjoyed a couple of hours hiking through changing colored leaves.

I entered a contest last week to win NIU football tickets. I ended up winning tickets to Saturday's homecoming game. We stopped by to see the decorated Huskie pups before the game.

The weather was perfect and it always helps when the home team wins!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

One busy week.

I'm not sure how we fit all of our past four day events into our schedule.
On Wednesday we headed to Chicago to see Wicked.

It was the first time any of us had seen a professional group perform live on stage. We were in awe of the entire production and hope to hit a show in Chicago(unless my plan to move out of Illinois succeeds) once per year until the kids are out of the house.

On Thursday my eldest turned 12. Wow, Just a year away from being a teenager. Time flies!

Friday the kids and I headed to Legoland in Schaumburg. We agreed the best part was the "mini" Chicago. Having just walked around town they were excited to see the same buildings recreated in Legos.

Every few minutes the scenery turns to nighttime and the fountains and buildings light up, the passengers at Navy Pier even have flashes go off on their Lego cameras.

We enjoyed the little details including the batman at the top of the Sears Tower.

Then on Saturday, we headed back to Chicago for Yarn Con. It was great to meet with Franklin Habit, Jen from Piddleloop, local DeKalb Etsyian Beth, and even had both Mason Dixon Knitting books signed by Ann.

When we arrived back home we met up with a potential furry buddy for our dog Baxter. The new dog had just arrived into the States from Puerto Rico and was a bit scared of our crazy pup. I was too afraid that Baxter would end up playing too rough with the little guy so I decided to keep looking for a better match.

It will be a breath of fresh air to stay local this week after our adventures. It sure is nice to have so many opportunities of the "big" city just a train ride away!

Friday, October 03, 2008

My future goat herd.

Do you care about the impact you're making on the Earth's resources but fell asleep watching An Inconvenient Truth? I just may have a book that will get you thinking how you can reduce your carbon footprint and laugh along with the author at the same time. My husband and I really enjoyed Doug Fine's book, Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living.
Both my husband and I are city dwellers and after reading his book we'd like to smuggle a couple of goats into our backyard shed, rig up some solar panels on our house, and fill in our pool to have a huge garden. Ok I would like to fill in the pool not the husband but that's just my practical side kicking in.
Doug Fine has a blog with updates on how his experiment on local living is progressing. Check it out, it just may have you converting your Ridiculously Oversized American Truck(R.O.A.T.) to vegetable oil too!