Thursday, May 31, 2012

Roy's Goes Up In Smoke

photo from the Trib
I never did get around to writing that "adventures in couch shopping" story, so I never got to mention what a gem we found in Roy's Home Furnishings, the Lincoln Park furniture store where we purchased the sofa that made our house a home. Well, two days ago the showroom went up in flames (luckily no one was hurt) in an extra-alarm fire that shut down the CTA during rush hour. While to most it just meant a snarled up evening commute, many, including me, were more upset to hear about the location of the fire. Who gets so emotional over a furniture store? Obviously I'm emotional about that sofa in my living room, I mean, I wrote a whole blog post about it, but finding the thing was a journey in itself. We shopped just about every furniture store in the Chicago-land area, and came right back to Roy's, the place practically everyone I know told me to go. After visiting all those other stores, we realized how special Roy's was. They had the most current styles for the best prices, and the sales people were super cool--not pushy at all, but totally helpful when you needed them.

The good news is that they plan to stay in business! ...and a sigh of relief could be heard from all those around the city who didn't want to have to buy their next bedroom set from Value City...

Monday, May 21, 2012

A Big Bird Show

photo by Joshua Mellin
So, I got to see this guy at Auditorium Theatre last weekend, and here's what I thought.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Tonight: Reggie Watts @ The Vic. I'll be there. Here's my argument on why you should be there, too:
Life Lessons From Reggie Watts Tonight At The Vic

Friday, May 4, 2012


Today the Beastie Boys and the world lost Adam "MCA" Yauch after a 3 year battle with cancer. Super bummed that I never got to see them play live, especially after they had to pull out of headlining Lollapalooza a few years ago after Yauch was diagnosed. I really thought he'd be fine and they would tour again...

I'm struck by how far reaching their music was after seeing the wide range of my friends posting on Facebook, and now seeing that the Beastie Boys currently take up five of the top ten trending Twitter topics. But I suppose I shouldn't be. They never became a nostalgic act, they've stayed relevant since 1985 by constantly paving new music, right down to last year's Hot Sauce Committee Part Two

Now Playing: Ill Communication

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Well, Well, Wells

Okay, so I may have gushed about Emily Wells a few times already, but here I am doing it again for the -ist. I've managed to miss her every time she's played in Chicago since first discovering her at an Edible Audible lunchtime concert (RIP) a few years ago, but barring some natural disaster*, I'll be at her show tomorrow night at Schubas.

*or perhaps a man-made one...

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

April Photo Round-up

 Here's a round-up of my #photoadayApril photos on Instagram. Again, I didn't get them all, but I'm pleased with how they turned out.

This month I'm thinking about participating in a photo challenge that's a little different...this one's focused on Fashion & Beauty, which should be fun since lately I've been challenging myself to, well, look a little more presentable and put together (more on that later).

Follow along with the hashtag #fbphotoadaymay.

1. your reflection

2. colour

3. mail

4. makes you happy
5. tiny 

6. lunch

7. shadow

9. younger you

10. cold

12. stairs

13. something you found

15. sunset

16. flower

17. something you don't like

18. hair

19. orange

20. something you drew

21. bottle

22. the last thing you bought

23. vegetable

24. something you're grateful for

25. looking down

26. black + white

27. somewhere you went

28. 1pm

29. circle