Thursday, August 28, 2008

Last Weekend

This weekend we have absolutely nothing planned, but we made up for that last weekend. We had lots going on and it was a really fun weekend.

Our good friends Pete and Beth are getting married next month and last weekend was Pete's bachelor party weekend. The guys went to a casino in Indiana Friday night where I'm told no one one any money (or Duke just told me that so I didn't feel bad about the money he lost!!). Saturday, I dropped my husband off at 10:30 am and didn't see him again until 2:30 am! They went to the Cubs game, whirlyball and out to some bars. He said the whole weekend was a blast.

I took on a new role at work, so I headed into the office on Saturday and moved on up to a new office. Really, I just moved up one floor. Then I went to a baby shower for my friend Alison. The best part was...the baby was there! Alison delivered Ethan on the day of her actual baby shower and the even was postponed until this past weekend. It was so much fun and I loved holding Ethan. He's doing so good!

Duke and I went to brunch at Corosh on Milwaukee on Sunday. The brunch is very good and they have a nice outdoor patio. We pretty much relaxed the rest of the day.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

We Heart New York - Part 1

We just got back from NYC on Monday. I was there for one of my four annual conferences and Duke went with me this time. My parents also met us there for a few days and we all had a great trip. Lucky for us my meeting was at the Waldorf~Astoria, so we had some pretty nice accomodations! They had much more fun than I did though. I worked most of the time, but we did get away for two dinners and some fun music. Duke, my Mom & Dad saw and did everything possible with the exception of a show. Central Park, Ground Zero, Times Square, Tavern on the Green...the list goes on.

My ABA group had an amazing private event at Ellis Island one night and another private event at the United Nations Sunday night. We also went to dinner at a very cool place in a neighborhood called Nolita. Public is the name of the place and it is supposed to resemble public institutions like schools and libraries. The food and wine were very good.

Saturday night was Duke's birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUKE) and we went to Macelleria in the Meatpacking District (which we loved). It is an Italian steakhouse and my dad and Duke had the biggest steak I've ever seen. After dinner we headed to a great little blues club called Arthur's Pub in Greenwich Village...lots of fun there! But, the big news of the evening was Duke's bday surprise. With a BIG favor from my dad (Thanks Dad!)I was able to get two tickets to a Yankees game in September, so I surprised Duke with a trip back to NYC in a couple weeks. He is a big Yankees fan and desperately wanted to go to a game in Yankee stadium before they tear it down after this season. This is great for me too because I didn't get to see to much of NY while I was working. So, we're headed back for NYC Part Two!

Overall we had an amazing time and from what I've seen so far, I really like New York. I'm so glad my parents could make it...we have some great memories from our few days together in ONE hotel big happy family!! I've posted an album below.

Welcome Home Ethan

We were so happy to hear that Ethan Hunt is at home snug as a bug in a rug!! Our friends Alison and Matt Hunt finally got to take their little boy home from the hospital last week. We're so happy for you guys!!

Blog Spa

Our friends Jorie and Jason just started a new blog and used a fun new company to customize their site. I thought this company idea was so cool I thought I'd post the name on here. It's called Blog Spa and you can hire this woman to give your blog a customized face-lift. You can read more about it on the company blog. How cute is the Oskay's blog???!!!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Fun Weekend

We had a great weekend that started with dinner out at Zapatista, a nice place in the South Loop. Saturday night we had our friends Jenny and John over for some drinks and then headed out for dinner at Crust for some more drinks. We had too many laughs and too many drinks that required some recovery time on Sunday! We need to do that more often Jenny and John! For anyone who lives nearby, Crust just opened a new outdoor patio that is really nice and the food is great.

We leave for NYC on Wednesday for one of my business meetings. I'm very excited that Duke is coming with me this time. My parents are also going to meet us there for a few days. My group at the ABA has some special events planned this time. Friday night we are going to attend a private event at Ellis Island and Sunday, we have an event at the United Nations. I won't have much free time, but Duke and my Mom and Dad will have a lot of time to explore the city. We'll take lots of pics and post them when we get back.

Have a great week and weekend!