Monthly Archives: July 2010

A Perfectly (Awful) Musical

We had a quiet day of reading. We went to Kansaku for lunch and had the salmon ceviche roll again. We also had a north shore blvd roll, which was rolled in soy paper rather then seaweed, something I never … Continue reading

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Joy Yee’s

Dani finished her second quarter of chemistry by taking the final exam this morning, and we went to Clarke’s diner for breakfast afterwards to celebrate. Dani spent the afternoon relaxing, watching Babylon 5, and we ordered Asian food delivered from … Continue reading

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Amaranths and Argos

Since tomorrow is the chemistry final, Dani had Lee come over for three hours today to review for the test, so I had plenty of time for a long walk. I went to Ace Hardware, which it turns out can … Continue reading

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Addis Abeba

I did the laundry this morning (wow, that’s a big washer) and then walked down Chicago about half a mile to Addis Abeba, an Ethiopian restaurant. It was delicious. I had a variety of vegetarian items: spicy chick peas, mild … Continue reading

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Walker Bros. The Original Pancake House

I took advantage of my last day with a car and drove north to places that would be difficult to reach without one. First stop was Walker Bros. The Original Pancake House, the most famous link in the 180 store … Continue reading

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La Cazuela Mariscos

I took advantage of still having the rental car and ran lots of errands. Sam’s Club for ziploc bags and gum, the market for Diet Coke, the gourmet shop for some caramels Dani likes and some artisan bread. I went … Continue reading

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Not All Restaurants in Little Italy Are Good

We dropped Linda at Midway for her flight home and then Dani and I went to Little Italy, hoping for an authentic pizza. sadly, Francesca’s was closed, and we ended up having a fairly terrible meal across the street at … Continue reading

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Moto

We went to Chicago for lunch, a play and dinner. Lunch was at Petterino’s, in the heart of the theatre district. It’s a lot like Sardi’s, right down to the decor. After lunch we walked across the street to see … Continue reading

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Les Nomades

Today was the hottest day so far this summer, at 93. I guess Linda brought both the rain and the heat from Florida. For lunch we walked down to Davis Street Fishmarket, which has a wide range of non-fish items. … Continue reading

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The Stained Glass

It was rainy today, and the fire alarm went off, so Linda and I fled up to Central Avenue and shopped at the Spice House and gourmet store. Then we went to Kansaku for a sushi lunch. The spicy tuna, … Continue reading

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A Very Short Cruise with Linda

I rented a car. Because I wanted one with an audio jack (so I could use the TomTom nav program in the iPhone) I ended up with a Toyota Prius. It takes a bit of getting used to driving a … Continue reading

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Bastardized Curry

I tried vacuuming this morning, but I don’t think much of Dani’s vacuum; it doesn’t suck. While her chemistry tutor was here I went out to the Unicorn Cafe for coffee. It’s funny how that place is always packed, since … Continue reading

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Books by the Pound

The place that sells used books by the pound, Market Fresh Books, has opened a second location only two blocks from their original spot. The rents must be cheap on theses abandoned storefronts. I bought 12 ounces of book this … Continue reading

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Chef’s Station

We had a quiet day at home while Dani got caught up on her online chemistry study and prepped for her Monday lab. We walked over to the Celtic Knot for lunch, where I had a ploughman’s lunch, which is … Continue reading

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Despicable Me

We went to see Despicable Me, a CG animated film that had an excellent script. Although we saw it in 2D, the credits at the end were interrupted several times by gags that must have been pretty funny in 3D.

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The Doobie Brothers and Chicago

I walked up to Windy City Garden Center on Green Bay Road. It’s basically a fenced lot with some tables of flowers. My goal was to find some flowers to put into the two planters where the seeds I planted … Continue reading

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Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

This morning I replaced a cracked toilet seat with one I got on Amazon. The new tool-less design is much better. I usually spend the afternoon at a coffee bar when Dani’s Chemistry tutor is here. Today it was Kafein. … Continue reading

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The Library

Bonnie Wilson, our realtor, came over to see the condo today, and we went to lunch at a grill with an outside patio in the rear, down Sherman a few blocks. It’s called Prairie Moon. The blackened fish tacos were … Continue reading

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Brussel Sprouts Are Edible. Who Knew?

I walked down to Jewel and bought their pesticide-laced bananas because they taste better than Whole Foods‘ organic ones. On the way back I spent an hour at Cafe Mozart sipping coffee and reading articles from Instapaper, including an interesting … Continue reading

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What Part of the Pig is the “Nugget”?

I walked over to the west of the tracks, took some photos, and finally ate at Flat Top. There’s a new place next door that Dani recommended called Andy’s Frozen Custard, which sounded good at 195 calories per serving — … Continue reading

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It’s Not Too Late For Curry Chicken

We hung out today, Dani did some chemistry reading and met her friend Kyra for coffee, and for dinner we fixed chicken curry and samosas. Then we played the piano for a bit, working out It’s Too Late, after being … Continue reading

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Spiaggia

We took advantage of having a car and drove North to Wilmette, a rather tony suburb, where we had lunch at Hackney’s, an old fashioned restaurant that reminded me of the places we used to go when I was a … Continue reading

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James Taylor and Carole King

Dani said that her final exam went well. It took all three hours for her to do it and check it. We rented a car and picked up the footstools I bought at World Market, which are very nice. It’s … Continue reading

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Frontera Chili

Not too much to report today. I tried to duplicate Yellow Dog Eats tuna for lunch, with cranberries, almonds and allspice, but it really needs five spice, which I bought later at Whole Foods. While Dani was being tutored I … Continue reading

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Roasted Salmon with Lots of Bother

I went to CVS to transfer my prescriptions and to Whole Foods to restock the kitchen. The plan for dinner was Roasted Salmon with Orange-Herb Sauce, which turned out to be more trouble than it was worth. Not bad, just … Continue reading

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Would You Like Arsenic With That Wasabi?

We spent the day at the condo. Dani is writing a report analyzing the results of her spectroscopic study of arsenic and iron in seaweed from different species and locations. I’m reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, which is … Continue reading

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Let’s Celebrate By Blowing Stuff Up

A quiet 4th at the condo, particularly since the Comcast cable/telephone/Internet was out for seven hours. It hasn’t been quiet on the street, though, with sirens every 15 minutes or so.  Lots of people busy blowing off their fingers, I … Continue reading

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The Sins of Sor Juana

Dani and I went to see The Sins of Sor Juana at the Goodman Theatre. It’s a drama based upon the real life of a 17th century woman scholar and writer in Mexico. It was directed by the same person … Continue reading

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You’re a Mediocre Musical, Charlie Brown

My diverticulosis has been acting up, this time on my left side, so I took it easy today. We walked up to the theatre to see a student production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. They did a good … Continue reading

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Railings and Ribs

They’re replacing the wood railing tops on the building. In the morning they come and saw up the old railing, then in the evening they haul up a replacement and attach it. It’s a shame they’re just replacing the wood … Continue reading

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