I didn’t ski this time, but I did something try something new called Aunthood… and I rocked at it.  I spoiled, I cuddled, I fed, and I even mitigated a screaming meltdown.  I seriously think I’m going to be the best aunt ever.

Baby niece pictures didn’t happen as planned, but rest assured, they will come.  In the meantime, I got some great advice for my next attempt at skiing.

You've been warned.

You’ve been warned.



St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago is taken very seriously.  Parades, river-dyeing ceremonies, all day bar-hops, and green beer galore.  Since I moved here, I’ve had great intentions of making it down to the riverfront to watch the dyeing of the river.  This is the first year I’ve actually set an alarm and accomplished it.  It’s impressive to see how many people have already been to a few bars and are in the holiday spirit at 9 in the morning.  The riverfront is completely packed as people watch small boats drive in circles and turn the river emerald green.  Here’s what I have to say about it…  I came, I saw, and next year I’ll go back to sleeping in.


Fun Fact: The dye is actually orange.


Trump Tower. Just because.

Green River in the White City

Green River in the White City


Emerald Success.

Side note – don’t order an Irish car-bomb in Ireland.  I’ve heard they get pretty offended.

This Valentine’s Day, Remy and I would like to remind you that the greatest love comes from those who need it the most – an adoptable shelter dog.  Every day is Valentine’s Day when you rescue a companion animal.

I hope you are all as lucky as I am to experience the gift of unconditional love every day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!


Moni & Remy

Adopt, Don't Shop!

Adopt, Don’t Shop!

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My other Valentine

Pet Peeves


When someone metaphorically steps on my toes, I typically am very forgiving and patient.  Accidents happen.  People mess up.  I make mistakes.  No big deal.  There are, however, a few things that just push that wrong button inside of me and will rocket me from 0 –> seriously annoyed in 0.0425 seconds.   This is a list of those things.

7.  Bad grammar/spelling

6.  Know-it-all’s

5.  People who walk/drive slow and create a barrier when you’re in a rush and are trying to get somewhere

4.  People who HAVE to have the latest and greatest thing

3.  Reality TV (psst, I have a secret…  it’s not really “real”!)

2.  People who shouldn’t have pets or children, but do it anyway

1.  Spending 30-45 minutes outside during the (first) polar vortex to capture an epic shot, risking my fingers and toes…  only to realize later that I took it an hour too soon.   Le sigh.

Right place, wrong time.

Right place, wrong time.

Happy Holidays!


As 2013 winds down, Remy and I would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday and a safe, joyful, and prosperous New Year! May 2014 be the best year yet! :)



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