Category Archives: Holidays

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day 2004: midriff-baring shirts & green beer at CO’s.

St. Patrick’s Day 2012: post-gym green juice.

Have I mentioned that I’m thirty?

However you choose to celebrate, I hope your holiday is great!

to my dad


Thank you for always taking care of me, whether it was locking the monsters in my closet each night or making sure I had groceries.

with Dad

my graduation from law school, May 2008

Thank you for giving me the skills necessary to be succeed in my chosen profession, but also for giving me your sense of humor and whimsy.

drinks at the hotel on my birthday.

my 29th birthday, August 2010

on the Chicago Architecture boat tour

taking the Chicago Architectural Tour, August 2010

Thank you for always setting a good example, in everything from work ethic to how to treat other people.

at the Ara Pacis, March 2011

Roman Forum

at the Roman Forum, March 2011

Oh, and thank you for that trip to Italy with you and Mom! I’ll never forget it. (And thank you for letting me lead you through the maze that is Venice in the middle of the night just to look at the supermoon!)

spotting the supermoon!

spotting the supermoon on the Rialto Bridge, March 2011

Thank you for everything, and thank you for being you.

Happy Father’s Day.


PS: There’s another picture of us on the Register-Mail’s website!

dyed eggs and Easter dinner

I love dying Easter eggs. We made a late night trip to Pathmark on Saturday night to procure our egg-dyeing-kit, and we dyed our eggs late last night. We used the same brand of kit, but our eggs didn’t turn out nearly as bright as they did last year! (That bright orange one is an exception, and that one rested in the dye for about ten minutes while we took a cake break.)

We dyed our eggs after we had our Easter dinner. We’re not typically much for “meat and potatoes” meals around here, but, it being Easter, we wanted a more traditional holiday meal. We picked up some lamb and braised it with caramelized onions and red wine (in a only slightly modified version of a Bon Appetit recipe), and it turned out so good. I didn’t even know that I liked lamb. We were pretty impressed with ourselves. We also roasted some tiny little potatoes with quartered baby artichokes.

And … as alluded to earlier, we baked a cake! We made lemon pudding cake, and, although it was more than a little messy since we don’t have a stand mixer, it turned out so incredibly well. The top gets cakey and the bottom part gets puddingy, and the whole thing tastes like a lighter, fluffier topping from a lemon bar. I’m surprised that we were able to make something that delicious.

I hope everyone else had a good Easter weekend. We had a lovely day yesterday (aside from a brief late afternoon shower and the evening thunderstorm), but today it’s bleak and foggy again. At least it’s starting to feel like spring!

Update: Marc has examined the photographic evidence and determined that we did not use the same brand of Easter egg dye. This year we used Paas; last year it looks like we used Dudley. We’ll have to remember next year that Dudley is the way to go!

Happy Groundhog Day!

Liz realizes she can't sip her drink and wear her groundhog mask at the same time Groundhog Day Party 2007

The groundhog didn’t see his shadow, so we might be in for an early spring. Here’s hoping that’s the case!

Christmas in Illinois

I had a wonderful holiday with my family in Illinois!

We were already on our way to a White Christmas, but the snow started falling in huge clumps on Christmas Eve morning and didn’t stop. I had gone out for breakfast with two of my best friends from home, and, in the couple of hours we were in the coffee shop, my car was covered in thick snow. The snow was beautiful, but, unfortunately, it prevented my uncle, aunt, and cousins from joining us on Christmas Eve.

Christmas house White Christmas

Although we were disappointed, we enjoyed our Christmas Eve. My mom had made a really nice dinner of chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans with dried cherries, her famous buttermilk rolls … and a homemade apple pie for dessert! We took a walk through the freshly fallen, glittery snow, and then we played board games all night, starting with Wits & Wagers and moving on to Fireball Island (which was much more complicated than any of us remembered!) before finally playing (my personal favorite) Clue: The Great Museum Caper.

Christmas Eve: Fireball Island
Fireball Island

Christmas Day was nice as well. My family did a great job picking out presents for me, and I think they liked the presents that I gave them (at least, I hope they did!). We had another nice dinner (steak this time), and spent some time as a family.

Christmas dog the Christmas dog

I headed up to Chicago on Monday afternoon in order to catch my Tuesday morning flight, and Ashley and Tyler graciously hosted me again.  I’m glad that I was able to make it home in the blizzard, but I miss my family already!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from snowy Illinois!
White Christmas
… may your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white! …