Monthly Archives: May 2014

Black and white Fridays

Black and white Paris (image)
I have loved Paris for as long as I can remember. I’m not entirely sure why, but that city always seems to present itself in the best light, kind of like you’re in a dream. This photo shows the steps of Montmartre in 1932 and I remember walking them over 70 years later while I visited Paris in high school. I’d so love to go back.

(Image via Life Magazine’s collection called Brassaï in Paris: A Photographer’s Love Letter to the City of Light)

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Black and white Fridays

Boy with his dog (image)
I’m a sucker for old photos that feature a pup or two in them. It’s so fun to see how life has changed over the years, but a pup always seems to stay the same.

This photo is from Life Magazine’s Classic Comics Collection in the 1940s and ’50s. A young boy stops to read his favorite comic while out on a stroll with his dog.

(Image via Life Magazine)

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Black and white Fridays

Showboat Dixiana (image)
One of my favorite sites to peruse (creep on) is EveryBlock Chicago, which regularly features posts by Chicago residents about the happenings in their ‘hood. One of my favorite posters is a fellow named Bart Shore who is always sharing old photos he comes across. This one is of the Showboat Dixiana on the site of the Diversey River Bowl (right down the street from my Target!).

The showboat, according to Shore, “was finally allowed to open here in 1934 after a two-year dispute with city officials about a downtown location. It presented melodramas (with rooftop dancing afterwards). After being dark for two years, the boat moved to Michigan City in 1937 to present ‘Tobacco Road,’ banned in Chicago by Mayor Kelly. She half-sank upon arrival, and two months later the cast gave up when she was rammed by a Naval Reserve boat.” Pretty neat, right?

(Image via EveryBlock)

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A tiny houseguest

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A few days ago Josh, Chick and I welcomed a tiny houseguest into our apartment. Her name is Millie and she is a sweet rescue pup from the city shelter. She is an OTAT pup (of course) that we are fostering and so far she and Chick are getting quite good at tolerating one another:)
millie-relaxing
josh-and-pups

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Best pals

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Just because.

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Black and white Fridays

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I saw this photo on one of my favorite blogs, A Cup of Jo, last month and instantly loved it. It’s showing Jackie O. and John Jr. in Central Park (by Larry Zumwalt, via NYMag) and it just seemed to scream springtime in the city. Can’t wait for a summer of riding bikes and going to the park.

(Image of via NYMag)

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A weekend in the North Woods

Lake in Trego, Wis. (image)
(Driving through Trego)

Last weekend Josh and I trekked up to the North Woods of Wisconsin for a college friend’s wedding. Nestled in a town called Trego (population < 1,000), we stayed at the Heartwood Conference Center and Resort. The 6.5 hour drive was long–so long–but it was fun to see a part of Wisconsin that neither of us were familiar with. The wedding was gorgeous and it was so sweet to see a friend so happy.

Coming back to Chicago though, was pretty dang nice too. While at times this city can get a bad rap, I love it and am grateful to be exposed to such diverse neighborhoods and culture every single day.
Wooded view (image)

(The view outside our patio)
Unpaved road (image)(Driving into the resort, the roads weren’t paved)
Henson's Country Foods (image)(Henson’s Country Foods)
Kaitie and Abe (image)(The lovely bride and groom, photo c/o Swanstrom Photography)
reception(I think this sums us up: Josh telling me to loosen up and me telling him I like being uptight)
Chick in the car (image)(Happy to see my Chick after a long drive)

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