Saturday, March 24, 2012

Work folk and St. Patrick's Day

Last week Preston and I went to a banquet for a clinic where he works.  The banquet had a silent auction raising money for some of the counseling center's programs.  We WON something! It's not that exciting, but we did win a great water fountain thing for our cats, which we have been contemplating on buying.  We (I) were very excited!


We also got to spend some time with the wonderful and fun people that Preston works with.  The first picture below includes the other Psychologist that work at the Lawndale Health Clinic with Preston.  The lady to the far left (in leopard print) and the lady in the middle (wearing blue) are Preston's supervisors.

Tracy, Casey, Su Li, and Preston. Four of the five current interns.

Sarah, Preston, and Katheryne. Katheryne and Sarah are going to be Psychology interns next year! 

One day the power went out in my office building.  We all ended up leaving early because by 2:00 the power was still not on. Before we left we went out to eat. Our office building is in Greek town and it was a gorgeous day, so we ate a fun Greek restaurant with outdoor seating. 


St. Patricks Day!

This past weekend was St. Patricks day another beautiful March day. We thought we would go downtown to see the river turn green. I think the beautiful weather had everyone living in and around Chicago thinking the same thing.  ☺

There were SO MANY people out to watch the parade.   This picture below is just at the end of the parade route, there was half a mile of the route with thousands of people! We were surprised.

We did not stay for the whole parade. Heard some Irish music, saw a few floats and then were ready to leave.  I think these band players were ready to leave too. ☺

As we worked our way back towards the train.  We ran into this piece of "art work". Which when I drive to work, I pass this "art" and think "Hmm....what does this mean? What is this?"

Preston trying to be one!

"I gotta get away from these crazy legs, oh wait I can't see where I'm going"

"Always wanted to hang out with a bunch of iron legs"

We had lunch at EPIC BURGER!!! Been there a few times and really enjoy the place. We share a Honey and Milk shake, which has honey, milk, almonds, and bananas. Yummy!

Fun times in this warm March weather!

 One for the road: Normally after work the trains are crowded. So, I felt like maybe I missed the memo when I was the only one on the train Friday afternoon. Bizarre.

Where is everyone?

Hope anyone reading this is doing well!

Preston and Krystal

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Winter's end.....soon

Preston's Valentine date itinerary ♥
It's been a nice start to the beginning of 2012. Already March...time flies!

The winter makes every one kind of slow down a little. Even here in the big city, life slows down. Stores close earlier, outdoor dining is brought in, you don't hear as much Hispanic music blaring around our home, and of course, no smell of cookouts. So, like everyone else, we too have had a simple winter. But we did celebrate Chinese New Years with Preston's intern friends (of course we have no photos of it, but it was authentic Chinese food). It was a fun experience.

Probably have eaten too much pizza this winter. I think Preston wants to eat pizza from every pizza place before we leave here....and there are A LOT of unique pizza places.

Some authentic deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati's.  One piece is about two servings worth.  It is called "The Lou"
We did make it out to Millennium park to ice skate, after we had a nice time at Hancock's Signature lounge on the 96th floor, a beautiful evening view of the city.

We are downtown ice skating in the park.  We never actually fell (a few close calls though)

Snow stayed away for the most part, but it stayed plenty cold for us. Also, we now attend a Spanish church on Sundays, and enjoy that cultural experience. ☺

Preston is working really hard on his dissertation right now. There were a few bumps in the road, but it looks like things are going smoother now.  The goal is to have this beast completed by mid-summer so that he can defend it. Then on to graduation!!!!!!  
Today was the first day that really felt like Spring is on it's way.  I LOVE SPRING!!!! It is my absolute favoritist time of the year. Walking home today was wonderfully beautiful.  I love the sun shining on my way's no longer dark when I get home. Yippee!

We are looking foward to the warmer weather, which should liven things up around here.  The city is much more fun in the warmth! Plus, we already have some people scheduled to come visit us this summer.  It is always a joy seeing familiar faces.

Preston and Krystal

A couple of days a month I have to drive to work, and I get to see the sun rise over Lake Michigan. Beautiful!