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Paula
Chicago
Business communications professional. Future cake decorator.
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Last weekend, we gathered around the historical tree for our annual Christmas taco party at Jan's. Plus, we celebrated a big surprise involving Erin and Alvin. Congrats parents-to-be! Chuck and I wore matching red shirts under our ugly Christmas sweater... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2010 at Tranquility Pike
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So exciting to see Westminster Abbey all over the am news today. It's apparently the frontrunner right now for William and Kate's royal wedding - yee ha! Here's how it looked on the morning I arrived in London ... majestic... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2010 at Tranquility Pike
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Diversey Rock & Bowl was the site of Chicago's Lebowski Fest last night. I knew it would be an awesome experience and my expectations were surpassed. Here I am in my Viking Maude outfit (sewed on my machine that very... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2010 at Tranquility Pike
First, I want to say I'm not a TV addict. Sometimes I just need to unwind after spending a hard day in the cubicle writing in 3rd person. The final scene at the end of Terriers tonight was a tear-jerker... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2010 at Tranquility Pike
The Monkees! While in junior high, I looked forward to their zany, wacky show every week. Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2010 at Tranquility Pike
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This counts as cooking, right? It's my homemade bruschetta on toasted garlic bread made from a tasty tomato and basil recipe. Plus, I'm serving it on my favorite plate. With grilled chicken, it's a meal! I dare anyone to say... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2010 at Tranquility Pike
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I've been trying to figure out the neighborhood where I've spent the past week. It's right next to the busy part of Westminster, but really quiet and fairly deserted at times. Look at this wall ... And this one ...... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2010 at Tranquility Pike
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Got up early this morning to join the day's first group entering Buckingham Palace for a tour of the official State Rooms. A welcome area under large, white tents displayed over-size photos of the Queen greeting various commoners, the most... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2010 at Tranquility Pike
Yesterday's news report on the BBC announced that autumn has officially arrived in London. Well, I'll be darned, I thought it was still summer. Seeing the city by bus has been rainy, windy and sometimes chilly, but great fun nonetheless. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2010 at Tranquility Pike
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Mingling with the commoners was so much fun today at the lively Portobello Road market, frequented by more Londoners than tourists. To get there, I took the bus to Trafalgar Square, browsed some of the masterpieces of the National Gallery,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2010 at Tranquility Pike
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The hotel where I'm staying is a few blocks from Parliament in Westminster. Turns out it's a lot more quiet and normal than the crazy tourist areas I've experienced around town ... like a normal neighborhood. There's a bike-rental place... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2010 at Tranquility Pike
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Rode the tube to Tower Hill today to inspect the bleak and bloody remains of the Tower of London. Some nice French girls snapped my pic outside Salt Tower and I did the same for them. I discovered that tourists... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2010 at Tranquility Pike
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I've always known Ramesses II was a badass. He was kind of a hunk, too. I love the 2nd paragraph below where it's explained that he owed much of his reputation to his skills as a self-publicist, erecting more statues... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2010 at Tranquility Pike
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After a pleasant journey across the Atlantic that DID NOT include sleep, I checked into my room and literally ran out the door to get myself to Westminster Abbey. I've only waited something like 40 years to get over here... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2010 at Tranquility Pike
What a great concert at the United Center last night - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, truly one of America's greatest live bands. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2010 at Tranquility Pike
Ex-NYPD cop gets NO jail time for lying in case in which he injured a critical mass cyclist. Why am I not surprised? Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2010 at Tranquility Pike