Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Good Things that 2009 Brought Me

I'm sure you get lots of e-mail that have a "best of" dealio to wrap up the year.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, you may think it's lame, but I decided a while ago to challenge myself to make a "best of 2009" for my own life. Pardon me if you don't care, but if nothing else, give it a go yourself. Makes you really appreciate all you've done/gone through to get to where you are and seriously, what better time to do so than the end of a year? Cliche, yet golden.

So - in no order whatsoever other than when the thoughts popped into my head, I give to you...the best of my year:

1) Kristyn & Michael tying the knot
2) Jill & Bri-guy tying the knot
3) Meg & Mike tying the knot
4) "Evacuate the Dance Floor" by Cascada
5) Mark (finally) graduating from Benet and successfully surviving his first semester of college
6) Ricky invading Denver and loving it
7) Summit Publishing surviving (kudos to Dad on this one)
8) Buying myself a red sofa and sweet chair-and-a-half
9) Giving a speech in front of 100+ people for work
10) Dan & Mel having their first baby!
11) Third annual Great Es(cape)
12) Spontaneous trip taking
13) Living on my own in Chicago (word up, one bedroom)
a) finding lint filter in dryer in said apartment
14) Attending an actual horse race
15) Meeting Gavin DeGraw and promptly falling slightly in like (damn celebrities ::sigh::)
16) Sporting a homemade colorful mumu and having a dance party for approximately 6 hours
17) Seeing Britney Spears in concert at her CIRCUS and making fun of the fact the Pussycat Dolls opened for her
18) Finding and playing Giant Jenga at a bar!
19) Seeing Elton John & Billy Joel AT Wrigley Field (tell me how I am ever going to top that?)
20) Biking across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Really...I could go on because '09er was a pretty great year. But as Tina and I both know, the best is yet to come...

Hope yours was just a great...until next year!

Good Work, Facebook.

Facebook has all of these (silly and time wasting) applications nowadays. I don't really pay attention to them. However, I did cave and use this one called "2009 in review" last night. Okay, I just made up that name. It is actually called "My Year in Photos." Maybe it's new this year, maybe it's not.

Either way, it's damn cool.

It automatically creates a collage of all the pictures you've uploaded or that you have been tagged in to show you all you've done in the past year.

I'd say FB did a fabulous job of chosing pictures because Lord knows - I'd never be able to chose myself. How do you rank the events in your own life? Answer: you don't - you allow a Web site to do it for you.

So, 2009, it's been real, but it's time for a new year.

I can't wait for 2010 to strut its stuff.

Sup Christmas?

This year's Christmas has come and gone - like they all do. What I enjoyed most about this 2009 celebration was not only did we see a musical as a family (including everyone enjoying it), we started a new tradition.

Now, I know what you're thinking: "how brave of you!" Brave for a) being daring enough to believe that all will enjoy a musical and brave for b) starting a new tradition on a holiday typically based around traditions.

It started the day before Christmas Eve. My brothers and I had ever-so-stealthily planned a surprise for my parents' 30th anniversary. Mark had the idea to get them tickets to go see "In The Heights" - since the show's Chicago run was Christmas through New Years. Ricky, being the good sport he is, agreed to "take one for the team" and so we purchased tickets. The show, you ask? Was freaking amazing. I was a bit nervous in the first five minutes because it was a lot of rapping with a Spanish accent so we were all leaning forward a tad in an attempt to understand what was being said. About 20 minutes in, you catch on and thank goodness for that. Go see it. It's truly fun for the whole family.

Christmas Eve came with my mom intent on capturing the ideal Holiday card picture.

After several attempts, we were successful. This was not the photo chosen. I'm not foolish enough to give away the real thing. That'd be a waste.

Old traditions were celebrated - aka the annual singalong featuring four - now five! - talented musicians that attend the Eve of Christmas at the Angels. I loved the below shot of my boys watching my dad on the piano. Enter: sappy Kerri.

And yes, I purposefully saved the newest tradition for the end of the post because I wanted to leave you wanting more. Thanks to Dan Bennett, we introduced Irish Coffee into the mix this year (aka coffee with whiskey) and it was glorious. Everyone was a fan. Technically, it was Kentucky Coffee though - since the whiskey was good ol' Evan Williams, from Kentucky. But who cares about details like that?

Needless to say, I'd chalk it up as another successful Christmas. The 25th in my book and still going strong. Oh yeah - and it was a white Christmas!

I'm one lucky girl.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

What's Wrong With This Picture?

I'll give you one guess.

Give up?


What's wrong with this picture is that it was not taken outside my front door in Chicago - it was taken in Washington DC! What the what?

My friend, Chris, took this from his phone and sent it to us in a very friendly e-mail to which he said: "Never thought I'd say this, but I think we have Chicago beat!" For once, I am jealous. So very jealous.

Especially after I just returned from running some errands in this lovely sleet slash rain slash random flurries precipitation deal we've got going on here in the Midwest. I know patience is a virtue, but Christmas is on Friday! Give me something to work with here, weatherman. Please! Granted I want the weather to cooperate so the last brother can make his way to Chicago smoothly - but snow! Come onnnnnnnn.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Every Kiss Begins With...

Please stop talking, slightly threatening man.

And the winner of one of the best slash worst commercials of this 2009 Holiday season is....


Congrats, creepy cabin boy. You successfully ruined every thunderstorm and the hopes of a nice embrace post thunder clap.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Right Coast.

The nation's capital was bombarded last weekend. A Feld family was reunited and we got to meet a new member of the circus clan.

Although working for the circus and Disney on Ice had its perks in (and out of) the three rings and on (and off) the ice, the greatest perks I found were the friendships. (Geez, have the holidays made me sappy or what?) Although Philly wasn't my favorite city to claim residence in, I got to meet some of my favorite people in the world.

Now YOU get to meet them too.

Baby Brendan was born on October 6 and I got him his first Cubs shirts. Seeing as the only team he has to root for is the Nationals (and let's be serious - can we really call them a professional team? I guess their paychecks can), it seemed fitting that he be a Cubs fan.

Ever the true fan, BPB is happy because he knows there's always next year. 2010, what?

The team that never was in writing, but always will be:

I'd say we're comprised of 60% women and 40% raw talent and creativity.

Mom Turned 21!

again! But who's counting?

For the second year in a row, I've been lucky enough to see my mom on her day of birth. 2009 brought a delicious dinner at Rosebud on Rush (talk about eating with a view - we couldn't help peaking over at The Peninsula for any celebrity sightings).

It was snowy. Christmas decorations were up and we were happy. After claiming we were too full for dessert, then proceeding to polish off of the chocolate godiva cake - which naturally I claimed was "godiva for," I swear you probably had to roll us out of the restaurant.


it was worth it because my mom was positively happy. And you know what makes me happier than being happy myself? Seeing the people I love the most so happy. I asked her if it was a good birthday and she said the only thing that could make it better were "two boys."

SO Ricky and Mark, you were there in spirit, but had you been there in person, I wouldn't have had my dinner tonight (leftovers galore).

Here is 3/5ths of the Griswalds, posing in front of the holiday-adorned lion at the entrance of The Peninsula, where I held Dad back from going in and asking about "the Hollywood stars potentially staying in the penthouse."

Monday, December 7, 2009

Confused. Bewildered. Uncomfortable.

and yet can't look away.

There are millions upon millions of videos on YouTube - some funny, some serious, some thoughtful then some where you just wonder why this is okay?

And I realize as I write that question, the video I am about to share is in no way, shape or form "okay" other than you have no idea what is going on.

The number of questions it raises is astounding. Also, if I offend you - my apologies, but I am a big believer that sharing "what not to do" is just as important (if not more) than "what to do."

Thursday, December 3, 2009

I Love Elephants.

Also have, always will. Thanks to my brother, Mark, he randomly sent me a clip I had forgotten was on YouTube. This was the elephant walk in downtown New York City to open up the 137th edition of Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey circus at Madison Square Garden. It's tradition to walk the elephants, horses and mini-horses off the train cars and lead them to the arena. Seeing as NYC is typically known as the "city that never sleeps," we had to walk them through the city in the middle of the night. This video was taken around 1:30am. Probably one of THE coolest things I have ever gotten to do in my life.

Check out around second 24 and you might see someone familiar. Someone had to bring up the rear!

Hard to believe this was work for a couple years! Time sure flies - whether we want it to fly by or not.