Tuesday night we went to dinner at a great place with Eric & Em.  Sweets & Savories is a small store-front, BYO restaurant outfitted simply in warm, mocha hues.  It serves contemporary French American cuisine with a menu that appears to rotate quite often.  (The lady sitting next to me requested a sweet and salty cantaloupe soup that she had experienced the week before.)  The bathroom that I entered (there are two options) had a gorgeous, large photograph of what is presumably a ...

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On Saturday we woke up early (earlier than I've had to get up in a long time, I might add) to be a part of our church's "Serve Our City" day.  We've been doing a sermon series about getting involved in your community and really owning it, regardless of whether you are here for 2 years or 20.  This day was a wrap-up for the series, but hopefully a start of many individual service projects to happen regularly around Chicago.   Though my church is a multi-site church, I think I often lose site o...

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It’s been awhile since I’ve found a spot in the public parking at my work. Mostly it’s streetside for me, so I felt pretty lucky on Thursday when I snagged a spot. But I felt even luckier when I saw what I had been missing. I had to pull off my sunglasses and stare for awhile. An array of bursting bold blooms greets that side of the building. Peonies, my hands-down favorite flowers, were just shouting their vibrancy. I had a moment of total thanks to God for such beauty on a sunshiny day. ...

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These are my potholders, my only two potholders that I have ever owned. I’m sure I got them as a wedding or shower gift because I’ve had them since the beginning. And they are some great potholders. Only, they have looked like this since Thanksgiving five years ago when we cooked our first turkey ever. And we carved our first turkey ever. The carving is important because it was at that point that my husband and brother-in-law thought that using these potholders to hold the hot turkey while t...

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This weekend we had way too much to celebrate.  Two graduations, three birthdays and one Mother's Day.  Squeezed in amongst Nate's impossible soccer schedule and my current weakling tendencies.  There wouldn't have been quite this much if we weren't uh behind in birthday celebs in a big way.   Congrats to Laura & Mark on both earning their M.A.s on Saturday!  I'm proud to be part of a well-educated family:) And Matt, Mark, and Laura are all a year older as of April-Mayish.  We celebrat...

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I came home from the hospital loaded down with some new plants and flowers, and discovered some changes in my plants at home as well.  I told you I was going to try herbs for the first time this year.  Here's a look at the basil that I've grown so far.  One set of leaves if much larger than the rest.  These were grown earlier.  Too bad that currently the thought of basil anything makes me want to wretch and go back to the hospital all over again.  I'm hoping this goes away before my basil ...

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1.  It's a fail-proof weight loss plan - 6 pounds in 6 days.  Of course along with this, you are forbidden to eat or drink anything for 4 out of those 6 days.  And I have a feeling that part of recovery is gaining back those 6 pounds in the next 6 days!   2.  A good roommate in the hospital.  Okay, those of you who met her may not have thought so between the groaning, cursing and everything else that you heard.  But she had a much longer hospital stay than I and she helped me kind of lear...

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I sounded all finished in my last post, right?  I thought I was.   I got my release orders at around 2pm on Wednesday, but told them I was going to rest for 30 minutes before calling the transport services, as I was feeling worse than in the morning.  Well, I continued feeling poorly and the wheelchair continued failing to show up.  I'm tagging this one on God, because I can't imagine how much bigger the ordeal would have been if I had actually left hospital grounds.  By 3pm I was feeling a...

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What an unexpected week this has turned out to be.  One surgery turned into two on Monday night at 10:50pm.  Yes, apparently doctors like to make decisions and relay them to patients at this hour.  I have been poked by surgeons at 2:30am because that's when they have time, met an anesthesiologists at midnight, and had a member of respiratory team make me do breathing exercises at midnight.  That's besides my nightly wakeup at 12:30ish to check my vitals and my next one between 5 and 6am to c...

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to have some new friends over for a fun brunch, to clean up and spend some time relaxing with Nate, then to make a Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce and go celebrate my friend Em's birthday with her and friends.  It was a good plan and I suspect it would have been mighty fun if ...   halfway through brunch I hadn't felt the most searing pain in my right side.  If I hadn't thrown up five times in the bathroom while everyone was trying to keep their own food down in the dining room....

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