Archive | March, 2011

Spring Break in Chicago!!!

23 Mar

Two of my best friends and I took our Spring Break vaca to the great city of CHICAGO this year. I am in love with the windy city.

Day 1 – Snow. It was very cold and we strolled around the neighborhood of Oak Park where my friend’s aunt (who we stayed with) lives in a fantastic apartment.

totally gorgeous.  We also discovered the restaurant love of my life called Flat Top Grille Рwhich was a create your own stir fry place!







Day 2: We went to the Shedd Aquarium!!! Who knew Chicago would have one of the best aquariums I’ve ever been to? We also went up in the Willis (used to be Sears) Tower to the Skydeck, which was awesome until I got serious vertigo and then was put in a freight elevator to come down that had signs up stating no passengers……(?) haha











Day 3: On our third day in Chicago we took a trip to the Adler Planetarium….which was super boring. If I had a child between the ages of 5 and 10, I’d bring them there, but otherwise….no. We also took a trip to the Navy Pier! While there we rode the ferris wheel and tried to use a video booth (instead of photo booth) which ate our money and 45 minutes of our time because it’s touch screen was cracked. ūüė¶ Then at night¬†we had a taste of some Chicago-style Pizza!









Day 4: On our fourth day in Chicago we went to the Field Museum – which was totally awesome, and MILLENIUM PARK which is my favorite. I’m in love with the bean. We also went to some restaurant called Jimmy Green’s that got my order wrong and had super slow service.









Day 5: On our 5th day we went to the Museum of Science and Industry!!! It was super cool, and I’ll have to go back one day because I didn’t even get to see the whole thing. My favorite section was the storm section where you could control tornados, avalanches, tsunamis, wind tunnels, etc on a small scale to understand how they work. We went to dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe where they put BACON in their¬†Caesar¬†salad. so upsetting. Then we briefly people watched at Starbucks and then went to see BLUE MAN GROUP! who were completely amazing.







Day 6: On our 6th day in Chicago, we went to the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Рwhich was really cool! I love his architecture. The only down side of this, was the creepy man who followed me around with a camera. Not. okay. At night, after the boys had headed home on the train, Jessica and I headed to the Rainforest Cafe for dinner!







On Day 7: Our last full day in Chicago was spent shopping and strolling the city. We enjoyed a fabulous dinner at the House of Blues.





Overall, I absolutely love Chicago as a city and I cannot WAIT to go back!!!


And the Oscar went to…

3 Mar

This year was another exciting one at the Academy Awards!!! Anne Hathaway and James Franco hosted and did a wonderful job!

Anne wore SEVERAL gorgeous gowns (and even a few…interesting ones). Franco even had his own gown.

Unfortunately for me I didn’t have the chance to see a lot of the nominated films this year – however – now that I see the results and movie clips, I am definitely interested in renting the majority of them.

If you missed the awards – here’s a link to a list of who won what:

I was impressed by the number of nominations received for the King’s Speech, the Social Network, True Grit, and Inception. Black Swan, the Fighter, and Toy Story 3 also received a large number of nominations.

One of my favorite moments of the entire night, was the wonderful auto-tune song that was made due to the limited number of musical-movies that were released in 2010

My personal favorite is “tiny ball of light” from Harry Potter.

And now – the ultimate question: How many dresses did Anne Hathaway wear that night? Let’s count.








Overall, the show was well hosted and very entertaining!