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Thanks Panera…no thanks ComEd August 25, 2007

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Thanks Panera…no thanks ComEd

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We still have no power…since Thursday afternoon after the crazy storms here in Chi-town. =(

ComEd said that it would be restored by this Saturday morning 11am.

Guess we are spoiled.

Its not bad really.

This is nothing compared to the many disasters that come to mind in the recent history….nothing.

Candles and flashlights are our best friends…and matches of course.

And of course Panera for their free wifi…of course their pick 2s were great too…the summer salads (strawberry poppy chicken and the mozarella salads) are great.

So we have our Nokia phones charged up for the day and so is the MBP….we are set….until tomorrow that is. We’ll just power-hop.

Little conveniences we take for granted.

Gave us a chance to discover the joys of playing gin by candlelights.


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The Dark Knight hanging out on a beautiful day… August 17, 2007

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So they have been shooting the next Batman sequel The Dark Night around Chicago lately…in fact they have been shooting in and around our building the past week or so.

A nice little excursion downstairs this afternoon to see what they were up to. Think they were just testing out the Dark Knight model/dummy. The curious crowds just kept hanging (no pun intended) around to see what else would happen. Nothing.

When I was leaving work later on, they were still getting ready to shoot some scene with all the extras in position…and waiting….still no Christian Bale. Guess we’ll have to wait till next year to see the actual scene.

They were also temporary laser printed signs all over the plaza at our building directing the staff to “Set”, “Breakfast” etc…that’s nice to see coming to work in the morning.

signage on the set of the TDK

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Boycott American Girl…no curly sues August 5, 2007

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Okay…so yesterday chris and I went to the American Girl store with my cousins and their little darlings on Michigan Avenue. We were in awe of the marketing scheme and how they know how rake it in…the dough that is. But i was disappointed because there were no dolls that looked like me or my dear little niece Aesha who has inherited my curly locks! I say we just boycott them altogether. Who says girls with curls are cute adorable dolls.

My motto has always been…when God gives you a perm it will last your entire life…so you might as well enjoy it.

Move over Lang Lang here’s ZB! May 28, 2006

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Protege at work!

Saturday afternoon was our little pianist's very first piano recital. It was quite the turn out with parents, ah-yis and supportive little siblings! Our lad put on a good show with 3 pieces. Though short, the stellar performance was immortalized on DVD, thanks to daddy, KB! =) All intrested can get your hands on a copy through mail order; we'll cut you a deal before it hit the streets for worldwide release!

Celebrations followed at Danada Square; our young star had a nice cheeseburger, fries and washed everything down with a refreshing rasberry drink! 3 hip hip hoorays for ZB!

Okay, so Lang Lang better watch out!

Watch Zachary's piano recital video here!

Spell with Flickr May 23, 2006

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L Blue \"E\" G One Letter / O S D Rr E A M

check out spell with Flickr here.

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Skcubrats=Sugar spelt backwards April 27, 2006

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Originally uploaded by legos+dream.

Caramel Macchiato
Serving size: 12 fl. oz.
Calories: 240

A social-coffee drinker that I am, it was a treat. Its my candy in a cup, a dessert in disguise, it was my stay-warm drink and that's the alibi I am sticking to. It cool again today and I walked out without a jacket this time, smart. Afterall, it is Chicago, where people in winter coats can be seen right next to those in cargo shorts+t-shirts. Anyways, I couldn't bring myself to finish the eighth of the beverage that's left in the cup; a sludgy-sugar-milk-chocolate+spit mixture. Mind you, I did have a lot to drink, it was a "tall" no less, right. Its interesting how they sort of start at that end of the size spectrum. Somehow it should've reassured me that the $4 I was charged was going to be well worth it. Never did quite understand the convention; are we still talking about heights? or size? volume? So what happened to taller, tallest or short? Guess it wouldn't have sounded that sophisticated.

"Hi, can I have a Caramel Machiatto? Uh skim, decaf, no whip…and oh, make it tallest, please."

But it doesn't matter, they already have my Quattro buckaroos and I am now stuck with 240 "useless" calories.

Right, thanks Skcubrats!

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Random Tuesday Evening Rants April 25, 2006

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Here's the sunset as viewed from the train…blustery-spring-sunset…

Originally uploaded by legos+dream.

It was probably in the low 30s with the blustery-wind chill making it even colder on the Belmont platform.

Stepping off the red line, a purple line had just pulled out of the station, making its journey up towards Howard literally seconds before.

Timing is just such a funny thing. If I had gotten there earlier then I would have made the purple line train alright and it would have be perfect.

Though if I had been on a later red line then wouldn't the later or next purple line run been perfectly timed for the connection?

Sometimes being early might make you think you are late when really being late, you might just be early, on perfect time.


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Don’t anyhow name your kid…please April 23, 2006

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Excerpts below, read the full story at The Daily Telegraph.


'Suri' Cruise puzzles Israelis

From correspondents in Jerusalem

April 23, 2006

SURI, the name chosen by Hollywood couple Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes for their newborn daughter, is raising more than its share of interest in Israel.

It means "get out of here" in the local language, Hebrew.

Yaron London, a cultural commentator for Israel's Channel 10 television, had this rhetorical question for Suri's proud parents: "Why didn't you just go back to your ancestors' language, and call the kid 'Scram Cruise'?"

And there are plenty of alternative meanings for Suri.

It's also a Nubian tribe, the word for "rose" in Persian, "sun" in Sanskrit and a term for a form of Alpaca's wool.


The venerable Cruise couple should have considered naming their darling "Princess"; they might just cut a nice endorsement deal from the good folks that gave us the Love Boat.

Mission Impossible doesn't just refer to Mr.Cruise's day job anymore.

Chocolate Softserve Blizzards April 22, 2006

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Just realized today that you can request your Blizzards to be made from DQ's chocolate softserves instead of their vanilla standards…it sure makes the Chocolate Cookie Dough i ordered that much more enjoyable…!!

oreo cheesecake...!!=)

Here's Mel getting her Oreo Cheesecake order…after they sort of forgot about her order…cos' it was getting kinda busy with pple filing in to get their sweet tooth satisfied. Look at the crazy menu and poster items plastered all over the store…and yours truly taking a big spoonful…delightful =)

Thread Dis!

thread this!

Of course we (ahem!) earned our outing to DQ…threading (ouch!) at the famous Bollywood Salon on Dempster in Skokie…the nice lady said "Oh, your boyfriend is sooo lucky! You are so beautiful, your hair is so nice!". Mel made sure she relayed the message to me, to which I said "How come she didn't say to you, oh you are so lucky to have such a good looking boyfriend??!!"

Bollywood's fine offerings...

Check out Bollywood's other fine offerings…maybe I will get my hair kut here sometime.

spring…is it really here? April 21, 2006

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spring is in the air and i have my office windows open…a rarity i know…but most people do not work in a converted 1940's house. space at northwestern is limited so they moved us off campus because our jobs don't require compressed air or gas…at least not on a daily basis. glad i was off campus today too…there was a gas leak and 3 buildings had to be evacuated…yikes!

i am so thankful for fridays…they are a terrific start to the weekend and more relaxed and casual on the university…especially now that spring is finally here…the tulips and wild flowers are in bloom…soccer field is full of energy and excitment…shorts and flip flops are the attire of most everyone =)

today i had lunch with my dear friend linlin who just defended on wednesday…so now i must refer to her as Dr. Zhao…what an awesome accomplishment which she made seem so effortless. now she is on her way to a professorship! linlin was one of my first friends at northwestern and i am sad to think she may be leaving soon =(

1st picnic this spring

paninis from panerapaninis from panera

spring is here…chris and i had our first picnic along the lake tonight…although it lasted only as long as we could scoff down our sandwiches…when they say it is going to be in the 70s and cooler by the lake…it definitely is!