Thursday, July 26, 2012

Beach Week

I'm finding myself really looking forward to my beach vacation with my family.
Each August, for the past 15 years or so, my family spends a week at the beach together.
We spend 7 whole days of togetherness at my Grandma's beach house.
I often refer to this beach vacay as a non-negotiable.
I think it's important to have non-negotiables. To protect time and things that are important to us.

When I was in high school, I would try to scheme my way out of beach week (whaa?) in order to hang out with my friends and boyfriend. (and have unchaperoned fun)
My parents forced me to go anyways. And now, well, I'm thankful for that.
Because I have some really good memories.

These days, I look forward to this time of togetherness.
And my grandmama's southern cooking
Unlimited reading on the beach (Gone Girl, Where We Belong, and the Jose Baez book in the plan!)
Coolers full of popsicles and cold drinks.
Salty air
Beach chairs in the edge of the water.
Not using my hair dryer.

The good stuff, I tell you!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Things I Daydream About

A few weeks ago, one of my favorite bloggers, Emily, posted about day dreams.
I thought it was such a good idea for a post that I've decided to join in.

Some Things I Daydream About:

What song will be my first dance song at my wedding
Traveling to Europe
Decorating a grown-up house (not a rented apartment)
This wallpaper
Adding a King Charles Cavalier to our dog family (Related: Having a backyard.)
A custom closet
The Red Line being clean and pleasant
Future kid names
Having a big family with plenty of chaos
A dream dinner at Alinea
The YSL Muse
A big reunion in Chicago or NYC with all of my girlfriends
Mojitos in Mexico
Internships/Job Opportunities (Related: Finishing graduate school)
Joining a women's bible study in a church I love
The upcoming Neiman Marcus + Target collaboration
A trip to Napa Valley
Salsa from Tower 7 in Wrightsville Beach, NC
Future vacations with my family
My grandmama Louise's incredible cooking

What do you daydream about?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


I haven't been blogging much lately (obviously).  Sometimes the Internet and connectedness gets to be a little much. Between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and just gets to be a lot of Internet noise.  It's good to just do real-life for a little while.  Anyone else feel this way?

I finally joined the civilized world and got an iphone so I now have instagram... my user name is hgriddick if you want to follow along (or are interested in seeing an abundance of pictures of my dogs). 

The summer months are flying by way too fast. 

Lots of summertime goodness has been going down around here...

Nights out (on patios, decks, and rooftops galore) 

Plenty o' cocktails

Lake weekends 
(Please excuse Barkley's general appearance...he was groomed the next week.  He also looks really fat here. I assure you he is not that adds 10 pounds I suppose.)


Getting lots of use out of my bubble necklaces. (Related: I don't know how you guys take pictures of yourselves and look dignified.  I just end up feeling like an idiot).  

I almost forgot to ask you guys...what iphone apps do I need? What are your favorites?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

The Good:
Dinner at Next

We arrived a little early with hopes of getting into The Aviary for some fun pre-dinner drinks and we were in luck.  We sat on the patio and enjoyed some Achatz genius-cocktail-creations before scooting next door for our dinner. Hands-down the craziest, most elaborate cocktails you will ever see.  

Next has a rotating menu that changes every 3 months.  I've heard people joke that it's called Next because it's "next to impossible" to get in.  Lucky for us, TG's stepmom is a huge foodie and stays connected with the Chicago restaurant scene.  Past menus have included Paris 1912, Childhood, Thailand, and now Sicily.  For each of these menus, Chef Achatz and Chef Beran facilitate a performance of sorts.  Details like the music, Italian wines, and plates resembling what you would find in your Italian grandmother’s house set the stage for Sicily.   And then there’s the actual food.  Each course is accompanied by detailed explanations of the ingredients and a bite-sized history lesson.  Course after course, you can’t help but feel like you’ve escaped to Italy for a few hours.   At the end of 8 courses and accompanying wine pairings, I left pleasantly stuffed (and if we’re being honest, quite tipsy).

(Another) Good:
My mom and sister are coming to visit for a whole week on the 20th! Three cheers for girl time. TG has no idea what he is in for.

The Bad:
Our air-conditioner went out on June 16th. We called our landlord to have it fixed on Monday the 18th.  Today is July 12th and we still have no a/c.

The Ugly:
The part that they need has been ordered but apparently (allegedly) had to be manufactured and would take 2-3 weeks.  We are on week 2 from that date and still nothing. I’ve complained about it to my TG (God bless the guy), to my mom, to my dad, to anyone who will listen, and now the Internet. Apparently complaining does nothing. Who knew?

Luckily, TG's parents live a few blocks away from us and have been (graciously) letting us stay at their condo.  With their huge terrace, never-ending treat/toy supply, 2 Munsterlanders, our dogs think they are at the Ritz. 

Have you ever dealt with this kind of nonsense? And if you have some secret weapon (or threatening words to make stuff happen quickly) please do share! ha

If you can spare a few prayers, please pray that my a/c gets fixed by next week. 

image via here