Monday, February 28, 2011

Bethenny Ever After

I have been waiting since last summer for one of my favorite shows to return. Bethenny Ever After premieres tonight on Bravo and I am PUMPED. I find Bethenny to be honest, hilarious and highly entertaining. I feel like she is one of the few "hollywood" type of people that you can connect with because she does things like not knowing how to unhook the car seat out of the car. She also likes to say the most random things to describe a situation- granted all not appropriate but that is what makes it entertainment.

Are there any other Bethenny fans out there?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

My Reading List

While I didn't plan it or make it one of my resolutions for 2011, it just so happens that I have been reading a biography each month. In January I read "Eat Pray Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert and in February I read "Going Rogue" by Sarah Palin. This journey into biographies came from my desire to change it up a bit from my usual Nora Roberts romance novels. Don't get me wrong- I love those books and will continue to read those. I just wanted something different, I wanted to read about actual people and their experiences.

Eat Pray Love- The book was way better than the movie. I read the book first and then watched the movie. I can relate to this book in the sense that it truly is about trying to find yourself and what makes you happy. Plus, I have been to Rome so when she talks about her adventures I can actually visualize it.

Going Rogue- To be honest, I bought this book after watching the TLC series called "Sarah Palin's Alaska". I was curious about her and during the 2008 presidential election, I didn't give her much, if any credit so I thought it was time to hear her story. The book was actually very good. I learned a lot about Alaska and politics. I very much respect Sarah Palin after reading this book. Our views on a lot of things match up.

So now I need help, I need another biography, I want to read one a month for all of 2011. Recommendations are welcome!!!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Let there be Light

Finally, a post about home decor! Louis and I's bedroom had a lighting problem. We have a fan with a light attached but its quite bright and only two of the light bulbs are screwed in. Then we have a little tiny lamp next to my side table. I like to read before bed and well this light doesn't really work well for this half blind eyes. Our bedroom also had really high ceilings so we wanted to create something that naturally drew your eyes upward. While at Target, Louis spotted these lamps so we decided to take them home. Louis got excited and tore the tag off of one of the right away so good thing we liked them. (Although at first I was skeptical because I thought they might be too tall). Now we both have lamps and better lighting in our room. The best part is the shade matches our comforter almost perfectly!



Sunday, February 20, 2011

Chicago Wolves Game

The Hew Crew (Hewitt peeps) decided that we needed another get together that was something different than CubbyBear. Aaron came up with the idea of going to a Chicago Wolves game and so that is exactly what we did. I have to admit we were all a little nervous about Aaron actually being able to plan and execute but he pulled through. I have only been to one other professional hockey game (Hawks vs. Wings-- thanks Melanie cause that was awesome). I was looking forward to doing something different and fun. I had not anticipated what a production a Wolves game would be. They had fireworks and flames and all kinds of fun. Our seats were the first row of the second level which gave us a perfect view, Aaron also got a free soft drink and hot dog with the seats, booyah! The Wolves ended up losing but the game was well worth it.

The Wolves played the Texas Stars

Tony, James and Louis

Krista and Aaron


Skates (the Wolves Mascot)

Aaron eating his cotton candy, you would have sworn we were with a 3rd grader!

The blimp that shot out cookies (freakin awesome!)

Skates pumping up the crowd and throwing out T-Shirts

I needed at least one picture with me in it

Friday, February 18, 2011

My Mood

Over the last two weeks I have been in a bad mood. I just am not the happy upbeat Jenny that I am used to.

I blame it mostly on work because I am getting increasingly frustated and annoyed with many aspects of my job. I am constantly having to tell myself to stay positive and relax, but as the knot in my shoulder proves, I am not really good at that. It also doesn't help that my personality in general (much like my father's, thanks dad!) is one in which I need to vent and get pissed and heated then cool off and you can clearly tell when I am upset- there is just no hiding that one.

It also sucks big time that Louis has been working late practically every night for the last two weeks. The only time he hasn't been working is when he has class or on Valentine's Day. Last weekend he even worked on Saturday and Sunday. I haven't gotten to hang out with him or spend any time with him. I also hate having to drive to work alone-- its a luxury that I have grown used to and I love taking my nap on the way home from work :)

I am also super ready for it to be spring. I have had enough with the snow and ice and freezing cold. I know we had a heat wave the last few days but I am not naive enough to think this will stick around.

I kinda feel bad that this post isn't very happy or upbeat but it does explain why I haven't been blogging as much. (Well that and I don't really have a lot of fun things going on right now).

Today I have vowed to stay positive all day at work no matter what happens, hopefully I can keep that promise. It works in my advantage that we get Monday off of work, I need some time to unwind :)

Happy Friday!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

I know I have been slightly MIA on the blog this past week, but honestly I didn't have much to write about. I thought I would make up for it by wishing everyone a Happy Valentine's Day. Louis and I are going to go to Wildfire for dinner and I am pretty excited for a good steak. Louis and I have made a pact for last few years not to get each other presents on V Day to save some money and instead we just go out to a nice dinner. It is a must though to get cards for one another :)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

It's Official

Most of you are aware (probably due to all of my bragging back in November) that I completed my MBA. Well last week in the middle of the blizzard I got my diploma in the mail. I am a little peeved for two reasons:

1. It is TINY! It is already bad enough that Louis has the obnoxious IWU frame making it look like he is smarter than me, but I guarantee his DePaul diploma is bigger.

2. It doesn't say Summa Cum Laude, yes that is right I want to brag and how can I do that if it isn't on the diploma?

If anyone would like to make me a bigger and better version feel free!!

(Sorry for the blueish tint/half blurry photo I used my phone to snap a quick pic)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Superbowl

Louis' entire family is from Pittsburgh. Therefore, I am now completely torn between families. The Unti side is comprised of all Packer fans, and the Malic side all Steeler fans. Louis' cousin Rich and wife Debbie are the biggest Steeler fans I have ever met (they have season tickets). To make sure the Malic household knew who to root for, they sent Louis and I a terrible towel.

Since my loyalty still rests with the Chicago Bears, I remain neutral during this Superbowl and look forward to the food and the episode of Glee afterwards. :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Happy Birthday Mary

Today is Miss Mary's birthday. She could be one of the funniest people I have ever met. Her sense of humor is awesome. Its a good thing we are both married or I would totally want to date her :) In traditional Jenny fashion, here are some pics of the birthday girl.

Mary and Katie at my wedding

I have no idea what this was.... good times in college

Daddios Senior Year

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snow Problem

Snow Problem (that is a HIMYM reference so hopefully someone gets it). The news stations and my mother were in extreme weather watching mode for the 3rd largest snowstorm in the Chicagoland area. My mom is psychic though and predicted this storm on Saturday evening-- she has a knack for bringing on things like this (she also made the Packers win against the Bears) Last night my brother attempted to drive to work and they closed the road down so he had to turn around and come home. The wind was insanely loud and the snow just dumped on us. Luckily, we had food and full gas tanks- we were prepared. We woke up this morning and found this...

This is our deck-- yes our deck is on the second level and this is how much snow/drifting we had

This was our view across our courtyard. Yep, that neighbor isn't getting out the front door. Although I think they did squeeze out and the kids ended up building tunnels and forts. Talk about being jealous!

More snow drifts!

Me standing in front of the snow drift so you can see how tall it was.

Louis all bundled up!

The snow drifts at the end of the driveways were HUGE! (we were blinded by the sun and snow in this photo)

Louis had to give me a boost up this because the snow was so soft I kept slipping

My mom sent me this picture of Sean having some fun with the snow blower
I tried to find stuff around my house for a make shift sled with no luck. I almost asked the neighbor kids but I didn't want them to think I was the creepy lady next door. My mission is this spring when sleds go on clearance--- pick them up. Although, if I do that we wont ever get this much snow again.

Note to self: get a job that when it snows you can just get the day off (i.e. teachers) and not be required to "work from home" cause that totally kills the snowday.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Melanie

Today is the birthday of my BFF/greatest roommate ever/maid of honor/honorary sister. In honor of this special occassion I thought I would share some fun pictures of us over the years.

Melanie's wedding day!

Melanie's Bachelorette Party

Party Senior Year at Adam and Fruh's

Thursday nights at Daddios

Our apartment senior year
Happy Birthday Melanie, I heart you!