Monday, January 28, 2008

Gearing Up for More Nunsense

Our pickup rehearsals start this week to reprise our production of Nunsense A-men! at Mary's Attic, the bar above Hamburger Mary's, 5400 N. Clark in Chicago. The dates are Thurs.-Sat., Feb. 28, 29 and March 1. 7:30 p.m. all three nights. Cheap too! $10.

Can't wait to don the habit once more and start kicking up the heels again!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Dinner at the Rupps

Sigh, I suppose the holiday rush to see friends is officially over. We were able to visit with our pals Angela and Tom and their kids Leslie and Andrew in Oak Park last night. They just "flipped" their first house and are in the throes of their second. And because Tom is with a landscaping and snow removal business, December has been "cha-ching!" with January not so hot but hoping to ralley.

The color that they painted their living room is the same color I'm painting our bedroom. I'm hoping that it means we're all people with taste. Goodbye holidays; hello 2008.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Year of the Rat! Asians and Friends to Celebrate

As president of Asians and Friends Chicago, it's my sworn duty to publicize via all means our upcoming events. Having said that, our Chinese New Year's event is among the best attended, with between 60-70 attendees annually. It's the Year of the Rat and we've moved our dinner to Chinatown this year to the highly rated Phoenix Restaurant. Here's the stats:

Asians and Friends Chicago

Chinese New Year's Dinner

Sat. Feb. 16, 2008

Phoenix Restaurant

2131 S. Archer (2nd Floor)

Chicago, IL

$40 includes multi-course dinner, raffle and a breathtaking view of Chicago's skyline.

10% discount through Jan. 31 presale.

Visit to use a credit card (via PayPal) or mail a check to Asians and Friends Chicago, P.O. Box A 3916, Chicago, IL 60690-3916.

See everyone there!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Office Party Gone Awry

What can anyone say when their office's lead salesman--a six-foot-seven Type-A personality--dons tiger print and gold, glamazon pumps to be Cher at an company kickoff party. No one is safe.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Happy 'Nude' Year!

Bob and my 2008 New Year's Party was missing the promised--or at least the potential of a naked waiter. The original guy backed out and we weren't able to get a new one. In lieu of him, we had a "strap on" contest with creativity being a criteria. All mayhem ensued.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Catching Up With the Sosa's

The large, extended Sosa family all came together the weekend prior to New Year's. It's so hard getting to see all of them since everyone lives so far apart, but Bob and I were able to jump in the mix for a couple of hours. Everyone looks great and the kids are getting so tall! I joked that I get a tattoo on my body every year to mark how tall the kids are getting (don't think too hard about that one).

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Sesame "Street"

Last week on our holiday jaunt we were able to drop by our former Paulina Street neighbors who moved out by Great America. Jean and Al's son Matthew is about to graduate from the University of Connecticut with a major in puppetry. His sister Elizabeth gave him an Ernie puppet for Christmas. Mayhem ensues.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Holiday Memories--The Zapatas

Finally, I've started using my birthday present, which is a new digital camera. And as a result, I have so many photos from the holidays (and video!) and have captured so many great memories. But rather than innundate my blog I'll drop an entry or two here and there over the coming days.

Bob and I made our first holiday visit to Ruben, Arlene and Crystal Zapata. We took a tour of their newly revamped basement. They did a whole lot of work--it took six months! But with the new foosball table, everything looked great! Looks like more parties in Skokie!