Friday, August 15, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Mamma Mia

Finally got to see it. Went with the girls from work to the Studio Movie Grill. It was great fun especially since we could eat and drink there! This was definitely a movie that required a little alcohol to go with it. The movie was a little cheesy as to be expected, but lots of fun. I hadn't read any of the reviews, but someone did mention that Pierce Brosnan's singing was pretty bad. I am glad I was forewarned.. poor guy... Meryl was great. You can tell she had tons of fun making that movie. Plus, she looked awesome!

An added bonus was that I was able to get a free pass. I bought some Ponds cold cream, not for the free ticket, but because it makes your skin "glow".. and there was a little sticker on it regarding "Mamma Mia". I went to the website, and I got a free pass. It was great. More money for beer. I will say this, the food isn't worth the calories. I tasted the potato skins - not good; the steak quesadillas - not good ; and the mini burgers - not good. The chicken nachos are good but only because they are soaked in queso. I think I ate about 600 calories in food.. thank goodness I only ate about 500 earlier in the day, so I had about 1000 to spare.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Chicago - Day 1

Travel to the windy city was pretty uneventful. Note to those who haven't traveled American Airlines since they implemented the $15.00 check bag cost - you'd think they'd only take cash at curbside, but actually, they do not - only credit cards - no cash. Threw me off my game. I had a $20 dollar bill - ready to pay to check my bag and tip the dude. But no worries.. of course, they can make change for a $20 to get a $2 tip!

Arrived in Chicago (OakBrook) early Thursday morning. Checked into the Renaissance Hotel that also shares the parking lot with the Oak Brook Center Mall. So, I decided to go look for a place to eat lunch and a nail place before hooking up with Yvette and the wedding party. There were not many healthy food choices (Maggianos, Cheesecake Factory, Sbarro's, Corner Bakery, etc). I ended up at a thai restaurant. I was glad it wasn't very crowded since I was by myself. Of course, the hostess gave me the little hand signal for 1. I thought, "I'm sophisticated and grown up. I can eat by myself. Just look busy. Dang - no new messages on my treo. Where's my pen? I can write very important notes in my very cute notebook." Anyway, ordered some pad thai dish. They didn't bring me chopsticks, and I was too nervous to ask. It just didn't feel right to eat this dish with the big flat noodles with a fork. I just wanted to hurry and get out of there. I needed to find a nail salon that didn't cost $100 for a mani/pedi. So, I leave - say goodbye to the hostesses - again showing that I'm sophisticated and can eat by myself. I am not a loser. Walk around the mall, and yay, found a nail place. I'm in the middle of the pedicure when I started thinking of how much money I've spent so far. I couldn't remember what I had spent for lunch. Maybe it was because in my sophistication and glory, I FORGOT TO GET MY CHECK!!! I DID NOT PAY MY BILL!!! The horror I felt. Here I am in the middle of a pedicure with the manicure still to be done. I asked the nail girl (after I "confessed" what I had done) if they had a listing of shops and restaurants so that I could call. Of course not. I almost hyperventilated when one of the security guys on a segway (see link below for a reference) came into the nail salon. I was sure I was captured on security cameras, and that I was definitely headed to Mall Jail. I just wanted to finish my mani/pedi, I promise I will got back and pay!!! Shew... he wasn't after me. (Yay! I had a vision of an episode of Seinfeld when Jerry got busted for peeing in the parking garage.)

Happy Ending - I made it back to the restaurant (see link below for restaurant name/description). I went to the hostesses and explained the situation. They remembered me. They called the waitress, and she was extremely happy to see me because she was going to have to pay for my lunch. It was $12.00. I felt terrible. The hostesses were saying that she had lost faith in humanity. Again, I felt so bad, but I am glad that I remembered.. because that would have been awful to make a young girl pay for my lunch because I was all insecure about eating by myself.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Scooter Girl Update

Scooter Girl aka Pink Power Ranger... has disappeared. I had seen her about 4-5 times but not after the last blog. That tells me that someone (hopefully not johnny law) convinced her that it was unsafe to ride her scooter on the interstate. So, we'll say goodbye to her knowing that she is now safe.

Cinnamon + Sugar Brioche Toast