Wednesday, February 07, 2007

+35 in -28

More than a week has passed since the last birthday, and we got so bored that Jeff decided to have one too. We snuck off to Chicago (alone!) to celebrate. Just so we wouldn't relax too much there was a jumpy windchill of around negative 28 to keep us awake. It also put us in the mood to melt into a warm enviroment and enjoy some of the most amazing food we've had in a while.

We stepped into a spicy oasis and put flavors to our tastebuds that had never been there before. Toxic rhythms filled the air and gorgeous paintings kept us company. I was particularly enamoured with the constellation lovers that hovered across the room from us. That trio of martini glasses was filled with brightly flavored seafood concoctions. We kept taking turns at imitating tv foodies who describe what they're tasting while their mouths are full. Obnoxious romantic fun.

No homemade cake for sweetie. No complaints or flour on my nose either. A charming scoop of homemade rasberry and rustic praline ice cream waiting to jump in that pool of bittersweet chocolate sauce was a more than suitable replacement.

So with warm bellies and heavy eyelids we stepped from those Oaxacan floors to a glistening winter night in my birthplace. And before you think it was purely a luxurious spree of fun, there was a bit of daytime business involved. It just happened to be good timing with Jeff's birthday.

And the business also just happened to involve a collection of some of my favorite people. Are we so mysterious!? We don't mean to be. But don't you like our self portrait in purses? We made some new friends too. Suffice it to say the sewing world is an evergrowing and diverse place. Manufacturers are paying attention to the excitement out there (including all you bloggers) and want to move along with it. And we want to help them.

You can mix business and pleasure.
Oh good!


  1. You all know how to have a good time! Love the flossy purses!

  2. I had a feeling you were in Chicago these past few days. Glad you had a blast! You, Heather, and the girls at Stitch Lounge? Looks like my bookmarks on my laptop had a party in Chicago~ha! Can't wait to see what comes of that.

  3. Cute purses! ;)

    Sounds like you have been having lots of fun these days!! Enjoy!!

  4. Anonymous1:21 AM

    Oh you big tease!!! Look forward to seeing whatever you, Heather and friends cook up.

  5. I love those bags so, so, so much! Perhaps one day we could trade. :)

  6. Those bags, yummy, the food, yummy, meeting up with friends, yummy...what a YUMMY time was had.
    Suzie Sews

  7. Looks like a great time! Have you tried the Adobo Grill in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago yet? I actually prefer it to Frontera.

  8. Hi Jodi! I haven't ever tried that, but if it's even bettern, than it'll be at the top of my list for the next bisit. Thanks for the tip! xo,AM

  9. Anonymous10:29 AM

    Oh my what a yummy looking place. I get to Chicago (also my birthplace) 6X a yr on business. I'm adding this to my list of places to go. Also try the The Red Light just West of the loop on good!

  10. Anonymous11:11 AM

    What a great trip...good time with husband, good time with new and old friends and great things to feast the taste buds and eyes on.

  11. Anonymous2:25 PM

    Soooo what are you girls upto???? Can't wait to find out. Glad you had a good time and were able to mix business with pleasure!

  12. Nice! What I wouldn't give for a weekend getaway...glad you had such a fun trip.