Chicago Blackhawks Win the Stanley Cup!

Well, unless you aren’t on the Internet or live under a rock, you know that the Hawks won the Stanley Cup!!!!

I admit, I go through waves of being a sports fan. It’s kind of hard work! I’ve never been to a Hawks game, I can’t name every player on the team, I don’t know who is in which line, icing calls sometimes confuse me, and I scream with excitement every time either team gets close to the net (Nate can vouch for it…).

Lucky for me, my hubby is a big sports fan, and sits with a now 38.5-week pregnant lady while I ask a million questions about the game and the players. We also have close friends who are super into hockey who we’ve been watching some of the games with, and another friend who is actually an NHL agent (how cool is that?!?). It’s been so fun to follow his players and cheer for them! The whole team just seems like pretty stand-up guys (even if there are rumors…). I also have a not-so-secret crush on Coach Q, too. Maybe it’s the mustache??

I have to say that watching the Hawks win the Cup (third time in six years!) has been a lot of fun and a great source of entertainment for this preggo. I remember after they won in 2010, we waited outside of Harpo for the big red buses to come rolling by, so excited to get a glimpse of the players who were the absolute best in hockey (I know the girls really wanted to see Sharpie). I remember three years later, when I rode the 20 bus down Washington surrounded by a sea of red-sweatered fans on each side of the street, and wanting to join in on the fun. And I can’t wait for Thursday’s celebrations to see all of the wonderful players and their loyal fans. 

I feel so lucky to witness the dynasty, so thankful for the joy the team has brought me this season, and so excited to write in the “what happened in the news” section of the baby’s book: the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup!

Now, your assignment: help me find the Cup!!!





Week #31 – 10pin Bowling Lounge

Yesterday the organization I work for (IES Abroad!) had our summer outing at 10pin, a cosmic bowling alley that’s about a 10-minute walk from our offices. I can’t tell you how much needed this afternoon out was, as we’re winding down on our busy catalog season (before fall term starts) and ramping up for all the other projects that need to be done. (Deep breaths!)

We had such a ball (pun intended) at the bowling alley, catching up with co-workers (both in the Chicago office and our AWESOME recruiters and staff who work remotely) and getting to know new ones. R&A took it to the next level (like they always do!) and made sweet custom shirts with playful uses of our marketing taglines accompanied by neon scrunchies and side pony tails. (See the photo below!) PS–Do black lights ever get old?

But let’s get down to business: the bowling. I am NOT good, but somehow I managed to get a strike on my first turn. Call it beginner’s luck, but I set the bar high from that point. With my co-worker Mark as my coach, I scored a 86 on my first round (you may not be, but I was pretty proud of this). It’s really hard to bowl and socialize at the same time!

It was important to me to document this event in photos, so indulge yourself in the photo gallery. **It was supes dark in there, so my apologies for the dark photos/photos that didn’t make it on the blog.

To my co-workers, thanks for making my first summer outing an awesome one. Hope to continue the tradition next year! And as Hope would say, let’s “keep rockin’ it.”

10pin Bowling Lounge
330 N State Street
Marina City

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Week #18 – WhirlyBall

Well, friends, the mystery is solved. I now know first-hand what WhirlyBall is…and it’s pretty fun!

I was excited to see WhirlyBall on the agenda when I received the invitation for our friend Scott’s 30th birthday. I asked around a bit to see if other friends had gone and what they thought of WhirlyBall, and I only heard positive things. How’s that for word of mouth advertising?!

Saturday night was the big night. After filling up on Art of Pizza (some of the best pizza in the city!) and homemade cake at Scott and Katherine’s, we were ready to compete.

I played about three games, always on Team Red. (Tip: the black cars were rumored to be the faster cars.) My strategy was to knock the whiffle ball out of my opponent’s scoop, and T-bone people to throw them off when trying to pass. Ha.

If I’m going to be brutally honest, I was terrible at offense, but was confident in my defense skills (I was always a badass full back in soccer), and I was terrible at scooping up the whiffle ball. (I got extremely nervous and usually lost out to my opponent who was faster than me.) Needless to say, I never scored.

The biggest surprise I found—other than how much fun it is to hit your friends in bumper cars—is that you get really hot, temperature-wise. I really didn’t think I’d have to put too much effort into it, but if you take it seriously, you can get heated up!

Other nice surprises of the WhirlyBall facility are the big bar area where they have huge TVs and an excellent craft beer selection (I had a tangerine wheat beer named Clown Shoes), along with many arcade games, air hockey tables, pool tables, and—you guessed it!—a photo booth. (See below for my photos with Nate.)

Some unofficial rules I learned from playing WhirlyBall. 1. Ladies, don’t wear high shoes. My wedges looked really cute when I was hanging out in the waiting room, but they were not nearly as cool to drive in. 2. Prepare to get banged up! I have four sizeable bruises on my legs. Ouch!

If you have a fun group of friends who aren’t afraid to get competitive, WhirlyBall is a must. I’m so glad I tried it, especially while celebrating a good friend. Happy birthday, Scott!

1880 West Fullerton

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