Saturday, December 31, 2005

A few updates

I went to the Kenneth Cole store at Oak Brook to get the camel colored boots. Unfortunately, Ken only makes them up to a size 10 and I needed an 11. So no boots for me, but thanks for everyones input. I was really sad.

I tried to call Aaron in NYC right after the big ball drop, but I kept getting the "all circuits busy" message.

I will update on the highlights of 2005 and what 2006 has in store in a couple of days.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Another Survey...but you'll never really know me

1. What is your dream occupation? I don't know
2. What color is your underwear? black
3. What are you listening to right now? the traffic on 290
4. What was the last thing you ate? a clemintine
5. Do you wish on stars? yes
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? cornflower blue
7. How is the weather right now? dreary
8. Last person you spoke to on the phone? I don't know
9. Do you like the person who sent this to you? i guess so
10. How old are you today? 24
11. What is your favorite drink? Diet Cherry 7up, but they don't make it anymore
12. Favorite sport to watch? pro baseball, college football, or basketball
13. Have you ever dyed your hair? Yes
14. Do you wear contacts or glasses? both, but not at the same time
15. Pets? no, just a roommate
16. Favorite month? JULY AUG. AND SEPT
17. Favorite food? PASTA
18. What was the last movie you watched? UPTOWN GIRLS
19. Favorite day of the year? my birthday
20. What do you do to vent anger? either talk to someone or internalize it
21. What was you favorite toy as a child? SO MANY
22. Fall or Spring? both
23. Kisses or hugs? Kisses
24. Cherry or blueberry? cherry
25. Do you want your friends to email you back? no.
26. Who is most likely to respond? no one
27. Who is least likely to respond? megan
28. Living arrangements? with Jenne
29. When was the last time you cried? I dont' remember
30. What is on the floor of you closet? crates of shoes and laundry baskets
31. Who is the friend you have had the longest? my brother
32. What did you do last night? worked
33. Favorite smell? fresh cut grass or Christmas tree
34. What inspires you? my family
35. What are you afraid of? being a failure
36. Plain, cheese of spicy hamburgers? spice up my life
37. Favorite car? hmm...maybe the camp truck
38. Favorite type of dog? a small cute one that doesn't yap
39. Number of keys of your key ring? 10too many
40. How many years at your current job? 1.5
41. Favorite day of the week? my day off
42. How many states have you lived in? 2
43. How many cities have you lived in? 5

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Here is the darker brown pair

I have been wanting a pair of cowboy boots for a very long time and am very picky about what I want. Then, before Christmas, I found the perfect pair made by Kenneth Cole. They are currently onsale and I found a store nearby that has both the camel and darker brown in stock. I really like them both. Which do you think I should get? INPUT NEEDED!

accepting the challenge...maybe

Mel has posted a challenge on her blog. The challenge is to read one book a week for a year. Aaron and I had a bet similar to this a few years ago where I read 25 non-school books in one year. I always get a good start, but then I slow down as the year progresses. I just run out of good books that I want to read. My goal is to read 30 books this year. Up five from my previous contest, but less than one a week.


I got back to Chicago about 8pm last night and didn't get much done. I was still on vacation and feeling lazy. I have a lot of unpacking and cleaning to do today. Jenne gets back tomorrow. I haven't seen her in 5 weeks. It will be nice to have a roommate again.

AHHHHHHHH! Someone, motivate me!

poopy poopy poopy. that's how lazy i feel.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

It's a Dad Sandwich

When my brother and I are home at the same time, we like to gang up on my parents. The victim is usually my mom, but this Christmas, we invented the "Dad Sandwich." As you can tell, my dad isn't enjoying it too much, but we are. Love ya, dad.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Christmas 2005 Re-cap

Christmas started out on the 22nd by driving from Chicago to Burlington to stay overnight at my parents house, then riding with them and my brother(who had arrived that morning) to Early, IA. On the journey there, somthing very funny happened at the Flying J Truckstop in Elk Run. To pass the time, my brother and I were looking at this large display of ceramic snowmen Christmas tree ornaments that had people's names on them. Well, my mom came over and wanted to see if they had her name on there. When she put her finger ont he "C" rack, the whole shelf fell and all the snowmen shattered on the floor. I foudn thsi quite hilarious, but my mom was worried that she was going to have to pay for about $150 worth of broken ornaments. She turned herself in and luckily didn't have too.

Once in Early, IA, we hung out with my Grandpa on the farm until after dinner the next day when we again traveled even farther north to Marcus, Ia, where we lived until I was 5. There, we visited family friends for the afternoon before again heading farther north. We finally arrived in Rock Rapids, Ia(can't get much more north than that) around 5pm for my dad's side of the family's Christmas dinner. In retrospect, it was one of the best Lens family Christmas's I've ever been too. My cousing Mitch(a junior in HS) and my cousin Brad(a year older than me) totally had me cracking up most of the night. There were 44 people there for dinner, which was more than we had anticipated, but far less than the family total. After dinner and mingling was over, we headed back down to my other grandparents farm.

The 24th was a full day of running errands and getting ready for the 25th.

On the morning of the 25th, my grandpa(who has alzheimers) was telling us a story and it went like this. "I was sitting in this chair looking out the window and I saw a 35 pound Elk-deer up in the tree. It was a rainy son of a bitchin day, maybe sleeting. So I went and got the gun and headed out to the shop for shells and I couldn't find any, so I called Greg(my uncle). He came down and shot the thing out of the tree and it landed on the ground and bounced about 3 feet in the air after it hit the ground. Then it headed straight for Greg, took about 3 steps, and died." Well, we about dies when he was telling the story. I had previously heard the story and knew that he was talking about a raccoon and NOT an Elk-deer. However, we call cracked up that he called something an case you are unaware, there is no such animal as an elk-deer and if there was a thing as an elk-deer, I'm almost positive that it wouldn't be able to climb a tree. During our stay, my Grandpa also called my brother Josh, "Alan" to his face and we all started laughing so hard that I had to get up and leave the room. My Grandpa had no idea what was going on and so instead of telling him that we were laughing because he called my brother Alan, Josh told him that I farted and that is why we were all laughing. I indeed did NOT fart.

At noon on the 25th, my uncle and his family came down to the farm and we all had dinner, played bingo, and opened gifts. We left shortly thereafter to head back to Burlington. Upon returnign to Burlington, my immediate family had our Christmas and exchanged gifts. I think we all got everything we asked for and more. It was great.

Finally home...and more Christmas

After making the 5 hour trek home from my grandparents on Christmas day, we celebrated Christmas in the comfort of our own home, with some excellent wine and more gifts. We all look a little tired.

The Domino Family

The whole family got together at my grandparent's farm to celebrate Christmas. Very back row is my Uncle Gregg and my cousin Chris. In the row in front of them is my Aunt Marilyn, Chris's wife Nicole and my dad. Next row is my Grandma Shirley, my Grandpa Keith and my brother Josh. In the very front is my mom and I. We all had a nice dinner with traditional opening of gift and some ruthless bingo with present stealing. This year we started a new tradition of human sandwiches. You can't say you've had fun until you've been around us for an afternoon.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Victory is ours

I played Domino's with my mom and brother and this is them demonstrating thier victory dance. We had a good time.

Hot hats

Ha ha. I am weating my Grandpa's hat. I jokingly put it on and he told me I looked like a movie star, so I put my favorite hat of his on him and made him take a picture. He is the good looking one!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

somedays, i wish that was my world

Last night, my patient was a teenager with Aspergers Syndrome, who is obsessed with anime and super heroes. Anyway, everything is a power struggle with her and she often ends up in the quiet room, which frequently leads to seclusion(being in quiet room with the door locked). And this usually leads to her trying to choke herself or head banging, in which case we have to go in and hold her or put her in restraints.

Anyhow, the standard protocol is that the psych resident on call has to come see the patient within 2 hours of the door being locked, aka the patient "going into seclusion". Well, when the psych resident came up to out floor quickly and this patient was still in seclusion. When the psych resident came in and asked her what was wrong, she responded "My life is a living Hell." Then, she dramatically threw her arms in the air and yelled "This is NOT my world! My world is full of sunshine and green grass and laughter. People playing in park and children running." Then when she had finally calmed down and was ready to leave the quiet room, she stumbled around and pretended to be blind, because we had taken her glasses off of her face upon entering the quiet room. She has almost no presciption in her glasses.


As frustrating as work can be, sometimes you just have to look back and laugh.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Twas the night before the night before I left...

So I realized today that it is the night before the night before I go back to Iowa for 6 whole days. While much of this time will be spent in the car with my parents and older brother traveling around the northwest part of the state seeing various relatives, I am quite excited.

Except, I realized that I have to get everything done before I go to work tomorrow. Why you ask? Good question, I respond. I am working 3-11:30pm tomorrow then working 7am-3:30pm Wednesday. I need to have my car packed up so I can run(maybe literally) home from work, hop in my car and do my best to get out of the city before rush hour traffic clogs the expressway like a fat clogged vessel during a heart attack.

Unfortunately, I need to pack and wanted to give the apartment one last quick cleaning before I left. I am feeling highly unmotivated...yikes...someone call the motivation fairy to come kick me in the butt.

4K Christmas Party

This was taken at my work Christmas party this year. It was held at one of our co-worker Kristen's very nice west loop apartment. Notice everyone in the picture looks good but me. I just came from work and had to take my patient down twice that shift.

L to R: Me, Keno(Kristin's boyfriend), and Kathy W

Friday, December 16, 2005

I love a good burrito

Today while shopping downtown I stopped in for lunch at Chipotle and had a delicious burrito. While I enjoy their food, nothing compares to my favorite Pancheros. The only thing I like better about Chipotle than Pancheros is that they put cilantro in their rice. I love cilantro. It might be my favorite herb.
The best part of Pancheros is that you can eat it really late at night because it's open until 3 or 4am and their super fresh tortillas. Mmmm...they are so fresh and good. I love them. Also, Pancheros has a much more varied menu than Chipotle. Speaking of varied menus, another love of mine that is quite similar to these places is Qdoba. Qdoba has the biggest menu of them all.

Enough about my love of Mexican food.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Another flashback

Sometimes, I do very funny things, especially after I have been drinking.

Today, I was talking to Eddie online and we were reminiscing about some fun college times. He brought up the night we went to Brothers for Mardi must have been my senior year. I somehow obtained a feather Mardi Gras mask that just covers your eyes. Well, after a couple of long islands (with my newly obtained mask on), I decided that people wouldn't know who I was since you couldn't see the top half of my face. Sadly, I saw a lot of people I knew that night and they ALL knew who I was. So here was our AIM conversation:

vetter2k: oh and that mask, that was great
Stawojo5481: when I was incognito
vetter2k: that night you were invisible
vetter2k: oh yes
Stawojo5481: thinking people wouldn't know who i was
vetter2k: LOL
vetter2k: i got a fever, and the only prescription
vetter2k: is MORE COWBELL
Stawojo5481: and i would go up to people and talk to them thinking they would know who i was, i got so sad when they knew me
Stawojo5481: BOL
vetter2k: LMAO
Stawojo5481: because i don't have the most obnoxious voice ever and a deaf person would recognize it
vetter2k: LOL, hell helen keller knew who you were

Oh, I miss the good days of IC! We had some gooooood times.

Sometimes, I am unintentionally an asshole

I feel bad, but tonight at work, I was a jerk and I totally didn't mean to be. Sometimes I have verbal diarrhea. A new patient was crying and I asked her what her name was, because I hadn't met her yet. She responded, I didn't understand her and I said, "GORILLA?!?!"

Needless to say, her name is NOT Gorilla.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

warm ears=happy stace

I LOVE this hat. I tried it on at American Eagle. If anyone wants to buy it for me, I would love it. I hate normal stocking hats, because they don't cover my ears very well, so I usually opt to wear nothing on my head, but this hat clearly made me happy...and kept my ears toasty warm


At Old Navy Megan tried on this faux fur coat and I took a picture. I really like the sophisticated air about her.

the Home Depot dance and my obsession with f-u-n

So today, Megan and I did super Christmas shopping and we had to stop at Home Depot for me. There, they were playing wierd music overhead, so Megan created the Home Depot dance and got really embarassed when people witnessed it. Then I made her do it and took pictures. It was a very good time. THEN...Megan told me that I was OBSESSED with fun and that I no longer found it acceptable to find the fun(I was formerly catergorized as a Fun Finder), but now I she claims, finding fun isn't good enough for me and that I am obsessed with it and can never have enough fun. What can I say...I LOVE THE FUN!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Real World...Austin

While many of us know that Austin is my favorite city in Tx(a little inside joke for some of you.) was most defintiely not my favorite season of Real World.

After watching the stuff they didn't show during the season and the reunion tonight, I enjoyed the cast a little more. I still think Neiamiah is a douche with anger issues and a bit of a divo(male diva) ...and I don't even care enought to spell his name correctly. Danny does think he is Ben Affleck and I didn't really like him during the season either. I thought that he tried to be somewhat controlling of spineless icky Mel. It seemed from the reunion tonight that he still is controlling according to the accuisations made be Rachel that he wouldn't let her go shopping with the girls. I really hope that Mel and Danny dont' get thier own reality show about thier engagement/wedding/married life. I think I would vomit on the cable box. I could be completely wrong, but Mel seems like one of those girls that conforms to whatever her boyfriend is like. I need a good word to describe those people...I'll take suggestions.

I was happy to see Wes and Johanna together. I always thought they would get together during the season, but now they are official. Wes seems like he may have grown up a little since the show, but who knows...he was on the real world and his mission was to "hook-up" and that the season is over maybe he isnt' really that crazy in real life. I thought it was interesting that he and Johanna were pretty quiet during the reunion show and they were two of the bigger talkers in the house. It was also very interesting that Wes tried to redirect Neiamiah into treating Danny with more respect and to have his beef with im while the cameras were off...which leads me to wonder... real is the real world?

Friday, December 09, 2005

Well, I'm still not tired

Working second shift(3-11:30pm) is a different kind of beast. It really screws with the sleeping pattern you have tried to set all of your life. I have tried to battle it ever since I started my job about a year and a half ago, but I think I have finally come to terms.

I will not ever be able to come home and go directly to bed. I will be up until almost 3-4am every night and I will not get up until 10 or 11am. I just feel so lazy when I sleep in that late, but then I realize that I probably got 7 hours of sleep.

Right now it's 3am and I am wide awake. I've even cleaned my apt since I got home from work.

I just want to be sleepy.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Why I am not getting an iPOD

After much research and pineing for an iPOD nano, I have decided not to get one. I have instead chosen to get another style of an mp3 player. While I vote the iPOD the most attractive of the mp3's, I have also read a lot of reviews saying that it is quite fragile, is easily scratched(especially the black one), and several of the LCD screens have broken on them. Multiple reviews recommends not taking the nano out of the packaging until you had also paid the extra $$ for a protective case. The nano doesn't have all the accessories out yet either...and in my opinion, they are very over priced.

I ideally wanted a 1GB mp3 player and I do believe that apple only offers the shuffle in the 1GB. The drawback to the shuffle is that it does not have a display screen. The iPOD i really wanted was the mini, but unfortunately apple discontinued the mini when they came out with the nano.
So, I have looked to other reputable brands and have found a 1GB with a display screen, that is less expensive and has less over priced accessories. Can't wait until Christmas...It will be music to my ears, literally.

Top of the table

Here's an arial view of the top of the table. Almost 2 weeks of work and many cuts on what's left of my bloody stumps for hands.

One step left

I have finally finished mosaicing the top of the table and gotten the bottom painted. Now all that is left to do it grout the area between the pieces of mirror and I plan on doing that in a charcoal gray. I think it turned out pretty well.

The return of Courtney Scott

There was once an Iowa basketball player named Courtney Scott. He was only at Iowa a year or two before he transfered to some small school in Michigan. Well, Megan kinda looks like him when she makes this face. She used to get really mad at me when I told her that, but now she even poses for pictures.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Give up on love?

I like many was devistated by the news that Nick and Jessica have separated, but not yet filed for divorce. Although they have been denying the split rumors for almost a year now, they are rumors no more. With thier tv show, Newlyweds, skyrocketing Jessica's career and doing nothing for Nick's, one can only wonder...was it rocky all along, but we believed in them due to the editing?

I think it was clear as the seasons progressed that there was less marital bliss than in the first season, but what was to be expected? They were getting busier, a little less time for eachother and the newness was wearing off.

When discussing this issue with my good friend Buggie last night, she said, "I don't know if I can believe in love anymore." While she was being dramamtic, for many, Nick and Jessica were the portrait of a good moral realationship. It wasn't the typical Hollywood romance.

I am hoping for a saved marriage.

My new weight loss plan..."Bartender, pour me another"

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who have an alcoholic drink or two a day may have a lower risk of becoming obese than either teetotalers or heavy drinkers, a study published Monday suggests.

Researchers found that among more than 8,200 U.S. adults, those who said they enjoyed a drink every day were 54 percent less likely than non-drinkers to be obese. Similarly, those who drank a little more (two drinks per day) or a little less (a few drinks per week) had a lower risk of obesity than teetotalers did.

Heavy drinking, on the other hand, raised the odds of obesity. People who downed four or more drinks a day were 46 percent more likely to be obese than non-drinkers were. Binge drinkers also showed a greater prevalence of obesity.

The findings are published online in the journal BMC Public Health.

Many studies have linked moderate drinking to better heart health, but only a few have looked at the relationship between drinking and body weight. "It's a fairly new line of research," said study co-author James E. Rohrer, a professor of health services research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

It's possible, he told Reuters Health, that the lower prevalence of obesity among moderate drinkers helps explain the lower risk of heart disease. However, Rohrer stressed that the findings do not imply that overweight people should take up drinking for the sake of their waistlines. Alcohol is high in calories, and it's not yet clear why moderate drinking is related to lesser odds of obesity.

Given that, Rohrer said, drinking should not be viewed as a "weight-loss strategy."
The study findings are based on data from a national health survey of Americans age 18 and older, conducted between 1988 and 1994. The researchers focused their analysis on 8,236 participants who had never smoked.

Overall, half of current drinkers were in the normal weight range, versus only about one-quarter of non-drinkers. Why this is so is unclear, but, Rohrer noted, he and colleague Dr. Ahmed Arif factored in the "usual suspects" in heart disease risk -- such as age, exercise levels, education and income -- and moderate drinking was still related to lower odds of obesity.
Though he cautioned against taking up drinking to trim the waistline, Rohrer also said the findings suggest that completely cutting out alcohol might backfire as a weight-loss plan.
SOURCE: BMC Public Health, online December 5, 2005.

relaxing weekend

After working a dayshift on Friday, I didn't have to be back to work until 3pm today. This was the first time in a long, long time that I had two days off in a row where I wasn't going somewhere or someone was coming into town to visit. Not that I don't enjoy those times, but it was nice just to be able to relax.

On Friday night, I ran errands and did a little Christmas shopping. After returning home, I worked on the mosaic table for a few hours while watching a movie.

On Saturday, I worked on the table top more, did lots of laundry, visited Megan in Joliet where she was babysitting her cousins. Upon returning home, I stayed up until 3am working on the table more and painting the legs.

Sunday was prounounced Lazy Fest 2005. I worked on some Christmas presents and the table top even more. I made some chicken fajitas for dinner. I finally ventured out of the house at 8:30pm...still in my go to Target to buy another Christmas present. I came home and worked on the table for a while longer and headed to bed.

It was great to do whatever I wanted for a couple of days. Now, back to work-ville.

21 days until I get to see my "sister"! We are going out to dinner with our old boss and her family. I love them all so much and miss them...except for when I got beat up by a pillow at night when I was trying to sleep!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

busy, busy, busy

Sorry for the lack of blogging lately. I have been super busy with work. There is light at the end of the tunnel as I have this weekend off...YAY! It will be filled with crafting. I am very excited. I am currently working on a mosaic table top, which i am using broken peices of mirror. It will look very cool when I'm done, but have cut my fingers a lot.:-( After the top is done, I will still have to grout it and paint it. I hope to get it done in the next week or two. Other than that, I want to do some sewing and work on some people Christmas gifts. It should be nice and relaxing. I intend on feeding my addicitons to coffee and Christmas music.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Happy Birthday MOM!

Unfortunately, I probably won't have time to post tomorrow, so I am throwing this up there tonight.


Yes, that's right, Mama Lens is another year older today...I won't mention how old she is, though.

I need my coffee fix...

Of late, I have been addicted to caffeine. My usual day consists of a large cup or two of coffee and one or two diet pepsi's. YIKES!!! I have never been one to be addicted to caffeine, infact, I usually give up soda all together for Lent every year and usually don't even start drinking it for weeks after that. An intervention may be needed before Lent rolls around this year.

Besides the coffee I have also become addicted to Coffee Mate. I currently have FOUR different flavors in my fridge. My staple is the Fat Free vanilla, but I am loving the limited edition and holiday flavors. I feel like I have to buy them now, because they aren't going to be around all year. Currently in my fridge is the FF Vanilla, Creme Brulee, Toffee Nut, and Peppermint Mocha. I had to restrain myself from also buying gingerbread and eggnog yesterday. They are taking over the top shelf of my fridge and they taste sooo good that they encourage me to drink more coffee.

My recommendation to you is to take out stock in tooth whitening products, because you know I will be using them frequently with all this staining beverages going into my mouth. I will never compromise the whiteness of my teeth...that is one thing I am super obsessive about.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

I'm a little sad that I am not going to be with my family on Thanksgiving, but they called me today when they were all driving together to my grandparents house. It was fun to talk to all of them and have the phone passed around. I miss them and love them lots. Thankfully, I got to see them last weekend.

'Tis the season to be desperate?

I don't know why the thought popped into my head today, but it did.

It's the holiday season and a lot of engagements will be happening. There are jewelry ads everywhere telling men to get thier significant others that big rock of commitment this holiday season. And...I'm sure a lot of women are dropping some pretty heavy hints that they would like a big rock for the holidays, and I'm not referring to a lump of coal.

All of this drew me back to a conversation I had over a "philosopical beer(or 3)" with Erika in college. Erika and I liked to go to the bars as a pair and have long talks about life, men, and make up stories about people we would see in the bar. Besides the ever frequent conversation of the Theory of Two and the Theory of the Untied Shoelaces, we frequently discussed why girls were so desperate to get engaged and guys were so laid back about it.

The conclusion we came to was this: Traditionally the male askes the female to get married. This puts all of the control in the male's court. So, if a guy decides that he wants to get married, he can go out and find any woman desperate to get married and his wish is fulfilled. However, most girls go on long searches for the "perfect" guy that flys in on a white horse with a rainbow of colors flying behind. Once she finds this guy, she has to convince him that she is the perfect girl for he will eventually propose and they can live happily ever after. But what if he decides that after 3 years of dating, she isn't the one he wants to marry or he isn't ready to settle down yet and they break up? She has to start her search all over again. Pretty depressing, huh?

Well, so to combat this, Erika and I decided that we WILL get married someday. No looking. It will happen...IF we want it to.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Here's the rest of the story...

If the 4 previously posted pics weren't good enough insight into how my weekend in Iowa went, you can check out all the pics here. Beware there are well over 100 pictures. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Homeward bound

I took this picture on the drive home today. Aaron isn't looking at the camera, because his eyes are on the road and we are all having a good time.


After bar close on Saturday night, I met "Elton John". The girl with him totally looked like Courtney Cox.

Rockstar Tailgating

Tailgating in Myrtle Court in the early am hours of Saturday. Nadine is using her sausage to point at my snazzy Iowa Hawkeyes belt buckle.I'm looking pretty haggard.

Play time

Between bars we goofed around on the playground in the ped mall on Friday night. Aaron, Stacey, Chrissy and Courtney are all piled on the slide.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

It's going to be epic...

You know when sometimes you get sooo excited about something that you end up getting let down due to the overhyping?

Well, I know that won't happen this weekend. I am going to be in Iowa City...staying downtown...with great friends. I am going to get to tailgate with family and friends and watch an Iowa football game. Hopefully, they will beat Minn and bring Floyd of Rosedale home.

Things I am excited about:
--FAC at Brothers
--Pita Pit


Birthday Girl!

Happy 25th Birthday, Mel!!!


Tito is perhaps my all time favorite Cardinals player. He played with the Red Birds from 1980-87 with some time with Baltimore in '83.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Mel and I wating in the wind, cold, and rain for the Russian Dumpling place to open. It appears that Mel has a leaf stuck in her hair.

I ran into Hans at State Street Brats while watching the Iowa vs Wisconsin game. Iowa won!

Russian dumplings...I started craving them on the bus ride home....soooooooooo goooooood.

I love hippies

Friday at noon I took my first ever Van Galder bus trip to Madison, Wisconsin. I must say, taking a charter bus is by far the way to go. It' s cheaper than gas(if you use Mel's student discount) and much more relaxing...espically with all the traveling I've been doing lately. It was great to just sit on a bus, doze off, people watch, and read magazines for 3 hours. I didn't have to worry about tolls or traffic. I loved it...while on the bus, I even considered selling the Taurarri and taveling this way all the time...then I thought again.

Upon arriving in Madison, Mel picked me up via foot and headed to the mansion where she lives to drop off my bags. We had a good two hour chapt about our lives, drank wine and she even read my love life on tarot isn' t looking so I didn't know that. After that we headed to Dotty's Dowry for a burger, but with a long wait we just hoped next door for Ian's Pizza by the Slice, which was suprisingly delicious. We then headed over to one of her friends apts to pick them up on the party train and head on over to The Plaza(a bar). At the plaza we had a few cocktails and then some Iowa Alumnae occupied the booth next to us. In no time, we had made friends with them. Two more bars after the plaza and we decided to call it quits for the night.

On Saturday, Mel and I had the first annual taquito fest. We lounged on Mel's futon(affectionately name the taquito) and watched Garden State and ate crossaints...which Mel got of bed, walked to the bakery, went back to bed, then woke up hours later to eat. What a great friend. We decdided to get up about 1:30, shower and headed back to Dotty's for lunch. This time we were able to get a seat, watch the game and eat a good burger. We finished eatting at halftime, I convinced Mel to go to Pop Deluxe, a store I greatly enjoy, then we stopped at a coffee house to get a warm beverage. While sitting in the coffee house, Aaron called me telling me that Iowa was in the game and the score was 17-10. Mel and I quickly finished out coffee and chai and headed to State Street Brats where we watched the game. While there, I ran into former fellow RA Hans...picture to follow in next post. We stayed there and cheered the Hawks on to victory. After the big W, Mel led a small group of Iowa fans in singing In Heavan There is No Beer. After the game we did more downtown shopping, ate dinner at a fun little restaurant then went to the play "You Name It". Mel's friend Trisha's sister was in the play. The play was great. Afterwards, Mel and I decided we were hungry again(it was now about midnight) and went and ate Russian dumplings. I got half plain and half spicy....and oh my, were they delish!!! There we met a man that is a professor at the University of Iowa who was in town for the game and he also went to Iowa and used to wrestle for Dan Gable. After the dumplings, Mel and I headed back to her place to watch a little Will and Grace and call it a night.

It was a succsesful trip to Madison....that means I had a lot of FUN!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Sidebar updated? Check.

I updated my sidebar with links to more peoples blog's that I frequent.

Check them out, they are:

Sheddie Elephante

**I purposely didn't link them from this post, because I want you to use the sidebar!:-)

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Me and my under-roos

What Your Underwear Says About You
You enjoy wearing nice underwear, even if it comes at a hefty price tag.
You're sexy, in that pinup girl, tease sort of way.
The Underwear Oracle

Monday, November 07, 2005

Lens Family Fun

The Lens family gather in Chicago this past weekend to attend the Iowa vs Northwestern game. It was a disappointing loss for the Hawkeyes after they gave up two touchdowns in the last 4 minutes of the game for a final score of 28-27. We had some good family fun though...Josh sandwiches anyone???

Here are the pics from the weekend.

Friday, November 04, 2005

My baby's come home

About noon today, my digital camera arrived via postmaster. Here are the long awaited hurricane party pictures from my camera!

Hurricane Party Pics

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

There is a (digital camera) GOD

I just received one of the best phone calls of my life.

Aaron called and told me that my digital camera had been the back seat of a guys car in Cinncinati. Either way, I don't care. I am getting my camera back. I was honestly ready to go out and buy another one tomorrow morning so I would have one for when my family is in town this weekend.

Diggy is comin' home to mama!:-D

Lights, Camera, Action

Rare is it that I want to head to the theater and watch a flick...but, there are THREE movies coming out in Nov that I really want to see.

They are:


Harry Potter 4

Walk the Line

Monday, October 31, 2005

Katrina was causing waves

On the far left if Hurricane Frankfuter(something from Rocky Horror Picture Show), Hurricane Katrina is showing some leg, and I am Hurricane Humberto(a sumo wrestler on the far right of the pic). Katrina is the best part host ever!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

My liver survived a Cat 5

The quotes and comments continue...

--"I am NOT drunk"
--Q:"Are you coming to the party?" A:"Oh God, there's a party!?!"
--"Please tell me Ariel didn't puke in my bathtub"
--Aaron jumping onto the deflating matress
--"Don't tell me you still have your cherry"(Mel dies of laughter)
--"Do you want a cherry?" "Is it soaked in alcohol?" "No" "Then why would I want one?"
--"Get my coat. It's Burberry"
--"I am NOT getting out at Taco Bell"

--"There's a rumble in the jungle"
--"You know how the Iowa sign used to say "You make me smile" Well, Stawojo, you make me smile"
--"Her ass is way too big to play twister"
--"That is how I tell who my real friends are...if they would tell me if I had a turd sticking out of my pants"

--I saved you in my phone as Hot Sumo Girl"

More photos on Chris's camera is still MIA. :-(


This weekend Mel, Jenne and I hopping the Taurarri and headed east to Columbus, OH for Aaron's incredible Hurricane Party. Due to hitting Indianapolis at rush hour, lots of construction and the Hell hole the US calls Indiana, we didn't make it to Aaron's until 9:30pm with a party start time of 10. We hurried and got into costume and started to stir things up. Unfortunately, my camera got misplaced at some point in the night, so for now, you will have to use Sanjida's pictures to tell you the story of the night...and she was only there for the first 1/3 of the party. The night ended with a 3:30am Taco Bell run.

Here are some quotes and thoughts from the weekend:

--"You have 15 seconds to finish your burrito and get out of here." "It's a chalupa, gosh."
--"Ariel is in the bathtub"
--"I just don't feel right."
--Tom Raper RVs
--"Welcome to Indiana, the Hell hole of America"
--"I think I just came across another red hair"
--"It's going to come out of the gap between the toilet and the toilet seat"
--"It knocks me on my ass, but I don't know what it will do to you"
--"Meow"homeless man to Jenne
--What would Jesus bomb?-a bumper sticker
--"Jesus wants you to drink more and to encourage hook ups"
--"Let's have a slumber party"
--"It was like WWF Smackdown"
--"Aaron, Nick just puked"
--"How did you fall?" "My thong got caught on the doorknob on the way in"
--"If you don't give me water now I'm gonna stick my head under the fountain and drink"
--"There were at least 5 straight guys there at some point"
--"Can you give me $4 to go to the Y?"
--"I just don't feel comfortable being at a porn store with Jesus"
--"She's got pussy control"
--"Hey little red riding hood, where's toto?"
--painted bridges
--"My feet are cold and they hurt"
--"We shoudl wait for them, they might get raped"
--Come on Sloopy, come on
--Jesus tried to instigate a storm surge
--"Cat 5, Cat 5"
--After accidently spraying 2 guys in the face with a carona, I yell "It's a hurricane!"
--"Delilah, that bitch won't give me her phone number"
--"Nice nut buffet"
--"I left my burrito in the car"
--"We hate you Aaron, we hate you"

more fabulous quotes to come later...

Thursday, October 27, 2005

MILF Hunter

So sometimes I google my own name to see what comes up. Never before tonight had is come up that I am on milf hunter. So, thinking that this was random, I clicked on the link and was taken to a porn sight. I really hope I do not share my name with a porn star.

Up to this point, I was the only Stacey Lens on the planet.

Sick sick sick.

Phoenix...I'm coming to you???

My brother has informed me that LA cut Jared and he got picked up by the Phoenix Suns. Refer to last post if you are confused.

Monday, October 24, 2005

California, here I come!

I received this email from my brother a few weeks ago...looks like I will be moving to LA.

Taken from

LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers signed six free agents Saturday, including four with NBA experience: Jan Jagla, Amal McCaskill, Boniface NDong, Jared Reiner, Fred Vinson and Frank Williams.

Jagla averaged 6.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in Germany last season after three years at Penn State.
McCaskill has averaged 1.8 points and 1.9 rebounds in four seasons with Orlando, San Antonio, Atlanta and Philadelphia. He played in Lebanon last season.

NDong averaged 14.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocks in France last season. The 7-footer played for the Denver Nuggets' summer league team.

Reiner averaged 1.1 points and 2.0 rebounds in 19 games with the Chicago Bulls last season after signing as a free agent out of Iowa.

Vinson averaged 19.8 points, 1.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals in Venezuela last season. He has played in 13 NBA games over two seasons with Atlanta and Seattle.

Williams has averaged 2.9 points and 1.9 assists in his first three NBA seasons after being selected by Denver with the 25th selection in the 2002 draft. He also had stints with New York and Chicago, where he played last season.

--If you couldn't figure it out, I'm moving there with Jared. ;-)


I'm torn.

When I moved to Chicago, I decided that I would become a White Sox fan. While I have never been a big fan of the American League due to their employment of the DH, I knew I could NEVER be a Cubs fan. However, when the world series started this year, I thought I would be cheering for the Sox. Now that the series is in full swing, I am having difficulty cheering for the Sox. Yes, I am happy for them, but my heart belongs to the NL. I a Sox fan or am I cheering for the Astros...I'm still not sure.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

I got Scuuurrrrred!

Yesterday I went to Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America with a co-worker and had so much fun. We went on the American Eagle(forwards and backwards), Raging Bull twice, the Viper twice, Batman, Superman, Iron wolf, and the Demon. While the weather was less than perfect(it was raining off and on and cold), we had a BLAST! We sat in the front car multiple times and got pelted in the face with rain. We made friends while waiting in line and even got to watch the world series game on the tv's while waiting in line. What more could I ask for??? We closed down the park and I didnt' get home until 1am. I am a little sore and exhausted, but it was all worth it.

One of the funnier points of the night was when we got off the Raging Bull after dark and were looking at the pictures they try to make you buy, my co-worker said "All you can see in the picture is your big white teeth because your mouth is open." HA HA HA I have glow int eh dark teeth, like the Friend's episode with Ross!

If you've never done fright fest you totally need to. The rides are way better after dark when you can't see anything in front of you. I can't wait until next year.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

It's officially fall...and I'm drinking it down

So perhaps one of my all time favorite drinks is back in stores for a limitied time. It's hot carmel apple cider at Starbucks. If you've never had it, you need to. It's so good and it tastes like fall. I had my first one today when I stopped by the grocery store(it has a Starbucks in it). It was amazing. Infact, I'm sipping it while I blog.

Must get back to my fall love.

Back in the blogging world

I had a great trip to northwest Iowa. Lots of very humorous things happened that included my grandpa, grandma, and my uncle...and of course me. I really had a fabulous time. I enjoyed being able to hear sounds other than cars and being able to smell other things in the air besides pollution.

One of the funnier things that happened was when my grandpa and I went to visit my grandma in the nursing home. Here's the conversation that transpired:

Grandpa: "Shirley, what did you have for dinner?"
Grandma: "Salsbury steak"
Grandpa: "Raspberry cake?"
Grandma: "I said salsbury steak, Keith"
Grandpa:"Oh, Raspberry cake! That sounds good."

Thursday, October 13, 2005

See ya later

There will probably not be any blog psoting until at least Tuesday. I am headed to northwest Iowa for a few days. Enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Wednesday June 8, 2005

I previously posted about my roommate who is far far behind on her blogging. I encouraged people to leave her encouarging messages to put up a new post. No one did. She hasn't posted since

June 8, 2005!

Go to
and encourage Jenne to get back on the blogging wagon!


I know everyone has gotten this one in their inbox a time or two:

1. What is your full name? Stacey Leigh Lens
2. What color pants are you wearing?multi-colored stripped pajamas
3. What are you listening to right now? traffic on I-290
4. What was the last thing you ate? tacos
5. Do you wish on stars? Yes
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? cornflower blue
7. How is the weather right now? dark and cool
8. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Mel
9. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Yes
10. Favorite drink? gin and tonic (alcoholic) diet pepsi (nonalcoholic)
11. Favorite sport? Hawkeye football and Cardinal baseball
12. Hair color? dark brown
13. Siblings? Josh
14. Favorite month? May
15. Favorite food? Subway
16. What was the last movie you saw? Old School
17. Favorite day of the year? my birthday (May 4)
18. What do you do to vent anger? rage
19. What was your favorite toy as a child? this doll that had a pullcord comign out of her back and when you pulled it, she talked
20. Summer or winter? summer
21. Hugs or kisses? Kisses
22. Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla
23. Do you want your friends to e-mail you back? yes
24. Who is most likely to respond? no one
25. Who is least likely to respond? ?
26. When was the last time you cried? can't remember
27. What is under your bed? nothing
28. Who is the friend that you have had the longest? Bub
29. What did you do last night? worked
30. What are you afraid of?failure
31. Plain, butter or salted popcorn? butter and salt
32. Favorite car? jetta or my taurarri, but the tempo and shaggin' wagon were great too
33. Favorite flower? tulips and calla lillies
34. Number of keys on your key ring? lots
45. How many years at your current job? 1
36. Favorite day of the week? Friday
37. What did you do on your last birthday? had a dinner party for myself
38. How many states have you lived in? 2
39. How many cities have you lived in? 5

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Ditto my last post

My oh my, what have I done? In the past two weeks, I have worked 48 hours of overtime. I am exhausted(as I blog on my work break)! Fortunately, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I work everyday until Thursday this week, then I am headed off in the Taurarri on Friday morning. I am headed for 4 days of rest and relaxation at the Domino Ranch. I can't wait to spend a few days on the farm and play in nature(I'm sure my allergies will love it too).

I've also been making plans on how to spend this newly aquired money. Some will be set aside for the fun weekend I have planned in late Nov when I head back to Iowa City for the Iowa vs Minn game. There is going out to the bars, tailgating, the football ticket and of course, we wouldn't stay anywhere less than the Sheraton.

I also looked into my next scedule and planned a trip to go visit my good friend in Madison, WI in mid Nov...right before her birthday. I owe her big time. I think she has made about 6 trips to Chicago and I have made a measly 1 to the mad-town.

I am also looking into visiting my dear friend Aaron in Columbus. I am way behind on visits to him as well.

Anyhow, must get back to my 12 hour shift.

Sunday, October 02, 2005


Thank Goodness For Days Off

Yesterday was a GREAT day. I had the day off and did only what I wanted. It was great. I went over to the North/Clybourne area and did some shopping and also applied for jobs at Crate and Barrel, Crate and Barrel Outlet, and Cost Plus World Market. I got a very fun and funky necklace at World Market. After taking the L home, I hopped in the Taurarri and headed to the ghetto K Mart, Target, and then back to the K Mart.

And as always when I have downtime, I always tend to want to do something with my hair. Sometimes I cut it myself. Sometimes I dye it. Well, last night I dyed it to a more fall color. It is just a deeper shade of brown and so far I like it. I hope it lightens up a tad bit, but not too much. I do need a haircut, but I think I'll leave that one to the professionals this time.

Jenne says I need new "friends"

So there have been a lot of random things happening lately.

When Mel was visiting me last Oct/Nov, we went to Bar Louie and this guy was hitting on me named Roman. He tried to convince me that he was from the radio program of Styles and Roman. I however, did NOT fall for this and was very annoyed by him. Fortunately, Mel and I were able to escape him and his gross friend. A few weeks ago, I worked a day shift at work and we were watching the news and up popped Roman's picture! I was shocked and continues to watch to see what was going on. It turns out he was a witness in a hit and run where a woman got killed. It was pretty funny to know some one on the news though.

Last night Jenne and some of her friends/classmates went to Hawkeyes for a late afternoon cocktail. Before I arrived a fight broke out(I have never seen a fight at Hawkeyes before). The guy in the fight ran out of the restaurant and dove into the moonroof of a car and took off down the street. Later(after I had arrived), the moonroof diver came back to the restaurant to get his jacket that the had left. Jenne and I had recognized him as a regular there, but do not associate with him. Later that night, the owner asked us if we had seen Vito(the moonroof diver) earlier, because he had apparently left the bar and "fired off a round" and shot someone on Taylor St. Pretty sketchy if you ask me.

Jenne and I made a late night run to Wendy's tonight, because we were both hungry. I got a side salad and a small bowl of chili. After we got back I informed Jenne how sad I was that I don't currently have a crush on anyone. Aren't crushes great? You get to think up silly scenarios about the guy. It just sucks that I don't even have anyone to have a crush on. We tried to brainstorm people i knew that I would want to have a crush on, but alas, there was no one. So watch out, Chicago, I am on the prowl to have a crush.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Yo! MTV Raps!

Later in the night, I hosted Yo MTV Raps.

Nice light

Aaron and Stacey dancing on the kitchen table. Nice ceiling light, huh?

Is that Jenne? No, it's Aaron!

Mel, Dan, Court, Chrissy, and Aaron playing cards at the apartment warming party. Aaron is wearing Jenne's school and work badges, thinking that they were mine. Ha ha.

Our Apartment got warmed

Highlights/random events of the apartment warming party:

*Mel and Aaron came in town just for it
*everyone I wanted to be there was there(minus my family)
*our shower rod somehow became bent(if anyone has any information on this, please let us know. We are not at all upset, we would just liket o be entertained by the story behind it)
*the front railing fell off the front of our building
*we did a round of shots out of a bottle of tequila from Mexico
*dancing, lots and lots of dancing
*dancing on coffee and dining room tables
*Mel made her first trip to Boys Town
*Mel ate a sandwich
*Shake it off
*The number 5
*toe touches
*Rod, Mitch, Tito, and Jerome
*pouring of beer into Aaron's mouth
*jello shots
*my co-workers came
*the exercise ball
*Yo MTV Raps
*the recreation of the formal picture
*the wooden man
*the story of the man and his mane
*T Bellt he next day for lunch and the case of the missing doobie

Unfortunately the snake eatting it's prey was unable to attend the party. It was a great time over all. Thanks for everyone who helped to make memories.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Bub, Attorney at Law

This is a picture of Josh and I. Josh found out that he passed the Missouri bar exam today! He is an attorney at law!!! Now if I get arrested, he can get me out of it! Congrats Bub!!! Bub Lens, Attorney at Law!!! Can you tell I'm proud?

No inspiration


Sorry there hasn't been a post since Sunday, but I've had no inspiration. I am slowly feeling better...I have waves of nausea and sweating and then I'll feel fine for hours. It's kinda bizarre.

Work has been going well. We've been steadily busy since school started again.

I have continued on my part-time job quest. I've decided it's more of an effort to expand my social circle than anything else...even though, one can never have enough money. ;-) I have applied for over 60 jobs and have only had 2 responses. One was a babysitting job, which I declined because they had a cat and the other I am hoping to hear back from today. It is a gourmet popcorn shop in Oak Park, called Madly Popn. It would only be a seasonal thing, but at least that would be a start.

I am very excited about the house warming party this weekend. Two very special out of town guests will be here for well as a lot of great people from the area. I am doing my best to feel 100% by then.

Now I'm just rambling. Peace out.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

The burrito has a tumor

My futon had been affectionately known as "the burrito" for years. Everytime I move, I think I am just going to throw the thing out, but it just hasn't happened yet.

Since I got home from work at about 330pm yesterday the burrito has had a tumor. Yes, I have been laying on the burrito almost non-stop. I got off it yesterday to make a trip to the White Hen which completely wore me out. I again moved off it to go to bed last night. When I got up this morning, I showered and moved back to the burrito. Unfortunately, I have been quite sick this weekend. It started out Thursday night when I noticed my tonsils enlarged and I had a sore throat. It started out upper respiratory and now I am achy all over and have a fever. It's awful. I hate being sick.

This blog was made from the burrito.

The pics are up

Check out the pictures from Megan's Suprise Party.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Chesney and Zellweger Split

According to reports on and, country star Kenny Chesney and actress Renee Zellweger have split up. This is what had to say about it:

"Zellweger filed the papers Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing "fraud" as the reason for the split. The actress's petition also asks the court not to award spousal support to Chesney.

No further details about the couple's split were available, and there was no immediate comment from Zellweger's camp on why she cited "fraud" as the reason. According to top Hollywood divorce attorney Sorrell Trope: "If fraud is checked that means a promise was made before the marriage, but the person who made it had no intention of keeping it. The promise has to pertain to the heart of the marriage." "

I know several people that will be glad to hear that Kenny is back on the market.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Happy Birthday Megan!

Megan turned 23 on 9-14-05. I had a suprise party for her. Do you think it worked? She was definitely shocked to see her brother Pat opening my apartment door.

Party time!

Fortunately, most of the Mulvey's were able to attend Megan's suprise party.
L to R: Lydia(Pat's girlfriend from Liverpool England), Patrick, Megan, Kristi, Tom

I hope they all had a great time. Pat's girlfriend was awesome and hilarious and am very glad I got to meet her after hearing so much about her. There was a great turn out for the party.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

I just vommitted in my mouth...and spit it out

What a sickening day for the Big Ten Conference. Three top ten seeds lost: #3 Michigan, #4 Ohio State, and #8 Iowa.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

A bar without booze!?!?

In a few short hours, I will be getting up to go to my first ever cereal bar. Yes, that is right...a restaurant that serves just cereal(and oatmeal)! Some of you might be saying, "Stacey, you don't even really like cereal." This I know. It is an new adventure...going to a bar that doesn't serve booze...a foreign concept for me.

Also, Cereality is giving away tickets to the premire of Reese Witherspoon's new movie Megan and I are getting on the L at 4:45am to go pay $4 for a bowl of cereal to get free movie tickets.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Top 10...except for Foxsports(they're obviously a little s.l.o.w)

Iowa football is now ranked at numer 8 in the nation by 2 polls and #16 by stupid foxsports.

Keck's got a kid

Katie Keck(it's not Keck anymore though) was a resident on the first floor I was ever an RA for and was also in my sorority. She and her husband Shane recently had a baby boy, Ben. She is working as an engineer in Des Moines where they also reside. Congrats Shane and Katie.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005


While I am sure the inventor of "rapex" a new female like condom has good intentions, I have my concerns about the product. From what I understand, the woman wears a condom type device that has hooks and barbs on the inside that will hook into the man. This will cause enough pain, allowing the victim to get away, according to the creator.

Read about it for yourself:

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Fish fry?

I have been harassed at work all baseball in Chicago and being a Cardinals fan isn't easy. Espically when the Sox were off to such a great start. All I heard at work was "How does it feel to be a fan of the second best team in baseball?"

Well, now I can say..."I am a fan of the best team in baseball."

Go Cards!

Hopefully they will beat the Marlins tonight with Matty Mo on the mound.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Summit...2 years ago...

Good golly this is a blast from the past.
L to R: May, Me, Vanis, Carly, Megan, Eddie, Gabe, and V Train

Over the years of RAing it had become tradition to take the new RAs under our wings during training week and all go out and have a good time. Forgetting about things like programming paper work, WOW events, bulletin boards, door decs and the dreaded RARs. During this particular night out we went to the Summit to enjoy a few cocktails and got a little crazy(as evidenced by our empty Sexy Alligator glasses on the table). We made a pit stop in Daum to hang out in Eddie room and use his restroom. After we got back to Dirty Burge that night, things stayed right on the out of control path. Two girls had the great idea to take apart a fan while it was running...Fortunately no one got hurt. However, we were all hurting a little the next day as we sat in hours of training sessions, listening to our managers drone on and on. At one point, I looked down at my flip flops(the same ones I had worn out the night before) and saw they had crusted vomit on them. Some girl had puked in the bathroom and it splattered onto my shoe(fortunately it wasn't anyone that was out with us). The highlight of the day was fire panel training at 3pm...And Vanis knows why...ha ha. I just wanted to throw up(no pun intended) a picture of a good time of days gone by. This was one great night with one great staff...miss you guys.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Artsy Fartsy

After Flavor Fest we took a bus to Bucktown and went to the Bucktown Arts Festival. There I played this tambourine that was mosaiced.We had a good time looking at all the pretties then listened to a great band called Clyde Federal...who were playing at the fest. It was a long day outside but it was good to get out and do "Chicagoy" things.

Flava Flave

Jenne and I went to Flavor Fest today which was a organic foods festival sponsered by While Foods Market.We payed a $5 donation to get in then got TONS of free organic food and this snazzy bag. I think I can speak for both of us when I say we had a g-r-e-a-t time.

Monday, August 22, 2005

My Cousin's Wedding

Back row(L to R): Grandpa, Josh, Stace, Chris Front row: Grandma

On Saturday, my cousin Chris got married to his now wife, Nicole. The wedding was very nice and I enjoyed being able to see my family. We even got Grandpa and Grandma to the wedding. Congrats Chris.

Funny thing: We are the only 3 grandchildren in the family and I am the shortest one. HA HA

Kinnick Again

Here is the same picture at another angle. Shown is the corner of Melrose and Hawkins Dr.

The new Kinnick

This weekend I drove through Iowa City on the way to my cousins wedding. I got to see the new construction on Kinnick. It's looking good! This picture was taken on Melrose facing north. Think where the old tennis courts on Melrose were.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

My roommate's blog

Maybe all my roommate needs is a little encouragement to blog more often. Go to Jenne's blog at and leave her a little encouarging comment to blog. It has been over 2 months since her last post.


Friday, August 12, 2005

Friends are there to keep it in perspective

So tonight, I was talking to Mel on the phone after I got off work. She informed me that Wojo in her opinion was not a dream boat and that she didn't picture him to look anything like what she thought my future husband would look like. I agreed with her that he is not typically what I would be attracted to. However, in my defense, I did not originally like Wojo for his looks but for how he played the game of basketball.

After a while, we got to discussing what our "ideal" would look like. My conclusion was:
--ideally between 6'2" and 6'6"
--medium to dark brown hair
--not pale skin
--medium to think build(but toned)

We both also came to the conclusion that we just want an average guy. We aren't looking for models by any means.

Which led us to wonder...where are the average men of the world?

I dont' know if this post made any sense. It's late. I'm tired.

Peace out...SL

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

what a dream boat

Dear Mr. Wojciechowski,

You are my future husband. The good news is you are 29 and single and I am 24 and single. The bad news is you live in Durham and I live in Chicago. We can work on that.

Your future wife(AKA Stacey Wojciechowski)

Monday, August 08, 2005

Proud to be a Hawkeye

With the first Iowa football game only 26 days away, I am proud to say that I am a Hawkeye. Iowa City, IA was recently selected by The Sporting News as the Number 1 college football city in America...and I couldn't agree more. The school can try to contain our spirit by closing down the Fieldhouse parking lot, but they will never be able will spread to other places like Olive Court. Here's the scoop!

The following story was written by Tom Dienhart of The Sporting News
Go ahead. Call Iowa fans bumblebees. They'll shrug their shoulders, scream louder and hug their Hawkeyes tighter.
That's what it's all about in Iowa City. Hootin'. Hollerin'. And -- most of all -- living and dying Hawkeyes football, all while decked out in black and gold. (Yee-haw to the crazies proud enough to strut in those bib overalls with the vertical black-and-gold stripes!)
But that passion and reverence is only part of why the crown of best college football city is nestled along the Iowa River. The action between the white lines the past three years -- 31-7 record and three consecutive January bowls -- has been unprecedented in these parts, elevating the program to college football's luxury suite. All of this tall corn has offered legendary Hawkeyes radio play-by-play voice Jim Zabel ample opportunity to chortle his favorite refrain: "I love it! I love it! I love it!"
A quaint blip-of-a-burg located a short Drew Tate toss off I-80 in eastern Iowa, this is where you will find King Kirk. (That's coach Kirk Ferentz to you nonbumblebees.) And red-brick Kinnick Stadium -- named for 1939 Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick -- is the X-marks-the-spot of Saturday insanity.
Downtown, bumblebees pour in and out of establishments such as Joe's Place, an Iowa classic. Many fans never make it off their bar stools to the game. A short walk away is Kinnick, where the players trot onto the field hands locked, with the captains in front -- a grand entrance, inspired by Hayden Fry, called the "Swarm." Fitting. About that time, P.A. announcer Mark Abbott trumpets: "Here come the Hawkeyes!"
That's enough to set off the fans lucky enough to be in the stands, where they hope later to sing "In Heaven There Is No Beer" when the game is in hand -- which almost always is the case these days for their Hawkeyes.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Somebody, get me a gun

It may be the worst fashion crime ever commited...SOCKS WITH SANDALS! I just hate it.
Aaron sent me a link for flip flop socks...if you're wearing flip slops, you shouldn't be wearing no socks!
This place needs to be put out of business.
Check it out, it is the ultimate camel toe.

Monday, August 01, 2005

We grill for the thrill

It has almost become a Sunday night tradtion: grilling on the front stoop. You might ask, "Why in the heck is Mel(from Madison, WI) in the picture?" Well, I had to work 7am-330pm today and had 2 messages from Mel. She had been in Cary, IL visitng one of our sorority sisters and had missed her bus back to the land-o-cheese. Megan picked her up while I was at work. We convinced Mel to take an even later bus and stay and grill out with us for dinner. She did and I think she had a good time. It was the best suprise all week to see Mel.

It's my new obsession

On the left is a 22oz soda. On the right is what Jenne and I call "the bucket". It if 44 ounces of amazing fountain Diet Coke fromt he White Hen on Taylor St. We frequently walk there to buy these beasts for a measly $1.25.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

The K-Mart Krazy

Today after eating some delicious Taco Bell Crunch Wrap Supremes, Jenne and I stopped by the ghetto KMart to pick up a few items. We walk in the door and some man is yelling at us..."Here comes Charlie's Angels". Moritified, we walk the whole way around the store to avoid him, only to have to walk back past him later yelling at us "Stylin', smilin', and profilin'."


Saturday, July 30, 2005

The randomness continues

So, as I previously posted, random things are always happening to me. The apartment I currently live in on a road that is just past an exit to get onto the Eisenhower Expressway. The building we live in has security that patrols around in cars. Often the patrol cars sit outside our window, not a big deal. However, almost everyday there is a truck that sits outside our windows and a man a girl sit in it and nap for hours on end, then it drives away. It is very mysterious. Another day, there was a man out there just napping in his car. What I am trying to say, is that there are constantly cars parked outside our living and bedroom windows.

Tonight, we had Megan and Laura over for girls night pizza and after telling them about these cars constantly parked outside our window, my roommate Jenne says "Stace, I think I just saw a guy out there, go look." So I look out our living room window and a guy pulls his car over, walks around the side of it and just starts urinating in the street!!! Baffled, I call the girls over to the window and we all just stare for a half a second. Who does that?

Why do weird and random things always happen around me?

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Now, that's what I call a big building

Someone, not to mention any names (cough...Megan Lee Mulvey) claim that I haven't been blogging much lately. So, here is my most articulate post to date.

Some man named Mert wants to build a really tall building in Chicago. I can't remember the name he wants to name it, but it had the word ham in it(I am on a diet, the only word I remember had to do with food). It looks like a giant birthday candle. It will be 400 feet taller than the world's tallest building in Japan and reach almost a 1/2 mile high.

My message to Mert...your building is ugly. I hope the city doesn't let you build it here. Thanks, Stacey

Monday, July 25, 2005

Ladies, listen up!

It is a well known fact that couples who live together before marriage have a higher divorce rate than those who do not. However, a new study has recently been brought to my attention about couples who live together. While women see it as a step toward marriage, the guys did not. The guys reported "living together" as a substitution for marriage.

Just a little information to think about.

However, I am sure the guys will agree with this and the women will continue making excuses to justify thier actions...that's what they do best when they do irrational things in relationships.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

We like it H-O-T!

Grilling outside the apartment in 110 heat index. The meat sure was good, though. Can't beat grilled meat!!!

Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks

At Busch Stadium in StL on Friday nigth for the Cubs/Cards game. The Cards won in extra was a hot one.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Walker Brother's Band

This is a shout out to one of my favorite bands, The Walker Brothers. The lead singer is my neighbor from home, David Kroll. They played a kick ass show at Big Muddy's on Friday and I danced my heart out to them playing at Reagan and Nick's wedding reception on Saturday. They've opened for Trick Pony and Montgomery Gentry. Check them out if you get a chance.

Hat or Lamp Shade?

This lamp shade came with our apartment. Needless to say, Jenne and I took it down and replaced it with something much more fun. And we thought it would work better for me as a hat. If anyone wants to borrow it the next time they are headed out into the sun, let me know.