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January 31, 2007

A Bears Celebration

There is not much talk of much else other than the game on Sunday.  Bears fever is in full bloom and everyone is so excited at the chance for victory.  Of course, emails are going around reflecting this as well, and I thought I'd share some of them here.

As I've said, we're a Bears town up here, and this is proof.

A Bears Town 

Notice not only the two buildings that have the words, but also the building (the CNA building to be exact) that has the Bear head logo.  Very cool, eh?

There's another storm heading for Florida...

Florida Storm

...and it is called DA BEARS!

The simple, yet appropriate, meaning of COLTS:

C: Count
O: On
L:  Losing
T:  The
S:  Superbowl!

Now, for anyone fact-oriented, here are some interesting tidbits for you.

In honor of the Chicago Bears going to Super Bowl 41, here are 41 things that have changed from the last time the Chicago Bears played in the Super Bowl (which was Super Bowl 20 in 1986):

1.  Brian Urlacher was in 2nd grade. Rex Grossman was in kindergarten.
2.  Peyton Manning was 10 years old. Eli Manning was 5 years old. Their dad, Archie, had just retired from the NFL two years earlier.
3.  Lovie Smith was in his first college coaching job at University of Tulsa.
4.  Ronald Reagan was the President, and Harold Washington was the Mayor.   James R. Thompson was the Governor running for re-election and his office was in the new State of Illinois Center, which is now called the James R. Thompson Center.
5.  George W. Bush was 39 years old and still drinking. His father would run for President two years later.
6.  Rod Blagojevich was just out of law school and was a low-level prosecutor working for the Cook County State's Attorney, Richard M. Daley.
7.  Barack Obama had just moved to Illinois, and Osama bin Laden was fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan.
8.  Red Grange and Sid Luckman were still alive.
9. The Colts had just moved to Indianapolis from Baltimore and were the doormat of the AFC EAST. The Bears were the champions of the NFC CENTRAL.
10. Property in Wicker Park and Bucktown was cheap because they were really bad neighborhoods.
11. CD players, cellular phones and fax machines were expensive,cutting edge technology and only a few people used them.
12. "Surfing the net" meant a volleyball game at the beach, and virtually no one used the "@" key on their TYPEWRITER.
13. Sam Walton was still alive and was wealthier than Bill Gates. Windows were panes of glass...not a computer operating system that was a pain in something that rhymes with glass.
14. The Soviet Union was our main enemy, and Saddam Hussein was our ally.
15. There were no lights at Wrigley Field, and the oldest park in baseball belonged to the White Sox.
16. Michael Jordan and Ozzie Guillen had just finished their "Rookie of the Year" seasons. Jordan's coach was Stan Albeck and Guillen's manager was Tony LaRussa. (Three out of four of those guys are now wearing championship rings, but what ever happened to Stan Albeck???)
17. Soldier Field had AstroTurf. The Houston Oilers played in the AstroDome.
18. The Fox TV Network didn't exist, and ESPN had yet to air a single live pro football, baseball, or basketball game.
19. MTV played music and so did some AM radio stations.
20. Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff weren't born yet; Jackie Gleason and Richard Nixon were still alive.
21. Hillary Clinton had dark hair and was the First Lady......of Arkansas!
22. "The Love Boat" and "Diff'rent Strokes" were still on network TV every week.
23. Martin Luther King Day was about to be celebrated as a National Holiday for the first time. "9-11" was a phone number many cities were just adopting for emergency calls - not a date of terror.
24. I-88 was called "Illinois Rt. 5" and I-355 hadn't been built yet.
25. What the CTA now calls "The Blue Line" had just been extended to O'Hare, and the Orange Line to Midway hadn't been built yet.
26. Q101 played adult contemporary music and most teenagers listened to WLS. Music from the 70s and 80s wasn't "retro" yet.
27. Tiger Woods hadn't won an amateur golf tournament yet.
28. Most people knew Seattle just as a city in the Northwest U.S. - not the home of grunge or Starbucks.
29. Only Southerners went to NASCAR races and only Northerners went to NHL games.
30. The Chicago area had no Wal-Marts, Targets or Home Depots, and Walgreen's was only in the Midwest.
31. Depending on your bank, your ATM card was good at only "Cash Station" machines or only at "Money Network" machines, but there were no fees.
32. "The Phone Company" was Illinois Bell.
33. They still sold leaded gasoline and you couldn't pay for your gas at the pump.
34. Discover Card hadn't been discovered yet, and Miller Genuine Draft hadn't been brewed yet.
35. Stereo TVs were the rage that HDTVs are now. 8-track tapes were still being made.
36. All of the Blockbuster Video stores that are now closing hadn't opened yet. Betamax was still competing with VHS.
37. You paid cash for your groceries and fast food, and you used a travel agent to book airline flights.
38. Bowl games didn't have corporate sponsors, and if the #1 ranked team was in a conference that played in one bowl game and the #2 ranked team was in a conference that played in another bowl game, then so be it! They let the portswriters vote on the national champion. (and no college football games were played after New Year's Day)
39. The Baltimore Ravens were the Cleveland Browns. The Tennessee Titans were the Houston Oilers. The Oakland Raiders were the Los Angeles Raiders that had just left Oakland. The Arizona Cardinals (the former Phoenix Cardinals) were the St. Louis Cardinals, and the St. Louis Rams were the Los Angeles Rams. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, and the Cleveland Browns (not to be confused with the Cleveland Browns that are now the Baltimore Ravens) didn't exist. The Seattle Seahawks (last year's NFC Champions) played in the AFC.
40. Number 9 on the Bears was their Punky QB...not their perky field goal kicker.
41. There were no iPods - just Sony Walkmen - so if you said something about a "shuffle" on your Walkman, they assumed you were listening to "The Super Bowl Shuffle."  

And finally (I hope this works), here is Elvis singing the Bears song.  This should open in a new window using whatever software you have to view videos.

I hope you have enjoyed this little celebration of our Chicago Bears!

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January 25, 2007

Superbowl countdown...

Yeah, here we go.  The countdown to the BIG GAME.  Bigger than many Superbowls of past for many of us, I might add.  Yes, we Chicago Bears' fans remember the last time we had this fun.  Oh, do we.  We made a huge song and dance about it, as well as many Taco Bell commercials (ugh).  If you want to see video, you'll have to go and look it up on You Tube or something yourselves, sorry.  If I had the time to do so, I could go back and scan in pictures of our many Superbowl gatherings over the years.  The main reason is because both Aaron and his dad's birthdays land right around the Superbowl.  And also, it's just fun to watch.  Even if they aren't teams I like, I'll always watch the Big Game.  I'll admit, I also enjoy most of the commercials.  They seemed to have peaked out in comedy (kinda like SNL)...but also like SNL (the Justin Timberlake episode was so funny, I can't bring myself to delete it from the DVR), they are hopefully making a tiny bit of a comeback.  Commercials funny or not, this year, I'm watching it for THE GAME!

I'm so glad so many left comments on the last post.  Quite a few funny comments, I might add.  Thanks guys, and please, keep 'em comin'.  I won't interject any political statements in this particular post, but I will down the road.  And yes, I do realize that all of us Cubs fans do suffer from something...however, I disagree that it's necessarily a bad thing.  How else can you learn such optimism, such preservence, such determination?  Don't mistake fan loyalty for being an idiot.  Some of us were born into it, and to change would just be so wrong.  Besides, things WILL be different this year, right?  ;-)

Ok, this is not a Cubs post, but a Bears post.  This is Bears time!  I have also always been a Bears fan, so there!  Now I can enjoy this and savor every last minute.  And then savor it some more when they are the Superbowl Champions once again!  The kids are enjoying it so much and it's just so much fun to have this time with them as well.

So to conclude, here is my final thought (tee hee):

Go Bears

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January 22, 2007

Da Bears!

Wow, the Bears are going to the Superbowl!!!!!!!!  This is huge, people!  The best part about it is that the whole family can celebrate together.  Aaron, being a St. Louis Cardinals fan and I being a die hard Cubs fan can never agree on baseball.  I was just slightly happy for him when the Cardinals won the World Series last year, but I could not get into it like he did of course.  The Bears, however, is a different story.  I remember so well watching the last time this happened, and it's so exciting to be doing it again!  Aaron has converted from being a Dallas Cowboys fan to being a Bears fan.  This is totally a Bears city up here.  It seems like EVERYONE is a Bears fan and gets so into it.  Not just when they win, either.  It's like a religion.

So we made it!  Bears vs Colts!  It's going to be fun.  We're having some friends over to enjoy the game and hopefully help to cheer the Bears to victory.  Go Bears!

In other news, everyone here has been struck with a nasty cold.  Poor Haley is taking it the hardest at the moment.  I spent my night with her last night as the poor thing tried to sleep.  She's pretty miserable.  At least she doesn't mind when I wipe her nose.

Ok, nothing more for today.  My brain is foggy from lack of sleep and the beginnings of a cold.  However, my spirits are still bright....GO BEARS!!!!  :-D

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January 17, 2007

Carazzy Bloggin'!

(Hmm, my first problem with my blogger.  This is what I could recover from what I wrote, that didn't get published the first time):

Hey, didn't I just post a new entry yesterday? And many of you probably haven't even read it yet! Or maybe you did but it wasn't comment worthy. That's ok, I'll still keep blogging.

I was looking for a picture on my computer and I came across one that was so great, I had to post it to the Picture Album.  Please, go have a look if have the login credentials.  I posted a new one of Haley, but that's not the one I mean.

Aside from that, I thought it might be fun to post some facts about me.  Some you may already know, some you may not.  I will only do 10 to start, but I might add more down the road.  Here's your first 10, in no particular order:

10 Li'l Ole Facts About Me

  1. I used to bowl in college for the official team.  I worked at the bowling alley, too.  I actually got a little bit good at bowling for a while there.
  2. I can no longer bowl, and it has nothing to do with having four children.  This breaks my heart and I still dream about bowling quite frequently (pathetic? maybe, but that's me for ya).
  3. I type 70 words per minute, give or take.  According to this site using their 3 minute test, my gross speed is 76 wpm and net, accounting for errors, is 72 wpm.
  4. I despise elevators and will take the stairs whenever possible.
  5. I met my husband in college.  We worked together and had mutual friends.
  6. We didn't start dating until senior year when HE kissed ME (a debate in our household).  Still not sure how it happened, but glad it did.
  7. My first car was a 1977 Chrysler Cordoba, with its "fine Corinthian leather," 400 cubic inch engine and all.  I paid $800 cash for it after working two jobs all summer, and gosh, I LOVED that car!
  8. I cried when I had to trade in my Cordoba.  She was named G.G., short for gas guzzler.
  9. I can STILL parallel park like a pro.  Thanks no doubt to driving a Cordoba while living in the city (translation: your 'garage' was finding a spot on the street).
  10. My future husband used to slam the doors when he exited the Cordoba.  The doors were big, but such slamming was unnecessary roughness on my baby.  Amazing we hooked up after that flaw of his.  ;-)

Ok, go ahead and comment if you'd like.  I'd love to hear some of yours, and I'll probably post more down the road.

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January 16, 2007

Some Random Thoughts

In case anyone was wondering, yes, I did join the health club.  Only myself and Haley at this point.  I can add and remove the kids from the membership as I need to - right now I will mostly be going when the trio are in school, so I only have to worry about her for the time being.  Down the road, I'll add the others when I know they will go enough to justify the $5/each (every penny counts these days!).  Aaron can use my guest passes (2 a month) for now.  If he will get more involved, then he can join as well.  So, I'm excited about that, and hope that soon I'll be feeling human the majority of the time once more.

Also, if anyone is interested, I added a couple of new pictures in the Picture Album.  I added our family picture to the 2006 section, and the 2007 section is officially up (hint: if you can't see it, just hit "refresh" on your browser).  This means I am going into my 6th year of maintaining my web site.

Now, that all said, I often get random thoughts in my head, so I've decided that every now and then, I'll share them with you.  Feel free to add any of your own in the comments.  Really people, you CAN comment, it's ok.  ;-)


Today's random topic: female jeans. 

Let's start with my newest aggravation first: what in the heck is the deal with "skinny jeans" coming back in style?  Back in grade school, I used to have to sew by hand my Zayre-bought jeans into tapered legs...they were called TAPERED LEGS when I actually HAD skinny legs.  And, the smaller on the bottom, the better.  And god-forbid if you did something too strenuous for the thread (like bend!) and it snapped...it was an emergency necessitating an immediate trip to the girls' room for repair, usually with a safety pin until you got home.  Finally they started making them smaller at the bottom...but then they started going back to bell bottoms (sorry, "flared" bottoms), which is something I swore to my mom I would *never* wear.  Come on, I could barely tolerate the dreaded straight legs, how could I go on to those huge things?  Well, sure enough over time, I began to like them - still not the enormous goofy looking things - but "flared" nonetheless.  Now I can't believe the "skinny" jeans.  At a time when everyone on TV and in the movies are TOO flippin' skinny anyway, someone decides to call tapered jeans, skinny jeans, and they come back in style.  Well hey, I noticed that many of the ridiculous colors we 80's children used to wear are coming back as well.  Heck, I should have kept all that stuff instead of discarding it wondering "what was I thinking?"  Nah, maybe not.

My other issue with female jeans are the sizes.  What kind of moron came up with the system?  Why can't it be more like men's sizing...you know, waist and inseam.  You have your different cuts (relaxed, slim, flat front, whatever) and there you go.  No, we have to have odd sizes for Juniors and even sizes for Misses.  Yes, I did my retail stint at JCPenney's and I know what it is supposed to mean: Juniors have a different cut meant more for the younger crowd.  However, I still cannot pick up my 'usual' size (and by that I mean the same size that fills my current wardrobe) and know it will fit with confidence.  I had great luck with a particular brand but even now they are coming up with too many different "cuts" and they seem to have cut me out.  I will walk in a dressing room with 15 pairs of pants in my usual size and even a size up just in case.  I am lucky if twice a year I can actually find a pair that fits great.  Nowadays they are so low waisted that anyone who has even thought about having a baby can just forget about it.  Now I know after a triplet pregnancy and another baby, the ole bod will never be the same, but come on...all I want is some coverings for my lower half!!!!  I want to be able to bend over to pick up my daughter and not look like the stereotypical plumber.  I don't have a tatoo, so therefore there is no reason that part of my body should be shown to the public.  I just wish that there was a better system for those of us who wear clothes because they are functional, without making me have to switch to elastic polyester pants.  I am starting to understand why those NEVER go out of style.  But seriously, 'those people who make a living out of screwing around with the pants that fit me, are comfortable and actually look flattering as well,' I'm begging you, please come up with a better system for the sizing of these things already!!!


Aren't you glad I *only* type 70 words per minute?  ;-)

To end this reflective, informative and enlightening post, I'll put up a picture to warm your heart.  This is why it's great to share a bedroom with your brother - to have impromtu slumber parties on the floor any random night, which is exactly what this is:

Slumber Party


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January 11, 2007

Time for Change

There are a ton of things I'd love to see changed, but for this particular post, it will be strictly limited to those things that only I can change.  Since the emotional high of the holiday season is now past, it's time to make some changes for me.  I have two incurable but non life-threatening diseases, and they are really giving me a hard time right now - actually they have been increasingly so since I stopped pumping for Haley.  In the past, I have been able to keep the symptoms tolerable with a combination of a lower-carb diet (nothing extreme, just cutting out most, if not all, white sugars and flours) and regular exercise.  The latter used to be easy because I had a gym on-site at work, and could exercise during my lunch hour.  I knew I would miss that part about going in to the office!  But something has to give now.  My problems are not lessening, and in fact probably increasing in intensity (no need to thank me for sparing you the details) with each month.  Not only physically, but now it's screwing with my head.  I'm getting moody, short tempered, down in the dumps, and probably worst of all for me, fatigued.  When you have as much to do in a day as I do, fatigue is a HUGE issue.  So, time for a change.

As scared as I am for our finances, I am going to somehow find a way to join a health club.  This one to be exact, in case anyone else is a member.  It's by far the priciest I've seen, and that's the only bad part.  However, the good parts are plentiful.  The place is incredible.  So clean, so big, and so so family oriented.  That last one is the biggie for me.  Aaron is gone too much and too sporatically for me to rely on him to watch the kids and allow me to exercise.  This place has an incredible child care center which is included in the membership.  They even have computers!  They have an enormous pool complete with waterslides (both indoor AND outdoor), a huge rock climbing wall (and by huge, believe me, I mean gigantic), as well as supplemental activies for the kids on-site (including ballet!).  I've researched all of my options, and given Aaron's schedule, this is really the only thing that will work for me.  And the neat thing is the kids will get a benefit from this as well.

So that's it.  I have to feel better, and this is the only way I know how.  And I'm sure when my jeans get a little looser, I'll be even more happy.  But the real thing is I just need to feel human again.  I know I sounded so happy-go-lucky all holiday season, but this has been brewing in the background and it's just time to do something about it.

Aside from that, things are ok.  The kids were so excited to resume school this past Monday.  I have to enjoy that while it lasts, because I'm sure the day will arrive when I hear groans instead of laughter.  I signed them up for tee-ball again this year, so that will begin in April.  Connor has officially become a football nut and he pretends to play all the time.  I sure hope the Bears win!

I hope your 2007 has been off to a good start!



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