Saturday, September 17, 2016

Injuries and Insurance

About a week after we were home from our honeymoon, I cut myself pretty bad with a bread knife. (I was cutting a bagel). I was definitely in shock, very light headed, and woozy. After 30 minutes when the bleeding didn't stop, we looked into urgent care centers. It turns out that my insurance ended their contracts with specific urgent care centers and would accept any urgent care center that would bill Blue Cross Blue Shield. It turned out that none of them would bill my provider because I am associated with a specific hospital and none of the 3 urgent care centers I went to would treat my gaping wound.

I made an appointment with my doctor and I couldn't get an appointment with a hand surgeon, so I had to go to the emergency room to get stitches. It was a very long day. My first trip to the ER as an adult, I think. It is frustrating that I know nothing about my insurance actually covers and what I should do if there is an actual emergency. This is due to 12+ years avoiding the doctor and having a fairly healthy body. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Niagara Falls

After Maine, we drove through Canada and stopped at Niagara Falls. We almost didn't make it through the border because the guy did not understand how we were from Chicago, didn't have any guns or weapons, and were only staying one night in Niagara Falls. Alas, he eventually let us through. (At the next border crossing we explained our honeymoon and it went much smoother.)

We made it to the falls and had an enjoyable 1/2 day before we continued our road trip.

My mom got Nick a Tiger's hat for a wedding present. He's officially a Michigander and part of the family!

Thursday, September 15, 2016


I was really excited about Acadia National Park. I had been looking at photos for months. I was so excited to do some hiking and enjoying the beauty of the park.

We hiked Parkman Peak and were planning to go to Gilmore Peak (the Gilmore Girls theme song was what we chose as our first dance), but I was pooped and it looked so far away. I almost made Nick carry me down the mountain, but I made it on my own two feet.

Acadia is absolutely gorgeous! If you get a chance, you must go!

We thought we were pretty funny with M & N related to our names and our undergraduate institutions. We had several comments about how we survive football season. Nick said, "we root for Michigan, of course!" :)

The view of Jordan Pond on our way to Parkman Peak

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Loving a summer of love

It's been a big summer for me! Nick and I got married in the Washington DC LDS Temple on July 9. It was a wonderful ceremony and a beautiful day. We couldn't have asked for it to be more perfect! I got to marry my best friend and now I get to spend every day and eternity with him! It's more than I ever could have dreamed of!

Between our ceremony and our reception. Super excited!
After the wedding we drove from DC to Maine and enjoyed a few days in nature to explore and soak up the sun! Everything is just to die for gorgeous in Maine!

The Lobster Lounge
 We couldn't leave without getting a taste of Maine lobster!

More to come!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Butter Side Down

Nick requested pumpkin cheesecake for his birthday. I have never made cheesecake before and a friend of mine sent me a pumpkin cheesecake bars recipe that didn't seem to complicated. 

But then Murphy's law happens and the saddest thing occurs. In slow motion (of course) the entire thing falls off of the counter directly onto the floor. You think that for a second, it's going to land right side up, so no harm done. But no. The rule is always butter-side down!

Fortunately, I was only halfway through making it. So I decided if the store two blocks from my house had cream cheese (the only thing I needed to get more of), I would continue to make the cheesecake. (And cream cheese there was cheaper than at the store I normally go to, so win!)
The final product
Sometimes life is when everything you're doing falls on the floor and is ruined. But you can still salvage it!

Happy end of June!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Start of Chicago Summer!

Summer in Chicago is exciting with a lot of activities, concerts, festivals, movies, and the great outdoors. We've all been sequestered inside our homes all winter and we really need to get out and enjoy the time that we have to get outside.

On Sunday, two members of my church congregation were playing in a free outdoor concert at Millennium Park. The concert was Mahler's Resurrection and it was pretty fabulous. 

We grabbed our picnic blanket, some cookies, and some games to hit the grass and experience some amazing music at the same time. 

Happy to be outside and not freezing!

Working on our goofy faces

Saturday, May 28, 2016


I love it when I get visitors! Especially when the visitor is Lynn! We were counting back to see when the last time we saw each other and we lamented that it had been SIX MONTHS since we'd seen each other around Thanksgiving. That is just unacceptable. Also, she hadn't been to Chicago since I bought my condo, so we had to remedy the situation.

Lynn came to hang out. Normally, when people come, I plan a lot of touristy-type things, an architecture tour, etc. However, Lynn and I just wanted to hang out, watch tv and catch up. That's when you know you're with your BFF! You just want to hang out and eat ice cream rather than see the sights!

A new hatless photo to add to our collection
Since it was gorgeous the entire weekend, we went to Montrose beach to take in Lake Michigan. Lynn crushed it at Skip-Bo like she is wont to do. I'll get her next time. ;)

We had to rep the homeland D! And add another hatted photo to our photo roll.
It wouldn't be time with Lynn without sports. So we went to a White Sox game. They weren't playing Detroit or anything, but we wore our Detroit hats anyway. 

Another successful weekend in the books. And we have plans to see each other several times over the next few months. So there won't be a 6 month void any time soon.