Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Gone But Not Forgotten Chief Illiniwek Shirt

 I'm loving my new Chief Illiniwek shirt.  Nice way for the athletic department to cash in on the Chief without really using the Chief!

Thanks, Nat!

Monday, April 07, 2014

First Buds Breaking Through - 2014

Most every year, I document the return of the peonies in our yard, but this post isn't about that.  Hopefully, I'll get to that later this month when they emerge.

This post, is rather, about this unknown bulb poking through the mulch.  I don't quite remember what it is, but give us a few weeks and we'll know!  Our yard is finally emerging from it's long winter's slumber.  I've gone out and done poop patrol once, but as we start to play more in the backyard with the girls, I'm going to have to get back out there and clean up even more.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

St. Lawrence University Letterman's Jacket

I came across this jacket in the basement of an estate sale in Elmhurst over the weekend.  They wanted just $2 for it, but I couldn't pull the trigger.  Had never heard of St. Lawrence University.  A quick Google search tells you it is in upstate New York.  The house had a lot of artistic items in the Estate Sale - including paintings.  The jacket made a long trip both from New York, but also from way back in 1956.  Hopefully, someone else found it and it found a nice home and not in the bottom of a dumpster.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Participating in the Process - The Girls Helping Us Vote for Tom Cross for Treasurer

We start 'em young at the Parrillo household.

If you read our family blog (which you most likely don't!), you've seen a few of the photos over the years of the girls on this very important day in our house:  election day.  I think I've chronicled (over there) every time we've taken them to the polls.

For some history from this blog:

Here's a photo of the Babe back in 2010 when she voted for the 2nd time.

And here's the first time The Babe came to the polling place back in 2010 when she was just a month old.

After all these years of supporting Tom Cross, we got our first chance to vote for him on the ballot.  It felt nice!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Why I'm Voting for Tom Cross for Illinois Treasurer on Tuesday

Tuesday, March 18th is Primary Election Day here in Illinois.  And while most of the attention in Illinois has been focused on the Illinois Governor's race between Bruce Rauner, Kirk Dillard, Dan Rutherford and Bill Brady, there is an equally important primary race being waged for Illinois State Treasurer.

On Tuesday, I implore you to ask for a Republican ballot and cast your vote for Tom Cross for Illinois State Treasurer.

I've had the pleasure of knowing Tom for more than a decade and having worked directly for him for about half of that time.

Head over to his website to learn more about his campaign.   Or check out this graphic to see what else others in Illinois politics have to say about Tom Cross.

But know this:  there isn't a more hardworking, honest or loyal man on the ballot.

The Illinois Republican Party is waging a battle between so-called 'platform conservatives' and people who want to expand the 'big tent' and bring in more voters based on smaller government and personal liberties.   Tom Cross is exactly the kind of candidate the Republican Party needs to win more votes and take these statewide races.

This race is a battle for who we - as Republicans in Illinois - want to be.

Bottom line:  I consider Tom Cross a friend and know he'd do a great job as our State Treasurer.

He's earned my vote.

He's also earned the Chicago Tribune endorsement when they said:
"Tom Cross has been one of the more conscientious people in state government, a social moderate and fiscal conservative. In 12 years as House minority leader he provided a consistent Republican counterweight to the Democratic majority, but also showed he could work with the opposition. He was an early proponent of pension reform and negotiated and co-sponsored a substantial reform package with Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. They passed it in the House, only to see it stall in the Senate."
On Tuesday, I hope he'll earn your vote too.

Friday, March 14, 2014

This Year's Easter Bunny Mold - 2014

We're going to get started this weekend with the water putty.  This guy is 'vintage-y' looking, so he'll fit right in with some of the past year's editions.

Here's the mold we used in 2013.
Here's the mold we used in 2012.
Here's the mold we used in 2011.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Vintage White Sox "Home Savings & Loan" Bank

We picked up this kids bank at Affordable Antiques some time last year but we had to wait until this Spring to give it the intended target:  my brother-in-law.

He's a hardcore Sox guy and also has an appreciation for old stuff, so it was a perfect fit.  

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Microwave Bag For Potatoes?

Seems crazy to me to buy a $10 bag to stick your potatoes in so you can microwave them.  Wouldn't a paper towel wrapped around it do the same thing?

While I was waiting to pick up a photo at Walgreens, I looked at all these "As Seen on TV" items.  The burger stuffer seems promising?!?
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