Life / 11.07.2013

We have had such beautiful, albeit humid, weather the past couple of days and last night we decided to take advantage of our location. Payton joined us as we went to Olive Park, located just a block from where we live. We have come here many times and no matter when we go it is always peaceful and quiet. Ironically, Navy Pier is one block south, but you would never know. It's a perfect place for a walk or an afternoon picnic. ...

Series / 10.07.2013

In January my boyfriend and I decided to adopt a puppy and we were lucky enough to come home with Payton. She is a miniature dachshund and is full grown at 8 pounds. With a host of adorable nicknames, little P has been a positive addition to our apartment. Of course there are occasional difficulties, most of which I choose to ignore because she is so damn cute, like chewing on cardboard, shoes, dining room chairs and laundry. She also barks every time we aren’t paying attention to her, a behavior that results in my boyfriend threatening to put her...

Life / 10.07.2013

From the time I was a small child I have had a crippling fear of birds…all birds. I can remember myriad occasions where I made a scene to avoid going near a bird. When my family visited the Tower of London I used my sister as a shield against pigeons and the giant, black ravens that were flying too close to my head. I also remember being on vacation in Mexico and refusing to eat at a restaurant because there was a chicken roaming around. I made my mother stand outside with me while I sobbed, hungry. You’d think that...

Food and Drink, Life / 09.07.2013

My senior year of college I took a wine tasting class and legally fell in love with wine, specifically dry reds. Clearly, wine nights with friends and homemade brownies never occurred; especially not when a new romantic comedy was on DVD. A couple of weeks ago we stumbled across ENO, a wine bar about three blocks from our place. The vast wine selection is destined to please almost anyone and the service was wonderful. Famous for their flights, we each tried a different flight and picked our favorite from each flight to take home. The chocolate flight I had to...

Life / 09.07.2013

Welcome to Living’s as Easy as 312! Because we are in the swing of summer in Chicago, and because I am in between chapters in my life, I decided to start my first blog. I want this blog to capture everything that I love about life and living in Chicago. Growing up in the suburbs, coming to the city was a treat, filled with shopping, museums, and the inevitable stop at the American Girl Store for an outfit one of my four American Girl dolls had to have, like a second ice skating outfit or a helmet for riding the...