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Sad Dayz Ahead

Just when we think the economy has hit rock bottom, it seems to get worse. More companies are issuing pink slips everyday. With that being noted, how in the world do I expect to find a job? It's out of my hands apparently. Which makes me begin to wonder how I can take control of my own situation. Because if I sit and wait for an offer to come my way, I could be entering retirement before I'm permanently employed again.

Let me start by saying this: track number two featured on PTT's Club One Secret Affair is H-O-T! Seriously, I just returned from the gym where this dance tune by a former disco diva, and remixed by my favorite Chicago DJ (who I hope to have spin at my 40th down the road), gave me tingles over and over and over and over and over again. It's that good. I'm sure other club goers were like, "What's he on?" Check it out HERE.

Can U Believe It?

It's hard to imagine that the sitcom Laverne & Shirley debuted 30 years ago this week. And, it finished as the top-rated show in prime time (ahead of it's parent series Happy Days). Though I was only 8, I remember it well.

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
Schlemiel, schlimazel, Hasenpfeffer incorporated.

We're gonna do it!
Give us any chance, we'll take it.
Give us any rule, we'll break it.
We're gonna make our dreams come true.
Doin' it our way.
Nothin's gonna turn us back now,
Straight ahead and on the track now.
We're gonna make our dreams come true,
Doin' it our way.
There is nothing we won't try,
Never heard the word impossible.
This time there's no stopping us.
We're gonna do it.
On your mark, get set, and go now,
Got a dream and we just know now,
We're gonna make our dream come true.
And we'll do it our way, yes our way.
Make all our dreams come true,
And do it our way, yes our way,
Make all our dreams come true
For me and you.

Once again, you're getting a Club One Secret Affair in real time - as I'm listening to the fourth release by this kitty group remixed by Dave Aude. This one definitely has a bite. Check out their "Soda Can" single with an incredible dancefloor build HERE!. I'm sure the boys will hear this one in Miami on Sunday night along with I Hate This Part at the Beach Party. Too bad I won't be there to point it out (as I always do).

Missing U

We get asked quite often if there's anything we miss about Europe. Definitely. There's a growing list that started with the friends we made but now encompasses more of those small details from our daily lives.

Yesterday, as I sat on a subway train that smelled like wet dog, I missed the clean cars from Munich where nobody littered and there wasn't remnants of black snow on a dirty floor.

Random Thought

Am I the only one who thinks word "fabulous" is completely overused by everyone and everybody?

Just Jesse

Jesse Pavelka can't be super all of the time. Just like Superman, he needs an alter ego. Besides, he's just too darn adorable in this picture. So today, no cape, no mask, just Jesse.

Better Than Fridays

I've been a big fan of the Saturdays for more than six months now. The UK girls group, and their producers including the masterminds behind Rihanna's latest, have crafted a poptastic compilation of uptempo tunes. And now, according to initial reports, the girls are rumored to be planning an American invasion. I say with the success of Lady Gaga, radio may just give them a chance. Go HERE to listen and watch why I say the Saturdays deserve the attention.

Snuggies R A Success!

I made fun of the Snuggie a few months back. Well, the "robe you wear backwards" has sold 4MM units. Apparently, the goofy advertising worked! Now I'm thinking it was intentional as we all thought it was funny and shared it with our friends and family. But what I find interesting is that, even though we laughed, the company sold 4MM Snuggies!

Kelly Clarkson Does It Again

I enjoy Kelly Clarkson's new song, My Life Would Suck Without You (as does the rest of America as it makes the biggest jump to #1 leaping from 97 to the top spot this week). Sure, it's not a giant step forward in terms of creative development. But the song returns the former winner of American Idol back to her pop roots after experimenting with a new sound on her last release, My December.

I do find it funny, however, that she's getting good reviews for the track - even though it sounds like a sister release to Since U Been Gone. I remember when Madonna was slammed by Billboard Magazine back in 1987 for Causing A Commotion and its lack of originality (yes, I was a music freak back then - arriving to work at Musicland at least 30 minutes before I was scheduled to start my shift so could sit in the back and read Billboard Magazine).

The Housing Report

Heck, do I feel like posting? Not really as I just returned from a three hour meeting downtown for our permit. Fortunately, I bumped into my friend Tom who gave me a ride. Otherwise, I would have had to take public transportation downtown in addition to my return.

As for the permit, our construction drawings are now with the city. A panel of experts will review and get back to us with any additional questions. If they have some, our architect must meet with them to address their concerns. If not, then Ernest, our project manager, will call me with the good news. But even then, I need to ensure we provide documentation that answers his questions - as he has six. They aren't bad, but they do exist.

So now we wait. It could take up to four weeks for the process to be completed. But again, since the economy is in the crapper, the City Hall's work load isn't too heavy. As Ernest said on my way out the door, "You're lucky." I guess we'll see.

David Zinczenko's Meteoric Rise

I just found out that the editor of Men's Health, David Zinczenko, is only around 38 years old. Even more amazing is the fact that he was named Editor-in-Chief of the magazine at the age of 30. Amazing.

Just Cuz...

Why We're Xploring Carpet Tiles

We've ditched the idea of having stained concrete floors with heat in our basement (originally conceived as a way to make cleaning up pet mishaps easy and quick). We couldn't justify the $30K price tag. Now we're back to carpet. But because we have one dog and one cat, we're exploring the installation of tiles instead of traditional carpet. They can look just as nice but can be replaced if cat vomit, like the picture below, ends up soaking in a bit.

Today's Club One Secret Affair is hot off the press as I'm currently listening to the mix. From the first few beats I knew I'd be a fan. Besides that, Digital Dog lately seems to impress everytime. Check out their latest mix for a teenage country crooner with pop sensibilities HERE.

Time 4 a Change?

I just noted the blog's header. I'm thinking now that we're back, I need to incorporate a shot of Chicago - that or of a trip we don't have planned down the road.

Blending It All Away

Today was an exciting day as it was the first time I used our new BlendTec blender for shakes. Over the past four weeks, we've been mixing our protein creations in a standard drink blender. Not only did the motor pierce my eardrums, it was difficult to clean. Now, with the BlendTec, we can throw in the world and it comes out smooth and creamy (even chicken for those of you who have followed along over the years).

Not that it had to work hard today. I'm out of steel cut oatmeal. So instead, I used Cheerios. And since babies suck on those, it didn't take much to blend it all together.

Today's Blend
One Cup Vanilla Protein
8 oz. POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice
One Cup Original Cheerios
One Cup Frozen Blueberries
2 Tbs. Flaxseed
1 Tsp. Glutamine
1 Tsp. BCAA
1 Tsp. Creatine
8 Oz. Water

Note: Makes Two Servings - one before the gym and one after.

Lemonade Anyone?

I'm not sure how I'm going to find a job if this continues to happen. Marketing is always one of the first functions to go. Maybe I should set up a lemonade stand on the street corner. Though, in this climate, it would be more like a lemonade popsicle stand. That, and my nose would fall off due to frost bite.

Gym Jumping

In between writing about McDonald's Food, I'm sitting here contemplating dumping my current gym, Lakeview Athletic Club, for another fitness center. I have a few options including jumping over to Lakeview's sister club Lincoln Park Athletic Club or returning to Fitness Formula Club. Unfortunately, none of them are perfect. But I'm not sure if my current pumping situation is ideal for motivating me to perform at my best.

Lakeview Athletic Club is new. It's clean. And I have loyalty to the gym. But, sadly enough, there's no energy at the club. It's dead. There are a few people wandering around. But there's no energy. And part of going to the gym is the vibe you collect from those around you. As for Lincoln Park, it definitely feels different - more along the lines of what I'm hoping to find. But for now, and down the road, it's a bit more out of the way. Finally, there's Fitness Formula Club. It's older and the locker room is somewhat scary. But out in the open, in the weight room and cardio room, you can feel the electricity. Not only are there more men to keep me motivated, it just feels better. Besides that, most of my friends are members. So which do I chose?

Based on money, I should stick with Lakeview as we receive partner benefits. And over the next six months, it's right around the corner. But considering I spend so much time at the gym, I need to feel welcomed. So just like on HGTV's House Hunters, which one will I chose?

The Meaning of Alyssa

What's up with the name Alyssa? We just finished watching an "Alyssa" win the US Figure Skating Championship. I thought she looked like Alyssa Milano. And now that we're watching Family Guy, Brian just walked up to a girl in high school and called her Alyssa. So, I ask again, "What's the significance with the name Alyssa?"

Jesse Pavelka - My Super Dude

My quest to cast Jesse Pavelka as the new gay superhero by Stan Lee basically became meaningless last week when I realized the new super dude is in high school. But that won't stop me from playing around with the hot host from Lifetime's soon-to-be-concluded DietTribe.

If your music career is in the dumps, partner with an R & B/Hip Hop star to ignite interest in your work. That must be the mentality of the latest artist to be featured on PTT. Not that I mind. I actually like the ORIGINAL mix. But, I like the dance remixes even better - and there are two. The FIRST is of the house flavored variety by a remix team who's been busy pumping out jams for almost every artist this year. I'm not sure of the SECOND'S credentials, but their style is a bit more electro with an edge. For the gym, I prefer the latter. But for house parties, go for the first!

Slim "Shadys"

Today we went hunting for appliances. Let me say this. When shopping for higher end stuff, such as Viking, it becomes more like buying a car. Not only because it costs as much, but because the salespeople can be just as shady.

Take Abt in Chicago for example. We walk in with a quote. The "floor manager," Mal, says he can beat it by $1,000. So he takes us back, sits us down, and starts to crunch numbers. In the end, he could only go lower than Grand Appliance by $20. In addition, he had to do some creative math to get us a "rebate" once the items were delivered in May. So, we tell him we need to think about it. We leave and call Grand Appliance as we wanted to keep our word to advise them of our decision.

In the end, we bought from Grand Appliance as our faith in Abt and Mal dropped everytime we repeated something he said. As I told Mal, "You knew you couldn't beat it when you pulled us into the backroom." Well, Mal, let me tell the world, "Dishonesty didn't pay for you today."

Zipping Around

Because I don't have a car, and don't plan to buy one until I get a job, I'm thinking about joining ZipCar in Chicago. Essentially, it's a pay-as-you-use type of program. And since I'll need a car to run errands for the house, it's much cheaper than taking taxis (as I'll have multiple stops). Besides, this way I'll get to have some afternoon delight in a Mini-Cooper.

Not 2 Bad!

I was in and out of the Chicago Zoning office today in one hour and 50 minutes. Waiting until later in the day was well worth it.

Our design firm instructed us that we needed to legally advise our neighbors of the work to be completed on our house. So, last month I forwarded emails, followed by hard copies, that let them know how the house will be changing. Our neighbors to the south signed and returned the documents without questions. Our neighbors to the north, however, still have the letters in hand after asking for further details. And now today, they're talking to our architect. Apparently, they think they have the right to further explore their involvement in our plans. Wrong. We are required by the city to advise them of construction, not to source any type of approval. But of course, they have to be difficult. What the hell?

The Housing Report - My Quest for Zoning Approval

I think every city government has issues. Tomorrow, I have to go down to city hall to get approval on our zoning plans for the house. I'm advised to arrive at 6 a.m., two hours before they open, so 30 or so people aren't before me. Then again, I'm also told it may not be as busy as nobody is applying for permit. However, I digress. What's so "back-ass-backwards" is that our architect already sat down with the City of Chicago on December 4th to review the plans. Unfortunately, the outcome was never entered into the system. So, we have to start from scratch. This is even after we've made note of a signed document in our possession that reflects the original meeting, the reviewers notes, etc. Talk about a waste of time.

And I Try

Today, in this heatwave of weather we call 36 degrees, I try to meet the gas company at our home. One more time, I'll hope that they call before the arrive - giving me ample time to drive a few blocks to let them in. But, there's no guarantee. Apparently, the gas company doesn't care if you sit, wait and freeze.

Obama Vows 2 Support the LGBT Community

I was hoping President Obama yesterday would make note of his support of the LGBT community. He didn't. But, according to the new White House website, President Obama vows he'll fight for the following:

- Expand Hate Crimes Statutes: In 2004, crimes against LGBT Americans constituted the third-highest category of hate crime reported and made up more than 15 percent of such crimes. President Obama cosponsored legislation that would expand federal jurisdiction to include violent hate crimes perpetrated because of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical disability. As a state senator, President Obama passed tough legislation that made hate crimes and conspiracy to commit them against the law.

- Fight Workplace Discrimination: President Obama supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and believes that our anti-discrimination employment laws should be expanded to include sexual orientation and gender identity. While an increasing number of employers have extended benefits to their employees' domestic partners, discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace occurs with no federal legal remedy. The President also sponsored legislation in the Illinois State Senate that would ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

- Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples: President Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples. Obama also believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions. These rights and benefits include the right to assist a loved one in times of emergency, the right to equal health insurance and other employment benefits, and property rights.

- Oppose a Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage: President Obama voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2006 which would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman and prevented judicial extension of marriage-like rights to same-sex or other unmarried couples.

- Repeal Don't Ask-Don't Tell: President Obama agrees with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John Shalikashvili and other military experts that we need to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The key test for military service should be patriotism, a sense of duty, and a willingness to serve. Discrimination should be prohibited. The U.S. government has spent millions of dollars replacing troops kicked out of the military because of their sexual orientation. Additionally, more than 300 language experts have been fired under this policy, including more than 50 who are fluent in Arabic. The President will work with military leaders to repeal the current policy and ensure it helps accomplish our national defense goals.

- Expand Adoption Rights: President Obama believes that we must ensure adoption rights for all couples and individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation. He thinks that a child will benefit from a healthy and loving home, whether the parents are gay or not.

- Promote AIDS Prevention: In the first year of his presidency, President Obama will develop and begin to implement a comprehensive national HIV/AIDS strategy that includes all federal agencies. The strategy will be designed to reduce HIV infections, increase access to care and reduce HIV-related health disparities. The President will support common sense approaches including age-appropriate sex education that includes information about contraception, combating infection within our prison population through education and contraception, and distributing contraceptives through our public health system. The President also supports lifting the federal ban on needle exchange, which could dramatically reduce rates of infection among drug users. President Obama has also been willing to confront the stigma — too often tied to homophobia — that continues to surround HIV/AIDS.

- Empower Women to Prevent HIV/AIDS: In the United States, the percentage of women diagnosed with AIDS has quadrupled over the last 20 years. Today, women account for more than one quarter of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses. President Obama introduced the Microbicide Development Act, which will accelerate the development of products that empower women in the battle against AIDS. Microbicides are a class of products currently under development that women apply topically to prevent transmission of HIV and other infections.

Down Goes American Idol

I was going to watch American Idol tonight and blog. But quite honestly, I don't care about the show during the audition phase. And, according to overnight ratings, I'm not the only one. Last night's broadcast was down 25% against 2008. So, either the producer's learn we care more about Hollywood and the Top 12, or more people will stop watching - never to return.

Gym Tales - Chicago

As I'm sitting here looking out across the alleyway at my gym, I'm thinking about defecting back to the club we visited upon our arrival to Chicago. Sure, Lakeview is cleaner. But, there's no vibe in the club. There's no motivation. Besides that, I have yet to see more than one attractive man who gives me the motivation to keep pumping iron.

The Super Jesse Pavelka

With only a few episodes of DietTribe remaining to air on Lifetime, I'm still trying to hunt down ratings numbers for the show that can only be described as "lame." In the meantime, however, I'll continue to push for Jesse Pavelka to star in the new gay superhero drama being created by Stan Lee set to appear on Showtime. Though, now that I'm learning more about the program, Jesse is too old to play a high school student. That won't stop be from posting hot pics of Jesse in a mask however.

The Lowdown on American Idol

PTT's lowdown on the eight featured contestants from this week's American Idol:

(1) Tatiana from Puerto Rico can sing, but her over-the-top act won't garner her many votes as it's purely for show. Quirky yes. Real. No.

(2) Dean Anthony (in his plaid coat) reminded me of Calibos from Clash of the Titans

(3) Jesus is like "buttons and kittens." Should that get him through to Hollywood? Um, no.

(4) James Smith looked like Liza Minnelli in his sparkly black number.

(5) "Akeela" came from the wrong rectum. Which one was that?

(6) Annie looked line a Japanese Anime character

(7) Adam and his David Cook hair may represent the gays proudly (unlike last year's "nelly" top 12 comic relief).

(8) Kai wins the "calling 4 a makeover" award for the evening. Give the guy a haircut and Miss America showmanship and he could pull in the ladies.

Tonight's Dinner

Tonight, I'm trying for the first time Green Giant's Valley Fresh Steamers Cheesy Broccoli & Rice (unfortunately, no picture was available so the broccoli and cheese variety will have to do). Since I hate to cook, popping this bag gilled with long grain rice, broccoli and a low fat cheese sauce makes dinner easy. Combine this side dish choice with Shake N' Bake chicken strips, and I have a healthy meal in under 5 minutes prep time.

The Housing Report

After spending the past few days scoping out contractors work, including today's visits to three homes, Chris and I finally selected a contractor for our property. In the end, we chose the contractor our architect and design firm recommended. Sure, he was more expensive (not by much however). But knowing the relationship he has with our firm, and the somewhat guaranteed time and money savings this collaboration should net, combined with his craftmanship I saw today, I think we'll be happier when the project is completed. Next up? The shelling out of dough. That's the "not-so-fun" part.

Today's Thoughts...

I'm headed to the gym, though, I feel as though I should stay home and watch the inauguration. Then again, right now, it's a bunch of useless banter with Al Roker. I'm hoping to have my leg workout complete by 10:30 so I can jump on the treadmill to watch Obama officially be sworn in as the 44th President. I'd go to the gym later, but I have three homes to review this afternoon so we can finally make a decision on a contractor and get the ball rolling.

I heard a remix to this week's Club One selection on Saturday night at Mini-Bar in Chicago. When I did, I thought, "Huh?" Because it sounded pretty good. And, from what I knew, there wasn't any notifications of official remixes. Well, turns out today a few have leaked - all from one mega DJ who was big in the 90s. His time has come and gone, but apparently Britney's team thought he was good enough for her "three ring" affair. Check out the best of the three HERE. Oh heck, check out the other two and make a decision for yourself. TWO. THREE.

PTT wants to give a shout out to Willem in Zurich! Great 2 know UR still onboard!

All Packed Up in Munich

Chris headed back to Munich on Saturday. Today, he watched as mover's packed our Munich flat. I can't help but to feel sad as I literally see "one door close."

People Smokin' Crack

I'm not sure what crack People's Gas in Chicago is smoking, but to expect someone to sit in a sub zero house for four hours, waiting for the technician, is crazy. Today, I was to meet People's Gas anytime between 11 and 3:30. I simply asked for a phone call prior - which they did. But, it was at the time they were at our front door. Which, you can only imagine, didn't give me enough time to show up. So, they left. After I complained, the customer service representative stated it was simply a courtesy and not something the company is required to do. I'm sure you can only imagine what wanted to roll off my tongue.

The Evolution of Boystown

Last night was the first night I officially went out in Chicago since moving back four weeks ago. And what I saw surprised me. As we entered Mini-Bar, not only were there girl go-go dancers gyrating alongside the wall, the crowd was very mixed - straight and gay.

Not that I care. But it's amazing to me how much boystown in Chicago has changed in just under under four years. The straights don't mind mixing with the gays. In fact, I have a feeling the straight men like to be given the attention - as long as their arms are interlocked with their girlfriends. If anything, it sure adds a different vibe to the room. I suppose in a few years the term "boystown" will seem so yesterday. In fact, it probably already is.

Mall Cop Steals America's Attention Span

Good 2 know I'm not the only one who thinks Mall Cop looks funny. Sure, it could swing either way (being really funny or horribly wrong), but it "peaked" my interest. And, it seems as though America agrees as opened strong Friday with $9.7M with an expected weekend to be over $30M. I'm sure Mall Cop 2 is already in the works.

UPDATE: Apparently, my lack of quotes around "peaked" piqued my cousin's interest to make note of my play on words. Next time, I'll be more subtle - or direct I suppose.

It's Friday! To celebrate, take a listen to the latest from a former Disney teen queen. I featured her a few weeks back. But with her latest release being remixed by Digital Dog, a production team who's working their magic on some of my latest faves by the likes of the Saturdays (for example), I thought a one-two punch wasn't such a bad idea. Check it out HERE.

Speaking of Shirtless

Time for another push for Jesse Pavelka as the new gay superhero being developed by Stan Lee.

Lipstick Still Has Life

NBC hasn't officially cancelled Lipstick Jungle. I repeat, NBC hasn't officially cancelled Lipstick Jungle. Looks as though Robert Buckley won't have to jump to more shirtless scenes on Lifetime just yet.

The Housing Report

I received a call tonight from the third contractor. He's promised to get us numbers by Saturday. So, we'll see then if the other two tried to take advantage of us, or if all three are in line. According to the third, everyone is very hungry. That's what we thought. But what hunger equates to dollars is the unknown for now. All I know is we're watching the budget very closely - especially now that we're back in America and no longer on expat conveniences.


Chicago has had mild winters since we moved to Europe three years ago. When we arrived in Paris in 2005, it was one of the hottest on record. Munich had one of the coldest summers when we landed in 2007. It only makes sense then that Chicago is the coldest it has been in a decade and it has had the most consecutive days of snow since records began in 1884. I can only imagine what's next. A blistering summer perhaps?

Ross the Intern and His Funny Globes

This Ross the Intern Golden Globes bit, from The Tonight Show, has to be one of his funniest to date. His comebacks are genius. And unlike Ryan Seacrest, Angelina at least gives Ross a second glance.

Birds Attack

I don't like to fly. Now, because of today's plane crash, I'm forced to think about one additional catastrophe scenario when flying: an in air collision with a flock of seagulls. Ugh.

Blogging Live: US Airways Plane Crashes

It's being reported that US Airways flight 1549 has crashed into the Hudson river due to a double bird strike. Passengers were sent fleeing for safety into the icy waters. Fortunately, there were no casualties as many had listened to the attendants instructions in case of an emergency.

So let this be a lesson to those who talk to their neighbors and read newspapers during the emergency demonstration. Shut up and pay attention. Because if you don't, and you're in my way, I won't think twice about stepping over you to escape the plane.

I Heart Radio

If you're like me, you want to listen to the radio so you keep connected with what's new in music. Because even though it seems radio plays the same song over and over again, it's ingrained into my mind that Radio is where you should turn for the latest and greatest tracks. And because I don't have a car, and our "rented" tuner doesn't get good reception at home, I'm not able to listen throughout the day.

So, I was excited to learn of the iHeartRadio application for my iPhone. Now I can listen to radio stations, including Kiss FM, on my phone, and on my Bose player at home. They even have a "Pride" station. Sure, you're subjected to commercials and mindless radio banter, but again, it makes me feel as though I'm not losing touch with the kids these days. I'd hate to be one of those geezers that say, "Britney who?"

Morning Mixtures

When we met our friends out for Sunday brunch last weekend, I was explaining to one of them the protein shakes I create every morning. And considering I just wrote him a note this morning about what's inside the mix, I thought I'd share with everyone else in case you're looking for a before and after workout shake that's loaded with sustaining carbs, quality protein, antioxidants and muscle building supplements. Now of course, if you're trying to lose weight, you'd want to adjust the carb/calorie intake. But considering I'm trying to build gradually, I need the additional ingredients. Enjoy!

8 oz. water
8 oz. POM Wonderful Pom. Juice
1 Actimel (Vanilla)
2 cups Oatmeal
1/2 cup Blueberries
1 cup Protein
2 tbsp. Flax Meal
1 tsp. Creatine
1 tsp. Glutamine
1 tsp. BCAA

My Quest Continues

Maybe if I post enough hot pictures of Jesse Pavelka wearing little to nothing, with a small black hero mask, the producers of the new Stan Lee gay comic serial will take notice. This way, Jesse can dump DietTribe and move onto something more revealing.

AI in 5

It's about time Kansas got some love. Why must all the bad ones be big girls? These contestants seriously need a makeover. The guitar girl has a Kelly Clarkson vibe while the mom of three has a bit of Etta James inside. Funny how I can recap a two hour show in less than five sentences.


In Chicago, we refer to house with two apartments, or condos. as a two flat. It never occurred to me that it's similar to Europe where one refers to their space as a flat, not an apartment or condo.

My Vote is 4 Jesse

The Sun is reporting that comic book icon Stan Lee is developing a gay superhero to premiere on US television. Accompanying the article is someone's interpretation of what the superhero may look like. Um, no. Instead, I'd say cast Jesse Pavelka considering DietTribe is a mess of a show.

It Doesn't Suck

If you haven't heard Kelly Clarkson's new single, My Life Would Suck Without You, check it out below. Sure, it's better than her last effort. But for someone who was trying to move her career and sound forward, she returns to the formula that is Dr. Luke and Max Martin. Not that it's a bad thing. It's guarantees her radio play and a hit. But you'd think My Life was the twin sister of Since U Been Gone. It's missing a bridge, and I hear where it could have been inserted, but who am I to question the master work of the geniuses behind some of the biggest pop hits of the last 10 years?


I'm sitting here watching it snow and I'm thinking, "Will it never end?" Usually, we have a winter escape trip on the books - giving us something to look forward to. This year? Nothing. So, I have a feeling the sunless calendar spells impending doom. Doom I say. Doom.

The Wheels R Turning

Talk about a day. It all started with a planned call with Europe for a project we hope to start this week. From there, I used Facebook to find a new contractor who we're meeting tonight. I also secured an interview for tomorrow as well as our closing documents for our house refinance. Throw in a few hours at the gym and I can honestly say I've had a very productive day.

Joel Rush and the Train Wreck That is True Beauty

I didn't think I'd do it. But I did. I gave ABC's True Beauty another shot last night. And sure enough, it was like watching a train wreck. But that doesn't stop me from appreciating Joel Rush, one of the contestants. Check out some of his modeling shots courtesy of Hudson Wright and OhLaLa. And if you want even more, go HERE.

Cooped in Chicago

I didn't think not having a car in Chicago would be problematic. After all, the Windy City has an amazing public transportation system. But now that we're here, and it's 5 degrees outside, the last thing I want to do is walk six blocks to the train. And since I'm not a fan of bus hopping to find my way around town, I have a feeling it could become a very long winter. I'm already feeling somewhat like a chicken stuffed in a coop.