Monday 28 May 2018

Top TV scheduling

Watched the Caddy Shack documentary last night, then recorded Vacation doc.  Brilliant!

Unfortunately this didn't have Chevy or Murray in it.

Chevy was in this though!

More pool time

We took another dip in the pool yesterday morning, at 9am people were already setting up for a session of sunbathing.  It was like a Mediterranean resort. The pool's been great, I think we might pop along again this morning,

Good game, shame about the result (keeper)

I watched the Champions League final on Saturday afternoon in an Irish sports bar 2 mins from my apartment.  I got there 30 mins before kickoff and a good thing too.  By the time of kickoff the place was rammed and every screen in the place had the game on.

The atmosphere was great with most of the customers supporting Liverpool.

I thought we had a chance at one point but when Salah got injured part way through the first half the signs were there that it was not going to be our day. We did well coming back to 1-1 and then there was nothing we could have done about Bale's first goal.  2 of the other goals however were ridiculous.  Karius has been fine all season but nothing spectacular, he made one terrible mistake by gifting Benzema with a goal and then totally misjudged a speculative shot and let it in.

He wasn't solely to blame, and lets give Real Madrid some credit, afterall they are a very good side.  It's been an exciting year as a Liverpool fan.  Well done lads.  Now where's that reload button?

Friday 25 May 2018

Remote RPGing is tough

And it's harder still having to juggle Flo at the same time.  To top it off the gmail video session we had open kept failing so we ended up having to whatsapp.

Face plant

I put Flo in her cot on Wednesday to get a few minutes break, she was happy playing with her toys.  I checked in on her 5 minutes later and there she was fast asleep with her face planted in her fluffy rabbit.

Final pay day today

I've just had my final pay after the redundancy.  My bank account is looking pretty healthy.  It was good anyway as i've not really had to spend much since being here.  It will be a while till I have to dip into my overdraft again.

This gives us some nice breathing space before I need to get back into the work force.

Who knows what i'll do?  Suggestions in the comments below.  Sensible ones only...

Too hot for Clarks

This was the view from our walk earlier today.  The weather's really picked up these last couple of days.  I think 31C at one point today so we've sheltered inside for a bit.

Heading out later to meet April after work for drinks with her work collegues.  It's still going to be too hot for a sweaty Clark.

Tuesday 22 May 2018

Looks like the weather is going to pick up soon

After a not so great week, it's due to get pretty warm soon

Monday 21 May 2018

Doh! My own joke has come back to bite me.

 We've so far found 3 / 8 of them. Thanks Lesley

Laser Snake or old man grumpy

Bought some beers for me and Mr P on Friday. Can you guess which ones are for me?

Dive bar Old Town

Popped into this dive bar in Old Town after some great burgers. The paintings on thev wall disturbing to say the least. Zoom in to see my favourite.

Friday 18 May 2018

Great views

Although colder than expected the views were great at Cindy's.  The beer was pricey though.

I'd like the 1983 Bordeaux please

April had the half day off yesterday so we met her at a restaurant near her work.  She really enjoyed looking at the menu.

Why so expensive

I tried to get a data only sim for my new tablet but it looks like it's a lot more expensive that is worth it.

I was hoping to get something at $5-10 / month for 2gb or so but the cheapest I could get in the shops was around $40!  Why so expensive?  My fixed term mobile contract works out at around $24 a month and that has calls / texts and 5gb a month.  Ridiculous.

I think i'll just use my phone as a mobile hotspot instead.  The annoying this is that there is a constant notification that there is no sim in the bay.  It's not the end of the world I guess.

Tuesday 15 May 2018

New tablet

After finally breaking my last tablet a 6 months+ ago (water damage, cracked screen), and having a very nice laptop I thought I didn't really need to replace my tablet. However, in reality I don't dare use the laptop in the bath or just throw it in a bag and carry it around with me. It's still fairly heavy and far too expensive to abuse.

I've been looking at replacing it with a new one but couldn't justify spending a lot of money on a decent one so have just put up with not having it. I finally cracked last week when I saw the same one I had for sale on e-bay for $130 delivered.

I'm using it now to post this and am very happy with it. This one also has the capability to add a sim card for roaming data.

Sunday 13 May 2018

Something's looking a little off with my weather app

Let's hope so, as Lesley and Stuart will have to bring quite a range of cloths otherwise.

Florence gets a remote too

New toy for Florence

She's fascinated by our TV remote so we got her one of her own.  We need to find a mobile phone too.

2nd night out in Chicago

We went to Q Chicago on Friday night

Aparently the head chef used to be Oprah's personal chef a few years back.  Decent barbecue food but far too much food!

A bit blury
Before the carnage
Irish bar afterwards, Kris seems to be having fun, maybe it was his round.

After that we went back home to relieve the baby sitter.  Myself and Kris popped into another Irish bar for an extra few.  I really wish I didn't.

I didn't leave the house the next day.  Must be something I ate, urgh.

Thursday 10 May 2018

So cute

I must have had random strangers stop me in the street 100 times over the past few weeks.  They all feel the need to stop me and tell me how cute Florence is.  Of course I know this already, but it's always nice to get it reaffirmed.

The hat lasts about 5 minutes before she's had enough and it comes straight off.

Too much for some

Baby play time

Florence meeting her baby chums after a two week break

The Thomas Hughes Children's library puts on free classes each week, this is her second time. She really enjoys it.

I was the only guy there until another dad turned up late.

Breakfast of kings

They do do breakfasts well here.  And when I say well I mean a shit load of food.  Half as much would have been plenty.

Here's the menu of Yolk, a place in the building next to our apartment.  This is only side one.

Nutella crepes for me, red velvet french toast for April

Florence like it too.

Saturday 5 May 2018

Should I drink it?

April thinks it's radiator fluid or antifreeze, I think it's more sinister.

I tweeted this to Marvel yesterday but so far no reply

@Marvel Can you confirm that if I were to drink this I'd turn into a mutant with supernatural abilities? #Chicago

I'm taking their silence as them not wanting spread the mutagenic properties of the green goop too far. If everybody was superhuman then they would no longer be super and their franchise would suffer.

Little and large

Florence has some way to go to match my stinky feet

Cinco de Mayo today

So our apartment block put on a Cinco de Mayo party (last night).

 food and booze and got to meet a couple of the other residents.  It's interesting to see the full mix of people we have in the block. 

Friday 4 May 2018

May the Fourth be with you

Star Wars day on TBS.  All the films back to back.  I should have gotten up earlier, I missed the first two.

Tuesday 1 May 2018

Hottest day so far

Today was Chicago's hottest day of the year.  A whopping 29 degrees C.

Florence had the right idea, legs and arms out with a sun hat on top.

Another new record

Florence went 10h 48 between feeds last night and only one squeek / nappy change during the night.

Good girl Florence.