New Years: Better late than never?

This is a little belated, but I hope everyone had a fantastic New Years Eve and happy 2012!  Entering year 2 on the blog, and we really appreciate each and every one of our readers so much :)

I was set to post last night, but we had our site moved over last night so I figured I better be safe and hold off until today.  It should be running much better now and there are/will be some cool new features on the sidebars that I hope you guys like!

So New Years recap…I went to a house party on NYE which turned out to be a good choice.  In general, I hate NYE and think it is sooo overrated, so in the past when I have paid upwards of 100 dollars to go to a random bar, I have been disappointed.   This year we decided to go to a house party instead because my thinking was if it wasn’t the most fun night of my life, I wouldn’t really care since I wouldn’t be out a ton of money on top of that.

We wanted to go to a BYOB for dinner and ended up going to Nan’s, which is a sushi and Japanese restaurant.  I got my standard order:  seaweed salad, spicy tuna roll and a rainbow roll.   I had never been to Nan’s before and it was really good!  We didn’t really plan ahead and were scrambling to try and find a BYOB that had room, and eventually found Nan’s.  I have driven by this place a ton of times and it looks kind of like a carry out spot from the street, but it was actually really nice inside!  The service was great and the sushi was great too—really fresh and delicious.   Everyone loved it so I’m glad we got to try it.

None of us had ever been to the apartment where the house party was either (friend of a friend) so we didn’t really know what to expect as far as how many people would be there and all that.   The apartment was huge– 3 floors, all of which had a bar, some had 2 bars.  These guys really went all out.   They also had a big spread of food and a tub full of champagne bottles.   The party got pretty crowded and I think there were at least 100 people there, probably more than that.   I loved that unlike a bar, there was never any line (or cost!) for a drink or a bathroom (key for me since I have the bladder of a 5 yr old even when I’m not drinking).   We noticed as we were leaving that the cops had shown up so I’m not sure if they shut down the party or not.

Some (random) pics from the night:



I have a lot of pics like this one…but we finally got one:





We ended the night with a pit stop at The Dog Joint where I had a Chicago style hot dog, chili cheese fries and part of a burger and polished it all off.  Yikes.

Luckily all that food (and lots of water) made sure I woke up feeling great on Sunday.

Surprisingly, I was hungry shortly after waking up so Mer, Alex and I went to Dunlay’s for brunch (same place I have written a lunch review of here), where I had an egg sandwich which was delicious—I think I’m going to have to try and recreate it.

Fried eggs, lettuce, tomato, bacon, cheddar cheese, rye bread.  I liked the rye bread–you don’t see that a whole lot on a breakfast sandwich.  Yum!  I also had a bloody mary (okay, I had two).  They were I think my favorite bloody mary’s that I have ever had—really peppery.  Plus they were served with a pickle and an olive—can’t beat that.


Monday, Mer, Alex and I went to PAWS to look at dogs.  We left seriously considering getting a dog, they had soooooo many cute dogs and we got to play with 2 very well behaved puppies, one black lab/hound mix and one shepherd.   That place kills me because the dogs always look so sad and it makes me want to take all of them home.  In making a pro/con list, we decided there were just too many con’s and not enough pro’s.  While labs are probably my favorite kind of dog, they also need the most exercise, and I’m not sure an apartment is the best for that or even really fair to an active dog.  But I’m going to continue to search the website frequently.  If anyone in the Chicago area is considering a dog (or a cat I guess, if you are into that), I would definitely think about getting one from PAWs.  They have sooo many dogs and the adoption fee is pretty cheap—they also reimburse part of that fee once they see the dog has completed training which I think is pretty cool.

Today was pretty brutal going back to work for the first time in 2 weeks.  This week is going to be a busy one!  I need to get back on a cooking schedule too, I feel like I have been eating out way too much in the past few weeks.

Anyone have a great NYE story/experience? 

 Any features you think our blog is missing or that you have seen on other blogs and liked?  We are still in switch over mode, so please let me know if you can think of anything! 

Any great new years resolutions?  I don’t generally make resolutions, but I am thinking about doing a ’2012 goals post’ at some point. 

Have a great night!


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