Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day

I saw this commercial during some show and since then have watched it multiple times online. And cried. Every single time. Adorable...

Anyways, a Happy Happy Father's Day to all of the fathers out there, especially to mine:

{Winter 1994}

For always listening to my insane ideas (since a young age, clearly), footing the Marquette bill, the Corona you stocked my fridge with when you came to visit, the Bruce Springsteen tickets I need to pay you back for, and EVERYTHING you do for me and my siblings (and Mom and the dog) every day, I love you!

{Spring 2012}

xx C

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A few words of wisdom to get over the middle of the week...

Shakes... always a solid advice giver

from my current treadmill read: Ahab's Wife

And because no words of wisdom are complete without the undyingly beautiful, wise, and creative words of my favorite Mr. F. Scott....

The Great Gatsby
And because he was not only lovely in literature... what every girl should have said about her

... i die.

Happy, Happy rest of the week!!

xx C

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

"Crazy is a relative term in my family!" - Anonymous

I really liked that quote so I made it my blog title.

Many say that I should write a book [on my family and my life]. I will, and in fact many times have begun to write said memoir, but the thing is that as funny as it is, I don't know if I will ever have the chutzpa to share! If I did have said memoir, it would be called one of two titles:

You Can't Make This Stuff Up (... but, sometimes, I wish I could say that I did.)

It Takes a Village

The latter will more likely be a chapter in the book. Or a sequel. I have a lot to say about that famous, insanely accurate (and adequate to my upbringing) African proverb.

Anyways, if you can't tell, I went home for the final two and half weeks of May. It was a glorious two weeks filled with a lot of organizing and packing up work clothes to bring back to Milwaukee for the summer, social calendar events and hanging out with friends, visiting with family, and simply hanging out. A few pictures of my trip are below!
Baby bro's prom night! He was too cool to smile...

Impromptu Trip to Fenway with my dad and brother to meet up with my uncle and cousin!

Lunch & Desserts with Mom and my sisters at Via Quadronno on the UES

Tomas Saraceno's City in the Clouds
on the roof of the Met!

Momma and her girls!

A final day at the beach with the fam!
Dad at his favorite place

 I'd say summer is off to a great start!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

MIB: Missing In Blogging

Oh hey! Remember me?

Hi, my name is Colleen and I fail at blogging.

I had all of these great ideas (excuses) piling up in my mind like waiting until finals were over. Well finals came and went, as did my dad and aunts to pick up my sisters (real life: my sister and her friend but it's easier this way...) from school and help move their stuff out to my friends' house for the summer. My dad heckled the fact that the beer we served him was warm and bad beer in general, we played cornhole and hung out with my friends on our porch with the parents, went to dinner, moved my sisters out of their freshman dorm, shed many tears, had lunch (breakfast? hangover cure?) on the Milwaukee river with my dad and sister, groceries, a final farewell beer at the campus bar and then had a few days in Milwaukee on my own.

Dad & his girls

The Marquette Sisters, the Aunties (can you tell they're sisters?! so alike!), & Andrew

The (now) Seniors! Where did time go??
{P.S... We're missing 3 girls who were working/not at home... but this is the
original crew that has been friends since we met on the same wing fresh year!}

Then, I thought to myself, then I could post a catch up blog! I'll have so much to write about (and I did-- still do, but it's being saved for my future memoir) and I'll be by myself, in my apartment (all of my girlfriends were home for Mother's Day), so I'll clean (I was so excited-- NERD ALERT) and write my blog post. Yeah, that went out the window when a friend called and said, "let's get margaritas and lunch!" Anytime tequila is involved with the human race, the rest of the day's plans go out the window. After practicing my Spanish, indulging in mango margaritas and some nachos, I took a nap and read a book. No blog.
Margarita Paradise
.. no really that's the name of the restaurant

So I decided I would write on the plane ride home. Until I was diagnosed with peritonsillar cellulitis and spent most of the flight trying to drown out the screaming toddler and utter pain I was in with the magic of Bruce Springsteen. It worked! My blog post, sadly, did not.
Touchdown in LaGuardia! Couldn't be happier!

Then I just gave up and decided I would get to it when I got to it because my two things at home consisted of few things: real food made by mom, seeing family & friends, and the beach.
A calm day at FBC
jacks & my puppy... helllooo summer

new roof at FBC!!! even better is the beautiful view!

fresh fresh fresh food!!

So that's where I've been... and now I'm beginning my next few posts.... but actually I am!!

xx C