Laboring on Labor Day…

We’ve been enjoying the holiday weekend by shopping! How uniquely American of us!

First we headed to the stores:

Dale’s favorite store in Chicago! He had to get a little treat to celebrate his first paycheck.
I pretended to approve.

Next up:
We found curtains! There, and at Sears. We found the softer side of Sears with Ty Pennington curtains. They are hot, as you will see.

Exhausted, we decide to indulge in one of our favorites: Thai food.
It was our first trip to Amarind’s but it will certainly not be our last:
It’s shaped like a castle. And the food is tasty. What more could we want? Excellent service, too!

So, we worked hard putting our apartment together (we just got new windows last week) and here they are, in all their dark blue glory:

And these are my beloved bedroom curtains with adorable fixtures:
We had some champagne and relaxed on our absurdly cute porch, which you can kind of see through the curtain. More pics to come. Whee!

Welcome to the blog!

We moved to Oak Park in June because I got a fun new job out in Naperville as an editor of gift/women/humor books! We didn’t know where Dale would be working but we knew we wanted to have a real “city life” experience so we opted for the best of both worlds: Oak Park.

Oddly enough Dale landed a job at my company! It was serendipitous to say the lease. So we’re commuting together out to the suburbs. He’s doing IT work and photography. Check out his website: www.dale-murray.com. I still have my website, too: www.isadora-ink.com.

Located just minutes from downtown Chicago, we have an apartment in the heart of adorable downtown Oak Park, just steps from our favorite things: restaurants and bookstores! There’s even a movie theater and our favorite grocery stores: Whole Foods and (coming soon!) a Trader Joe’s!

We are three blocks from a train stop and can hop on and be in downtown Chicago in about 15-20 minutes.

So far we’ve sampled many local restaurants and narrowed it down to three faves: Mama Thai, Spizzico Pizzeria and Marion Street Grille (lucky for us this place is literally at the bottom of our stairs). We’ve also enjoy a great many things the city has to offer, including the art museum, the Field Museum, Taste of Chicago, the Magnificent Mile, and Millenium Park. It’s been a busy summer!

I can’t stop using exclamation marks! We’ll be posting pictures soon!

Till then check out Dale’s early morning pics of Millenium Park in downtown Chicago here:
http://www.dale-murray.com/060707/index.html