Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Random Musings

I reserve the right to write random musings.

As the owner and primary thinker of this blog I have decided to post a post each Monday about only the randomest of random thoughts. Vegan musings are lovely, however my other observations about life are equally as amusing.

I will admit this is the worst week to start a “series”, so I also reserve the right to contemplate whether or not I should be starting a series the Monday before Christmas. I also reserve the right to post the first Monday post on Tuesday, because I can.

As the potential introductory random blog post of  a “series” of random thoughts let me first say that about 99% of my posts will still be related to the vegan or corporate world.

The other 1% will be random. Which leads me to my first observation.

1. American media has butchered the simple phrase 'The one percent.'

You’re probably rolling your eyes right now. Not only are you rolling your eyes, you’re not even comprehending what I'm trying to tell you about the 1 percent of my posts. You’ve heard the phrase 'The one percent' so many damn times that your internal thoughts go numb and immediately start reliving some part of a middle school experience you promised you would never think about again because, at this point, it's better than hearing any commentator say the phrase 'The one percent' one more time.

Thank you newspapers, TV, Twitter and the occupy people for diminishing a simple percentage number into an overplayed media catch-phrase. Let's remember that words are more empowering when they are used in artful and a strategic manner, not thrown in your face. 

2. Speaking of the media, has anyone heard of this Tebow fella? Meaty guy, wears a Bronco’s uniform. He’s causing quite a stir on the sports front. I know because I usually have my boyfriend replay the entire Sports Center broadcast to me once I realize something interesting has been reported. I know it’s a tad annoying, but I blame my pseudo-listening on Angry Birds (It’s an oddly addicting game). Anyway, I have no real affinity or disdain for Tim Tebow. I actually am pretty neutral about the whole football scene in general. The information I pay attention to on Sports Center is the hockey information.

Which brings me to random observation #2; While browsing through NHL sites last week I stumbled upon something creative and seemingly eloquent.

Normally I just peruse the NHL homepage and The Bruins schedule, however, last week I randomly made it to the homepage of the Vancouver Canucks. The site contains the customary rotating stories located on the homepage, where I was just long enough to take note of a photographic series Behind the Lens.

I know what you’re thinking. What’s so special about photographed athletes?

And the truth is, usually nothing. Sports fans know that the websites on almost every site are very structured. The photos are usually action shots, staged portraits, or have a very awkward fan-smiling athlete-towering set-up.

These Canucks photos take on a more photojournalistic approach. I appreciate the series because I was an art minor in college. The first book that ever caught my eye in this fashion was Annie Leibvoitz’s Olympic portraits book, published in 1996. I was a sophomore in high school when it fell into my grasp and the next year was placed in a photography class a year before my peers. My concentration fell to drawing in college, however I learned how to frame subjects by studying photography for three years.

Boring photos of athletes are stale to any creative person. They lack luster and, in turn, lose interest to anyone that’s not a 12 year-old fan idolizing their favorite athlete. Unlike video, photos have only a single moment to tell a story.

I’m writing about the photo series because this was one of the most recent attempts I've seen by a sports organization to actually lend a view into a normally closed world in an interesting manner - without a handheld video or multi-million dollar commercial by Nike-Reebok-Adidas. I don’t think it’s perfect, (as I'm sure it's difficult to make every photo a masterpiece). But it is slightly different and, my guess is, genuinely under appreciated. 

The photos are divided by the days. In each day there is usually one or two very notable photos. 

3.  Speaking of appreciation, my last and final random observation is that Apple’s in store service is pretty awesome. Actually, I think the only hesitation I have with anything Apple is the supposed life sized holiday elves window display at their retail stores. It’s actually kind of creepy. I guess the capabilities of an iPhone 4S with Siri make up for any awkward plush wearing display models.

I loved ordering my new iPhone 4S while playing Angry Birds on an iPad2.  Thank you, Apple, for making my time in a store full of 50 strangers on the Sunday before Christmas fairly enjoyable.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Vegan Apple-Almond "Bite" Muffins

With all the sweets around the holidays, I was searching for some sugar-free inspiration. Below is my sugar-free yummy Apple-Almond Muffin "Bite" recipe. They're a little bigger than a bite, but a little smaller than a hearty muffin - which makes them light and perfect for the holidays. With a quick scan of the ingredients, I believe they fall just about 100 calories each, depending on the amount of almonds you use of course! I hope you enjoy it!  

1 Cup Cortland Apple (About 1 Large apple - You can add more if you want!)
1 1/2 Tablespoons Ground Flax seed
2 1/2 Tablespoons Warm Water
1 Teaspoon Almond Extract
1 1/4 Cups Original soy milk
2 Cups  Flour
1/2 Cup Truvia (Or Stevia, Sugar-free Sweetener)
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon 
1 Teaspoon Baking soda
2 Teaspoon Baking powder
1/4 Teaspoon Salt

Enough sliced almonds to sprinkle on the muffins! (About 2-3 Tablespoons)

Makes 12 Muffins to enjoy. 


STEP 1: Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl whisk the milled flax seed and warm water. Once completely combined mix in the almond extract and soy milk. In a separate bowl add the peeled, chopped apple with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and mix until all of the apples are covered - place to the side.
STEP 2: In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, Truvia, remaining cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix thoroughly. Add the liquid ingredients when ready and stir until combined. 
STEP 3: Stir in apples and place mixture into a fully oiled muffin tin (you can also use silicone muffin liners - paper not recommended because the batter is fairly thick). Sprinkle with sliced muffins and place in the oven.
STEP 4: Bake for 12-17 minutes and let cool completely before serving. 


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Photogenic Side of (Vegan) Food

And Lastly… my very own Apple-Almond Muffins, 
which I will be posting the original recipe for later this week!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Friends Get Friends Vegan Body Soap

Don't let the jammies fool you, we were crazy little ones. 

Well, mostly just when you gave us sugar. 

Melis's family and my family grew up together. We spent Halloween's together, watched The Little Mermaid together, spent vacations in the pool and watched  Are You Afraid of the Dark, well the other kids did, I usually resorted to hiding in the kitchen with Melis's mom.   

So now that Melis and I are grown our lives are busy. We live in different states, we have different professions, we see each other only at special family events or the holiday season. 

I guess it's the reality of life and time. 

Over Thanksgiving Melis gave me a birthday present she had been holding for a year. A Babycakes NYC cookbook and a set of Hugo Naturals products. Their products are vegan and gluten free. They smell delicious and best of all...they're VEGAN! 

My favorite part of the Hugo Naturals website is their ingredients list, so you know exactly what you're putting on your skin. Melis gave me a French Lavender salt scrub, soap bar, sea salts and body butter. She also gave the Pineapple lip balm, which is awesome. 

If you're looking for what to buy your best vegan friend for Christmas or their birthday, I greatly suggest the Hugo Naturals products. 

Thanks Melis!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Vegan LivingSocial and Groupon Deals…Yes, They Do Exist

Check. Check. Check. Delete. Delete. Delete-te-te-te.

Spam, nobody likes it.

How did my inbox get this way? It’s an organized disaster. I refuse to believe I let my guard down for five seconds while browsing the web, however now that I have Self sending me “Recipe of the Week” I guess it’s undeniable. I signed up for this… stuff.

What is my life?

Guilt Free Mac’n’Cheese Recipe. Delete. I don’t eat cheese, so the whole less cheese to save my waistline isn’t going to help me. I’ve requested to be removed from this Self email list literally three times and I still have these articles popping up every week.

Oh those silly automated email lists, they rarely care that we find them annoying.

So, one day while at the office a collegeau mentioned a great deal on a Portland resturant and told me she would send me the link to services that were providing these fantastic prices.

“Great!” I said.

Great if I want more junk in my inbox. Bah! I went back to my desk and devised a mental plan on how I could stop the epedemic of resturant deals about to hit. I moved to Saving Danie's Inbox Plan A:

  • I could just delete them and not sign up for the services. But what if my collegeau asked me about the deals? I would be left with telling her I have no soul and I deleted the recommendation she so excidetly shared. Not beneficial for office morale.
  • Ok, Plan B. I could let it run for a few weeks to make small talk then delete, delete, delete. 
  • AND Plan C. I could actually enjoy it. 
Assessing my options I realized that Plan B was my only option. The other two were either quasi-mean or quasi-frivolous. 

After a month of receiving emails from LivingSocial and Groupon, originally thought to be temporary, I realized that deals were floating past me and I wasn't taking advantage of buying vouchers for things I actually liked. Again, what is my life? I had an attitude toward the email blast and I needed to get over it. 

Of course they do try sell you on deals that promote meat or things that I would never want to do - like buy a session of a One-Month Math Enrichment Program in Southern New Hampshire (I feel sorry for the kid whose mother saw that one right before Christmas). But the alternative is the awareness of activities and restaurant deals that make life more interesting and definitely more affordable.

Also, if you promote the site to more people via your personal link you have the ability to get some of the deals for free.

Recently I bought a voucher to eat at Figa in Portland, a place I would not normally go to, however, looking at the menu realized that both Joe, the meat eating bf, and I could go and get something we both enjoyed. It's a perfect idea for a date night AND I just bought a $40 voucher for the cost of $20. I win.

The other restaurant vouchers I've purchased are for places that I already love, like Local Sprouts and Cafe Indigo. And of course I bought the pilates voucher at Pure Movement, because I really need to do something other than run and if I bought the voucher then I will have to use it, and if I will have to use it then I will be more toned, and if I'm more toned then I can eat more Endangered Species mint chocolate because I love it.

That's probably an inaccurate account of what is actually going to happen with the chocolate, but it's motivation nonetheless. 

Overall, LivingSocial and Groupon are great for vegans. You probably won't buy something every day, but when you do find something you like it's well worth the price. They provide a diversity of options to your email and can show you places that you never knew existed. Enjoy!


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Giving Enough at the Holidays

There are mosquitoes. I see them stalking the door at night.

It’s odd.

In Maine, there are mosquitoes and there is snow. Rarely have I  seen them existing at the same time.

It’s dark. It’s overbearingly dark when I leave the office. Trudging out to see even the last glimpse of sunshine would require me to leave during my afternoon meetings.

I know it’s the holiday season because of the dates in my Outlook calendar; That and the Christmas music that deflects off toys and wrapping paper and cans of soups in the stores.

People at the office are gearing up to take time off.

I’m not a Grinch. I love decorating. I enjoy concocting random and thoughtful gifts with particular people in mind. I have holiday plans.

It’s just that this year, I think I just needed an extra reminder on how lucky I am and what the holidays are all about. Now, before you think I’m going to go all Hallmark-Lifetime-I-Want-A-Puppy on you, please realize that I came to this epiphany in the Toys’R’Us line on Black Friday.

Surprisingly, the chaos of PlayMobil toys intruding in the aisles and strangers telling you about the woman who “attacked people with pepper spray at Wal-Mart this morning” lead you to believe that, yes, maybe Americans have lost sight of what the holidays really mean.

Isn't it funny how chaos can sometimes make the most obvious things apparent?

The National Unemployment rate reported by the Bureau in October was still at 9.0%. Which means that Christmas morning is not going to be the same in a lot of households.

Which leads me to my point. The holidays are time to spend with people you love and appreciate, catch-up with old friends, and be gracious to the people you meet. I had a roommate in college that said, “volunteering doesn’t make you a good person, being a good person makes you a good person.” It’s the same with holiday giving.

Giving material items without any thought will not provide satisfaction. Giving because you feel as though you have to give is not giving with the right intention.

Give if you want to give. Give if you can give. And if you can only give your company or a helping hand – then that’s giving enough. 

Here's to the holidays!


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Prepping for Pre-Thanksgiving & A Fortune Family Holiday

"If you can pre-game then you should be able to have a pre-Thanksgiving." Stated the cashier at Trader Joe's as I ran back with the savory tofu package.

"Exactly." I said with a smile.

I guess it's only appropriate to have that mindset about a holiday where football is probably ranked "runner up" directly after food for the Most Important Thing about Thanksgiving award. This is America after all. We do love our football. I for one, think it's okay, but people tell me they love it.

So, I paid for my forgotten, but necessary vegan item and was on my way. There was baking to be done and, coming from a large family with many events, I knew that time would be one of the most important elements for hosting a dinner.

I heart vegan stuffing.

Today our table will have 7 meat-eaters, 1 gluten-free eater and 1 vegan (me!). We're a fun group. There will be turkey, and tofu, and veggies without butter, and vegan gluten-free coffee brownies I made from scratch. There will most definitely be wine. And the conversation will probably turn to random holiday jokes or quoted scenes from Family Guy.

As I make the vegan stuffing recipe noted in a previous post, which is my absolute favorite, I want to share a link to Mary's blog Thirtytensomething for her introduction to Thanksgiving.

Please  note: If you read the post  with "Wild Turkey, meth and bad decisions" in the headline, it's not about Thanksgiving. It's actually just a creepy and kind of ridiculous story about alcohol and Mary kicking someone away with her feet. Mary, thanks for sharing.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Vermont Vegan Beer, Cupcakes & A Tofu Scramble Put A Smile on My Face

Joe stared out the window for the first 30 minutes of trip as the contours of the Maine landscape passed through our view. I tried to calm myself down as the realization that only fate could shut down my work handheld, which meant that work e-mail was virtually off limits until Monday. The Verizon e-mail Gods were playing a cruel trick on me, I just knew it.

If only I had access to my inbox I could make sure everything was going well at the office!! I cursed the black screen and then realized how ridiculous it was that I was yelling at piece of technology that really didn’t care if I was upset, or happy, or whatever.

After the episode passed, Joe just looked at me and asked, “Are you o.k.?” Ha ha. Life.

That was the beginning of our trip last year and I’ll be blunt. Last year was a stressful year.

This year, however, I gladly placed my work phone at the bottom of my bag and enjoyed our time in Vermont. As you can imagine, Burlington, Vermont isn’t exactly stress city. It’s peaceful and super vegan friendly.

Here are some very vegan highlights!

Magic Hat Brewery Tour: First, Magic Hat is Vegan! YES! [Doing a dance right now would be appropriate]. Ok, let’s proceed.

As you can tell from the labels, packaging and other Magic Hat beer paraphernalia, it’s a fairly in-your-face brand. But not a bad in-your-face, more like a good friend that always knows how to pull off the awkward sweater and weird boots in-your-face. You notice it.

The tour is short and matches the brand. The guide describes the owners and how Magic Hat started. Then you watch a mini-movie on the history of craft beer in America, which oddly parallels the creation of processed food. After, you get to see the large space where they brew, package and label the beer.

I think most people end at the beer tasting bar, where they give you up to four shot sized samples of the beer on tap. Our little group actually started at the tasting bar and beat the crowd, which I would recommend.

Be sure to pick up a growler or two while you’re there. I like Circus Boy best, Joe has an affinity for the HIPA and, of course, you can bring home the best seller, Mr. #9.

Our Growlers!
The tasting bar...

My Little Cupcake: There are two My Little Cupcake shops. One is in Burlington and one is in Essex. I had no idea they existed until we pulled into town, spotted the store-front and like a five year old shrilled “CUPCAKES!” Improvising on the iPhone for a quick vegan search, we realized that, yes, they do have mini vegan cupcake options. I would have liked to try the chocolate on chocolate. However, they only had the vegan chocolate almond, which was fabulously rich, but delicious. I suggest you check-out these bite sized treats when you can!

An awkward amount of cupcake drawings. :-)

Magnolia Bistro: I wish Burlington was geographically closer to Portland, Maine because I would eat at Magnolia Bistro all the time. Signage states that it is the first green business certified in Burlington. All of the vegan and gluten-free options are clearly labeled. They are flexible with food orders and the orange juice is delicious. Let me just note here that I’m not really an orange juice gal, but this was really good.

I got the Vegan Sesame tofu scramble with home fries and wheat toast. I could only finish  about ¾ of meal because it was quite a bit of food. They have vegan french toast that is now on my “To Eat” list.

Anyway, I would definitely recommend it for breakfast. We only had a 10 minute wait for a table of 7 people and the service was wonderful. 


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cooking, Compromise & My Favorite Vegan Stuffing Recipe

I will admit that I change almost every recipe I make. It’s nothing against the chef that originally created it.

It’s me, not you, and I actually mean that.

You could say that cooking is much like dating. Complicated at times, always searching for the ingredient that will make life a little more scrumptious, without being overbearing or intimidating. Too dry, too sweet, too harsh, too decorative, there are a lot of reasons why finding the right ingredients can be well, not exciting or fun at all.

Sometimes it’s tempting to drop it all and give up, other times you find something that makes you fall madly in love.

So, I have my own theory that cooking, much like relationships, needs the element of compromise. Some things are definite, like baking powder and whole-wheat flour. Other things are adjustable, like cranberries or strawberries or snozzberries, and can be modified as you wish. The key is to know the difference. Feel free to get creative.

Now that you know my obsession on trying to make recipes my own, there are two recipes that I refuse to alter. The first is my Memere’s peanut butter fudge recipe. This recipe is sacred and probably holds as much weight as old family photographs in a burning fire.

The second is the Fruit and Toasted Almond Stuffing I received out of the 2009 Vegetarian Times issue. It was the first recipe as a vegan I completely fell in love with. The page now sits inside a plastic cover sheet in a binder to protect it from ingredients milling around the counter as I cook.

Honestly, I had actually given up eating this dish for years because Portuguese stuffing is usually made with chorizo. With Thanksgiving around corner, I just wanted to share the recipe that made my first vegan holiday comfortable and delicious. Every little bit counts; so make sure you follow the directions intently.

Click Here for Recipe on the VegetarianTimes Website.

Good luck!


Sunday, November 6, 2011

#25: Mad Men

Last year I attended a brand meeting in Portland, Maine with Lars Bastholm, he was the Chief Digital Creative Officer at Ogilvy & Mather at the time. I remember his presentation because it was visually interesting and at one point he told us all to watch Mad Men, if nothing else but for the fantastic art direction.
So, I put it on my 26 things list and saw the pink dress that Betty wears in episode 4, and fell in love.

I know that Mad Men is not a new phenomenon, but I’ve never really liked the whole “follow the craze when it’s a craze and everyone is talking about how great it is while you’re buying vegan pop chips at the grocery store.” I think I’m scarred from my teenie bopper days and obsession with boy bands in 5th grade. When clearly, the new and popular were the most important.  “Oh my god, did you get the new N*SYNC album with the song Pop Music is forever and ever, it’s amazing!!” Bah. (Sorry J-Timbs, I do appreciate the beats).

However, now, one-and-a-half seasons into Mad Men, here is my short, and lovely commentary.

Apparel with Appeal: Amazing. Everything is on target and interesting. The style chosen for each character fits perfectly. Even Banana Republic wanted to capitalize on the trend so they started a Mad Men line.

“Managing Expectations”: Season 2, I believe Episode 4 – Don Draper fires his new secretary because she doesn’t know how to “manage expectations”. This is actually one of my favorite quotes and I think it spans outside of the ad world. Your boss depends that you manage the expectations of their peers, clients, and business partners. I just never heard the information articulated so correctly.

Women and Work: I'm happy this isn’t how it works anymore.

Alcohol: There’s a lot of it. I would say almost every scene...

Joan, My Mini Love Affair: From what I can tell Joan makes the place run, and looks damn good doing it. She’s smart, savvy, and knows what the men are thinking before they do. She’s definitely my favorite character.

Betty's fabulous pink dress and blue/green belt.
Photo Credit: ABC Blog
I heart Joan.
Photo Credit: ABC Blog

Oh advertising agencies. It’s all about creating a persona that’s cool or innovative or [insert adjective here] for a client. Companies portray the ability to know more than the client, to act like toothpaste is the most important thing man created, to bring a fresh perspective to a company or secure a brand that's going haywire. They look at the world in a different way than most of us and they know it.

I plan to watch every last episode of Mad Men and if you like intense and creative story lines, I highly recommend it. 


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Maine Easy-To-Read Voter Guide

With Election Day right around the corner, I wanted to share the Maine Easy-to-Read Voter Guide for your use. Designed by yours truly, it covers everything from registering to vote to breaking down the ballot questions. 


Remember 1 in 5 people can't read this. Sacoliteracy.org. 


Thursday, October 27, 2011

A New Favorite: Thirtytensomething.blogspot.com

Everyone has a favorite something.

Something neatly tied to a memory and stored in a steadfast place in your heart. I most definitely have favorites. There are my everyday favorites, like my pink and yellow flowered socks, my spot in the last line of the parking lot at work, my gray boots that have holes at the toe, purple eyeliner and the way I prefer soy milk in my coffee over almond milk. Even the way I prefer French vanilla coffee, or any coffee really, over tea.

There are more nostalgic favorites, like they way a certain person or piece of clothing or situation made you feel. Sunsets and landscapes and picture perfect sand-in-your-toes-and-wind-through-your-hair summer days at the beach. And pretty much all of my happy thoughts.

Then there are “super personal” favorites, like your closest friends or family. I would put pets in this category, since they are man’s best friend. Athletes or entertainers, I guess, could go in this category also, since I have seen grown adults act like love struck teenagers over casual celebrity banter. “I love him so much!” There are people that fluctuate in and out of your life and there is a purpose for those people. Divine timing is not something to reckon with or even understand at times.

Mary is one of my favorites. She is a close friend, a colleague, partially responsible for My Vegan Corporate Life (she told me I was crazy if I didn’t start my blog), and now starting a blog of her own. 

Honestly, Mary was born a writer. Her musings are short, funny and interesting. And because she is turning Thirtytensomething… she has decided that all of the writing she has done over the years needs to be shared! So, she is going to post at least one of her columns every day. Below is her About Me section and blog link. Enjoy!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Bean, Brushstrokes, Large Buildings & Blackhawks-Bruins

I enjoyed Chicago. It was the first time I skipped around the city and truthfully, it was clean, organized, and had the best outdoor interactive art.

Seriously, whoever had the idea to create The Bean (actually titled Cloud Gate), and the financiers themselves, should be given a large medal of art honor and free tickets to anything in Chicago. If I were a sociology student I would enthusiastically title my thesis: What People Do When They Visit The Bean. It’s an array of hectic hesitance when people approach the large reflecting structure and then calming reassurance when they realize that everyone around them is just rapidly taking pictures of themselves.

From large reflective art to brushstrokes in the Impressionist wing, where we only had a short time to visit the Van Gogh and Manet paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago. For some reason, although I had been an art minor in school, I had never fully understood the voluminous collection of art in Chicago. It was wonderful and just as I was thinking to myself “I wonder if they have any Van Gogh” I stumbled upon his Room at Arles, which I’ve appreciated since high school.

The Bean at Sunset

Room at Arles

It was a pure tourist weekend, and I realized that fully as I was on a boat for the Architecture Tour waving at someone from the window of a Steak House facing the water. I was a tourist, why not wave back? The architecture in Chicago is unique and definitive. Each building has purpose and style. After the fire of 1871, when the city was virtually destroyed, architects came to Chicago to build new structures and make their mark.

Side Note: One interesting fact I learned on this tour was that Chicago was not named the Windy City because of the characteristics of weather patterns. It was actually named for their verbose politicians. 

If you don’t have time to go on the architecture tour, you can also visit the Museum of Science and Industry where they have a large train set of the city of Chicago. It’s like the architecture tour, but miniature and with trains.

Also at the Museum of Science and Industry, where Joe and I spent our entire Sunday because it was actually really cool, there is an exhibit called the Smart Home. The Smart Home is a module house that is energy efficient and technology savvy. The home is made from recycled materials and designed to work with the Chicago landscape. My favorite thing was the Induction Cooktop, where the surface heats fast and efficiently, but only reacts to iron or magnetic material – so you will virtually never burn yourself. 

Later Saturday evening we had the pleasure of going to the Blackhawks-Bruins Game, the two previous Stanley Cup Winners. I always love going to arenas outside of Boston because it’s fun to see the difference in energy level and fan loyalty. In Chicago, they sing the national anthem through the entire song. There was also a fan sitting behind me that kept yabbering about the players. Surprising the Bruins players were not the target of his criticism, but in fact his very own home team. The only time he even mentioned the Bruins was to comment on how tall Chara was. I thought it funny that he was so critical of his own team, but I guess every fan gets frustrated at points.

His constant commentary did make me want to write a series of blog posts titled, More Women Should go to Sporting Events Because at Least We Don’t Say Anything if We Don’t Know What We’re Talking About – Thus Making it More Enjoyable for All. Kind of a long title so I recoiled my initial thought. Anyway – you win some, you lose some and luckily the Bruins won in penalty shots.

Big Chicago
Mini Chicago
Smart Home, notice the vertical garden on the left by the stairs. 
Cute pumpkins and things grown at the Smart Home. 
@the game.

Potentially more on Chicago so stay tuned!