Taken by the fabulous Katrina McGrath of Sweetcheeks Photography on Saturday, June 18, 2011.
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For the second year in a row, Mosaic held a fundraiser and martini competition. This year they called it Mosaic at Midnight, and it was held Thursday, August 5th. Todd competed last year and won Judges Choice Best Martini for his Chocolate Covered Raspberry with a Sprig of Mint Martini. This year he entered an original creation called the Caramel Apple Explosion. He made a sour apple martini, then took it up a notch by adding a caramel rim and sour apple Pop Rocks. I helped Todd by adding the caramel and Pop Rocks. He didn’t win this year, but his drink was fabulous, and a lot of people liked it.
The Big Move is done. Todd, Karma, Mina, Zuzu, and I are official residents of Naperville, IL! My job at the library is better than I could have ever imagined. Everyone is so nice, and not in that, “You’re new, so we’re being nice to you” way. They are genuinely nice people. The department I manage runs so smoothly, and, coming from where I did, it’s so refreshing to work with people who are solely interested in making things work. And the technology! We’re using SharePoint and Office Communicator. I had a video conference with the two other managers in my position who are located at other libraries via webcam today! And what I think matters. People ask my opinion, and it’s respected. Todd was offered a job at the new Kuma’s that opened in Naperville a couple of weeks ago, but the owner has been a little slow in getting back to him. So, for now, I’m his Sugar Momma, and I’m happy to do so. I want him to love whatever job he gets as much as I love mine.
Last Friday, July 23rd was our Going Away party at Kryptonite Bar. It was a really great party, and we were happy that so many of our friends came out to wish us well. Below are some pictures from that night!
Last night, Wednesday, June 9th, while tending bar at Kryptonite Bar in downtown Rockford, Todd was outside having a cigarette, talking with his customers when he saw a Red Tailed Hawk fly into a window of a building across the street and take a nose dive to the ground. He watched as the hawk attempted to take flight but was unable to do so. Like me, Todd is a BIG animal lover, and he wouldn’t have been able to live with himself if he didn’t do something.
Todd decided to take action and capture the hawk so that it wouldn’t get further injured. A bar patron, Jim Canfield, gave him his button down shirt, and Todd followed the hawk for a bit before throwing the shirt over it and picking it up. He then held the hawk in his arms for over an hour while he and another bar patron, Chris Johnson, called animal services and 911. At about 2:25 am, a Winnebago County Animal Services worker came to get the hawk. All this time, Todd cradled it in his arms as if it was our puppy, Zuzu. The hawk didn’t make a peep the whole time Todd held it. It was when Todd was in the process of getting the shirt off of the hawk and putting it into the cage the animal services worker brought that the hawk became unhappy and tried to bite his arm.
The animal control worker reported that he would take the hawk out to Rock Cut State Park to see if it was able to fly again. If not, he would make sure it got to a hawk rehab center in the area.
Todd reported that this was a once in a lifetime experience, and he was in total awe the whole time that he was actually holding a Red Tailed Hawk in his arms.
Kudos most especially to Todd for having the wherewithal and courage to help a wild animal in need. Thanks also go out to the people at Kryptonite who helped out, the 911 operator who told him who he needed to contact, and the Winnebago Animal Services worker who more than likely got out of his bed to help this wild animal in need.
Todd’s coworker JD has a black hat with tone on tone skulls on it. He wanted some of the skulls to show up a little more, so he asked Todd if he could embroider on it to make it “pop” a little more. It didn’t take long for Todd to do this, and it made the hat look a lot better.
Here’s what the hat originally looked like:
Here’s what it looks like after Todd added embroidery:
Last night Todd and I were getting ready to go to Kryptonite to hang out and watch other people sing karaoke. The weather was so nice (considering we’re in northern Illinois), that I was feeling particularly Spring-like. I decided to wear a plain green t-shirt I got at Old Navy on sale for $8. After getting ready and looking at myself in the mirror, I decided it looked a little plain. I need to jazz this t-shirt up! I remembered I had a black flowered applique that I got at Wal-Mart some time ago, but had never used. I lined it up on the t-shirt, and voila! A plain old t-shirt was transformed into something much nicer.
Zombie Night at Kryptonite Bar is not to be missed. It’s held the last Monday of every month. In warmer months (when the liquid latex won’t freeze off his face), Todd will be seen tending bar in full zombie makeup. Since Halloween-time, Todd and I have been making candy for people to munch on while watching the cheesy zombie/horror movies that are shown. We started with simple white chocolate candies to make the pretzel sticks, candies, and lollipops and have now graduated to trying out flavors and colors. For yesterday’s Zombie Night we even made cookies using pre-made sugar cookie dough, a heart shaped cookie cutter (one of the movies was My Bloody Valentine), and black frosting with red gel accent. I will admit that I was really hoping that the black frosting would stain peoples’ teeth black…you know, to look more like a zombie, but Todd reports that didn’t happen…darn it!
We usually spend a couple of hours getting everything made. Our kitchen is tiny. I mean really tiny. We have two feet total of counter space and an island with three more feet of counter space to use (and of course there’s stuff that stays on those spaces, so we don’t really have all that much room). We also have an “apartment sized” refrigerator/freezer and an “apartment sized” oven/stove (and the oven door doesn’t open all the way because the radiator is in front of it). So, when we make these treats, it’s a process.
After melting the chocolate discs in the microwave, we add color (if we’re using white chocolate) and flavoring. Our favorites (okay, I’m the sweet tooth, so MY favorites) are cherry, orange, and lemon. Todd will usually make some cinnamon, too, because it goes over well. We pour the chocolate into molds, attach lollipop sticks or pretzel rods as needed, then put them in the freezer (before that happens, though, we have to move all the stuf in the freezer to the top shelf or doors – apartment sized, remember?). Then we get started on the next batch. By the time we’re done melting and pouring one batch, the one in the freezer is ready to come out. They don’t usually come out looking too pretty, but we think that’s a part of their charm.
So, yeah, it’s a bit of work, but it’s a labor of love. We like making these treats because we also know that the people who consume them are very thankful that we have done so. Each week we make more and more, and they get eaten up pretty quickly.