Saturday, March 24, 2012

Ingrid Michaelson Chicago pop-up tour concert

It has been over a month since my boyfriend and I went to the Chicago Ingrid Michaelson popup concert. We managed to get the perfect spot for the concert. It was right up front but on the right side where they had some benches; I have trouble standing in one place for long periods of time, so, that worked perfectly.

My boyfriend at dinner before the concert.

I was all excited to take some photos at the concert, however, they didn't end up allowing use of regular cameras. I assumed that might be the case, however, when I looked it up before the concert, the only info I could find regarding cameras at the venue said that it was up to the artist, and Ingrid's web-site didn't say anything about no cameras. They allowed cellphone camera photos, however, I have a pretty basic cellphone that doesn't take good photos in even the best of conditions (IE good lighting, no movement, etc.), so, there was little point in trying to take photos there with my cellphone. Luckily my boyfriend has a pretty good camera on his cellphone, however, he doesn't really like taking photos, so, we only got a few.

Ingrid picked a fan from the audience to sing with her.

All the wristbands were signed by Ingrid, and everyone received an autographed copy of "Human Again" (her newest CD) after the show.

All of Ingrid's pop-up concerts had no more than 250 tickets available for each so that the concerts would be more intimate (it also makes us very lucky to have gotten tickets!). This photo was taken from our spot next to the stage (while people were still being let in) and does a good job of showing how small of venue it was.

Friday, March 16, 2012

St. Patrick's Day dyeing of the river

Chicago has to be one of the best places to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day. My favorite part of Saint Patrick's Day in Chicago is the dyeing of the river. If you've never seen it, or even if you have, check out this amazing stop motion video of the process by Anthony Stewart .

Me playing dress up

Weekends without the Internet while your boyfriend is working can be quite boring. I decided to pass some of the time by playing dress-up. And of course no proper dress up session is complete without a 70s wig and a "wind machine".

Three weeks without Internet

We've been without Internet for about two weeks now, and it will be another week still before our new Internet provider can make it out.

Don't you just love how cable companies like to increase your rate by 50% at the end of your promotional period? Me too, that's why we canceled our cable and cable Internet and are going with AT&T for Internet now. The thing I appreciate most about AT&T is that they told us up front what our rate would be after the introductory period; compare that to Comcast who doesn't even send you information with the new, higher rate until AFTER the higher rate is already in effect (so shady). If you want to call in to Comcast to find out what your new rate is going to be (which is the only way you can find out what the new rate will be before it goes into affect), chances are you will be waiting on hold quite a while; when we called in to find out if there was any better rate they could offer us, we had to wait on hold for over half an hour just to talk to someone; we weren't even given the option to be called back like they give callers wanting to add service (before they are even on hold a couple minutes). Great customer service Comcast, subperb, really. After two and a half years with Comcast, I'm happy to no longer be giving them any of my money. I hope AT&T works out since Comcast and AT&T are the only options I know of in my area; considering AT&T's standard (non-promotional) rate is quite a bit less than Comcast, I don't forsee there being a problem.