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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Support Taco Diablo Owners and Eat at LuLu's

This week Evanston lost several businesses to a devastating fire: Pine Yard Restaurant, TechniColour Nail & Day Spa and Taco Diablo Restaurant on Davis Street.

The owners of Taco Diablo are also the owners of Lulu's,which is closing in January after 21 years in business. It would be wonderful if you would frequent LuLu's (or order in) before they close. The owners, Dan and Laura, have supported countless community groups through both LuLu's and Taco Diablo. Your support after the devastating Taco Diablo fire will help not only help them, but also their employees.

LuLu's closes in a few weeks, but that's plenty of time to show Dan and Laura how much their community appreciates them (and their food!)

To order online visit

804 Davis Street Evanston, IL

(847) 869-4343

If there are ways to support the other two businesses I will update you on this blog post.

Click here to read more about the fire from Evanston Patch.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Mabel Catherine the Gypsy Cabbage Patch Doll Moves on

Recently I had to part with an object I had been lugging around for far too many years, a Cabbage Patch Doll named Mabel Catherine that I had been given as a gift in 6th grade in 1984. I'm 41.

Mabel has moved with me from California to New York, to Colorado to Texas and to Illinois and in each new house or apartment she's lived in a box with her clothes and blankies in the dark, never to be unpacked or played with. That's no way for an adorable Cabbage Patch Doll to live. My husband told me (a year ago) that I should really give Mabel to someone who would play with her, that I should get "rid of that doll."

As a mother of two boys I couldn't pass Mabel on to my sons, so I searched around for friend's with daughters. Mabel went to a close home for a bit, but the little girl soon tired of her and I found Mabel back in my possession. Were we meant to be together forever? No, I would just have to expand my search.

Then several months ago another friend with a young daughter was on the lookout for baby clothes. I offered up the clothes WITH Mabel as part of the package. Both or nothing. She bit.

On a cold December rainy night I drove Mabel Catherine and her box of clothes and shoes and blankies to my friend's house. I took a quick photo in the car outside, one last look at my old pal. And then handed her off.

It's very possible this little girl who gets Mabel Catherine for Christmas will soon tire of the doll and I will find Mabel back in my arms, a little more used and bruised and that's fine.

It's occurred to me that one of the best parts of having possessions is giving them away when you are done with them, to grateful new owners. I took an inventory of what I possessed at 41 to bequeath friends and family - a Cabbage Patch Doll, and antique rocking chair for a child, some jewels. I'm going to work on giving away more and getting lighter like that guy on Craigs List who gave away all his possessions - that sounds fun and gypsy-like.

For now I hope Mabel Catherine is excited for her new adventures out of the box and into someone's life, she's been waiting so long for it!


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Monday, December 2, 2013

CTA Holiday Train in Evanston

About the train
The Chicago Transit Authority is getting into the holiday spirit with our popular Holiday Train! Santa and his elves will ride the train passing out candy canes and season's greetings.
The spectacular train is an amazing sight - during the daytime and at night. The outside of the six-car train is adorned with holiday seasonal images. Thousands of twinkling lights outline the shape of the train and windows, with even more lights running across the tops of the cars.
Interiors of the cars are decked out with thousands of multi-colored lights, red bows, garland, and red and green overhead lighting. The hand poles are wrapped to look like candy canes.
As the train pulls into each station, Santa waves to the boarding passengers from his sleigh on an open-air flatcar carrying his reindeer and decorated holiday trees.
The Holiday Train will travel all CTA rail lines in November and December as part of regular rail service. Normal CTA fares apply.
The train generally operates from about 1pm to 8pm on weekends and 3pm to 7pm on select weekdays (schedules for each rail line will vary), and will make stops at all stations along the respective routes.
12/18 - Wed
12/20 - Fri
12/21 - Sat