Sunday, April 27, 2008

Ginger's Photo Album

Just a few shots of life at Ginger's! Ame Steph and Linny...Linny and Phillycakes...Amy and Phil having acting class (show me me delighted!) and Ame and Steph doing our best to liven up another Saturday night...Come see us some time!

Ride 'em Cowboy!

Yee Haw! Today me, Linny and Jason went to see professional bull riding with Auntie Ronni and Uncle Lee. When Uncle Lee asked me last week if I wanted to go see bull riding i said thanks but no thanks. Then after some discussion with Linny, we decided that besides the fact that it might be fun to see some guys mauled by bulls, we also realized that it could be some excellent people watching...who doesn't love a bunch of rednecks?? Actually no, we just realized that any time we go anywhere with Auntie Ronni and Uncle Lee...its a great time. And it was! We did get to see some bulls trample some cowboys though. When we walked out to the car, we discovered that Uncle Lee had not only left the keys in the ignition, but he had LEFT THE CAR RUNNING!! Haha. He said he was just trying to keep it warm for us. Thanks Uncle Lee. After that we went to dinner at Maria's (for Mexican). So...good time had by all. Thanks for a great day!


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Go Cubs Go...

CUBS Win! CUBS Win! Last night my dad took me to the Cubs game and we watched them crush the Mets 7-1. It was a lot of fun and nice to hang out with Ronnie. We had great seats on the first base line and Ron Santo sang the 7th inning stretch. A good time had by all. It was a gorgeous night...probably the best weather we've had all year! Ronnie thinks this is gonna be the ubs' year...let's wait and see!


Sunday, April 20, 2008

Nice day for a white wedding!

Wow Shannon McDonough is MARRIED! Yesterday was a big day, I went to Shannon's wedding to her new husband Adam. She is the first one of all my high school friends to get married so it was really fun and exciting! Even better maybe was the fact that this was the first time since graduation that Shannon, Dana, Lisa, Kelly, Annette and I have all been together! We re-created our prom pic from 8 years ago (YIKES!) and all had a great time. Shannon looked amazing (see pics) and was serenaded by all her groomsmen during the reception. The church was in Hampshire, IL and the reception was in Crystal Lake. I went with Josh (Dana's boyfriend) and Ann (Dana's mom), and they were both excellent dates. Also, the wedding favors were delicious (see pic of me eating white chocolate lollipop). The suburbs sure are a different world though...felt like I was away on a trip again! Well, back home now, reading about children, families and the law. Tonight I'll be working at Ginger's if anyone wants to stop in!


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

More Munich

Hi again!

I've just realized that you can't see my pics on myspace unless you have a myspace I thought I'd post a few more on here for ya. First, you see me and Corie in a decorative pit of some sort, sitting on things that look like bottle tops. Next you have a cute little square with German cafes. Then is Theatinerkirche, and Odeonsplatz, the square where Hitler was arrested in 1923 right before he was imprisoned and wrote Mein Kampf. Next is the Chinese Tower in the Englischer Garten, with an Oom-pah band on the second story (we ate a huge lunch here at the beer garden), and finally you have the view of Hoenschwangau from the castle on the mountain. The yellow castle you can see was King Ludwig's other castle in the village...I mean, is one castle really enough for anyone?? No way! Anyway, hope you like the pics! Auf Wiedersehen!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Munich was GREAT!

Hi Everybody,

Well, Munich was fantastic! We did a lot of sightseeing in a little bit of time...These pics are: Me having a Radler (beer mixed with lemonade) at the Chinese Tower beer garden, where we also had some bratwurst, levakase (bologna-flavored meatloaf thing), dumplings, and of course, pretzels...A monument in the Englischer Garten which is bigger than Central Park...Me being confused in the U-Bahn tunnel...Double fisting dark radlers at Hofbrauhaus (the most famous German beer garden...they were HEAVY!!!)...and finally Neuschwanstein Castle on the German/Austrian border. It was SO PRETTY! King Ludwig of Bavaria had it build in the late 1800's and he dedicated it to Wagner's operas...strange...he even had a whole room build to look like a cave and grotto scene in one of the operas. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside, but it was really cool. We took a two hour train ride to get there, spent about an hour at the castle and then had dinner at a cute bistro in the village below. We ate a ton, went to a carnival (my new main pic), saw all kinds of famous buildings, squares and monuments, and of course had plenty of german beer. We were only there for two days but we covered a lot of ground. I posted a lot more of the pics on my myspace page, which is so if you look there and click on "pics" there are about 60 or 70 shots from the trip. Back home now and back to the grind. I have three papers to write this week...Yikes! Wish me luck! I think I'll go visit Linny at the Four Treys for a while, then get to bed early. I'm not really jet-lagged, but I am tired... See you all soon for the family pic.


Friday, April 11, 2008

Happy Almost Birthday to Dana!

Hi Everybody,

Tomorrow is Dana Jones's 26th Birthday!! Happy Birthday Big "D"! She will be celerating by attending the White Sox game with a bunch of people. Ew. Go Cubs.

I'm going to Munich tomorrow night. Yes. You read that right. I'm going to Munich tomorrow night. Just till Tuesday afternoon. My friend Corie works for United and she invited me why not!? I've never been to Munich before. I hear there's good surfing there, from some artificial waves they make in the river. I'm up for anything. So I'll post some pics when I get back.

Everything else is's cool, internship's cool, my plane tickets are booked so I'm leaving on June 10th for Dublin and then going to Barcelona to board the ship on June 25th. That's all the news I have for now.

Love to everybody!


Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Happy April Fools Day

Hi Folks,

Today I went back to school for my final class term! Yippee!! I'm taking "Children, Families and the Law", "Clinical Treatment of Adolescents" and "The Social Meaning of Race". My law class is being taught by an actual lawyer and she seems very serious, a lot different from my social work professors who are all pretty casual. She won't even call us by our first names. She took attendance and when she called out "Ms. Thorn" I almost didn't raise my hand, because no one ever addresses me by my last name.

My internship is going well, I only have about 6 weeks left there. The most interesting part of it has been being part of an advocacy group for court-involved girls. We've been working on recommendation papers for the state and county juvenile justice systems regarding the health and mental health of the girls in the detention center/jail. It's a pretty big debate because on one hand, we want to provide good services to the girls in detention and hopefully keep them from returning. On the other hand, we don't want detention centers to be the best option for a judge when she's trying to decide where to place a girl. I'm going to a big conference about it next week at the Fairmont, which my organization is co-sponsoring.

Other than that, same old, same old. Thorn kids had lunch with G&G last week which was really nice, and always entertaining when Saddlebrook Farms stories are involved. Then I stopped over at Auntie Julie's for a while and got to play with the kids, so that was nice too. I'll be at Auntie Laurie's house on Sunday, along with Linny and Jay-bird, so we'll see most of you soon.

Love Ame