Friday, October 15, 2010

The 2010 JDRF Walk

On October 3rd, many of my family and friends participated in a 5K Walk for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to honor those of our family members and friends who were diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as children. This cause is very near and dear to my heart, as my partner, Susan, was diagnosed when she was 12. We are strong supporters of the JDRF - which is an incredible organization - and aside from participating in the walk annually, we also volunteer at the Chance of a Lifetime Gala every December. This year, Team SusAlly (named for Susan and our friend Meghan's sister, Ally) proudly raised over $4,400 for diabetes research, which is over double what we raised last year. Thank you so much to everyone who helped us reach our goal. Below are photos from the walk.

Susan and her brother, Martin.

A few members of Team SusAlly.

 More members of Team SusAlly.

It was a beautiful day in the Windy City.

Our team captain, Meghan, with Micah. (Meghan has a fantastic blog that you can check out by clicking here.)

Susan and me with our new puppy, Linus.

Susan and her mom, Lucy.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Bands to See Live: M.I.A.

Last week I had the opportunity to see a musician that I've wanted to see live for years: Maya Arulpragasam, who is better known by her stage name, M.I.A. Trust me when I say that the concert was well worth the wait. I expected a high energy show, but what I didn't expect was M.I.A. crowd surfing, crawling to the top of a stack of speakers that was easily a story high, passing around a bottle of Patrรณn to the crowd, and pulling people on stage for her encore (many of whom - in between freaking out, frantically dancing, and trying to hug M.I.A. - busted out all of the herbs that they smuggled into the Vic and began smoking them). All in all, the show was completely unreal and I'll be the first in line to grab tickets to see her the next time she swings back through Chicago. Luckily I had my pocket camera with me, so I snapped a few photos.