hometown show

It’s only three sleeps to go

And it’s almost sold out

I’m ┬áso excited, I had to repost the blog about this Saturday’s show!

Not because I’m too lazy to write a new post about it

Yeah right.

I moved to the US in 1999

Moved to Chicago in 2001

Since then I’ve gotten married

Had a baby or two

Got me a mortgage

A few wrinkles

Grown up a bit


But something I haven’t done in what feels like FOREVER

Is a show in Chicago

With all the touring I do throughout the year

Sometimes when I get home

I just want to ‘BE’, you know?

BE home

BE Mummy

BE sleeping

BE lazy

But I reckon I’m ready for a break from all this BE-ing

Time for a show in Chi-town me thinks

And I’ve talked Dad into coming along too!

Yeah baby!

So, if you’re in Chicago

Or want to come to Chicago for the show


The rest of next year is already booked solid

So this will be our only US show for 2011

The deets:

Saturday January 29th

Green Street Theatre


Box Office: (312) 733 6000

CLICK HERE to buy tickets

I have just been informed by my neighbors & friends that they’ve already bought their tickets for the front row….

Do they not know me at ALL??

Game on!

australia day 2011

I read, and loved this *story earlier this week

And for those of you who haven’t seen it

What better day to share it with you than Australia Day

SAS Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith says he is extremely humbled to receive the Victoria Cross for gallantry but he has urged Australians to always remember the digger heroes who have died fighting in Afghanistan.

The 32-year-old was awarded Australia’s highest military honour by Governor-General Quentin Bryce at a special ceremony in Perth on Sunday.

Also present at the Campbell Barracks for the ceremony were Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and Defence Force Chief Angus Houston.

Cpl Roberts-Smith was awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia for conspicuous gallantry shown when taking on Taliban machine gun positions near the village of Tizak in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province on June 11 last year.

After the ceremony, the father of two-month-old twin girls, told reporters he was “extremely humbled” by the award but every member of his unit showed gallantry on the day and they too would be recognised with honours.

He also urged Australians to remember the digger “heroes” who did not come back alive from Afghanistan.

“These are the guys who put their hands up willingly and they didn’t come back.

“They are our mates and their families live with that every day,” Cpl Roberts-Smith said.

“So I will really urge the public to remember they are the heroes, they are the ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice.”

Cpl Roberts-Smith said that in the middle of intense fighting there wasn’t time to think and a soldier’s training kicked in.

“I just looked across and saw my mates getting ripped up.

“I just decided to move forward because I wasn’t going to sit there and do nothing. I thought I’d have a crack, not to let my mates down.”

He then single handedly assaulted two Taliban machine gun positions and took them out.

“We won and we hurt the insurgency. I’m very proud to be part of that,” Cpl Roberts-Smith said.

“I think for everyone there, including myself what’s going through your mind is you just won’t let your mates down.

“You just go as hard as you can.”

He said he could not do his job if he did not have the support of his wife and the rest of his family “and they do support me 100 per cent”.

“I do what I do because I believe in the country that we live in.

“I believe we are making a difference in stemming the flow of terrorism into Australia,” Cpl Roberts-Smith said.

“I want my children to be able to live as everyone does now without the fear of getting on a bus and having it blow up.”

Cpl Roberts-Smith said he was ready to serve on the front line again if deployed.

Praise from PM

Australia’s newest Victoria Cross recipient is a humble family man who prefers to stay out of the spotlight, Prime Minister Julia Gillard says.

Ms Gillard spent some time with the family last week and saw that the war hero was a dedicated husband and father.

“Ben is actually a very humble man, reluctant to be the centre of so much fuss and attention,” she said.

“(He is) keen to also remind of the bravery of the mates that he fought alongside and also a man determined to keep his family in his protective and loving embrace.”

Ms Gillard said Cpl Roberts-Smith was one of the greatest living Australians.

“Exhibiting those characteristics: humility, mateship, love of family, Ben is clearly one of us,” she said.

“But Ben is also different from us … because he will always know as we know now that in the heat of battle he did not fail when mateship and duty called.

“And though it might have easily cost him his life he was fully prepared to give it.”

Happy Australia Day!


Happy 91st birthday Nanna!


(*story from perthnow.com)

da bears!

Anyone in Chicago knows it’s a big day today

A H-U-G-E day

It’s the big playoff football game between forever rivals

The Chicago Bears & The Green Bay Packers

If the Bears win this one, they’re going to the Superbowl

Which they haven’t won since 1985

That’s when this suberb video was made

So it’s kinda a big deal ’round these parts

Especially in our house

Both girls have their Bear’s jerseys on

We even got out our Bear’s bathtowels

With glitter on them? (oh Magoooo….)

Bear’s soap

Even the Fluffinator has to wear his Bear’s hat

Until he gets it off and eats it

The girls dress their toys up

Stick up homemade Bear’s decorations

We even crank out Diamond’s beloved Bear’s blanket

That was his Grandmas

And is older than him (which makes it pretty o-l-d)

We’ve got Bear’s deck chairs

Even though it’s a tad nippily to be outside sitting on anyone’s deck

I only have to look out our window to see our neighbours are getting in the spirit too

Diamond’s been wearing his jersey all year

But today’s the first day I’ve worn mine this year

So they’d better win

Or you KNOW who’s going to get the blame…

UPDATE: Bears lost. I’m burning the fucking shirt