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Cose Della Vita, the Things of Life

October 10, 2016

Do you have any songs that define a certain period of your life?  I do.  In fact, if I think carefully about it, there is some music that has foreshadowed my entire life.  I think I might have a soundtrack to my life.  ūüôā

Many, many years ago I used to work at a bookstore.  I needed a job for the summer and I needed to do something while I looked for my first real job out of college.  Lucky for me, it was an Italian-based bookstore and was really beautifully arranged with really amazing photographic art books from Italy.  It made the pain of looking for other work tolerable.  I spent most of my mornings sending out resumes and following up on possible leads.  But in the afternoons, I was able to escape to the Italian bookstore that had a little extra personality and flavor.  Because of its Italian roots the staff was also required to play the music the store carried for sale.  Most of the music was Italian of course, but for some reason they also carried a lot of Cirque du Soleil.  When it was my turn to pick an album to play, I would always play Eros Ramazzotti.  Always.  On repeat.  Over and over.  I had no idea what he was saying at the time, but I kept busy at the bookstore singing along with my new friend, Eros.

Eros Ramazzotti defined 1994 for me.

So, after working a few months at the bookstore, I finally got a call back from a firm at the Chicago Board of Trade.  I started off as a runner in the financial room trading floor.  A few months later I was moved to the institutional sales desk and I was covering trading accounts.  Little did I know that my future husband was also working on that desk at that time.  We didn’t date during our time at the CBOT, but we were friends.  And one of the things I remember most, was that he and I were invited to go see Cirque du Soleil’s Allegria.  We were allowed to bring dates, but I wasn’t dating anyone at the time.  Jeff, ironically hooked me up with one of his best friends Mario, so that I wouldn’t have to go alone.  (I guess he was looking out for me even back then, LOL). And Jeff went with an ex-girlfriend.  Boo!  I remember that I knew all the words to the song Allegria, and Jeff couldn’t understand why.  Well, Italian bookstore.

Life is funny, I would have never in a million years guessed after that night, that I would end up marrying Jeff years later.  I actually believed that he still had a thing for this tall, blond ex.  And I thought I would end up with a Greek boy.  I have never been so wrong in my life…and I am so glad I was.

The story about how Jeff and I finally got ourselves together to finally date and ultimately get married is a long and protracted one and for another time.  But I will say this, many years later when we finally married, we played Eros Ramazzotti at our wedding in Rome.  And I started taking Italian lessons.  I guess that Italian bookstore had magic.

Imagine my surprise when I found out Eros Ramazzotti was coming to Chicago to play a concert. Thanks to my friend T and her friend L, who were also huge Eros Ramazzotti fans, we all planned to go together. So off to the Rosemont Theater we went on October 7, 2016 at 8pm to hear the great Italian rockstar of our youth. It was a full house and he did not disappoint. He sounded exactly how you would hope he sounded live and age only improved him.

So Friday, was a full circle moment for me.   Eros Ramazzotti’s voice, brought back many a memory and a time in my life that ultimately led to meeting one of the greatest people I know.  Eros and I sang all about it together one more time, just like I had all those years ago at the bookstore.

I guess, there is a right time and a right place for everything.  Things happen in life that don’t make sense at the time when you go through things.  I can remember being really upset about working at a bookstore when I really needed a job out of college in my field.  I can also remember wondering how hard it was to find a good guy to date.  And I can remember wanting to run away from it all and get lost in Italy.  But, looking back, it all makes sense now.  And it all happened the way it was supposed to happen.  These are the things of life.  Le cose della vita.

How about you?  What are the songs of your life?



December 2, 2015

Hi everyone.  It’s that time of the week again…#linklove_Wednesday. 

So the holiday season has kicked in and this week’s #linklove has a holiday twist.  I read some really interesting articles this week about one man’s attempt at peace on earth, about why eating dinner with your family is as Martha Stewart would say, “a good thing”, and how to deal with your family around the holidays…LOL.  Are you looking for some holiday music and libations?  Read on…

Here are a few of my favorite reads this week December 2, 2015:

1.  Peace on earth…I like this guy’s idea.

2.  Here’s one way to keep holiday pounds at bay.

3.  I always ate dinner every night with my family and still do with my husband today.  Do you?

4.  Is it wrong that I totally want one of these?

5.  I like anything about Ancient Greece or Rome…in this case Rome.

6.  Looking for Christmas music?  Well did you know that Zooey Deschanel has a Christmas album?  I recommend this.

7.  How festive & delicious does this look? I am so making some this holiday season.

8.  Did I tell you I am obsessed with Adele?

9.  Going home for the holidays?  You better read this first.

‚̧ԳŹ Kallie


November 25, 2015

Wednesdays, the no-man’s land day of the week.

Wednesdays…I was born on a Wednesday. ¬†What do they say? ¬†Wednesday’s child is full of woe. What’s that all about? ¬†Personally I like to think I’m full of “whoa!” ūüôā


Photo credit: @dtsatsarou

I blame that Germanic god Wodan.  Here is what has to say about that:

“The name¬†Wednesday¬†derives from two mighty but distinct¬†gods. The Old English word for Wednesday indicates that the day was named for the Germanic god Woden. In Romance languages, the name is derived from the Roman god Mercury. (For example, Wednesday is¬†mercredi¬†in French and¬†miercuri¬†in Romanian.) Woden (also known as Odin)¬†and Mercury have¬† been associated since Scandinavian and Roman cultures crossed paths.¬†Under Woden‚Äôs supervision, the earth and sky¬†were created from the dead body of a giant named Ymir.¬†(WHOA!) ¬†Woden also created the first man and woman from an ash tree and an alder. As if fashioning the human race wasn‚Äôt enough, Woden also established the laws of the universe.” (How¬†about that?)

So it’s the middle of the week, but not quite over. You gotta hang in there for two more days before the glorious weekend. ¬†Well let’s make Wednesdays a little easier and fill them with some “whoa!” shall we?

Here’s a little something to get you over that hump. Welcome to a new section on my blog where I post links to interesting things I find on the web. I call it #linklove_wednesday. ¬†I like sharing cool things. ¬†I think Wednesday is a great day to do it. ¬†If you want to share something neat with me, put it in the comments below ūüôā


Here are few of my favorite things this week, November 25, 2015:

  1. I always wondered how this happened.  Gobble gobble.
  2. Adele is hot right now. This made me chuckle.
  3. The original dysfunctional family for you mythology buffs.
  4. I am so making these burgers…after Thanksgiving.
  5. Gratitude. ¬†Let’s have more of it. ¬†Happy Thanksgiving.

‚̧ԳŹ Kallie