Joakim Noah’s Ark

Not to have a dramatic shift in tone (because you’ve all obviously been just waiting in suspense since August…), but what may have been my favorite Halloween just passed and a friend got married and I had some college besties in town and I have some free time on my hands tonight and I guess all those things a blog post make…

First I wanted to be Marge Simpson. I’ve been cultivating quite the mane and am not sure how much longer that will be the case and it seemed opportune. But then I remembered said wedding and going blue, permanently or temporarily, the night before seemed like a questionable decision. At some point in time, after my brother mentioned that Joakim Noah was the ugliest basketball player, my mom observed that my aforementioned mane actually sort of resembled Noah’s infamous… well, I hate to be repetitive, but “mane” might better suit him. (Spoiler alert: that’s not the last of the manes in this post.)

To quote one of said college besties: “The greatest travesty would be if you didn’t go as Joakim Noah.”

So the decision made itself, right? Then we realized there were biblical connections and next thing I knew I was having this text exchange:

animal names

Fair question (on his part), but stick with me. I think Christin got the ball rolling with Larry Bird and it went from there. We got to brainstorming and after numerous other text/email exchanges we had our Ark.

barracuda

Emilie arrived on Thursday night and we did some last minute Michaels shopping. Christin got in while I was at work so she and Em got a head start while brainstorming some eleventh-hour additions.

progressAnd then when I got off it was all hands on deck (almost literally!!!) to finish our costumes and build an ark before the great flood Caleb’s rehearsal dinner, which was a real lovely affair (and reunion of sorts).

2009-2014

2009-2014

Then it was go time. The night’s festivities included an impromptu pregame at my place when S&P friends showed up and then a stroll to my the party at my brother’s, not without our ark full of candy (an historically accurate detail, I believe) of course.

kevin durantelopes/joakim noahs/larry birds of a feather

kevin durantelopes/joakim noahs/larry birds of a feather

complete with ark

complete with ark

they came two by two, right?

they came two by two, right?

i even ran into a pair of malcolm frogdons at the party.

i even ran into a pair of malcolm frogdons at the party.

larry taking control of the ark for the journey home

larry taking control of the ark for the journey home

And in case you weren’t able to identify all of our ark passengers, I’ve put together this handy guide:

carmelo ANThony

carmelo ANThony

chris bosh the dinosaur (but apparently not the right dinosaur. it's a little-known fact that certain dinosaurs were also on the ark)

chris bosh the dinosaur (but apparently not the right dinosaur. it’s a little-known fact that certain dinosaurs were also on the ark)

kobee bryant

kobee bryant

christin's counterpart

kevin durantelope: christin’s counterpart

double cavalier pride!

joe hare-is: double cavalier pride!

kris humphries

kris HUMPhries

swam alongside the ark

kareem abdul jabarracuda; swam alongside the ark

don't want none.

lebronaconda don’t want none.

mike-bull jordan

mike-bull jordan

the last of the manes

jeremy lion (i said there’d be more manes!)

with seal the seal (cannot take photoshop credit for seal the seal)

shaquille o’seal with seal the seal (cannot take photoshop credit for seal the seal)

lamarlin odom: accompanied kareem

lamarlin odom: accompanied kareem

chris pauler bear

chris pauler bear

we had so many ideas for singletary and he didn't even make it on the ark somehow...

sean flamingotary (we had so many ideas for singletary and he didn’t even make it on the ark somehow…)

sean singleterrier

sean singleterrier

prawn singletary

prawn singletary

And we had some names that didn’t even get Photoshopped: Kevin Dove, London Purrantes, Justin Pantherson, Dennis Codman…

Also I learned that Joakim Noah’s charity is called… Well. You guessed it.

[Sidenote:] Admittedly after Halloween, I mentioned to Marlon that if we got a dog we could name it Kanye, and got pretty excited at the idea of Ollie running around town with Kanye West Highland Terrier.

ollie and kanye west highland terrier

Oh and let’s not forget– Caleb and Amanda had a really gorgeous wedding at the Clifton Inn. So happy for #teampeppers :).

group photo

Chicago & Wisconsin

I’ve had this draft saved forever and have bigger things on the horizon so I just want to get this posted. We spent the Monday after Pitchfork walking around Chicago and caught up with a few of our respective friends in the evening (and had some world famous Lou Malnati’s, of course). Got a rental Tuesday morning and drove up to my family’s cabin six hours north, in Wisconsin. Had a few days there on the lake; on the last some of my family came over from Minnesota with lots of food and some lake toys.

hancock chicago birdhouses chicago chicago trump tower chicago jay pritzker pavilion chicago cloud gate bean chicago black and white cloud gate bean chicago red cloud gate bean chicago yellow sculpture jaume plensa chicago millenium park face fountain smiling chicago face fountain spewing chicago kids splashing millennium park chicago shy boy millennium park chicago man with newspaper chicago marlon trees chicago leaf shadows chicago art gallery courtyard chicago congress hotel chicago

correctly identified by marlon as the fountain from 'married with children'

correctly identified by marlon as the fountain from ‘married with children’

lake michigan boats chicago lake michigan sailboat chicago loop eyes chicago

beach by the planetarium

beach by the planetarium

madison lake mendota

took a pitstop in madison and grabbed a beer at the university of wisconsin campus, on the shores of beautiful lake mendota.

scenery wisconsin

thanks mar for these in-traffic scenery pics!

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captain marlon, swede lake edition!

captain marlon, swede lake edition!

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kids and shirl swede lake

AND THEN (no, not quite done yet) we drove the seven-and-a-half hours back south to Champaign, where Lee and Liz were getting married.

scenery to champaign

mirror selfie lolz

illinois barn

illinois scenery illinois scenery2

downtown champaign blind pig breweryme mar weddingBut more importantly:

romineweddings.com

romineweddings.com

(And boy did it rain! Started pouring right as we were headed to the bus to the ceremony, there was crazy wind and flickering lights [at least in my memory haha]… and then it all stopped right as the bride started making her way down the aisle. WeDdInG mAgIc!)