Weekend Recap Vol. 6

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Excuse the old pics, but I was having way too much fun this weekend to actually remember to take some pictures haha.

* An old high school friend came down to the city to visit me! I never get tired of catching up with the some of my best friends.

* We celebrated Andy’s (my sister’s boyfriend) birthday on Saturday! It was a perfectly chill night full of deluxe chocolate cake (with cookie dough in the middle), friends, and nice chats.

* The boyfriend and I ate a delicious brunch at Pick Me Up Cafe. It’s one of our all-time favorite places in the city! Hip hip hooray for build your own omelettes!

5 Phases of Unemployment

Phase 1: Everyday is the weekend [YAY]

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WOO HOO everyday feels like Saturday. You want to stay up late on a Wednesday night, drink a bottle of wine, and have a movie marathon? Go.for.it. because you have nothing to do tomorrow! Now is the time you can catch up on books, shows, and all those DIY projects you’ve been dying to try! Could life get any better than this?

Phase 2: Unparalleled boredom

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You have successfully watched every episode of Mad Men on Netflix, and you quickly realized you have no income so you can’t actually afford to buy $100 worth of DIY supplies. Your days are long and filled with hours of nothingness.

Phase 3: Deep understanding of life as a dog

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You have reached the point where you literally count down the hours until your roommates are home because you have spent so much time alone. Desperate for human interaction, you find yourself longingly staring at the door as the clock reaches 5:30pm. So this is how all the pooches feel….

Phase 4: Feeling like the pinnacle of uselessness 

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What is the meaning of life?! I have no purpose, I’m not contributing to society, what am I doingggggggg with all my time? these existential questions will haunt your hours of alone time.

Phase 5: The light at the end of the tunnel

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The day has come! You just got that call. That wonderful, glorious call informing you that “YOU GOT THE JOB!” Mega congrats onto you. Now you just have to entertain yourself until your start date…

Best of luck to my fellow unemployed homies, may the odds be ever in your favor.

Currently Craving: Technology

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1. I’m currently on team iPhone, but it’s the archaic iPhone 5 aka the updates no longer work, and I have to charge it twice a day (minimum). I’m considering making the switch to the Samsung Galaxy 6S which has more storage, better battery, and a higher mega pixel camera.

2. I bought my MacBook Pro right after I graduated from high school in 2011. It still works, but I wouldn’t turn down an upgrade to the newest Mac Book Air.

3. I work out quite a bit, and I’m on a diet right now. I think the Fit Bit Surge would be really helpful to make sure I’m staying on track with my health and fitness goals. It also doubles as a watch, how neat is that?!

4. Right now Logan and I are babysitting my brothers TV, but we’ll eventually have to give it back. When we do, I’m going to have my heart set on the Samsung 55″ TV. Our living room is kind of massive, so we obvi need a giant TV. Obvi.

5. So if I can’t get a new laptop, I think an External Hard Drive would help speed up my current one. I have so many pictures and what not that they’re probably slowing my computer down a ton.

What techie gadgets are on your wish list?

Thoughts & Feelings: Back-to-School Nostalgia

With back to school season in full swing, I’m left with an intense feeling of nostalgia. Is it just me, or is everyone else also victim to this wave of memories of bonfires, back to school shopping, and high school football games?

Childhood

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I had a ridiculously good childhood *thanks parents.* Every year, the day before school started: Kayla, my dad, and I would have our Ultimate Day of Fun. Which included mini golf, go-karts, and shopping. Does it get better than that? I remember being super excited to go back to school every year *nerd alert.* Because after a long summer, school meant seeing all of my friends consistently, art classes, and a new teacher (I never got placed with the teacher I wanted, forever bitter about that).

Teen Years 

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With the start of high school, our Ultimate Day of Fun was discontinued because of fall sports which always started a few weeks before the actual school year. I’ve always loved learning, and not to toot my own horn, but I was a ridiculously good student *toot*toot.* A new year meant new teachers, new subjects, but old friends (thanks AP bubble).

College Time

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I went to school in a small Wisconsin town. I absolutely loved it there! My boyfriend/BFF was there, I was super involved on campus, and I loved both of my majors (advertising & psych). Going back to school each year kind of reaffirmed my independence away from home. It’s my second fall not returning to campus, and I’m gunna be real with you, it still feels weird.

Do you have any fun fall memories?

Web Wonders

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* Sure to melt your cynical soul: this video is so cheesy, but hey, who doesn’t love love?

* Loving this story about some American heroes who saved the day. That’s sure to boost national pride!

* OMG! Don’t know why I would need these supa cute birth control pill holders, but I do need them.

* Obsessed with Cara Loren’s Boho Chic look, isn’t her hair to die for?!

* Laughed, cried, and had lots of deep thoughts about this NPR Podcast covering the ever-present need for integration in the American school system.

Weekend Recap Vol. 5

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* Spent most of the weekend with these love birds ❤

* Forever in love with our neighborhood in Chicago, there’s so much to do/eat/see

* Brunchin with some serious babes

* Cheers to the freakin weekend with an awesome Blood Orange Mimosa

* Catchin up with old friends is always a good time, especially when you have a Great Lake in your background (and the dog beach is on the walking route)

Chicago Highlights: Living

1. Big city feel, midwest charm

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I think Chicago gets compared to NYC a lot. From what I’ve heard/experienced, Chicago has all the perks of big city living while still maintaining the classic midwest niceness. I’m not trying to paint an unrealistic painting of Chicagoans, there are definitely some rude people here, but I don’t think it’s hard to find a smiling stranger, lots of “thank yous”, and people holding doors open for you.

2. Amazing food around every corner

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Deep dish pizza, italian beef, cheese & caramel popcorn; need I say more?! Yes, NOMZ.

3. We have a lake, which is basically the size of an ocean

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Obviously the Lake is not an ocean, I’m not a dummie guys. But the lake is hugged by a strip of beaches (yes, actual sand), and you can’t see where the water ends #majestic. So like I said, basically an ocean.

4. Distinct neighborhoods that fit into their own special niche

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Wicker Park (hipsters), Wrigley (drunk college students), River North ($$$), the list goes on and on. Each neighborhood offers it’s own unique culture, so you can hop on the el for 15 minutes and be enveloped in a totally different atmosphere!

5. The skyline will take your breath away

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Every time I catch a glimpse of the beautiful Chicago Skyline I stare in awe for a minimum of 10 seconds. There are so many spots in the city where you can relish the beautiful buildings, my personal favorite view is from the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Be there or be square.

What are your favorite things about where you live?

Currently Craving: DIY Day

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I don’t know if it’s my increasing boredom with TV #unemployed, but I’ve got DIY on the brain. I can’t wait for the first chilly autumn day that I can devote entirely to crafting. Here are some of the projects that are at the top of my list.

1. Distressed Denim

I’ve been working on a pair of my own distressed jeans, and WOW it takes a really long time to create a nice hole. So the next time someone asks you why you’d buy ripped pants, tell them it’s because doing it yourself is actually a total b*tch.

2. Cactus pincushions 

I wouldn’t use these lil cuties for sewing; I think they’d make some great decoration for my little apartment though. And everyone knows cacti are so on trend right now.

3. Scrap book

The boyfriend and I spent a whole year traveling around Europe, so you can only imagine how many great pics I have of us. I’d love to print them out and make a little huge book chuck full of memories.

4. Monochromatic bracelets

Wow talk about a grown-up spin on friendship bracelets. I’m in love with the boho bracelet stacking look, so I could totally see me rocking 5 of these on my wrist.

5. Branch hooks

Love the idea of making something pretty from nature. My apartment is all white, so I think I’d use a pop of color for these!

6 Truths about Committed Love

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1. They’re your BFF, cuddle buddy, secret keeper, and partner in crime all wrapped in one *hott* package

Having one person that fulfills basically every relationship requirement is the absolute best.

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2. You know what peak comfort with another human being feels like

You can be exactly who you are without jeopardizing the other person’s feelings for you. Feel free to speak your mind, belch in front of them, and share some weird thoughts and feelings, because regardless of what you say and do, this person is stuck with chose you.

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3. You gotta take the bad with the good

I do some really annoying things #worrywart, my boyfriend also does some (less) annoying things. But love means putting these little annoyances aside so you can enjoy all the other qualities you completely adore about the other person.

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4. The two of you are probably really weird when you’re together

Being so freakishly close comes with some repercussions. Since you’re super comfortable with each other that level of comfort doesn’t always mesh well with the general public. Sometimes I catch myself doing/saying really weird things to Logan that probably aren’t acceptable in public (e.g. greeting him by meowing #sorrynotsorry).

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5. You’re really excited about your future with them 

Talking about future jobs, dream houses, possible vacations, even kids. Yup, serious stuff comes up when you day dream about what the future holds for the two of you (I’m thinking adventures galore).

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6. You know each other better than anyone else

You know their likes, dislikes, pet peeves, how to make them happy, and how to piss them off. It’s your responsibility to use that knowledge for good.

Weekend Recap Vol. 4

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Another great summer weekend with great people!

* Kayla and I went to the Chicago Air and Water Show on Sunday. The show is a bunch of tiny fast jet planes doing tricks in the air. I think the best part was being able to hop in the lake and watch the show while bobbing with the tiny waves.

* Logan and I celebrate 6 YEARS together on Saturday! I’m so lucky to have grown up along side him and travel the world together. I’m excited for all the adventures our lives have in store for us!

* We made the trip up to WI this weekend for a friends wedding. It’s so fun to see our friends growing up and making big commitments like this. The wedding was close to our college town, so we were able to drive through our alma mater, talk about nostalgic feels.