22 February 2013

2/16 - 2/20

The last week and a half has been a really nice mix of running around like crazy, hanging out with a million friends, eating an absurd amount of Boiler Room pizza, day drinking, and being totally lazy. I had the foresight and patience to actually carry my camera around for a good portion of it, and even went the extra mile to edit my photos AND update my blog. Somebody give me a pat on the back, or at the very least a brownie for all the effort I'm putting into blogging at this exact moment.

That said, my life has taken a turn for the absolutely wonderful. I have made a handful (understatement) of new friends in the last few months, and I feel as though I am almost never in my apartment. The quiet moments I do have with myself are likely spent doing laundry, making a giant breakfast, perpetually washing dishes, and sobbing at every favorite character being killed off on Downton Abbey (mental health, it's real y'all). I have yet to finish hanging my art in my place, but I am done apologizing to myself for it. Things are coming along at a pace I enjoy, my freezer is fully stocked of amazing things I cooked and froze for my future self, I have an absurd selection of tea just for me, and I'm feeling truly blissful right now. Pinch me.

My Room
Breakfast Parks and Rec
Writing Letters
Moriah at PQM
Lunch PQM
Emma Marie Martin
French Toast for Breakfast
Big Star Midday Drunk
Chili Dinner for Two  
1 My studio bedroom // 2 Parks and Rec, Mexi brunch for one // 3 Writing a letter // 4 Moriah at PQM // 5 Artic char on toast and Bloody Mary's at PQM // 6 Clawed Meownet i.e. Emma Martin at New Wave // 7 French toast for breakfast // 8 Day drinking at Big Star // 9 Cornbread and chili dinner for two

This Weekend

- Playtime at the Music Box Theater
- Live music at Cole's Bar
- Seeing my dear sister
- Mani/Pedis & Michael's with Emma
- Live music at Cafe Mustache
- The Oscars and the making and eating of so many snacks

And now, let WHY? carry you into the weekend, because WHY? not?

21 February 2013

Eating Our Way Through Chicago's 50 Best Sandwiches

At the start of the new year, my father and I decided to take on the somewhat absurd challenge of eating our way through Chicago Magazine's list of the city's 50 Best Sandwiches of 2012. Together, we've tried four and have yet to find one that we are absolutely crazy about. Let's be real, PQM is pretty much dominant when it comes to best sandwiches ever. I will say that this has proven a good opportunity to spend time lavishing in each anothers company, and we are definitely dining at restaurants we might not normally venture to. Feel free to follow along as we nosh, rate, and rank our faves.

Dad at Old Oak Tap

15 February 2013

This Weekend

- Working out at LSAC
- 2001: A Space Odyssey at the Music Box Theater
- PQM with Moriah
- Winter flea market
- Boiler Room pizza with Emma and friends
- Cook a giant pot of something (maybe chili...)

10 February 2013

Afternoon

White Tulips Kitchen

As I'm regularly reminiscing about how busy my life has been as of late, it's always wonderful to reflect on the quiet moments that manifest. I'm rarely in my apartment in the afternoons, but when I happen to pop in on a weekend afternoon, it really is the most beautiful quiet place. My kitchen fills with gorgeous soft western light, the blinds and windows cast amazing shadows, and my third floor perch has me overlooking all of the quiet backyards for a block.

Moments like the one shown above remind me that I am so lucky to have a place to really make my own. Some of you might already know my sense of "homelessness" that came with quickly moving, the finalization of my parents' divorce, the renting of our family's house, and everyone in my family scattering - but putting the right amount of time, love, and elbow grease into my apartment has given me a sense of ownership and pride that has me practically skipping up the stairs to my front door.

More photos soon, I promise. And for all of my IRL friends, who's interested in a housewarming and some neighborhood drinks/karaoke?

09 February 2013

My Crew

Christmas 2012
In my general business of getting into the swing of 2013, I neglected to post this wonderful photo of my family in my apartment. This was taken on Christmas eve, Mari and I cooked dinner for the family at my studio. It was such a treat to host the people I love in my home. More family dinners soon, okay guys?

Also, how handsome are we?

05 February 2013

My Life as of Late

I've been so busy living that I seldom have time to post over here on the blog - but this is my life in a nutshell. Watching sports, with new friends, at bars I never frequent, eating wings, and taking semi-unflattering photos. There has been so much change in the last few months, all mainly for the better. For one, I officially love football, Emma, Moriah, and all of the people who have become a big presence in my life. Thanks for keeping it real and getting me out of the house, ya'll.

photo cred moriah

01 February 2013

This Weekend

- Raw oysters & cocktails at La Sardine with my Dad
- Opening of "Plant Life" at Western Exhibitions
- Lexie visits!
- Double date at Le Bouchon
- Drinks with Ben, Moriah, and Emma
- Maybe finishing Friday Night Lights...
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