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Chicago adventures From my journal

About A City.

July 23, 2016

July 22, 2016 Sometimes you have to leave a place – like for a good while – and then come back to it – for a short while – to notice things about it you never ever realized in the 7+ years you lived there. And I did, notice some things about a city I called home for a few different chapters of my life. But I think more so I realized some things about myself… I experienced some of…

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Chicago Adventures, Part Four: Spilt Beer.

July 22, 2016

I’m headed back to Nashville today after spending the week in Chicago but had to share just ONE MORE Chicago train adventure story with you all! One of the cool things about riding the Metra train in Chicago, instead of the CTA trains, is that you can drink alcohol while riding and it’s totally normal. In fact, most business men and business women will crack open a beer or single bottle of wine on their way home from a hard…

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Chicago Adventures, Part 3: Body Checked.

July 20, 2016

I’m in Chicago this week – first time being back in the city in almost 2 years! – so I thought it might be fun to share some more of my Chicago-living CTA Adventures!  It’s true. I really have some hilarious and crazy stories, a lot of them involving the CTA (the trains that go around the city). These things that would happen to me back when I lived in Chicago were so epic and entertaining that all of my…

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Chicago adventures faith From my journal

The Rainbow.

January 13, 2016

This blog tends to be a bit of a mixed bag. Perhaps that’s why I have such a hard time answering the ever-common question, “Well what kind of blog is it?” Often times I’ll answer with “Lifestyle” but it always makes me feel pretty uncomfortable considering in no way shape or form am I deeming myself qualified enough to say to others, “Hey, this is how you do life, ok?” I mean really, I wouldn’t even say that I myself…

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When “comfort” is no longer stylish (or so I’m told.)

November 26, 2014

When I first moved to Chicago, I’d purchased the most fashionable “winter” coat I’d ever owned. As soon as the temps dropped and the first snow fell, I ran to my closet to put on my official outfit, only to find that once I’d actually gotten outside, I was freezing. I quickly decided I needed a much bigger, heavy duty coat, and that while I may end up looking like the abominable snowman, dang it at least I’d be warm. I did find…

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A Novel. (Based on a true story.) (This really happened.)

August 7, 2014

We may be leaving Chicago, but that doesn’t mean I can’t continue to share with you the horrifying commuting adventures I’ve had over the years in this town, right? RIGHT! I’ll actually be starting the commuting up again in a few months as I will be working 2 days a week at my former corporate job. This is a temporary thing to help out while the Office Manager (and one of my dear friends!) is on maternity leave and, you…

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Chicago adventures review sometimes it's random and that's okay

The recap of the Journey concert that almost was

July 15, 2014

You all were so super sweet and fun with your Instagram and email comments on Saturday as I was getting ready to go jam out to one of my beloved 80s bands: Journey.  As I was getting ready, I listened to my 80s station on Pandora, and tried to get as 80s-i-fied (?) as I possibly could, without looking too… “Babysitters Club” – does that make sense? I finally settled on a side ponytail (but not obnoxious, you know?) with…

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Chicago Adventures, Part 2: I Will Take You.

June 4, 2014

If there is one thing I love about living in Chicago, it’s that no commuting day is a dull one – there is always something eventful that happens here. I love how diverse this city is; I’ve been fortunate to live in various Chicago neighborhoods and therefore experience “it all.” There is a lot of sadness and heartbreak in this city, but there is also a lot of adventure and craziness that quickly turns into stories I love to share…

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Chicago Adventures, Part 1: CTA Cinderella

April 16, 2014

Once upon a time I took the CTA. (And for any of you non-Chicagoans, this stands for Chicago Transit Authority). I took either the train or the bus, on a daily basis, to and from work but also any time I really wanted to get to another neighborhood. Now this was not just a means of transportation, this was the Chicago EL for cryin’ out loud. It was an adventure. Sure, at times (60% of the time, every time) it was…

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Chicago adventures the babes the everyday moments

For Abby.

April 8, 2014

This past weekend, on my walk, I met a woman. I don’t know her name or if she lives in my neighborhood, or even really who she is – but I do know that God’s plan was for she and I to meet. (source) It started out just like any other walk with Oooj – we were on our usual path, through the tree-lined streets of our neighborhood. It was the first really nice day in – well, the whole…

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