“But, It’s Cold” – The Chicago Night Life Struggle

In case you didn’t hear, it’s still winter in the Midwest. Chicago is notorious for its brutal weather (see In Spite of the Polar Vortex), however I had comparatively minimal complaints this year. Last year we had an epic winter and I felt some sense of pride in my ability to “rough it” in treacherous…

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Intentionality

This world is for the intentional. It’s the kind of place where I should thrive. I should rule. I’ve considered every step, of every day. I lay in bed every morning, thinking about how I’ll eventually get out. The actions I’ll take. How my muscles will shift. Setting my toes on the cold floor just…

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Pizza Files: Episode 5 – A Torrid Love Affair

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, and today being National Pizza Day, I thought it only appropriate I dedicate another post to my one true love, ‘Za. Though my love for ‘Za is widely known, it is only known in certain circles that I’m lactose intolerant; you can imagine the strain it puts on our relationship.…

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As I Was

I usted to think I was, as is. And yet there were, maybe, a few ways I could change what was. But then I met your kind. Your kind. Your kind. Your kind. The most wretched Most vile kind. Your kind altered what I knew and thought of myself. Myself. Myself. Myself. That self which…

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Summer Music Sound Off: Neighborhood Festivals

While other bloggers are bringing you fall’s trends and frocks, I’m still brooding over summer. Anyone who has ever spent the summer in Chicago can testify to the way the city comes alive. The beautiful Michigan beach beacons tourists like a siren to wayward sea men; Mag Mile is a throbbing throng of department store…

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Summer Music Sound Off: Lollapalooza

I L-O-V-E music, which is one of the reasons I love Chicago. Although I’m not the kind of music lover that necessarily knows a lot about music, or at least I’m no music scene expert, I just know I can’t function without it. On the train, at work, running, or cooking, or reading, music on, heading…

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Pizza Files: Episode 4 – 2 Restaurants, 1 Syllable Names

The 1 syllable restaurant name (or moniker), they’re the trendy kind of places that are effortlessly chic and cool, with names like Quiche or Crash, they evoke the image of clean white walls, minimalistic furniture, and lots of glass. I’ve come to find that pizza joints aren’t immune to this trend toward name minimization –…

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Smells Like Summer

Disclaimer: I’ve been taking a class on global leadership (don’t ask me why, I can’t be sure) that was owning my life for the past 10 weeks, hence no posts so… here is my attempt to getting back into “blogging”… again. The other day I was on Amazon picking books for my summer reading list…

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In Spite of the Polar Vortex: Part 2

So, for those of us keeping track of the seasons it’s the third week of April… and the first day of spring was approximately a month ago. It snowed two days ago. The polar vortex is really testing my patience, however don’t fret my fellow Chicagoans there are enough dive bars, breweries, and dance clubs…

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In Spite of the Polar Vortex: Part 1

In the past year, Chicago has gotten a pretty bad rep. Granted, it’s freezing from November to mid April, windchill got down to -50 Fahrenheit multiple times this year, the snow seems never ending, and you forget what warmth feels like… so yeah winter in Chicago can be brutal. My parents, and friends living in…

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