For the second time this summer I moved into an apartment on my own. This time it was just next door. As I was moving my things back to the apartment I lived in before I left for DC, it hit me -- I'm going to be at Monmouth for the whole year. Classes haven't even started and I already have a serious case of the wanderlust.
31 July 2010
30 July 2010
Today was baseball day! Despite the threat of rain, I couldn't let free tickets to the Burlington Bees go to waste! The Bees beat the Beloit Snappers 2-1 in 10 innings -- that's the second game in a week that's gone into extra innings while I was in attendance!
Tonight I ventured to the South Side to cheer on the Chicago White Sox in a victory over the Oakland A's. The weather was perfect, the peanuts were extra salty, and the company superb. Kelsey and I were roommates our first year at Monmouth and we've been friends ever since. I admire her passion, hilarity, and thirst for life. I don't know if I've ever laughed so much with one person. Or had so many deep conversations with. I can honestly saw that my life is infinitely better for knowing this fabulously wonderful woman. Happy Birthday, Muscles!
28 July 2010
Frankly, today was a very boring one. I decided to skip this week's Farmer's Market and turn my focus to domestic duties that were piling up faster than I could attend to. I'm a bit ashamed I let my laundry get out of hand; I need a laundress. However, I find some strange peace in folding fresh laundry. I suppose I won't hire out then if this task helps what little sanity I have left.
27 July 2010
I was attempting to capture the sunlight glimmering on an intricate cobweb, but sadly, my camera is not awesome enough to capture such beauty. Nevertheless, I love these hydrangeas and impatiens outside of Madonna della Strada Chapel at Loyola.
26 July 2010
On Sunday, I took the train up to the Second City to see the Cubs-Cards game with Paige. She's a Cards fan and it is a serious character flaw. I don't know if I can be friends with her anymore. I decided that I want to be the person who work puts the score up on the scoreboard, and I was excited to see my favorite player, Alfonso Soriano. The game went into 11 innings, but sadly, the Cardinals pulled out the win.
23 July 2010
"It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!"
Finally! I've found it! My kind of bar does exist, and it's mere blocks from my apartment! While the Green Mill is most famous for its Al Capone appearances in the roaring 1920s and 30s, it is also well-known for its live music. Every Thursday night, Big Band Swing rings through this little piece of history. It was truly like stepping into the past. As I sipped my gin and tonic, however, I longingly wished that most of the men there weren't card-carrying members of the AARP...
22 July 2010
21 July 2010
Wednesdays might be my favorite day of the week because of the Farmers Market and our trips to Andersonville. This Swedish neighborhood is home to one of my favorite bookstores, the best breakfast joint, some interesting shops, and lots of friendly folks. If you visit, I'll take you there. I promise.
20 July 2010
19 July 2010
18 July 2010
17 July 2010
16 July 2010
I love making cards. It is a great way for me to de-stress and get the creative juices flowing. It's especially fun making cards with friends. However, I spent my evening alone, hovered over my desk making bridal shower invitations. I picked up some fabulous paper (on sale!!) at Paper Source after work (and had an impromptu shopping spree at two awesome consignment stores!).
15 July 2010
14 July 2010
After a very exciting day, I sadly came home to an empty refrigerator. Fortunately for me, the Andersonville Farmers Market is up and running and I reveled in booth after booth of locally grown produce, baked goods, and organic items. Though I didn't purchase any turnips or jalapenos, the two ears of corn in the front are mine. I just love summer foods!
13 July 2010
When I quit playing basketball after my freshman year at Monmouth College, I said that not playing felt like a shoe that didn't fit -- and that I was going to have to go barefoot for awhile. Today, I dusted off those basketball shoes from freshman year and played again. It really had been too long, and I truly missed it. Now perhaps, the love affair has been reborn.
12 July 2010
When I went home for the weekend, I left the book I was reading at my house. Back in Monmouth, I am without my suspenseful crime novel. Looks like I'll have to pick one from the pile on my nightstand. I'm thinking about going with Amelia Earhart's Daughters. For some time now, I have been intrigued by the life of Amelia Earhart. Recently though, I have become more interested in the lives of other women in aviation.
11 July 2010
"O, when I am safe in my sylvan home" -- R.W.E.
Sometimes I think I would have been a Transcendentalist if I had lived in the 19th Century. The writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson come to mind when I visit my grandparents' house on Sundays. I also enjoy visiting with one of their barn cats, Bogie. My sister and I named him after Humphrey Bogart. Our family says we have "old souls." I think they may be right.
Over the past year I have come to love crossword puzzles. I complete the Red Eye crosswords during the week and attempt to work on the New York Times' puzzle. I often laugh out loud at some of the clues, or shake my head saying "Oh, Will Shortz." (He's the NYT crossword editor). I recently purchased a nice puzzle book. I had to laugh at the clue for 34 Across: "___ Teenage Werewolf" (1957 film). The answer is: I Was A. I couldn't help but think of my brother, who loves this movie.