Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fall goals

Hi pretties,

I'm inspired. I'm inspired to make some goals for this Fall. Fall is awesome for a million reasons that I probably don't have to remind you of. And why not make it better by doing some awesome stuff that's gonna make me happy?

This is the blog that inspired me. And these are my goals:

1. Come up with an idea for/Work on a homemade Christmas gift for someone
2. Decorate my bedroom
3. Always be in the middle of a book, or have a next one to read in mind
4. Use the crock pot at least one more time before Thanksgiving
5. Paint my nails, and keep them looking non-ugly

Okay - those are good, right?! It's hard to come up with things like this because I can come up with a million things I want to do all the time, but that's the nice thing about limiting to-do lists to a small number.

My cousin and her friend Ryan were in town for a few days, staying at our apartment. It was such a great time, and it's fun to see Chicago with touristy eyes every now and again. Ryan took this picture from the Hancock building, and I'm going to share it b/c it's just super lovely.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Alone time

So, I don't live alone. Never have. HOWEVER, I found many things on this list (32 Embarrassing Things You Do When You Live Alone) to be true of me when I am alone for an extended period of time. Whether it's several hours or weeks, I will certainly acquire some of these habits! I picked some of my personal favorites to share with you ;)

4. Realizing how many meals can be successfully eaten in bed, and not considering the repercussions until you are literally sleeping on a pile of crumbs.

6. Having brief existential crises over how lazy one person can actually get, because it seems like the toe-grabbing thing must be near the top of that category.

9. Beyond just singing in the shower, conducting full-scale operas while washing up with multiple voices, rich instrumentals, and out-of-nowhere guitar solos.

10. Dancing seductively in front of the mirror at length and marveling about how eminently bangable you are.

12. Crying for basically no other reason than it feels really sweet to cry, or maybe you saw something really moving and emotional and profound, like a Snuggle commercial.

13. Getting drunk by yourself whilst browsing the internet and laughing maniacally at your computer screen.

15. Rearranging things in your apartment because you feel that you could always have things placed in a slightly more sensical order, even though it always winds up looking exactly the same.

16. Allowing your eating schedule to become so backwards as to border on the surreal. “Oh, it’s 2:30 AM, time for breakfast! I don’t want to miss the lunch hour at 10 AM, followed by a snack-dinner that stretches on for two hours in the late afternoon.”

23. Remaining in the same pajamas for such an extended period of time that you think the fabric might actually be adhering permanently to your skin.

25. Getting into bouts of cleaning/organizing that seem to put into question your mental health.

26. Having to answer the door when you are in full “hermit” mode and have therefore not seen the business end of a brush or clean shirt in a few days.

30. Constantly thinking of all the magical things you could do with this space you have all to yourself, including painting an accent wall, none of which you ever do.

Haha guess that turned into my top 12 from somebody else's top 32 list. But seriously, I'm not sure I'd come out sane if I live alone for too long.

Monday, October 8, 2012


I love food. I really do. I love healthy food, even! The problem is: I'm a bit lazy. I typically don't think far enough in advance to prepare foods, and when I do, I brush it off. This means I typically end up eating crap food, and spending way too much money on snacks/lunches at work.

Well, I'm sorting out ways to remedy this. First things first, I think I need to stock pile a few treats at work. All that takes is one day of motivation to stock up for weeks of snack attacks, I certainly should be able to pull it off. With the help of the internet, my stomach, and my taste buds, I'm compiling a good list of foods to keep at my desk/work fridge:

1. Fruits! (You knew that would make the cut).
2. Veggies! (Fruit's nerdier, better-for-you cousin)
3. Trail mix/nuts
4. String cheese/cheese wedges
5. Cottage cheese
6. Cereal
7. Peanut butter
8. Pretzels/crackers (whole wheat/multi grain)
9. Greek yogurt
10. Bars (Kashi, Luna, etc)
11. Tea (right, right not a food, but it give my mouth something to do when I'm looking to bored eat)
12. Oatmeal
13. Dark chocolate

Hmm, I need to find some frozen treats to keep in the freezer here. Always nice to have something that won't go bad anytime soon.