Learning some of the Maine terms: A Midwesterner’s journey

Throughout my time here I’ve noticed that Mainers talk differently. I’ve gotten used to the Maine accent where they drop the “er” at the end of words and add “ah” instead. For example, lobster becomes lobstah, Bar Harbor is Bah Habah, and so on. But there are also quite a few …

A tale of two cities: How to balance the old with the new

Now that I’ve been in Maine for a little while now, I have to say that I love it. I love the winding streets, the call of the seagulls, the rocky coast, and the slower way of life. Sometimes it feels like I’ve gone back in time to a simpler …

Safety in Chicago vs. safety in Maine

Ever since I moved to Portland, Maine I’ve had several people talk to me about safety. “Don’t walk alone in shady areas at night. If you have to walk at night don’t wear headphones. Always be aware of your surroundings. Don’t leave your doors unlocked.” I truly appreciate my new …

My unwavering allegiance to Chicago-style pizza

Of all the things I love about Maine, there is one thing that I can’t get here and that is Chicago-style pizza. Having lived in the Chicagoland area my entire life up until now, I grew accustomed to (and love) deep-dish, cut it with a knife and fork, feel like …

A Chicago Bucket List

While I was making lists of all the things I have to do to get ready for my move to Maine, I thought I’d come up with a fun one—my Chicago Bucket List. As the title implies these are all the things I need to do before I leave my …

How to pick your moving method

Moving is a pain. Packing up your belongings, hiring movers or bribing your friends to help, and the actual moving part sucks! Throw in a self-inflicted panic attack and a spazzy, 14-year-old dog and you’ve got one hell of a stressful day! Moving is annoying. However, I love the feeling …

How to change your mindset without losing your mind

Even though I still have a few more months left in Chicago my mind is already in Maine. I’ve been communicating with the community out there more, I’m following more Mainers on social media, and I keep a running list of all the places I want to check out once …

Take a break from the weekday drudgery

It was an average Wednesday morning at the office. The phone was ringing off the hook, email alerts were going off constantly, and I kept getting interrupted by co-workers who actually needed something from me and those who just wanted to chat. My brain was fried by 11:00am. Barely halfway …

Nature Hunts

It’s a rare and lovely thing when Chicago is quiet and devoid of people. This only really happens on weekend mornings. The city is still asleep and recuperating from the previous night’s festivities. It’s a great time to go out and explore the little pockets of nature that are hidden …

Chicago Loop Bridge Lifts

Every Wednesday and Saturday morning during the spring (mid-April – June) and fall (mid-September – early-November) the city of Chicago takes part in something called the Chicago Loop Bridge Lifts. This is when 18 of Chicago’s moveable bridges are raised to allow sailboats to enter Lake Michigan in the spring, …