Who moved my knick knack?

There are some people out there who love to decorate their homes. They spend hours deciding which pieces to buy, what their “theme” is, which knick knack should go where, etc. I think we all do this to some degree. How could we not? When I buy a new couch …

Can I give you a lift?

I’ve been living at my new place for 6 weeks now, and in that time the elevators have stopped working twice. It’s not a big deal when I’m by myself—I usually take the stairs anyway. However, it’s a real challenge when you have a 14-year-old, 80lb dog and live on …

5 different types of train people

I am a creature of habit. Now that I take the train to and from work every day, this behavior is more prominent than ever. I leave my apartment at the same time every morning and take the same route to the train station. I take the same staircase up …

Mini adventure with a side of donuts

Chicago is a wonderful city for young people who like to go out to bars and meet people. There are at least 20 bars within a 10-block radius of where I live. I, however, am not a bar person—never have been. I like going to a pub for a casual …

Slowing easing into city life

Transitioning to a new city is never easy. I guess I shouldn’t say never. There are many people out there who can seamlessly transition into any situation, any city with little to no difficulty. Sometimes it’s simply that they found the right city. Often times it’s just how they are. …

Cultivating life in an urban jungle

For as long as I can remember I have been unsuccessful at raising plants. Whether I’m given a plant that’s already alive and thriving or seeds that I have to plant myself, I’ve killed them all. I don’t mean to, of course. I’m just bad about maintaining something that doesn’t …

Donuts, donuts, donuts

When I was in Portland, Maine I fell in love with The Holy Donut. During my six days in that gorgeous city I had a Holy Donut donut every day. It was my mid-morning reprieve, my afternoon snack, my early-evening treat. Whatever I needed it for that day, that’s what …

Bittersweet visit to The Anti-Cruelty Society

Today I made another trip to The Anti-Cruelty Society. I try to go every 3-6 months to donate homemade dog treats that I make out of old toilet paper and paper towel rolls. They’re so easy to make. You just take a roll and toss in a bit of dry …

Chicago girl, but only by circumstance

I’ve been living in the city now for a full week and I can safely say it has not been what I was expecting. I knew that it would be loud down here, but I had no idea it would be this loud. My apartment overlooks several train tracks that …

Maine-bound, with a Chicago interim

I’m one of those weirdos who loves to move. I’m preparing for my 3rd move in 3 years. Some would call that a little nuts, but I just like to mix it up. Due to job changes and chasing down the elusive “affordable rent” it has become necessary to move …