I've had weddings galore lately. For some, I'm just a date and have never met the couple, for others, I am in the wedding (as seen in the one above), and in a new adventure, for some I am planning it. In taking a new leap towards trying new things, I have taken a side gig as a wedding planner for a couple here in Chicago. I'll try to share details here and there, but likely it will all just come together in one large post-wedding recap.
But the more things change, the more they stay the same. I'm still seeking out roadside attractions, eating a clean and balanced diet, and spending every free moment with dem babies, who are now enormous.
I may be in a personal and creative rut, but a girls still gotta eat. This excuse was as good as any to get a 12 Lobster Rolls for $75 from Groupon that were surprisingly not gross in the slightest. (From the worst named restaurant, Da Lobsta in River North). And on the first cold, rainy day of fall, we took a trek down to Bridgeport for some fucking amazing pot pies from Pleasant House Bakery. (It's BYOB, so if you go, make sure to stop in Maria's next door first! If you eat meat, I highly recommend the Chicken Balti Pie.)
The Happy Show at the Cultural Center ended yesterday, but I've been really pleased with their exhibits lately. I actually found them through @PaulOctavious on Instagram, who I now follow solely to find cool shit to do in Chicago. I highly suggest following him for locals and non-locals alike. I've been trying to make a point to get out of Logan Square and see something new once in a while, because I am a creature of habit and need incentive. Though, to be fair, the second picture here is in Logan because I'm shitty at meeting simple expectations I set for myself.
And because some things always remain calm and good, Lucille Austero is still a perfect specimen of happiness.
- I took a little road trip to Lawrence, Kansas (to see Andy's alma mater) and Kansas City, for another wedding. Not as many roadside attractions as on the way to Nashville, but still exciting because for the first time in five years, I am a licensed driver! I was very nervous taking my road test, but it went so well that at one point I had to tell the instructor to shut up because we were laughing so hard I couldn't concentrate on driving.
- I've been watching New Girl nonstop after having resisted forever, and I cannot stop. I don't remember the last time a show really made me laugh out loud. I've also joined the masses of loving Nick Miller/ Jake Johnson (We both are from Chicago, dropped out of University of Iowa, and are into JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, so naturally I think we should get married.)
- I was on Buzzfeed again!
- I haven't made any progress on making my kitchen less ugly, but man you guys had some great suggestions so I really need to get on it.
- I went and saw Willis Earl Beal (who you all need to check out), The Walkmen, Superchunk, Ted Leo & Aimee Mann, and am seeing Meat Puppets on Friday, with the next month holding Janelle Monae and Neutral Milk Hotel, so its at least been a good stretch for live music.
So that's all. Sorry I've been AWOL, and I'll try to come back to you more often. Funks and ruts are funny things.