Dealing with Airport Anxiety

Dealing with Airport Anxiety

I have this problem with anxiety. It makes me overthink and do certain things I wouldn’t normally do, just to calm my brain. One of the main problems I have when traveling is the anxiety that comes with trying to make a plane, train or other mode of transportation on time. This issue wreaks havoc on my brain in the weeks before I travel. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count how many times I’ve woken up in…

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Monthly Memo: July

Monthly Memo: July

How in the world is it already July?!  These past couple of months have made up the summer of getting shit done (so far). I told Mike that as soon as we moved, which happened at the beginning of June, I was going to get down to business (to defeat the Huns 🎶 – Mulan!!). I wanted to get back on the ball with this blog and with getting back in shape and with just taking care of myself in general….

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Exploring St. Louis

Exploring St. Louis

We had an early start to our first and only full day in St. Louis.  Everyone met in the hotel lobby restaurant for breakfast bright and early to enjoy a beautifully plated meal.  At each place setting, there was a quartet of colorful fresh juices and smoothies and fruit and pastries were served family style.  The chef himself brought out our entrees of eggs benedict on a cheddar biscuit and lemon pancakes with strawberry compote.  I did not partake in…

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Pullman Cars and Hotel Bars

Pullman Cars and Hotel Bars

I have always wanted to take an Amtrak trip.  It was on my bucket list last year and was carried over to this year because I just couldn’t get to it.  So, when the opportunity arose to not only take an Amtrak trip to St. Louis, but to do it on a series of old Pullman Cars, I jumped on it.  I was so excited about the experience, that I showed up at Union Station way early (as per usual)…

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Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m a big reader through the many book blogs I’ve posted over the years.  I mostly read as I’m on public transportation, and I have been working my way through the books on my shelf, one commute at a time.  I have been trying to read all of the books I already own before I start buying more in an effort to get rid of what I don’t like and refill with…

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Top Five Friday #18

Top Five Friday #18

Favorite Travel Memories This year my travel plans are lacking, because, well… because of a multitude of reasons.  Mostly budgetary, but also because I started a new job with an unpredictable schedule and no vacation days quite yet.  This has me looking to past trips and trying to live vicariously through travel memories.  Appreciating all the places you’ve been is a huge part of travel, and I don’t think we do it enough.  We, the collective we as travelers, seem…

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27 in 27: Halfway Point

27 in 27: Halfway Point

It’s official.  The move is over, the wedding is over, we are unpacked and comfy in our new home, and I can finally get back to business.  We love the new apartment and our new neighborhood! We moved from West Town up to Logan Square and I think it suits us.  The 606 (Chicago’s answer to the High Line in New York) is a couple blocks South of us and we are so close to so many fantastic restaurants and…

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Monthly Memo: May

Monthly Memo: May

Hello, Hello Strangers! Long time no talk.  I believe I owe some sort of an explanation for that.  Things have been a little hectic lately, especially this beautiful, rainy month of May, because of a few separate factors.  It seems as though things have been snowballing a bit, but we’ll be out of the woods soon I think.  We’re moving in a couple weeks; not too far away but it’s still a hassle as I’m sure most of you know….

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Neighborhood Spotlight: West Town

Neighborhood Spotlight: West Town

West Town is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Chicago, though I may be a bit biased because I’ve lived here for two years now.  Located directly west of the Gold Coast, straight down Chicago Avenue, West Town is a perfect mix of friendly neighborhood and big city cool.  It has a ton of fun and unique shops, bars, and restaurants, plus plenty of beautiful homes and parks to stroll through.  Just recently, we’ve decided to depart this lovely neighborhood,…

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Beer City Redux

Beer City Redux

We started the trips off on a Thursday morning, dropping Brody off in Joliet at Mike’s parents’ and the ride took three hours from there.  We arrived just in time for lunch, so we stopped at HopCat to get a bite to eat and our first Beer City brew of the trip. We just got a sandwich and a salad there but the food was good, and it gave us a chance to plan our time there.  We wanted to check…

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