A Chimney Rock Essay

A Chimney Rock Essay

One of my goals for this year was to take a continued education class, and I waited until I was ten months in to finally get started on that goal.  I decided to take a creative non-fiction writing class online through Gotham Writers Workshop, which also has classes in real life in New York.  One of our first assignments was to write a memoir -style essay about a crosswords we had to face.  I took that literally and wrote about…

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A Weekend In Rockford, IL

A Weekend In Rockford, IL

Last weekend, Mike and I drove the hour and a half from Chicago to Rockford to see what this suburban city had to offer.  We left bright and early on Saturday morning, with our puppy in tow as our hotel was dog-friendly (so was the rest of Rockford, as we learned).  I’m not sure why in the world I thought we would be able to check into our room at 9:30am ( I worked at a hotel for five years,…

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Fall in Chicago: A Bucket List

Fall in Chicago: A Bucket List

Call me cliche, but I love Fall in Chicago.  This season is amazing everywhere, but I think this city, and the surrounding area, does it best.  From the Fests, to the leaves changing in our many beautiful parks to the apple and pumpkin picking in the nearby suburbs, Chicago has everything you could want for your Fall bucket list.  Last weekend, we went apple picking with my family in Wisconsin and it made me think of all the other Fall…

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Top Five Friday #22

Top Five Friday #22

Favorite Chicago Coffee Shops Chicago is full of unique and wonderful spots to get your caffeine fix.  Through my nearly ten years of living in this beautiful city, I’ve amassed a list of favorites in most categories and favorite Chicago coffee shops is no exception.  While I’ve never met a coffee shop that I’ve disliked, there are five that stand out to me as the cream of the crop (in my humble opinion),  From their atmosphere, to their pastries and…

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Monthly Memo: September

Monthly Memo: September

Hooray, it’s finally Fall!  Though you wouldn’t know it with this 80+ degree weather we’re having in Chicago this past week.  We actually just had the hottest September 22 in recorded history.  Lucky us!  It’s been a hectic month so far, with work, family plans, weddings and other commitments.  We started the month at my cousin’s wedding back in my hometown, which was so much fun.  I was also just at a bachelorette party the other night for my friend…

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Day Trip: New Buffalo, MI

Day Trip: New Buffalo, MI

The journey from Chicago to New Buffalo, MI takes an hour in a half in the car and $8.10 in tolls.  I can’t tell you up front that it’s well worth it.  We had been trying to plan this day trip to New Buffalo all summer, so I was very excited when we finally got it together and drove there last weekend.  Our first stop in this new city was the beautiful beach in town.  We paid for parking and…

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Creating a Travel Capsule Wardrobe

Creating a Travel Capsule Wardrobe

Every week or so, I decide that I’m going to go through all my clothes, donate everything I never wear and be left with a perfect capsule wardrobe.  Due to my inability to part with clothes I rarely way, it never happens, but the idea behind this obsession has inspired me to pack capsule wardrobes for each of my last few trips.  The point of a travel capsule wardrobe is to streamline your packing and allow you to mix and…

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Top Five Friday #21

Top Five Friday #21

Favorite Female Authors I get inspiration for my writing from a lot of different mediums, especially books and magazines.  I happen to read quite a bit, so a lot of inspiration comes from the books I read on my commute.  I have many favorite authors, but I tend to gravitate towards female writers, as I relate more to their writing style and source matter.  Over the years, I’ve collected a few favorite female authors that I can always go to…

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An Ode to My Hometown

An Ode to My Hometown

I grew up in a town called Johnsburg, in Northwestern Illinois.  You may know it from the Tom Waits song (“…and she grew up outside of McHenry, in Johnrburg, Illinois”).  Born and raised in this petite village, I knew every nook and cranny by the time I was in grade school.  In terms of size, it is quite small, with a total of six square acres to its name; most of which is covered in cornfields.  I had my first…

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Logan Square Farmers Market

Logan Square Farmers Market

Mike and I have a new obsession in our neighborhood: The Logan Square Farmers Market.  We’ve been taking the fifteen minute walk from our apartment to the market for the past few weekends to do some grocery shopping and marvel over all the delicious goods.  It’s a wonderland of organic fruits and vegetables, homemade cheeses, candles, and honey, fresh baked breads and pastries, and the prettiest fresh flowers you’ve ever seen. We’ve been setting a budget of $20 and seeing…

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