Another reason I’ll miss Chicago is because you can see your friend do her vaudeville act at silent movie night at a historic movie house.
When faced with a big life change, I find myself focusing on the negative aspects of the place/person/situation I’m leaving behind, to make the transition easier for me. That is why for the past few weeks, I have had nary a good word to say about poor old Chicago. In an effort not to piss all over a city that I really do love, I am going to make an effort to find one thing I’ll miss about Chicago every day up until I leave. Today’s thing is grocery stores.
Chicago grocery stores are spacious, clean, and brimming with beautiful produce. You can prance down the mile-wide aisles without bumping elbows with other shoppers, and when you checkout, you won’t be paying seven dollars for a small jar of peanut butter. I shudder when I think about the Gristedes (What’s the plural of Gristedes? Gristedeses? Gristedi?) that are in my future.
I’ve got those “rejected from Northwestern and the program director misspelled my name in the e-mail” blues.
Is it cheating to substitute writing a blog post by posting a link to something I did for WBEZ’s Paper Machete podcast? Maybe, but I’m going to do it anyway:
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 23 trips to carry that many people.
Resolutions for 2012, in no particular order…
- Make more music.
- Say “yes” more.
- Hustle. Seize opportunities. Find ways to make that scrilla.
- Travel, even if it’s to someplace not that exciting.
This week’s Bliss Challenge was to “Submit a memorable vacation photo OR a place you’re dying to visit in this discussion to help us mentally escape the holiday madness! Include a traveling tip, trick or great memory.”
Well, right about now I would give anything to get out to New York City. I have not spent a December in Manhattan in four years and I miss it like crazy. True, when I was living there I did nothing but complain about all of the tourists flocking to the Big Apple to check out the Christmas decorations, but I miss the lights and the smell of roasting chestnuts and the Union Square Christmas market and all of those good things that I took for granted. The photo above clearly wasn’t taken at Christmas time, but it’s proof that wonderful things happen in that city.
As far as traveling tips go, if you’re a fancy lady (like myself), I recommend checking out the Travel Size Products section of Sephora’s website. I’m often paranoid about getting to the airport and discovering that one of my nicer cosmetic products is larger than 3 oz., so this is a nice way to make sure that you have a travel sized portion of your beauty staples. If you don’t want to dish out any extra dough for a travel size though, the next time you make a full size purchase I recommend asking your salesperson if they had a sample size or two that they could throw in.