Category: Party of One

Goodbye, Chicago! Gah! What am I doing?!

As you may have gleaned from my most viral blog post, which led to a Tribune article, a WBEZ interview, and a Chicago Magazine mention, leaving my beloved Chicago has been top of mind. Inquiring Minds, and wow! there are a lot of you — poor Husband has been cornered by “Are you moving?!?!” squealers Read more…

I’m sorry I asked you not to clap for me

If you’re reading this in an RSS reader, you may want to head over to the site to see the pretty slideshow! Continuing on the Solo Life, where I try to do one thing a week/month by myself, and continuing on the scare the crap out of myself journey, last night I was a part Read more…

Know these folk, they make life good

Days like today make me thankful to be a human being. I led my second Coffee this morning, the new service I rolled out a few weeks ago in response to the myriad of “Can we grab coffee?” requests I get, usually from people who want to talk “how to make a living doing what Read more…

On the prowl, but in a friendly way

One of the oft-discussed topics at the Minglers is how to meet people once you exit through the gates of dormitories, activity clubs, cafeterias, and homecoming dances and into the sphere of rent checks, 401(k)s, and TPS reports, and I’ve noticed the subject come up in various scenarios as of late.  A recently-made acquaintance has Read more…

Laughter and creativity is all around, Chicago

A couple of new installments to the Solo Life, my attempt to take advantage of all Chicago has to offer while also pushing myself out of the proverbial comfort zone — A week or so ago I went to Write Club at the Hideout [with others].  Highly recommended!  Time Out’s take: Set up like a Read more…

Calvin Klein, Axe, and me!

I remember sitting in Lower Dining Hall in college and a friend pointed to a guy in line with a backwards baseball hat [a requirement to get into Boston College for males; for females, your name has to be “Jenn.”  Or “Jen.”  BC let me slip through so they could fulfill their 1996 “exotic” quota].  Read more…

My naked presentation… Success! Failure! I don’t know!

I wrote in my last post that I think the worst position one could find oneself these days is as a bad presenter at a tech-conference.  Not only is every form of capturing-device capturing your every move – video, photo, audio, keyboard, I think I saw a sketch artist in the back corner – but Read more…

Summer camp for geeks… and I think I may be one!

Pics by Paul Saini In continuation of the Solo Life, I attended a two-day conference this past weekend, party of one.  But like has happened with the last few Solo Life attempts, being alone amongst strangers was thwarted.  A Dance Experiment participant and a Mingler guest were present.  But as we were all there to Read more…

Saya? Saya??? Saya????

I’ve always prided myself on leading an active life, filled with classes [improv, guitar, salsa, yoga, writing] and activities [Pecha Kucha, Second Story, Clandestino, Second Friday Art Walks, Chicago Cares, Boston College Chicago alumni group, bike groups], cultivating old friendships and forming new friendships.  I often find myself coordinator,  due to my Type-A, only-child personality Read more…