Category: Travel

Travel: New Orleans

Best Friend and I spent about a week in NOLA in July 2015 (as well as time in December 2014 and June 2013). Per usual after this last trip, we got a deluge of requests for recommendations. So, here ya go! Keep in mind we’re flip-flops and jeans folks who hate shopping, would rather wander Read more…

GUEST POST: (Beer) Planning When Traveling

A Guest Post by one of my favorite people — “New Friend” turned “Boyfriend” turned “Husband” turned “Best Friend” — on two of my favorite topics (organization/planning & travel) and not one of my favorite topics (beer)! Even if you’re not into said-libation, this’ll give you some wonderful insight into how to make your next trip more efficient Read more…

TRAVEL: Portland, Maine

Best Friend and I are just back from ten days in Maine, on a personal turned work’ish trip (more on this in another post). If you haven’t explored this area of the world, and you like food and natural beauty, definitely put Maine on your Wanderlust List! We return 73 (happy) pounds heavier and with a Read more…

What a spontaneous eight days by myself in Mexico looks like

  In January  I decided for various reasons to head South, solo. A few weeks later, via the free ticket I had gotten in December by saying Hell yes! to being bumped and an overnight stay in Atlanta in the worst smelling hotel on either side of the Mississippi — I’m convinced it’s one of Read more…

Have you let “but I’m single…” stop you?

I’ve always been interested in what we do and don’t do by ourselves and what factors factor into those decisions. Surprised and touched by all the positive responses to my recent solo Mexico trip, I thought Cheese-Its would find solo trips by others inspiring and motivating as well. So, sharing!  This Guest Post is by Laura Read more…

Your previous life vs. your now life: how has it changed?

This is a Guest Post by Donna Bogosh whom I met at my first ‘real job.’ She helped make my transition from carefree college student to serious business-lady (ha! I still wore flip-flops most days) one of relative ease with her warm and welcoming glow and her unwavering supportive nature. Wearer of many hats, Donna kept our office Read more…

PARTY OF ONE: Why your password should be Iwilltr@velso1o

This is a Guest Post by Stacy Armistead. I got to know her over the years via her participation in the inaugural a capella Fear Experiment℠ group, as an Idea Potluck Dish, and consistent Cheese-It participant in online and offline communities. One thing she no longer is is a Chicagoan. Boo. Yay. I’m always sad to lose Read more…

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…

Words I never thought I’d say: is it time for me to leave Chicago?

I always knew I’d have kids. It was a deal-breaker. If a guy didn’t want ’em, I didn’t want him. And then two things happened, almost simultaneously — I met my now husband My business exploded It’s been five years. And with each passing year, my desire for Saya Junior lessens. I won’t go into detail here about Read more…

When life gives you clusterfucks, pedal gratefully.

Theme of the past two weeks — Clusterf*ck. Fake Snow Clusterf*ck I visited Seattle for the first time recently.  Quite lovely!  Their coffeehouses really ARE cool.  I thought the Chicago java-scene was pretty good.  Oh man, we have a lot of catching up to do.  The variety, the natural wood, the hanging art, the mismatched Read more…