Smatterings October 2015 Vol I

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ACTIVITY TO CHECK OUT

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Chicago’s own Ho Etsu Taiko is excited to announce ROTATIONS, a collaborative performance celebrating Japanese taiko-based music in America.

Ho Etsu Taiko invites Los Angeles’ innovative On Ensemble to join the stage and share original material that expresses the development of taiko as a performance art, written specifically for ROTATIONS. The two ensembles, each with different approaches and influences, will play new compositions as well as each ensemble’s own music.

Catch this unique blend of sounds for one weekend only at Athenaeum Theatre’s main stage on October 3 and October 4, 2015.

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/R4Arpk1PNQM

$5 discount on tickets for groups of 10+ with the promo code GROUP

Venue: Athenaeum Theatre Main Stage
2936 N. Southport Avenue
www.athenaeumtheatre.org
Times: Saturday, October 3 at 7 pm Sunday, October 4 at 2 pm
Tickets: $22-$27
Reserved Seating Box Office: 773-935-6875
Tickets


The 8 Most Common Workout Mistakes


ACTIVITY TO CHECK OUT
StartupFair

Mac & Cheese’s jobseeking community is invited to explore internship and full-time opportunities during this Fall’s Chicago Startup Job Fair at 1871!

Free to attend for jobseekers.
Advance RSVP is the only admission prerequisite.

The majority of past attending employers are currently featured in “The Top 75 Startups in Chicago” and “50 Chicago Startups To Watch in 2015”.
Why not sign up today?

More info & RSVP; for all other questions, feel free to send an email to mark@startupjobfair.org.


JOB

Work for one of the good guys (James Ellis)! 
Mac & Cheese Productions℠ approved!

Paid internships are not a myth! I am looking for 1-2 college students or recent grads to help out our content marketing team in a large agency, located in downtown Chicago. The ability to write is great, but I’m really looking for smart, motivated kids who are willing to learn and do. Previous interns have been hired outright or gone on to other marketing agencies at the end of their terms. We can build flexible schedules to suit other internship or classes.

Interested?

Send a resume and/or introductory letter (no need to be formal) to james.ellis@tmp.com
http://linkedin.com/in/saltlab <–Yes, this is really me!


The Secret to Being Liked


The Best & Worst Times to Go Thrift Store Shopping


What to Do When Returning to the Gym After a Long Break


10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming a Parent


How to Turn Yoga into Badass Exercise with Advanced Poses


Why Your Nipples Get Hard During a Workout (And What to Do About Them)


What’s Worse for Your Career: Boredom or Stress?


11 Weird Laws That Could Ruin Your Next Trip


5 Reasons to Stop Apologizing and Ask for What You Deserve


How the Newest Generation of Credit Cards Protects Your Information From Getting Stolen


Five Useful Cooking Techniques No One Teaches You


Why Ikea Causes So Much Relationship Tension 

The stylish, idealized home in the store’s showroom “literally becomes a map of a relationship nightmare,” says one psychologist.


The 100 Best Companies with Flexible Benefits


I’m Mike Rowe, Host of Somebody’s Gotta Do It, and This Is How I Work


BOOK TO READ

F*ck Feelings: A Book on How Life Is Kind of Terrible but That’s Okay
F*ck Feelings is targeted at a subset of people who hate self-help books, but still want to read self-help books (we’re a special bunch). While its ideas run counter to most of the cliched drivel you’ll find from books with guru’s faces plastered all over them, it’s still about understanding yourself.

Get the book

Via Lifehacker


You Can Now Request Your Uber Passenger Rating Straight From the App


You Have a Right to Your Medical Records. Here’s How to Request Them.


The 2% who misunderstand you


Change up the gym a bit!

22 Plank Variations


10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments


How to Cut Toxic People Out Of Your Life


How to Pick the Best Firewood for Clean-Burning, Long-Lasting Fires


Today’s Best Deals: Cards Against Humanity, New Balance Sale, and More


How to Deal When You’re Disappointed In Yourself


How to avoid being someone’s “assistant” for the rest of your career and finally do your own thing.


How to love your work… even when you don’t love your work.


What Are You Saying NO To?


Financial Fridays: Divorce Sucks. A How-To


ACTIVITY TO CHECK OUT

GapersBlock.com hosts 20×2 Chicago, a show in which 20 people from all different walks of creative life — writers, musicians, filmmakers, web geeks and other bon vivants — get two minutes each to answer the question of the day in whatever way they like. The results can be as varied as the emotions and reactions they evoke. This edition’s question is “When did you know?”


Bridesmaid Jumpsuits Are the Greatest Thing to Happen to Weddings

Without one of those weird air-duster thingies


Or stick em in your bra!

A Hands-Free Way to Carry Your Keys When You Run


12 FOODS THAT AREN’T NEARLY AS HEALTHY AS YOU THINK


YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE WON’T GET YOU THROUGH AIRPORT SECURITY ANYMORE


AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN.
“Make it easy” is a Life of Yes℠ tenet (e.g. meet them for coffee in their hood, send them dates/times, etc.). I even suggest doing a bit of leg work and finding somewhere in their hood and suggesting that so they don’t have to think of a place.
Handwritten notes! YES. I can’t believe how many people don’t even shoot over and email of thanks. Don’t come knocking on my door again.
I still will often say no to one on ones and suggest they either meet me at an event I’m going to or one of my own events, which has worked really well.

Thirteen Ways to Get the Best Out of Networking


How to Never Leave Your Phone Charger in a Hotel Room Ever Again


The Prettiest Way to Hide a Cord


Why I make something awful, every day



JOB

WHAT IS YOUR BOLD VISION FOR THE FUTURE?

Don’t just join the movement—lead it. Galileo’s Camp Directors bring our totally audacious mission uniquely to life at each of our 40+ camps.

Apply to be a Camp Director.


What I’ve learned about grief in the 9 years since my son’s death


BOOK TO READ

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir
A funny, sexy, and ultimately poignant memoir about mastering the art of the “vacationship.”

Kristin Newman spent much of her twenties and thirties buying dresses to wear to her friends’ weddings and baby showers. Not ready to settle down and in need of an escape from her fast-paced job as a sitcom writer, Kristin instead traveled the world, often alone, for several weeks each year. In addition to falling madly in love with the planet, Kristin fell for many attractive locals, men who could provide the emotional connection she wanted without costing her the freedom she desperately needed.
Kristin introduces readers to the Israeli bartenders, Finnish poker players, sexy Bedouins, and Argentinean priests who helped her transform into “Kristin-Adjacent” on the road–a slower, softer, and, yes, sluttier version of herself at home. Equal parts laugh-out-loud storytelling, candid reflection, and wanderlust-inspiring travel tales, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding is a compelling debut that will have readers rushing to renew their passports.



Man Builds ‘Dog Train’ To Take Rescued Pups Out On Little Adventures


How to Leave a Mark


Grant opportunity!

The goal of the Individual Artists Program (IAP) is to discover, nurture, and expand Chicago’s practicing artists and creative professionals. Through this grant program, DCASE will award project-based grants to Chicago-based artists and creative professionals over 18 years of age, at all career levels (emerging, mid-career, mature), and working across numerous disciplines. Funds are awarded through two separate IAP programs Track 1: Creative Projects Track 2: Professional Development. Artists may only apply to one of the two funding tracks per year.


A Life Beyond ‘Do What You Love’


I cried so hard, I laughed

Finding myself after the end of my marriage

I started dating my first husband at 18. We got married and divorced at 21.
My second husband and I were in a relationship for 13 years, married for 5.
We started dating at the same time I filed for my first divorce.
I haven’t been single my entire adult life. Until now.


THESE ARE THE PRIVATE CLUBS WE ACTUALLY WANT TO JOIN


THE BEST DATE IDEA IN 30 CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOODS


My mom’s keynoting!

Local Food Advocacy: The #BlogHerFood15 Friday Afternoon Keynote


HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT IN 4 EASY STEPS


Across the USA by Train for Just $213


12 QUICK AND EASY HOME HACKS EVERY RENTER SHOULD DO


THE LEAST-VISITED STATES IN AMERICA, AND WHY YOU SHOULD GO TO EACH


The World’s Best Yoga Retreats


Chicago’s 5 Dreamiest Hotel Suites


My hometown!

THE FINEST JUNK FOOD IN EVANSTON, AS PICKED BY ANDERS FROM ‘WORKAHOLICS’


Find Your Niche in 60 Minutes or Less With These 4 Questions


Proud alum of this school!

Why The Founders Of Threadless, Kickstarter See Montessori As Entrepreneurship Education


No More Gmail Emails (For Your Brand or Business)


OMG, the changing of text in WORD — I had no idea!

13 Highly Useful Skills You Can Learn in a Minute


Incredible Photo Series Reveals The Truth Behind ‘Perfect’ Instagrams


NYT: A Toxic Work World


3 Self-Confidence Secrets To Instantly Stop Feeling Inferior


A Simple Trick for Remembering All of Your Passwords Forever


AN ETIQUETTE EXPERT TELLS US WHAT YOU DO WRONG WITH YOUR TECH – AND HOW TO FIXIT


Top 15 Things To Do After College Instead of Getting a Real Job


IT’S OFFICIAL: FACEBOOK IS ADDING A ‘DISLIKE’ BUTTON


ACTIVITY TO CHECK OUT

Chicago entrepreneurs: Inside Technori


 Mac & Cheese Productions Goodness | NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS

Due to all the asks I get about my trips — recommendations of activities, food, lodging, how I score travel deals, etc. — I’ll be posting more in-depth blog posts in this area.

Up now? Portland, Maine! Up next? New Orleans!

If you want to be alerted to when travel posts go up, you can subscribe here.

Digital Garage Sale

  • I’m continuing to downsize and adjust paths I travel, which means getting rid of stuff
  • Items here, including freebies!

Fear Experiment℠

  • The next round has been announced! Dance or improv January – March 2016. To apply head here.
  • To get tickets to the show this Fall – storytelling, stepping, and a capella — head here. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED you attend a show if you’re going to apply.

Life of Yes℠ Sleepaway Camp — last one till Summer 2016!

  • “Truly one of the best experiences of my life” – camper
  • Unplugged, everyone comes solo
  • If you’d like to apply to Fall’s getaway, head here

Life of Yes℠ Meetup 

  • Chatting with strangers on couches and armchairs about how to live a full life – professionally, socially, romantically, whatever-ally…
  • Sharing of resources, ideas, and overall positivity. 
  • Join the group

Life of Yes℠: Live YOUR Dream, not THE Dream workshop

  • I share personal anecdotes and the philosophies that have shaped my path, encouraging students to have “Aha!” moments and think proactively about how you can get the most out of life. 
  • You’ll leave not only with big-picture philosophies but also small-actionable steps you can apply immediately.
  • One Fall date
  • See reviews, more info, and register here

Idea Potluck — last one of 2015!

Pub Quiz Night  — last one of 2015!

  • In true M&C fashion, you are encouraged to come solo.
  • You’ll be put on a team of (friendly) strangers. Is it scary to come by yourself? YES! Will you live and have a good time? YES!
  • Questions will range from “Name the Brady Bunch housekeeper” to “The unrest in which Asian country in 2007 was called ‘The Safran Revolution’?”, and everything inbetween
  • The first one sold out and was a ridiculous blast, jump on this NOW

Productivity Class — last one of 2015!

  • Free giveaways of tools valued $45-$125!
  • I share an overview of numerous resources (mostly tech-based) that I use on regular basis to maintain organization, frugality, and efficiency, along with tips and insight, to give you a starting point to deciding which tools to further investigate and incorporate into your own life.
  • This class is not about learning the ins and outs of specific tools, but about someone else narrowing the overwhelming field of options and presenting her best-practices and favorites for you to choose which you’d like to learn on a deeper level.
  • Many people get work to pay for this!
  • See reviews, more info, and register here

Recent Blog Posts

For the difference between a Life of Yes℠ meetup, workshop, and camp, head here.


Mac & Cheese Productions Goodness | CHEESE-IT DISCOUNTS & REFERRALS

  • My Service Provider referral list and my Chicago venue referral list, along with other resources can be found on my FAQ page
  • 25% off Lesbians Who Tech Summit with code LWTMAC
  • Park Whiz: compare price, location, and amenities for parking all across the US to find the right parking spot for you. $10 credit when you sign up here
  • Luxe: Sends valets to park for you, wherever you are – it’s fast, affordable and convenient. Use SAYA for $20 credit
  • Zen Payroll: payroll services, tax filings, what I use for all my money’ness; use this link, get $100 when you become a paid user
  • Champion Energy: who I use for my electricity (you don’t have to use ComEd!); use this link and code Shillman9894, get a $25 credit on your bill
  • LastPass: manage your passwords and other top-secret info (forget about memorizing tons of different passwords!); use this link, get a free month of Premium
  • Mailchimp: easily manage email campaigns; use this link, get $30 in Monkey Rewards
  • Kitchfix: delicious healthy food delivered to your door; use this link, get $15 off your first order of $30 or more (see my blog post on why I love them)
  • LYFT car-service: like a taxi, but way easier to use; use code SAYA20 for $10 off first ride
  • Uber car-service: like a taxi, but way easier to use; use code UBERCHEESEIT and get a $20 credit for first time users
  • Airbnb: my favorite way to lodge when in other cities (you can also make a boatload of cash by being a host); use this link for a $20 credit ($75 if you host!)
  • Handy: cleaning service; use code SAYA3359 for $25 off your first use **NOTE: They’re pretty inexpensive and in the handfull of times I’ve used them, definitely feel ‘getting what you’re paying for’. Not the best, not the worst. If you use the same person that might help in things like being late because they couldn’t find you, knowing the quirks of your house, etc. The last time I used it, I liked the gal a lot, her name is LaQuita Hayes if you want to try to use her as well**

NOTE: Many of these links give me some type of perk when you use them (so, THANK YOU!)


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That’s it, folks! Hope you enjoyed this issue.

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