Tag: Chicago

Now THIS is how to be a Badass

This is a Guest Post by Elyse Brendlen. I first met Elyse when she was a camper at one of my Life of Yes℠ Sleepaway Camps (LOYSC) Summer 2013. A complete rando – and I mean that in the most loving way possible! – she learned about LOYSC through a Tasting Table article, a blog Read more…

How I went from pig roast at abandoned convent to my wedding

You may notice a HUGE difference in this post than in all previous posts since I started this blog three years ago. I’ve been doing something wrong for basically my whole life, ever since taking typing classes on those slick Commodore 64s in Chairavalle Montessori’s “lab” [it was more of a broom closet at that point]. Read more…

Our Ridiculous Wedding Wish. Please share.

*If you’re viewing this in a reader/have your images turned off, you might want to head to the original post to see the pretty pictures* If you’ve spent any time with me, you’ve probably heard me say, “No matter how ridiculous it sounds, just put it in the universe.  You never know.”  That’s how I’ve Read more…

How Charmin toilet paper almost ruined my Christmas/life

Have you ever tried to stop the remnants from an overflowing toilet with your hands?  On Christmas Day?  At Boyfriend’s parents house? I just returned from my second trip “down South.”  Last year provided an eye-opening week of foreign customs, some which I quickly ran, er drove (you must travel by car down South) from Read more…

Pizza en route [shhhh!]

To thank Boyfriend’s parents for hosting us over the holidays, we sent something that each of them mentioned loving multiple times while we were there, a Giordano’s pizza.  Of course, that may have just been to make us Chicagoans feel better about our corrupt Governors, our frustrating residents who “save” parking spots via old furniture, Read more…

What do the homes you’ve lived in as an adult say about you?

I recently peeled back how I came to make a new acquaintance, whom I met in blind-date type of situation; that unearthing took me back ten years and brought up people and times and visions of myself I haven’t thought of in forever.  That got me thinking about where we live and how that changes Read more…

How I beat my jiggly fat and wound up on a blind date

As I was riding Daisy, my new love, to the Belmont El stop on Saturday, to meet a girl I had “met” just days previous and only “spoken to” via Facebook and email, with a plan of spending the rest of the day with her traversing the streets of Chicago, I retraced the long route Read more…

Will you elect me Mayor of Chicago?

I may throw my hat into the ring for Mayor of Chicago.  I in no way think I’m qualified, nor do I have any interest in being Mayor Hillman.  That said, the disheartening story after disheartening story of a politician done wrong makes me think that a) I don’t want to vote for any of Read more…

Lessons learned via the key-card

I’ve stayed in two hotels in the past three days and this is what I’ve concluded: When and if I get married, no head table.  Or if there is a head table, it’ll be round.  The long table with everyone facing out is weird.  It’s like you’re displaying your Caesar salad-eating skills to the world. Read more…