The Symptoms of Internships, Moving and Mold

I (meaning my best friend and conscience living in the Philippines, Philip. That’s seriously his name, irony is not enough to describe it), keep reminding myself that I need to pay better attention to this blog than I have been doing. I did start writing about how Chicago could have a new serial killer when bodies kept showing up in the North side harbors, but that stopped before I could post. What luck.

Apologies apologies, etc. moving on.drumming coworker

What I want to talk about, is what’s been going on that has kept me from this essential outlet and happiness of mine. I was interning as content management at a startup internet marketing company. It’s been great. They actually hired me, kinda. Well there was talk of salary and then bam, financial troubles and I’m paid per piece. Not ideal, since I do a lot more than blog and produce web content for them (Social Media FTW!). But whatevs, life goes on. To be honest, I don’t think I learned as much as I wanted to there. Since everyone is so busy, pretty sure my internship ended up being a little unbalanced. Like, I worked for free and learned that headphones= sanity, because Tom, on the other side of my cubicle thing, drums with his feet without realizing it. What I wanted to learn was more along the SEO, SEM analytics interpretation thing, all of which I don’t know enough about to be totally comfortable.

I also moved to Andersonville, the best Chicago “ville” in my opinion. It’s indie without being douchy. And that’s exactly what I want in my life. To walk outside and be greeted by nice people with dogs looking at sidewalk sales of vintage inspired happiness.

AAAAHHHHH!!!!One problem.

I started getting sick. Like severe sinus infection, fluid in lungs, bloody noses sick. Why? No effing clue, but it really put a damper on functional life, and all the coughing re broke my rib.  Luckily, one of the blogs I write is for a biohazard removal company whose owner was kind enough to come over and check things out. Here is an article I wrote for them recently.

black mold

black mold

RESULTS: The entire basement underneath our apartment was covered in mold. Landlords won’t admit to it, they say “Annalise, you’re allergic to the apartment,” which is insane. I’m not allergic to drywall. I’m allergic to the mycotoxins floatinging up and around my living space. Seriously, I have an inhaler now. AN INHALER! Not cool mold.
Directly below my bed lives a troll.I won’t even go into the creepy bed and junk that’s down there. It’s very unsettling in a Josef Fritzl way, my friends. We are currently looking for another place, and compiling evidence (pictures, dr bills, pharmacy receipts) for our lawyer.

Life, I suppose is a little frustrating right now, but antibiotics have been taken and we are aiming at a new, healthier situation for cats and peoples alike in the same neighborhood (because damn it, I love this place!).

And don’t worry, soon I will regain health and sanity, and get back into the DIY stuff that I love to share with you all. I’m thinking my cats have enough toys, but my client cat’s definitely could use some love. Then on to jewelry ideas, magnet creation and lamp experiments. And probably a blog or two about urban climate parallels between Chicago and The Wire, and whatever book I finished on the train last. Currently The Dog Stars by Peter Heller.

Who knows, I will never be satisfied with just one thing buzzing through.

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

Robert Frost

Nearly Finished Time Machine For Sale

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If I could afford such an illustrious machine where would I go?

Would I go back and just experience life, or would I change things?
To Paris in the 20s to hang with the expat crowd and soak up their genius? Maybe kick Gertrude Stein in the shins?
Into the future and hope we’ve finally become a healthier country that also has hover boards?
Or to 2008 and not buy that wedding dress?
Where would you go, and would you change anything?
Oh Southport Corridor, what will you think of next.

Midsommarfest Moments

Pretty sure everyone’s written the, “I’ve been neglecting you” blog once or twice. I have no solid excuse other than being tired of writing blogishness all day for my internship has the ability to fry my brain on occasion, leaving me lacking the will to write about things that actually interest me.

In the past week or so, I have learned how to tile a backsplash, deal with an uninsured driver, waterproof a basement, have written about high tech kitchens and bathrooms, bathroom design by decade, historic kitchens… none of which actually have any impact on my personal life being that I’m a low-income renter that doesn’t have a car. It can be hard to stay excited when you really don’t have a reason to care. But last night I actually did something for myself. A rare moment indeed lately.

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I finished up with my two kitty clients and headed over to Andersonville. Midsommarfest was/is this weekend, and I couldn’t wait to see what things were like during festival season by the new apartment. I’m really glad I did.

Meeting my roommate there after seeing my clients was a good idea because dealing with the traffic and CTA delays at the intersection of the Cubs game, RibFest, the Red Line and Midsommarfest was a bit of an exercise in patience, especially when my train was delayed before the Addison stop by some idiots leaning over the direct current tracks (morons) causing the train to stop twice to warn them. All I could hope was that they fell on the tracks after my train passed and not before. I don’t excel at sympathy for drunk people.

I arrived around 6:45pm. It was packed with happy people drinking and eating. We decided to get a bite and do some people watching. I’m growing very fond of Lady Gregory’s. Besides their mouthwatering food, the staff has never been friendlier and the people watching location is ideal. Pretty sure I saw the short gay version of THIS GUY while eating my baked bree outside.

Baked Bree w/ Date Compote

Baked Bree w/ Date Compote

After convincing my roommate not to steal one of their plates since we are moving in a block South and I would like to return, we started out stroll through the booths and found some really great local artist and shops that, if I had the monetary option to, I would support in a heartbeat. I love local Chicago art. From prints to signs to posters to antiques, I am a huge fan of things dedicated to a place I call home.

Some great people and places to check out:

Mad Canvases does some sweet Chicago stuff with black and white photography.

Chicago Filmmakers because they gave me this in sticker form: reelkitten

Woolly Mammoth because the owners and their awesome dog are great and they have something unique and new every time I go there.

Brownstone Antiques and Collectibles has layers and layers of antiquities to sift through. If you’re not claustrophobic give it a try, if you are… wait for the sidewalk sale.

We made out way through everything and ended up at Hamburger Mary’s to see Velicity Metropolis a bingo caller extraordinaire, friend and lovely lady pictured here with my roommate.

Velicity and Shannon

Velicity and Shannon

We also invested in this brownie sundae that knocked my chocolate socks off.

brownie sundae All in all, it was a pretty sweet night and I’m really excited about getting my life started over there next month.

If only I could motivate myself to pack all my junk.

sweet home chicago

Chicago Had A Makers Faire?

makers faireHow did I miss this Chicago?!?!?!   There was a Mini Makers Faire here on May 18th on the North Side (where I happen to live) and I somehow missed it. Why? Maybe I live in a little bubble of my own that includes me, my computer, the cats, and a bunch of tea. If that is true I should be ashamed, but if not, this thing was definitely not well publicized.

The artsy craftsy scene is this town is pretty prevalent, as is every other niche you could possible want to wiggle your way into, but I think it needs to work a little harder. This is festival season people! The only reason I am a bit perturbed is that I looked at the other cities that held similar events, including my old hometowns, and I was for once jealous of the people who still live there. Bay Area, Orange County, San Luis Obispo, they all had one large or multiple events.

Bay Area Faire

Bay Area Faire

This thing even reaches internationally.

Victoria BC... we're letting Canada beat us people.

Victoria BC… we’re letting Canada beat us people.

Chicago, how did we fall behind! Someone gather up some gumption and do it again, I’ll help I promise.

Do it big. Do it right.

And don’t do it in Wicker Park, the hipsters would bum everyone out.

Starting Again: Andersonville

I’m sure I’ll expand on this later because it’s potentially pretty exciting. I spent today running between clients and real estate agents and now I’m pretty exhausted. HOWEVER! We are pretty sure we found a place we want that may want us back. As of  this moment, Operation Andersonville is in motion.AndersonvillePoster

What does this mean you ask? Well…

  1. Some serious spring cleaning and mass purging of things I probably haven’t used or seen since we moved in here 2 years ago.
  2. Somehow moving all my crap with a rib still on the mend…
  3. A BRAND NEW APARTMENT to make my very own while freaking out the cats as little as possible.
  4. and most importantly, a brand new fantastic location right off Clark with all the cozy bars and quirky shops to make a fresh start with.
  5. Oh, and Ann Sather’s. They are going to make it super hard to not eat sugar…
Somehow that's a side to them. Like a fruit plate or toast is a side. No logic in sugar.

Ann Sather’s. Somehow that’s a side to them. Like a fruit plate or toast is a side. No logic in sugar.

There’s so much more to say about the place, it’s light and airy with actual counter space (rare in Chicago apartments), but I have to get up early tomorrow and give a big fat cat some insulin and kisses, so I’m stopping this blurb and getting some rest.

I really look forward to sharing this new adventure with everyone. I want to talk about the puppet bike (click link for fabulous video), Hamburger Mary’s bingo nights, my upcoming DIY adventures, and how my living a block from Starbucks is going to make stock values skyrocket. Invest now, I have no self control. But all of that soon enough.

Anyone want to help me pack?

“The extent of your consciousness is limited only by your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you, and all it contains.”
Napoleon Bonaparte

Summer Nights: A Glimmer Of Glory

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Eight million different kinds of people with eight million different reasons wandering the streets and down Michigan Ave. pretending not to be awestruck by the shimmer of the lights guiding their way, bouncing off the dirty water and into their eyes.

 

Chicago In the Summertime…

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Construction season.

The sun is out, the  beaches are calling, the birds are singing at 4am, and the rhythmic crush of jackhammers  is resonating outside your window.

Ok, it’s not so bad. It’s gorgeous out and I agree with Frank Lloyd Wright when he said, “Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.” Every bit of sunshine among the hustle of downtown or hopeful Cubs fan that says, “This is the year.” I can’t help but smile. We are a beautiful city.

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But if you’re having trouble or, like the cat’s I’m currently caring for, on the verge of throwing a fit over the cement truck continuously backing up into your bedroom, I have a few suggestions. Escape routes, if you will.


Lincoln Park Zoo
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Head over on a nice day and escape the traffic and terrifying drivers out there, and enjoy the otters and my favorite sleepy lion with her giant bean feet.

Look at the beans!

Look at the beans!

Yes, it does get crowded the later in the season you go, so show up early and on a day where it won’t be so hot that all the animals will be hiding or kept inside out of view. It’s free and it’s worth it. Plus, nearby is the Lincoln Park Conservatory filled with an explosion of nature in an array of color.

                                   Graceland Cemetery

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Graceland Cemetery

Doesn’t look like a cemetery does it? Besides its beauty and park-like ambiance, walking through this large landscape in North Lakeview is like a silent history lesson and art exhibit combined. Some of Chicago’s biggest players are there in their very opulent and unique resting places. Here are some extra pics. It’s sounds weird, but when it comes to escape from the crowds and noise, this is an easy road to take.

View From The Adler Planetarium 

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It’s amazing. If you haven’t been out there, or you just have a thing for skylines, it’s worth the short trek to see Chicago architecture in its grandest scale. Take a picnic, or just your sense of wonder, and go.

Regardless of where you are in the city, loud and exciting festivals or quite reflective retreats, it’s a great place to appreciate life and watch the city move and grow around you.

 I have a place in Chicago and I get there as much as I can. The city is so unbelievably beautiful. It’s one of the greatest cities on the planet. My heart beats differently when I’m in Chicago. It slows down and I feel more at ease.”

Jeremy Piven

Chicago Fests Are Here! And MetroMix has the info you need.

Wondering what to do this weekend beside sitting in front of your TV waiting for Game of Thrones to air? Well you have options my friend.

It’s Fest Season Chicago! If you’re not excited you must be dead inside, because these events are a big part of what makes the Chicago summers so special.

This weekend you can get in the Cinco de Mayo spirit when you head Southwest and visit Little Village, or don your best drop-waist dress or sporty knits, and twirl your beads over to River North for the Official Great Gatsby Chicago Release Party.

Get inspired listening to the soundtrack on NPR!

Music from Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’

Whatever you do, Chicago is a beautiful city waiting for you to step out and soak up what it has to offer.  Keep your eyes open and take advantage.