Sunday, November 27, 2011

End of Summer

The day the calendar said summer was over was the day I reached into my bag and pulled out my broken sunglasses. And I was sad that summer was over. 

Food Truck Social

There was a magical time at the end of July in a mystical city called Chicago, where all of the food trucks in all the land gathered together in one area and they called it the Food Truck Social. 

Naturally, I went after work with my coworkers. 

Seriously, you wore wayfarers this summer, right? 

I mean, we did. And we looked good in them too. 

Well, I only had time to wait in line for a tamale at the Tamale Space Ship (A food truck that looks like a space ship and is driven by peoples wearing Mexican style wrestling masks) and then I had to jet off to do some babysitting. 

The tamales were amazing. 

Seriously, you were into ombre this summer, right? 

I mean, I was.

Starved Rock

As I'm sure you've figured out, I had an amazing summer. It was filled with one awesome thing after another. Sometime in July I went hiking with Diana, Hope, and Sandy at Starved Rock. Starved Rock is over an hour away from Chicago. Thankfully, Hope has a vehicle, so we were able to escape the city for the afternoon. 

Here we are on the actual rock. Well, we are on a wooden pathway right above the rock. I guess everyone wants to climb on and touch the rock, and so in order to preserve it, they had to build these pathways. BTW, Starved Rock had something to do with the indigenous peoples, one group got stuck on this rock while another group surrounded the rock, and the people on the rock all starved, and it didn't turn out well for them which is really confusing because of the Bible story with the wise man building his house on a rock and everything worked out really well for him. 

After seeing The Rock, we wandered around the hiking trails a bit. 

For some reason, finding this didn't worry me at all. 

It was a lovely afternoon. And there were water crossings. I don't know why, but I'm such a wuss when it comes to water when I'm not properly outfitted. Anyway, we had fun (although I do remember being an instigator for contention, so maybe we should ask my friends if they had fun) but I ended up fairly dehydrated, so maybe I got what I deserved from being so contentious. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Night Before Thanksgiving

According to the VDG's, the night before Thanksgiving is the TRUE start of the holiday season, because it ushers in the holiday festivities. (I hope you celebrated accordingly.) The VDG's are a couple from my branch presidency. They are 1) Some of my biggest fans, 2) Hilarious, 3) Talented, 4) Huge Old Movie Buffs. Tonight was a viewing of If I Had A Million at the old theater down the street from me. They were of course going to attend, and they invited me as they always do.

As we were walking down the street after the movie, we were discussing the plans for Thanksgiving Dinner that they were hosting tomorrow. They have invited all the lonely singles. Turns out their last head count was somewhere around 26. Twenty-Six?! That's crazy. It was also mentioned that Sister VDG's nephew would be there. And he's single! And 28. No, 29. No, 28. (It was undetermined.) Anyway,  he is apparently very good looking, and oh, has been on Jeopardy a few times. He should be arriving at the VDG's in a few hours, and will be helping set up chairs before dinner.

So, what do you think? Should I arrive early and flirt? I mean, help set up?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Break Your Heart, Nice and Pretty

If we get married, can this be our wedding song? 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Fall Weather

This has been an amazing fall! I can't hardly believe it! It reminds me of fall in California. We have had cloudy days, we have had sunshine-y days, we have had warm days and cool days, we have had gorgeous fall color, and leaves flying on the wind. It hasn't even snowed yet! This shocks me to no end. To be absolutely correct, it did snow for about 20 minutes last week. Like, real flakes floating to the ground. It was gorgeous to watch it come down. I loved it. But then it was gone.

Everyone has loved this weather. I know people who (annoyingly) are already complaining about winter. Obviously, it's not here, so stop complaining. But I'm ready for it! People may roll their eyes, but I want SNOW in December! It's just so festive. Plus, I have new snow boots I want to try out. That really is the driving force behind my desire for snow: Fashion.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fashion's Night Out

In case you haven't been keeping track, September was a few months ago. Fashion Night Out (because you know all about it) was in September. Naturally I went (thanks work! and thanks for the VIP swag bags!) and it was tons of fun. My coworker and I jumped in a cab after work and first headed down to Saks on Michigan where we went to celebrate Brian Atwood's more affordable (read: still not affordable) shoe collection

I LOVED the DJ. I don't know who that guy was but he was amazing. So I requested that Christy take a photo of me with the DJ in the background. Do any of you recognize him? Any idea what his name is? I don't have a lot of DJing needs, but I wouldn't mind knowing his name. 


Our favorite shoes from the new collection

They also had models wearing the most stunning pieces. I don't know how models do it, man. They must have been exhausted. When we didn't actually spy Brian, we went up to the 900 Shops to meet up with the rest of our coworkers and some of my friends. Look! Friends:

Thursday, November 3, 2011


I am so glad Halloween is over. Not simply because I don't like it, but mostly because it is too scary!

Specifically, the houses on my walk home from work all had scary decorations that scare the bejeebers out of me. I couldn't handle it. I tried alternate paths home, but they were all equally scary. Soon I realized I should just stick to one path and memorize the specific scariness of each residence. It makes for a stressful walk home, but it was the only way to do it.

I'm so glad it's over. Now it's on to happier decorations. Thank goodness.