Thursday, September 22, 2016

Large Print Pictures

It's amazing how a day off can rejuvenate you!  Last weekend I worked both Saturday and Sunday.  Saturday in Charlotte, Sunday in the Chicago suburbs so I knew by today I would need a break!  (And I work this Sunday in Detroit.)  

I stayed up late.  I woke up in a better mood.  (I did clean out my work inbox...) I took my time with breakfast.  I read.  We're off to a great start!

I have working on my friend's birthday gift, which I made, baking cookies and cleaning on my agenda.  And taking a nice, leisurely run.

But let's get to the point of my post, now that you know I'm in a good mood. ;)

Mike & I moved into our place almost two months ago and after one month we were settled enough we were ready to start talking about decorations.  When we first moved in we were happy giving the bookshelf some personality (which I'm glad I didn't actually throw away during the frustration of moving it).  And we love the bookshelf.  We were ready to conquer some wall space.

We don't think we're going to live here too long so we want to be sensitive regarding nails.  (If you saw all the nail holes I left behind at my old place, granted I was there for 6 years, but it was a lot.  #gallerywall.)

After thinking about it, we thought blowing up some of our own pictures would be fun.  P.S. These were all taken on my iPhone and they turned out much crisper than I anticipated, which was a happy surprise.

We chose a picture for the living room, office and bedroom and blew them up to 18x24 or 18x18 with the square picture and used Short Run Posters to do it.  To print all three it ended up costing around $20.

So far we love them!  

Have a look!


They look a bit better in person, but regardless it's fun!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pinksourcing With Kristen Bell

I should preface this with the fact that I'm feeling overwhelmed with work.  Just. So. Much. To. Do.

Now take a moment to watch this video.

Is this why so many women work at non-profits? Or more likely that's just my current state.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

2016 LouFest

LouFest 2016.  Once again did not disappoint.  


Karen & I found and started attending LouFest 4 years ago.  Really, only because Walk the Moon was playing and I was looking at their tour schedule.  Then the next year as we debated going, Grouplove AND Matt & Kim were playing, needless to say we went.  At that point the festival had completely sold itself and the lineup was a bonus.  

So much good music and great vibes around there.  One of my favorite things about LouFest is finding new bands.  It's just such a great opportunity to see bands I already know close to the stage, like NAWAS, I would never be that close at one of their concerts. And just stopping by and discovering a fun, new band.  P.S. I would say half the upcoming bands live in Nashville.  Whew!

I knew the most songs from St. Lucia and Wild Belle.
Diarrhea Planet had a great set!  They were a bit harder than what I'd usually listen to just hanging out, but I would definitely go see them live again.
Judah & the Lion was so fun, I'll definitely be listening to them.  Another discovery.
We got to see some great local bands, like Bruiser Queen.
I heard Frightened Rabbit was great so I plan to do some spotify listening with that one.

We arrived Saturday to a bit of a muddy field.  In fact it was so muddy I questioned if trekking over to see bands was "worth it."  It usually was.  Karen & I got the worst of it Saturday night where she walked into the craft beer tent and I just stood back and shook my head until she made me follow.  

Sunday was SO MUCH BETTER!  And let's be real, the weather was wonderful so a little mud is okay.

Our typical set-up is Karen & Mike sit in chairs, which we set-up at the beginning of the day and come back to visit during the day and I sit on the ground between them.  This year, I sat on a trash bag.  (thumbs up!)

We left the LCD Soundsystem set around 9:00 and hopped in the car for our drive back.  I should not complain about being tired AT ALL.  I drifted in and out of sleep and Mike drove the ENTIRE way!  (Note: I still complained about being tired.)  

Karen & I are planning a trip to Missouri in October and as we started talking about driving, I'm so used to Mike driving all the time she stopped me, "I AM NOT driving the entire way.  You have to drive too."  :(

I also went for a run Monday morning and fell on the sidewalk.  (Note: no one came over to check on me.  A girl looked up from her phone as I squealed and bit the sidewalk.  She did not come over.) So I ran 5 miles with blood on my chin (and knees, but those aren't as noticeable).

P.S. LouFest 2013
LouFest 2014
LouFest 2015

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Half-Marathon Recap

Yes, I ran a half-marathon, but Karen pointed out I did not to do a race recap.  She keeps me on track.

Karen, my friend, Molly, and Mike's friend, Cara, cheered us on en route.  As they tried to figure out when I was coming.

Cara:  What's her usual pace?  (Her husband, Brad, is a pretty serious runner.)
Karen:  I don't even know, she usually just runs marathons.

Well, turns out my body doesn't really speed up with the shorter distance.  Same average mile as marathons, between 8:00-8:30 per minute mile.  Oh well.  I ended up coming in at 1 hour 51 minutes.  Brad came in at 1 hour 46 minutes and Mike 1 hour 53 minutes.  Pretty solid if you ask me.


I did learn from this run and my past marathon, I have to do some speed work.  I'll have a much better run that way.  I just don't like it.  


P.S. Marathon #1 - It was Chicago '08, but I didn't have a blog then :)

Marathon #2
Half-Marathon #1
Marathon #3
Marathon #4
Marathon #5

Monday, August 22, 2016

I'm Here!

Guys, things have been insane.  I'm at the typical point in my summer where I just feel exhausted.  And then I think, 'Good job, Lisa, you've done good with summer.'  Here in Chicago, where we have 4 months of lovely weather (in my opinion) a year, you have to make the most of it.  And every summer around this time, I start to feel the exhaustion set in.

Also, I noticed during my wake-up call Wednesday, the days are getting shorter, friends.  Boo.


So let's see, what have I been up to?


Lots of time outside.  This whole central A/C thing in our new place is really throwing me off.  It's the first time I've had central A/C since I lived with my parents 11 years ago and I am not used to waking up and not immediately knowing what the weather is like.  So patios are all the sweeter.


We moved!  We successfully moved.  Moving weekend was not fun at all.  Not at all.  But we saved so much money and I was sore for probably 4 days.  (I'm counting that as a positive.)  Mike has unpacked all his boxes...I have not.  But I like to think I make a little progress everyday.

My parent's came to visit and see our new place while celebrating my sister's birthday (a bit early).  We hung out in Logan Square with brunch at The General and farmer's market fun.  Then we went sailing.  I love the relaxation of the water.

mom desired a trip on the ferris wheel!
Yes, I miss Lakeview sometimes, but I really do love Logan Square.  And we still went to Dry Hop on Sunday.  We just rode our bikes, rather than walking.

I went to Indiana for work and Mike & I explored Fort Wayne and Indianapolis before heading back to Chicago.  We were able to visit Sun King Brewery and the neighborhood Mass Ave. in Indianapolis, which we really liked.


I spent a weekend in Missouri with my parents and niece and nephew.

It's a good thing I have these two as my doctors since i never seem to make time for a real one...
My niece and nephew also visited Chicago with my brother and sister-in-law for a couple days.  Those two can keep you busy!



Seeing lots of friends and getting lots of blisters from so much walking.  I am not complaining.  How nice to be able to walk for so long outside!


I love living on Logan Boulevard.  Saturday we were sitting outside and started to hear music so we went to investigate until we found there was a free concert by the monument!


We're also becoming a bit spoiled with parking.  If the spots right in front of our place are taken, I sigh and park a block away.  A month ago, Mike would rejoice when he found parking 4 blocks away.


Now I'm rambling, but I'm starting to feel like I have a bit of a handle on life.  I even texted one of my friends who Mike & I ran into when we looked at the apartment we're now living in.  She said we should get together once I'm settled and I just got around to it...oh well.  Summer and Chicago.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fallen Bicyclist - Milwaukee Ave.

Of course I'm following the story of the bicyclist who was hit by a flat bed truck and killed Tuesday morning on Milwaukee Avenue.  It made me cry when I first read about it (although I think I'm starting to become more of a crier).  Milwaukee is one of the few Chicago streets I actually feel felt like I could let my guard down just a little bit.

I read a comment that stated: "The city absolutely needs to be held accountable for their negligence in failing to protect both cyclists and motorists. The array of construction projects on Milwaukee have eaten away at the bike lane and often there is no adequate signage or markings provided to indicate where cyclists are entitled to ride. I ride this stretch every day and it's terribly unsafe during commuting hours. This was entirely preventable, and a tragedy for both the dead cyclist and the driver of the vehicle who has to bear the guilt of this accident."

I get the outrage from bikers.  (Today one smashed the window of trucks that were, again, in the bike lane this morning.)  But I also don't think that does any good.  

When you're blocking bike lanes on Milwaukee Avenue, the closer you get to downtown, the busier they are, you need to provide clear markings for bikes.  "Milwaukee Avenue is the city's 'busiest bike corridor,' city Transportation Department spokesman Michael Claffey said, with 500 to 600 people using it per hour during peak times."

500 to 600 people
Jeff Miller, who lives around the corner from the construction site, emailed Ald. Walter Burnett (27th) on Aug. 4 expressing his concern about intersection, cautioning "it’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt."
There is "literally no space for bicycles to go around that project causing them to also swerve into traffic," Miller wrote.
Miller said Burnett's office replied that they would "investigate the situation."
Most of what I've gathered is from this article

Milwaukee Avenue is supposed to be a safe space for riders...one of the few.  Remember this and this.

Please look out for bikers, friends.

Update:  more info

Friday, August 5, 2016

Moving with U-Haul

When we moved a couple weeks ago we used a U-Haul truck to make the move.  It was A LOT of work.  A lot.  It's possible we will not do it ourselves again...  The only thing that made us feel better is how much money we saved!  

As we drove our U-Haul all over Chicago, one stop in Wicker Park, to Logan Square, to Lakeview, to Logan Square, I noticed a sign that they will reuse boxes.  This excited me!  Almost all our boxes were already used before we packed and they had more life to them.  

They even say you can leave the boxes in the U-Haul when you return the truck.  We did not have time to fill the truck with boxes before we returned it, but we took some boxes over the next day.  

No need to just put them in the recycling bin.  Recycling is good.  Reusing is better!

U-Haul actually has several programs.

I actually really like it.

Think about it!
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