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obscura day

What are you up to this weekend?

My co-worker just told me tomorrow is world obscura day, with obscure events happening all over the world.

As I look over the list of events I want to do them all!  

Explore the Busy Beaver Button Company especially stands out!  And seeing Graceland Cemetery on the list makes me want to add that to my to do list for sometime this summer.  

If nothing else, it has some great ideas of things you may not have thought about exploring!


Three years later I return to Portland.  Turns out I still love it just as much.

Mike's friend was getting married there so he asked if I wanted to make a weekend of it.

We hit up the expected stops:  Portland Saturday Market, coffee for me, VooDoo doughnuts, breweries, Washington Park and the Rose Garden, Powell's, a concert, Salt & Straw, food trucks....all lovely.  We also threw in some hiking and a little time in Vancouver, WA.

We had a really good time!  Feel free to check out some photos and tips below!

The Portland Saturday Market was either less than I imagined or I was just really hungry.  Either way we ended up exploring a nearby bridge, grabbing lunch at one of the stands and watching kids play in the fountain while we ate.

Washington Park & the Rose Garden still amaze me.  I think I could spend an entire day there.

I continue to be amazed by their biking scene.  I've never seen a family of bikers on Chicago streets.  It doesn't feel safe enough.  Portland…


"I have a spreadsheet on all the reasons styrofoam is horrible.  With statistics."

And that is how I knew I found the right committee at work.  

I took over a year to settle in and get a feel for the committees available before deciding on Corporate Social Responsibility.  I think every one around me could have called that a long time ago, but I had to decide on my own.

I was able to make my first meeting this week and I immediately knew this is my group of people.

We started talking events for Corporate Social Responsibility Week and I was excited for every event.  It's not as sexy as some of the other committees at work, but it's so my style.

One big change we'd like to implement at work is for everyone to have their own plates, mugs to eliminate the styrofoam available in the kitchens.  Anyone know of any companies that have a similar system?

Rapid Emails

Do you ever find yourself afraid to step away from your desk because you might miss a email that someone may respond to before you...incorrectly?  In the past couple weeks I've found myself running to the bathroom so I don't miss anything.  The bathroom.

We are coming up on our conference, which I'm project managing and the flood of emails I'm experiencing is more than I've ever received before in my life.  It's even a relatively small conference (400 attendees).

How do you deal with it?

I take deep breaths, excluding the annoying sighs I hear from my co-worker sometimes, because those are annoying.  Just sighs to myself to get through the task at hand.

I take water breaks.  Yes, I find myself running to the bathroom, but taking my time to get water with my co-worker, Justine, and talking about anything but work.

I take a break for lunch.  It can be 15-20 minutes.  I need to step away from my desk in the middle of the day.

I keep exercising, even if I am exhausted.

I …


I had a suspicion the Kimmy Schmidt spinning episodes were modeled after SoulCycle.  I was correct.  Goodbye spin room black lights...hello candles.

Sway with me, Chicago!

A little over a year ago I was working in NYC when our hospital contact mentioned SoulCycle.  It was the first I'd heard of it.

Here we opened in Chicago several weeks ago and Karen & I happened across coupons for a free class so we figured we'd check it out.

Karen & I walking on Rush Street.  I look in Lululemon.
Lisa:  Looks like they're promoting SoulCycle.
Karen:  Ahh!  What!  Let's go in!
We went in just for the free class coupons and walked out.

Pretty much since then we've been trying to pick a class and we decided this was the weekend.  We tried most of the day Saturday - all the classes were full (with the free pass you can't reserve a bike in advance).  Sunday we tried and tried finally 5:00 had 12 bikes free a couple hours before the class so we thought we'd be okay. … we come

LouFest continues to be one of my favorite weekends of the year.  I always come back to reality relaxed and like a new person.

They just released their line-up today, but honestly we bought our tickets Tuesday (for $50) before the line-up was out.

But now that I can see the line-up...I'm excited for Young the Giant, Robert DeLong and I know there are still bands to come!  Can't wait for a weekend of fun!

It's so funny for me waiting for the line-up release.  In college I was part of the organization that organized the spring concert so I always knew the line-up before it was released to the student body.  Now here I am's not so bad ;)

Happy Palindrome

Happy Palindrome days, my co-worker said this morning.

My first thought, 'what is a palindrome?'
My second thought, 'what is she talking about?'

What I said out loud, "Oh really?"

Palindrome: A palindrome is a word, phrase, number, or other sequence of characters which reads the same backward or forward. (source)

For example: Go hang a salami, I’m a lasagna hog.
                          Was it a rat I saw?

Well right now 5.12.15 it's a palindrome.

So enjoy it!  Until 5.20.15....

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

We were able to celebrate a bit early with my mom last weekend in Missouri!  We had a lovely time enjoying the warmth and soaking up mom's ways.

Sunday morning, Mom decided she'd send me back with some spinach balls (my favorite).  She also had mentioned she wanted to go on a bike ride, and my sister, Karen, was ready to hop on some bikes.  Mom ended up saying she had too much to do and making my spinach balls, rather than going for a bike ride.  Even though...we were there to celebrate Mother's Day!

My mom is always welcoming and willing to put others before herself.  I'm lucky to call her my mom.