Monthly Archives: December 2011

Goodbye, 2011.

This year has been a difficult one. Between moving back to Chicago, starting a new (first) job and then moving out on my own, 2011 has seen its year of stresses. I’ve re-learned over and over to adjust to my surroundings and my new apartment is finally starting to feel like a home.

While NYE is one of my least favorite holidays, the month of December has been consumed with boxes, moves, work events and an unwelcome sinus infection, and I’m actually sort of excited to welcome 2012. Cheers!

A few 2011 highlights:

The trip of a lifetime in Italy.

Hey, mayor.

Two beautiful pups.

The start of a wonderful friendship.

A rekindled love of biking, thanks to my dad. [Josh and I so close to finishing 43 miles, Dad miles ahead]

A long weekend with some pups from my days of dog walking. [I hope 2012 brings more of those!]

The chance to cover Latino Fashion Week.

A tribute to 63rd Street business owners.

A 24th birthday.

Another holiday season, come and gone.

And photos of our new apartment to come!

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A hectic time of year

The past few weeks have been a complete blur thanks to a new apartment and all of the stress moving entails. I simply forgot how crazy it is to move. And you would think having done it four times while in college would prepare me, but it hasn’t. Especially when you have no furniture! Hellooo, Ikea. I’m excited to share photos once the place looks somewhat livable, but until then it would just be too embarrassing. Which means this year is a year without Christmas decorations. In the meantime, I’ll just admire this lovely little gem. Topping your tree with anything other than an angel just seems wrong.

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Old is new again

Yesterday at work, I received a thank you letter from a woman who attended our annual holiday trolley tours through the local neighborhood. It’s wonderful to see folks reminiscing and feeling nostalgic about their old stomping grounds, and I’m glad to be a part of it. Suddenly, what’s old is new again. In honor of that feeling I thought I’d share these vintage photos I came across a while back. It’s no secret that I’ve got a love for old photos (as seen here, here and here), but hopefully these are just as enjoyable.

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Pooch + Polar Bear

According to folks at work AND weather.com, there could be snow showers this Friday. Even though it’s about that time snow should be expected and even though I often relish it during the holidays, I am most definitely not ready for it. But I know my two pups are. Still, it’s a good thing we don’t live near any polar bears.

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