Monthly Archives: February 2012

Being an adult.

Being an adult is overrated. There are bills to pay, there is money to save, there are things to clean, there are dogs to adopt. How can one do it all? I’ve gotten into the habit of sleeping in as long as possible and saving my workouts until late at night when it feels like the hardest thing in the world to tie my shoes.

After going straight to the grocery store after work (after stopping for a paczki from Oak Mill Bakery, of course), it became clear that I need to get into a better routine and go back to working out in the morning. Spin class at Solao, just a five-minute walk away? Okay. And I’ll complain the whole time, obviously. If you want a good laugh, click here and read. Seriously, it’s too funny.

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Weekend in photos

This weekend saw a quick road trip to Lake Mills, Wis. It was a relaxing few days filled with a Badger basketball game, lots of lounging around and a trip to a new favorite restaurant (Timber Creek Pizza Co!) Plus, I managed to sneak in a quick 30-minute visit with Frasier.


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And to lighten the mood

Red and Rover (by Brian Basset) is killing it this week. Seriously, he reads my mind when it comes to pups.

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A journalist lost

Anthony Shadid in Cairo for The New York Times, taking notes on top of a bus during the revolution in Egypt last February.

Although I work for a nonprofit that specializes in business services, there are still times when I get to work on a project that has its roots in journalism (ahem, Chicago Lawn Portal), and this means a lot to me. It is what I went to school for, after all. And so this evening when I saw that Anthony Shadid, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist of the New York Times and a fellow UW-Madison graduate (and a former Daily Cardinal writer!), had died it felt terribly sad and unfair. His work for the NYT was incredible, and while I never did hear him speak, he was always willing to talk to student journalists and give advice, according to members of the Daily Cardinal Alumni Association. A sad day for journalism.

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Fostering a pup

Up until a few weeks ago, Josh and I had seriously considered fostering a dog from PAWS Chicago. The program works like this: As dogs come in who need time outside the shelter environment or who are recovering from colds or injuries, staff will reach out to volunteers who have shown interest in temporarily fostering a pooch. Generally the foster term lasts from about two to four weeks. You provide the pup with water, food, a nice home and lots of love! If there is one who is a good match for your home and lifestyle, you’re pretty much set.

Here are a few pups who are currently in need of a foster home :)



Mr. Bentley



I originally thought this was the ideal solution for getting acclimated to living with a dog in an apartment while still helping out. But it quickly became clear that since we’re both gone for a better part of the day, we’d likely have to turn to a dog walker, especially since PAWS staff recommends crating the dog while you are away. Unfortunately, a dog walker just wasn’t in our budget.

So it looks like my dream of getting a friend for Frasier and having a dog around full time are once again put on hold. For those who do foster pups, though, it seems like such a great experience! What do you think?

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