Monthly Archives: March 2012

Just a little something


We recently began a new program at work, and to share a few words about what it is and how it works, I created this video. The video was also used to apply for a grant to help the program grow, so I only had 24 hours to do it. Josh helped out and I think it came out nice. Hopefully my movie editing skills will only get better.

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Weekend in photos

This was a weekend of Paige. She accompanied me on all my outings on Saturday and braved the crowds with me on Sunday to watch Josh at the Shamrock Shuffle. She was about as well-behaved as they come (sorry, Fray). Keep your fingers crossed that this is the real Paige and she’s not just on her best behavior while she gets to know us. She is such a sweet pup.

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Hey, Paige

A while back I considered fostering a pup through PAWS, but then felt that it wasn’t right for me or Josh. Fast forward to Sunday when I volunteered and fell for Andres. On Monday he was up for a foster home, so I inquired but he already had a home set in place. But then staff asked if I was interested in Paige, a three-year old shepherd mix whose owner relinquished her because he didn’t have time for her anymore. I went for it and then panicked and wondered what I got myself into. She’s wonderfully calm and sweet now that she’s in our apartment, but I can’t help but worry how she’ll fare while we are away at work. Here’s hoping that after a week of early morning and late night events, tomorrow will be a short day. Isn’t she pretty?

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Dream job + dogs


My dream job most definitely includes being able to bring my dog to work with me [hint: I first wrote about it here]. How great would that be? I’m sure Frasier’s whining would not go over well with the clients I see today, but maybe his goofiness would help clear the streets. Every one of these dogs here travel with their owners to their locally owned Chicago shops. Coolest gig ever. See the links below to find these dog-friendly shops.

[photos from the top: Eli from The Coop; Rachel from INDO; Harpo from The Antique Jewelry and Resale Shoppe; Bill from Brew Camp; originally seen on Refinery29]

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Weekend in photos

With St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, we donned some green and headed downtown to see the river turn green, meet up with some friends and watch the Badger game. I couldn’t believe how crowded the city was; there were literally people everywhere. Riding the crowded El train made me grateful for the first time that I have to drive to work. On Sunday I headed over to PAWS on 26th Street and fell for an adorable black pooch named Andres who only had three legs.

[top photo courtesy of Josh]

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VBA + a thank you!

I hadn’t even heard of it until a few days ago, but a fellow blogger and reader nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I’m not exactly sure how it began, but the VBA is a friendly, easy way for bloggers to support and recognize one another. Kind of cool! If you’re nominated, then you’ve been awarded.

So, thank you to the Kiwi Blog Bus for nominating me. Such a fun compliment. Be sure to check out her blog, which is written, photographed and compiled by Vicki Annison, a freelance writer and journalist based in Cambridge, New Zealand.

In honor of following the rules, which state you should share seven random facts about yourself, here you go:

1. Maybe not so random, but I am obsessed with dogs.
2. Sandwiches and bagels are my favorite foods.
3. I am 24 years old and still slightly afraid of the dark.
4. The Red and Rover comic strip is the first thing I read in the mornings.
5. I wish I was a better Spanish speaker.
6. I don’t have a lot of patience.
7. Humboldt Park is my new favorite place to take walks.

And finally, in keeping with the rules, here are a few other blogs I’d like to nominate.

Makes me wander: following random thoughts in real time
Craig Hill: corporate trainer, teacher and writer
Mark Kintzel Design: crafts, florals, events
Traveline Travel Services: instant travel deals

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Books and trees

I am a sucker for collecting books. But the space they take up can be daunting; even though there is nothing more inviting and cozy than shelves upon shelves of well-read and comforting books. I would spring for this shelf in a second. If it weren’t almost $900. Insane. It’s available here for a cool $840.

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