Christmastime has been as enjoyable as I could have thought possible. Last weekend, I celebrated with the Newman family; we went out for a fun dinner, did a gift exchange, and played Yahtzee. Their eldest, Lily, is better at adding up the score than I am! The next morning, Andrea and I went to a …

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While I’m slowly but surely on the mend, I’ve had a lot of alone time in between long sleeps and tiny chores around my apartment to think about the upcoming year and some of my goals. What’s been swirling in my head is my move in mid-May, hopefully to a lovely one-bedroom close to my …

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Last night, my dear friend Sarah and I went to the Art Institute of Chicago’s After Dark event, featuring “Andy Warhol”. Beforehand, we had a delicious dinner at Acanto, a small, welcoming Italian restaurant on Michigan Avenue near the museum. We enjoyed some scallops as an appetizer and I ordered lobster spaghetti for my entrée. Our …

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One of the reasons I love the holiday season is because I love shopping and giving gifts to my friends and family. Compiling a gift guide is also one of my favorite kinds of blog posts to create. This year, I decided to make my holiday gift guide one with an altruistic focus. I’ve picked …

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Female black Labrador retrievers are what I grew up with. The first that I remember is Reilly; she was pretty old and a bit of a mess from what I recall of her. She had patchy fur and was constantly scratching her skin, apparently due to horrible allergies and “a million health problems”, according to …

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Sometimes, it’s easier to say what things aren’t. If and when I have time to look at other blogs, I notice a lot of Millennial white women, a category to which I belong, doing the same thing over and over. In particular, I see a lot of Instagrammable photos, mainly of these women (that are …

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Hi everyone. Sorry for the delay in postings this week. Work has been insanely busy and I just have been harder pressed for time. That said, I had some ideas a-brewin` and I decided since they’re rather miscellaneous or komono (thanks Marie Kondo), I would do another round of Smörgåsbord! Alright Volume V; let’s do …

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Last weekend was spent celebrating my honorary “niece”, Emma’s, fourth birthday! It was gorgeous weather in the suburbs; sunny, blue skies with a nice breeze. It was a fun mixture of family, friends, adults, and kids, as well as numerous unicorn related paraphernalia, including a cake, stuffed animals, various gifts, and balloons. From my estimation, …

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On Saturday night, I went to visit and sleepover at my dear friend Arie’s newer home in Evanston. We had a girl’s night, which included face masks by Tony Moly, delicious and very healthy snacks prepared by Arie, and a couple of movies interrupted frequently by our typical disjointed chats, talking about everything in our …

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