Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Last night you were the victim of a practical joke in which a pair of your pants was taken from the bathroom whilst you showered, and subsequently could not be found upon your exit from the shower. Through a curious turn of events, said pants ended up on my person, where you did not find them for a significant length of time.
You became a bit snippy upon this discovery, and demanded I return said pants to their place (that is, on your shelf, as you had retrieved another pair of pants for wearing). I refused, and now feel it is my duty to give you appropriate reasoning for my refusal besides "I am not your maid."
When you retrieved a secondary pair of pants, you created what I will henceforth call "the Pants Paradox." The original pair of pants, which should have been worn on your person, were on the original timeline. When you obtained the second pair of pants, this created an alternate timeline in which the original pair of pants should not have existed. As the creator of this paradox, you were the only one who could rectify the situation without the time-pant-space continuum imploding. Thus, it was wholly necessary that you be responsible for returning the original pair of pants to their location on the shelf, restoring the time-pant-space continuum as we know it.
In other words, next time don't be so snippy.
Readers--have you ever played a practical joke on your significant other? How did it turn out?
Also, how do you deal with your significant other or roommate leaving things everywhere?
Monday, February 25, 2013
Monday, February 18, 2013
Me: What's the weather like tomorrow? (all Zooey Deschanel style in that iPhone commercial, because she is adorable and every girl wants to be like her)
Siri: Looks like you may be getting some snow tomorrow. (displays relevant weather icons)
Siri: I do not understand.
Er, guess my excited voice is too high-pitched for Siri to process. Awkward.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Here's a question: How many people do you still talk to from college? High school? Are the numbers dwindling? Most people have relocated or changed schools, jobs, and social circles at least once. It's something I really value in childhood (i.e., adjusting to new social situations, peers in their classrooms, etc.), because I think it teaches children valuable skills in forming new relationships, engaging others with diverse personalities, and entering into social situations from an early age. However, I feel we often focus on the "making new friends" part and less on the "keep the old ones" portion of that famed silver and gold song.
What am I talking about? Well, let's say you get new job, move, or start school. You form new relationships and often, especially in the case of college, become very close. However, these life circumstances thrust people together and then they just as quickly fall apart. M. (my fiance) doesn't keep in close contact with his friends from college. He keeps telling me "it's a guy thing," but I still feel like Facebook and social media makes it so simple to at least shoot a quick hello to someone every other month or so. Now that I've moved, I think about my own relationships: which friends from high school will still talk to me? If I was living in my hometown still, they would be my primary social circle. But even when I was in LA, there were more of them keeping in touch than they are now. I know that I'm out of sight and out of mind, but are these transient relationships?
This is even more salient in my latest efforts at wedding planning: making a guest list. How many people, once 2015 rolls around, will still be talking to me and have an invite to the wedding? Now I have friends from high school, college, grad school, my first job, and my current job, along with my Chicago social circle. This doesn't even include family, M's business school friends...the list goes on. How many of these people are we supposed to invite?
Readers--help! What was your rule of thumb for building your guest list? Do you still keep in touch with friends from all these different life situations?
It's ironic, isn't it? Your mid-twenties is supposed to be the key time that you can adventure and discover yourself; the time where you can pick up and move at a moment's notice because your ties are limited. It also turns out to be the time where these monumental life events--weddings, baby showers--also take place. Now I feel like I'm always choosing between saving up for my wedding 2+ years away or maintaining the ties that I cherish so much.
Frankly, it's hard. I've already missed a bachelorette party in Vegas and a bridal shower in San Diego because I had to choose between these other events and the wedding itself. Plane tickets to California, at BEST, turn out to be something near $200+ round trip...but are more frequently in the $320-350 range (sometimes more, with bad timing). My early childhood education salary isn't giving me a lot of leeway to spend money on plane tickets whenever I want to go home--especially since I'm trying to pay off that early purchase of the wedding dress.
Modern technology makes it easier to keep in touch with people, but sometimes videochatting with family and friends from afar makes me miss them more. Seeing my nephew's new developmental milestones, for example, just isn't the same over videochat than in person.
How do you minimize these feelings of missing out when you're far away?
Monday, February 4, 2013
Before we moved, we made a list of things we wanted. Mine included the following:
- washer and dryer in unit
- gym or pool (not that I planned on using the gym) as a perk
- full walls--no studios (so we could close a door between the two of us for peace of mind, having never lived together before)
- enough closet/storage space! I have a lot of clothing.
- safe location/close to attractions (attractions to me meant shopping)
- close grocery stores
- close to L (short for "elevated train" and sometimes spelled "El") stops for easy transportation
If you don't want to get a real estate agent, we used some of the following websites:
- Housing Maps - this website uses Google maps and applies a really useful interface over it. I used this a lot to map these locations on a personalized Google Map, where I put links to the Craigslist ad, etc. and any notes (e.g., old bathroom, lots of storage space)
In terms of my list, we ended up giving up on the washer/dryer in unit. Everything else on the list is pretty much hit--including close to shopping. We are two blocks down from the Gap on Michigan Ave. (Magnificent Mile), and there are a number of Anthropologies within walking distance, as well as Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, and (my favorite!) BHLDN (the Anthro wedding brand).
One key discussion we needed to have with locals before our move (which we didn't have) had to do with "neighborhoods." Chicago is comprised of a bunch of neighborhoods, all with their own distinct feel. Streeterville has a very "downtown" feel, with downtown pricing (if you catch my drift). Lincoln Park, on the other hand, has more of a homey vibe with brownstones/brick buildings, young post-college people, and cute shops. I think it's also slightly cheaper, but I wouldn't really know considering I don't live there. Old Town is an area that has also been recommended to us frequently; it's cheaper than anything more in the heart of downtown, but is close by the L. Wicker Park is the more hipster area that is much cheaper living, close to a vibrant nightlife with bars and the like, but also a little less clean/sterile than the downtown area. The Loop is a little more busy, with many residences mixed in with the downtown office buildings. River East (New Eastside) is more subdued (and south of the river), with some beautiful lake views and access to a lot of big parks. Fulton Market has a stretch of super nice expensive foodie dream's restaurants, but the places to live are tucked away and less of a neighborhood feel (this is where the meatpacking district used to be, so there are a lot of warehouses). Anyway, I'm sure you get my point. Like any city, you have to find the right place for you so you are happy there. If you haven't found it, you won't like your stay.
Another consideration is parking: if you plan on bringing a car to Chicago, be prepared to pay a lot in parking. We are renting a spot in our building for $200/month. Anything downtown is pricey, especially hourly parking.
Readers--any other questions about living in Chicago or moving here? I'm happy to answer any questions about prices as well.
I finally got around to making something off of Pinterest! I am making a concerted effort to save money because 1) I am poor and 2) I will be made considerably more poor after 2014, when I am in or attending a number of California weddings. I think my last count was 5.
Anyway, I found this site on Pinterest and made my own simple dry shampoo. It's a simple combo of cornstarch and cocoa powder, which makes me smell delicious and also feels better than inhaling all that aerosol business in the commercially sold dry shampoos. I bought a fluffy brush on eBay and brush it onto my roots all over my hair and it does its job quite effectively.
I also found another one to make my own mineral veil, which involves cornstarch, baby powder, and a hint of tinted powder. This also came out wonderful and if I apply too much of both of these mixtures I smell like a baby who got into the chocolate. I don't really mind this.
You can find the recipe here: