27 September 2010

Dreary Mondays

It is a dreary Monday morning here in the Windy City.


Even though weather.com doesn't say anything at all about rain today, it is raining.  And chilly.  So, damp and chilly and grey skies on a Monday morning. 

But even though it's chilly and damp and grey, there's been a lot of love to keep me warm this morning.


The snooze button and extra long cuddles.  Hot chocolate.  A sweet love note tucked into my work files.  Not trading in my pj pants for clean "work" sweatpants.  The cozy glow from a relaxing weekend of sleeping in and lazy walks through museums and coffee shops and movies and laughter. 

So you know what?  It's not such a dreary Monday morning after all.

24 September 2010

Things to Consider

- The earth really doesn't care what you do for it or to it.  It is a survivor.

- On her 82nd birthday, in the twilight of her life, as her precious few memories are being stolen by dementia, the greatest birthday presents I gave my Grandma are the ones that cannot ever be wrapped in a box:  unconditional love, a few moments of sunshine and smiles, laughter, and unwavering support to my Mom as she nurses Grandma through these years. 


-  I don't think about being hearing impaired all that often.  But every once in a while, I hear something that makes me proud to be part of such a unique and inspiring group of individuals.

-  My Mom  was telling me about a conversation she had with my aunt earlier this week.  My aunt admitted to having no self esteem, and my mom told her that we all lose our self esteem at some time or another.  The trick, however, is to do one small thing a day for yourself until you start to feel better about yourself.  My Mom wears earrings every single day.  I put perfume on in the morning for everyone else and before bed for myself.  What little thing do you do for yourself every day?

-  I have been incredibly emotional lately.  As exhausting as it is at times to really feel every emotion, I have to admit, there's beauty in feeling each and every emotion.  Even if I don't always know exactly why I feel that way at that moment.

-  Why is Fall my favorite season?  I don't really know.  The coziness, the crispness, the colors, the heartier foods, the smells, the sense of settling in and renewing oneself.  Or perhaps because I'm tired of tank tops and flip-flops and am ready to wear cozy layers and cute boots.


-  It really is the little things that turn a house into a home.  Cozy smells.  Good food cooking.  Kisses.  Candlelight.  Favorite pictures.  Treasured trinkets.  Cozy covers.  Cuddles.  Small messes. 

-  I love when life, like these photographs, makes you stop and think for a minute.


This Upcoming Weekend has Big Shoes to Fill

Last weekend was an awesome weekend.

- Shopping with my guru.

- Finding old treasures in my parents' house.

- Seeing Little Big Town and Sugarland in concert.

- Going to my first ever pro-football game.

- Celebrating my Grandma's birthday.

- Heart-to-hearts.

- Trip to the apple orchard of my childhood.

15 September 2010

Takes Me Back

Boy oh boy, does it take me back to my college days to live in a place where weather reports include rip tide warnings

Rip Current Statement for Cook, IL

from 10 am CDT, Thu., Sep. 16, 2010 until 4 am CDT, Fri., Sep. 17, 2010

Wednesday Wisdom: Advice I Needed to Hear

14 September 2010

True Love

True love is when Joe surprises me on a Tuesday afternoon by bringing home my favorite Hostess treat.

Mmmmmm.  I think I'll keep Joe after all.

Out of my Comfort Zone

I had dinner with an old friend last night.  We worked together once upon a time.  And I called her every time I visited Chicago. 

We talked over crepes and coffee.  (And anyone who visits me will now have at least one meal at this restaurant.)

We did the usual catching up routine - jobs, boys, family, old friends we had in common.  And talked about being adults.  The whole marriage and babies thing everyone on Facebook is wrapped up in these days.  About growing up and being older, but still being a 20-something. 

Somehow, it came up that now that we're in our mid to late 20's, we're losing the ability to use the excuse, "I'm young and stupid." 

And it made me a bit sad.

I've never really used that excuse.  I was always an old soul.  Even when I did stupid shit, it really wasn't stupid enough to pull out the excuse of being young and stupid.  But I really have no desire to go out and do anything that stupid now either.  Mostly, I'm just a bit sad that I won't always have that excuse tucked in my pocket. 

But you know what?

I realized that not always being "young and stupid" is no excuse for not pushing myself out of my comfort zone.  And truthfully, that is what I've been doing these last few months:


I moved from D.C. to ChicagoI moved in with my Joe.  I started working at home full-time.  I've signed myself up for a dance class.  I've signed Joe and I up for two months of Birkam Yoga.  I've tried (and liked!) escargot, twice.  I've really discovered the joys of thrift shopping.  I'm teaching myself how to sew.  I'm trying out new recipes in the kitchen. 

So, just because I'm getting older (and presumably wiser), doesn't mean I can't try crazy things or learn something new or push myself out of my comfort zone.  And I'm proud of myself for pushing myself out of the comfort zone....in so many different ways.

13 September 2010

KtMac Confessions: Despair and Hope

Sometimes, despite not living there in almost ten years, I still miss home, with its special blend of despair and hope.


And in those moments I really miss home, I watch my favorite music video:


Monday Morning

One perk of working from home?

When you go to pour yourself some juice and the bottle of wine spills all over the floor, you can clean it up and not have to worry about explaining why your hands smell like wine at 9 in the morning.

11 September 2010

I Still Remember...

video

Budweiser aired this commercial only once after 9/11.  They wanted to acknowledge the loss without financial gain.  One classy commercial.  God Bless America.

09 September 2010

Falling for Fall

Signs Autumn is sneaking into the Midwest:

- Windy, I mean WINDY, days.
- Brilliant blue skies.
- Tantalizing but weaker sunlight.
- Cool mornings.
- Needing socks in our partly below ground apartment.
- Return of pumpkin spice lattes (means cinnamon dolce lattes are just around the corner!).
- Allergies.  A-CHOO!
- Boots!!
- Needing a jacket or sweatshirt outdoors.
- Lighting candles. 
- Daydreaming about trips to the apple orchards, apple cider, and fresh cinnamon doughnuts.

Street Scenes: Vol. 1 - Street Signs





08 September 2010

Wednesday Wisdom: On Rogers Park Beach

On the park bench at Rogers Park Beach.

07 September 2010

Important Question of the Day

On Rogers Park Beach.

KtMac Confessions: An Urge to Run

There's a chill in the air.

Well, to be more precise, there's huge wind gusts in the air.  There's a weather advisory today saying the wind is gusting up to 42 mph.  It's insane, even for the Windy City. 

But you know what I mean.

Summer is fading fast.  The days just don't get quite as hot anymore.  Nights are deliciously cool in that oh-so-perfect for sleeping way.  Soon the green will trade in for brilliant hues for one last party before winter starts. 

And I don't know what it is about this time of year, but I love it.  I love the crispness.  I love the feeling of renewal and settling in.  I love the flavors of the food and drinks. 

But as much as I love autumn, I have to admit, it stirs up an almost unbearable restlessness in me. 

And no one is ever more surprised than me.  Even though it happens every year. 

I can't bear the thought of being inside.  I want to walk for miles and miles, no matter how long it may take me.  Hell, there are days I even want to run.  And I don't run, ever.  

I like curling up with a good book and a cozy blanket, but at some point, all I want to do is get outside and move

I don't know why I feel this way, but you best be believing that when the working day is done, I'll be heading out the door for a good long walk.  (And maybe to treat myself to a pumpkin spice latte....)

03 September 2010

Rawr!

Have a great holiday weekend peeps!

02 September 2010

Hometown Tourists

 I grew up with visits to Chicago.  I've done the tourist thing time and time again.  Shopped the Magnificent Mile until I thought my shoes would fall off.  Giggled at the antics of waiters at Ed Debveic's. Rode the ferris wheel on Navy Pier.  I've seen the exhibits at the Art Institute, the Field Museum, and Shedd Aquarium.

But you know what?

Being a tourist is so much better when you live here.


We wandered from the Loop all the way home one night.  And saw the sights.  Told stories and random facts.  Posed for some touristy shots. Found some amazing, and well-deserved, deep dish pizza.  Kissed on street corners.  Got turned around a time or two.  "Are you sure the lake is supposed to be east?"  (Namely because as a Michigan girl, the lake was always west.)  And when we were done playing tourist, we were home.

I still can't believe we live here.

01 September 2010

So Damn Proud

Of this guy and the fact that today is day One of his MBA Orientation.

Way to go, Joe!

And yes, I may be the girlfriend who made him take this picture 
while we walked around the loop last week.