My obsession with the color purple

Nope, I’m not talking about the book, movie or even Oprah this time. I’m literally just talking about the color purple (and its friends, lavender, lilac, berry, etc.) My wardrobe and accessory collection have been infected with a case of the color purple. And it was totally unintentional. And fortunately, being infected with the color purple does not involve a […]

Death of the phone call

When I got my iPhone a few months ago, I picked a plan with the lowest number of minutes but highest data package. Someone I’m related to asked why and I answered without thinking, “because I never make phone calls, the minutes will never be fully used.” I thought I was crazy but according to a New York Times article, […]

The Forbidden Shopping Fruit

As I mentioned last week, I’m in hard-core savings mode for Italy and I’m not a fan of it anymore. I know it will be worth it but after four months of heavy saving, I WANT TO SPEND MONEY. Disposable income? I MISS YOU SO MUCH. Oh and it’s 20 degrees in Chicago, so winter is back and that is […]

An attempt at homemade veggie pizza

Lately, I’ve been seriously lacking in my vegetable consumption. Apparently, chocolate is just more attractive. So in an attempt to get more veggies in my diet, I decided to keep the kitchen adventures light this week with making my own pizza loaded with veggies. And the ingredients only cost me $10. Not bad. Here’s how it turned out: Ingredients: Trader […]

Taking a look at self-compassion

Tuesday night while cruising Twitter, Chickbug posted a link to a New York Times article about self-compassion. Intrigued, I clicked over to it and was nodding my head along with this theory after the first paragraph. So what is self-compassion? Turns out, it’s pretty simple: it’s how people view themselves. It’s further summarized as “giving ourselves a break and accepting […]

Another apartment pet peeve

I’ve developed another pet peeve about my apartment building. Yes, another one to add to the list, along with laundry room antics, fires and thin walls. This one has to do with the buzzer to my apartment. For safety, there is a buzzer intercom at my building entry that goes to each tenant’s apartment. And of course, you should not […]

The one where I run after a food truck

Yes, that actually happened. Like a puppy, I’ve chased after many things in my day. Mailmen, UPS deliveries and now…a food truck. Why? More like, why not, when I tell you more. I love food. LOVE IT. And yes, I am trying to lose weight right now (holding strong!) but when I heard that there was a mac and cheese […]

Chicago: Six years later

Six years ago today, I moved to Chicago. Well, technically, six years ago today I started working in Chicago but had only been in the city about 48 hours before then but I don’t actually count that. Coincidentally, just before I moved here, Milwaukee was nailed by 11 inches of snow so this feels right. I’ve written several times about […]

In a weight rut

Several weeks ago, I was really excited to announce that my weight loss journey hit a nice milestone, 11-12 pounds down! But, now I think I’m in a rut, specifically a diet rut. I’m still committed to my long-term weight loss goal, but lately, I’ve been struggling with food again. Losing weight short-term is a challenge but not as much […]

How to survive a Midwest winter

Whenever I hear someone say it’s their first Chicago or midwest winter, I smile. They usually have a confused and scared look on their face and it’s so adorable, I want to hug them. Because (depending where they’re coming from) they should be afraid. No sh*t. The east coast may have 32 inches of snow but Midwest winters are nothing […]