Thursday Thoughts 9.0

Hey remember me? I’m still alive and well! The past week has been BUSY and H-O-T. Since today is Thursday I’m linking up with Sarah.

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O.k. o.k. I know I keep complaining about it, but I’m going to say it again…IT’S HOT. One of the reasons I came to graduate school “up north” was to avoid the sweltering Texas summers that I was oh-so-not fond of. And it did get hot last summer…but never this hot or for this long. It’s been above 90 degrees every day for about a week, and now we are in an “excessive heat warning” until Friday. As I mentioned in last week’s post, most Chicagoan’s don’t have central air conditioning (myself included). So, when we have 100+ degree heat indexes for days on end…well it’s kind of a big deal. It looks like it might get down to the 80’s this weekend…right now that sounds heavenly!

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Sunday was the big move to my new place, and it was quite the day. Not only was it REALLY hot, but I also could not pick up the key to the new place until 3 pm (on Sunday) and I had to be out of the old place by 8 am Monday morning. Yikes! Luckily, I had 5 very awesome friends who braved the heat to help me move from my un-airconditioned second floor walk-up to my new un-airconditioned third floor  walk-up. I am truly blessed to have such great people in my life. After all the stuff was in the new place, I served my friends Lou Malnati’s pizza and beer (plus my friend Sarah brought Klondike bars which were really awesome). It was a long, hot (and sometimes stressful) day, and I am really glad to finally put this move behind me. Now I can begin the next phase of my life. 🙂

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…And of course after the move there is unpacking. Groan. Especially in this heat. This is basically the state of my apartment (or at least as it was when I took these pictures on Monday). First, there is the kitchen:

I’m pretty sure Martha Stewart is jealous of my organizational skills

Then, you can make your way down the hallway…

Watch your step!

…to the living room…

Yikes!

…to sit down.

I hope you don’t need a lot of leg room!

So far, the unpacking process has consisted of me slaving away in the heat until I just can’t take it anymore…and then I go hang out in my bedroom for awhile (where my window AC unit is). Yesterday, I declared victory on my kitchen. Yay! I can eat now! This evening I hope to tackle the bathroom.

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I had a great Fourth of July yesterday. I spent the morning tackling the kitchen (as mentioned above), and then went to a potluck party held by some of my friends in the evening. We ate lots of delicious food (I’m pretty sure I ate my weight in guacomole), and watched Independence Day (i.e. ID4). After the movie, we walked to the lake for the Evanston fireworks display. All in all, it was a really great day!

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I’ll admit it…I’ve been really REALLY bad about posting book reviews lately. I think my last book review might have been in May(?), so my hope is to change that this week. I figure by putting it out there on my blog, it’s much more likely to actually happen!

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That’s all for now. Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday Thoughts 8.0

Hey there! It’s Thursday, and today I’m linking up with Sarah.

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I’m sure I sound like a broken record here but it is going to be h-o-t in Chicago today. We are in a heat advisory (as is most of the country I know), and are expected to hit around 97 degrees today. To those of you dealing with triple digit temperatures today (and I do truly pity you) that may not sound so bad, but I would also venture to guess that most of you have central AC in your place of residence where as I (and many of my fellow Chicagoans) do not. I do have one window AC unit in my bedroom which I am SO GRATEFUL FOR, but the rest of  my apartment is just boiling hot. It’s days like these where I go to work JUST so I can sit i the AC for awhile.

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In the midst of this heat wave I am also in the process of packing to move into a new apartment. I actually stayed home yesterday and packed because the temperatures were quite a bit cooler than what was forecast for today. The move (which is happening on Sunday) is going to be a little bit tricky logistically, but luckily I have several great friends who are going to help me do it!

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The rest of my vacation last week was AWESOME and I didn’t want to come home (especially to this heat wave…lame…). After I came back from Louisiana, I continued making the rounds and seeing friends I hadn’t seen in about a year. Highlights: a trip to Boondoggles pub for pizza and a beer (although there was something wrong with the Shiner keg that night so I didn’t get to enjoy that 😦 ), seeing the movie That’s My Boy (it was a lot funnier than I thought it would be), and eating at La Brisa again (as I mentioned in last week’s post I love that place SO much). Overall it was a great trip, and gave me a MUCH needed break from Chicago.

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Monday marked the one year anniversary of breaking my foot, and the beginning of my (very very) long recovery process. I had to use crutches (although I was non-weight bearing for only a few weeks) for two months, and then walked around in the boot cast for next 4ish months. Although the recovery process was long and difficult at times, I also found it very eye-opening. I realized just how handicapped inaccessible our public facilities really are (have you ever tried to open those heavy school/mall/restaurant doors on crutches), and how kind people really can be. I had so many people offer to hold doors for me, carry my stuff when needed, and drive me to wherever I needed to go. Looking back, I remember there were dark times during the recovery process where I just stayed home (and felt sorry for myself) because the thought of crunching down two flights of stairs (and then back up on the return trip) was unbearable. I also remember how difficult it was to use public transportation because many CTA stops are not handicapped accessible. However, I also remember moments like this:

I mean how many opportunities does one have in life to have a “real” peg leg?!

And like this:

I am the champion of chair dancing

…and then I remember how much fun my boot cast could make an evening. Your life is what you make of it. I’m really glad I didn’t just stay home.

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I ran across The Color Challenge this week. Apparently, 1 in 12 men and 1 in 255 women are color blind, and this test allows you to see how you match up! In this online application, you arrange color tiles “in order” (the first and last tiles are set in place). At the conclusion of the test, a score is awarded from 0-99 which is an indicator of how well you really see colors. A score of 0 is perfect while a score of 99 indicates you are probably color blind. I scored a 4! Overall, I thought this was a really neat application, and my friends and I had fun yesterday taking the test and comparing our scores. Take the test and let me know how you score!

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That’s all for now. Have a great weekend everyone!