My friend and fellow mural lover Kristin, blogger-badass-content-marketer-extraordinaire at Camels & Chocolate, does these every month and I absolutely live for them. Even before we met and I was a fangirl of her blog these were some of my favorite posts. I try to read everything she writes (she’s an amazing writer, seriously go follow her) and keep up with her adventures on the gram but sometimes life gets a little crazy and I miss a few things. I love that her Highs and Lows posts give me a quick recap and what she, Ella, and SVV have been up to, so I decided to do my own take at them.
Things have finally started to feel like they’ve settled down. Both of us have settled into our This was the first month I had a few things to actually include, so here goes!
Chicago finally had some warm weather days which was much needed and well received. As the city has warmed up, we’ve been able to explore a little more too. Getting to know our new home has been one of the best parts of moving (aside from Chicago dogs).
Towards the end of the month, I went to NYC for a meeting at the Spanish Consulate. It was nice to get back to the Big Apple and so some exploring! I booked a few street art tours which made the trip a content 2 for 1 (hello, MuralChasers!)
On a non-blog level and more on the 9 to 5 side of things, this was the first full month of work for Tim. He is loving his new job and his team. And in my work world I had a pretty rad month too! April was the first full month where I ran my accounts 100% which is pretty exciting for me.
Snow during baseball season? Yeah, apparently that is a thing here in Chicago. We had two April snow, the last one being just a few days ago, and it was in no way a high. I’ve never lived this far north and I honest thought that we would start to have some more sunshine by now. Eating a hotdog at Wrigley Field just doesn’t feel right when there is a snow delay guys, it just doesn’t.
My trip to NYC was also kind of a low. Though I was only there for a total of 22 hours- yeah you read that right – the trip very eventful and not always in a good way. I don’t like to dwell on the past, but the nut shell is this:
Flies to NYC after a full workday. Arrives at LaGuardia. Takes a $40 shared Uber to airbnb around 11:30pm. Gets to airbnb, no lockbox. It’s been removed. Calls host, no answer. Calls host’s assistant, no answer. Calls airbnb, they say ‘can you find somewhere to stay it’s late and we don’t think we can accommodate you in another home this late.’ Gets in contact with host’s assistant. Sends pictures to make sure at the right location. She confirms. Shows there is no lockbox. Suggests going in through the basement or buzzing all the neighbors at midnight to see if someone will open the door to building. She is in Texas and can’t help. Host is out of the country. Key to the apartment is under the mat, just need to get into building. Next building neighbor sees me on the stoop, asks if I’m locked out. Both buildings have the same owner, was going to call the locksmith. Told him story. He says “Oh! Let’s try the roof from my building, they connect and if the door is unlocked you can get in.” We go up 5 flights of stairs, he drops off his groceries, we go to the roof. There is a roof dividing wall about 4 feet high. He helps me climb over it, cradle the hands and hoist foot kinda help. I get halfway over the wall. As we rejoice, my pants rip. My big peach is greeting the big apple and this big stranger. We remember the mission, I check the door, and ALAS I get to my airbnb 2 hours later, like a cat burgalar through the roof and having jumped a fence in the dead of night.
At this point, it kinda makes for a fun story but in the moment I was ready to cry. And I honestly don’t know how I didn’t just sob on the stoop in Hell’s Kitchen.
What I listened to: There was a lot of variety this month. I started strong with Undisclosed, the podcast that goes a little deeper than Serial did about Adnan Syed. I caught up on some Armchair Expert episodes too. And toward the end of the month it was a solid Spanish music fiesta with mariachis, old school Shakira, and live listening of some of my favorite stations in Colombia – God bless the internet!
What I read: I started to make more time for reading. I am in the middle of both El Alquimista (The Alcamist in Spanish) by Paulo Coelho and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I’m not normally one to read more than one book at a time but when I went to NYC I found a copy of The Alchemist in Spanish in my carry on so I figured there was no better time to start it than right there!
What I worked on: I decided to cut back on Facebook a bit so I deleted the app off my phone. I was only checking it from a computer once a day, if I remembered. I ultimately added the app back because I needed it for a project BUT I didn’t put it back on the first home page screen of my phone. It is buried in the back somewhere so I still forget to check it. It’s nice to unplug!
What I learned: It is okay to say no. It is okay to hold your ground. It is okay to tell someone they were wrong. Turning 30 guys does wonders for your perspective. I don’t know if something is in the water or we all just (kinda) figure our shit out, but everyone I know who has joined the 3-0 club says the same thing: it is the time you discover you can say no. And hold your own. And tell someone to fuck off when they are being a dick. And you can call someone out for being wrong. Color me happy being 30 and letting the world know I have a zero tolerance for things that don’t bring me Marie Kondo joy.
What I fell in love with: Tim and I stumbled upon the most amazing authentic Indian food restaurant. I think we ordered one of everything on the menu and it was all delicious. I don’t want to get ahead of myself on this one, but I think it is going to turn into “our place” and I’m here for it. Or there for it? You know what I mean.
New Discovery: New Balance shoes are comfy AF and I don’t care if they are old people shoes. Once you hit 30 you need support! Call them my commuter shoes, call them my old lady sneaks but all I head is “comfort. support. happy feet.” Get you some.
May is looking good, guys. Summer is *supposedly* right around the corner and we’ve got a busy month ahead. I anticipate many more Puptown dog park days with Rocky and Kona, some brunching, and a whole lot of fun!
How was your April? Bonus points if you had snow because misery loves company, hehe!