June, where did you go? How is it already July? Well, 2019 is half way done and I feel like I am just now getting into the grove of things! June was full of fun things and I am really excited that it set the tone for summer 2019.
There have been way more highs than lows since we started doing these monthly recaps and I am totally digging the positive vibes! June was no different!
Graffiti + Murals Tour
Earlier in the month, I decided to take on a new passion project that we had been toying around with for some time. Since we are discovering Chicago one weekend at a time I wanted a way to document our new finds. After some contemplation and back and forth, ExperienceChiTown was officially born in June (though conceived in May).
One of ExperienceChiTown adventures led us to explore some graffiti and street art in an off the beaten path part of the city. We spent a few hours getting to know the local street art scene with Keith, a photographer who travels the world chasing murals and capturing graffiti. It was so much fun! Normally, we do mural chasing on our own. We drive around and just explore the city but when Keith reached out to us on Instagram we knew it was a perfect way to spend the day!
I loved being able to explore a new part of town. This was the farthest south we had ever gone since moving! You can do the same thing when you are in town by booking this Airbnb experience. Our host was wonderful and we highly recommend checking it out!
Fests, Fests, and More Fests!
Chicago summers are a time for fests, street parties, and free things to do all over town! From BBQ to Blues and from Tacos to Tequila, if its a thing chances are Chicago has a fest for it and you should go.
We went to the Taco and Tequila fest, Pilsen Food Truck Fest, and Lit Fest. Believe me you, we have no plans of stopping!
I’ve been really taking care of what I eat and making myself a priority. I’ve lost 20 pounds in the past couple of months and I am so motivated to keep going! Tim and I recently started having our weekly produce delivered with Imperfect Produce (Click here for a $20 off your first order!) which has helped us make sure our groceries are healthy.
Fainting on the Train
I fainted on the train one day on my way to work. Luckily, it wasn’t anything major but I think it was just a perfect storm of things. The day before Tim and I had gone on a 20-mile ride and I don’t think I ate enough the night before and I opted for breakfast at work. Add to the mix that the train was insanely hot and I probably was dehydrated, it isn’t that hard to see why it happened. Good news is that the train was so packed that I didn’t really fall back or hit my head. I just kind of slumped down. And everyone around me as super nice too! Someone offered me their seat, a few other people asked if I needed water, and someone else gave me a piece of candy to get my blood sugar up.
What I read: The weather has been nicer lately so my days of sitting at home snuggled up to a good book have been fewer this month. I still managed to get a decent number of books under my belt through. And I am 13 books in for my 2019 Reading Challenge on Goodreads since I finished these this month:
- Carolina Moon
- Treasure Island
- The Adventures of Pinocchio
- Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny
PS: If you are on Goodreads, add me! I’d love to connect and share bookshelves!
What I listened to: I absolutely fell in love with Taylor Swift’s new songs. I know I am late to the Swifties fandom, even though I thought 1989 was one of the best albums ever, I never really gave her music and lyrics more than a superficial listen. June was all about Miss Swift and I even brought back my Tumblr from beyond the internet grave so I can partake in the fun!
What I watched: Along with the rest of the world I watched HBO’s Chernobyl. Oh.My.God. What a show! The storyline was so well done, focusing on the whole disaster instead of one individual main character. I really love that the show gave a voice to those who historically have been left voiceless by the Soviets. And I think it did a wonderful job of showing the human cost in a respectful manner. The show also does a great job of showing that the disaster wasn’t just one man’s fault – it was a series of events, decisions, and short cuts by the hands of the Soviet Government that caused the reactor to explode. The Soviet demise came at their own hands due to censoring information and not letting it trickle down which is in a way painfully poetic and brings the USSR’s story full circle.
If you are looking for a great follow up to the HBO series, give Babushkas of Chernobyl a watch! It is a great documentary filled with hope and some resilience babushkas.
What I learned: I learned that sometimes you have to be “like a snake and only bite when you are stepped on” (Hey, TS!) but sometimes you have to be more of a cobra than a garden snake – you have to let people know you are about to strike. For a number of reasons I have to keep this one on the vaguepost side of things but soooooon I will explain more.
What I fell in love with: I fell in love with cycling this month. Tim has been cycling for two years and when he got a new bike last year, I said I would keep his old one. I never had a chance to ride it in Tennessee and I certainly didn’t have a chance to ride it this winter while we braved the polar vortex. This is the first month I’ve really had an opportunity to ride it and I am in love!
New Discovery: Having your groceries delivered is a life changer and a time saver! We’ve started getting your produce delivered weekly with Imperfect Produce and I can’t tell you how much more time we have now. We pick up the few things we don’t get from Imperfect at the grocery store but our use to be over an hour trips are down to 20 minutes in and out!
How was your June? How did you kick off summer?