Well, May has come and gone in the blink of an eye. It’s been getting a little warmer… The city seems to have a little more pep in its step too, so I think this means summer is right around the corner… maybe? no? okay then.
We went to our first Cub’s game this month! And totally froze our butts off. With a brisk 44 degree night, we stuck it out as best we could before I gave in a bought an overpriced licensed Cubs blanket. Even though Tim mentioned that it was really cold out, in my head, I just kept thinking we could go “inside” if it got too cold. Poor little Florida girl forgot she was in Chicago and that Wrigley doesn’t have an “inside” like every sporting venue back home does. I quickly understood why so many people were walking into the game looking like Eskimos.
May was a month for celebrating and get togethering. We celebrated our friend Morgan’s birthday in a very Potter fashion! And while it is exciting that she is another year wiser, another year graceful and lovely… the exciting part is that I learned to play stack cup. Somewhere in the Pottersphere there is video evidence of this here lady (who is no longer in her 20’s mind you!) owning at the cup staking and taking a Horcrux (Smirnoff Ice) like a champ! With drinks in hand and house colors on display, it was a nice reminder that we’ve made some awesome friends since having moved to the city, which isn’t always easy as an adult.
We kept celebrating and warmed house with Kelsey and Thomas (and Kelsey’s famous Sangria!) which was a perfect way to start the night. Afterward, we went to The Vic theater to see Preacher Lawson record his special.
With the sun shining a little more than before, we rounded out the month with some exploring and adventuring! We took a CBD cocktail class at our building which was really fun. Our building does a great job of having social events and creating a community for the residents beyond the 4 walls of our units, so we always love attending the Local Sips events!
Lincoln Park and Lake View seem to be the neighborhoods we’ve been exploring a lot of lately! From cute little gift shops to awesome cafes, we’ve made it our mission to explore and experience every corner of Chicago. During on of our outings, we stumbled upon The Catcade! Part cat rescue, part cat cafe, part lounge, part arcade, you get to spend an hour playing video games and petting the cats that are all available for adoption.
There was really only one low this month which is also in the what I learned bucket of this month.
What I listened to: I spent more time reading this month that listening. Needless to say I am waaaay behind on all of my Armchair Expert episodes.
What I read: Last month I made a conscious effort to read more. Given that I have about 2 hours a day on the train to read, I definitely noticed I was taking advantage of that this month! I finished quite a few books this month and I am loving the reading challenge from a local book shop I picked up!
- Gone Girl
- Like Water for Chocolate
- The Secret Garden
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
- Too Hot to Handle
What I watched: I started and finished both seasons of “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” Like the rest of the world, I also watched Game of Thrones. Le sigh. I have so many feelings and words and things about this season and the series finale, but who doesn’t?
What I learned: Through a series of live events, I learned that some people don’t outgrow the meanness of high school. You can be a grown ass person and still partake in cliquey games. But as I said last month, there comes a point when you reach a certain age, that you no longer care about what people think about you or if they even like you. It is also around the same time that you realize life is (and forever will be) as cliquey as high school was. I never was one of the cool kids in high school and I give less of a shit now about peer approval so, there’s that.
What I fell in love with: I fell in love with reading again. Making the decision to read more has led me to discover new books! The hardest thing about owning books as a minimalist is finding the space to put said new books. But since purchasing my Kindle last year, I’m able to have 100’s of books in the tiny little confines of my e-reader. I’ve also been taking advantage of my buildings version of a little free library! It is on the rooftop lounge so I am able to take a book and leave a book really easily.
New Discovery: I discovered David’s Tea and I am obsessed! I guess you could also say I discovered that Lisa Simpson is my spirit animal since Tim and I recently started watching The Simpson’s (from the beginning!) recently.
How was your May? Did you do anything fun for Memorial Day Weekend?