1. Is it January again? Because I feel like it’s Janurary again. January (and February) is my busiest time at work where I am OMGOVERWHELMED, and even though the calendar says I shouldn’t be this busy, holy smokes. I’m dyin. This is basically my excuse for why blogging may be on the light side from now until…like mid-June.
Though the real reason work is so busy is because I’m going on vacation!! Woohoo! I’m headed out to Baltimore (to hang with Sarah!) and DC in a couple of weeks, and I. Am. Stoked. My cousin who lives in DC gets a sweet hotel deal as part of his job, so I’ll be living in the lap of luxury for…two days. Haha. But whatever! I’m still super excited, because I’m pretty sure my hotel situation is going to be the best hotel situation of my entire life (king size bed all for meeeeeee! And a great location, and apparently a rooftop bar?? There are plenty of those in Chicago, but I’ve never actually been to one.). With my job, there isn’t really anyone to cover for me while I’m gone, so I have to get ahead on a zillion things before I leave. I have a feeling it’s going to be more than worth it, though 🙂
2. My parents’s house has apparently turned into a bird sanctuary. Just this week, they’ve had a rose breasted grosbeak, indigo buntings (unpictured, but beautiful) an oriele, and a white crowned sparrow in the yard. Behold:
I am unspeakably jealous. I get excited–like, irrationally excited–when I see cardinals in Chicago. Heck, I get irrationally excited when I see squirrels in Chicago, and they aren’t even pretty. Don’t get me wrong, I love living in the city, but man do I miss the wildlife we had a home.
3. If all goes according to plan, I hope to go flower shopping this weekend so I can get a start on my attempt to cultivate a little garden on my porch. I went to Home Depot last weekend to get some necessary materials (like, you know, a place to plant flowers) and found myself turned into a puddle of indecision as I stared at the shockingly high number of fertilizer options, so I can only imagine how actual flower shopping will go (pretties! Colors! Nature!). If anyone has any suggestions on hardy flowers that will be generous with my inexperience and utter lack of knowledge when it comes to gardening in any capacity, I’m all ears.
Do pretty birds exist in Chicago? And if so, where can I find them?