1. Goodness gracious, do I owe you all an update my random life happenings! Last week was INSANE and I barely had time to sleep (see: Wednesday rest day), never mind blog.
2. Do you ever have those moments where you know you’re making a possibly questionable life choice and decide to go through with it anyway because YOLO? I don’t like describing it that way, but I feel like I’ve been making a lot of “You only live once” sort of decisions lately, and…I don’t hate it. I guess I’ve lately been struck by my youth, freedom, etc. and am all about taking advantage of it. Exhibit A: Spring Awakening.
I haven’t exactly kept my love for EDM a secret on this blog, and I’ve wanted to go to Spring Awakening pretty much since I knew it was a thing. My best friend really wanted me to go to Spring Awakening with him this year all three days, but I was busy Ragnar-ing on Friday and Saturday, so obviously those were out. I expected to be unconscious for most of Sunday as well and as such repeatedly told him I couldn’t go…but then he got an extra pass from someone he works for and offered me his…so…yeah. He’s also going to be out of town for two months starting next week (let’s not talk about it, lest I devolve into another crying episode. I’m having a much harder time dealing with this than I expected.), so I’m willing to eschew basically any/all responsibilities, wise decisions, etc., in the name of spending time with him.
OH MAN, you guys. I had a (sober…I always feel like that’s a necessary qualifier for these sorts of things) BLAST at Spring Awakening. I basically followed my friend around the whole time, and we caught bits and pieces of so many acts in the four hours I was there. I got to dance, which always makes me happy, but I also found it really easy to chill out, too. I don’t mind the crowds at Lolla, but I really liked how un-crowded Spring Awakening felt. The fest takes place at Soldier Field and you could get up into the seats, which provided some unreal views:
It also gave you a place to just sit and listen if you wanted, and I loved that. Honestly, I think my favorite part of the night was sitting on the 200 level, listening to Tiesto, and thinking, “I cannot believe that this is my life.” When I moved to Chicago three (omg) years ago, these were the sorts of living-fully moments that I wanted: that sort of moment is why I moved to Chicago. Even though I wasn’t into EDM at all when I moved here, I wanted to come to this city to take advantage of being young here and enjoying everything the city has to offer — to make my 20s count, if you will. Being at Spring Awakening with a person I love to pieces listening to a world-renowned DJ in this amazing venue felt like I was doing just that, and man, was that an unbelievably wonderful feeling.
3. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup last Monday! I often feel like a bit of a poser Hawks fan, given that I’ve never actually been to a game (and, fine, don’t go out of my way to watch regular season games on TV, either), but the Hawks are the one team in Chicago I would say I truly care about, compared to the Cubs and Bulls, about which I am incredibly apathetic, and the Sox, who I don’t like, and the Bears, who I LOATHE. (To be fair, I loathe the NFL and the culture of professional football in general.) Regardless, they won the Cup, and I was thrilled.
So thrilled that I “worked from home” (I did work from home…just not until after noon) on Thursday so I could go to the parade. I posted up at Washington and Desplaines, far away from the insanity further down the parade route, and had a great view as a result.
Though you can’t *really* tell based on the whole sunglasses situation, I would like to point out that Jonathan Toews ( ❤ ) is obviously looking directly at me in this photo, AS HE SHOULD.
(His head only looks weird because I took the picture at a terrible time and the HVAC stuff on the roof of the building behind him just so happened to line up perfectly with his hat. Haha.)
Notice that even as the bus moves, he continues to be transfixed by my beauty. This does not surprise me. I mean, if I had to pick between me and the blonde bombshell model girlfriend sitting next to him, I think the choice is pretty clear (the choice is me, duh). Toews, you can find me on OkCupid 😉 I’ll respond to your message even if you only say “hey.” *insert kissy emoji here*
The governor was also apparently on this bus, which I did not realize until yesterday, when I was going through my pictures and looking at the names of everyone on each bus. Oops.
I also lost it when I saw Patrick Kane, because I’m cliche and predictable.
To be fair, I think I said (primarily to myself), “Oh my gosh, that’s *fill in the name*” every single time any bus went by. I was oh-so starstruck, and I have exactly zero regrets about going.
4. Allow me to not-at-all-humbly brag about my dinner on Saturday.
Ohhhh, you so FANCY!
When the infamous ex-boyfriend dumped me, one of my friends from college came over with a care package, which included, among other things, a magazine full of recipes, including one for salmon and veggies that you steam in parchment packets. Historically, I’ve shied away from cooking fish in any capacity because I’ve always worried I’d screw it up, but I was really in the mood for fish on Saturday, so here we were. It turned out great and I felt ridiculously healthy for eating salmon, veggies, and brown rice (unpictured). Arguably one of the better things to come out of that breakup 😉
5. Ryn Weaver’s album came out last Tuesday, and I am OMGOBSESSED. I’m not usually one to listen to albums over and over and over again for days on end, but I have not been able to stop listening to The Fool. I’m a sucker for good lyrics, and this girl’s lyrics are INSANE. Particular highlights:
“I won’t be lonely, even when I’m all alone and calling your name and counting the days” (Here is Home)
“If it takes two, I’m betting on you to hold me tight when tides are high” (Here is Home/Runaway)
“Soulmates aren’t just lovers, you know” (Traveling Song) THIS. LINE. GAH.
Anyway. I think the album’s fantastic, and though taste in music is a totally subjective thing, I’d recommend it to anyone.
6. Last but not at all least, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that today is my blog’s fourth birthday and my third Chicago anniversary. To think that I’ve been kept at this whole Accidental Intentions thing that long and to think that I’ve been in Chicago three full years as of today boggles my mind. I know none of you have been around these parts since the beginning beginning (unless I have some incredibly loyal lurkers), but lots of you have been around for awhile, and I do very much appreciate it. This space, clearly, isn’t something that I use to earn money, fame, etc. I’m still using the same layout, same header, same photo as I used when I put this baby up on the Internet four years ago today to document my training for my first 5K. A lot has changed in my life since then, and I’m glad I’ve had some people who have come along (and stuck around) for that journey. The Internet has been a special place for me ever since I was 13 and discovered how freeing it could be to express myself through writing, and to have a tiny, insignificant space where I can do that for the small number of people interested has led to some amazing connections with some wonderful people, and I truly treasure those relationships, digital as they may be. And as much as this blog has impacted my life, the changes I’ve undergone as a result of blogging pale so, so much in comparison to the changes I’ve undergone as a result of becoming a Chicagoan. When I stepped out of my parents’s van three years ago, I could not have possibly fathomed the experiences I’d have here — the connections I’d make, the people I’d meet, the things I would do. Living here has changed my life dramatically–I’d argue for the better–and never once in the the past three years have I regretted moving here. I feel so fortunate to live in a place like this, and though the splendor of Lake Michigan fades, the novelty of being able to go to Michigan Ave. whenever I please wears off (wears off very fast, in fact :P), the availability of art, entertainment, culture, food, and sports stops seeming incredible, I still believe moving here was one of the best decisions of my entire life.
Have you ever been to a championship parade? This was my first one! When Detroit won various championships when I was in school (NBA, NHL), I always wanted to go, but Detroit was pretty far away.
Any current music recommendations? I’m also happy to recommend Halsey to you, based on the two songs of hers I’ve heard. I’m actually probably going to skip Of Monsters and Men at Lolla to see her instead.