Thursday Things

1. I spent Sunday afternoon wandering around Lincoln Park with one of my friends, and at one point we came upon the Lincoln Park Conservatory. I knew the conservatory was there, but I had never been in it before (I didn’t realize it was free until Sunday), so we went in, and GAH!


Look at these gorgeous azaleas!! I was beside myself, and my friend (I think? I hope?) thought it was hilarious. I geeked out over this so hard. The rest of the conservatory was so cool, too! I love when I can find a slice of nature in Chicago. It all served as a good reminder that I need to make it back to the Garfield Park Conservatory. I haven’t been in over five years, and I’d love to check it out again.



I had my heart set on going to all four days of Lolla this year, and it honestly didn’t occur to me until Tuesday morning that the possiblity existed that I wouldn’t be able to get tickets. I’ve had to wait on standby for awhile in the past to get my one-day Lolla tickets, but I’ve never not gotten them. Even last year when I just tried to get early bird three day tickets, I still got through the system. Well, of course, the one time I actually save up the money to do all of Lolla, I didn’t get through. Actually, I did get through, but when I was trying to check out, it told me I had exceeded the limit of six tickets per order, and would need to edit my cart…which I would have, had that been a correct error message. In reality, I only had one ticket in my cart, so I was pretty angry about that

On Wednesday, they released the lineup and single-day tickets. I was down to get up to three single-day tickets, and after looking at the lineup decided Sunday would be my first choice, followed by Saturday, followed by Friday, followed by Thursday. The system randomly selects users to make it past the standby page, so I took no chances:


Yeah. This ish is important to me.

As it happens, I actually ended up getting through on the browser on my phone before any of those gazillion tabs took me to the purchasing page. I tried to get Saturday and Sunday tickets, but Saturday was already sold out by that point (15 minutes into the whole ordeal!), so I just bought a Sunday ticket, since that was my #1 choice anyway. I left all of the tabs on my computer up, and once they started letting me through, I tried to get a Friday ticket, but those were all sold out when I got in. I didn’t really like Thursday’s lineup enough to go on a weeknight, so I settled for, once again, just going to Lolla on Sunday. But I guess at least this time I can sleep easy knowing I tried to get in all four days–fate just didn’t want that to happen.

And in case you’re wondering: I’m hoping to see Flume, Halsey, Lindsey Stirling, and Classixx for sure, and have a lot of research to do on everyone else playing Sunday, because I am familiar with basically no one else’s music that’s playing that day.

3. I have two more days left at my current job, and man, talk about an emotional rollercoaster. People keep asking me if I’m excited for my new gig, and to be honest, I’m not really sure, because I can’t even conceptualize the fact that I’m going to be in a new office starting on Monday. It just doesn’t seem real. It doesn’t seem real that I’m going to have a new grown up job. It doesn’t seem real that I’m not going to be working with my current coworkers anymore. It doesn’t seem real that such a major part of my life is going to go through a complete upheaval, likely requiring a near total overhaul of how I go about my day-to-day business. Don’t get me wrong–I am absolutely sure that this is the right professional move for me. But I’m not just a professional person, you know? Even if you try to keep your professional lives and personal lives totally separate, which, for the most part, I’d say I’ve done, I think it’s pretty impossible to spend the majority of your waking hours with a specific group of people for years on end and not care about those people enough to feel sad about leaving, even when you know it’s what you need to do. I don’t know…I guess it’s kind of like my breakup a few weeks ago. Even though it was definitely what was best for both of us, it was still really sad. It’s hard to walk away from something that you care about, even if you have to.

What I’m saying is I’m probably going to cry on Friday. Probably a lot.

Have you ever been to any of Chicago’s conservatories? Or a conservatory in general, I suppose, if you’re not from around here 😉
Who else is going to LOLLAAAAAAA? Oh, wait, probably none of you, since I assume none of you are 16 year olds from Naperville. Haha.

10 thoughts on “Thursday Things

  1. Ooo, I love Lindsey Stirling! That is awesome she is going to be there! And that you got tix for the days you want.

    I hope you can still keep in touch with the people from work that you like! I was able to do that when I left my last job 🙂

    • I’m so excited to see her live! I’ve been hoping she’d come to Chicago for quite some time, so I can’t wait to finally hear her!

      I hope so, too. Since we run in the same broad circles, I’m sure I’ll see them every now and again. Doesn’t make saying goodbye any easier, though!

  2. HAHAHA I was living in the suburbs during Lolla weekend last year, being a Metra taker. And oh man those 16 year olds getting on the train at the same time as me that Friday morning…yikes. They were wearing less than I would wear to go out for a run in 100 degree weather. Unfortunately, I am not that into Lolla but every year I’m like hmmm maybe I should just go for a day and see what it’s all about…

  3. Lindsey Stirling is my go-to Pandora station at work. I’m looking forward to hearing about what it’s like to see her live!

    I cried when I left my last job, too. I knew it was the right move but, dang, I really liked some of my coworkers and, like you said, changing jobs means changing a chunk of your life. Just keep reminding yourself that it won’t feel “normal” for a few months.

    • That sounds like a great working Pandora station! I usually default to indie when I’m working (makes it feel like a coffee shop), but sometimes even that’s too distracting. I’ll have to give a Lindsey Stirling station a try.

      Gah, I’ve been getting so many emails from my new place, and it just keeps reminding me how much things are going to change :/ I would so love to fast forward through the next 6-8 months to just skip all this awful transitioning business and get on with life.

  4. Would you believe I’ve never been inside the Lincoln Park Conservatory, either? I’ve passed by it a zillion times but never gone in. Note to self for the future! I have been to the Garfield Park Conservatory, though, and that was stunning. We have so many beautiful and hidden gems in the city, I love it!!!

  5. Those Azaleas are GORGEOUS! We have the Azalea festival here, it’s actually next weekend, but holy cow I think those are even better than ours!! I hope you had a great first day at your new job today!

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