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April pigs bring May figs.

What I did in April.

I’ve been home for six months. Six months in Chicago. I haven’t even taken a vacation in that time. No flights, no weekend getaways, nothing.

It’s hard to believe, really. Sometimes it feels like I came home ages ago. Sometimes it feels like just yesterday. And, sometimes, it feels like I’ve never traveled at all.

There are a lot of times where I wish I could just pick up again and move to Thailand or Colombia or travel around Africa or road trip the US. But, for now, I’m here.

And I’m finally starting to feel “here.” I have my apartment that’s slowly getting put together. It could use a couch, though, which hopefully I will get soon, or anywhere to sit really. So I still spend a majority of my time in bed (which wouldn’t be so bad if I wasn’t alone…)

And now that our season is over at work I’ll have more time to breathe, and vacation days to use for travel and furniture deliveries.

People keep asking me what my next adventure is and, truthfully, I have no idea.

I might go to New York for the Fourth of July. I’m going to Ohio for a wedding in September. And I’m hoping to go to TBEX Thailand in October to see some friends and go back to a country I love.

But other than that? I’m not sure. For now, all my resources are going towards making myself a home.

I barely blogged in April. Partially because I didn’t have much time and partially because I really didn’t do all that much worth blogging about. Plus I’ve been working on something that I had hoped to launch on May 1, but it will have to wait. Because sometimes you just can’t make the imaginary deadline you make up in your head. Hopefully later this week…

I did recap March. And I did show you my pretty pink bathroom. Is that all? I guess that was all.

With projects ending and the promise of summer, I’m hoping to kick up the blogging a bit. I’m hoping to kick up my life a bit.

For now, though, here are a few photos of what I got up to in April.


I saw Ciudad Delirio at the Chicago Latino Film Festival. What’s so special About Ciudad Delirio? It happens to be the movie I was an extra in when I was in Cali! Of course, my scene was cut… but it was still an awesome movie.

Ciudad Delirio at the Chicago Latino Film Festival


I celebrated a friend’s birthday at Headquarters Beercade…

which then turned into late night karaoke in Chinatown…

POPKTV: late night karaoke in Chinatown.


I had tea at Spencer’s Jolly Posh…

Tea at Spencer's Jolly Posh in Chicago.


Taco In a Bag, a restaurant owned by two competitive eating friends, opened in my hood! I’ll share more on that later…


I survived Carousel! Which was really an amazing show.

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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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