Haul of vegetables from Green City Market

August Alive.

Things have started getting better. I’ve started feeling better. I’ve started feeling more alive again.

Of course, when I’m feeling good, when I’m feeling alive, I tend to go overboard, I tend to take on more things. I tend to overextend. I’m hoping, now, I’m able to balance. I’m hoping, now, I won’t fall down another rabbit hole.

I suppose we’ll see what happens next.

But, August. August was a good month.

Here are some of the things I did in August…


I saw a preview screening of Florence Foster Jenkins followed by a talkback with Simon Helberg.


Haul of vegetables from Green City Market

On one of my weekend walks I stumbled upon Green City Market, which is kind of ironic because I always thought about going to Green City Market but it was too early and too far away. Which might tell you how crazy obsessed I’ve become with walking. Anyways. I bought $40 worth of vegetables.


Bromann Playlot Park Chicago

On another walk I went to Bromann Park. I’m kind of a big deal.


I went to see We Banjo 3 at City Winery. And now I want to learn to play the banjo. Or go back to Galway. Or both.


Guitar 101 at Old Town School of Folk Music

I began guitar lessons again. I took Guitar 101 a few years ago but realized I remember nothing. So I’m starting at the beginning again. I realized, in my first class, that while I remember nothing, the muscle memory in my fingers is much better than when I started the first time. Hopefully that will continue. I can now play a mean D chord.


The only magic I still believe in is love.

I love you so much sign in Austin

And I took a vacation to Austin and Seattle. I already wrote about everything I ate in Austin. And I have a couple more posts coming along.

True story: when my friend told me that that “I love you so much” graffiti was famous and a thing people flock to see when in Austin and said I should take a photo I totally just laughed at him and thought he was just trying to pull one over on me. Apparently he was not.

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How was your August?

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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