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Let the summer begin!

So today starts the first day in what hopefully will be one phenomenal summer. It is officially my first of SEVEN three day weekends over the next 14 weeks!!! I can’t wait, and I am determined not to waste them! (of course…a good chunk of this weekend has to be spent doing my last homework for the summer…or more likely procrastinating some more!) Let the summer begin!

Plan for this weekend: Jen’s Bachelorette Party (schubas, Barenaked Lads Take off Broadway, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba…), Printers Row Book Fair (Lonely Planet, Michele Morano, Dan and Steve, Amy Hempel!), and ???

Plans for the summer:

ILLINOIS ROAD TRIP!!!

The date for my Illinois road trip is set: July 14-15!!!
I’m going to drive around the state in search of the absolute stupidest shit I can find! Two-story outhouses! Pyramid Shaped House! A monument to Abraham Lincoln that consists solely of a watermelon! Who’s in?!?!?!?!


WINDY CITY ROLLERS


June 16, July 21, August 25, September 15
A bunch of chicks on rollerskates chasing each other around and fighting??? How can you go wrong! I’m heading to the roller derby to see the Windy City Rollers in action.

SUMMERDANCE

Thursdays – Sundays
Free dance lessons and live music in the park!

JAZZ WITH THE JOFFREY

Friday, June 22
If you love music: it will be great jazz music at Ravinia. If you love dance: There will be great ballet! It’s the perfect event for one and all! Plus it’s only $10!!!! You can’t beat that!

BLUE MAN GROUP

I haven’t seen Blue Man Group in years. I was supposed to go with Scott but Scott is a loser who decided to be a dork and go see this with other losers. 🙁

TASTE OF CHICAGO! PLUS 3RD OF JULY FIREWORKS!

Last year was the first year I’ve ever missed the Taste 🙁 Overpriced food, hot sticky crowds, and a way too short fireworks display! hehe. But really, an awesome awesome time! I look forward to beer battered artichoke hearts, wings with pesto aioli, crab legs, mango cumin-dusted fries with tamarind chutney …

MISCELLANEOUS CHICAGO FESTIVALS

Just ’cause Chicago Festivals fun!

CHICAGO OUTDOOR FILM FESTIVAL

Awesome movies, shown outdoors! Hopefully we won’t be rained out!

JEN’S WEDDING!

August 4
My sister’s getting married!

KURT HALSEY ART SHOW

August 25
Kurt Halsey will be showing his work at DVA Gallery!

MISCELLANEOUS CHICAGO ADVENTURES TO SATISFY MY 100 IN ’07 LIST

Sears Tower, Navy pier, golfing, Ohio?, Freddy’s…

Let the summer begin!

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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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