What I did in May.
I still have trouble with balance. Even more so now that I’m home. I have work, my blog, the gym, an apartment to keep clean and to furnish. I have a million other things I want to be doing, a million other things I should be doing. Even in my most productive weeks I’ll only check off a third of my to-do list only to add more for the next week.
I keep telling myself that soon one thing will be finished and I’ll have more free time. But then I make up some new project and am back at the start.
Sometimes I look at my other friends and think, “why are they so carefree?” And then I realize that they don’t make projects for themselves like I do. They have work and they have play and there’s no in between.
There’s no blog, there’s no grand schemes, there’s just free time.
Since launching my new design earlier this month I’ve spent most of my free time working on the “little things” that still aren’t done: editing old posts, resizing old photos, making the coding consistent. I estimate for it to take about three years to finish at which time I’m sure I’ll be ready to start all over with something new.
I’m only slightly kidding.
I have a million posts waiting to be written. But I also have furniture to buy and festivals to attend and restaurants to eat at and, yes, work to do.
Someday, hopefully, this will all balance out.
Maybe in three more years…
Anyways, here’s what I’ve been up to over the past month (outside of updating this site) and a couple of sneak peeks into content to come…
I helped throw a baby shower. At a bar. Because, yeah. More about that to come.
After the Baby Shower I went to Lost Lake, an awesome tiki bar in Logan Square. And here I will impart some life advice for you: when faced with the option of getting a drink that comes in a parrot or getting a drink that doesn’t come in a parrot always get the drink that comes in a parrot.
Some dude named Matt wrote some book about travel and was in town his book tour. Still not convinced he knows what he’s talking about.
I went to a barbecue out in the burbs. (And yes, yes I did smother my sausage in ketchup…)
I had the greatest French Toast ever (a sweet onion brioche filled with creamy eggs and topped with crispy chicken and bbq maple syrup) at Little Goat Diner.
I saw Sense and Sensibility the musical at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I mean, it’s Jane Austen the musical! But it was so good. And I was singing the songs all week.
Over the weekend there were two big festivals in Chicago: Maifest and Do Division Fest. Unfortunately it was a cold, rainy weekend, not the best start to summer festival season. But they still were fun! I’ll be back with more photos from both festivals soon!
And I ate all the Taco in a Bag. All of it. (I’ll probably blog more about them later too….)
SarahmiaJune 2, 2015at10:24 am
I’m exactly the same – I create a million projects and self imposed deadlines, stress about them more often then not then look at my friends and think “why aren’t they like this?”. I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Projects make me more productive – no matter how stressful they feel at the time the feeling of pulling them off is all I ever need to convince myself to start the next one 🙂
Val BromannJune 2, 2015at1:57 pm
I agree! I wouldn’t change how I am – I LOVE all these projects, I just do totally stress myself out! I wish days were twice as long, then maybe I could get everything I want to get done done 🙂
Tammy HsuJune 2, 2015at11:34 am
Girl. You’re doing great!! The best part about living in the city is living in the city and you’re inspiring me with how productive you are and how much you’re doing! I just work and sit at home and watch Netflix.
Val BromannJune 2, 2015at1:53 pm
I just didn’t include how much time I actually spend so worn out I just crash on my couch binge watching Netflix! 🙂
I’m just hoping that this summer I can somehow manage to take advantage of living in the city but still write more…while still binge-watching Orange is the New Black…
AliAugust 8, 2015at2:23 pm
I have to-do lists and a white board and goals lists and all kinds of things like that. I was just saying to Andy “I don’t know how to differentiate between work stuff and leisure stuff anymore.” I was just in the hospital for 2 weeks (where I wrote 3 blog posts once I started feeling a bit better) and since I can’t do much besides sit on the couch right now, I spent the week working. And I STILL feel like OMG I have so much to do and I’m never going to get to it all and I just lost so much time being sick. There might be something wrong with me. Also, your food pictures…yum!