French Toast at Little Goat DIner

May Days.

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…


It's a Girl Doughnut Cake from Glazed and Infused

I helped throw a baby shower. At a bar. Because, yeah. More about that to come.


Parrot Cup at Lost Lake Tiki Bar in Logan Square

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.


Matt's Book Tour

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.


Teal Couch

I got my teal couch! 🙂


BBQ Sausage

I went to a barbecue out in the burbs. (And yes, yes I did smother my sausage in ketchup…)


French Toast at Little Goat Diner

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.


Sense and Sensibility at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

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.


Maifest Chicago

Do Division Fest

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….)

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How do you balance everything? Or are you terrible at it like me? Or do you just say fuck it all?

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.

  • Sarahmia
    June 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 🙂

  • Tammy Hsu
    June 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.

  • Ali
    August 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!

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