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Pac Man Tality.

1. Tuesday Chelsa and I headed to BW3s for some wings, because I haven’t been there in forever and I like their wings because I like the selection of mild sauces and I am a wimp.

2. Last night Mat and I went to the iO and saw Felt and another group. It was a really funny program. And he explained how improv worked in a way that made me actually get it. Not that I didn’t get it before but I always thought when the audience yelled out the suggestion of nougat they were supposed to do an improv show about nougat, but apparently they aren’t.

3. American Idol started again. I watched the first episode and didn’t pay much attention to it. I haven’t watched last night’s episode yet.

4. The 2010 color of the year is turquoise. This makes me happy because everything I own is pale to this shade of blue. And now I will be able to own more.


5. I am in love with this Polaroid. Except I am a little creeped out by their new creative director.

6. Remember when my credit card was cancelled and I thought it was for no reason? I actually think there was fraud and it is still happening! UGH! I don’t know how to deal! There was a random charge on my last statement then it occurred again on this one (this is after my card was replaced so I am so confused!) I called the company and they wanted me to give them my cc number to look up the charges…umm, yeah, I am not handing my number to people who I already think are charging me unfairly! Hopefully the bank can deal with this…

7. I always crave Bonkers and Dynamints. All my favorite candies were discontinued after the 80s.

8. “We’d cover more sky if we stayed split up.”

9. Oh, so I went to see Doctor Pain about my back. He said it was nothing and to just stretch it. I kind of figured but it lasted a long time. It feels better now. I need to make an appointment with a podiatrist next though. I am falling apart.

10. Top Ten Things I want (or have) to spend a lot of money on that I need money for:

  1. Backpacking Europe/Australia/New Zealand/etc.
  2. Road tripping the U.S.
  3. New Camera (Yes, I know I just bought one last year, but if I want to do anything professionally it is wise to have a second body)
  4. Canon 35mm 1.4 lens (because almost every photographer I admire says its their favorite)
  5. Condo…eventually.
  6. Wedding…eventually.
  7. Surf Camp. And Swimming lessons (to take before surf camp.)
  8. New Computer. Considering switching to Mac because all I do is design work and photography, in which case, new software too…
  9. Asia, Africa, Antarctica, everywhere else in the world, etc. etc.
  10. College Debt.
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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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  • Mimi Hochkeppel
    September 11, 2021at1:48 pm

    What does “Pac Man Tality” mean? Is it a pun on “pack mentality,”for some reason mashed with Pac Man?
    I ask because “Pac Man Tality” is written on an old drawing I’ve found. This is the only place I can find “Pac Man Tality” on the internet.

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