A Weekend in the Windy City


Fun fact: Chicago is not known as the “Windy City” because of weather conditions. The nickname refers to the hot air generated by politicians, specifically during the competition to host the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

I spent a weekend there in September with the boyfriend to celebrate our anniversary. I had been for work before but neither of us had much of a chance to play tourist. The trip was fantastic despite some bad weather.


View from our hotel room

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My Reading Shame (and reboot update)



I stumbled across a blog about not reading the other day. The author made a case for not being ashamed of skipping some classic reads. She was interested in reading books she enjoyed, not books she was told she should read.

It got me to thinking about my own reading history. I read a lot, like a crazy amount. When Facebook shows me my memories, they’re filled with Goodreads posts about books I’ve completed.

I’ve gotten good at dumping out of books that I’m not enjoying. But I do feel a need to read certain titles that are considered classics. I don’t remember to put them on my Kindle (named iocane powder) or pick them up at the library. I have newer titles that I want to get to.

I'll take any excuse to reuse this photo

I’ll take any excuse to reuse this photo

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Rebooting Report Card – August


I should wait until tomorrow to put together the report card for the month, but it’s so abysmal that capturing any data from today is pointless.


No more sad stick figures!

Eat better/get healthier involves cooking at home more and going to the gym regularly. I made it to the gym once. Once!!! There was a lot of eating out or grabbing takeout and too many dinners of saltine crackers and cheese. Sigh.

As far as writing goes, I kept up with weekly blog posts but that’s it. Good news is that I stumbled across notes for something that still seems worthwhile. I need to make it more active.

I did nothing with friends beyond liking Facebook posts and setting up future outings. I hung out with my sister and boyfriend. Must get out of the house and comfort zone more.

I made some small progress on house projects. There’s a light at the end of the basement tunnel. It’s possible that if I apply myself I can get most of it cleared out over the long weekend.

I’m at the stage where I’m regretting making this whole reboot thing public. I thought I could crow about successes instead of wanting to hide from the shame. I guess that’s the point. How many months can I post sad Post-its of stick-figure Tammy? Here’s to a better month in September.

Edited to add that in spite of my month-long fail, I did read 19 books. Oh, maybe that’s why nothing else got done.