• Chicago Diaries

    Go Cubs Go!

    I’m finally a true, red-blooded Chicagoan. I went to my first Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Like any 90’s baby, I’ve kind of had a little obsession with baseball since The Sandlot. There was even a period of time when I was in middle school that I watched baseball games on television (Cubs games) because I wanted to see if the prediction in Back to the Future II was true. And while I was in Rochester for graduate school, I kept up with my Cubbies. Kyle and I would talk about the games that had happened and I even managed to force my friends in Rochester to watch a livestream of the final…

  • Chicago Diaries,  Life

    Paintings and Protests in Pilsen

    Art and culture might seem like a luxury at this dark moment, with the Trump administration’s announcement that 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived here legally since 2001 will be forced to leave, and with young Dreamers brought to this country when they were just children left to face an uncertain status after the government reopened without Congress securing protections for them. But when a people see their humanity denied, art is a defense of that humanity. – We Need Protests. And Paintings from the New York Times by Héctor Tobar A few months ago, I went into the neighborhood of Pilsen for a concert at Thalia hall. I had the day…

  • Chicago Diaries,  Life,  Self-Love

    Ketchup

    Hidey-ho, Crickets! While it’s only been a month since I last wrote you, it feels like it’s been more like four months. Once upon a time, I thought graduating from school meant that I would have breezy filled spring afternoons of flowers and coffee for fun (not survival). I thought I’d get 8 hours of sleep and never have allergies and that horrible spring time stress would leave me alone for good. Lol. I was so cute. And naïve. Life has been busybusybusy and I’m trying my best to pick my battles, spend my time wisely, take care of me and my lil’ family, meet expectations, and idk just be…

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    Field Museum: Mummy Exhibit

    A few weeks ago, I managed to snag another spot to a special, free, and private event at the Field Museum! This time I would be participating in a trial run of their newest idea: a scavenger hunt through certain exhibits of the museum. The goal was to find all the clues through the Ancient Americas exhibit and the Egyptian exhibit, which would lead us to the newest Mummy exhibit. The grand prize of the scavenger hunt was finding a hidden secret chapel in the museum. The chapel isn’t a replica, it’s an actual ancient Egyptian chapel of a chamberlain that served an Egyptian pharaoh. Whoa, right?! And on my…

  • Chicago Diaries,  Life

    Chicago Diaries: Spring Edition #2

    Okay, SO I am sure y’all are just as sick as I am of the back and forth weather and the eternal wait for that sweet spot of warmth and breeze that only spring can bring so here’s what we’re going to do. We’re just going to keep going. We’re gonna keep going on with our Spring Adventure List, as if it REALLY FELT like spring outside and we’re going to maybe still dress a little warmly, but we’re gonna carry spring in our hearts, DAMMIT! UGH. Because maybe if we live our lives like we want to, the Universe and mother nature will just eventually catch the heck up.…