This has been one of those extremely long months. The kind where you look back at your planner and can’t believe that four weeks ago was only four weeks ago, because it feels like an eternity has passed since that dinner you attended on the first of the month. October was full of firsts (taking the el by myself [two times!], and driving Max’s Jeep [three times!]), disappointments (namely, the Great Chicago Fire Festival, which was neither great nor fiery, and the Hozier concert to which I was not admitted), and friends.
Brunch with my friends in Logan Square, a.k.a. mural city (ok, Logan Square is not actually also known as anything, but why were there so many murals?).
At the fire festival. People were crying from claustrophobia and fighting with cops over bridge closures, and the floats didn’t light, but it was the city’s first try, and they only spent $2 million, so…
I went to two Chicago Ideas Week events. The theme of the kickoff party at Bottom Lounge was “My Biggest Mistake,” and several speakers, including Melissa Harris, Kevin Egan, and Harper Reed, told (hilarious) stories about mistakes that have shaped their careers. I also went to the “Pop Culture: Your Life, Trending” talk, where Christian Rudder stole the show with his discussion of dating and data.
My high school and college roommate (and BFF) visited and we ate burgers, carved pumpkins, and watched scary movies. We also spent Saturday eating our way through Lakeview, and it was the best weekend.
Max and I hiked around Starved Rock for a bit on what was probably the warmest and orangest day of the month.
Max bought me tickets to see Hozier for our anniversary, because I was so obsessed with “Take Me To Church,” and played it nonstop while we were in Idaho. I bought his album right when it came out and listened on repeat every day, hyping myself up for the show and falling in love with every song and every lyric. But after all of that, one of our tickets was invalid because the StubHub seller sold two of the same tickets, so we couldn’t get in. I was (and still am) so bummed.
Halloween is tomorrow, but I plan on being about as festive as I was last year (so, not at all). There’s a competition at my office for the best decorations, and some of my coworkers are clearly insane. There are themed cubicles all over the place – Wizard of Oz, aliens, graveyards, Hansel & Gretel, spiders, Frankenstein – clearly, people have a lot of
time on their hands Halloween spirit.