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in the greatest city in the world

I went to NYC last week and it was everything I dreamed of and more, because I ate bagels and met up with friends to have delicious dinners (a food theme, always) and got to spend a day with my sorella, AND SAW HAMILTON WHICH WAS AMAZING AND THE BEST THING EVER, and hung out with two of my favorite kids and learned about “dabbin” and also famous YouTube people,  and just enjoyed being in the vibe of NYC in general, because despite knowing I can never have you New York, I love you just the same.

Two funny-ish things:

  1. I woke up in a panic the first night I was in NYC because I thought I had bed bugs, but it turned out that I was rolling around in pretzel salt, because I am a pregnant lady with a lot of carb needs, and apparently I’m a messy pretzel eater. It was terrifying, until it was hysterical.
  2. One of the best things about being in NYC and staying in a hotel was that I had cable on Super Tuesday, which meant that I got to lay in bed and watch Chris Christie look uncomfortable behind Donald Trump for 20 minutes on live television after eating a delicious meal in Brooklyn.


It was an awesome, awesome trip. Seriously, should you live in an area where Hamilton is coming, I order you to see it, because it is the best. Totally worth a whirlwind, mid-week trip, and even worth sitting in the middle seat on the plane home next to a giant man who hogged the armrests and kept sighing like I was taking up too much room.

Enjoy this one, chickens. Chicago’s heating up and I can feel spring coming, I promise!

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five good things, the room where it happens edition

You guys, you guys, you guys.

Today I’m leaving for NYC, where I will get to see my little sister and her excellent friends, and also, see HAMILTON. I’m such a fan of a quick-ish trip to reboot, and NYC is one of my favorite places to do just that. Five good things, in honor of heading to one of the best cities:

  1. This is the second time I’ve taken a trip to NYC while pregnant, which is sad because I cannot drink but awesome because I can eat all the pizza and bagels I want without feeling badly about it. I love you more than life Chicago, but you just don’t offer me the same quality level of carbohydrates, and so it’s off to the East Coast I go.
  2. Hamilton, Hamilton, Hamilton!!! I don’t even care that we could only get tickets for a show at 2pm on a Wednesday, because all I care about is seeing this amazing musical that I have been obsessed with for months (thank you, VB, for your initial introduction and for being the kind of boss who used our touch base meetings to listen to cabinet rap battle songs- you get me). If you don’t know about it, please go freaking Youtube everything you can about it.
  3. I have a weird little collection of pals who live in NYC, and it’s my goal to see all of them while I’m here. I’m looking forward to laughing my ass off under the wings of some people I’ve missed. That’s the best kind of visit, after all.
  4. Last time I was in NYC I headed to the 9/11 museum, because even though I am from the East Coast and therefore do not view myself as a Tourist, what’s the point of being in the city and not seeing what it’s got going on, which is like, everything. My sister and I have plans to go see the Statue of Liberty, and since I haven’t done it in 21 years, I think it’s fine. And also I might buy a foam crown, and I don’t care who knows it.
  5. The weather is supposed to be in the high 50s the whole time I’m there, which means I can trudge around outside and not freeze or sweat to death (last time I was there it was August, and I almost died sweating in inappropriate clothing- my fault, I admit it). We’ve got the setup for a perfect little getaway, chickens.

And with that, I’m off to start my trip with TSA precheck and Frontera. Enjoy this one, chickadees!

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five good things: here i am! edition

Okay guys, I know, I know, I know.

It’s so hard for me to be consistent because life is just not consistent around here, but I miss this little corner of the world, and if you’ve given up all hope on me, I forgive you and will just treat this as my diary going forward.

I’ll assume you’ve moved on, and I’m cool with it.

Spoiler alert though: I have not moved on, I am right here, and I have finally stopped spinning.

For a minute.

So here are five good things I’d like to share, in an attempt to get back into it.

  1. In the past month, I have been in Florida, Washington, D.C., Texas, Connecticut, New Jersey, and probably a couple other places that I’m forgetting. Some of it has been fun (i.e. pizza with my entire family, getting to spend some time with my grandparents, going to the beach) and some of it has been boring (for instance, touring the 87th hotel guest room and not really knowing what to say about it except, Nice!), but the good news is, until October, I am only going to be here. Here’s to an easy routine, lots of Boo and JW time, and a break from the airport.
  2. Last week I was in CT with JW and Boo watching one of my oldest and best friends get married. There are certain points at which you look at your life so far and think, man, how did I get so lucky? and this was one of them. Here’s to the friends who were 12 with you and still manage to really get you, chickens.


  3. I also got to spend some time in NYC this past week, and enjoyed traipsing around with my buddy KC, sitting on rooftops, eating pizza,stealing cutlery, and seeing the sights with a pal. Also visiting two of my favorite little (not so little- 14 is apparently the age of overtaking me in height) guys from NJ and being expressly taught the importance of watching Pretty Little Liars as fast as possible. I’m working on it, I promise.
  4. Also during my trip to CT: Ky and I took Boo to the ocean, and begrudgingly, he let us take him in. It was at that point that he started cackling, shoveling his little paws into the water, and licking them, because he’s never been in salt water before. No matter what shenanigans he pulls in the next 18-25 years, that memory will make me laugh until the end of time.


  5. We’ve got a long weekend coming up here in my very own city, which means getting organized, reading all my library books (I just finished Me Before You and cried on the plane, and now I’m into In the Woodsand my list is still a mile long), getting outside, eating at ridiculous festivals, and going to BBQs. I can’t think of a better way to prep for the next season we’ve got coming up.

And with that, chickadees, I’m back. I mean, I think I’m back. I promise to work on being back. It’s better than nothing, right?

Enjoy the sunshine if you’ve got it!

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shut up and dance with me.

Good God, you guys, that was intense.

I know I’ve been sporadic, but this month was a crazier-than-usual version of it.

I just got back from two back-to-back trips in Las Vegas and Denver, with one quick trip home to squeeze Boo in the middle.

Immediately upon getting back on Thursday, I came down with a cold and climbed into bed basically until this morning, when I forced myself to shower and remember how to commute to the office.

Ahh, a break, I thought.

And then remembered my one last trip to New Orleans for a couple days next week.

It never ends, chickadees.

But it’s always interesting.

A couple things you missed in June:

1. Two totally kick ass conferences pulled off by teammates much, much smarter than me. I got to laugh through a trip to Las Vegas, and then kicked it in Denver with Joe Theismann, Blues Traveler, and Hey Jimmy, my very favorite dancing cover band of all time. I am so lucky to be surrounded with people who make work seem not.too.hard.at.all, and I also was lucky enough to get my favorite piece of onsite wisdom from JT:

“It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” Good reminder, there.


2. The realization that hot yoga is a legitimate way to deal with onsite stress. Unfortunately, it does not cure colds.

3.The additional realization that cocktails are also a legitimate way to deal with onsite stress.

4. Leaving your baby for essentially two weeks makes for a fairly irritated toddler when you finally show back up. Not that I can blame him. You can have as much ice cream as you want this summer, Boo.

5. In addition to hanging with all my very favorite volunteer-friends (yes, that’s a thing), I also got a chance to see my baby sister, my grandma, and my high school BFF LB and her husband NB this month. It was all awesome, and it all went too fast. So many fantastic people in the world, chickens.

6. Hawks win the Stanley Cup! Man oh man I loved watching them win with my whole team and dancing around to Chelsea Dagger all night in Denver. What I did not like: my boss capturing my sweet “Raise the Roof” moves on video while celebrating. I can’t control my love of the game.

And with that, I’m off to start this one up. I promise to make more than guest appearances in my own life this summer- it’s like a mid-year resolution. Enjoy the sunshine if you’ve got it!

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pulling it together, sort of.

Morning, chickens!

That long weekend was exactly what I needed to rest up for the next three weeks. We spent it mostly outside, playing at parks, taking 100 walks, getting my library act together, and celebrating birthdays, and it was lovely.

Also, as of last night, the industrial drying machines are out of Theo’s room, AND I can use my bathroom sink again.

It’s the little things that keep you from going right over the edge, my friends.

I’ve got two conferences coming up in the next three weeks, much like in 2013, but since I missed conference season due to Boo last year, I’m finding it a little tougher to remember how to tread water through it.

I think it involved a lot of long nights at the office and overindulgent happy hours, and unfortunately, those options aren’t quite as available as they were two years ago.

Luckily, excess coffee, 90s Spotify playlists (might I suggest Blessid Union of Souls as a consideration?), and white wine happy hours at my own house are still cool.

I’ll be in Las Vegas in no time.

And then Denver.

I’m not really complaining, chickens, I have a lot of fun seeing it all come together and laughing with my teams, but this is just about the time of the year that I wish I never had to see a slide deck again.

JW actually sent me this article about PowerPoint yesterday, and now I hate it even a little more.

But that’s neither here no there.

Anyway, I’m ready to take this one on, because it’s already Wednesday, and with that, Boo and I are off to finish an episode of Sesame Street and get to it.

Enjoy the sunshine chickens!

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days in the desert.

Just a quick one, since I’m starting to feel the jet lag, and oh yeah, there’s work to be done in Dubai.

The good news is, I survived the 13 hour flight and didn’t even have to bother VB once by summoning him to help me through a panic attack.

A huge achievement, if you ask me.

Probably a huge relief, if you ask him.

Our event isn’t actually until tomorrow, so today I spent the first part of the day sunning myself (it’s super hot here, but also, there’s a great pool) and then grabbed lunch, saw an aquarium modeled after Atlantis, and now am relaxing until our next meeting.

Well, I was relaxing until a bird popped from the balcony into my room and I had to reason with it to get out.

It’s hot bird, I get it.

Still, you don’t belong.


Dubai so far (to be fair, “so far” is only like 20 hours, and I haven’t really been beyond this giant resort) is kind of like Vegas + Disneyworld + something else that I can’t quite put my finger on it. It’s clean, it’s rich, it’s beautiful, but people don’t really talk to me when I’m with my boss (I get it, culturally different) and so it feels a little less friendly than my average day.

But you can’t beat the view.

dubai in the morning

And with that, I’m off to attempt to make it through the rest of my day in one piece. Enjoy this Monday, chickens!

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globe trotting.

Morning everyone!

I’m a little late this morning, but I’m running around today, finishing up work and getting ready for my trip across the world.

And downloading tons of Mad Men, books, and music to keep my anxiety at bay on the plane.

And yes, I counted all my Xanax- I should be good.

Among my “let’s get ready for a trip to Asia” activities is making a sauce for my boys to eat in my absence (with two pounds of the Wagenschutz men’s favorite macaroni- rotini), gathering up all of my chargers, packing snacks, and wondering if I can fit this guy into my suitcase:


Also, I took part in a frantic conversation this morning with my bffs about how we would keep in touch while I was international, and luckily, we have all now downloaded WhatsApp so that we can chat over wifi.

I decided that instead of trying to get a global plan for four days, I would just seize the opportunity to become a little less dependent on my device (but who am I kidding because I can still message and FaceTime on wifi and who even calls people, anyway?) while I’m in the desert.

In addition, I waited too long to ask IT about an international phone, so really I’m just late to the game and trying to turn it into a learning experience.

Nothing wrong with that, chickadees.

And now I’m off to finish up a day full of calls, picking up Boo, grilling in the delightful warmth that Chicago’s currently experiencing, and downloading everything I own to my iPad and hoping it adds up to 26 hours, which is how long I’ll be in flight over the next week.

Enjoy the sunshine if you’ve got it, and stay tuned to my debrief from the desert!

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