Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

This has mostly been a slow knitting week, but I made the time yesterday to sit down and complete some rows on the Make Up Your Mind top. I'm really pleased overall with how it's going. Really the only thing I think I would change is how slowly I seem to be knitting it. Oh well. Things will probably pick up again soon :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday Tea: Walking Around Lincoln Park

I've really been loving all the time I've spent in Chicago the past week or so. This is the most consecutive days that David and I have spent together since he graduated two summers ago, so this trip has really been a treat. I'm eager to spend so much quality time with him this summer, and it's only going to help build our relationship even more :)

Last week, I mentioned my plans for a Chicago outting around David's neighborhood while he was at work, and it was such a lovely day. Beforehand, I planned out a list of places I wanted to go into, most of which were on Armitage, and I set out. The first place I went into was Francesca's, and I loved everything I found in this great boutique. I tried on both a skirt and a dress, but eventually I just settled on a beautiful blue scarf headband that is embroidered with silver thread. The next stop on my trip was another boutique MOI, but once I had walked there, it didn't seem to exist, so I went down the street to a store called Comfort Me. Overall, I loved the dresses that this shop had for sale, but all of them were far outside my price comfort zone. I left that store having not purchased anything and ended up at a consignment store called Second Time Around. I shopped in here for a good 20 minutes, and I loved practically everything that I tried on. For a second-hand store, I felt that some of the items were overpriced, but I found a great black dress with a beaded collar that I didn't want to let go.

After shopping, I went down to one of my favorite Chicago caf├ęs, David's Tea, and I perused their new summer tea collection. After some delicious free samples, I decided upon their iced shooting star fruit tea.

Sometime this week, I'm hoping to go to a bookstore I found on Yelp called Bookman's Corner. The only way to describe it is to say that books are literally crammed into every nook and cranny. The reviews say it has pretty much zero order to it, but since I will be going without any book in mind, I think I feel up to the challenge of digging through all the piles and maybe getting lucky.

Any Chicagoans or Lincoln Parkers out there with little known secrets of the city?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tuesday Tea: Helllllooooooo!

Hey blogging world! Happy Tuesday! I'm on top of the world, living it up in Chicago right now. I flew in Sunday afternoon and am loving every bit of my time here. For that matter, do I ever not love my time here? There's always something to do in Chicago, and the even better part is that so many things are within walking distance or just a train stop away. I plan on venturing out tomorrow while David is at work, and I'm really excited for what I might find. On my to-find agenda are a tea shop, a bookstore, and a boutique. It's going to be like a scavenger hunt for unknown treasures in the city, or at least unknown to me :) Hopefully a success story will follow.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day!  Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

For the first inch or two of this pattern, I was skeptical as to whether or not this future top was going to fit properly once it was completed.  But now that I'm a little further along, I think I can breathe a sigh of relief because things are starting to look me-sized.  It wasn't just looking too small for me, but more baby-doll sized, and I freaked out because my gauge wasn't off at all.  I think the crisis has been averted though, and I'm excited to keep working on this beauty.  I'm worried about the prospect of the armholes, but hopefully I'll be able to figure it out once I get to them.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tuesday Tea: Catching-Up

The name of this weekly post may be Tuesday Tea, but that name is not very apt today because there was no tea involved in the following activities.

The great thing about the summer is that it provides a great time to reconnect with old friends and see the high school buddies that you probably haven't seen since the summer before or maybe Christmas if you're lucky.  And now that the semester is over, most everyone stops at home at least for a little while before moving on to their respective summer, or post-graduate, plans.

For me, I had the opportunity to meet up with my best high school friend, Patrick, and some of our other mutual friends to do an old high school tradition--trivia night at George's, a restaurant and bar in the Virginia Highlands.  We laughed over a couple pints, recalled outrageous memories, and generally kicked some butt at trivia.  Somehow I pulled random answers out of nowhere that managed to be correct, and the on-going joke of the night was that I was "kerry-ing" the team.  How fitting.  Overall, it was a great night, and it made me a little nostalgic for other high school memories.  I'm lucky that time apart never ruined these particular friendships though.  Graduations of any kind always bring up questions of whether or not you'll keep in touch with the people you say you will, but knowing that four years at different colleges didn't change things makes me that much more positive for the future.  For now we'll just cherish the time we have together, which is a good approach to really any relationship.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

I told myself that I wouldn't cast-on a new project until I finished up all of my other works-in-progress, but I was so tempted by this purple yarn in my stash that I couldn't resist. This is the first few rows of the Make Up Your Mind racerback tank, a pattern that I found a Ravelry. I made a camisole last summer, but on that project, the straps we sewn on separately, so this tank will technically be the first attempt at a knitted piece with armholes. Should be an interesting experience, but I'm eager to learn some new skills. Hopefully it won't take too long to knit up since it's finally the perfect weather for a tank top!

Monday, May 5, 2014

On My Bookshelf: May

The semester is finally over, so I am eager to start my summer with some books that I know that I am going to love.  I have found in the past that I typically don't read as much during the summer, even though it really should be the opposite, so I'm hoping that I can break that streak and find some new favorite books.  What are you planning to read this month/this summer?  Any book suggestions for me?

The Noticer Returns by Andy Andrews: I purchased this book at random for my Kindle on Amazon because it was only about three dollars as a special that they were running.  Since it has such great reviews online, I figured that it couldn't hurt to take a chance on this book.  I'm only a couple chapters in, and I am loving this book so far.  I'm really eager to finish it, and I know it won't take me long to do so because I can't put it down.

Growing Up Duggar by Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger Duggar: Okay, so I'm not going to lie, I'm kind of obsessed with the Duggar family. Not in a I'm-going-to-have-19-kids kind of way but more in that I really appreciate their family values and the moral character that all of the children seem to possess.  I love watching their show (it's my guilty pleasure), and since the four oldest girls just wrote their first book, I'm eager to read it.  I just ordered it from Barnes & Noble, and I can't wait for it to come in.

How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman, author of The Oatmeal: The Oatmeal is one of the funniest online comics, in my opinion.  My sister, Kelly, got this for me recently, and I know it's going to be hilarious to read.