My Week as a Full-Time Blogger

Last week, I took a week off between ending my old job and starting my new job, so I joked it was my week as a full-time blogger.


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Marie was in town, so Amy and I met up with her and her friends.

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Bloggers before the Chicago Women’s 5K.

My “relaxing week off to recharge” actually became “unpack, clean, set up the apartment, run errands, call Comcast 20 times.” Slightly less relaxing, but you know, first world problems.

Speaking of which, unpacking stuff that has been in storage for three years (basically all of our kitchen stuff) is kind of funny. For example:

  • We have 13 shot glasses. Because that’s necessary.
  • We have five bread pans. Because I have a lot of hungry mouths to feed, apparently.
  • We have eight margarita glasses. This is just a funny reflection of what 24-year-olds will register for when getting married. I think we registered for one set of four, but got two sets, when really one set is one too many. We have yet to open either box.

As for the move / settling in:

My very anxious travel companion

Olive gets VERY anxious during moving (this is her third move with me). I thought maybe letting her out of her carrier in the car would help, but no. She lasted maybe three minutes before I hit the next red light and put her back in.

The state of my life right now. PS where's Olive?

Luckily the place no longer looks (too much) like this.

Has window, is happy

Once she had a spot (or many spots) from which to watch the birds, she was content.

Unpacking our glassware, wrapped in newspaper from June 2010... Anything significant happen in Chicago sports that month?

Our kitchen stuff has been in storage for three years. We packed it up in June 2010 – the last time the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. So we just need to move for Chicago sports teams to win it all. So that’s why the Cubs never win the world series … I never move in October.

First run from the new digs. And since @ragnarrelay Chicago

The Tuesday after we moved in, I went for my first turn from the new place. And first run in 10 days. (Since Ragnar.)

#seenonmyrun #runCARA #runCHI one month to #RnRCHI

My second run was around Montrose Harbor.

Montrose harbor


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24 Comments on “My Week as a Full-Time Blogger”

  1. Hope you are enjoying the new place! How do you like lakefront running? 🙂 I’ll have to keep my eyes open for you. I feel like I see Amy all of the time. (Well, maybe like, twice) Mike and I are starting to pack things up and I am scared to see what kinds of glasses, etc we’ve accumulated over the years!

    1. I love lakefront running, although it takes me two mile to get to the Lakefront so it’ll be saved for longer runs (or during off hours when I can drive & park at Montrose Harbor). Or I guess I could take the bus to the lake, run on the path and then run home.

  2. Fun week, minus all the unpacking – though kind of fun it was wrapped in the Hawks stuff. Hope your first week at work is going well!

  3. What a fun week! I’m already jealous of your Chicago city living!!

    The Hawks won in 2010, the year of our wedding. Now, they win again in the year baby #1’s expected arrival. Looks like Stanley Cup titles coincide with major family events in my household. Lol.

    LOL on the registry things. We registered for a rice cooker that we’ve used once and a deep fryer that we’ve used 0 times. Thankfully these items are currently taking up space in our garage.

    1. We actually got a rice cooker through a family white elephant exchange and use it a lot. But we registered for a fancy food processor that I have used maybe once in six years. But the KitchenAid we use a lot. In fact I might put that + the five bread pans to use sometime. LOL.

  4. What a nice week minus the unpacking… I hate unpacking stuff!

    Glad to see you and Ms Olive are adjusting to your new digs. I’ll have to keep an eye out for you next time I head north for a run 🙂

  5. So are you ready to become a full-time blogger? 🙂 You did do really good in terms of blogger meet-ups for just one week!

    Hope you’re having fun exploring the area on your runs too! I love checking out all the nearby neighborhoods (obviously scoping out new bar)

  6. Your unpacking and what 24 year olds register for when they get married reminds me of my situation too! Got married city young.

    Yay for the run to the lakefront! Another blogger I need to watch out for now out there! Look for my runner gang tags

  7. Looks like you had a great time! Sorry you spent more time unpacking than relaxing, but at least you won’t have to spend a ton of time unpacking when you’re starting your new job. I’m so jealous of your awesome new running spots! I sometimes wish I lived closer to the city so I could do some training runs where I could enjoy some awesome views of the city.

  8. We registered for margarita glasses too, but I’m hella clumsy, so they don’t really work for me. I prefer to drink my margaritas out of a fish bowl.

    It was great seeing you guys! I love that picture.

    1. I’m also clumsy. We registered for pint glasses to use as our everyday glasses and broke two right away and then got some plastic cups. Because we’re children.

      I’m so glad we got to meet! Also I kind of want to photoshop the picture of you with your eyes closed with the picture of Amy’s hair blowing into your friend’s face.

  9. Only 13 shot glasses? Amateur 🙂 I’m a S. Suburbanite, too (Steger) and I work downtown. I housesat in the 90s in Lincoln Park. That was enough city living for me.

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