Devil’s Ball 2013

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Friday night my girlfriends and I got all dressed up and headed downtown to the Devil’s Ball. It’s a silent auction/charity event that is held at the Roosevelt University Auditorium Theater – which is stunning! We spent the evening drinking the flowing champagne, eating the delicious food, and dancing the night away to the best DJ  I have ever heard. He played a 10 minute 90s mix that brought all of us back to middle school. The best part of the night though?? The photo booth!

But when ISN’T the photo booth the best part of the night?!

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fall ball!

Over the summer a few friends asked if I wanted to play on a rec softball league in the fall with them. My first thought was “YES! Where do I sign?!” Then I realized that I have never played a team sport in my entire life. I spent hours in the backyard with my dad growing up throwing the ball and batting, and I like to think that I wasn’t half bad as a kid, but this would be a whole new ball game… haa.. puns!

Last night was the first game I was able to make it to and sadly my team lost for the first time. I’m going to pretend like I wasn’t the reason we lost. Here’s to hoping.

But seriously, SO. MUCH. FUN! I was able to play 3 different positions in the field and I hit the ball both times I went up to bat! I even made it to first base on the second hit. 😉

After the (7-2 loss) game, my team, The Grassholes, went to a bar around the corner and shared a few pitchers of beer. Given that I only knew 4 people going into this, I feel like I know them all so well now. New friends!

Nobody on the team could believe that I had never played a team sport before and were oh-so proud of me when I actually did what they told me to do!

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Here’s to hopefully pulling out a win next week! #grassholes

current reads

After a short summer break from reading I’ve been more than happy to get back to fall, winter, spring reading. Summer is hit or miss for getting in a lot of books – this summer was a major miss. I can’t exactly say I’ve had the most riveting list of books read since the summer break, but it’s getting me back in the habit.

One book that really surprised me was Divergent. I got through the almost 500 page book in 3 days. I couldn’t put it down. I can’t say I’ve ever really leaned towards a favorite genre, but right now I’m really into the young adult dystopian novels. The Hunger Games kicked things off a couple years ago and I’m anxiously awaiting Insurgent (the second book in the Divergent series). The third (and final) book in the series Allegiant comes out in October. It’s rare that I’m caught up before the next book comes out so I’m pretty excited! 

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I’m currently reading The Maze and am about 1/3 of the way finished. This isn’t holding my attention quite the same as others, but it’s still good. I feel that The Maze really is intended for the younger of the Young Adult. Given that it’s not really catching my attention, I’m not convinced that I’ll finish the series. But I also said that about 50 Shades of Grey #sorryimnotsorry

My list of books to read is really long, so I’m looking forward to knocking out a fair number of them over the next 9 months (winter in Chicago lasts until May/June some years). This might be the winter I read all of Jane Austen’s novels… I think it’s time. 🙂

fall favorites

As sad as I was to see summer leave, I am equally happy to see fall arrive! Fall clothing is my favorite, fall food is my favorite, fall activities are my favorite. (I’m pretty sure I say that at the beginning of summer too, but that’s besides the point) Here are some of my favorites for fall…

Honey Roasted Acorn Squash

Roasted acorn squash. So freaking good! I’ve made it the last 2 nights for dinner and have every intention of making it again tonight. [slice in half, add your favorites (mine: a touch of butter, salt, and cinnamon) – nuke for 8 min] Fall on a plate, my friends… fall on a plate.

I so want to rock the boots and dress look

Boots with dresses. LOVE boots with dresses! In fact, I’m wearing an outfit very similar to this one right now. Brown boots, black dress, belt, and a cardigan… no denim at work. Boo!

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Bright, colorful, cheery leaves! I’m SO happy that I’ll be driving through Michigan in a couple of weeks for my solo weekend getaway because Michigan is known for their beautiful trees in the fall. If I had more time I would drive along the western side of the state all the way up. Also, who can resist stepping on crunchy leaves?? Not I!

Those are the biggies for me, but I also can’t wait to go apple picking, wear oversized sweaters, pull out my warmer pjs, and movie nights full of Meg Ryan and Audrey Hepburn.

Ooooh! And pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting!

upcoming plans!

A few weeks ago I asked my brother in law to keep an eye out for a bike that he might be able to fix up and sell to me. Turns out he had one in his garage that he was willing to give me! Erin and Derek gave me a bike as my maid of honor gift. Best gift ever. Derek told me it was mine about 2 weeks before they got married so obviously he didn’t have time to work on it before, but he said after that he would start working on it and it would take about 2 weeks. I’ve got a little bit more time before it’s officially in my hands, but I have had almost a month to think about all the lovely places I could ride it.

Which got me thinking.

What if I went up to Michigan with my bike… by myself. A solo weekend trip. Then I got even more excited. I’ve never traveled by myself so I was a little nervous to even think about it, but the destination I had in mind was someplace I went a dozen times growing up. So while it would be new going by myself and exploring on my own, I would be very familiar with the area. This combo sounded like a good first solo trip to me.

Travel Quotes

Don’t get stuck.

A friend posted the quote below on Facebook and I immediately fell in love. I hope you enjoy as well…

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Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don’t lose yourself at happy hour, but don’t lose yourself on the corporate ladder either. Stop every once in a while and go out to coffee or climb in bed with your journal. Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned. Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep travelling honestly along life’s path.

What To Know At 25(ish), Shauna Niequist