Back to the Chi

Chicago Skyline

It’s been a rough couple of months.

I’m not sure where the time went, but I have allowed myself to enter a time warp working on a few projects, and in between I find time to do some traveling. Some might think I travel or vacation too much, but I truly do earn these vacations. Work hard, play hard–one of the great things I learned in undergrad (though there was little “playing” being done on my part while at MIT).

Anyway, I interrupt this time warp to say I am both excited and afraid to visit Chicago this week. Excited because I get to see my chapter sorors and celebrate birthdays and see my summer friends in Chicago. Best of all–I get to peel my behind off of my couch. (I still need to work on procuring some office furniture!). Of course, this means I will be planted on my line sister’s couch this week, but any couch is better than mine. 

I am afraid of Chicago because of the cold.  As it is, your girl is having a hard time coping with the weather in Manhattan. I can’t figure out if it’s hot or cold on any given day, what degree of coldness it is and what to wear to accommodate the level of frío. I am always over or under-dressed for the temperature. I am not used to wearing layers and carrying around clothing too hot to wear because I might need to put it back on later in the day. It’s ridiculous, all this thinking that goes into wardrobe! In LA, I choose my wardrobe by looking at the sky: if it’s clear skies, then it’s warm outside; if cloudy, then it’s cold outside. See how simple that is?  I am thinking about boycotting the East Coast for the month of November.

Looking up flights to LA as we speak. I’ll take the L on rent if I have to! 

Pray that Chicago takes it easy on me this week.

Workcationing In Chicago

I’m in Chicago for a few weeks, vacationing and working. I’m trying to keep a balance, but so far it feels like more vacationing is going on. I have a very exciting client project I’m working on though, so it doesn’t feel like work in the traditional brow-beating sense.

I’m staying downtown, and I must say Chicago is a very nice city. I’ve only been here once before, and that was to see our President give his victory speech on election night (awesome day that was). I liked Chicago then, but it’s even nicer in the summertime. The area I’m staying in is particularly awesome and seemingly affordable compared to Los Angeles and Manhattan. Rarely am I impressed by a city that’s not LA or NYC, but Chicago is becoming one of my favorite other cities.

Anyway, just thought I would check in. You can catch some of my photos during my trip on my Tumblog. I have much more to blog about, but I always get a bit turned off by the oversharing-ness of the web. Hmm.

Later.

21 Months Ago

21 months ago I did something I never ever thought I’d do: I signed up to help out on an election campaign (you can play Where’s Liz in that pic, I am somewhere in the crowd, haha).

It was early. Obama had just announced he was going for the gold. People were apprehensive about the idea of a Black man actually running and winning. I know some of my friends were really skeptical, telling me they weren’t convinced, yadda yadda. I didn’t fight it back then. I admit, I was apprehensive too, but for whatever reason I believed he could do it.

I am in Chicago right now with lots of friends and lots of people. I am going to the rally. The city is electric with enthusiasm. People are either going to rally or riot, true story. I just got back from a tour of Obama HQ in downtown Chicago and it was all I ever dreamed it would be. Only with less people around. Everyone was pretty calm, tho I was impressed with the energy of the New Media team (and yes I am jealous of them too–dope gig!).

Hopefully tonight my blind faith and enthusiasm that began 21 months ago will come to fruition.