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.

Obligatory 2008 Entry

It’s 2008. I’m closer to being old. The only cool thing about 2008 is that it’s the One Hundred Year Anniversary of my sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the first sorority founded for Black college women. Oh, and The Wire is back. Other than these two points, 2008 had nuthin’ else going for it, as far as I am concerned.

My thing for ’08 is going to be work it, hustle, just DO it. I’ve spent many a month now, not doing the projects I want to do, not pursuing my goals. Confusing myself.  But ’08 is my transition year. Part of my problem is I can’t seem to keep  my behind out of school. I swore off school once I was done at MIT, but somehow found myself in this grad program at USC. I promise I didn’t plan this, this was totally accidental. Either way, I wrap up the master’s in May, and I plan on hitting the ground running. I am going to take it easy these first two quarters, quietly planning my execution come summertime.

And now, I leave you with my favorite hustle lyrics of the moment, by the esteemed Jay-Z:

“Hustle cane, hustle clothes, or hustle music/But hustle hard in any hustle that you pick.”