Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Christmas 2013!

This was my first holiday spent in Chicago since 2009!  We were blessed with a beautiful white Christmas this year.  Most of December was covered in a fluffy blanket of snow.  Roibeard and I both had to work Christmas Day, but we celebrated in our own way on Christmas Eve.  We had a surprising amount of presents to open in the morning though.  We didn't get to do all of the activities that we planned (I think we had to reschedule ice skating 3 times now).  We still managed to get to the German Market, decorate our apartment, watch several Christmas movies in cinema, go to Midnight Mass (at midnight!), and attend an ugly sweater party where I made delicious sweets.  Here's a little peek at what we've been up to:
Even though I miss California weather like crazy I enjoyed waking up to this every morning...

Roibeard and I wore our ugly sweaters to a screening of Christmas Vacation at the Music Box.  We also wore them to a holiday party!  My sweater I've had for years and don't consider it "ugly" at all.
These are the snacks that I made for the party...Nutella and sea salt fudge and holiday themed "poptarts".

At the German Market!
Roibeard at the German Market!
Look at all of the presents!

NES loved his new string!
What could it be?  (I got a record player!)
What a nice guy to be in love with....
Happy New Year!!!
See you next year....ha!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Back in the Windy City

A bit of a change of scenery from my last post!  Roibeard and I moved to Chicago in September.  I wish it didn't take me quite so long to start posting again, but it's so hard to get back into a 'normal' routine when you're working two jobs.  I miss California a lot more than I thought I would.  When I dream I'm usually still there. San Francisco just wasn't the right place for me.  Roibeard has family there though and I have my brother in San Diego, so the nice thing is we always have an excuse to go back and visit. 

I can't even begin to stress how strange it is living in a city that you've lived in during a different part of your life.  Every day feels so surreal like I'm merely an observer of a distant memory.  I first moved to Chicago when I was 19 and just starting college.  I lived here until I was 26.  Now at *eep* 30 I'm back to the place where I first discovered life on my own terms. 
To make things even stranger I'm working back at my old job at Landmark Theatres.  Well, sort of my old job.  They did away with all of the 35mm projectors (bastards) so I'm no longer a projectionist but merely a sole box office enthusiast.  I only work there a few days of the week though.  Most days I'm at my other job where I work in the kitchen for a European Sandwich shop. 
I plan on updating my resume soon and starting to look for a nice film job, but for now I'm happy.  It may not be art related, but I get to work with my hands every day which makes me a lot happier than I would be answering phones all day in some stuffy office.
Oh and my outfit...the dress is vintage and was given to me by my good friend from middle school.  It belonged to a family member of hers and she gave it to me years ago.  It is the perfect dress for winter.  It is heavy.  I mean really heavy.  It's pretty much like wearing a wool coat that is shaped like a dress....sooooo warm!  Oh and it has pockets!!!  The floral brooch is also vintage and was a great thrift find a few years back.
Anyway, hope you all have a great week, thanks for reading!