Vacation Recap

Hello all,

Better late than never.

As I settle in from my absurdly long vacation I am so grateful for all I did while enjoying time with my wonderful family and boyfriend.  The picture below represents my feelings on being 26.

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As many of you saw via my Instagram, my dog Bella cut the webbing of her paw prior to my vacation.  Although we do not know what she was injured on in our yard we do know she’s a wild child and loves to get into things.  This didn’t ease my animal loving heart when I first found out.  I shed a tear for sure.  This also allowed for lots of cuddles with “Coney,” our official nickname for this little one.

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Bella is officially cone free and loving life again.  She enjoys running around in the yard looking for bunnies and jumping up on hind legs too look over our deck at the neighbors dog while barking.  I swear the neighbor dog thinks we are insane (she doesn’t know the half of it).

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A few days after my birthday Brian and I went to Replay to see the Pokemon set up for their event (As mentioned in prior post).  Since, they’ve now expanded the event to incorporate the entire bar and a Pokedex to “catch em all.”

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The time this must have taken earned my respect and also made me want to hire them! What do you think about the decor?  Have you gone to Replay or are you interested in going?

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Brian and I received all of our badges and it was such a fun time!

Later in the week my friend Kayte was in visiting from Seattle.  Oh man did I miss her!  It is nice to have friends who’ve nearly lived your entire life with you.  It is like choosing your family.  16 years of friendship and still holding on for dear life trying to adult. : )

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Brian and I also finished 13 Reasons Why 2, I haven’t found the words to express how I feel about it yet.  I suppose it’s similar to how I felt after season one, check out my 13 Lessons post for my recap of what I got from season one.  Did you watch season 2?  What are your thoughts/feelings about the seasons huge end?

To wrap up vacation Brian gave me my gift.  Literally one of my favorite gifts of all time!  The gift of a hobby and art, in the form of a Cannon Rebel T6.  I’ve always loved capturing a moment and being able to see the beauty in it forever!  I am so excited to have the highest of quality memories for both myself and my family.  Thank you again babe!

Special thank you to everyone who called, text, facebook messaged, and spent my birthday with me.  Here is to 26!  I am ready for what this next year has in store for me!

– A

Fun and Games

Welcome back!

It has been a few days.  Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

I had the pleasure of watching my Aunt graduate with her Masters of Law.  Literally the most inspirational ceremony, I cried pretty much the entire time.  Both because my aunt is a bad ass and can accomplish anything she puts her mind to and because the inspirational words shared hit home.  One speaker spoke about the importance of what you get from your career, with the exception of money.  How money (although a necessity in life) should not keep you doing something that doesn’t bring you happiness and provide value to your life and the lives of those around you.

I know he was talking to the new graduates, but the speech was for the moment of life I am currently in.  It was nice to be reminded by someone who doesn’t even know me.

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Also tickets for Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago went on sale… and sold out this past Friday.

Brian and I were lucky enough to have gotten a pair.  I am hoping for the sake of players who were unable to get tickets Niantic will rethink the platform they use to sell tickets to events so they are not purchased by people who are going to mark up the price.

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Needless to say I am so excited! Brian and I went last year and it was fun, despite my cellphone reception being horrible, which I blame AT&T for not Niantic.

Is anyone traveling to Chicago for the event?  Where are you traveling from?  Did you have troubles getting tickets?  What are you most excited for?

Here is a picture of us last year…

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I am also looking forward to the nice tan I will be getting walking around catching Pokemon!

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Brian also sent me this bar that Replay in Lincoln Park is doing a Pokemon themed event that starts on my birthday!  Can we all guess where I will be?  You’re smart.

Is anyone else interested in this event?  The event runs from May 25th- June 4th.  Below is the event description:

Starting on Memorial Day weekend, we’re transforming our bar into a Pokemon trainer’s paradise, complete with themed drinks, a Pokemon Center and Pokemart, and lured pokestops for all you Pokemon Go players.

But if that weren’t enough, we’re also allowing budding trainers to take on the Replay Pokemon League Challenge. When you visit, you’ll be able to ask your bartender for a Trainer Card, with spaces for eight badges earned through ordering specific themed badge shots at the bar. If you collect all eight, you’ll be able to challenge one of our Elite Four at Pokemon Stadium. If you prevail, you will receive a prize pack fit for a champion.

Not feeling competitive? We’ll also have wild Pokemon hidden all around the bar. Catching them by entering a code on a specific website will unlock discounts and goodies. We’ve even heard rumors that there are some legendary Pokemon out there that will unlock secret menu drinks!

Let Brian and I know if you are going?  What part of this do you find the most exciting?

We will be there and be geeky.

This week keeps getting better…

Drake announced he will be in Chicago August 17th and 18th.  Who is going?  It has been a few years since I went to see him so I am so happy he’s back in Chicago!

More to come on Drake because I have not purchased my tickets yet but I can hardly wait to do so!

-A