June 29, 2011

Summer in the City

hot town

summer in the city

back of my neck

getting dirty and gritty

been down

isn't it a pity

doesn't seem to be

a shadow in the city

all around

people looking half dead

walking on the sidewalk

hotter than a match head

(bonus points to whoever can name that song & group!)

June 28, 2011

Chicago Architecture

Chicago is known for many things...

deep-dish pizza
brutal winters
Bears, Cubs, Sox
corrupt politics
el trains

and the architecture

June 24, 2011

Random Things About Me

I'm 37 years old
I've lived in Chicago for 9 years & love this city
I'm a Midwest Girl: grew up in Indiana & went to a small Christian college in Michigan
I love Jesus
I used to work in Finance, but grew tired of it. Nearly 4 years ago, I quit to try to start my own business {www.hazelstreetdesigns.com}
I now work part-time for a nonprofit organization as the Media Director
I love all types of music - Jazz, Country, Oldies, Praise & Worship. And I could listen to Christmas music all year round!
I am NOT a morning person
I don't love chocolate. In fact, I'm not a huge fan of sweets in general
The thumb I sucked when I was a child is shorter & shaped differently than my other thumb...weird!
I took 10 years of piano lessons & played the flute in band
I have blue eyes, but have always wished I had brown eyes
I can't whistle
I would love to travel through Europe someday
I got my first and only tooth filling at the age of 28, but I've been wearing glasses since I was 5
I hate to exercise
It's hard for me to pass up a pair of gorgeous shoes. But ironically, if I could walk around barefoot all day, I would.
I'm a chronic list-maker
My ideal vacation is on a beach with a good book
Both of my siblings have beautiful singing voices. However, that talent skipped over me & I'm jealous of that talent.
Speaking of siblings, I'm the oldest of 3.
My sister is is 2 1/2 years younger than me
And my brother is 9 years younger

I'm an auntie to the cutest little guy in the world!
I play with the ends of my hair when I'm thinking or bored
I always have gum with me (Trident regular flavor)
I love the smell of fresh laundry & even enjoy folding it
I don't like cooking/baking when it's just for me. But I'm learning that cooking for others is much more enjoyable.
I love to shop, unless it's at the grocery store
I love the challenge of finding good deals (but I'm not extreme couponer!)
Until the age of 30, I'd never been west of the Mississippi
It took me forever to learn to ride a bike as a kid
I'm recently stepped down as a small group Bible Study leader, and love & miss the women in our group

I recently discovered a love for photography
I am blessed with a family I love...all 4 of my grandparents are still living & my great-grandma is 102!

Hope you enjoyed getting to know me a bit more!
Here are some more photos:

Christmas with my siblings

With my parents


{updated 1.22.14}

June 17, 2011


For me, summer isn't officially summer
until there are strawberries for picking

I guess summer is here!