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I need some answers. Why do people work in the suburbs and live in the city and vice versa? I have done a city to suburb commute for just TWO days and I already want to slit my wrists. You would have to pay me 500 million dollars to commute in this kind of traffic to work everyday. And it better be the best job known to man, like kitten babysitter or full time sleeper. 

I would only work in the suburbs and live in the city if I was DAMN sure there was some sort of commuter train I could take. Because after two days, the drive is already wearing thin.

You may be thinking, well hey, at least you can listen to music or do other fun things like smoke in your car  mid-commute. There are two problems. I no longer smoke (although by the end of this job assignment complete with commute God knows I may have started again…) and NO ONE PLAYS MUSIC. I’m sick of all my CD’s, so I try to listen to the radio. Well, there’s only so much sports radio I can listen to. I can only listen to how awesome the Blackhawks are, how much the Cubs and Sox suck, and how Lebron James is the greatest thing since sliced bread so many times. Find something new to talk about. Like why people choose to commute.

And FM radio? Yeah, I’m thinking, well of course they’re gonna pump out the hits because rush hour is their bread and butter. But no. I have to listen to FM DJ’s talk. I thought they were paid to play music. The last thing I want to hear about is the many places you enjoy having sex. You are a radio DJ, therefore ugly, and I do not need to picture you having sex. Please do your job and play me some goddamn Miley Cyrus.

So what am I going to do to pass the time? My GPS lady only has so much to say. And I think it’s kind of sad that the highlight of my drive is when she tells me to “take the motorway.” (I mean really, “motorway?” That’s fuckin legendary). So if you have a hidden Chicago radio station that plays music or discusses interesting topics such as The Real Housewives of New Jersey, please let me know.

Pet Peeve of the Day: See above

Quote of the Day: “It ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive.” –Bruce Springsteen

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Awesome Poet Alert!

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Despite her love for the Dallas Cowboy’s, I’d like to give a shout out to my MFA colleague and beat sister, Heather Cox.  She recently had a poem published in Dark Sky magazine and I urge you to check it out HERE.

Also, you can read more from her on her blog A Disheveled Soul.

Congrats Heather!! 

Pet Peeve of the Day: Windy days

Quote of the Day:“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” –e.e. cummings (That’s dedicated to you H-Money)

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I may like Canadians after all.  This is how the Canadian women’s team celebrated their win:










Pretty legendary, eh?  Obviously, (and lamely) the IOC is “investigating.”  I wouldn’t trust the IOC’s gauge of appropriateness though–let’s not forget that they chose Rio over Chicago for the 2016 games.

So party on my neighbors to the north; you may have beat the U.S. for the gold, but you’re ok in my book. 





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Because I miss gridiron (and hate New York):


Things I Live For:Wheat Thins; my new Cricut machine

Quote of the Day: “Stop walking down my street; who do you expect to meet.”  –Tom Petty

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Trivia Tuesday’s

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A very special Super Bowl edition!

Trivia is just another form of random shit, so you know I love it.  Useless knowledge can help you impress people, or win shots at a bar.  It’s win-win all around.  So try your hand at these questions… NO GOOGLING!!!  I’ll post the answers in the comments section later today…

1) Who holds the record for most passing yards in Super Bowl history?

2) What team has made the most appearances in a Super Bowl?

3) What team scored the least amount of points in any Super Bowl game? How many points did they score?

nfl_athu_foo4) Name the team that appeared in every Super Bowl from 1991 – 1994.

5) Who was the first black head coach to coach in a Super Bowl?

6) Who won the first Superbowl? When was it played?

7) The Moday after the Super Bowl is often referred to as what?

8 ) What team has won the most Super Bowls?

9) What active teams have never appeared in a Super Bowl?

10) How is a home versus an away team determined in the Super Bowl?

11) What stadium has hosted the most Super Bowls?

12) Bonus Question: What MVP from the Neighborhood Boy’s Club Bee’s has a birthday today??? (Hint: He is also the best brother in the world!)

Things I Live For: the Dollar Store; wearing glasses

Quote of the Day: “I’ve come to know the cold, I think of it as home – When there ain’t enough of me to go around, I’d rather be left alone – But if I call you out of habit, I’m out of love and I gotta have it – Would you give it to me
if I fit you needs – Like when we both knew we had it.” –Guns n’ Roses

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Reflecting on 2009

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As 2009 (and the decade!) comes to an end, I thought it would be nice  to reflect on the past year considering I’m a huge fan of “end-of-the-year” lists! I’m not a fan of personal info on my blog but I think the following is pretty benign. Also, 2008 was such a horrible year, that I was determined to make 2009 awesome. I think I succeeded… Here are some month-by-month highlights (consider this my supremely annoying Christmas card!):


  • Quit my job
  • Turned 26 (sayonara quarter century!)
  • Went to Madrid with my BFF


  • Enjoyed living the unemployed dream before it got boring and tedious


  • Started my awesome blog!
  • Went to Arizona for Cubs Spring Training, baked in the sun for what I would later find out would be the last time I could do that. Thanks for the tan Arizona!


  • Another exciting Cubs season began…


  • As quick as the Cubs season began… it was already over.
  • I learned the value of couponing thanks to all the frugal blogs out there on the information super highway! Not sure how much I saved but if my CVS receipts are any indicator, my year-to-date savings there alone is over $800!


  • Went to Las Vegas for the first and last time
  • Went to my first Cubs-White Sox game on the scary southside


  • Can’t remember much about this… I can only assume this means that I went on the traditional midyear/midsummer bender


  • Started grad school!


  • Reunited with my long lost lover and became engaged!
  • Went to Seattle with my family for an awesome Bears-Seahawks game


  • Formed a legendary karaoke band, “Annette”


  • My long lost lover moved in and I said goodbye to my beloved single life forever


  • This  month flew by, I have no idea what happened in December besides Christmas and going to Pittsburgh with my Dad for an awesome Steelers game!

So that, in a nutshell, has been my year. I look forward to making 2010 even more awesome, if that’s possible. Thank you also to all of you, my readers, for making my blog and my year worthwhile! Have a fabulous New Years, be safe, and I’ll see you again in 2010!

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