Category Archives: The “real world”

life outside the walls of daap

First Weekend

How it felt saying bye to my parents:

Its more or less hit me that I’m pretty much on my own now.  Okay, not really on my own, but more so than I think I have ever been. It’s a little nerve-wracking, moving to a new state. Chicago is great though; I don’t think I could’ve moved to a better city for my first time away from home (first time for this length of time, anyways). I don’t think I could stress how helpful my parents were during the move also; I felt very lucky, and I know that next time should I work somewhere even further away I’ll know what to do. Or at least have more of an idea than this time. The more I learn about my neighborhood, the more happy I am. Logan Square definitely has its charm–even with all this rain.

Going clockwise
1) sign from subway station
2) kitting activism on Milwaukee, at least that is what I think it is. To anyone more informed, I’d love to hear more about it.
3) New Wave Coffee. They had vegan pastries, and not vegan crossants. I’m pumped.

Grocery shopping for one is interesting. On my own, I’m not exactly sure how much I eat. Logan Square has a great farmers market really near my apartment which apparently is every Sunday, so that is exciting! I bought kale, apples, blueberries, a purple pepper, tomatoes, fresh motz, a TON of basil (for $1!), a cucumber and… arugula. I think I spelt that correctly. Oh, I’m excited for the bruschetta I’m going to make this week. Or caprese salad.
Fresh vegetables are very important to me, and it feels good to support the community in this way. I also went to the nearby supermarket to check it out and it’s definitely different than what I am used to back in Cincinnati, but not particularly in a bad way. Just different. I got more pantry staple items there, like seasonings and such. Cooking in my studio apartment will be interesting, however, since the stove already heats up my room to where I’m sweating just by being here. I forsee lots of salads.

My parents and I also went downtown together as sort of a “dry run” to find my work place. We went last night, before dinner. This also was great, since, now I know I work right next to the new Target downtown, which is AWESOME. Never an excuse to run out of something like, oh. Tampons. I actually need to get something to clean the floor of my apartment, like swiffer wet pads or something. That’ll be Tuesday if I don’t go tomorrow.

Now it’s 10 at night, and I’m not quite tired, but after I finish changing my mailing address, I’ll probably go to sleep soon after. I have a nicely empty day tomorrow (work starts on Tuesday!) so I’ll probably go downtown if it’s not raining, or just hole up in that coffee shop I went to earlier today.

Where I’ll go Tuesday morning. It was a little awkward standing here for the duration of the photos. I got a compliment from a bro.. so.. that was also awkward, but nice I suppose.

I should really get a “to explore/visit” list going. I have four months here, and I really want to make it as awesome as possible! To anyone who may be reading this, where should I go?

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Transition to Co-op

Hello world!

Last night was my last in Cincinnati for a while; I’m off to Chicago for an internship at Gensler–and I am beyond excited for it.

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My parents drove up here with me to help with the move in, so that is nice. I was especially glad for the company later on in the night, and for the coffee I picked up around 11. We got a little bit of a late start so we weren’t on the road until 8:30 pm ish.

We are moving into the apartment a little later this morning (!). It was a lucky find; fully furnished, walkable area and low rent. The landlord also seems sweet.

But for right now, I am lying in bed, with little cares in the world. I’ll get up soon to get ready for the day, and to call my landlord. For now, I’ll play some puzzlecraft.

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My budding village!

(almost) done.

I’m sitting by the fireplace, watching a pokemon movie on cartoonnetwork (I’m waiting for the video game awards to start.. and it’s nostalgic.), knitting needles at hand, green tea and design process journal ready to be worked on. Went to a kickboxing/boxing fitness class with my sister this morning. Definitely going to be feeling it tomorrow.

I’m.. (almost) done with immersion quarter. Almost.

This quarter was nothing short of amazing; it was so. much. work.

I loved every second of it. Even during the late night/early mornings, I knew that there was no where else I would rather be…other than my own bed, at times. It’s weird, and not at the same time. I’ve never been more passionate about…anything in my entire life. And the people I’ve met this quarter! I’ve gotten to meet and get to know so many inspiring people: professors, fellow students (in my major and also not).. it’s great. I often can’t believe how fortunate I am.

I’m ready for break, definitely. Not to just laze around though–I did that last year and while it was nice, it kind of felt wasted. There’s a good amount of activities I want to get done. I’ll make sure to make a list later (how I love those!)

but for tonight, I’m just going to enjoy being at home. Do some laundry.

1/4 scale model for my building