Sam’s folks were in town this last weekend, which allowed us to take advantage of doing some of the more tourist-y type things here in Chicago. One of our favorite places we’ve visited since living here is the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio located in Oak Park. There are so many perks to living here in Chicago, but access to historic buildings by so many renowned architects is something we’ve really grown to appreciate. We’ve done two river boat tours and visited FLW’s home twice since moving here. It’s fascinating learning more about the people who shaped and built our city into the space it is today.
Even though this is a short post, I wanted to share some photos from Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio. I tend to take more detail-oriented photographs, but I feel that FLW’s penchant for intimate details lends itself to this kind of visual documentation. I hope you enjoy the pictures and visit this beautiful estate-turned-museum yourself!
If you’re a regular reader of my blog (i.e. my dad, my grandma), you’ve likely noticed it’s been a while since I last posted. To be exact, it’s been over a month since I wrote on this blog. I’m not sure if I can even consider this a blog when that much time passes between posts.
While I don’t want to apologize for my lack of writing or come up with a bunch of excuses for my absence, I do want to fill everyone in on some updates in our lives. Maybe I needed a full month to fully process everything I’m about to share or maybe I just didn’t prioritize the time to write these past 30 days. It’s tough to say.
What’s important is that I’m ready to share some things now. Are you ready?
Am I a little late in getting this posted? Of course. I’m always late. But even so, I wanted to share a few of my favorite albums and songs from 2016.
The only criteria I had was that the album had to be released in 2016. Even though there were good songs “released” this year, the albums came out in 2015 and didn’t qualify. Sorry, T-Swift.
Here’s what I danced/cried/jammed to in 2016:
Favorite New Album: Coloring Book – Chance the Rapper
I saw Coloring Book before I heard it. Overnight, the album cover was plastered all over our neighborhood in Chicago. I had no idea who Chance was, so I had no idea what pictures of this guy were doing all over the city. A few days later, Sam brought some intel home from his co-workers that Chance the Rapper dropped a new mixtape, and the artwork we’d seen everywhere was the cover art from the mixtape.
Sam was all about Coloring Book from the start. He tried to share this enthusiasm with me on a road trip back to our hometown in Michigan, but I just wasn’t feeling it. It was ok, but I didn’t know what to make of it because it was so different than my normal taste in music. Sam was doing his best not to look dejected, because he was totally into Chance, so he kept trying different songs to win me over.
Then he played “Same Drugs.” This song (see below) transformed my entire perspective on Chance. I felt his vulnerability, his passion, and his creativity. In a moment, I recognized his genius and fell madly in love.
Instead, when I thought back on everything that happened in 2016, I realized that essentially everything I’ve felt in the last 12 months can be honed in on a specific day. To be more accurate, the entire summation of this year comes down to approximately 15 seconds around 9:00 pm on Sunday, July 24.
For 15 seconds, a gun was pointed at my chest. Then Sam’s chest. I knew everything I’ve ever wanted to know about myself in that short period of time.
We were fortunate enough to spend Labor Day weekend in our hometown of Traverse City, Michigan. It’s been almost a year since Sam moved from TC to Chicago, and I’ve been in Chicago for about seven months. Moving from a town of 15,000 people to the third largest city in the USA was definitely an adjustment. We’ve learned to live a little bit differently—in some ways life is easier, in other ways it’s harder—but now that we officially feel settled in our new apartment, Chicago is growing on us.
Previously, every time we’ve visited home in northern Michigan, it wasn’t easy to pack up and drive south to Chicago. We missed the open roads, fresh air, public beaches, home-cooked meals, and patches of grass welcoming an afternoon snooze. Those drives back to Chicago were tinged with the feeling that, somehow, I wasn’t strong enough to make our lives work in Traverse City. Like I did something wrong in the five years we tried to establish a life in our hometown, and it was my fault that it never felt right living there. When a place is so beautiful and peaceful it must be easy to live there, and I just didn’t try hard enough to be happy.
All weekend, the Renegade Craft Fair filled Division Street here in Chicago. Lucky for me, it was only a half block from my apartment! I spent a few hours browsing (and, yes, buying) things from some of the coolest makers, designers, and artists from around the world. While I managed to snag some sweet ceramics and awesome art prints for our apartment, there were plenty of pieces that stole my heart!
Here’s a quick round-up of me wish list from the Fair. Links to the artist sites are below. A big thanks to all the vendors for inspiring me with your work!
Good news: we are in a new apartment! Bad news: summer is jam-packed with lots of fun things (like vacations and travel) and time-sucking activities (like moving AGAIN). This means the amount of writing I’ve been able to do the past few weeks is pretty minimal.
Since filming is easier than writing, here is a quick video update and sneak-peek of our new apartment. Leave a comment if you’d like any further details!