Days 6, 7, & 8 are all squished together in one post. I got busy (and potentially lazy) and didn’t get a chance to post them on the days that they happened. So here we go.
Days six was all about the pizza. Day six was a Thursday, which meant I had class in Evanston and didn’t get home until about 11:45pm. At that time of night, I am certainly not cooking or cleaning up a meal, so Thursdays have become pizza nights. Sarpino’s is really the only pizza place open that late and it’s quickly become a favorite, but only for one type of pizza: pepperoni, bacon, and cheddar with chipotle ranch dipping sauce. Not the healthiest option, but it’s a nice break on Thursdays from having to cook a meal.
On Friday, day seven, it was actually warm outside. Well, warm for Chicago. It was a balmy 47 degrees, which actually felt quite toasty since I’ve become used to temperatures below freezing. Fridays are always my “off” days, the days I give myself to do whatever I want and not worry about school work or cleaning or things that need to be done. Last night I took a bubble bath and read. I finished Rick Riordan’s The Lightening Thief, the first book in his Percy Jackson and the Olympian’s series. Technically these books are for kids – I think Amazon recommends them for 5th-9th grade – but this book didn’t read like kiddie lit. It was such an intriguing premise and complex story, such a fun escape read. While I was reading, I lit a bunch of summer scented candles, my attempt to keep the warm weather coming and few things make me happier than candles.
And finally today, day eight. I heard about this new show on CNN about Chicago, called Chicagoland, several months ago and have been eagerly waiting to watch it since. It combines two of my favorite things: documentaries and the city I live in. I think it’s so important to know your community, know your city, and be in tune with what is going on, even if it isn’t happening in your neighborhood. I missed the original airing on TV and finally was able to watch it today. This is such a fascinating look at the city, at parts of the city that aren’t necessarily advertised or attractive to tourists. The first episode deals with school closings from 2013 and the gang violence that those school closings shook up. The content of the show isn’t happy and doesn’t make me happy, but it makes me happy that I live in a place where these issues can at least be shown and a (hopefully productive) dialogue can take place as a result. Not everyone has that luxury.