What I Liked in August


Can you believe another month is over? I absolutely can’t.  On the one hand, I feel like 2014 is simply flying by, which is good and bad.  I am kind of sad to say goodbye to summer, because let’s face it, winter in Chicago is no fun.  I am, however, looking forward to my favorite season, fall.  I just love fall.  I love the crisp, cool weather, the changing color of the leaves, warm drinks (hello, pumpkin spice!), scarves, boots, and cozy sweaters.  I also hugely associate fall with going back to school, and going back to school feels like a fresh start (it’s also an awesome time to raid office supply stores).  Today I am linking up with one of my favorite bloggers, Leigh Kramer, for what I liked in August.

Another Quarter Down: I finished up the summer quarter on Tuesday and I am officially in the thesis phase of my MFA.  It is equally exciting and terrifying.

Indie Bookstore Love:  I officially own a bookstore, or at least shares in a bookstore.  This month, I rediscovered a gem in my neighborhood, 57th Street Books, which is part of the Seminary Co-op.  As I am sure you can tell from the name, it is a co-op, so for a few dollars you can buy shares in the bookstore (which gets you a store credit at the end of the year) and I decided to join up.  I have known about this bookstore since before I moved to Hyde Park, but for some reason, I hadn’t shopped there much until I started going back this month, just as a way to get myself out of the house.   I anticipate lots of trips here this fall.

To Latte or Not To Latte: The answer is always to latte, in case you were wondering.  I have never been a huge fan of plain lattes, but for some reason, I have been digging them this month.  So much so, that the barista at Starbucks has been able to consistently guess my order.

Metropolis Coffee Company: Keeping with the caffeine theme, I found a great new coffee shop this month.  I never would have found it if my nonfiction professor this quarter hadn’t suggested we meet there to talk about my writing.  Metropolis Coffee is in the Edgewater neighborhood, right off the Granville L stop.  It’s so easy to get to and I love the relaxed, cozy vibe.  Plus the coffee and pastries are amazeballs.

College Football: This is technically happening as this post is going up, but I am so excited for college football to be back.  I haven’t always been a big college football fan.  I only got into it in 2009 or 2010, but Mr. Man is a huge Michigan fan, so I will be up bright and early on Saturdays to cheer on the Wolverines.  Maybe we’ll even go to a game or two, since Michigan will be in town to take on Northwestern in November.

Celebrate All the Birthdays: August is the official birthday month of our apartment.  Our corgi’s birthday is August 1st, my birthday is August 24th, and Mr. Man’s is August 28th.  Ein celebrated with some new toys and a Five Guys burger, I celebrated by browsing through a bookstore for two hours, and Mr. Man celebrated with video games and a big tray of his favorite buffalo chicken dip.  We are very low-key birthday people, but all the birthdays were lovely.

Re-Reading Harry Potter:  Thanks to my free trial of Kindle Unlimited, this month I re-read all the Harry Potter books.  I hadn’t re-read them since the seventh book came out in 2007 and I loved re-reading them.  It just reminded me why I love this series so much, but it also reminded me of things I had completely forgotten about, like Peeves and Hermione and S.P.E.W.  I have such specific memories of reading each book for the first time, and re-reading always reminds me.

Stormy Skies: August weather has been weird, y’all.  Weird.  This summer has been super mild and really lovely, but August brought the heat.  Literally.  We had some super chilly days, with highs only in the 60s, and some scorchers with highs in the 90s and crazy humidity.  We’ve also had a lot of thunderstorms, which I really do love.  I grew up with daily afternoon thunderstorms in Atlanta and I have definitely missed them here in Chicago.

This American Life: I have developed a thing for NPR over the last couple of years.  I don’t listen to the radio a lot, probably because I am rarely in a car anymore.  This month, I started downloading the This American Life podcasts on iTunes and listening to them on my way to class.  They just remind me that everyone has a story to tell and a unique experience.  Plus, listening gets my creative juices flowing.

Driving Again: I drove a car this month for the first time in 7 or 8 years.  I know.  I was never super into driving as a teenager, even though I got my license at 16.  I didn’t have my own car to drive and I hated driving the cars my parents had at the time.  Mr. Man and I don’t have a car here in Chicago, but we signed up this month for Zipcar, a car sharing service.  We signed up through my Northwestern e-mail account to get a fantastic discount, but that meant that I had to register as the driver of the car.  I drove us to the grocery store and back, and no one died.  It was pretty nerve wracking (I was never the most confident driver) but it was also exciting to get back into driving and have that as a viable transportation option, when we need to make big grocery or Target runs.

Those are just a few things I liked this month.  What did you like?



2 thoughts on “What I Liked in August

  1. I love your descriptions of living in Chicago–sounds intriguing! I’m a country girl (though I live in a small city now), so I’ve always had to drive. Everywhere. I loved public transportation when I lived in Costa Rica, though, and if I lived in a place where it was more convenient and accessible (like it was there), I might like to see what it’s like living without a car.
    And I absolutely love This American Life–usually really interesting. A couple favorites have been House on Loon Lake (episode 199) and House Rules (episode 512).

    {visiting from Leigh Kramer’s linkup!}

    1. Oh wow, thanks for visiting!

      I really love not having a car. Public transit in Chicago is so awesome, just because it’s so accessible and goes everywhere. Plus, cars in Chicago are pricey since our gas is so expensive at the moment, and there are lots of rules and permits about where you can and can’t park.

      I just listened to the House Rules episode of TAL and loved it! I will have to look up the other episode you mentioned.

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