Archive for October 2015

An Open Letter to Rick Steves: Please take me under your wing

An Open Letter to Rick Steves: Please take me under your wing
Dear Rick, Can I call you Rick? I hope so seeing as how I’m hoping after this letter you might know me by first name.  I’m Katie by the way. I’m a 29 year old blogger (obviously), European traveler and I feel it’s also important to mention I’m Slovenian by heritage. When my mom and... Read more »

Bernie Sanders to speak on issues affecting students

I have to admit.  Politics suck. I rarely, to never, get involved.  I’ve voted in 1 presidential election by absentee ballot. I later heard that year that many absentee ballots went missing. So all in all, looks like I’ve never voted. Politicians piss me off.  They lie. They put others down. They change their minds... Read more »

Halloween Costumes -- Stop perpetuating hate, misunderstanding, and violence by thinking twice

So it’s that time of year again.  Halloween is in a short five days.  Time to dress up in costumes, have some fun, go trick or treating, get your drink on, etc.  Whatever you choose, it’s important to remember that while something may be funny to you, it’s not funny to everyone. There are some... Read more »
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Things to do in Chicago: Ed Paschke Art Center

Things to do in Chicago: Ed Paschke Art Center
The Ed Paschke Art Center is a hidden gem in Chicago. It’s located in Jefferson Park near the blue line and 90, so it’s very accessible. I was so impressed with my visit there this weekend. The staff is incredibly friendly and very knowledgeable. The outside of the building has a mural on one side... Read more »

We Need Pedestrian Streets in Chicago Like Those Found in Ljubljana, Slovenia

We Need Pedestrian Streets in Chicago Like Those Found in Ljubljana, Slovenia
I recently was blessed to be able to take a trip to the amazing country of Slovenia.  I have only been able to see a handful of cities, but Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, had to be one of the most beautiful and life filled cities. I realize it is impossible to bring Slovenia’s landscape... Read more »

Why the Chicago Cubs Need a Major League Makeover

Why the Chicago Cubs Need a Major League Makeover
It’s an exciting time for Chicago Cubs baseball. For the first time ever, the Cubbies clinched a Post-Season series at Wrigley Field. They beat the Central Division champs and they’re on the road to the World Series. But I’m Flying the W for Why are You Wearing That?? Oh, yes. This article is absolutely about... Read more »
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How to choose your accommodations when traveling

How to choose your accommodations when traveling
Location, location, location! This is probably the single most important factor for me. I’ll downgrade room luxuries before I compromise on location. This matters so much that it can actually change your entire experience and opinion of a particular city. Let me give you an example. I have been to Paris twice. The first time,... Read more »

Physician Assisted Suicide Should be Treated like a DNR Order

Physician Assisted Suicide Should be Treated like a DNR Order
Many of you know a little bit about me through my blog or my mom’s blog.  If you have been a loyal reader, thank you.  If you are new, let me catch you up. My grandma has Alzheimer’s.  She’s not really here anymore. The person left in her place is always sad, angry, mean, and... Read more »

DIY: Refreshing citrus, maybe even detoxifying, foot soak

DIY: Refreshing citrus, maybe even detoxifying, foot soak
Essential Oils are awesome. Homemade bath and body items with essential oils are double awesome. An easy intro to bath and body do-it-yourself project is the icing on the cake. So what is it? It’s a refreshing citrus foot soak.  It includes Epsom salt which has claims of being detoxifying though I cannot guarantee these... Read more »
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I'm calling 311 because Avondale doesn’t have a Starbucks

I'm calling 311 because Avondale doesn’t have a Starbucks
If that woman in Florida can call 911 three times because McDonald’s is out of chicken nuggets, I don’t think calling 311 because my neighborhood doesn’t have a Starbucks is a big deal. First of all, yes she did: http://goo.gl/MTGDNu. Secondly, no I haven’t. Yet… And it’s just 311, the non-emergency police help line, so calm... Read more »