Feeling at Home

For the final part of my trip to NYC, I had the opportunity to enjoy the city on my own. I love having the chance to explore a new place at my own pace, absorbing the sights and sounds and pausing to snap a photo when I stumble across something of interest. The best part of wandering through the city solo was realizing how much of a city girl I am, as I felt very much at home amidst the diverse crowds and skyscrapers.

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A wintry walk

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I took a break from lounging at home by running a quick errand. On my way back, I took my time with my walk and followed a longer route. It felt nice to move my legs and to be out in the fresh air. I’m usually not a fan of the cold, but I do enjoy the crisp, wintry air when I’m sufficiently bundled up as I did today. Sometimes I like to be a homebody, but time to time I do need a nice quick break outside.

A day to settle in

I had most of the day, and the family apartment, to myself today with my parents working and my brother just getting back into town. Except for getting up at one point to make breakfast and watch a little bit of Frasier, I allowed myself to stay in bed until a little past noon. I consider myself someone who’s always on the go, so I needed a few hours during which I could just lay comfortably in bed, letting it sink in that I don’t have any immediate responsibilities to attend to for the next few weeks. In addition, I kept my phone off for the most of the day, wanting to eliminate distractions so that I could enjoy some time to myself.

At some point I finally did get myself out of bed and started finding things to do, since I like to keep busy. I ended up assembling and decorating a plastic Christmas tree for my room and catching up on posts in this blog. The apartment got livelier for a bit once my brother got home. My dad recruited him to help bring in the live Christmas tree for the living room, and I was then asked to clean up the needles that were dropped all over the stairs. I ended up having more of the day to myself once my brother went to take a nap for a few hours. I spent the rest of the night with a nice simple dinner, watching Singin’ in the Rain, and chatting with a friend on Facebook.

Having a slower-paced, lazy day to myself helped me settle down at home for the break, reflect a little about the past semester, and reset back to the relaxed, and more pleasant, version of myself.

Chicago Christmas lights

20141217_173731I always look forward to flying in to the American terminal in Chicago’s O’Hare airport, especially during the holidays. The terminal’s globe in its main hallway is transformed into a festive view with doves, ribbons, and plenty of lights. It’s a warm welcome back into the city and a reminder of the holiday cheer that I am soon to enjoy with my family.

Joining the Friendly Confines

Late last Tuesday night, I was excited to learn that Jon Lester, a former Red Sox starting pitcher, had decided to sign with the Chicago Cubs, my hometown team. It was a bit saddening that we wouldn’t be enjoying him in Beantown anymore, and many people have been poking fun at him signing with the Cubs. Nonetheless, I’ve been rooting for any opportunities that can possibly turn the Cubs around and lead them to a World Series within the next few years. I hope to catch a game with him at home wearing that Cubbie blue.

Day 94: The Windy City

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My aunt celebrated her 50th birthday today by inviting about 40 of us family members on a Mystic Blue Sunday brunch cruise departing from Navy Pier. It was a nice celebration with decent food, amusement from the dominantly male family, and a spectacular view of the city. The best part was going up on the top deck and trying to keep from being blown over by the wind. The kids had a blast trying to hold on and run around the deck while us girls struggled to keep our hair tame and our skirts or dresses from doing the Marilyn Monroe.