And so was born, the only appropriate use of Nickelback.  Amazing.

Currently obsessing over this poster series…

(Source: slightlyinsultingchicagoposters)

Since moving to Chicago a year ago, I’ve grappled with finding a space to create in my new city.  In transitioning to a work-from-home role (where I tend to feel a bit guilty about actively pursuing my favorite distractions), I have also struggled with finding what my creative voice sounds like here.  Primarily, I found myself breaking from tumbling/blogging/sharing because it quickly dissolved into a reactive reblogging than an active creation of my thoughts/ideas/etc. 

In part inspired by the lovely Katie for her return to tumbling, and partly inspired by my own exploration (including CIW’s Creative Process Lecture), I’m back.

My goal for this round is to be more of a creator and curator of LizzyThings.  Rather than a series of reblogs and reactions, I’m setting a personal goal of creating something new every day. Be it photoshopping my favorite people into photos with celebs, finally uploading some of my own photography, sharing daily thought, sharing ideas for sewing/design/re-org projects - I intend to do something creative every day.

I’ll still be a bit reactive when I come across things I love on the Internets…  but it’ll be more, I tell you.  It’ll be so much more. 

"Great stories happen to those who can tell them."

- Old Saying.  Thanks to Ira Glass during the David Rakoff tribute on TAL

Premature Hugging

While shopping at Whole Foods last night, I hear someone call my name at the seafood counter. I turn. I recognize the woman, but can’t quite place her. To mask my slow recognition, I call out the friendliest “hi!” I can fake and proceed to hug the person who knew me. In the split second between the calling out of my name and the hugging, it dawns on me: this woman is my landlord. We pull away. My salmon couldn’t be deboned fast enough… small talk ensued and the reality of a premature hug between tenant and landlord lingered between us. Awkwardly.

I really wish I could acknowledge it in some way to them, like when I send next month’s rent. I’ve thought of putting a note with the check to say “sorry for randomly hugging you at the seafood counter.” I have to stop myself because I’m pretty sure acknowledging it would make it even weirder than it already is. Maybe it would just be better to keep this train rolling by signing my next email to them with “XO!”

I’m almost certain that my downstairs neighbor (male in his 30s) is playing Comcast Karaoke on surround sound.

I couldn’t decide which NPR valentine I liked the most…  they’re all so perfectly nerdy and I love them.  

Thanks to a very impulsive purchase with my shopping partner in crime, I’m the proud owner of this iPhone case.  It’s childish (and generally ridiculous), and I love it!
I recall my elementary school days of desperately wanted a Best Friends necklace, but agonizing over which friend I was “best” with…  And whether they already had a necklace.  At the time, it was super stressful.  I’m pretty sure I eventually gave up on the hunt, and a new trend was ushered in.

Thanks to a very impulsive purchase with my shopping partner in crime, I’m the proud owner of this iPhone case. It’s childish (and generally ridiculous), and I love it!
I recall my elementary school days of desperately wanted a Best Friends necklace, but agonizing over which friend I was “best” with… And whether they already had a necklace. At the time, it was super stressful. I’m pretty sure I eventually gave up on the hunt, and a new trend was ushered in.

It’s no surprise that I’m a fan of the Civil Wars!  
How adorable is this video!?! Joy and John are singing in a high school classroom for an AV class. I might recommend that the AV club work on their “A” skills, but it’s still pretty amazing!  (Oh, how I wish my high school was that cool!)

Bright stairs for a bright day.  

32 degrees feels almost balmy this afternoon!

(via sfgirlbybay / bohemian modern style from a san francisco girl)