Things I Like — PRIDE

Windy City Bucket List Item #6: Big City Parade! Sunday we hopped to Boystown to celebrate this momentous, historic moment with laughter and Carnivale-worthy costumes. It was great catching Mardi Gras beads and just being silly. (The Village-People-styled ROTC unit dancing to Uptown Funk with choreographed rifle drills was freaking adorable.) But it wasn’t all … Continue reading

Things I Like — Our Patio

Being the top floor of our building has perks, including our mini-patio (aka the platform at the top of the fire escape). The morning sun is delicious and I’ve spent many stolen minutes while brushing my teeth or watching the kettle boil imagining how we could transform it into a summer oasis. My lack of … Continue reading

Things I Like — Carpet Diem Kitchen

Sometimes you wake up and all you want is a fancy pastry. Sometimes desperation is the mother of invention. Pain au Chocolate Chips! One sheet ready roll puff pastry, cut into 9 squares 9 tsp chocolate chips 1 egg beaten in a cup Oven 350F. Spray baking sheet. For each square put chips In the … Continue reading

Things I Like — My Readers

I try to be authentic in this space. It’s challenging and liberating. More often than I’d like, it is then compartmentalized from work-a-day living. I’m thinking about tackling that. Either way, I like this place for meeting and sharing. Old friends, collected like charms, drop by. My sisters-in-law keep up-to-date. My mom says she won’t … Continue reading

Things I Like — Sara/Sara

My name in the US is bland. Overly popular in the 80s, it trundles along unremarked except the very occasional with an H? Brits, though, especially the posh ones, upon seeing my written name query is it Sara or Sah-ra? Both vowels uniform, like Princess Zara. Or Italian beauty, cara. I like this glamorous doppelgänger. … Continue reading

Things I Like — Natural Hair

The trend for silvery locks, and my own graceful decent into gray, have only reinforced what I’ve always known: natural hair = best. There’s a long tradition of normalising flowing Anglo hair-types; of color defining social standing or intelligence; of stigmatising the wiriness of erratic grays as a lack of vitality inside, too. Ugly things … Continue reading

Things I Like — Small Holidays

Our first year together Bean asked if I celebrate Valentine’s. (He is deeply sentimental but unmoved by arbitrary dates.) I explained I don’t like holidays intended for big-wow-one-off kindness, the sort of thoughtfulness or spontaneity depicted in ads and movies I’d rather have sprinkled all across life, not predetermined by marketing execs. But nonetheless, an … Continue reading

Things I Like — Dumpsters

Those big, driveway-sized containers primarily. To look in while passing is obscenely intimate, if casual — so they are finally getting rid of that pink formica from the 1/2-bath — sometimes even glimpses of photos and long-loved armchairs and rugs with a lifetime of stories and stains. Today I found a vintage mirror, oddly oblong … Continue reading

Things I Like — Green

Verdure is remains one of my Top Five deal-breaker necessities for a comfy home. The grape ivy is spilling across our windowsills, the kitchen romaine is spritely sprouting. Moss tufts luxuriously everywhere it can find purchase and the sand dunes are bursting with butterfly friendly growth. Is there anything more delicious than lolling in soft … Continue reading

Things I Like — Quiet

True quiet is elusive prey. I welcome precious afternoons too warm for clicking radiators, just cool enough the fridge isn’t humming and the fans and air conditioners are unneeded. The nights I can luxuriously leave my phone in the living room, requiring no alarm and the attendant, incessant electrical buzz in the dark. In Edinburgh … Continue reading

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