Sunday Morning Soliloquy - Musings of an Urbanite

Monday, June 20, 2016

9 Things You Need to Know About Me Right Now

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9 Non-Sensical Things About Me To Start Your Week

I truly dislike the "X number of things you need to know..." style posts and you probably do too. I'm certain you don't need to know these things about me but maybe you'll appreciate a look into summer life in Chicago. So, here are the 9 Things You Need to Know About Me Right Now... 

9. I love the new Chicago Riverwalk and spend a lot of time out there on warm summer evenings. It feels like being on a fancy vacation.

8. Last week, AT&T Small Business invited me to a dinner at RPM Steak and I met Bill Rancic. He was gracious and interesting.

7. Last week, I was on not just one, but two boats! I'm not a huge fan of boats (unless I'm in charge) but I was invited to watch America's Cup #RaceToBermuda. On this lovely boat we had more than a few #MoetMoments... and then we had a few more. Summer in Chicago rules. 

6. I am an art lover and a member at the Museum of Contemporary Art. My membership was a gift from my brother and sister-in-law, if you have a friend like me, you should buy them a membership as a gift too. 

5. I like music and try to see as many concerts as I am able. It's not easy as you age, fewer and fewer people will go with you. However, I am seeing Guns 'N Roses and Duran Duran next month. And then Lollapalooza and Riot Fest. And probably a few others. 

4. My family business is a travel agency in Chicago, Artun Travel. We celebrated our 25th anniversary this year. 

seinfeld tshirt
(tshirt pic courtesy of

3. Almost every night I watch Seinfeld reruns before bed. This is a t-shirt of one of my favorite lines from the show: "the jerk store called and they are running out of you..." It's likely something I'd say in an failed insult attempt. 

2. I work for myself as a digital / social marketing and communications consultant. And I sometimes get to do cool things and meet interesting people as a result of my work. 

1. I feel lucky all the time. I may complain (a lot) and I have tough days like anyone else. But at the end of each day, I feel really lucky for all the things I've done, places I've seen, and mostly for people who've passed through my life.  

Bonus thing to know... Today is June 20th - John Taylor from Duran Duran's Birthday. Happy Birthday John Taylor! 

Cheers! And follow me... 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Chicago in the Spring - Weekend Recap in Pictures

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We don't get a lot of Spring-time weather in Chicago, so when we do, I like to make the most of it.

Here are a few photos of Chicago on a sunny and mild weekend in May.

Yellow tulips on Michigan Avenue + my yellow manicure 

Saturday afternoon I got a manicure and then I realized that my manicure matched the tulips on Michigan Avenue! Naturally, I had to capture that. I posted a better shot on IG for all those "nail art" lovers - whoever they are.

A photo posted by leyla a. (@leylaruinseverything) on

Chicago Parks are the best!

I was walking through the park and boom! there it was - that beautiful old condo building on North Avenue. I find myself in awe every time I look at this building, it is so elegant. It stands apart from any other building in the city - at least that's how I feel about it. Sadly, the photo I posted on Instagram didn't get the love it deserved :(  

Lake Michigan in May - Chicago in the Spring

I took a long walk along the beach. I was sitting here contemplating the complexities of life (like Snapchat filters), I was splashed by an unruly wave. I clumsily jumped up to save my camera and my phone -- both sitting on the concrete beside me.

Now that we're onto Snapchat filters...

My derby day hat courtesy of Snapchat

P.S., I'm "Luluinatutu" on Snapchat. Luluinatutu is an odd choice for a username since it is the only time I've used this name since it was my original Twitter handle back in '08! 

Perfect Spring day in Chicago - or is it? 

See what I did here? I ruined the perfect day by adding in a tornado. The best part about Snapchat is that you can revert back to your15-year-old self, make stupid jokes, and no one cares. 

Final favorite from the weekend in pictures - a gif! 

Psychedelic Work Out 

I was bored, so I made a gif. I still on the lakefront, near Fullerton, sitting on the new landing area. There was a guy to my left who was exercising, running / leaping up and down the steps. He had been doing it for a while, so it's not really fair to him, he was much faster at first, and I had some fun with it. 

There you have it. May Spring Weekend in Chicago. 

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Getting Back to My Roots... My Summer Cocktail Roots

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Spring has not yet sprung but I'm thinking about summer cocktails anyway.

I recently revisited a Leyla cocktail classic and decided to get back to my drinking roots - revisit my love of vodka. 

Stoli Soda with Lemon
Stoli & Soda with lemon

Bourbon cocktail? You can keep it.
Lately, it's been all about whiskey... wherever you go, there's some "mixologist" putting his or her own twist on a "classic whiskey cocktail". Well, I am over it.

Make no mistake about my relationship with bourbon, I'm a fan. Maybe even a superfan. I've often stated my love for bourbon and was once a self-proclaimed cocktail connoisseur (here in my bio). My love of spirits pre-dates many bartenders' births, I know my booze. I love whiskey but I am tired of every 20-something server / bartender telling me why I should or shouldn't enjoy something. Whiskey and craft beer people are out of control and they're making me mental. That's why I need vodka.

Stoli-soda. Rocks. Short glass. Double lemon. 
I started ordering this cocktail sometime in the 90s. I drank whiskey all through my formative drinking years, post-college I needed a more adult drink. I needed to sound cool in da club and I needed to get intoxicated. But not too intoxicated, which meant no more Long Island Iced Teas.

Stoli-soda. Rocks. Short glass. Double lemon. That's my jam (as the kids say, or at least I think that's what they say). I order the drink just like that. I walk up to the bar, with a little attitude, and in a monotone voice I say, "Stoli-soda", like it's one word. Then a slight pause, very slight, and then I say "Rocks", fast. Then another slight pause, "Short glass", this is said in normal speech speed. And then the most important part, I lean in and make eye contact and carefully say, "Double lemon". That's when they know I mean business.

There it is, my summer cocktail inspiration. You can also try variations of this cocktail. Try it with a lemon-lime mix, or an orange slice. You can also try flavored vodka, I prefer orange flavored vodka, but beware flavored vodka has a lower alcohol content. Try it with a splash of San Pellegrino - blood orange or bitter lemon.

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