Sunday Morning Soliloquy - Musings of an Urbanite: July 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Always for Love, Never for Money

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My life defined: always for love, never for money

This is a story about three jobs I've loved.

I've never taken a job for money, if I don't love something, I simply can't do it. There is no option and no in between for me. It started when I was a kid, I couldn't concentrate on something unless I enjoyed it, not much has changed for me as an adult. 

with efsun as a kid... toasting with kiddie cocktails
having so much fun - why would I have it any other way! 

Old habits are hard to break (maybe that's a good thing)
As a kid, I was well-liked by friends and teachers, but there were bad habits no one could break. Some of these "bad habits" I had as a kid have stayed with me into adulthood, so instead of fighting them, I try to embrace them and work with them.  

  • I didn't sleep much as a kid (I was a nocturnal as an infant, drove everyone crazy)
  • I got bored easily, I didn't listen or pay attention for very long and my mind wandered 
  • I wrote morbid stories and I told off color jokes, often leaving adults perplexed 
  • If I loved something, I was great at it and nothing cold make me stop  
  • If I hated something, I simply didn't care and nothing could make me care

Three jobs I've loved... 
In no particular order, other than the order they happen to pop into my head. Of course, there are many other jobs I've loved, but these are three stories I share with you today.

1) Coconuts Records 
I worked at Coconuts Records when I was 16. Working at a record store was a dream come true, like Empire Records but better. I worked up to 35 hours a week at Coconuts while still in high school, and I loved it because...

  • I was a huge music lover and I got to keep the extra posters if I wanted them (I was 16!)
  • I got a discount on all my music purchases and free video rentals 
  • I was saving for a three week trip to France (of course) I was an exchange student my senior year

2) J. Brown & Associates (now G2 Promotions)
In the early aughts, I worked for a small agency and specialized in sponsorship, event marketing, promotions, contests and giveaways for big brands. One of my favorite agency jobs for various reasons, but I'll let the pictures tell you why I loved this job...

  • Meet and Greet with Destiny's Child / Beyonce and my contest winners - 20 kids who were thrilled to be in a NY recording studio (one kid even cried) 
  • MTV Awards standing with the band Mudvayne (photo taken by one of my contest winners) 

Destiny's Child Meet and Greet 

these pics were taken the weekend of Beyonce's 21st birthday

this was "work"

3) Blackbird Restaurant 
In the late 90s, I quit my job at DDB Chicago to finish up grad school and took a part time job as a hostess at Blackbird restaurant. This was where I realized my love of food and drink, this was where I learned all about lateral service, and this was where I formed an appreciation of the many "finer" things that still I can't afford! Why I loved working at Blackbird...

  • The energy in the room on a busy night, the organized chaos was thrilling 
  • The passion, from the ownership down to the bus men, everyone was passionate about quality and service
  • The guests were mostly kind and gracious, maybe it was the intimate setting, or maybe I was just so awesome they couldn't help but be nice to me 
  • The food! To this day, I still consider Blackbird one of the best restaurants in Chicago 

Blackbird dining room 

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My Day at #Blogher13

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Quick recap of my Saturday at #Blogher13

This was my first time returning to Blogher since 2009, when it was much, much smaller! Read about my first Blogher experience here.

I missed the keynote by Sheryl Sandberg because was under the impression that I only had an Expo Pass, and therefore saw no reason to head down for the keynote. Upon arrival, I learned I had a full conference badge, a horrible blunder on my part.

All the great stuff I saw at Blogher '13 

The La-Z-Boy Boys
Dressed up in suits made of sofa upholstery, these guys were so fun. They were also quite knowledgeable about the products and the services offered by La-Z-Boy. Did you know that La-Z-Boy will send a designer to your house and help you design your room? Including items that they don't sell, like wall coloring, etc. Pretty neat.

Best Buy Giveaway (I won!) 
I don't have a picture of the booth (it wasn't anything special), it was plain with staff sitting around and giving away stuff. I'm not complaining because I won a Jambox by Jawbone! What is that you ask? An awesome wireless speaker that is (obviously) portable, and connects to your device via bluetooth.

Universal Studios and Visit Orlando
This was probably my favorite booth for two reasons: 1) Optimus Prime was a huge crowd pleaser and 2) I won another prize! I won a gift bag filled with Universal Studios goodies including Harry Potter James Potter's Wand (which is a big deal, from what I was told).

imPress Manicure
The imPress manicure booth was front and center, just after you walked into the Expo hall. They had haircare supplies (like blowdryers and flat irons) and they were giving manicures with their fancy press on nails (here's a link to their site). So many women had these fake nails on, and they look pretty good for a 5 minute manicure that sticks onto your nails and peels right off. 

Blurb (make your own books)
Blurb has been a favorite of mine for years, a site where you can easily make your own books. I've written about their Instagram Photobook on my bachelorette party planning site. They had several products on display at Blogher - if you're interested here is 15% for an Instagram Book.  

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Eventful Yet Relaxing Holiday Weekend

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Here's to a glorious extended weekend! Pictorial of my eventful yet relaxing weekend journey...

I played with sparklers (anxiously).

I went for an early morning walk (a sporty fast walk). 

See, I look salty here. I was moving quickly and it was warm.

I visited Holy Name Cathedral for the first time. 

I got to see Mark on his last night DJ'ing at Three Aces.

I saw this awesome, old school, coin operated scale. I popped a dime in and weighed myself. It worked! And, it was accurate. 

I got my hair cut and colored at Mario Triccoci. Yes, you read that right. I am surprised myself! But they do a great job, I live close by and they're affordable. 

And, I dreamed a little dream. 
And finally... went to the Morton Grove carnival!!