Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A New Start

Hi guys!

Over Christmas I decided to set up my own website to serve as a online portfolio in order to showcase some of my work. Recently, I've decided to move my blog over there as well just so that my writing can all be located in one place on the web. From now on, all new posts can be found by clicking here. I'll be keeping this blog up for archival purposes, however.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Things to do in Chicago: Day at the (Turtle) Races

Every Friday from 5-9 at The Tin Lizzie on Clark Street, crowds gather around a small circular table in the back of the bar to experience a unique sporting event to start off their weekend- turtle races. 

The Tin Lizzie has been racing turtles for the past couple of years. I’m happy to have attended the races for the first time this past summer and have been back several times. 

For $25 participants get a meal, have access to an open bar from 5-9, and receive tickets to bet on the turtles. If you bet on a winning turtle, you get a free shot of your choice.

The start of the race is marked by a trumpet and then they’re off! Well, not quite, most of the time they stare awkwardly at the crowd and each other while the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme Song plays in the background.

The five turtles are all named after popular beer brands, such as Heineken, Corona, and Miller Lite. I have a personal soft spot for Hardcore who won me my first-ever free shot. 

Although there are other places in the city to experience racing turtles, I’ve found that as a poor college student, $25 is too great of a deal to pass up. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Belated New Year’s Resolution

Like some people on the planet, I normally don’t make new year's resolutions. The concept never really intrigued me. Sure I have life goals, but I normally don't sit down at the beginning of each year thinking about what I want to accomplish in the next 365 days. By reading the title of this post, you can see that I am making a change for this year.  

This semester, I’m taking a class entitled Mobile Digital Storytelling. Basically, we will spend the semester telling stories using only our mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.). For one of our first assignments in the class, we had to read an online article called The Flâneur.  

For those like me who are not fluent in French, a Flâneur is a term for a person who goes about daily life really seeing what is going on around him. He doesn't so much interact with the world, but instead quietly observes and notices what many other people may miss. A Flâneur would be someone who is content with window shopping instead of going off on an extravagant shopping spree. 

Today, we have a unique component in our lives that the Flâneurs of the past didn't have: technology. 

For most of us, we use technology to tune out, but what if instead, we use it to tune in and share/document our day-to-day experiences? That is my new year's resolution: become a 21st century Flâneur. 

This time last year, I was doing a much better job of being a Flâneur. I was studying abroad in Rome and everyday life was brimming with new experiences. Living in a completely new country and then jetting off almost every weekend to another new country made it very easy to pay attention to small components of daily life. Everything was new and exciting. Now, I’m back in Chicago, a place that I have called home for the past 10 years and the excitement of everyday life has faded. I have become numb to the little things that happen around me that make life so interesting and exciting. 

I want to change this and my hope is to share the things I notice in the form of video, photo and audio in order to inspire others to be more active observers in life. 

As a student studying photography and journalism, I am attracted to discovering things that normally go unseen and I feel I have an obligation to share them with others. 

For those interested, here is a link to my blog that I will be keeping as part of my mobile story class. Also, leave a link in the comments below for your own blogs/instagrams/ whatever you use to document life. I wanna check them out! 

Hope everyone has a great MLK weekend! 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fall Playlist

Happy fall!! I wanted to share a playlist I made for the fall season. Some of the songs are older while others are more recent, but each one is perfect for listening to at this time of year.

 You can also listen to the playlist through 8tracks by clicking here.

Friday, September 26, 2014

An Abundance of Crescent Rolls

After a week of cooking, I’m often left with a random assortment of leftovers. Instead of throwing away all my excess food, I try to reuse it to make a simple but delicious meal. Enter Pillsbury Crescent rolls.
The best thing about crescent rolls is that virtually everything tastes better when wrapped inside them, meaning that my half bag of cheese, jar of nutella, and random assortment of fruit can all be used.

I decided to make both savory and sweet versions. For savory, I made pizza, cheese, and PB & J. For sweet, I made nutella and strawberries, nutella and bananas, cinnamon sugar, and apple cinnamon. Making these is very easy, just add your ingredients and roll.
After rolling, place your crescent rolls on an ungreased cookie sheet and put them in the oven preheated at 375 degrees.
Leave them in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until they turn golden brown, and you are left with a delicious treat. Enjoy!
Remember, this recipe is open for interpretation. Almost everything in your kitchen can be used. Other ideas include:

  •        Hotdogs
  •        Ham and cheese
  •       Bacon and eggs
  •        Sausage and eggs
  •        Cookie butter
  •        Peanut butter and chocolate
  •        Fresh fruit  

And the list goes on.  Let me know in the comments what other variations you’ve tried!