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A hodgepodge of this and that

Amidst the whirlwind of moving, Vegas, Colorado, driving in terrible weather, unpacking, a friend in town, old friends to see, Halloween parties, looking for work, working, and trying to remember to breathe… I have neglected my poor little blog. But sometimes that is necessary, ya know? Sometimes real life is just more important.

But I still love you and I hope and pray that you haven’t taken me off of your blogrolls and unsubscribed from me because I am getting back into the swing of things and jesswrites.com will be going through some changes soon. What changes? Well you’ll just have to keep coming back to find out.

I normally like to write posts that are somewhat focused on a certain topic… but since there has just been so much going on lately, I’m afraid this will be another hodgepodge post about anything and everything. I’m just going to list things and comment on them because I don’t know how else to go about it.

#1 - Leaving Santa Barbara, friends, family, and an entire life I had there
I’ve already said a lot about this I’m sure. I was very ambivalent about leaving. It was hard to say goodbye, but it was time. I was sick of being hot all the time, but now I’m quickly getting tired of always being cold. I guess that in the end, no place is perfect. It is just what you make of it.

#2 - Las Vegas
It was my first time there. Sort of. When I was 12 my family drove through the strip on our way to California, but didn’t stop. This was my first time “experiencing” Vegas. The strip was bright and shiny and tacky and wonderful. All at the same time. We stayed at the MGM Grand, which is bigger than some of the cities outside of Vegas. We didn’t pay for drinks, for cover, or wait in any lines. That was pretty awesome. We went to Jet, The Bank, Body English, and Tao. We also went to the PGA Tournament because we sort of knew one of the players and got VIP passes. Not as awesome, but still an experience. By the end of the weekend my feet were so sore that I wanted to wear slippers for the rest of my life. I had an eye infection from sleeping in my contacts. And I was completely out of one dollar bills.

#3 - Colorado
We drove up to Steamboat Springs, Colorado because my very dear friend Maggie lives there. She is awesomely intense and as soon as we rolled in she had already made plans for us to go on what is called the “Mustache Ride.” We drew big long curly mustaches on our faces (except me… I had stubble) and rode bikes around to every bar in town all day long. It started at 2:00 in the afternoon and I ended up closing down the bar that night. That was our only full day in Steamboat before heading to Denver, which was much less exhilarating, but awesome in its own way. I spent a day in SoDo drinking coffee and wandering a used book store. And then I checked out Red Rocks Amphitheater where I met a cute boy who was completely disapointed that I was leaving Denver the very next day. My friend who drove to Colorado with me flew home from Denver and Maggie took her spot in my passenger seat for the rest of the drive to Chicago.

#4 - Driving/Iowa/Bad weather
Blahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. That pretty much describes the last two days of my drive. Nebraska basically pooped on us the entire time we were in the state. We got snow, freezing rain, and terrential downpours from state line to state line. Iowa gave us a break, but not for long. We stopped in Marshalltown (don’t feel weird if you’ve never heard of it) and stayed with my friend’s friend’s ex-boyfriend’s friend. That was fun because the guys were cool, but as soon as we left again in the morning we got more bad weather… all the way back to Chicago. Welcome back Jess.

#5 - Chicago
I love being back here, I really do. I know it is colder and I have more bills and less income… but there is something about Chicago that just really suits me. I love driving through the neighborhoods and seeing the Halloween decorations and the colorful leaves. I love walking down Michigan Avenue and people watching and staring up at the skyscrapers that never end. I love that there are so many bars and restaurants to choose from when meeting friends. I love that I’m in the same city as my prego sister, and that I am living in an apartment with roommates that I love. I’m thrilled to be back.

#6 - Grad School and Work
I got into DePaul for their Masters program in Media, Culture, & Society! I’m totally stoked and I can’t wait to start in January. I’ve really missed school and I’m so excited to be going back! Plus, saying that I’m a grad student sounds pretty rad and makes me seem way smarter than I actually am. As far as the working thing goes… I’m freelancing right now. I’ll be writing, working as a production assistant on film shoots, and maybe doing something else too… I’m looking. Give me a break, I’ve only been back for like four days. Okay, five.

#7 - I’m going to keep you all in suspense before I tell you about all of the other amazingly awesome things I’ve been doing since I haven’t been writing as much.
It is up to you on whether or not you believe me.

Oh, and by the way, I’m not going to proofread this post so if there are errors I apologize.

Pictures to come.

P.S. Thank you Jamie for all of the link love!!!!!!!

Comments

Comment from Rachie
Time Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at

Welcome home!! God I love Chicago too and I’m really jealous. DePaul is an awesome school so you must be smart, don’t be modest. I can’t (but will) wait to hear about #7!

Comment from Jamie
Time Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at

Okay so I hope you got my email yesterday about next week. If that won’t work, let’s hang out still next week!

I love Vegas. Seriously. It’s so ridiculous but awesome. I loved Tao too. I completely know what you mean about wearing slippers for the rest of your life. I’m pretty sure my feet still hurt from my trip in the beginning of October hahah

Comment from Jamie
Time Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at

P.S. Congrats on getting into DePaul!

Comment from Jordyn
Time Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at

I really want to freelance… but I have noo idea how to get started.

I’m glad you’ve been having lots of glorious fun & sorry my brain isn’t working quite right enough to write a “real” comment.

Comment from Jess
Time Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at

Jordyn… I just check craigslist ads a lot. In the jobs - writing section.

Comment from emmysuh
Time Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at

Congrats on Depaul! And Las Vegas sounds like AWESOME — how’d you get that hook up?

Glad you’re settling in, can’t wait to see/here more about life in Chicago. By the way, I’ll be coming there in February for the Associated Writing Press Conference.

Comment from maris
Time Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at

Glad you made it home safely! We’ll forgive you for being too busy to blog, just don’t let it happen again! ;o)

Comment from Jessica
Time Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at

Hey!

I’m so glad you found my blog :) Glad that your back and posting again.

It’s so exciting that your a freelancer. I would love to hear more about that, because it’s something that I definitely want to pursue.

Congrats on getting into grad school! That program sounds awesome.

Comment from Jenny
Time Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at

Yeah you got into DePaul!!! My cousin was in a program there for a while. I was actually considering DePaul for a while too!!!

Comment from rachel
Time Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at

yay for getting into depaul! thats awesome girl!!! it sounds like your drive was amazing too! glad you’re back though! xox

Comment from Princess Pointful
Time Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at

Busy busy busy, lady!
But exciting– that’s the real way to do a move!

Comment from Maddie
Time Monday, November 3, 2008 at

So happy you are back in a town you love, and so glad you made it safely! Loves!

Comment from Rachie
Time Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at

Where are you?

Comment from Holly
Time Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at

Fun! I love reading about your adventures. The mustache ride is genius! It sounds like you’ve been freeeeaking busy so breaks are good once in a while! Good luck with everything!

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