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What I’ll miss about living in Chicago

I have lived in Louisville, KY; Cincinnati, OH; Seattle, WA; and Chicago, IL. I’ve been living in Chicago now for seven years. A couple of years ago, I fell in love. I fell in love with a physicist who was in the middle of a three-year research contract at Northwestern. I fell in love with…

Advice for the Internet Age

Be sure to not misspell your username when you are creating it. Don’t make your password so difficult that you can’t remember it. And most importantly, if you do not have an actual pet, do not choose the “What is the name of your pet?” security question.  Because you will most likely not remember which…

needing and wanting

What I need to do right now figure out how much alcohol we need to order for the wedding reception research moving companies and compare the quotes I’ve gotten research photo booth companies pack more boxes figure out the garbage/recycling companies in our new neighborhood fill-out the change-of-address form something involving rehearsal dinner something involving…

Sincerely Yours — a master class for improvisers

It’s been a while since I taught this master class here in Chicago.  So, it’s about time I brought it back!  This is one of my most popular master classes, and is frequently requested when I travel about the country to teach for various improv communities.  I like to keep the class sizes relatively small,…

Chicago and Me

Seven years ago, I moved to Chicago from Seattle.  I landed in a whirlwind of auditions and new opportunities and took on all sorts of fun and wonderful projects.  One of these projects was a ridiculous show called “Impress These Apes,” which, if you’re in Chicago and haven’t heard of it, you should totally check…

Moving

When I moved to Seattle, it was unintended and impulsive. I was 22, going on invincible, and the world was my vegan oyster. I was either really good at living in the moment or just too unaware of the future that it didn’t really hit me how difficult it was to move thousands of miles…

Invocation of a Mellow Mushroom Shirt

It is a Mellow Mushroom shirt from my trip to an improv festival in Athens, Georgia in the mid-90’s.  It was purchased after my fellow improv troupe members and I had pizza with unique toppings at that restaurant.  It’s sort of a pinky-orange color.  It is over-sized, as I purchased it in the 90’s, when…

Life is an Adventure

Time doesn’t always feel linear.  Sometimes I feel like I meet and float in between different ages of myself.  Some days, I feel more like the younger me.  Some days, I definitely feel like the older me.  I s’pose what’s really happening is there are times when I feel more like how I defined myself…

The Ones to Watch

I don’t care to hear about the people who want to escape this world the ones who follow their fear living in their imagined future dystopia I want to hear about the people who are willing to work for a better world who haven’t given up on this one Those are the people to watch…

Food Review – Freeze Dried Mango from Trader Joe’s

Yesterday, I stopped by Trader Joe’s to pick up a few necessities for upcoming meals—almond milk, tortillas, and such.  (Because of the recent polar vortex, they were out of everything I needed.  Astute Chicagoans, understanding that they might be surrounded by brutal wind chills and frozen snow drifts for forty-eight hours, apparently bought groceries to…