7 Phrases That Have Different Meanings in Chicago

Phrases Different Meaning Chicago

“Oh no! You got a boo boo?” I said on my 2nd day of teaching in Chicago. A student had just come up to me with a scratched knee from falling on the grass. I was so surprised when he gave me a weird look and said “NO!” before running to the other teacher and asking for a Band-Aid.


Turns out, I had asked the kid if he had poop. Here in Chicago, “boo boo” doesn’t mean a small injury to a little kid. It only took me one extra day to figure that one out.

Here are 6 more phrases that mean something different here in Chicago than they do anywhere else I’ve ever lived.

“Push the door up” – Close the door

“I gotta use it” – I need to use the bathroom

“That’s high” – That’s expensive!

“Washroom” – Bathroom

“LSD” – Not a drug. “Riding down LSD” does not actually mean you’re on some type of drug trip. It just means you’re on Lakeshore Drive, a main road along the lake here.

“You’re stupid!” – Does not actually mean someone is questioning your intelligence. Just means “Oh you’re funny!”

Have you hear these in your area of the country? What are some other phrases that mean different things depending on where you live?

5 Thoughts of a Blogger on Hiatus

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Oh…hey there. This thing still works- what do you know? I’m so happy to be jumping right back into the blogging world! I took a bit of a hiatus, but after publishing Tuesday’s post, I feel like I’m back to normal!

All that said- here’s what’s been going through my head while I’ve been away.

ONE: I miss my blog friends. I’ve been lurking around, reading and keeping up from afar, but I miss the interaction and true community of it!

TWO: I should probably write a blog post. I mean, it’s been a while. Has it been too long? Has everyone forgotten about me? Will it still work? Do I even know how to write anymore? What did I write about before?

THREE: I should write about this [insert event-funny thing-concert-festival-etc. here]!! It would be such a great post! I can’t wait to share it!

FOUR: I HAVE SO MANY IDEAS! How in the world will I get them all written out?

FIVE: Yeah, I really need to get back into blogging. I miss it too much. I need to write. So here I am. Committed to popping up around here much more often. Taking it all back to basics. Writing about things I care about and things that make me laugh. Things that help us all live our best lives.

Let’s do this.

I’m so happy to be returning to this and back into all of your lives. TELL ME all the exciting things that have been happening in your lives while I’ve been gone! Leave a comment to let me know!

It’s good to be back.

To Chicago, With Love

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Oh, hello there! It’s been a while. I needed to step away from this space for a bit because, well, sometimes life gets in the way. I’ll be coming back a little less often now- once a week, actually- until everything settles down a bit. But I have missed the connections and community of blogging and feel like I need to be back around here writing and reading. I hope you’ll continue to follow along with me on this journey as I step back into sharing my life.

As a return to blogging, I wanted to share a letter. A love letter. To the city of Chicago.
If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I’ve started using a new hashtag on photos that show my newfound love and adoration of the city I’m living in.


Oh Chicago,
We’ve had quite an up and down relationship, haven’t we? Our first few months together turned my world upside down, tore me apart, and threw me. But, my, how we’ve grown together. I’ve come to accept you as a part of me and come into my own, while also being a part of you. Throughout the first winter I wasn’t sure I was going to make it through a second. But, here we are having survived a second winter, and more in love than ever as we enjoy the brief, perfect summer.

That first winter I was cold, unsure of myself, my teaching, and what meaning it all had. I didn’t know if I liked you, Chicago, and I wasn’t quite sure that I liked myself. Then spring arrived. It came in and warmed everything up, renewing and breathing new life into the earth and trees around me. My eyes opened up as I learned about everything you had to offer me. I explored and adventured and discovered so much to love in this city. I let go of unneeded loads, taking so much off of my shoulders that I felt I was being renewed as well. I realized that being alone doesn’t need to mean being lonely, and that time alone can be oh so sweet.

I now love and treasure the precious little alone time I have- I’ve found that I’m quite good company on my own (and with my cat). I’ve moved 3 times since moving here to Chicago, and have finally found a place that I call and consider to be truly a home. My little apartment with its mis-matched furniture and plants has become a gathering place for friends and meals as well as a hideaway when the only voices I want to hear are those on Law and Order: SVU coming from Netflix on my laptop.

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Birthday brunching with the sweet friends this city has brought me.

A year ago, I never knew that it was possible to be this happy or confident. Now, I am so grateful that we’ve been through everything we have- it’s made me a better woman, a stronger woman, and more myself than I’ve ever been. I’ve completely fallen in love with this life that I’m living here and the people I surround myself with.

I don’t yet know if this is a forever thing, sweet Chicago. But I do know that this love has taken a hold on me and has changed me for the better. For that, I am thankful.

To Chicago With Love,

Top 10 Search Terms That Brought You Here

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How did you find my blog? No, really, I’m curious! I’ve made so many good friends and connections through blogging- it still blows my mind. And most of these good friends I came upon by chance or through other blogs and we just hit it off, it’s amazing. Now some of the people below may not have quite found what they were looking for here, but they made me laugh all the same, so we could probably be friends.

Looking at these search terms are endlessly entertaining to me. These are my absolute favorites from the past few months. They’re great. Really. Look. (My thoughts in italics)

“It’s hard to be me in my position”  (I mean, really though)

“Shemar Moore’s daughter” (I’d rather be his wife, but ya know, to each their own)

“I am willing to work hard” (That’s great! Let’s chat about it)

“I’m really strong biceps” (Pretty sure I’ve never written about this)

“large picture of extrovert” (hmmm…)

“small town girl” (living in a lonely world?)

“creeper van” (most likely coming from my post about Criminal Minds)

“cats and destiny” (this is one of my favorite favorites!)

“I don’t understand fashion” (true)

“have i told you how beautiful you are today” (no, but it’s always good to hear!)


Google is a strange, funny little world, isn’t it? Every time I check these stats I end up laughing and trying to figure out how these relate to anything I’ve written. It’s a fun game.

So, how did you find my blog? A random Google search? My mom? (Hi Mom!) Let me know!

For bloggers- what are some of your favorite search terms that have lead to your blog?


the struggle

My goodness. This super blood moon thing has me all sorts of mixed up and struggling today. I know I’m not the only one who has those times where I’m just going through “the struggle.”Mostly this means making hard decisions or really adulting.

A lot of times, my thought process goes like this:

Kinda wanna work out,  kinda wanna take a nap.

Kinda wanna go out,  kinda wanna stay in my yoga pants and watch Netflix.

Kinda wanna be around people,  kinda don’t wanna talk at all.

Kinda wanna start dating again,  REALLY don’t wanna deal with jerks.

Kinda feel like I should post an Instagram post because I haven’t in 1058329 days, but I haven’t taken any fun pictures lately.

Kinda wanna get a hair cut, kinda want to grow it out.

And the ultimate:
Kinda wanna get out of bed and get a drink, can’t move the comfortable cat laying on my feet.

So what’s your #TheStruggle ? I feel like that might be one of my most used hashtags on Twitter just because I know someone will be able to relate!

Making the Most of Post-Vacation Blues (with candy)

Note: This post was sponsored by Lucas candies. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

Let’s just take an honest moment here.
Vacation rocks.
Going to work everyday is hard.


I mean, why would anyone want to leave this behind?

Glad we got that part out of the way.

Now, I LOVE my job. If you’ve been around me for more than 10 minutes at a time you’ve probably heard a few stories about my students and the ridiculous and incredible things they do and say. Being their teacher is the greatest privilege and I wouldn’t trade this job for anything right now.

However, after a summer of relaxing, traveling, hanging out at the beach, and sleeping, it’s pretty hard to get back into the swing of things going to work everyday. In my previous jobs I’ve found myself feeling similarly after a vacation. Heck, sometimes even after just a long weekend! At work, I need to be on 100%, energetic, on point, at all times. After a few too many groggy Mondays, I think I’ve finally figured out a good formula for NOT feeling awfully when I return to work.

Step 1- Caffeine. Oh, yes. I don’t normally drive coffee or caffeinated drinks, so on days that I do, my energy level shoots up and I feel good for quite a few hours.

Step 2- Pump up the music. While going through my morning routine I turn up the music. My favorite playlist for this purpose right now is my 2000s hip-hop playlist. Yesss.

Step 3- Small boosts throughout the day. My boost of choice now are these spicy candies from Lucas. When I was first invited to try these candies over the weekend, I have to admit I was a little hesitant. These are the newest creation from the spicy candy brand Lucas.

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The Mexican in me is always saying yes to spicy ANYTHING. Spicy candies are usually right up my alley. Mango with chili? OH YES. So I’m not so sure why I even hesitated. It turns out I shouldn’t have been nervous at all. They were SO GOOD. They’re little candy coated balls flavored with watermelon, tamarind and chamoy.

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This final step is pretty important because I know, for me at least, I get groggy around 11am. And then again around 2:30pm. And then sometimes around 6pm. Popping a few of these candies in my mouth throughout the day helps me keep alert because of the intense flavors!

And that’s it! I definitely recommend trying them out when you get a chance!

What are your favorite kinds of candy? Are you a sweet, spicy, or sour lover?

This is Not the Life I Planned (Part 2)


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In the spirit of vulnerability and keeping things real over here, I feel like I need to do an extension of a post that I wrote a little bit ago.

Yes, it’s 100% true that this is not where I pictured my life going.

And yes, most of the time, I’m ok with that. I trust that my life will turn out as it is meant. This isn’t to say, however, that I don’t have moments of doubt, worry, and absolute panic.

I worry about where I’ll be next year when my service commitment is over. I worry about where I’ll be 6 months from now in the midst of my second year of teaching. Heck, I worry about a month from now when I’ll be into the school year and hanging out with my students and doing grad school stuff at the same time again.

I sometimes doubt that I’m in the right career.

I doubt that I’m taking the right steps relationship-wise that will lead me to be the most fulfilled.

I wonder if I really can have it all.

I panic when I think about 5 and 10 year plans. (Spoiler- I don’t have one!)

What I mean is that this is all a part of it. Despite the worry, the panic, the doubt- in the end I have to tell myself that it will all work out as it should.

I may not have my life planned out. I don’t have a timeline.

But I have hope. And dreams. And goals.

And faith that it will all work itself out.

Somehow. Someday.

It’s all going to be ok.

Weekly Wishes

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I took this picture a couple weeks ago in Aruba! It was so beautiful! More on that later.

I’ve been traveling a bit these past few weeks so I’ve been absent from a lot of things lately. This week, though, I’ve been relaxing at my parents house and I still have a few more days before I head back to Chicago and back to real life.

Mondays are for setting goals and I have A LOT to get done this week so let’s get to it.

1) Finalize travel arrangements for my cat to come with me back to Chicago. Mostly this is taken care of, I just need to pack a carry on that I can carry while also carrying him. I’m excited to have my baby with me in the big city! #CatLady

2) Take care of some grad school paperwork so I can start this second and final year!

3) Doctor, dentist, etc. while I still have the time and familiar providers here at home.

4) Lesson plan like woah. I’ve gotten a lot don already but it still seems like there is SO MUCH to do. Always.

I’m going to leave it at that for this week. What are your goals for the week? Let me know so I can cheer you on from here in Idaho!

5 Fashion Trends I Don’t Understand

Let’s have a little fun today, shall we? After all, it’s FRIDAY!

Now, I don’t claim to be a fashion blogger. There are some incredible blogs out there for that, this just isn’t one of them. However, I am a 20-something woman with opinions on fashion! Now and again, however, there are some things I really don’t understand. Maybe someone can help me out here. Then again, a couple of these I don’t think I want to understand.

Sneaker wedges

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I actually saw a girl wearing these downtown the other day. WHY? Just why are we blending athletic shoes with wedges? In what world is it a good idea to play a sport or work out in that high of shoes? What am I missing here?

Swimwear Trends

Ok, I’m not going to include a picture of this one because… I just don’t want to look at it. And I don’t want to force you to either. Feel free to google if you really feel like it. But are we really getting to the point where this is necessary? I’m all about owning and rocking whatever you feel comfortable in, but this one I just don’t understand. WHY?

Man Buns

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I KNOW, I KNOW. I may be the one woman on Earth who doesn’t like them. I don’t get it!

Midi Dresses

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I feel like I have yet to see one that is flattering on anyone. I really wanted to like these because, how fun! A comfortable length and I can still show off my cute sandals! Maybe this is just me, but I feel like they hit at a place just perfect… for making legs look shorter and fatter than they are.

All White Errthang

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Ok, well, this one I understand, but I’m really totally jealous of. How are you not afraid of sitting somewhere dirty? How do you not spill on yourself? How are you walking through the city and keeping clothes white? How? Fill me in!

Linking up with Karli for a little 5 on Friday action today!