Before this weekend, our last visit to Chicago was in 2005.
D and I were practically newlyweds!
This trip was a little different, though. Same spot, but with a minor addition. You know…only the greatest thing that ever happened to us. No biggie.
It’s a little bizarre reading my posts about that trip from four years ago. (They were actually my 9th and 10th post on this blog.) Four years, man! In comparison to many, four years of blogging still makes me a zygote, but I personally can’t believe I’m still plugging away. For I am one of those people who delve passionately into a project only to see it fizzle out over a short period of time.
I am also in awe of what has stemmed from this website. Connecting with people halfway across the world, making amazing friends, freelance work, media attention, well…it’s just surreal, really. I just recently redesigned my press page at Hair Thursday, and let me tell you, looking at that page makes me utter HOLY SHIT over and over. HOLY SHIT, PEOPLE. This blog gave me all those opportunities.
I don’t want to seem like I’m tooting my horn over here – actually, it’s the exact opposite. I’m usually not one to voice my opinion on the drama that finds its way into the blogging community, but after taking notice of certain attitudes at Blogher this past weekend, I just want to say that I do not take ONE IOTA of this for granted. I am 100% thankful and GRATEFUL for the opportunities I have received over the past few years, and I am 100% appreciative to the people who take time out of their extremely busy day to visit my blogs, as well as the companies who choose to reach out to me. The blogging community has added a completely new and wonderful dimension to my life and I am a little awestruck. I might even be a little choked up right now, although my period is starting soon and I just put too many green olives in my tuna salad WHICH IS COMPLETELY RUINING MY DAY, so there’s that.
I guess all I’m trying to say is…peace be with you. The end.
Okay! No segue! Here are some of our favorite family photos from Chicago.