The Week: September 19, 2014

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While I was out of town last week it seems that autumn crept up on Iowa and I couldn’t be happier. While I’m out enjoying the changing leaves, shopping the Farmers’ Market for my fall favorites and curling up with a good book this weekend, here’s a few of my favorite bits of Internet from this past week:

“The three dots shown while someone is drafting a message in iMessage is quite possibly the most important source of eternal hope and ultimate letdown in our daily lives.” This is the most on-point story I’ve read in a long time.

Disregard what you’ve heard: millennials are better-read than any other age group.

This is on the older side, but I’m mildly obsessed with 40 Days of Dating recently.

How being a nerd became cool. Continue reading

Eats: Tony Packo’s

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As I quickly learned, there aren’t a lot of interesting stops heading west along I-80 from Chicago to Connecticut, but one sunny afternoon of our road trip we stopped in Toledo, Ohio for a bite to eat and were charmed by Tony Packo’s.

We opted for a stop at the location across the street from Toledo’s Fifth Third Field (home of the Toledo Mud Hens) and ordered the fan favorite Original Hungarian Dog, which was really more a chili dog but still super delicious after so much time in the car.

One of Tony Packo’s claims to fame comes from the hit TV show M*A*S*H Continue reading

A visit to Gobbler’s Knob

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Last week while I was trekking east, we made a quick detour in Punxsutawney, PA, the home of Phil the weather-predicting groundhog. We stopped in the adorably quaint downtown before heading south toward Gobbler’s Knob, the wooded location where hundreds flocked each Feb. 2 to see Punxsutawney Phil’s annual weather prediction.

Apparently, the tradition of Groundhog Day stems from the German Candlemas Day, which instead involved a hedgehog. Since it was probably a bit difficult for early Pennsylvania settlers to stumble across a wild hedgehog, they settled on a more easily found groundhog instead and the tradition was born with the holiday’s first observation in 1887. If you choose to believe local lore, there has only ever been one Punxsutawney Phil Continue reading

Welcome to Punxatawney, PA!

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There’s not a lot happening along I-80 between Chicago and Connecticut, at least that’s what we found earlier this week when my mom and I made the road trip trek. So on our second day, as we were driving for what seemed like an eternity across Pennsylvania, we decided to make a detour to visit the Weather Capital of the World: Punxsutawney, PA.

Now, I’m not a person who gets particularly excited about rodents (of any kind), but Punxsutawney just happens to be the home of famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil. Continue reading

The Week: September 5, 2014

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I can hardly to believe that autumn is just around the corner, but I’m starting to feel little signs of it everywhere. A few golden-hued leaves, a crisper chill in the mornings and advertisements for any and all things pumpkin. Next week I’ll be taking some time to recharge adventuring out East and visiting family (stay tuned!), but in the meantime, here are my favorite bits of Internet from the last week:

John Oliver and Cookie Monster are quite the duo.

Ikea hits a home run: One book book, please!

You’re a wise man, Andy Dwyer.

It’s never too late to start being more creative. Continue reading

My must-see vendors at Renegade Craft Fair Chicago

I’ve written about my love for Renegade Craft Fair before, and this weekend I’m headed east for a quick stop in Chicago before heading on toward Connecticut. Coincidentally, Renegade’s September market will be taking over Division this Saturday and Sunday so it only makes sense to make a trip before I leave town.

While I’m a sucker for Black Dog Gelato, there’s also quite a few vendors on Renegade’s fall roster whose work makes me swoon. Before I hit the streets to (most likely) spend any of the money I managed to save over the summer, here’s a look at a few of the vendors I’m most excited to see:

1. Alisa Bobzien


I’ve loved Alisa Bobzien’s works since I bought one of her Ruth Bader Ginsburg Valentine’s Day cards for a friend earlier this year. Did I mention she also has Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman cards? Yeah, pretty fantastic. Continue reading

Connecticut Roadtripping

Greetings from Connecticut postcard

It’s been a little too long since my last big road trip, so next week I’m piling in the car with my family and heading east to visit relatives in Connecticut. Sure, it might be more practical to fly, but for quite few reasons, a road trip made the most sense.

While it’s not nearly as long of a drive as San Francisco, it’s always good to have things to look forward to along the way. So, for now, here are a few of the attractions I’m excited to stop at en route to the East Coast:

  • Thomas Edison’s Birthplace – Milan, Ohio (Roadtrippers)
  • Gobblers Knob – Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (Roadtrippers) – Who wouldn’t want to pay a visit to Punxsutawney Phil?
  • Scranton, Pennslyvania: Home of “The Office” (Roadtrippers) – While Dunder Mifflin (and its office building) aren’t real, there are quite a few locations around Scranton, like Poor Richard’s Pub, that exist in real life.

East Coast Roadtripping | My new trip on!

Have any must-see attractions along the way? I’d love to hear your suggestions!