Monday, June 6, 2011

Summer Updates

Well, it's summer. Bring on the beaches, beer gardens and barbecues. Chicago is an incredible city to live in during these few months, so I plan to take full advantage.

But, before we get to that, there are a few updates I should toss out here...

Goodbye to Oprah
While America said goodbye to their favorite afternoon talk show, I said goodbye to my beloved job. Working on the show was, by far, the greatest job I could have asked for. But, it's time to move on for many of us and I don't think there's a single person on staff who could say they were 100% happy to walk away from this job, these coworkers and this company. (Though, let me say, OW throws one hell of a farewell party.)

My dept -- best people ever.

Hello to Retirement
Where do you go from Oprah? I'm thinking the president...or retirement. You know, go out on a high note. I'm exploring both options right now but if there's ever a time to retire, it's Chicago in the summer. Plus, "retirement" sounds way better than "unemployment." This summer's retirement plans include:
  • A trip to the West Coast to see a few friends like Billy, Joe and Dave's cousin.
  • Many days spent at my fav beach -- Ohio Street. (Perhaps the only douche-free beach in the city.)
  • Exercise. I'm less enthused about this, but it stays on the list.
  • A drive to Memphis with the pup(s) to see my folks and all the new shit they're doing to their house.
  • Our family vacation to Virginia Beach with my fam, my aunt/uncle and Dave's fam.
  • Sleeping in, playing Call of Duty and drinking summery things like Vodka-Lemonades.

Welcoming Margie/Bella/Stella/Roger
Since Dave and I are both free from work this summer, we thought now would be the best time to bring another little furball into our home. So, we had Rocco meet his potential sister about a week ago and they adored each other! Her name is Margie but she responds to Bella, so we were hoping to keep a similar-sounding name. We're thinking "Stella," but my brother has already decided he will be calling her "Roger."

Now we'll be fostering her for two weeks starting on the 13th to see if she'll be a good fit in our home. If she's not, well, then we're never meant to get a second dog because this one is just awesome.

Aaaaand that's it! It's only June 6, but it's already shaping up to be a month of big changes... Hopefully all good.


Shellbell said...

let's go ahead and add "drive to madison and see my favorite ginger" to that list

Maris said...

Please let me know when you're going to the beach and I will join you. I'll bring the vodka-lemonade!

TKTC said...

You and Maris with a pitcher of what amounts to flavored vodka on the beach sounds like a recipe for streakers on the 5 o clock news. Not you two of course. Whatever crazy person you manage to bribe while drunk. Welcome, Roger!

Rachel @ MWF Seeking BFF said...

Retire to my living room por favor?

Jessica (Bayjb) said...

Congrats on retirement! Your summer sounds fabulous. I'm insanely jealous

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