Some Random Stuff

I was tagged by my fellow Chicago blogger Cait at pretty and fun to participate in a chain post that has been making its way across the blog world. A few weeks ago, Jennifer at Simplistic Living tagged me too but I was very lazy and never got around to participating. {I'm sorry, Jennifer} Since I couldn't let THAT happen again, today's post is dedicated to random musings about me.

There are five rules (but I'm only following 3):
1. Post these rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself and 11 random things.
3. Answer the questions set for you in the original post.


Eleven Bits of Randomness
  1. I'm slightly obsessed with checking in on Yelp. One magical day I found myself as the #1 Yelper in Chattanooga (probably impossible to duplicate in Chicago) and now I'm determined to regain my status.
  2. Instagram filters make me (and possibly you too) look like such a better photographer than I am. I secretly wish I could apply them to all my photos without having to post said photos to Instagram.
  3. Yesterday, @dowagerpimpcane (As in Downton Abbey's Violet Crawley's walking stick) followed me on Twitter and it made me smile. Thanks, @ewiley for your part in the magic. 
  4. Styling my bookshelves so they look messy chic instead of just messy messy is really perplexing me.
  5. Lately I've had to use the element of surprise to keep my dog from barking when I leave. It works, but it's starting to get tough to come up with new ways to fake him out. In fact, yesterday I put my shoes on in the hall...

  6. Spike w Instagram filter

  7. Getting a library card in Chicago was much, much, much more important to me than getting a driver's license. Yesterday I got it.
  8. I've been studying a map of Chicago to memorize the cross streets in the Loop. I can't keep the Presidents in the right order. (Chicago residents, any tips?)
  9. I'm such a nut for making lists that two different friends gave me Listography books as going away presents. (I didn't want to tell you girls, but since you both read the blog the cat's out of the bag) I'm enjoying them though!
  10. I'm having a really difficult time coming up with eleven random things to post to this list.
  11. I'm an optimist at heart. Most days the cup isn't just half full, it's overflowing.
  12. I will never understand why some days when I open Pinterest every pin makes me question what is happening to taste in this world but then the next day each pin is more beautiful and inspiring than the last. How does this happen?

Here are the questions Miss Caitlin posed:
  1. What does your favorite pair of shoes look like? Lately, I've been wearing a pair of black leather Born boots pretty regularly. They are comfortable, warm and they go with almost everything I own.
  2. If you could change your name, what would you change it to? Sophia McFluffernutter
  3. What's your usual order when you're at the bar? Since I'm in my 8th year of sobriety, my bar order is pretty tame - club soda and lime for me.
  4. If you won the lottery, what would be your first purchase? It's such a small indulgence, but I'm head over heels for the Black Python Michael Kors iPhone wallet clutch. That's probably where I'd start.
  5. Which season is your favorite? Fall. Definitely fall. I love the clothes, love the colors, and love the relief from the summer heat. Fall is magical.

  6. Fall Leaves in Chattanooga

  7. If you weren't in your current profession, what do you think you'd be doing? Since I don't have a current profession this is a question I ask myself every. stinking. day. I'm waiting to see what's next.
  8. What is the best thing you've ever eaten? One New Years Eve we did a multi-course meal at St. John's Restaurant in Chattanooga. The meal was my most memorable. Every course, no every bite, was heavenly. The chef, Daniel Lindley, has been nominated for a James Beard award multiple times and is a genius.
  9. What is your favorite pattern? It's a tossup between simple stripes and classic black and white polka dots. My closet has lots and lots of both. 
  10. What's your go to beauty product? Lately, it's been coconut oil. Its uses seem endless.
  11. Who is your celebrity crush? Justin Timberlake.
  12. What's your favorite thing about blogging? I've written about this several times before, but my favorite part about blogging is the community. Interacting with other bloggers is what keeps me interested in this crazy world. I have been incredibly lucky to cultivate real life friends through my blog over the years. I don't understand bloggers who don't interact either by commenting on other's blogs or responding to comments left on their own blog. For me blogging is most fun when it's a conversation not a monologue. I'm incredibly thankful for the relationships my blog has provided and I look forward to the new friends I will make as I continue the fun.

Rather than tag a few people and make up questions, I've decided to tag everyone who reads this post. 

Would YOU, yes you, {even if you don't usually comment, blog stalkers} leave one random "get to know you" type factoid about yourself in the comment section? 

Then, you should stop by Cait's blog, pretty and fun, and say, "Hello!"

Pretty {and fun} please with sugar on top?