Freeing Myself from ‘The Man’

It’s hard to believe it’s February 2014 and I’m basically in the same place I was in February of 2013.

I guess I can’t really say that though because this time I have a part time job and this time there was literally NO WAY I could stay.
Let me rewind to yesterday morning when in a flash of a little over an hour I was officially finally escaping the hell hole that I called “work” Monday through Friday.

I had a boss worse than the ones on Horrible Bosses and I can’t begin to explain the stress, letdowns, anxiety, and overall terrible depressing feelings I got from her. Since I quit this morning I have been smiling from ear to ear and it literally feels like this GINORMOUS weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I realize I may have said this when I first GOT the job, but honestly, I was happiest at Links of London anyway. It was nice having 2 paychecks, but I never enjoyed waking up for work Monday-Friday, and that’s a sad thing. On the weekends I still knew I had to work, but I didn’t dread going to sleep knowing that I’d have to wake up and possibly face the devil in disguise, aka my superior. The whole situation was very sad and hurtful, and just knowing that she gets to get away with treating employees like this is absolutely ludicrous. As happy as I was to go, it still upsets me that she gets to continue this act and keep on hurting people day after day after day, bringing anyone down than gets in the way.

As hard as I tried, I really, really do not fit into the corporate world. I can’t handle the constant BS day in and day out, no one being honest in the least bit and no one caring about anyone in the room but themselves. I know it would be easier if I could just not get too invested in it and just go for the paycheck, but unfortunately, that’s just not who I am; I NEED to get invested in what I do. It’s literally what I do when I do pretty much anything. I make it become my obsession for the moment and figure out the best possible way to complete that task. This job gave me absolutely zero room for that, and I had a boss who made sure there was no moving forward or credit for anything you deserved anyway. I just am not cut out for a place like that. Maybe that makes me weak, but I’d take being weak over stepping foot in that office ever again any day. I have to stay true to myself, and I couldn’t be anyone I’d even want to be there.

DON’T MATTA NOW THOUGH, I AM FREE OF THE DEPRESSING NEGATIVE ENVIRONMENT THAT WAS MY LIFE 8-5 MONDAY-FRIDAY!

Now I can focus more on the simple things and get projects and my health lifted!!!

I’m ready to start a new string of happy days!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

all love & smiles,

Sig3

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A Mean Letter to the Worst Company in Chicago

Dear Ventra/CTA,

YOU SUCK.
Like you really, really suck & I hate you.

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Tonight I worked the late shift, so I was alone leaving my building at night, in the dark of course, which is already not a situation I like being in. When I got to the lovely Quincy train stop, I found that my Ventra card had “insufficient funds”, which was funny because I had JUST CHECKED my balance right before I left the office, and I had $20 on there. Usually when this happens the CTA workers are nice and understanding and they let you go through or try to offer to help. Of course on my lucky day, I had to deal with a rude, fat black lady who made it clear from the first look she gave me that she was not going to help me. I don’t bring money or cards to work when I know I’m not buying anything, so I literally had no other way to get home (on the train) except my pass. The rudeass lady was no help and told me to call Ventra. Are you effing kidding me?! Everyone knows you will not get an answer or response if you call them, at least not without being on hold for an hour, so WTF?! She then walked away from me and ignored me all together, got on the phone, and mouthed to me through the glass that she was calling on my account (HOW ARE YOU CALLING ON MY ACCOUNT WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW MY NAME OR NUMBER OR ANYTHING?!)… she walked out and said “When you load money it only takes 2 minutes so wait the 2 minutes.”  I said “I have been here ‘waiting’ for almost 5 minutes and the money was loaded over an hour ago so that doesn’t make any sense…” She then repeated herself like the dumb bitch she is, and I could only just tear up more because I didn’t know what I was going to do.

I asked her if I could just hop the turnstyle and she said “you best not”. Really? Because that’s not even a correct sentence you ignorant asshole. (Sorry I’m not sorry I’m being immature with names, I’m fuming and she was a bitch! haha)

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I tried signing onto my account on my phone but OF COURSE the Ventra website kept being unavailable. I was so upset, I left that station and walked to another one, all while my mom was trying to add funds to my account. After attempting to add a simple $5 that would NOT go through, I didn’t know what to do. I was about to watch the Orange line go past for the FOURTH time, but instead, I jumped the turn-style, ran onto the train, and the doors closed behind me.

You can’t stop me meow you CTA bitches!

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I realize that people have probably had worst experiences and I’m fortunate enough to only have had to be upset/scared/worried for about 30 minutes, but still.
Being alone in the city with no way home is a terrible, terrible feeling.
I learned my lesson that I should always keep some emergency dollars in my bag, in the case where the ghettoass Ventra card doesn’t work.

Thanks for the TERRIBLE SERVICE VENTRA!!

SUCK IT.

Yours truly,

The Girl That Might Make A New Habit Of Jumping Turnstyles

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PS: I had a colleague that had to walk 2 miles in the freezingness to work last month because of issues with his pass, and no one letting him on. This company needs to die a slow and miserable death. And Chicago needs to step up their transportation game. How hard can it be? Just get a simple system that works. Everyday people use their credit cards and don’t have any problems… why can’t they just work the same way? Seems so simple. Freakin idiots.

PPS: Did I mention that ANOTHER colleague found out he had been ripped off over $40 from them stealing money from him?
And they have double charged me time and time again, but thankfully I have a wonderful credit card (AmEx) and their service is superior and will give you your money back.

VENTRA IS GANGSTA. You saw it here first.
True story.

Sig3

Project Life!!! Project Life!!!!

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I am soooo excited to finally be starting Project Life!! I bought all my goodies/supplies for it back in October, but I was undecided when/how/where I would start, and it was a bit overwhelming! I realized that it should be fun of course, and not overwhelming, so I decided I would just start fresh in 2014, beginning right from Jan 1! I’m keeping track of the weeks in my planner, and I’ve been making sure to keep photos extra organized to make the printing process weekly as easy as possible.

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I went a little crazy and got a ton of PL items (I couldn’t help it, they were all on sale at Michael’s for 40% off which makes everything pretty cheap, and I’m pretty sure they have these sales often!!) I went with the Honey edition of the core kit, along with the matching Honey binder/book (at first I didn’t even realize they were meant to be together, I just liked both of the designs the best!) I also then added the mini Holiday and Seasons kits, which are full of adorable cards!

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And of course, when I get obsessed with something I dive alllll the way into it, so I had to find some Etsy shops and buy even MORE loads of cards so that each and every part of my year can have cute corresponding decorative cards 😉 haha

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I also picked up extra pages that fit instagram photo sizes!!! (along with the normal pages I purchased first, I got the variety pack #2)

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I am PUMPED to get this started and start sharing my book on here.
I hope to have a great year and be able to document all the little things throughout the day that make me smile. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited to start a new craft!! Project Life, here I come! : )

all love & smiles,

Sig3

Life Planner 2014

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Is this not the cutest planner you’ve ever seen!?!?

I’m obsessed with my new Erin Condren life planner. I have been wanting to save up
and buy a super amazing planner like this one for some time now, and I figured
that starting one for the new year would make the most sense. I spent a whole day
going through this marvelous planner and marking down birthdays, events, important dates,
etc., for the year, and I am so pumped to keep up with it! I’m using it as a money
tracker and also blog notebook too. Everything all in one!!!! SO AMAZING!!!

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It arrived at my doorstep in a cute box, all wrapped up like I was opening
a present (which essentially I was!!!) I ordered the life planner, along with colorful
cute bands to hold the planner together. They also send you goodies, all
these monogrammed tags and goodies! How nice!

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Here are the many different features to the life planner (and all the reasons I absolutely love it
& can’t believe I’ve been without one all this time!! haha):
The covers are sturdy and lamenated, and along the ways of the planner
there are inspirational quotes, cute designs, etc., as you can see from the start of the planner.

The calendars are set up so you can see a monthly view, and then also a weekly view,
where you can space to write for morning, day, and night. I’m using my weekly views to track activities
and then to monitor my money and keep notes for the blog. It also comes with colorful
stickers with various events, along with extra blank stickers to fill in yourself. There is a folder for keeping
random papers, along with a lil pencil case that will be storing all my receipts… perfect!!!

There are pages for keeping track of birthdays/anniversaries, along with pages for notes (lined
and blank), address book, and calendar views from 2013 + 2015.

This thing is phenomenal!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Couldn’t recommend it more! Yes, it’s pricey,
BUT if you make a vow to actually use it throughout the year, it can be super
helpful and can be your go-to book throughout the year for all your notes,
dates, thoughts, etc.  PERFECT!!

all love & smiles,

Sig3

Bears vs. Ravens – Epic Monsoon Game

Back a few Sundays ago, on November 17th, the Chicago Bears
played the Baltimore Ravens. And an epic game it was. Not because of the actual
sport itself, but because of the crazy rain/tornado weather that we got to
be a part of… Normally I would never wish to be stuck outside
in a huge, crazy storm, bigger than anything I have ever
seen before in person, but that Sunday was completely amazing.

Even though we were soaking wet and we were stuck in the stands
because the hallways were too full of people in the biggest clusterfuck I have
ever seen in my life, it was still a fantastic time! Before the game,
the weather was beautiful, no coat was even necessary! We had a great
time at the tail-gate, and then an even more adventurous crazy time
during the game of the lifetime. ALSO THE BEARS ENDED UP WINNING
SO THAT WAS GREAT TOO!!! wooo woooooo!!!

Cheers to the craziest game I have ever been to in my life.
And probably ever.

We started out in sunshine, drinking & eating away…..

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Before leaving for the game, we wanted to make sure to stay prepared
for the crazy storm ahead, so my mom got us these fantastic
bright yellow Breaking Bad-esque rain suits. Me & Michael loved these!
{they seriously kept us dry throughout the entire monsoon!!!}

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When we were TRYING to evacuate from our seats, we were
pretty hysterical from the beer, the laughing, the meer fact that
we were LITERALLY getting buckets of rain dumped on our
heads and the wind was so crazy I could have blown away…
We still kept smiles on our face and made the best of it!

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That last one was my mom trying to take a pic of me & dad…. hahaha : )

So glad I got to be part of a historical game for the Chicago Bears!!! Wooooo let’s go!

all love & smiles,

Sig3

happy 21st lil bro

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I can’t believe my “little” brother is already 21 today!
I mean, I know I’m only 3 years older than him so it’s not a huge gap,
but he was always my “little” brother in my eyes
(even though he’s towered over me for years and years).
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This weekend we’re going to visit him at his school so we could
celebrate his 21st in the best way possible! 😉
Yayyyyy! I even have a half day on Friday!
Sadly, I just found out today that Michael has a
final & will not be joining us, but at least this
way someone is home with the kittys
(because of course we didn’t think
about who could be watching our kittys when
my entire family is up in Michigan haha).
Can’t wait to celebrate with him!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EDZABOO!!!!!! Have a fabulous birthday week!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )
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ALL LOVE & SMILES –
Sig3

Why I’m Smiling Today

Because of this guy — >
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Since he works midnight’s, he gets home in the morning and we get to hang out and be silly and crazy together until I leave for work (which in this case wasn’t until 10:30am because I’m on the late shift today working until 7!)
He makes me smile so big he really, really does.
Most of the time I hate work, so I look forward to getting to spend time with my best friend, my roomie, my babes, my Michael, who makes me smile sooooo big & who I have the absolute best times with, sometimes even if we’re just lounging around doing nothing at all.
Sometimes we just sing songs together obnoxiously & literally find ourselves laughing with tears in our eyes, because we’re just weird like that.
He’s the bestest. ❤

Also, I really want me some sushi for dinner. It’s only 1pm right now, but I am already looking forward to being home tonight around 7:30 and maxin on some delicious rolls from South Kawa. Just thinking about sushi makes me so happy. I think know I have an addiction.
I shouldn’t be eating anything but salad for the next couple of weeks after the ridiculous amount of chicken I consumed yesterday from Pollo Express. It was the best chicken that I have ever had in my life– plus, it was grilled!! And I don’t really even like chicken that much, so I was amazed at how tasty it really was. But that’s a story for another day!

FRIDAY.
BABES.
SUSHI.
FREE WEEKEND OF ORGANIZING COMING MY WAY!!!!!

Just have to get through the day of work…. 7pm can’t come faster!

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{Reminiscing on our soaking wet Bears/Ravens game… he was a champ, even in the rain we had a blast together!}

all love & smiles,
Sig3

Sunlight.

It is so so so nice when I actually get to be home when there’s sunshine.
Everything in my house looks brighter, and I get in a certain mode where I want to be productive.
Sitting on my couch over the weekend reading magazines in direct sunlight is where it’s at.
Watching the kittys lay and be crazy in sunbeams is the best.
Getting to take actual pictures in natural light is also one of the greatest parts.

Sadly, working from 8:30-5 (especially during this fall/winterish season) doesn’t allow me to see enjoy the sun at all.
I wake up in the darkness all cold and miserable NOT ready to start getting ready for depressing work.
I take the annoying CTA home in the darkness, so when I actually get back there’s no way I feel like cleaning or organizing or doing anything productive that the natural light usually makes me feel perky about.
I realized that this is part of the reason that it seems like EVERYTHING else sucks during the day; it’s cold, windy, and gross outside, and I’m trapped inside the tallest building in Chicago an office at my little desk where I have no freedom to really do anything but get some crazy rage on when I talk to legitimate helpless idiots all day long.

ALAS, the one day of the week where I have to work the “late” shift (from 10:30-7) I get to wake up to the bf coming home from work (he works the midnight shift), and then slowly get ready while the sun is rising higher and brighter in the sky… it’s absolutely wonderful.
It is seriously crazy how much better of a mood I’m in on these late shift days where I get to spend time in the sun in the morning, not feeling like I’m just living in cold darkness.

That being said, it is currently 25 degrees here right now, and I absolutely loathe Chicago’s winter weather because it is seriously the windiest place ever in the City and of course that’s where I do all of my walking…. I am not excited about that, but the fact that I have my sunshine this morning can probably make up for it : )

Now I have to try and keep my positive vibes going as long as humanly possible, which for me in my job probably means about 45 minutes into sitting at my desk.
Not looking forward to staying until 7 tonight, but at least I got my natural sunlight this morning to keep me happy for half my day.

Thank you Sun, for shining so bright and making me feel productive!!!!!! : )
So blessed to be living this life.

all love & smiles,

Sig3

New Hair.

I FINALLY got my hair done. And did something completely different than the last 5+ years! I’ve been dying my hair with a box red coloring for what seemed like forever, and I’m excited to finally announce that I got my hair done completely different – now it’s a dark, deep red/violet on top, with a strawberry toned blonde underneath… it’s like half 2-tone/ half ombre-ish… totally weird and unique, just like me. ; ) hahaha. Needless to say, I was taking shameless selfies of the hair, and I love it!

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Boo at the Zoo – Brookfield Zoo Adventures

Last weekend we took a little trip to the zoo when my friend was in from out of town. We hadn’t been to the zoo in a while (and for me and michael “a while” not being to the zoo is like 4-8 weeks haha) and also it was the first day of Brookfield’s Zoo “Boo at the Zoo”. All the kids that were there were dressed up adorably, we almost felt kind weird for not being in costume. Everything in the zoo was decorated all Halloweeny and it was such a great time!

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Now yessss that’s right, we got to see a little kitten snow leopard! He was playing with this momma all adorably just like my kittys play. hahaha it was absolutely amazing to see because I was looking forward to being able to see the cub : ) … oh, and that whole huge group of foxes… they were all dressed up completely different but still kinda creepy to us.. and finally, thanks babe, for taking this lovely picture of me with my eyes closed and not taking another! ; ) haha love ya you impatient picture taker you.

Also, that morning, we finally used our lovely little mini waffle stick maker. It was so much fun making a delicious batch of sticks… we ended up making like, a ton of sticks, but we found that putting them in a baggie in the fridge ends up making them a great little snack for anytime throughout the day, so nothing went to waste. We had a great little breakfast to start off our wonderful day at the zoo!

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all love & smiles,

Sig3