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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

While I was Away - Part 2

If you have not read While I was Away - Part 1, CLICK HERE before reading any further!!! But then, be sure you come back to read Part 2. :)  Like I said yesterday, so many things happened while I was taking a vacation from blogging.  So many things that should have been individual blogposts, but you are getting them in two blogposts.  Just think, less for you to read! So without further ado, here is PART 2 of what happened in my life while I was away!

1. I Bachelorette Partied. 
One of Zak's old roommates was getting married!  Over the time Zak and I have been dating, I have gotten to know his fiancĂ© quite well!  I ended up buying her car and hanging out with her on a few Sundays when our boyfriends had softball games.  I was fortunate enough to be able to attend her Bachelorette party, which was an absolute blast!  It was held in Chicago on the weekend of the Air & Water show!  We rented a cabana on Lake Michigan with all you can eat and all you can drink and had a front row seat for the Air and Water show!  The night continued on with dinner at a Tapas restaurant and bar hopping until 4am... Yeah, we were that bachelorette party..but it was a complete blast and I couldn't be more fortunate to have been included in the festivities with a great group of girls!

2. We went up north to my family's cabin. 
When my mom was a little girl, my grandparents build a cabin in central Wisconsin on a small lake.  As a kid, we would spend weeks up here during the summer--it was only 1.5 hours from my house!  Over the years as I have gotten busier with school and work, I have not been able to spend as much time up there as I would like.  I always try to get up there at least once a summer and Labor Day weekend was that weekend this summer.  It is great to get away, kayak (which for the record, I am awful at), swim, bike, eat good food, sit by the campfire, and enjoy some family time.  Nothing will ever compare to time spent up at my family's cottage.

3. I started my first job as a speech-language pathologist! 
At the beginning of July, my search for a job as a pediatric speech-language pathologist came to a close as I accepted my dream job.  I work for a clinic in the Chicagoland area.  During the schoolyear, I am contracted to work in a few different charter schools and then during the summer, I work in one of our two Chicago clinics as we hold programs for the kids!  I am loving it and cannot wait to tell you more about it!

4. My other sister came to visit me!
I have two sisters!  If you read my post from yesterday, you saw that one came and visited me shortly after I moved.  My other sister, Rachel was able to come and visit me in September!  She is a nurse at a hospital in Milwaukee and was easily able to take the train down to Chicago for a sisters weekend!  It was so good to see her for more than 2-3 hours when we happen to be home at the same time!

5. Wedding!
Zak's old roommate got married!  Zak was a groomsman in the wedding and dangggg he looked so GOOD!  I seriously think he should wear a suit everyday.  Seriously, all of the heart eyes!  The wedding ceremony was held at DePaul University's gorgeous chapel and the reception was downtown Chicago.  It was a beautiful day for a gorgeous wedding!

 6. Zak ran 26.2 miles in the rain and I cheered him on!
Zak is crazy and likes to run marathons.  I like to be there and cheer him on.  He finished the Milwaukee Lakefront marathon in 3:06, seriously how he did it, I don't know!  The day before the race it rained the whole entire day nonstop.  There was nothing on the radar for race day which we were thrilled about.  The morning of the race we wake up and leave our hotel and it was still raining.  There was nothing on the radar and it didn't look like it was going to be stopping anytime soon.  Zak ran the whole entire marathon in pouring rain, he is amazing!

Now that I have caught you all up in what has happened in my life, what has been going on with you?!  I want to hear!  
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

While I was Away - PART 1

Like I said in my post yesterday, I really had no intention of taking so much time off from blogging!  But, life happens, big life changes happen, and blogging gets put on the back burner.  So today and tomorrow (yes it takes two parts!), I am giving you and update on life and what has happened in the time I have been off the internet.  If you follow me on Instagram, I'm sure you have seen a few of these happenings around!

1. I moved to Chicago, Illinois. 
After almost TWO years of long distance, one year of 6+hours away, and one year of 2.5 hours away, I have finally moved and live in the same city as my wonderful boyfriend.  It was one of the hottest days of the year moving in (of course...) and living on the third floor, made moving in quite miserable.  Thankfully I had Zak and my dad to do all of the carrying of the heavy stuff, without them it probably would have taken us days to move me all in!

2. I bought my first car--A 2012 Chevy Cruze!
Having my first job as a speech-language pathologist meant that it was time for a new car.  When my great-grandma died 7 years ago, I was given her 2001 Oldsmobile Alero.  It was a great car and I loved it!  My sister took that car to Florida this summer and I decided it was time to pass that car on and move onto bigger and better things aka my bright red 2012 Chevy Cruze!  I absolutely love it, the sunroof, the color, everything!  The only downfall is quite a few scratches on the back bumper, but I live in Chicago, with street parking, scratches are bound to happen!  I just have to buy some color matching red spray paint to fix it all up!

3. Here is a photo of my Chicago apartment bedroom. 
Having my own blank space to put together was great.  Yes, I did have my own bedroom back home with my parents, but there is just something fun about moving out of your parent's house, out of the bedroom that was yours for years, and having a blank canvas to start with.  I was very surprised I actually fit everything I wanted to in my room, but heck, I think it turned out pretty dang good!

4. My sister came to visit me!
Shortly after I moved to Chicago, my sister came home from working in Florida all summer (right after I moved...seriously haha)!  She took the train down from Milwaukee and visited me before she headed back to school for the semester!  It was so fun showing her around my new city, the city I have grown to love over the past few years.

5. I chopped 6+ inches off my hair!
It was time.  A new city.  A new job.  It was time for a haircut.  The scissors went chop chop, and off 6+inches came.  Two days later, I instantly regretted it, constantly thinking to myself, "what did I do?!"  But, once I became accustomed to the new length and what I could do with it, I absolutely love it.  It is so much easier to take care of, especially now in the mornings before work!

6. I can have weekday date nights with my boyfriend!
It was an adjustment moving down here and seeing Zak almost everyday, but it has been the best!  It is still strange/an amazement to me that after work I can just drive over to his apartment or he can take the train over to my apartment and we can eat dinner and relax or go to Chicago Cubs game.  There is no more waiting 10-12+ days in-between seeing each other, it is amazing, I love it. 
Did you do anything fun the end of summer or the beginning of fall?  I'd love to hear about it!  Better late than never ;) Stay tuned for Part 2 coming TOMORROW!
Monday, October 17, 2016

Oops...Unexpected Blogging Absence

Well...that was an unexpected 2-3ish month blogging absence.  I had every intention of blogging almost every single day, but then I would sit on my bed, put on Netflix or Hulu, open up, and nothing would come to me.  Nothing at all.  I don't know if it was from pure exhaustion from work, needing a mental break, or the fact that I finally worked a typical work day and could sit and enjoy myself after work instead of complete homework.

A lot has changed in the last few months, all of it for the better. :)  I am very excited to share with you over the next few upcoming weeks what has been happening in my life!  Including: my move to Chicago, no more long distance with my boyfriend, starting my first dream job, and more!  Please stick around!

Over the next few weeks and months I would really like to get some feedback from my readers.  If you have been around Polka Dots & Palindromes for awhile, I would love to hear your thoughts on my blog!  Please leave me any suggestions in the comment box below! What do you like/dislike about my blog?  What type of content would you like to see?  Any suggestions for upcoming blogposts?  What would you like to know more about? etc.  Please let me know,  I would love to make Polka Dots & Palindromes a place that you love to come and read each and everyday!

I cannot wait to catch up with you all over the next few weeks!
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

12 Random Facts

Within the past few weeks I have noticed a few new followers around here! I thought I would reintroduce myself & give you some random facts you probably didn't know about me. 

I am Hannah, the girl behind Polka Dots & Palindromes.  I recently graduated with my Master's degree in Communication Disorders and began my career as a Speech Language Pathologist.  My boyfriend and I dated long distance for two years, until recently, as I moved to Chicago and we now live less than 10 minutes apart! I love to eat red velvet cupcakes, wear cardigans and polka dots, explore Chicago, search Pinterest for hours on end, and plan my next great adventure. 

I blog about any random idea or topic that may be on my mind at the current moment. I always say I'm going to be one of those super DIYer, cook of the year, super fashionable, blog everyday people, but you and me both know, that that isn't me.  Polka Dots & Palindromes is here to entertain you and put a smile on your face or thought in your head. And if I accomplished that, my day is complete.

1. I do not like chocolate or Pringles.

2. I have run three half marathons, but I really do not actually like to run. 

3. I hate winter but have lived in the Midwest for the past 24 years. Whoops. 

4. I have visited to 39 of the 50 states and 4 countries (Canada, Ecuador, Belize, & Costa Rica). 

5. I had this dream as a teenager to open up a bookstore/coffee shop that featured popular author children book readings daily, kind of like in the movie You've Got Mail.  But then I realized how not profitable that would be and decided to become a Speech Language Pathologist:

6. I take my coffee black, with either just a little bit of cream, or a little bit of sugar, never both! 

7. I have watched every season (except for the 2 most recent) of Grey's Anatony at least 5 times, if not more. 

8. I have more cardigans and sweaters in my closet than someone should probably have in their lifetime. 

9. I am obsessed with anything pineapple printed; candles, notebooks, earrings, pajama shorts, you name it, I want it. 

10. I will always back Team iPhone, never will I be part of the Android team. 

11. The Olympics are probably my favorite event ever. I wish it happened more often than every four years! 

12. I dream of having 3 red headed children one day. If not three, I really hope I get at least one!!!