Like Pookie in New Jack City, I have to confess that "it be callin' me, man!" 'It' being this stream-of-consciousness free-for-all (dash between words much?) I call a blog. Even though I chose to suspend Peep Chicago indefinitely--mainly because I felt it was too unfocused, me-centered and not really adding anything to the discussion about all things Chicago--I hate that I haven't been documenting this lovely summer, if only for myself and the two other people who read this thing regularly.
Having said that, I've been on a serious "Summertime Chi High", trying to "get it in" (as the kids say) and squeeze every ounce of fun from this far too fleeting season. What better way to restart the blog engine than with a little taste of what I've been up to:
- Celebrating my brother Gamal's graduation from UMASS Boston at a ridiculously fun family/friend gathering outside of Beantown (corny to use 'Beantown', but I did it anyway);
- Cheering on my superbly hot, funny and smart sister, Marina Franklin, at the TBS Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Chicago
- Bringing in my summer solstice bday on the roof of the Wit Hotel (I think they're going to make it mandatory for all summer babies to have bday parties there);
- Sunning myself at Foster Avenue beach;
- Hanging out with supercute toddler spawn and our awesome cousins at the Taste of Chicago (it's not so awful if you go in the morning and confine yourself to the kids' activities);
- Rocking down the house with 20,000 fellow house music lovers at the annual Chosen Few Picnic on Chicago's south side lakefront;
- Shaking my hips to King Sunny Ade (a childhood fav) and Femi Kuti at Ravinia;
- Watching in awe as supercute toddler spawn danced to the afro-latin rhythms at Summer Dance at Humboldt Park;
- Hanging at the Brookfield Zoo with the supercute toddler spawn, the co-pro-creator and our friends;
- Mooching weekly dinners, wine, love and great conversations from our NBFFFs (neighborhood best friend family);
- Strolling the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival;
- Enjoying the music, fashion and pretty people at the annual Soundsystem Block Party given by The Silver Room;
- Getting good eats and neighborly vibes from the Logan Square Farmer's Market every Sunday;
- Growing more in love with my co-procreator...and that's all I'll say about that. ;-);
- Getting super chocolatey (and stronger and faster) by running around the northwest side of Chicago;
- Dancing as much as I possibly can at various parties;
- Working with some amazing clients, like the Gary Comer Youth Center, Healthy Schools Campaign and Multilingual Chicago (and getting some great media coverage. But I don't like to brag, haha.);
- Networking and connecting with cool-brained people doing creative things, like the recent Mashable.com/Hyatt4Good Tweet-up in downtown Chicago;
- Taking a burlesque classes at Studio L'Amour...
And that was just June and July.
What have you been doing with your summer? Do tell.