Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sometimes life is filled with mayhem

The last 8 days or so have been quite a whirlwind in this neck of the woods. We haven't had internet since August 17th and have finally been reunited with the WWW once again. At first I thought I missed it, but in reality there really hasn't been much time to sit wrapped up in my snuggie at my desk farting around on the computer. A little detachment from the reins of technology every now and than is actually quite lovely.

In the past 8 days...

We closed on our first home which is located in the suburbs. Not sure how the hubby exactly convinced me to leave, but I'm still very close to a Trader Joe's and have plenty of running trail options now so hopefully suburban life won't suck the life out of my normal scrappy self that I've grown quite partial to.


Then we got in a car accident in our last few hours of packing and scrambling around the city tying up all the loose ends we procrastinated on for weeks. While we were okay physically, getting rear ended while at a red light by an idiot who clearly wasn't paying attention was just enough to make this crazy girl flip her lid. There was some yelling, quite a few vulgar words spewing out of my mouth that I don't normally use, and then I was told to sit in the car. Not always a lady I suppose.

"Benny", as I like to call our wheels, is okay now but in his short 6 year life has sported 3 different bumpers.
I don't know what it is but for some reason people like to rear end me while my car is at a complete stop.


After the accident the police refused to come out to the scene and we ended up getting in a fight with this police officer that was refusing to help. Chicago Police are very classy where it apparently is normal protocol to degrade those who are coming to you for help and ignore them while texting on your iPhone as you're on the clock and tell them that you aren't a priority to them. 


Saturday the 18th after the accident that caused massive chaos to our day, we switched into maniac packing mode to get everything ready for our move the next day. That night was our 5 year wedding anniversary and last night as Chicago residents that we celebrated at an underground speakeasy which was super cute and really made me sad to have to leave these kinds of kitschy places behind. By the end of the night we were feeling a bit ragged around the edges after multiple nights of little to no sleep as we slept on the floor, had our entire life packed away in boxes, and practically no food in the house left. It would be safe to say I was feeling a bit hairy by the time moving day rolled around.


Sunday the 19th was my last morning in Chitown and I had a tempo run planned that didn't happen. Legs felt like crud at 5 am and my energy level was well into the negatives. For months I dreaded those last few miles and knew that it would be tough for my soul to say sayonara to the city that made such a huge impact on who I've become in the past 10 years. But goodbyes aren't forever and I'll be back soon.


Since Sunday we've been unpacking, installing new floors, unpacking, stealing free internet from Starbucks, unpacking, trying to figure out how to run a house, unpacking, and quite a bit of yard work to no longer make our house the eye sore of the block. Moving from a 1 bedroom 600 sq ft apartment to a 4 bedroom 1800 sq ft house has been interesting and exhausting. 

Our first full day in the house we felt like idiots after trying to figure out how to get hot water and having to call my parents to the rescue. Apparently hot water heaters don't work unless a pilot light is lit, who knew??? Still trying to adjust to the suburban life and home ownership as it is quite different from the big city. 

People feel like they can knock on your doors here for anything:

steak salesmen selling meat out of the back of a minivan that are only $5 a piece with a minimum purchase of 23 steaks that go back into their 1980 Chevy Astro after you pass and pee in a water bottle which they pour out in the street in front of your house...

internet and cable providers just ringing your bell at 8:30 pm trying to get you to sign up for their service right then and now because you checked out their rates online...

evangelists who want to know how you feel about violence...

I'm going to make a sign for my home that very clearly states "NO SOLICITATION" but will have one clause...

"Girl Scouts selling cookies will always be welcome"

The good news is that there are lots of trails here with plenty of variety in terrain within a mile or so from my home. After being a creature of habit for so many years running the same trail on the lakefront nearly everyday it'll be nice to have routes and a change of scenery for every run.

The Chicago lakefront still has a hold on me and I've been missing it like crazy these last 7 days, there really isn't anything better than running into the skyline lakeside. 

Suburban runners:

Do you run on the streets or stick to the sidewalks? Not sure what the protocol is for that.

37 comments:

  1. I run on both the street and sidewalk. However, I'll move to the street if there are walkers or strollers on the sidewalks. If you are near Darien be sure to check out waterfall glen for a great trail run. It's a 9.5 mile loop. I love running there.

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  2. What a major change! When I run around in the suburbs, it's on the street.

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  3. CONGRATS! Being a homeowner will be totally worth the move! And, you'll grow to love the 'burbs, even though it's totally different than city life :) I'm glad things are starting to settle down - I'm sorry those couple days leading up to the move were so hectic. Welcome back to the WWW! Congrats again, can't wait to see pictures of the new house!!!!

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  4. Wow! What a busy time for you both, and so exciting to be homeowners :) Congrats on your move :) I tend to stick to the pavement (sidewalk) unless it's in bad condition or I need to get past people.

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  5. I'm in Oak Park and mainly run on the residential streets. I only move to the sidewalks if it's one of the busier streets. Much easier on your feet.

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  6. Congrats on being a homeowner and welcome to suburban life! :) It isn't so bad once you get used to it. My street doesn't have sidewalks so I usually run in the street. I don't think there are really any "rules" in any of the subdivisions I live by. There are rules on the local trail though, and they are posted several times throughout. Looking forward to hearing more about your new life in the suburbs. :)

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  7. Congrats on the new house. Funny story about the pilot light. Another item that you can install for $5 that will save you a $300 service call from a repair service: "Water Heater Thermocouple". You'll learn more than you ever wanted to about home maintenance now!

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    1. Whoa that sounds a bit too advanced for me at this stage. What does it do?

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    2. It senses the heat of the pilot light. If the pilot goes out it shuts off the gas. Mine burns out once every couple years, so I try and have a spare on hand. But don't worry about it now. You've got a lot going on! :-)

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  8. Suburbs = on streets against traffic. So roomy and glorious to have all that space for your body. Enjoy!

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  9. Congrats on the new house! Super exciting! My neighborhood has sidewalks and I typically run on the sidewalks unless there aren't any. I think that's the proper protocol but other people think otherwise. I see people walking on the road all the time when there are sidewalks. I don't get it lol

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  10. Congrats on your new digs! How exciting! When I stay with my boyfriend in Bolingbrook I mostly stick to the sidewalks except when they're totally blocked by cars (which happens more often than it should...grr). Good luck finding some new running routes!

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  11. Are you at all close to the prairie path or great western trail? If so, that's what I would recommend that, otherwise there are a ton of forest preserves and many of them have trails to run on.

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  12. Also, I would look into something called American Home Shield (AHS), it's insurance that covers your appliances. It's saved my wife and I a bunch of money already.

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    1. Thanks Adam! You've got the information hook up! We aren't close to either of those trails by foot but could easily drive to them. My parents lived along the prairies path as I was growing up and always used to run there. Very peaceful.

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  13. Personally, I run on the sidewalks. However, during the winter, after a snowfall, I will run in the streets, after the plows go through. And there is safety in numbers, so I would recommend checking out local running clubs or group runs at local running stores. In my experience, they usually run in the streets or on trails. And everyone is very friendly!

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    1. Yes I've noticed...what's up with that??? Everyone waves and says hi.

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  14. Welcome to the life of a homeowner! Youtube will become your friend as you can learn a lot about how to fix things just by Googling and watching videos.

    As for street vs sidewalk, when we lived in/near Oak Park I would run on the sidewalk if I was by myself but on the street if I was with a group.

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  15. oh no!!! u got the churchies!!! growing up my dad would tell us that if we spotted them at the door just don't answer. another little burbite thing u can do is put a sign up on ur door or by the entry, "No Solicitors" and if u're feeling kind u can put please or thank u at the end. usually if people see that and they are trying to hit u up for $$ or something the courteous thing to do is not knock...maybe that might help.

    okay, as for streets vs. sidewalks...in my experience the more 'serious' runners use the bike lane. that will sound mean, but so be it. as for the waving, i'll usually at least smile and acknowledge a fellow running, in the burbs it's kind of like a snub if u just ignore them completely. :P oh, all these little Stepford rules u'll have to learn. jk
    PS- but if i'm doing like a tempo or something and super tired, i'd risk the snub and blitz on past any other runner...gotta stay in the zone. lol

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  16. Welcome to the burbs! I live in St. Charles and normally stick to the trails, or the sidewalks that lead to the trails. Not sure where you are at, but check out the Fox River trails...they are gorgeous, and everyone is normally very friendly-give or take the occassional biker who forgets to warn you he's on your left and almost takes you out! :-) Congrats on your move and buying a new home! xoxo

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  17. Congrats on the new home!! I think you will find the suburbs not so bad. As a suburbanite I feel like I have the best of both worlds -- access to the city on a semi-regular basis, but also the "quiet" that the suburbs offer over the city. I live in the far western suburbs and do a mix of both -- sidewalks if the streets have more traffic, otherwise streets against traffic. As someone else mentioned, the Prairie Path & Great Western Trail are awesome too. I'm sure you will fall in love with new running routes before you know it!

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  18. Nice seeing you and your hubby! Belated happy 5th anniversary. What a way to celebrate :)

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  19. I love the Chicago area...good luck in your new place!

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  20. I usually stick to the sidewalks on the busier streets, but when I am in a subdivision just full of homes I will run on the street. Mainly to avoid the cars blocking the sidewalks and some of the kiddos. Really all depends on how busy the street is.

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  21. That has been a whirlwind for you guys! Congrats on the new home. It will take some adjusting, but hopefully will be the right fit for you!

    I run on streets unless it's a very narrow road w/ no shoulder. We also have 90 miles of bike paths here, so that helps!

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  22. congrats on your new move! I am sure you will adjust to your new home soon!

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  23. Wow- so much going on for you guys right now! Congrats on buying a house...even if it is in the burbs! I'm sure you'll make time to head back into the city every now and then!

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  24. Country Girl here.....no sidewalks. When I run "in town" I feel compelted to run on the sidewalks b/c I assume the cars WANT to hit me but my friends insist that it's "okay" to run on the road. Hmmmm.....I'm still not buying it but try to go with the flow.

    Good luck!

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  25. I am so sorry about the accident! I had someone rear-end me in college (I was at a red light) and the cops did nada. I was so upset. I hope it does not cost much to fix the bumper.

    Sidewalks for me! Streets if I am in a group, as many said :)

    I am excited to hear more about your place! Will we get a tour?

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  26. Congrats on being a home owner!! Amazing!! Chicago will be missing you tho.

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  27. Congratulations!!! Being a home owner is awesome! So sorry about our accident. What a pain! Whenever I run in the neighborhood I always run I the street!!! Go against traffic, that way if they don't see you, you see them.

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  28. Your pictures are incredible. You can never post enough with great views like that.

    Congrats on holding that new set of keys!

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  29. I kinda miss the suburbs after living in downtown miami for 3 years...it was simply quieter and that gave me a lot of peace. I am hoping where ever we move next has trails too!!

    I love that you took the officer's photo, you should have made up a site like "Reportacop.com" where you were going to post it if he didn't straighten up :)

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  30. Congrats on being a homeowner! I miss living in town sometimes, I lived 5 minutes away from downtown and where I work, now it is a 30 minute drive. But the running out here is way better!

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  31. Congratulations on being a homeowner and moving to the suburbs! You will adjust quickly. Where did you move to? I grew up on the North Shore and there are a ton of great places to run. We moved to Hilton Head Island 18 years ago and I do miss Chicago. We just dropped our daughter off at college there. I am very excited for her, but I will now have an excuse to visit there more often. Any homeowner questions just post them on your blog and we the followers will be able to give lots of advice. Have fun!

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  32. So much has been happening with you! But the best- congrats on being a homeowner!! And the girl guide cookie sign is a must. I can't wait for them in the fall!

    For suburban running, I stick to the sidewalks.

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  33. I'm in Elmhurt and I tend to run on the streets in the neighborhoods and on the sidewalks when next to busy streets without a spacious curb to run on. Suburb drivers are more considerate, but not all of them look out for pedestrians like they should.

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