Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Amazon gift card contest

The Downtown Boutique is hosting a great contest to win a $40 Amazon.com gift card! To enter, just leave a comment here on her blog, telling her what you would purchase with the money.

Me? I'd complete my Harry Potter collection. I currently have books 2, 3 and 7, so as you can see I'm missing quite a few. I bought book 7 in London, book 3 on sale for $4 at Marshalls, and yesterday on my way home from work I stopped in this great little used book store where I found book 2 for $4 as well. It was an amazing little shop, packed so tightly only one person could fit in each aisle at a time. The whole place smelled like dusty old books, which is a surprisingly wonderful smell. And the sweet bearded old man that worked there, asked each customer to shut off their cell phones as they entered the store. I spent quite a while in there, not even looking for anything in particular, and I definitely plan to return soon.

My most recent Amazon purchase was Augusten Burroughs' book Possible Side Effects. I was reading it on the train this morning and he wrote one short story about a trip he took to London, describing it as a place he "considers to be perfect." And I couldn't agree more. He just confirmed his status of being my favorite author.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Wanted to send my favorite west-coast gal, Jean, a little piece of Chicago so I ripped out the skyline for her. Sent all the way to LA for her along with some goofy pics of us in London together.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

let me introduce myself...

I'm Jenny. A 23 year old non-smoker from Iowa, currently residing in Chicago. I spend most of my down time watching bad reality tv, attempting arts&crafts, starting new crossword puzzles (I'm determined to finish one all on my own, without cheating, but it has yet to happen) and reading all kinds of design/art/crafty blogs. Although I'm not much of a writer, I have been inspired to try my hand at blogging. Although whether my blog will be of interest to others is yet to be determined, so I'm giving it a test run. So to begin, here's a short list of things that are me.

1. I was famous for a short time. Don't believe me? Check this out.
2. I graduated from the University of Iowa with a BBA in Marketing and a minor in Art History
3. I've been out of college for 14 months and 9 of those 14 months I spent living and working in London and traveling throughout Europe thanks to BUNAC. I moved there with a few friends a week after graduation with no job, no home, and a lot of anxiety. It turned out to be the best decision I ever made. Every college graduate should do it.
4. Upon my return to America, I lived with my parents for 4 months of stressful job hunting, until I obtained a job here and promptly moved to Chicago.
5. I have never worked out regularly in my life.
6. I have 3 sisters. 1 older, 2 younger. And this fall, for the first time in our lives, we will live in 4 separate homes.
7. I'm a firm believer in library books. I love to read but have an extremely small book collection of my own.
8. I am in love with art history. Actually, I'm in love with anything old and beautiful. I still can't believe I had the opportunity to see this and this.
9. Last summer I was a paid movie extra...excuse me, "background artist" to be exact, in this movie.
10. I have no idea what I'm going to blog about each day, but I'm excited to find out.