Friday Update: Leaving My House Again

It’s been well over a month now since I got my second vaccine dose and I’m starting to get comfortable with leaving my house again. I was so, so careful before I got vaccinated. I pretty much only left the house to go on long walks. So, now that I am as fully protected as one can be, and cases are at an all time low in my area, I’m trying to take advantage of it. After all, we don’t know what the future will bring.

It’s also been a long time since I’ve done a Friday Update, and I though I’d experiment with bringing them back. Just share some things that aren’t really full posts, but I think you’d like.

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A pastry and iced coffee on a table with a very old kindle e-reader. A grey Furla bag is on the chair next to the table.
An iced oat milk latte and a walnut fig danish from my new favorite coffee shop with my old favorite thrifted Furla purse (similar here, here, and here).

Reading a Book At My New Favorite Coffee Shop

I moved to a new town just before the pandemic hit and so my settling in period was interrupted. One of the things I always look for when I move is a good coffee shop. Somewhere that uses real cups, has good pastries, and enough seating. I found a place I love about a 10 minute drive away when I was finally able to resume my search. It is such a pleasure to have a place to go when I just want to get out of the house for a while!

So, yesterday when I was feeling in need of a pickup, I went over there and had breakfast and a coffee while reading Work Won’t Love You Back by Sarah Jaffe. I’m only about 1/3 of the way through and I’m already recommending it to everyone I know. The author does such a good job of explaining how neoliberalism and capitalism have used our human desire to care for others (particularly women) as a way of extracting labor.

Going to a Museum IRL

Another thing I missed terribly over the last year or so was going to museums. So, I planned a day in the city with one of my best friends. I spent a lot of time wandering though The Art Institute of Chicago, including the Bias Buttler quilt exhibit that I’ve been dying to see. Bot the technical and emotional/intellectual aspects of her work blew me away. I was so glad that it was extended until fall.

Afternoon Tea

After spending a good three hours wandering around the museum, we were exhausted. Luckily, we’d been part enough to book afternoon tea service at a Russian Tea Time, which is right across the street. The food and ambiance are both very old school, which is exactly what I was in the mood for. The Queen’s tea was entirely too much food, even though we hadn’t eaten lunch, so we both went home with a little box of pastries.

A three-tiered tower of pastries and sandwiches for afternoon tea.
The Queen’s Tea for two at Russian Tea Time in Chicago.

Home Decor Inspiration

I’ve been living with relatives for a while now to save money. As much as I love not paying rent, I have been dreaming of having a place of my own. This video tour of Rajiv Surendra’s perfectly tiny apartment has me looking at listings again. It isn’t just that I love the look of his place (which I do), but that I love his approach. The video is well worth the watch.

Thats it for this week! Let me know in the comments if you’ve come across anything great this week!