I'm going to Chicago

Back story: There are four of us lady best friends from New Braunfels. (It's like Sex and the City if the city is a German town of 50k and the cast is far less slutty and annoying.) Kendra, Kim, Christina and I have been pretty inseparable for the last few years.

That is until...
Back in March, Kendra moved to Denver, CO. Kim got married in September to an Air Force man, and is now stationed with her husband near Raleigh, NC. Christina and I are still in humble little NBTX.

So back in October, Christina and I spotted a deal from Southwest Airlines - tickets were $30, $60, $90 each way. Great deal, right? At first we thought to visit Kendra in Denver. But it's been a dream of mine to see Chicago, and we didn't really want to bunk up with Kendra and her boyfriend.

So what did we do? We rallied for a girls' trip to Chicago!

The planed tickets were really cheap - each girl, flying in from three different time zones, each paid $141 round trip. The unfortunate part was the timing; we're going Jan. 27 - 29. It will be cold, but I got a new coat and I know how to layer.

So since I am the planning queen, I've been happily making all the arrangements for this trip. Today I booked the hotel that will cost each person just $92 for four nights. It's a 3.5 star in downtown Chicago, 6 blocks from the rail and 2 blocks from Michigan Avenue. I'm the queen of trip planning.

I've also created a map of all the places we want to see while we are there. Take a look and shoot me a message if there's some places I've missed.

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Not so funny

I'm okay with trying new things, though I'm still a comedy snob, especially when I'm "taking one for the team" and being a supportive girlfriend.

Last night I went to a live performance of Tim and Eric, whose show has been featured on Adult Swim for FIVE seasons. (?!?!)

Let me just say, it was really really weird and not funny at all. Half the show consisted of skits that were just bizarre, and loud, and the only highlight I could find was John C. Reily's guest appearance for a skit he participates in regularly in the TV version.

The Paramount in Austin was packed with chubby, nerdy hipsters, in their skinny jeans and keds, agonizing over the lack of PBR. ...All who paid at least $30 to see bad, unfunny actors.

Overall it was just lame, silly and too loud. This makes me think I'm getting old. Or just that I have good taste in comedy.


Fast, Fresh, Nonexistent

Maybe there are healthy fast food restaurants in other parts of the country, but certainly not in my neck of Texas. There are nights when I leave the radio station at midnight or later, and the last thing I want to do for a meal is trudge through HEB to find a lean cuisine, bagged salad or raw chicken to cook up when I get home. I want to drive up to a window and get something that won't make me feel disgusting. Is that too much to ask?

So with this movement of eliminating trans fat at fast food joints, why aren't in-and-out healthy eateries being set up too? I can't imagine a how drive-thru that serves wraps, hummus, fruit cups and fresh veggies could fail in a place like New Braunfels. So many people (especially parents) want healthy food. Chick-fil-a and Jason's Deli are almost always packed.

It makes me wonder why someone else hasn't thought to open a quick and easy fast food joint, instead of having to study an illuminated menu through a car window to find something relatively inexpensive, fresh, and healthy. If my passion were food and I had some startup money, I'd be the first to embark on this idea. But alas, I'm just a journalist.


Election Night

I'm not going to get all political all over everyone. I actually think that's kind of annoying, and seeing as I'm a journalist, it would be unprofessional. But I will say working in a newsroom on Election Night is WAY different than watching the votes roll in from home. Why?

1. You're more objective. Instead of getting pissed the donkeys/elephants got another seat, you tally up in your head how many each have for the night, what it means for the delegates in that district or precinct, and how you can milk our of it a story or at least a few good interview questions.

2. It's busier. Because you're not invested in just one but many races, there's no time to fuss. It's a broader perspective. And the investment isn't personal, it's professional. Plus while you're watching the votes come in, you're on the phone with your reporter down at the courthouse, and also listening to the police scanner to hear if there's been a riot, robbery or car accident.

3. You lose sleep for different reasons. You're not mad because Harry Reid or Rick Perry was reelected, you're mad the secretary of state's website hasn't been updated in 45 minutes and you're trying to finish your story before 1:30 a.m.

4. In a newsroom, there's candy leftover from Halloween. You lucky journalist, you.