One year ago today, I was (according to facebook) enjoying runs with Starla on an unnaturally breezy and non-humid day in Northern Virginia. Regardless of the minutiae, one year ago today was a helluva lot different than it is today. I get that bloggers typically wait at least a year after their last reader survey and that bloggers usually post this sort of stuff on their blogiversaries but I like the bend the rules.
Anyways, in honor of all the changes in my life and on this little space of the internet that I like to call mine, I’m going to reintroduce myself.
Hi! I’m Alanna. I’m a 25 year old Washingtonian who recently moved to the Windy City with my boyfriend and my dog, Starla. As much as I love DC, I took a leap of faith and moved to Chicago in June 2016. My boyfriend and I packed up and combined our boxes into a Penske truck (much better than uHaul!), hitched my Acura onto the back and made the 12 hour drive into a 16 hour drive.
Right now, my title stands as the Assistant Manager of Education & Training Programs. Basically, I work at a medical specialty society and I coordinate their Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs (usually large conventions) and their fellowship programs. I’ve been working in medical specialty societies since I interned my junior year of college and I still love it. It’s a weird field and you can do tons of different stuff within it like marketing, finance, editorial work, lobbying, and more. But I found my calling in the education field. I admit, I know too many 10+ letter long cancer-related words than someone without a nursing or medical degree should know.
I live with Starla and Andy, my boyfriend. He secretly likes to pamper us two princesses. Although I think Starla might take the title of “Queen” or at least she thinks she does as you can see from her unphased face of lying on our bed. We live just north of Chicago in the “North Shore” so I’ve been told. We both commute to our jobs, so being a bit north of the wild traffic in downtown Chicago works just perfectly for us. The public transportation here in Chicago is about 100% better than in DC and I can get downtown in less than an hour for everyone who thinks that the suburbs are “so far away!”
My boyfriend and I met when we both lived in Arlington, VA which is about 10-15 minutes out of DC when we were practically set up on a blind date, both completely unaware of the set-up. I had planned to go meet up with my best girl friend who was working almost 24/7. The only day I could meet up with her was a late Sunday night dinner that happened to be during Restaurant Week where you can get a 3-course dinner for a much cheaper set price. We met up down the street from where she lived in Clarendon at Lyon Hall, except we weren’t alone. She sprung this on me via text right before I left to meet her. Her text was something along these lines: “Hey….so my boyfriend thought we were having a group dinner and told two of his friends to meet us at dinner.” She quickly followed up with, “And Kyle is working until later….so it’ll just be us and two of his friends.” Yeah seriously. That happened.
Anyways, we met up, and me being a bit shy at first ordered a Cosmo to bury my face in. We decided to share some Tuna Tartare for the table and a Charcuterie plate. Of course my drink was last to arrive after the other three got their drinks already. Then the waiter joked that he hadn’t had someone order a Cosmo since the 90s. Sigh. Andy told me later that he thought I was really closed-off which of course I was because I was shocked that my girl-time was cut short by two dudes that I had never met before. Anyways, we got into the fact that I had just returned from San Francisco which is apparently the home of the Irish Coffee. Did you know that? So, we walked over to the restaurant that Kyle, my best friend’s boyfriend was working to get some post-dinner drinks. Little did I know that Andy also worked there part-time on Saturdays. So he ran behind the counter and hand whipped me some cream and made me a true Irish Coffee. And that’s all for now, folks 😉
When I’m not working, I love to do this weird thing called blogging, eating, drinking wine, and finding dog parks (and now beaches! that definitely did not exist in DC) for Starla.
So in honor of my reintroduction, here’s my favorite posts from each of the categories I like to write about:
- Recipes: Weeknight Meatloaf and Tips for Cooking Corn on the Cob
- Reviews: Bar Deco Brunch in DC
- Dogs: Puppies are jerks, Adopt an older dog!
- Reading: Books to Read Before they Hit Theaters in 2016
- Style/Fashion: Fun Matte Lipsticks
- Blogging: Why I Added My Blog to my Resume & How You Can Too!
Now that you know
a little more a lot more about me, I’d like to learn about you. I’ve developed a reader survey to get a little feedback on your likes, your reading habits, and more. It’s totally anonymous and you don’t have to answer all of the questions, so have at it!
P.S. Sorry for the long ramble about my relationship there. I got a bit carried away. Tell me more about you in the comments!