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Here We Go Again

Guys, I haven’t blogged in over a year! I’m a terrible person.

In that time, I’ve been doing a lot of what you’d probably expect me to be doing from the content of this blog: reading, eating out, home improvement, and a whole lot more. Clearly, if you’re looking for speedier updates, you should follow me on Instagram or Twitter. But, in case you’re not a social media user, below are some of the highlights of the past 13 months.

PS: You know it’s been a long time since you’ve blogged when the entire WordPress user interface has changed. Whoops …

We took a trip to Nashville/the Biltmore last fall. I have a bevy (I was just looking for an excuse to use that word) of recommendations based on my research so hit me up if you're planning to visit.

We took a trip to Nashville/the Biltmore last fall. I have a bevy (I was just looking for an excuse to use that word) of recommendations based on my research so hit me up if you’re planning to visit. Pictured here is Hatch Show Prints inside the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Me and close to 50 other St. Louis Tigers trekked down to Oxford, MS, for the Mizzou vs. Ole Miss game. Anyone familiar with Oxford will understand that my definition of a Library is completely changed. Pictured here is The Grove.

Me and close to 50 other St. Louis Tigers trekked down to Oxford, MS, for the Mizzou vs. Ole Miss game. Anyone familiar with Oxford will understand that my definition of a Library is completely changed. Pictured here is The Grove – tailgating spot extraordinaire.

I spent a quick two days in NYC this spring to shoot a commercial - first TV shoot and it was awesome.

I spent a quick two days in NYC this spring to shoot a commercial – first TV shoot and it was awesome.

We got a dog! This little pest is named Ginger and she terrorizes the neighborhood. Seriously, she has more energy than we know what to do with. I could probably spend an entire blog post talking about the joys and despairs of owning a pet.

We got a dog! This little pest is named Ginger and she terrorizes the neighborhood. Seriously, she has more energy than we know what to do with. I could probably spend an entire blog post talking about the joys and despairs of owning a pet.

Katherine graduated! She is now a master from Virginia Tech who has decided to double it with a masters from OU. The girl will be in school forever.

Katherine graduated! She is now a master from Virginia Tech who has decided to double it with a masters from OU. The girl will be in school forever.

We took a trip to Chicago to grace the Windy City with my presence. I know she missed me.

We took a trip to Chicago to grace the Windy City with my presence. I know she missed me.

We moved! So, you can ignore the house tour that is only two posts ago. This probably means that I should do a tour of the new place ...

We moved! So, you can ignore the house tour that is only two posts ago. This probably means that I should do a tour of the new place …

Per a long STL tradition, I made a trip down to the lake this summer. Good times were had all around along with the sunburn from H-E- ...

Per a long STL tradition, I made a trip down to the lake this summer. Good times were had all around, along with the sunburn from H-E- …

I started grad school! I'm enrolled in the part time MBA program at Washington University, which is basically eating up all my free time. I'm sure some posts related to that craziness will follow.

I started grad school! I’m enrolled in the part time MBA program at Washington University, which is basically eating up all of my free time. I’m sure some posts related to that craziness will follow.

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Life Update!

So … I moved to St. Louis. Surprise! With that comes a lot of change – new job, new house, new city, new friends, but overall, I’m excited! Sure, I’m sad to leave Chicago; I’ve spent three wonderful years there but it’s time for a new adventure, one where I’m hoping to unlock the charm and cultural potential of STL.

There are a couple of posts I have in the works so I recommend sticking around. I promise (at least I’m going to try) that I’ll post a little more regularly a.k.a. I have a new job and I’m not as busy as I was at my old one. At least not yet.

In the meantime, let’s do another shameless plug for my Instagram account that I keep MUCH more updated with my whereabouts:

I made a trip down to CoMO for graduation. I also realized that I've been out of college longer than I was in college. I feel old.  PS: Bonus points if you can identify the iconic Mizzou building in this picture.

I made a trip down to CoMO for graduation. I also realized that I’ve been out of college longer than I was in college. I feel old. PS: Bonus points if you can identify the iconic Mizzou building in this picture.

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I visited my parents in their new hometown of Austin, TX. A mandatory meal at the famous Salt Lick was on the schedule.

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And now, I present to you my first car: a Honda Civic! I calculated the MPG after dropping $40 at the gas station and it came to about 36 – not bad!

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The Blog Lives!

Something prompted me today to revive this blog so here it is – a post! I can’t pinpoint exactly why I stopped blogging in the first place but here are potentially a few reasons:

  • I got a new job
  • I went on vacation for two weeks
  • I moved
  • Summer

Some of you might be confused at the notion that summer could totally derail a habit or routine but, if you live in Chicago, you completely understand. Patios open up, Cubs games become a staple and street fairs invade the city. There is just no time for anything else. Throw in a new job and apartment and you have the recipe for a blog that is shoved in the corner and forgotten until cold weather rolls in and you decide to dust it back off.

Instead of recounting all my experiences from the past five months, I thought I would illustrate them through the goodness that is Instagram. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so consider these next 6,000 words an official update on what I’ve been up to.

Anything I didn’t touch on? Post your questions below!

Ladies and gentlemen, the Golden Gate bridge herself.

I explored San Francisco’s backyard: Napa Valley.

Mandatory Cubs watching during the hot summer months.

Katherine, the little sis, moved to Virginia Tech with the help of Yours Truly.

Football season started back up, which means a couple of trips down to Columbia, MO, with the crew.

I was reunited with this beauty in Madison, WI, for a weekend.

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Pardon the Interruption

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Well, it’s been officially over a month since I last blogged a.k.a. major failure on my part. At this point, I should probably extrapolate on all the amazing things that have prevented me from posting sooner however, that’s not the case. It’s not to say that I haven’t done anything fun! For example:

  • I performed my first wedding ceremony, which means I’m now fielding requests from all over the globe to reproduce my tear-jerking masterpiece.
  • I decided to move out of my very awesome studio apartment into a two bedroom with my good friend George. I’m sure there will be more updates coming soon with the apartment search and the impending loss of being able to do absolutely anything that I want such as leaving dishes out for days, sleeping overnight on the couch and loud singing in the shower.
  • I started looking for a part-time job in order to officially kick the beast I call student loans to the curb. On that note, if my Chicago friends know of any place hiring an inexperienced bartender, server, host or social media junkie, please send them my way.
  • I finally ate at a slew of restaurants in my neighborhood that I’ve been dying to try since I moved to the wonderful street of Barry. They include the likes of Crisp, La Tacorea and of course the classic Domino’s (I’m not even going to link to that one because you should know what it is).
  • I saw the Hunger Games, along with the rest of the world, and, unlike the rest of the world, thought it was just OK.

Those are the fun updates. Now for the just “meh” ones:

  • I began running home from work. No, that doesn’t mean that I’m in a hurry to get home. It means that I physically jog the 4.7 miles home every day, except for when it’s cold. Or rainy. Or I don’t feel like it.
  • I finished “Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson and “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy – reviews coming soon!
  • My two year anniversary with Foursquare came and went on Monday with very minimal hoopla although I have wracked up SIX new badges since we last talked – air high five!
  • I saw Mizzou basketball embark on one of its most exciting journeys only to watch it crash and burn quicker than you can yell M-I-Z. Needless to say, I didn’t watch a game or look at my bracket after that. Side note: how ’bout them Wildcat?!
  • I started work on a new client, the one that’s probably branded on all the cleaning products under your sink. Don’t believe me? Go check and then get back to me.

I think that’s it! It’s crazy how you can sum up a month in 10 short bullet points. Don’t worry, there are plenty of stories coming your way that range from “I can’t believe that woman thought I could live here” to “this bar requires a photo on the application because they only hire ‘attractive’ people.” Exciting things happening in the life of Adam. Be sure to tune in for more!

PS: My new favorite website is What Should We Call Me a.k.a. the easiest way to put me in a good mood.

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A Century of Coming Home

Mizzou vs. Iowa State

770 miles, 15 uses of #MIZ100HC on Twitter and 68 hours of time spent in Columbia, Mo., are a few ways to describe the wonderful Homecoming weekend I had at Mizzou.

I had many expectation running through my head on the drive down to my Alma Mater. Months of build-up and four years of personal experience with this tradition only added to the pressure of making this weekend unforgettable.

I could spend the next couple of paragraphs recounting the many favorite locations I revisited, the great friends I ran into and the delicious late-night food I enjoyed, but it’s the realizations I came to that are much more interesting.

  • I’m an alumnus – To state the obvious, I went through graduation and I’ve been out of school for over two years but it was sitting on the alumni side of Faurot Field and chanting Z-O-Us that really drove that fact home. It’s sad knowing that I will never yell M-I-Z again, as it’s tradition for the students to initiate the call, but I took relief and delight in looking around and seeing the same familiar faces that accompanied me during my four year adventure at Mizzou. Just because I went on to pursue other opportunities doesn’t mean that my friendships and memories were left behind.
  • Great friendships last a lifetime – I will be the first to admit that I’m horrible at keeping in touch. Since I’m someone who very much lives in the moment, I tend to focus on the people that are in my life at that time, making it hard for me to take a step back and appreciate the individuals that got me there. This weekend is a testimony however to the fact that you don’t need to talk to someone every week or month to value each other’s company and genuinely care for their wellbeing. It is with fervor that I a greeted friends I haven’t seen in two years and with enthusiasm that we brought each other up to speed on our lives. To those reading this, know that I love you and can’t wait to reconnect at next year’s Homecoming!
  • Those are only SOME of the best years of your life – My time at Mizzou is completely unforgettable and has not only shaped me into the man I am today but is still playing a huge role in my career and my friends. I can safely say though that I’m having just as much fun after college as I did during. Looking back on graduation, it was definitely time to leave and go explore the next chapter in my life. Homecoming is just a great annual excuse to experience those four years again in a concentrated weekend of fun, friends and football.
Having put a great part of my life to rest and experiencing another memorable one today only makes me restless to charge forward to see what lies ahead. I do so bleeding black and gold, taking on one day at a time.

PS: Did you know Mizzou started the tradition of homecoming in 1911? If you don’t believe me, you can read up on it here. What is your favorite school tradition?

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