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Fair Tidings! and welcome to my memoir from suburban hermithood

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Tales of Tracks, Vibes & Soul
Tales of Tracks, Vibes & Soul

It's me. Hi. I'm the problem. It's me. Everybody agrees.I'm the reason family weekend didn't go as planned... BC Kelly would've loved Plan A! An adventure upstate in the fall! To one of the most beautiful campuses in America?!  Like seriously?!?!  There was an...

Hi. I’m Kelly -sans her camera

I am quite unwell — with a mystery. Could be long covid or chronic lyme or auto-immune or neurological or maybe my system just decided to strike. For decades, I carried my camera everywhere, walked marathon lengths for fun, had planners packed with social engagements, hosted epic parties, adventured around the globe, and a successful photography business. And then I got sick. And then I got sicker. Who knows? Maybe my system will rebound or stay like this or continue to flare & fade — Meanwhile, I’m finding ways to contentedly cope whilst convalescing indefinitely. The outside world hurts right now; the light and noise and action. But I’m doing okay when I’m inside my own little self-made suburban cocoon. Sooo– I’m just going to chill here for awhile. I’ve got some processing to do and sometimes write. Just for me. And if anyone likes TLDRs –Then put the kettle on! Find a comfy spot and–

Aside to Framily, Clients, and Potential Kinfolk Unknown–

No matter who you are to me IRL, please don’t feel any obligation to read these for my sake. At all. Ever. I imagine that I become very smackable very quickly. I even annoy myself. So if scanning these TLDRs brings joy or comfort or perspective, awesome. Follow along! It means a lot to me! Thank You<3! But if it ever seems a smidge like a chore or irritation or too much –for any reason– Just don’t! It doesn’t mean you don’t miss me or that we won’t re-bond outside the cocoon. It just means you aren’t vibing with this quirky hobby of mine right now. Maybe later. Or never. And that is very much okay.
PSA:  My lifemate & the kids really don’t follow my TLDRs -they’ve got quite enough musings IRL-
rather than making things awkward — simply bid me well 😉

Kelly’s Caboodle of TLDRs —

Tales of Tracks, Vibes & Soul
Tales of Tracks, Vibes & Soul

It's me. Hi. I'm the problem. It's me. Everybody agrees.I'm the reason family weekend didn't go as planned... BC Kelly would've loved Plan A! An adventure upstate in the fall! To one of the most beautiful campuses in America?!  Like seriously?!?!  There was an...

saltwater
saltwater

In the late 1900s, when we were newly weds and adorably youthful, my grandma was interviewed for some graduate work and I sat in for company.  At one point, they were discussing family traditions and cures and remedies. My grandma started laughing and talking about...

nerfed
nerfed

Most people are normal. But some are just built different.  I won't name names-- but some people I love are Beasts.  Like the badass awesome kind. They got Six Flags tickets for never missing school.  As adults, they have years of sick days banked. They take vitamin C...

Soul Displays
Soul Displays

This won't come as a surprise to most people who know me well, but nesting is my earliest memory.  I loved setting up my Fisher Price Doll House and arranging my stuffed animals so everyone looked comfortable and got to be next to their bestie. I'd tidy all sorts of...

Animal Crossing & Kimonos FTW
Animal Crossing & Kimonos FTW

  It is getting pretty deep into September and I am still a suburban hermit.  If I were you, I'd be wondering how I'm doing -- Well -- it is weird to say...  but all things considered... I had an okay summer! And it has been a good birthday month too!! -- even...

corona with a twist of lyme
corona with a twist of lyme

  I don't want to unintentionally ghost or be all secretive about this indefinite sabbatical; I just don't have energy, the story is long, and my mysterious illness is awkward, especially knowing that everyone has their own complicated stuff.  That said, it...

When Winter Goes On and On
When Winter Goes On and On

  I love Chicago and I love the full range of seasons and I say this every year, but $#!+ is winter long. My sis and I have come to the realization that as tempting as it is, curling up in the corner of the couch, piled under every blanket in the house while...

Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island

I have no stats to prove this claim, but I swear this was the longest winter ever in Chicago.  We hadn't been planning to go away for spring break but we all really started crashing...  We needed air that didn't hurt to breathe and sun that warmed sand.  We were all...

Field Museum
Field Museum

  This winter has lasted about 1000 years and the reign of the White Witch really needs to come to an end.  Not to mention that we have a very limited discretionary budget right now, we are in desperate need of some family time that does not involve reruns of...

Galveston Texas
Galveston Texas

  You may wonder how The V Fam ended up in Texas over winter break.  It was really quite simple.  I was trying to escape winter and the snow so I pulled up google flights and looked for the cheapest place we could fly (obviously on Spirit.  AKA the Greyhound bus...

Diwali
Diwali

  Diwali / Dipalwali didn't even exist in my little world until I was 35.  I have abnormally high blood pressure and my doc directly told me that I needed yoga.  I consequently met my beloved Guru Deepti and she invited me to my first Diwali party.  I showed up...

Birks
Birks

  College in the 90s + Full Participation in Lilith Fair + Gen X = Owning a Pair of Birks I didn't over-think or cherish them as I should; My Birks were simply my shoes. They were still in their prime of life, no more than a mere 7 years old, when I had a few...

Open House Chicago
Open House Chicago

  It is no secret that free/cheap is my jam.  This coming weekend (October 13-14, 2018) is one of my all-time favorite free things to do in Chicago.  I like it so much that I would even recommend that people from out of town plan their visit for this!  Chicago...

Houseplants
Houseplants

   Today is a topic very near and dear to my heart.  Houseplants.   Don't stop reading!!!  I know.  Houseplants are either boring or depressing, or PTSD inducing (--as everything rushes back upon recollection of the tragic tale involving the orchid from Great...

Take Care
Take Care

I take care of things...  I help with homework and organize carpools and schedule the plumber but not at the same time as the ortho or PT or allergy shots or practice.  I do piles and piles of laundry.  I research the best vitamins and find live music for...

Mama Bear
Mama Bear

  When I was a kid, I didn't really dream of growing up to be a Mama Bear.  Being a mom seemed complicated and stressful and it would definitely take away energy from my dreams and passions and goals (I was way more right than I realized)... but as life would...

Sandy Oregon
Sandy Oregon

We spent last week on Mount Hood, just outside Sandy Oregon (if you are from Chicago and frustrated with the constant slaughtering of Illinois, I looked it up... it is officially pronounced "aura-gun").  I need to state right here in the intro something very very...

Northerly Island
Northerly Island

It is officially time to inform people of my second favorite music venue (hard to ever beat Red Rocks).  Northerly Island is in Chicago and had a bit of a dicey start.  Way back in 1910, the city planner intended for it to be for public enjoyment, but there wasn't...

LA Day 2 & 3
LA Day 2 & 3

Day 2 & 3 were pretty packed (as if Day 1 wasn't?!)  There is SO MUCH TO SEE IN LA!!  Downtown LA isn't really worth staying in because parking is expensive and it isn't a great hub for everything else you'll want to do, but it is a REALLY cool city.  My husband...

LA Day 1
LA Day 1

    I love LA.  It isn't really the place I'd want to live full time but visiting is the best.  I've been to Los Angeles a few times now but this was the first time with the kids.  We flew in late on a Thursday, took a short free shuttle to the the rental...

Hopped on a Plane to LAX
Hopped on a Plane to LAX

 I love Chicago and seasons and the snow and cute boots, but I just try my hardest to escape it a few times a winter.  This year, we scheduled two.  A trip to Orlando with extended family that ended up being 29 degrees (not a winter escape and story later) and...

Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach

 I keep over-thinking these posts and then I freeze because I want them to be perfect with artistic pictures and a precise layout and every detail but then they never get done at all and I have a million drafts just sitting here.  SOOO... Turning over a new leaf here...

Atlanta Piedmont Park
Atlanta Piedmont Park

 I really am not sure how we've ended up in Atlanta so many times, but we do.  And frankly, I like it more every single time (especially when we aren't driving)!  This time we took the MARTA to Midtown (both the red and gold lines work). Midtown is absolutely adorable...

Packing Bags
Packing Bags

Our first couple of family vacations were admittedly a learning experience of epic proportions and involved an exhausting game of tetris at each stop.  We brought stuff we didn't need, forgot things we had at home, and there was even one delightful time when a bag of...

Pick a Place and Plan the Trip
Pick a Place and Plan the Trip

 On a recent trip, we were listening to a guy playing acoustic guitar at a tiny bar.  It was chilly, we had done a bunch of hiking, were sipping whiskey, and between sets, we struck up  conversation with the people next to us (let me start by saying that I know it...

Meals
Meals

 Rumor has it that some people forget to eat meals.  Those are probably the same people who work-out as "me time" and look forward to their yearly cleanse.  I personally know people like that (don't worry, I won't put your names... you know who you are).  I admire...

Lodging & Accommodations
Lodging & Accommodations

 My sister and I look similar but we are literally night and day on so many things.  For example, that girl LOVES a true vacation.  It pretty much isn't worth it to her unless she is staying somewhere nicer than her house.  AND I TOTALLY GET THAT!  Everyone has a...

Atlanta
Atlanta

 The first time in Atlanta was totally legit.  My husband had a conference and I tagged along as his baggage / eye-candy.   I wandered all over for 3 days and had a great time (if I’m totally honest, the great time might be predicated on being temporarily kid-free)...

Obvioulsy Orlando
Obvioulsy Orlando

I’m not a fan of revisiting places.  There are so many new adventures on the horizon that we rarely have a desire to repeat… except, obviously, Orlando.  I’ve been at least half a dozen times in my life and would go back tomorrow if we could pull it off!  The first...

Plan Ahead for Travel
Plan Ahead for Travel

 In my day job, I organize details, plan procedures, and I LOVE it!  But I know not everyone is a planner, some people don't even like spreadsheets (GASP!)  Not to be too mellow-dramatic, but planning ahead can make or break even the smallest trip.  Depending on who...

Hello World!
Hello World!

  My vision for this blog is to encourage people to travel and entertain and connect with people and live to the fullest, without scrambling around and eventually collapsing in an exhausted, stressed, and disheveled heap... and that it doesn't take tons of money...

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