I have a work thing this week in Chicago, or as Bob and Cathie like to call it "DON'T GET MURDERED." I'm staying with my childhood best friend Sam. He's an orthodontist and apparently they get up at negative elventy o' clock in the morning for work because he was long gone by the time I rolled out of bed.

I realized that I had totally forgotten to pack my computer charger and underwear when I got out of the shower and tried to get dressed and quickly finish drafting something that needed to be filed in court today. And so, totally unfamiliar with the city and desperately wanting not to get murdered because then Bob and Cathie would be all like "SEE WE TOLD YOU" and that would be super annoying, I ventured out onto the streets.

Thirty minutes later I found a store that sold both a universal charger AND underwear.

Checkout Woman: 9:00 AM and you out buyin' underwear and chargers.

Eli: And I found both in the same store! It's a Halloween miracle!

Checkout Woman: We have fresh-baked goods, too, if you're looking for breakfast.

Eli: Shut up. You had me at hello.

And now, your Pictures & Distractions:


Fall time with Hannah Rose

My table is ready for Halloween.

Same, pumpkin. Same. 

Salt Lake City from my office window.


The siblings.

Princess and the Pea.


Crap to distract you from whatever you're supposed to be doing:

I don't even know. Thanks, Ellica.

People matching artworks. Thanks, Tyler.

A terrible roommate. Thanks, many of you.

For all the grammar nerds. Thanks, Mimi.

I hate this more than I hate anything. Thanks, Krishelle.

Les Mis in 3 minutes. Thanks, Derrick.

Then there's this one.

The missing cat. Thanks, Lisa.

Airbnb hosts share their horror stories. Thanks, Bre.

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