The City and The Strange

Since starting Cinema Production at DePaul I have worked on many short films. Being on location brings me to places I would have never gone and shows me things I would have never seen. I feel like I have seen so much more of Chicago, and I love it. It’s given me the opportunity to take some cool photos of the city and of some really strange things…Here are a few photos I’ve taken on the way.

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NaBloPoMo

The Wonderfully Blank Pages

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “A Mystery Wrapped in an Enigma.”

This Daily Prompt was from a few days ago, but I’m given it a go for today!
Something the most people probably don’t know about me….
Well, some people know about this, particularly my close relatives, but most people don’t know that I, Kelli, am addicted to journals.
There is something exhilarating about filling the wonderfully blank pages with my thoughts, findings and ideas throughout my days. I have a journal from middle school, from high school, from my years at Purdue, from my internship/summer in Chicago in 2012, from my summer in Boston in 2013, from my 12 days in Europe and I currently have one that I started when I began classes at DePaul. But also, I have one I write film/creative ideas in, I have one I write poetry in, I have one I write quotes in, I have one I write about my family in, I have one I make goal lists and write about milestones in, I have one I write about sound in, one I write about editing in, one that I draw in and one that I carry with me in my purse for notes on the go.FullSizeRender
Maybe this is too many…but some how I keep it straight. And I love it. My life is going to be well documented, and since about 2010, a lot of it is documented in cursive, because why not…it’s a dying art.
Now that people like my mom and my aunt know about my journal fetish…they buy me more. And sometimes I just can’t pass up a deal at TJ Maxx or Target…”Journal for $3.00! Yeah okay, I’ll use it eventually!”
My journals have sort of become scrapbooks as well. When I was in Boston I started taping in little memories of the places I went to go along with my writing. I’m the kind of person who likes to save silly stuff like a napkin from a coffee shop with its logo on it (don’t worry it’s unused) so I decided why not incorporate those things in my journals instead of having a box of stuff I don’t always remember where I saved it from.
It’s a strange bit of my life that not a lot of people know about, that’s for sure. But it’s a very important part that brings me so much joy. I get to read what my past self wrote (some of it really childish and goofy) and realize that I really am growing as a person, as a writer and as a creative thinker.
Cheers to all that write in journals, keep it up!

Daily Post

17 Realizations of An Uptown Girl

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As of Sunday, May 24, 2015, I am an Uptown girl. It is one of Chicago’s many small neighborhoods north of the downtown area (where I used to live) and it is right next to Lake Michigan.
The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind, everything happened so quickly but it’s all very exciting because I, for the first time, live alone in my very own studio apartment. During my move and the past couple of days, here’s what I have learned and realized so far:

  1. I have way too much stuff…okay I already knew that…
  2. In a tiny studio apartment, organization is key
  3. I hate not having a dishwasher
  4. I should have asked if there was AC
  5. I don’t have a peephole in my front door
  6. It’s weird not having a TV/Cable/Internet (yet), but it’s kind of nice at the same time — CDs and DVDs are really making a come back at my place right meow
  7. I love saying “MY” apartment
  8. Sometimes kitchen cupboards/drawers are like flowers, they are just there to look pretty
  9. If I want a hot shower, it’s a quick shower
  10. I am so glad to have my full size, non-lofted bed back
  11. 300 square feet isn’t so bad
  12. I live wonderfully close to the lake and it makes for a great walking/running experience
  13. A shopping cart you can take home with you is an excellent purchase
  14. I get way more steps on my Fitbit now that I commute to work and school
  15. I am much more conscious of my electricity use
  16. It’s going to take a while before I get completely organized and decorated
  17. I feel like such an adult, I should blog about this.

And so I will!
Look out for small apartment tips, on the train stories, adulting adventures and more.
Have a lovely Wednesday!
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Adulting Lists

Lost and Unfound

purseThis week has not been the easiest. I was so excited to be home in Michigan for my mom’s 50th birthday, when I got off the Megabus on Sunday evening I left my purse behind. Yes, my blue Italian leather purse that I bought in Florence, Italy last June on my Europe trip. The really sad part is this is the second time I’ve left it behind in the past two months, but this time, I think it’s gone for good.
This also means I lost my credit card, debit card, DePaul ID, CTA UPass, driver’s license, awesome ID case I got in Boston, my 16GB SD card, my compact mirror I got from a good friend of mine, a necklace from my mom, my good chapstick, movie tickets I hadn’t put in my collection yet, possibly a flash drive, and a brand new pack of gum.
Most of these things are replaceable, and overall I’m handling the loss quite well. Luckily, my purse had seen better days and was wearing out anyway, though it would have been a nice keepsake. I waited until today to seriously act on the situation, I finally received a response to my lost item report from Megabus and they said they were unable to find it so I figured it was time.
I canceled my credit cards, a new Discover Card is on the way! I went to Chase Bank down the road from me and got a new debit card right then and there. I was there for five minutes tops. What a wonderfully convenient service, thanks Robert, from Chase Bank!
Next, I was off to the DePaul Center to get a new DePaul ID ($15) and a new UPass ($50), I have to wait a week for the UPass but at least it’s all taken care of!
Now I have to figure out my driver’s license situation…The license I lost was from Indiana, (the vertical pre twenty one years of age kind, I guess I finally have a reason to get a horizontal one). But technically, I am a resident of Michigan now since that’s where my parents moved to, and I physically live in Illinois, needless to say getting a new license is going to be a process. The good thing is I don’t have to drive in Chicago, so it can wait, and now I have another purpose for my passport!
My lesson learned from this…This happens to everyone at some point, somehow, and it is inconvenient but there are a lot of helpful people and companies to help you through it. More importantly when the bus driver says make sure you have all of your belongings as you’re leaving the bus, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR FREAKING PURSE!

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