Two days ago, we were in Maine. We used to live there, and love visiting at much as possible. Because our Chinese visas were on track and we just had a few precious days left in the States, we thought Maine would be a good place to visit before we departed.

And then, another wrench in the plans.

We found out that against all odds, our visas required an in-person visit to the Chinese consulate in Chicago. (This is specific to this particular region, and only for certain types of visas, but is a new rule.) After a few minutes of simultaneously being shocked by the turn in events and also not shocked at all (have you heard about the insanity that is this process?), we shifted our plans.

Twelve hours later we were on the road, on a seventeen hour drive to Chicago. This morning we’re coming to you from our friends’ guest room, in one of our favorite Chicago neighborhoods. The consulate visit was successful and our visas are still on track. We thwarted what could be a tricky delay due to next weekend’s long weekend holidays in both the US and China.

There has never been a time when I could really use some mindless internet browsing than at this very second. I look forward to spending most of the day in the semi-darkness, doing all the work that didn’t get done the past two days and getting my fill of online entertainment.

Let the fun begin!


Plan your weekend on Thursday.

If you’re planning your summer travels like we are, don’t forget these tips to save some cash.

Beverly Cleary is alive and well at 101.

The truth about fictional NYC apartments.

Would you join a podcast club?

There goes the neighborhood.

“I’ve had at least three marriages. They’re just all with the same person.”

400 redundant words to eliminate from your writing.

Ouch. 35 money questions you should have the answer to by age 35.

The people behind ‘strictly platonic’ Craigslist ads.

Going to a restaurant with a chef is…interesting.

NYC is where my food budget goes to die.

Especially when it comes to brunch.

In case you missed it, Amazon is taking over the world.

And Seattle is richer and angrier because of it.

Inspiring home libraries.

Speaking of reading, it’s almost summer which means it’s time for…

How much does that perfect-looking #vanlife really cost?

Google: On a mission to improve my terrible photos one pixel at a time.

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  • May 24, 2017

    I love the roundup – good reading material!

    I lived in Seattle 11 years ago – I definitely could not afford the same standard of living now, even at almost twice the salary I was making then. Not sure I’d want to move back anyways.
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    • May 25, 2017
      Julie

      It’s a fascinating look at what’s happened in Seattle….of course I have fantasies about living out there in the rain and ferries and huge log homes 🙂