Block Fire

At around 3:30am I woke up this morning and initially thought my allergies were acting up. I got up and went in search of my life-blood aka Zyrtec in the kitchen. I stumbled around until I remembered I had packed it in my bag which was in the craft room. As I stood there fumbling, I heard what sounded like construction noises. I knew it was 3:30am, so I couldn’t fathom what the heck a construction crew would be doing out there! I went over to the window and quickly saw it was not construction, but rather a GIANT fire! When I first saw the flames they engulfed the entire back of an abandoned house and the smoke wash billowing out. Dozens of firefighters were in the house next door, sitting on its roof and in the back yard with hoses and shouting back and forth. They quickly got the back of the house doused and turned their attention on the blaze that was inside that house. It was equal parts terrifying and hypnotizing. I have never been so close to a fire like that. I was also in shock that it was happening. I was just thankful that I knew that house was abandoned so the odds of their being fatalities was lower than some of the heavily occupied homes here in Logan Square in Chicago. I stayed up watching it for about half an hour and witness the east wall of the house cave in on itself. After taking photos (it is the 21st century after all), I decided I couldn’t watch it because they would be there all night and I had to go to work in the morning.

When I woke up a few hours later at 6am it was still dark, and as the sun rose I saw the huge amount of damage the blaze had done. Including that the fire had actually burned the house next to it extensively. I remembered the firefighters sitting on top of its roof and quickly thought OH MY GOD THEY ARE CRAZY HEROES! I took Leopold out and decided to gawk. They still had the street blocked off and two fire engines were still spraying and sifting through the rubble/charred carcass of the abandoned house. The house next to it, which was occupied by 3 adults and 7 children was evacuated quickly so no injuries were reported, however all the doors and windows were busted out.

So much damage – and apparently it was all the work of an 18 year old Arsonist. I don’t know how they always find arsonists, but it seems to be the one crime everyone gets caught committing. I’m SO glad no one was injured, even though 10 people are now displaced as well as lost countless personal items and their home is severely damaged.

Here’s the Chicago Tribune link to the story: Logan Square Fire

And here are my photos from my apartment window. I definitely have a higher appreciation for firefighters and for fire safety.

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Life Around Here.

the hipsters are restless in Logan Square.

Life has been so busy lately. I’ve been studying for the GMAT, knitting the Heliopath KAL, running/working out, and taking care of my tribe.

First things first, the GMAT. I have to say I’m enjoying working through the workbooks for this exam. I have never studied for a standardized test before so all the strategies and methodologies are fascinating. However, the testing material is intense. Nothing is ‘complicated’, but the way the exam is designed is to make sure you know the basics in-and-out. So I’m re-memorizing my geometry proofs, my algebra rules, basic grammar skills, and reasoning strategies. I have faith I’ll get the score I’ve set as my goal, but these next 9 weeks will be full of practice problems, practice exams, and workbooks.

The Heliopath KAL is coming along – I’m about to start the arm shape-ing. Honestly, I’m pretty tired of the cables so I took a few days break from working on it. Tonight I’ll get one side done and hopefully start on the back-piece/make head way on that. I did however rearrange my entire house/address my clay cat-litter ‘situation’ I ended up switching to World’s Best (again) so fingers crossed my asthma/Boris’ allergies are improved.

DIY face mask I made to clean/rearrange my space. Asthma, suck it.

The gym has been great. I got an outdoor run in on Sunday since the weather was lovely. I also ‘splurged’ and bought new running shoes, which I desperately needed. These New Balances are great. I honestly feel like my momentum and speed are soaring in them!

My new New Balance Carnival 574s
Logan Square. 5K Sunday Run.

The Ugly Tribe. I spend so much time at home, these guys really make me so happy. Although during my first full length practice exam on Saturday, Vladimir would not leave me alone and would not stop fussing with stuff in the kitchen. I don’t think the GMAT people had a pesky sphynx in mind when they designed the exam. I may start going to the library to take those exams since I had to get up three separate times to sternly warn my eldest cat to GET THE EFF OUT OF THE SINK / QUIT KNOCKING OVER CLEAN BUT DRYING DISHES. Anyways here’s some photos of my weekend with them.

Boris waiting for some string cheese.
dont’ go run mom, just stay here and hold me.
you gonna share that mom?
pug – spooning.
lay with me you little sh%t.
I take nap here. zzzz.

ONWARDS.
xxx
GFK.

Weekend Photo Blast

I had such a fun and busy weekend! I got to hang with my DH4L homie A TON. Then, I crafted, saw Chicago in a new light, ate loads of frozen yogurt, ate other super tasty food, and of course prepped for Halloween cards/photos. Here’s a few photos from the weekend.

Over 3 pounds of froyo was consumed.
Over 3 pounds of froyo was consumed.

Millennium Park/Skyline
Millennium Park/Skyline
The Bean at night.
The Bean at night.
Gotham Tower - just kidding.
Gotham Tower – just kidding.
Bloomingdales Friday Run.
Bloomingdales Friday Run.
Rails of Glitter all day Sunday.
Rails of Glitter all day Sunday.
Prettiest girl this side of the Mississippi....
Prettiest girl this side of the Mississippi….
Hot Woks - Tuna Bacon Tobiko Salad. mmmm roe.
Hot Woks – Tuna Bacon Tobiko Salad. mmmm roe.
Margaret Cho!
Margaret Cho!