Flying High

I.

Went

To.

CHICAGO!!!!!

I dunno about you guys but I absolutely love this city. You hear me out there — LOVE!!!

I’ve had Chicago ambitions since I was a student at SicEmU. I wanted to work for the Chicago Sun-Times. I wanted to cover the mobsters of the Chi. Be immersed in the culture and food scene cuz let’s face it, anyone could eat this

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Taken at Pizzeria Uno

everyday right?! I mean who wouldn’t want to have this delectable morsel of yummy spicy cheesy goodness?!

I can’t even say enough about this trip. It was definitely an opportunity I’m eternally grateful for because honestly my boss doesn’t have to pull the strings she does for me. She doesn’t have to help me advance in my career. She doesn’t really have to do anything but just let me work. But she does that and more 150% of the time.

So imagine my mind being blown late July when she told me we were going to good ol’ Chitown baby! Totally just… Shut me the fuck up and well we all know how hard that is sometimes. The weeks leading up to the trip I wasn’t excited or gung-ho about the trip. Something just wasn’t letting me enjoy the fact I was going to one of my top bucket list destinations. But like always I got through. My anxiety subsided finally.

But then I saw this:

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Flying over Lake Michigan

This:

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Big Ten Network entrance

And this:

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Big Ten Network Studios

Yoooooooooo lemme tell you something in my NYC Latina accent I had #reportambitions as soon as I stepped foot in the studio. My heart went pitter pat so fast I almost had the vapors. Spoken like a true southerner huh?

But the piece of résistance was this shot here from the Director of Engineering office:

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Ain’t it just beautiful?!?!

I wanna go back. I wanna go to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field. I wanna actually try a genuine Chicago hot dog. I would love to visit Northwestern University and its journalism school. I’d like to tour the Chicago Sun-Times if that’s even possible. So many side adventures that wasn’t exactly feasible this trip due to time constraints. But I’ll be back Chicago baby! Don’t you worry your pretty little heart.

Thanks for reading…

the southern yankee 

*all photos were taken on an iPhone 5s

Photo 101 Day 14: Objects Appear Larger Than They Seem


This fucker has been buzzing around my bathroom for the last few days. Every time I go to potty there it is looking at me through its multiple beady little eyes. ::shudder::

Today, it appeared to be drunkenly buzzing about. It wasn’t zipping by my ears at the speed of light. Nope today it was much slower and lackadaisical. So I opened up my ProCam2 iOS app to attempt to get a good shot of the little asshole before it decided it was done with me and stung the bloody hell out of me.

Not too bad for an iPhone 5s huh? I don’t think so either.

Thanks for reading…

The Southern Yankee

ps. in case you’re wondering i escaped without a sting. Whew!!

Photo 101 Day 13: We’ve Gotta Runner Folks! 

Little man on the run!

This is my nephew Cai. We call him Speedy Gonzalez because for 20 months the little ankle biter is FAST! He can last longer than the Energizer Bunny. We take him regularly for walks up and down our street. We just let him run. It’s not easy to keep up with him because he just goes everywhere. I don’t even think he gets tired. His older brother will ride his bike while me and his other Auntie walk along side. As soon as we think Cai will slow down to stop for a minute, he just starts running again. Da hell man! Ugh! I be so tired when we’re done “walking” him.

The above picture was taken on Super Bowl Sunday with my Sony a5000. Isn’t he just the cutest in his older brother’s JJ Watt jersey? I’m not sure exactly how I got this shot because Cai was a tiny package of energy that probably would’ve gone for another five hours without stopping. Shake my head oh to be that age again and without a care in the world.

Thanks for reading…

The Southern Yankee