Musings of a Museum Fanatic: March 2020

3.23.2020

Getting Around Chicago Hacks

One of my biggest worries when I visit a new place is getting around. There are so many details when it comes to figuring out how to get around a place. Can you walk? Is it too sprawled out of a place and you need to get a rental car? Check out Choose Chicago for a great overview on your transportation options in Chicago. What I've got for you today are some hacks for making the most out of getting around Chicago. 

Getting Around Chicago Hacks by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Walk when you can
Chicago is an extremely walkable city, even in the winter time. Even when you're outside of the Loop if you're staying in a certain neighborhood you can totally walk it. Don't waste your money on a cab when you could just as easily walk and get a fantastic view along the way. Plus you'll get plenty of steps along the way. If you're enjoying Chicago in the winter you can also walk in the Pedway through parts of the Loop.

Step to the side when you’re looking at your phone or taking a photo
This isn't really a transportation hack it's more a as you're getting around courtesy thing ha. I feel like this is a universal thing but you'd be surprised at how much people don't abide by this. This can be especially frustrating if you're visiting during the week since there are thousands of people attempting to get to and from work. Be aware of what's happening around you and step to the side!

Use the bus system
Lots of people when they visit want to ride the L for the experience but there are only so many places they can take you. If you're looking to get from Lincoln Park to Bucktown you'll probably want to hop on a bus instead of heading all the way back into the Loop to take the Blue Line out. Plus there are lots of buses that will take you to specific places like the 146 that takes you right to Museum Campus.

Water Taxi
I think that some of the best views of the city are from the water. Why not make getting around the city as scenic as you can? Plus if you're on a budget and can't swing an architectural tour this is a great option. You don't get the information but you can sure check out all the amazing sights.

Use Metra to explore outside of Chicago
This is my biggest pet peeve when it comes to people visiting or even people who live in the Chicago area. They don't realize how there is so many amazing things do and see that aren't in the city proper. You've got places like Oak Park, Arlington Heights, and the North Shore. Take almost any Metra rail to one of the many downtowns and you'll find lots to do, eat, and see.

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3.13.2020

Get Motivated When You Just Aren't

Anyone else struggling to get things done? The days feel like they're taking forever. You know you need to get certain things checked off your to do list but you just can't. You can't bring yourself to power through and keep that motivation up.

The past couple of years I've gotten into a motivation rut. I know it can be tough to keep it up especially when you have so many distractions all around. There are a few things you can do to keep up your motivation that I've learned while in my motivation rut. What are some things you do to keep your motivation up?

Get Motivated When You Just Aren't by Musings of a Museum Fanatic


Baby steps
Going from zero to one hundred is only something a sports car can do. It's much tougher for us to do it. Even if a person thinks that they can it's easy to get overwhelmed and burn out quickly. Then you'll lose what little motivation you mustered up.

I like to add everything I can think of to my to do list no matter how small. Not only will I actually remember it when I write it down it will also get the motivation going. By starting with and tackling some small items off your list you get that awesome feeling accomplishment. Then you start thinking that you can do it all and your motivation is back.

Make a change
We all have routines. Sometimes being in a routine can really mess with our motivation. Have you just been sitting on the couch when you get home? Don't sit on the couch. Take your computer into a different room to work. Find yourself focused on your phone and wallowing? Turn off your phone for the weekend. Making a small or large change can really get your groove going.

Reward yourself
This fall I participated in the Get Organized Challenge to organize my scrapbook materials. One of the important aspects of the challenge is that you make a rewards system for accomplishing each weeks' challenge. It can be anything you want, I did rewards like a new top I had my eye on or some delicious ice cream from Oberweis. 

Knowing that I had the rewards coming once I finished the tasks really lit a fire under me. It's amazing what motivation you can find when there is some incentive. Even if it's a little incentive like once I write this entire blog post I can sit down and read a magazine. Know what reward would be a good motivator and use it to your advantage.

Enlist help
We all have those couple of people in our lives who kick our butts into action. Sometimes I need to ask Kevin to remind to me to work on something after work. He is always making sure he encourages me to get those things off my to do list.

Then there are the people who will give you crap until you get it done, in a loving way of course! They make sure they check in with you to see you're getting it done. These are the people who see through your excuses and call you on it. I think we need all the different types of people in our lives. It can be tough to go it alone. You can even find friends online that will keep you motivated! Love all the encouragement from the bloggers I've met throughout the years. Who do you have that keeps you motivated?

Make some goals
How can you have motivation if you're not even sure what you're working towards? Setting SMART goals will give you a clear vision on what you need to do and what you're working towards. Even if it's just your goal for the day of not sitting on the couch watching Hell's Kitchen until after dinner. Your goals don't have be these lofty, huge thing. They can be simple.

Just do it
When all else fails sometimes you just have to tell yourself to just freaking do it. A couple weekends ago I found myself just hanging out on the couch for a couple of hours not getting anything done. I was comfy and didn't want to do anything. There was nothing on the calendar and I had planned on getting some family history work done but I just couldn't find the motivation.

I finally had to tell myself that I just had to get off the couch and then just made myself turn off the TV. Just get stuff done. It was rough at first because I didn't have the motivation but after a couple minutes I found a groove and was rocking it.

That's really the most important thing when overcoming motivation issues. There is no secret you just need to stop limiting yourself and say just do it.

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3.09.2020

30 things that happened in 2010

10 years ago we had just started a brand new decade. It was full of excitement and potential. This was a year of some amazing dance songs and some pretty terrible moments. What was your biggest 2010 moment?

30 things that happened in 2010 by Musings of a Museum Fanatic


Winter Olympics are held in Vancouver

We all became obsessed with Downton Abbey

Instagram was founded

Hot Tub Time Machine

Tony Curtis passed away



After 54 years As The World Turns Ended

Lady Gaga wore a meat dress to the VMAs

Everyone was disappointed with the end of Lost

WikiLeaks publicly releases the first of thousands of confidential documents



Apple Releases the Ipad

Easy A


An earthquake devastates Haiti. About 160,000 are killed

Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai opened and became the world’s tallest building

Operation Iraqi Freedom ends



The Walking Dead premiers

CopiapĆ³ mining accident in Chile ends after surviving a record 69 days underground all 33 miners arrive at the surface safely

The military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell policy" banning homosexuals serving openly is repealed

Simon Cowell leaves American Idol



Rahm Emanuel resigns as White House Chief of Staff to run for Mayor of Chicago

We all were singing in the streets to Glee

The iconic 'Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Wife' meme was born

Tangled

Prince William finally proposes to long time girlfriend Kate Middleton after 8 years of dating

Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded and spilled up to 260 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico



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3.06.2020

6 Things You Should do Before Moving in

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7 months into living in our new place and we're finally starting to feel more settled. Buying and moving into a space can be an overwhelming. There is so much think about and do throughout the entire process it's easy to do things out of order or to completely forget! We had some extra time before moving in so I was able to figure out some of the really important must not forget things that you should do before moving in. What do you think is something that's done better before you move in?


6 Things You Should do Before Moving in


Change the locks
If you gave keys to workers to work on the space or even if you moved right in change your locks! You don't know who could have made copies of that key. Save yourself some stress and change it right away. Safety is always something you should invest in. This is a great time to upgrade and do something like a keypad lock.

Paint 
When we closed on the new place we knew painting before we actually moved in was the way to go. Since we were painting the entire thing ceilings included it was a big undertaking. It would have being insanely tough to try and paint it all after we had everything in the house.

Change flooring 
This is along the same vein as painting. If you can do it before you move in it will make your life so much easier. We didn't change all the flooring at once but we changed most of it. Even though we went with a place that would have moved all of our stuff to switch the flooring we didn't want to have to deal with that.

Clean it
You've just done a bunch of updates. Someone has moved out. There is going to be dust and crud all over the place. There is nothing like giving a space a nice deep clean. There is no better time than before you've moved yourself in either. You can get in those hard to reach places and spaces before you put a dresser there and don't move it for years.

Change your address
Don't get so bogged down in updates and the excitement of moving that you forget this one super important to do list item! You don't want to settling into your new home and realize that you're missing your bills or even more important your latest issue of Food Network magazine. Make sure to put in at the post office your forwarding address and inform friends and family of your new address.

Change & turn on utilities
It's not very fun when you're exhausted after a long day of moving it's starting to get dark out you go to switch on the lights. Then you realize that you never called the power company to turn them on in the first place! Yeah not so much fun. We didn't move in to our place for a month but the workers and Kevin's dad needed the electricity to work in the space. If you're transferring utilities like internet make sure you connect with them too and switch your billing address.

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3.02.2020

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art


Lapidary Art. What in the world is that? You'll find an amazing museum tucked in the western suburb of Oak Brook that is totally devoted to it, The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art. Lapidary art is the art of cutting and polishing stone. Sounds beautiful right? Oh you have no idea!

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art by Musings of a Museum Fanatic #museum #chicago #visitchicago

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art by Musings of a Museum Fanatic #museum #chicago #visitchicago

The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art just opened up in their new space the fall of 2019. They moved from their long time home in downtown Elmhurst to Oak Brook. I finally got a chance to visit the new since we were having a KDRMA board meeting there. The new Lizzadro Museum is tucked between Rt. 83 and I-88 by the Oak Brook Park District. It is really tucked back off 83 so make sure you're paying attention to your GPS, although the building is super easy to spot. They have fantastic easy to read signage on the building. 

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Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art by Musings of a Museum Fanatic #museum #chicago #visitchicago

In the mid-20th century lapidary art became a huge fad. People were starting clubs along with collecting and polishing stones at home. This is where the found of the museum Joseph Lizzadro started his love of the beautiful stones. He started his collection with a small Chinese jade hanging vase and it just grew from there. It grew so much that he built an entire museum for it in 1962. 

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art by Musings of a Museum Fanatic #museum #chicago #visitchicago

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art by Musings of a Museum Fanatic #museum #chicago #visitchicago

When you step into the new exhibits it's hard to decide what to look at first since everything is so amazingly beautiful. They take you through different rocks, minerals, gemstones and even fossils!

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art by Musings of a Museum Fanatic #museum #chicago #visitchicago

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art by Musings of a Museum Fanatic #museum #chicago #visitchicago

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art by Musings of a Museum Fanatic #museum #chicago #visitchicago

I think the dioramas (three photos above) might be some of my favorite pieces in the collection. They are scenes with different animals carved from beautiful gemstones. There is even a diorama with dinosaurs! They were originally created for children but it's easy to see how everyone can enjoy these beautiful works of art. The backgrounds were painted by local Elmhurst artist, David S. Burnside. You should hop over to the Lizzadro's website and see the quick video about the making of the dioramas.

 Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art by Musings of a Museum Fanatic #museum #chicago #visitchicago

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art by Musings of a Museum Fanatic #museum #chicago #visitchicago

One of my favorite parts in any museum is seeing new details every time I visit. The Lizzadro is definitely a museum that delivers on exquisite details! From the tiny pieces to the huge pieces there is so much to see time and time again in this west suburban gem! 

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Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art by Musings of a Museum Fanatic #museum #chicago #visitchicago

Thanks so much for stopping by! You can also join me on InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest. In addition to life-capades and doing it for yourself, I love all things 'real life' so use the hashtag #museumfanatic on social media so I can see your beautiful unstaged life. Oh and on the top of the side bar to your right, you can follow me on Bloglovin or on social media to be alerted to each new post!