I recently picked up temp work assisting the tour buses for a convention. After close to two years of a covid hiatus it felt both great and a little odd to be walking the halls of McCormick Place, chatting with old coworkers, and grabbing overpriced Starbucks coffee. I helped the driver navigate and review schedule changes. We drove through various parts of Pilsen on a rainy, dreary day. I had a really good conversation with the driver about her emigration here from Cuba as a child, and shared my own experiences moving to the US at the age of 4.
Our last stop was at the National Museum of Mexican Art. It had always been on my list of places check out, so I was very excited! Fortunately, I was able to join the tour, learn about the history, and witness some really great works of art. Our tour guide did a wonderful job of really painting a vivid and personal picture of the artists and different pieces.
perfect days like this one! This is one of the reasons I absolutely love picking up temp work with conventions and trade shows. I thrive on learning new things, meeting people from all over the world, and hearing their stories.
I hope everyone enjoys seeing these works of art as much as I did.
Over the pandemic I got a customer service job that was primarily phone based. There was a great deal of verbal abuse, but what was even harder was the emotional labor aspect of it.
Every day, I spoke with over a dozen people on the phone. A lot of my conversations went well, we talked about some amazing things, laughed and I was able to help them navigate a complex process. These positive conversations were heavily overshadowed by lots of heavy, sad , heartbreaking interactions. Many of these people had battled cancer, other health problems, were recovering from heart failure, and told me about their countless medications, and the death of their family members. Some of them cried, got silent for a moment or openly told me how much they miss their deceased loved ones. Others shared their mental health struggles, and chronic pain. I could hear their heavy sighs and breathing patterns change as emotion filled their body. Listening to their tales, absolutely broke my heart.
It also reflected very strongly on the attitude of that boomer generation. They had a sturdy attitude of “suck it up, work hard, buy a home, and don’t complain” instilled in them and preached it to their offspring and grandchildren.Very few of them waxed on about their jobs and the the value of working hard. Most of them spoke about their hobbies and how much they loved, valued and missed those close to them.
Their stories really made me rethink the importance of my life and to reevaluate my priorities.
Life really is short and hearing their experiences really drove that point home.
Checking out the fixed price lunch at Kendall College.
I had been meaning to check out the Kendall College Dining Room’s fixed price lunch for a few years now and finally did so, last week. Their three-course meal is $18 or $22 with a glass of house wine. My friend, Mark joined me on this particular culinary excursion.
The dining room had quite the display of historic dishware, bakeware and other food preparation related things. We were seated right next to the kitchen so we had a direct, clear view of our food being prepared. There was a great window view as well.
We started off with bread and honey butter, which made me so unbelievably happy! I have a certain soft spot for honey butter! It reminded me of the butter from Honey Butter Fried Chicken.
I enjoyed delicious Metropolis coffee with the bread and butter, because, how could you not combine these things? Haha!
I started my meal off with the pea and mushroom risotto, which was simple and packed with flavor. I really like combos that include a few well-balanced ingredients so I can really taste everything clearly.
Mark got the radish salad as his starter. I ordered the pork chops as my entree and Mark ordered the salmon over lentils.
We both finished up our meal with the vanilla creme Brulee, which was really good and not too sweet.