Day Sixty Two

Somewhere along the way I seem to have lost track of the number of days I’ve been here. Sixty two, today.

Pretty crazy to look back at my blog and see everything that I packed in this summer. I’d like to think that I made the most of it. In fact, I still have some days left and a few remaining things on my to do list.

Let’s play catch up from this past whirlwind week:

This past Wednesday included a trip after work to Millennium Park to meet up with Joel, Jessica, Aaron and Alex. Despite a little rain in the beginning it turned out to be a great night. Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures!! I don’t know what I was thinking. It was an orchestra performance that night so the place was packed. Joel and Alex got there early and snagged some prime front row seating in the grass and brought a picnic blanket and dinner. Thanks guys! Fun night catching up and getting absolutely crushed in scrabble. As in, by the end I was going for 7 point words and asking if this was like golf – lowest score wins. Ah well. It was gorgeous downtown with all of the building lights on and just as we were leaving the navy pier fireworks started going off. Also my first time in a car all summer – it felt so weird!!

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On the work front its been super busy. With only a week left now I’ve been trying to wrap up project and have been focused on this intern project. There have been very late nights and very packed days involved. I’ve determined this week that when I get stressed, I eat like a little kid. Grapes and goldfish? Yes please. That explains the cheez-it cravings in college. And in case you were wondering, whole wheat goldfish taste funny.

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A rainy Thursday afternoon caused an awkward situation after work. I was rushing to get out the door because I saw the bus coming just a block away. Somehow, a few steps in I found myself on the ground. On a street corner in front of a whole lot of people. Lovely, right? This guy rushed towards me, asked if I was okay and then offered me his umbrella. And then he proceeded to tell me how beautiful I was and how he was a talent scout and how i just had to model for his agency. Uhm, thanks buddy but no, I’m just going to pick up my awkwardness and be on my way. I did, in fact, make that bus. And my knee has a lovely bruise to prove this whole thing.

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These next two pictures were taken within an hour of each other. Chicago weather has been like rochester lately. Very bipolar. The view from the conference rooms never gets old. It’s the best place to be when a storm rolls through. Friday afternoon I sat in on a meeting about a new app that some guys are launching. They started their presentation out by using Comic Sans and no punctuation. My head almost exploded when I realized the rest of their presentation followed suit. Judgement occurred and I heard little else of what went on. Comic Sans is NOT for presentations.

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Day Thirty Nine

I should probably learn that when I think to myself on the bus in the morning “Today is going to be a coffee day”, I should drop whatever I’m doing and make it happen. From the start, yesterday was an insanely busy day. The kind of day in which you question whether or not you have enough time to make a quick bathroom break.

Today was one of those days.

A lot of people at the agency have been telling me, beware when you don’t have any work to do one day because that just means it’s coming for you the next. How very true that is. The workload is very uneven most days due to reviews, needing to wait to hear from clients and waiting for new projects to be assigned. The busy days are certainly very busy.

I had one big project that was due by 5pm and another that needed to go in for review at 11 am so I spent the whole day frantically making changes, producing new things for the one project and sitting in on meetings. The meetings were “pre-reviews” for the 5pm project and had turn around times on the edits of about an hour. Needless to say lunch was not high on the agenda. Lucky for us, one of our review meetings happened to be in a room that had previously had a lunch meeting – free sandwiches and fruit! Definitely thankful for occurrences like that. So we all munched away on the food while we reviewed. It was probably the best sandwich I’ve ever had. I’m not sure if that due to the fact that I was so hungry I’d eat anything or it really was excellent.

The 5pm review ended up going until 6:40 which was alright because it turned out to be very helpful in the design direction but I had to quick grab my things and run out the door to meet two other interns. We had previously (ie. the night before) planned and bought tickets to an after hours event at the Planetarium. Quick bus ride later and we were there ready to go. I think if we hadn’t had made those plans before I could have easily gone home and passed out on the couch from exhaustion. Although I’m super glad we ended up going! Kind of neat to walk around the museum after hours when it was more like a party than a museum exhibit.

We got to go in this Planetarium that they had built in 1913 to teach soliders or something about how to read the stars. Aside from that the exhibits themselves were okay, slightly more technical than I would have preferred but we saw some neat stuff.

My favorite thing about it was the view. Absolutely gorgeous. We ended up grabbing dinner around 10 and sat along a huge wall of windows that looked out onto the lake and the rest of the city. Because of where the Planetarium is placed it’s a prime skyline viewing area. Can’t say enough about how cool it was to stand out on the balcony and watch the lights and all of the fog roll over the city (it was a bit rainy/overcast that day).

By the time I made it home, I was more than ready for bedtime!

Day Sixteen and Seventeen

The days seem to be running together lately and nights are going faster and faster. I can’t believe tomorrow is already Thursday! I feel like I just wrote my blog post for last weekend and here we are coming up on yet another. Meetings, photoshopping, more meetings, bus to and from, more meetings then feeding myself. In between I’ve managed to find time to finish the second book in the Hunger Games series (intense!), go to the gym and walk around downtown a bit. Meeting more of the interns for the baseball game and lunches has been nice. I feel like I moved to this city and really didn’t have to worry about where to find friends (definitely thankful for that). Between Kristin, Remy and all of the interns at work there is always someone interested in doing something.

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Work has certainly been a huge learning experience so far. As an intern my role in the department of design is not entirely defined. What that means is that it’s a lot of asking questions, figuring things out and trying to work as fast as possible. Deadlines are definitely way different than in school. There they gave us deadlines for sketches, process work, final comps, etc. Now it’s pretty much just get this done in 24 hours or less. The pen tool (in Adobe Illustrator) and I have become best friends and I feel like I’ve been picking up a lot of new keyboard shortcuts and faster ways of working.

More on projects and such later though- it’s bedtime! Perhaps I’ll remember to take some more pictures tomorrow.

Day Nine

Today’s post is going to be short because my day included (and is continuing to include) a whole lot of work.

Got to Leo around 8 am just in time to get a cup of coffee and admire the view. See below. That’s the view from about 2 steps away from my desk. Not bad, right? Lake Michigan is off in the distance with Millenium Park tucked in the upper left hand side.

Working on the 27th floor is a wee bit intimidating though if you happen to look down…

I seriously cannot believe how fast these days are going. I can’t believe tomorrow is already Wednesday of my 2nd week here. Today I worked on the same project from 8 until 1, switched it up for an hour and then continued on that same project until the end of the day. Had my first official reviews with Art Directors and other senior people today. It was nothing a little freshman drawing class critique didn’t prepare me for. Only thing is the deadlines are SO much faster than in college. As in, it’s due tomorrow in less than 24 hours. Eek. Good learning experiences all around. I’m feeling pretty slow with my workflow though. Other people are tackling 3+ projects whereas I’m focusing on two. I think with time and practice I’ll get faster. It did help today to have two computers (I got my work laptop back!) which meant dual monitor. I switched back and forth between projects without having to shut down programs or overload the computers (Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and After Effects would not have enjoyed all running at once).

I decided to take an hour or two to myself after work before continuing on things. I set out to run on the Lake Shore path that is just a block from the apartment. Unfortunately, what working in an air conditioned office all day didn’t prepare me for was the HEAT. And lots of it. It was a humid 93 degrees today, not exactly what I would consider ideal running weather. My ambitious running plans soon turned into a walk which turned into sitting on a park bench in the shade talking to my mom. Ah, it’s the thought that counts.

View from the path (above) and view from my park bench (below).

Headed back home, fed myself, and now I’m sitting down to work for a couple more hours.

Do these pictures make anyone want to come visit Chicago anytime soon? (looking at you, Jon :))