Happy holidays to everyone celebrating! The above photos are from the Chicago Union Station (via my Instagram!) which was decorated so loveily (is that a word?). For Thanksgiving I took the train to my brother's place in Michigan which unsurprisingly is so much colder than the already sub-zero temperatures in Chicago! I'll be posting photos from our adventures soon!
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, please bear through a bit of cheesiness:
 I'm thankful for all of my friends and family that are always there for me me no matter what I do or who I am--thank you! I am so thankful to have such amazing people constantly in my life!
I'm also very thankful for all of my lovely readers who are incredibly supportive and encouraging--thank you so much for all of your readership and comments, emails, and kind messages!

On a slightly less warm and fuzzy note, today, across the United States and probably starting to grow in other countries around the world, is the ridiculous and out-of-control phenomena a lot of us have probably experienced--Black Friday, a concept I don't understand at all. Why is is that we go out, trampling and shoving others, to consume and consume, right after we just we just listed how apparently thankful we are for everything we have? Am I missing something? Don't get me wrong, I used to always go out on Black Friday and try to buy a whole new wardrobe but the more I've actually thought about it the less I understand it. I'm all for a good sale but not for a "holiday" created by corporate greed.
I'm curious to hear your thoughts?