Abby Halper, past contributing blogger
Hailing from the land of snow and Purple Rain (Minnesota), Abby Halper moved to Chicago upon graduating from the University of kansas. Forever dancing to the beat of her own drum, Abby's interests include humming on the way to work, collecting sunglasses, creating culinary masterpieces, being a "gym rat,” looking for the best deals while shopping, avoiding germs at all costs, and quoting sports movies from the early 1990's (The Sandlot, Little Big League, Rookie of the Year, and of course, the Mighty Ducks Trilogy). Abby's third grade teacher described Abby as "a social butterfly with the most mischievous smile" she had ever seen.
Abby lends her eclectic interests (and mischievous smile) to her work at the Jewish United Fund, where she works in the Community Outreach and Leadership Development department.
Outside of work, Abby enjoys warm weather, travel, "that's what she said" jokes, and observing awkward situations. Peanut butter is Abby's Achilles Heel.
ARTICLES BY THIS AUTHOR
If you’ve been following along, (see Walking to save “The Girls,” Part I and Part II), you know that the four of us, Team Motorboat, have been “training” for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and last weekend, all our hard work paid off when we crossed the finish line after walking nearly 40 miles for boobies! Since you couldn’t all walk along with us (you lazy bums, you!) enjoy some of our favorite highlights from the weekend…
It’s been over a year since I first saw on the Cubs’ schedule that they would be playing the Minnesota Twins June 12th-14th, 2009. I immediately put the dates on my crackberry, and started calling around to see who was interested in getting tickets to the games. How exciting, my two favorite baseball teams playing each other! Awesome, right? WRONG.
In the winter I dream of tank tops and exposed toes. I crave short dresses and new bikinis. I long for the warmth of the sun’s rays on my back in my skimpy summer attire, turning my shoulders a delicious shade of golden brown. I anxiously await the day that my pale pink nail polish goes into summer hibernation, to be replaced by a brighter, eye-catching shade of magenta, coral, or bright purple, and I live for the excitement of purchasing the latest summer fashions in vibrant, stimulating hues.
Bus crushes. Everybody has them. He’s that guy you see every morning on the bus. Or the girl you see every day at Starbucks. He’s that mysterious guy that you know nothing about, or that girl you make eye contact with on a daily basis. For me, my bus crush was also, my gym crush… and my neighbor crush. The great thing about bus crushes is not talking to them. It’s the mysteriousness and endless possibilities that make the guy so appealing.
It’s that time of the year again! It’s time for the malls to roll out the red carpets and cinnamon spice air fragrances, it’s time for the trees to be covered in pretty lights, it’s time to enjoy your favorite limited edition holiday beverages at Starbucks, and it’s time for us Jews to bitch about the miniscule amount of recognition paid to Hanukkah (while secretly enjoying the Christmas lights and music). It’s also that time of the year where people begin to stress about all of the gifts that must be purchased…
Today my little sister turns 22. 22! She is halfway through her senior year of college. It sounds so cliché, but I can’t believe how fast she is growing up. It seems like just yesterday she was showing me her prom dress, and now here she is, just one semester away from graduating.
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