To be fair, I was the weirdo that posted an advertisement for roommates on Craigslist. Kali was the first to respond, and we instantly bonded over a mutual love of painting, poetry, holidays, baked goods and spontaneous dance parties. We found a small mansion in Lincoln Park, scouted out another 2 roommates to fill the house, and moved in a month later.
Jon had a pool party the weekend I met Kali, and so I invited her along to meet my friends. She’d only known me a few hours, but she grabbed her bikini and followed me downtown for some afternoon fun. We were sitting on the bus, only 5 minutes from Jon’s building, when it started pouring rain all around us. I made a comment about the rain ruining the fun, and she said something I never forgot
“Not every day is happy, but there is something happy about every day — let’s put on our bikinis.”
I prompted her for details about where we should do that, and she told me to run behind the dumpster. Ummmm K? So we did. To prevent soaking our clothes, we put on our swimsuits, and then we ran the last 4 blocks (through downtown Chicago people — Kinzie/LaSalle) to Jon’s apartment. We arrived soaking wet but incredibly happy, and we suggested to my dear boy that we take umbrellas to the hot tub. Problem solved.
Living with Kali made every.single.day happy: we had Trader Joe picnics in the living room, swapped clothes in both bedrooms, and took turns leading designs projects in the house. The greatest design project, by far, was a mural of the Chicago skyline that Kali did in the main room:
Can you tell she’s a graphic designer? It’s obvious, right? She currently does marketing and design for a beauty company, but she just started her own freelancing business, June Mango. Her designs are vibrant, fresh and indicative of her sweet&quirky personality:
Awesome, right? Right now she’s actually in a competition on Minted, and you can support my BFF by voting for Kali Edwards in the State of the Art Challenge.
If you’re more into making friends than voting, head over to her blog and say hello. She’s the best, and, what’s more, you don’t even have to write a creepy Craigslist advt. to meet her 🙂