Chicago trip, Labor Day Weekend.
Kevin & I had the most AMAZING time in Chicago this past weekend. We booked this trip on a whim because we had Southwest credits about to expire & had heard good things.
I am happy to say, the hype is totally real (which duh, I’m sure most of you know that). We are obsessed.
We stayed at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown hotel and I have nothing but great things to say about our experience there. Our room was big, the staff was super friendly, the view was awesome (see above), & the location was great. We were able to walk almost everywhere and we loved that.
We lucked out with the weather- we had two absolutely phenomenal days. We kept ourselves busy too- in our two days we saw almost every tourist spot: architecture boat tour, millennium park, Lincoln park, oak street beach & the lakefront, top of Hancock tower, shopping on N. Michigan Ave. The only thing that didn’t go in our favor was that we walked to the Willis tower & the elevators were down, so we were unable to go to the top. But I guess that is okay because now it just gives us a reason to visit again sooner rather than later…
I honestly think that this past weekend was the best weekend of our summer- we just had so much fun. Both Kevin & I had a little bit of the
Sunday Monday scaries yesterday because we were so sad that our trip was over.
Thanks so much for all of your recommendations for Chicago. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to hit up a lot of the restaurants but I have them all saved in a note on my iPhone & I plan to make my next trip to Chi more of a foodie trip… and believe me, if it’s up to Kevin I think that trip will be very soon :)
I was tagged by dosesofpms & rosestoreality to post the most recent picture in my phone- so here you guys go :)
I try to keep the selfies to a minimum (ha!)- but my mom just got home from moving my cousin Angela into Ohio State and she bought me this awesome sweatshirt. I can only assume it’s quite difficult to move half-way across the country to go to a college where you don’t know a single soul- so when I put the sweatshirt on I decided to take a pic of me in it & send it to Angela to let her know I am thinking of her and rooting for her from home.
& also to let her know that I never have enough good, comfy, college gear.
Since I completed the challenge- I now tag the-enc-diaries, kcmac1030, happinesshighlights, kellykovetskouture, and peoniesandcocktails :)
I love this!
I know a lot of people are upset about how the Emmy’s seem to be the same thing year after year-
& I actually do get that- Modern Family? Again? Seriously?
I think that Breaking Bad sweeping the drama series awards was quite the well deserved swan song for one of the best television shows to ever grace our small screen. I would be lying if I said I didn’t I cheer & smile every time one of the incredible actors and writers got up on the stage to accept their award.
Especially the two above.
Love them. Love their sincere friendship. Love the mutual admiration & respect. Love, love, love their FANTASTIC work.
Thanks for a great few years, Breaking Bad! We’ll miss you.
Scenes from a fun summer weekend :)
Friday night after work, Kevin & I headed over to Gillette Stadium with my parents to attend our first (& possibly only) Patriots Game of the season. It was a little chilly for an August night but still beautiful nonetheless.
Saturday morning, we got up bright and early to participate in the Jamie Fund 5k. My aunt & uncle are the founders of the Jamie Fund- so it was a fun morning spent amongst family. We also lucked out with the weather- again, it was a little chilly for an August day but no one can complain about that while completing a 5k!
After the race we headed into the city for an afternoon/evening spent with a few different groups of friends. We hit up a few bars, had some delicious apps, ran into a “furry” bar crawl (as seen pictured above, I can’t even make this shit up!) and laughed our asses off for the entire evening. It was a ton of fun… the perfect way to wind down summer.
Yesterday I literally did not move off the couch. Kevin came home from the gym with a delicious pizza from Pizzeria Regina that I promptly inhaled. Other than that, I just spent the day rewatching Grey’s season 4 on Netflix and napping. Lately, completely lazy days like those are sort of far and few between, so I really enjoyed just doing absolutely nothing.
Now only 4 and a half work days stand between me and a long weekend in Chicago. Bring it on!
Hope everyone had a great weekend!
In less than 10 short days, I will be boarding a plane to Chicago for my first visit to the Midwest ever.
Excited doesn’t even seem to describe how I feel!
A worthwhile read for the all the cynics out there.
(It’s a worthy read for all you non-cynics as well!)
Biggest Pet Peeve
When I receive a mass produced thank you note.
Like one of those, that has a [wedding/baby/etc] picture with a generic thank you message and the senders name printed on it.
Maybe I’m completely off base- but it’s always been my understanding that the whole point of a thank you note is for the sender to personally thank the person they are sending the note to for a nice gesture/gift/etc.
In my opinion, printing out 100+ cards with a picture and a generic message that happens to have your name at the bottom absolutely does not fit that bill in any way.
Don’t get me wrong- when I do something nice for someone or get them a gift, in no way do I ever expect a thank you note or some sort of special appreciation. I’m doing it because I want too, not for the attention. But honestly, I would rather receive no note at all than one of those mass produced cards.
PSA: Yummy Lunch!
Have any of you ever tried the Ready Pac Salad bowls? Well if not, you totally should!
I usually HATE those pre-packaged salads that include chicken- the chicken always tastes rubbery and gross for me, so I usually avoid them like the plague. But in an effort to try to start bringing non-terrible for me lunches- I saw these at Wegman’s on Sunday when I was grocery shopping and figured what the heck, why not give it a shot?
Well, I am pleased to say- the Chicken Caesar one is delicious! I have had it for lunch twice this week (including today!) and I will totally be adding these to my grocery list from here on out.
So in short, if you are looking for an easy on the go salad that also tastes delicious- check these out :)
I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.
Things to look forward to:
Summer is almost over- which damn near breaks my heart- but when I think about it, I also remind myself that I have a lot of things in the upcoming months to look forward to!
- August 16th: Duggan Family Reunion at New Silver Beach
- August 29-September 1st: First visit to Chicago
- September 6th: Guissarri/Penny wedding in Newport, RI (!!!)
- September 26-28th: Tampa to visit my sister & meet my new nephew, Freddie
- October 2-5th: Miami Beach to (belatedly!) celebrate Kevin entering his dirty thirties
- October 18th: Boston College/Clemson football game with the fam (including my sister who is flying up!)
- November 8-13th: Aruba with Kevin’s family for my mother in law’s 60th birthday
- November 28-30th: Disney World with my entire family, including both sisters & their boyfriends
Guyyyyys, meet my new nephew FREDDIE!
Currently trying to find time in my schedule to fly down to Tampa to be properly introduced while he is still a lil guy….
But until then, stalking him through pictures will have to do.
So we spent the day at my aunts pool.
More specifically, we spent the day floating around on her toilet shaped pool float.
I’d say it was a good day.
Serious Friday Question
Why does everyone hate comic sans?
So, this happened last night.
I’m not sure if the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is something that is only going viral in Massachusetts or if it is a worldwide thing, but yesterday I was nominated by my best friend from college to complete it- so challenge accepted!
If you aren’t familiar with the challenge- pretty much once someone nominates you, you either dump a bucket of ice water on your head or you donate $100 to the Pete Frates #3 Fund (or any ALS research charity really).
The purpose is to spread awareness of this terrible disease and the need for a cure- & I think it’s working because my Facebook newsfeed is just inundated with videos of all my friends, family, & acquaintances dumping ice water on their head. It’s pretty neat to see so many different people band together to spread awareness.
As I have mentioned on here before, a few months ago my uncle Billy passed away way too young after a short battle with ALS- so this cause is very near & dear to my heart. It’s so great to see this terrible disease finally get the attention it deserves & hopefully sometime in the near future a cure will be found.
As Pete Frates said in his Bleacher a Report article- the dream is that someone reads about ALS & Lou Gehrig in the future and wonders how the heck someone could have passed away from a disease that is so easily treated.
Hopefully that dream will become a reality soon.
So long story short- if you want to see me dump a bucket of freezing cold ice water on my head in support of all of those suffering from ALS, check it out!
Also, if you are reading this- consider yourself nominated :)