Weekend Recap: Things are changin’ round here!

Hey friends! Happy Sunday Monday (I’m writing the beginning of this on Sunday morning #cheater). Let’s take a look back at the weekend, but stay until the end to see some of my ideas for this blog moving forward … I hope you’ll stick with me!

So, let’s head back to Friday. I walked to work, got myself a coffee from Dunkin (I’ve been saving so much money with my Keurig!) and then got into work to start my day. I had a shorter Friday due to a doctor appointment, so I got started with work. Unfortunately there were some issues with the platform (#startupprobs & #techworldprobs, amiright?) so I had to monitor social pretty closely all morning, so I spent some time in a room getting through that.

Also, remember that new client I told y’all about? I already had to end with her so that was over as of Friday. 🙁 I’ll give you the story in another blog (she’s an amazing woman, so nothing to do with our relationship!)

The rest of the day/afternoon was filled with work, listening to a podcast our Director of Education did and getting things all set for me to be out at the end of the day.

I left around 2:30 and walked to my doctor appointment to get my Mirena IUD replaced. Ben met me there because I was really nervous – when I had it put in 5 years ago, I almost passed out from the pain so he wanted to be there to take me home. <3 If anyone would like an in-depth conversation about the pros/cons of the Mirena and why I get it, let me know. Just know I literally screamed during the insertion (again) and had to be monitored for awhile afterwards. Low pain tolerance, y’all.

Ben and I grabbed an Uber home (I was extremely light headed and bleeding #tmi so I didn’t want to walk around like we had originally hoped to do) so we got home and I basically sat on the couch for the rest of the night. Benjamin was so sweet and ordered Thai food from our favorite place Opart Thai and then watched the last Harry Potter movie for the night, which basically means I cried like 900 times.

Saturday morning I got up early at 6:30 with Ben and Cora to hang out for a bit. Ben left for work and dropped me at the CVS on the way to his gym so I could pick up pantyliners (girls, I haven’t worn pads or pantyliners in like 6+ years because I rarely got a period on the Mirena + before that I used tampons) and then I decided it’d be fun to walk ALL the way to Marianos (a local grocery store) about a mile away, then walk home. So I walked 2+ miles. With cramping. #smart

I turned on HGYV and continued to watch that with Cora-boo until Ben got home. I also ordered myself some sushi from the restaurant Jieyi Sushi via UberEats. They had a $10 box deal – a big salad, three baby shrimp egg rolls, a spicy tuna roll and a diet coke. Such a great deal – granted I had to pay the $6 shipping/taxes from UberEats, but whatevs.

We hung out for a bit before I turned on Say Yes to the Dress (ha) and he did football stuff. We literally did NOTHING (well, Ben was working.) We ended up ordering from UberEats again – this time we got Devil Dogs which is AMAZING. I had a Chicago dog and a small Elvis slider (which has peanut butter AND sriracha on it and it’s amazing). Of course, I didn’t feel awesome afterwards, but it was amazing.

The rest of the evening we kept HGTV on, but then started unpacking a few more of my boxes + making a Goodwill pile.

Sunday morning we woke up at 6:45, played with/took Cora for a walk and then got ready to go to Sip Coffee to get some work done.

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After a little bit of work, we packed up Cora and took her to the ‘burbs to play in a yard for awhile while Ben and I went shopping.

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Ben needed a suit (the one he has is just way too big for him) so we headed to the Fashion Outlets and he bought the first one he tried on. 😂 #boys Of course, he still needed to shop around but we ended up coming back and getting the first one he got.

We were pretty rushed since he had a hockey game, so I wasn’t able to find anything besides two quick candles from Bath & Body Works, plus my body was pretty sore from walking around all day. We headed over to his hockey game (they won!)

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After the game, we stopped to eat quickly at Portillos. Of course, I was craving pasta and we went to one of the locations that apparently doesn’t have pasta (boooo) so I got a burger, which was really, really good!

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We headed over to Ben’s parents to hang out with his family for a bit + grab Cora, and then we headed back into the city. And that was my weekend!

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So, my quick little “announcement” of sorts is that I’m going to be writing a bit more about social media, virtual assistance and all of that. It’ll still be from my perspective, obviously, but those things are such a huge part of my life so I figured I should be writing about it! If you have anything you’d like to hear about, let me know!

Weekend Recap: Puppy Time in Wisconsin

Happy(ish) Monday, everyone! It’s been a DAY already and it’s not even 11 am my time … but it seems all of my colleagues are struggling with this Monday, so I don’t feel so weird.

These past few weeks have been insane. My virtual assistant business is booming which, in turn, makes my brain go crazy. I’m planning to get on a schedule with blogging here again soon, so hold on!

So, in conjunction with the VA business booming, I went to dinner with Ben to Quartino on Thursday night to celebrate landing another client. Quartino holds a special place in my heart because back in October 2016 I spent some time alone in Chicago and decided that’s where I wanted to live. During that trip, I ate lunch at Quartino by myself and just felt so at home. Definitely was the place to go to celebrate where I’m at!

Weekend Recap: Puppy Time in Wisconsin Weekend Recap: Puppy Time in WisconsinOn Friday, I worked a half-day in the office, but mostly from the roof …

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Around noon, I took off to get home and quickly get in the car to drive up to Wisconsin before traffic got crazy. The good (and bad) part about being a social media manager is that I can log in pretty much from anywhere, so I worked the entire trip up to Ben’s grandparents’ house.

Once there, I turned off all work and we went to get a fish fry before spending the night hanging out and chatting.

Saturday I did a tiny bit of work via my phone when I woke up, then got up to spend some time with the family and the puppy. Ben and I took the boat out for a couple hours (where I made him talk about engagement/wedding stuff – THAT’LL TEACH HIM TO TAKE ME FISHING) before coming back in for the afternoon. It was SO nice outside, so we all sat outside and did different things.

Grandpa: Read
Grandma: Knitted
Jessie: Pinterest..ed
Ben: Looked at Football Stuff

A little later in the afternoon, we all sat down for dinner before hanging out together the rest of the night. There was a little craziness going on in the Facebook group I moderate, so I monitored that before we went to bed.

Weekend Recap: Puppy Time in Wisconsin Weekend Recap: Puppy Time in WisconsinSunday it was a little harder to wake up, but once I did we played around with Cora to wear her out before the car ride and then have peppers and sausage for lunch. It took us a little under 4 hours to get home, so once home I cleaned, took a shower and then got to work. Oh, I also watched the Packers lose, but I don’t want to talk about that. 😉

One thing about having my own business besides working full-time – I do not have time to breathe somedays. I’m learning quickly that I don’t want to work 60+ hours per week for the rest of my life. Honestly, the whole reason I want to work for myself is so I can have a flexible lifestyle and make more money. Family time is coming down the road (NOT ANYTIME SOON) and I do not want to be working a ton. Plus, I want to make my own schedule. These are all things I’m learning as I’m currently working my butt off and knowing it’ll pay off someday!

How was your weekend?
Do you run your own business? Any tips?

Travel Blog: Laguna Beach & Los Angeles 2017

And I’m back! If you haven’t seen my LONG post with lots of photos of my favorite parts of California (in San Diego), go check that out here.

Saturday PM

Since Saturday AM is in the last blog, let’s start around 11 am when Ben and I headed to La Jolla Coves. SO MANY SEALS AND SEA LIONS.

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We left La Jolla, stopped to get a bite at Chipotle and then got to our next Air BnB right outside of Laguna Beach. Super cute, but I don’t have any pictures for some reason – just video. The only issue is she didn’t supply us with any toilet paper, paper towel OR shampoo/body wash, which was pretty annoying.

ANYWAYS.

At this point Ben and I were tired … tired of traveling, tired of eating SO much (who knew?!) and missing our puppy.

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We couldn’t decide on dinner because neither of us were hungry and it was SO hot out that we didn’t want to move… so we finally just decided to go to a local grocery store, make some homemade fajitas and head out to Laguna Beach around 8 pm.

Oh man, Laguna Beach …

First off, it was $20 to park a mile away from the beach – TWENTY DOLLHAIRS. Once we parked, we walked and there were SO many people it was just ridiculous. We walked around for about an hour before we realized we were just miserable and headed back to our Air BnB. Basically we found out on this trip that Ben and I are NOT good at touristy places and we really wish we would’ve just stayed in San Diego.

Sunday

Okay, back to being positive about our trip. Sunday we woke up and were both feeling much better. We headed out to get me a coffee and an acai bowl (YUM) before heading back to the apartment. We got in a short workout and then headed out to lay by the pool for a bit.

Travel Blog: Laguna Beach & Los Angeles 2017It had cooled down a TINY bit, so we put on some workout gear and headed out to hike the caves nearby in Laguna Woods.

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We actually had a really great time, which we weren’t necessarily expecting since Laguna hadn’t been our favorite stop so far. And we DID see a rattlesnake, but luckily it was far enough away that I didn’t flip the F*** out.

We both grabbed takeout (Ben: Subway; Me: Thai food) and went home to hang out and repack for the rest of the evening.

Monday

On Monday we woke up bright and early to head up to LA with our rental car, which we dropped off around 7:30 am at the airport and my cousin came and picked us up. We hung out with him, his wife and puppies for a couple hours before heading down to Venice Beach.

I don’t know what it was, but I was over this trip by this point. I really loved how laid back and kind everyone in San Diego was and I was over the crazy, rude tourists and scary homeless people (seriously, a woman tried to hit me in the head while we were eating lunch on a patio). Nevertheless, we walked from Venice Beach up to Santa Monica to hit up a sushi place (that was closed …) and then sat down to eat at the aforementioned patio which I unfortunately don’t remember the name of… but the food was good!

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We walked down to the Promenande area (I have no idea if I’m spelling that correctly), walked in a few stores and tried to get my stomach to calm down (story of our LIVES on this trip – my stomach was not happy) and then walked to Sidecar Doughnuts which Ben wanted to try based on a recommendation from Amanda Bucci. I thought they were good, but nothing super special!

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Probably because they weren’t crazy like Donut Bar! 😂

We took a (very expensive) Uber back to my cousins’ place and took a nap.

After our nap, we got up, ran to Chipotle for dinner and then spent the rest of the evening catching up with family.

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Tuesday

On Tuesday we hung out at my cousins’ place for a few hours in the morning before heading to the airport.

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It was a pretty bumpy flight back, but Harry Potter got me through …

And then we both fell asleep at home haha! We did pick up this munchkin on Wednesday, though!

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I think I just like getting sleeping pictures of Ben. 😋

And those were my trips! Remember to check out my recap of San Diego (which was my favorite part of the trip) if you haven’t already!

Weekend Recap: Bed, Bath & Beyond Damage

It’s officially the start of the week. Can you believe it’s already the middle of September – what?!

So, my favorite thing to do is take a look at my weekends so let’s get back to Friday!

I worked on Friday (obvs) until 4:30, took the train home, made some dinner and literally sat and watched HGTV with Ben and Cora until bedtime.

Not kidding.

It was AMAZING.

Saturday I slept in a bit while Ben went to work, then got up and took Cora for a quick walk. We headed back to the apartment, did a little cleaning (with HGTV on, of course #addicted) before I walked to Ben’s gym to workout with him and his cousin, Andrew.

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After a great lower body workout (which I’m still feeling today …), I sent a check-in email to my coach. Yep, back on the macro train. Since I need to be in a swim suit for about five days straight in November and I’m not exactly “feelin’ myself” right now, time to hunker down a bit!

Ben dropped me off and then went to have lunch with his cuz. I took Cora for a walk and had a call with MY NEW CLIENT! So excited to be working with this woman as of Monday. She wants me to put in quite a few hours, so hopefully this will help me move into full-time “work for myself” mode sometime soon!

Once Ben got home, we got ready and headed out to the suburbs to hang out with his family, go shopping for house stuff and go to his hockey game. We spent an hour+ in BB&B and walked out with almost $500 worth of stuff – ugh. Unfortunately it was all stuff we needed (bedding, sheets, shower stuff, pillows, Keurig stuff, shelving, etc.) but DANG that’s a hit to the wallet, especially after our California trip. We’ll definitely be staying in quite a bit until November!

Weekend Recap: Bed, Bath & Beyond Damage | Come check out what the weekend was for Ben, Cora and I finally moving in together! Once finished, we hung out with his fam a bit more because his hockey game was canceled (booo) and then headed back to the city.

Sunday we woke up pretty early, had some breakfast and started laundry. Ben did some yoga and I did some work for my Brittney. I’m definitely going to have to learn time management soon here. With 10-hours of work for Brittney per month and my new client would like me to do 20-hours per WEEK (yep) … it’s gonna be crazy. Plus, you know, my full-time job. Nothing like truly side hustling, huh?!

Weekend Recap: Bed, Bath & Beyond Damage | Come check out what the weekend was for Ben, Cora and I finally moving in together! Ben turned on the Bears game (boo) and I did a little more work for Brittney as well as got my calendar in order and started this blog post.

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The rest of the day was pretty much hanging out with Cora, watching football and trying to unpack!

Make sure you check out my blog on San Diego OR the new video is up if you prefer to digest content that way!

Travel Blog: San Diego 2017

Whew, y’all ready for a lengthy post? I promise there will be lots of pretty pictures, LOTS of food (aka donuts) and some fun times. I’ve cut these posts into two, and will also have YouTube videos up soon in case you’re more interested in finding out more that way. Okay, enough blabbing, time to go!

Wednesday

So, the trip started on Wednesday, August 30th. I went into work until noon, came home to finish packing (mind you, I literally just moved OUT of my apartment the night before, so my stuff was everywhere) and then got to the plane station (heh) for our flight. Of course, yo girl had an ALMOST anxiety attack as soon as we got into the air, but with lots of coaxing from Ben, I made it through the quick and harmless 3.5 hour flight.

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We arrived in San Diego around 7:30 pm PST, headed to our Air BnB and then out to visit our first food location, Barrio Star.

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After some food, margs & AMAZING service at Barrio Star, we walked back to our Air BnB and passed out.

Thursday

We woke up really early (aka 5 am) on Thursday, so we did a few things around the place (which was super cute by the way) and headed to our reservation at Great Maple.Travel Blog: San Diego 2017 Travel Blog: San Diego 2017 Travel Blog: San Diego 2017 Travel Blog: San Diego 2017 Travel Blog: San Diego 2017 Travel Blog: San Diego 2017
As you can see, we got quite a bit of stuff! I got their “Pickle Mary” which was really good and then Ben and I shared their specialty – maple bacon donuts. OMG SO GOOD. I also had vegan hash and Ben had brisket hash (I think?), but they were all out-shown by the donuts!

After “breakfast,” we walked to a nearby Trader Joe’s, grabbed some food we could make/take with us places and then stopped by a super cute coffee shop to get me some caffeine.

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One thing we noticed in San Diego was everyone was SO nice and helpful – servers and just random locals on the street.

After (or maybe before?) the coffee, Ben and I passed by this cute little wall where you could write in something you want to do “Before you die” which I took full advantage of and wrote in “Work for Myself.”

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Ben is becoming a very good blogger photographer, by the way. 😉

We got an Uber back to our place … so here’s a few pics of that before I forget! There was a hammock in the back that we took full advantage of as well, which is where the cute pic is taken.

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The best part about the place, though, was the location. We were right near Little Italy, close to the Gaslamp District (but not TOO close) and the neighborhood was super cute and safe.

A little later in the day, we took the ferry over to Coronado Island for the rest of the day.

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The island was super cute, so we hung out on the beach and walked around before heading back to get dinner.

Dinner was at Bencotto, a little Italian place in Little Italy. Our food was really good (appetizers and wine were the best IMO) and our server was outstanding. We sat outside enjoying our food and company, before walking back to our place.

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On our way back, I convinced Ben to stop quickly at Queenstown Public House for a quick drink because I just wasn’t ready to go home yet (mind you – we had been eating at SUPER grandma/grandpa times because we were still stuck on central time).

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Friday

So, Friday marked one year since Ben and I met *in person* for our first date back on Sept. 1, 2016 so we definitely made the day a celebration.

We were up early and headed to the airport to get our rental car before driving off to Torrey Pines for a hike.

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Besides seeing the biggest spider I’ve ever seen, we had a great time (no pics because I was running away quick AF, let’s be honest.)

After Torrey Pines, we stopped in quick at In n’ Out because Ben’s never had it and I lovvvvvve it. Unfortunately it did not love me, and I was pretty sick the rest of the afternoon.

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Once we got my stomach under control, we hit up the Cabrillo National Monument and tide pools.

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(P.S. You still with me? I told you there were a lot of photos!)

Once we were through with that, we were pooped and sweaty and sticky, so we headed back to our Air BnB for showers, a quick rest and then got ready for our dinner out. Initially we had planned a fancy anniversary dinner, but then realized that just wasn’t “us” and instead went to a more chill outdoor place called Indigo Grill.

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Ben looked super handsome BTW, but we didn’t get any pictures together … of course. He got steak, I got fish (and a couple of drinks) before heading home to hang out in the hammock. Perfect anniversary night.

Saturday AM

So, I’ll switch over this post soon since we were only in San Diego in the morning before heading to Laguna Beach, BUT I can’t NOT tell you guys about Donut Bar.

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I may or may not have went a bit overboard with the donuts and donut pics.

And then we died. KIDDING. There’ll be another post on Tuesday wrapping up my trip 🙂

Whew, thanks for getting through it, but I think travel posts are the most fun! We loved San Diego and the rest of the trip wasn’t as jampacked, so stick around for those blog posts!

Have you ever been to San Diego?

Weekend Recap: Moving in with Ben!

Hey everyone, happy Monday!  I mean, let’s at least try to make it happy, okay. 😉

This weekend was a bit crazy, but we got in some good eats + moved, so it was a good one. I do have to say, though, Ben and I need to go on a serious “food budget” once we’re back from San Diego. I spend SO much money on food! Don’t get me wrong, I love trying out new places, but it just can’t be as frequent as it has been. Anyways, on to the weekend!

Friday was probably one of the slowest days of my life at work. It wasn’t super busy and for some reason, the day was dragging on, especially in the afternoon. I stuck myself in Hogsmeade, one of our breakout rooms, for a few hours, but that didn’t help too much.

Weekend Recap: Moving in with Ben Weekend Recap: Moving in with BenThe best part of my day was having a call earlier in the day with a potential client I’m REALLY excited about so keep your fingers crossed for me!

After work I hopped on the train with my friend/colleague Perry and headed home. Once home, I hung out with Cora for awhile, ate some dinner and then hung out with Ben before hitting the sack for an early bedtime.

Saturday morning I slept in a tiny bit until 8 am, played with Cora and then walked to a salon to get my eyebrows waxed, then walked home to play with the pup. On my way home, I stopped at a new-to-me coffee shop called Sip Coffeehouse and fell in love. In fact, if you are following me on Snapchat or Instagram stories, I told you all about it. 😉

Ben came over around noon and we immediately started moving. Most of it was easy – just shoving boxes and bags into his SUV and driving it two blocks, then putting it in the apartment. Unfortunately his roommate isn’t moving out until Thursday, so we couldn’t put anything away, but at least it’s *almost* all in his/OUR place!

The only bad thing was we had to carry my 5’x5′ heavy-duty cube wall the two blocks and into his basement. I was not loving it and kept saying, “I DON’T WANT THIS THING ANYMORE.” We did it, though.

Weekend Recap: Moving in with BenPlus, that was the only big thing we had to move – my couch, kitchen counter thingy and bed are all staying because the new tenant said he’d take them. We just have to grab some last minute things Tuesday night and then I’m officially out! We’ll be staying there, though, since things are still a little rocky at his place.

I was in such a good mood even though I hate moving. I think I’m just so excited to finally be officially living with my little family, not having to go back and forth. Soon!

Around 3:30, we headed to Butterfly Sushi with a bottle of wine #BYOB and got some sushi. Sushi was good, wine was good … I drank too much wine … (and Ben’s getting the #blogger pose down 😉

Weekend Recap: Moving in with Ben Weekend Recap: Moving in with Ben Weekend Recap: Moving in with BenAfter a late lunch, we headed back home and I blabbed to Ben about weddings and babies (#wine) until he took a nap and I pinned wedding things on Pinterest. Just being real with ya. 😉

The wine started to wear off and for some reason it made me kinda cranky. We spent the rest of the night hanging with the puppy, eating a late dinner and doing a few last minute plans/reservations for San Diego. Tons of plans in San Diego, but not sure what to do in Laguna Beach so if you have any suggestions, let me know!

Weekend Recap: Moving in with Ben Weekend Recap: Moving in with BenSunday I woke up just before 7, took Cora out and played with her until Ben woke up. We decided to walk to a little cafe not too far from our place called the Windy City Cafe for breakfast. It was so cute and our waitress was phenomenal. I had a Southwest Skillet, Ben had Southern Comfort (biscuits, chicken and gravy – not the alcohol haha!) and we shared Cinnamon Roll French Toast (see what I mean about with a food budget?!)

Weekend Recap: Moving in with BenAfter breakfast we headed to Sip Coffeehouse because Ben had to do work and I wanted to show him this place. Definitely our new go-to spot – I’m so happy I tried it out on Saturday! So much more space and better vibe than Starbucks. Still overpriced coffee, but oh well.

Weekend Recap: Moving in with Ben Weekend Recap: Moving in with BenI left Sip around 10:45 to go to 4-Elements Salon (the place I went for my brow wax, actually) to get a mani and pedi. I probably shouldn’t be, due to my current financial situation, but my feet are disgusting from walking all summer in sandals for miles to/from work and I’ve been promising myself a manicure since January for my birthday so … I did it!

Weekend Recap: Moving in with Ben! Weekend Recap: Moving in with Ben! Weekend Recap: Moving in with Ben!After that, I walked home, got everything all packed for the puppy to drop her off in the suburbs (SAD) and headed off to Ben’s parents’ house for a wedding anniversary party. I cried before we got her in the car and then cried the whole way home. I miss that sassy little nugget already. And that was my weekend! Leaving for San Diego on Wednesday, so be sure to watch out for that!

How was your weekend?
Have you ever been to Laguna Beach? Any recommendations?
Any flight anxiety tips?

Weekend Recap: Homeward Bound!

Hey everyone, how was your weekend?

We started out the weekend on Friday packing up the car, grabbing Cora and heading to my parents’ house. What should’ve been a 4-hour trip without traffic turned into almost 6 due to traffic in Chicago + having to pick up a Uhaul trailer. This is how Cora rode the whole time 🙄

Weekend Recap: Homeward BoundOnce we finally made it up to my hometown, we went and got a fish fry by the lake (#wisconsin) and headed back to the parents’ for bed. Unfortunately Cora ended up being up all night sick again, so it wasn’t very restful sleep for us.

I let Ben sleep in a bit on Saturday since he had been up with Cora all night Thursday night (and I had been on Friday …). We ate some breakfast and then headed on a waterfall tour for a few hours with my dad, his dog and my sister.

Weekend Recap: Homeward Bound Weekend Recap: Homeward BoundWe stopped for some ice cream before heading back to my house where Cora, my mom and my cousin were all hanging out. We had dinner (pork + pineapple tacos!) and hung out for the rest of the night. Ben, Jenny and I ran to the grocery store so we could have s’mores fixin’s for the bonfire.

Weekend Recap: Homeward BoundMy mom stayed up with Cora on Saturday night so that Ben and I could get some sleep thankfully. We woke up, had some breakfast, then packed the uhaul with the bed frame my dad made us!

Weekend Recap: Homeward BoundThen we set off on our long journey back to Chicago, which took about 5.5 hours with a few stops and a little traffic.

Weekend Recap: Homeward Bound Weekend Recap: Homeward BoundWe dropped off Cora at home, unloaded the bed frame into Ben’s apartment (soon to be mine, too!) and went to take the uhaul back to the “24-hour drop off location” which is where my day took a turn.

I was so over being in a car all day and had talked to Uhaul reps no less than FIVE times over the course of a few days, changing locations that they screwed up, etc. I was told I could drop it off at this 24-hour location near my apartment, so we did. There was no where to park it IN THE MIDDLE OF CHICAGO. So, we parked it in front of the Uhaul garage, took a bunch of pictures and called a rep who told us to just “leave it there.” I got home, called another rep, who told me more crap and gave me a fake email address when I asked her if I could send my photos to someone. I still have no idea if that Uhaul made it the night without being damaged or stolen, but I did everything in my power not to be charged for it… only time will tell.

After that huge stressor, Ben and I ordered in some Thai food, did face masks and he did a little work while I did laundry and started packing random stuff. I hate packing! It’d be so much easier if I could just bring my stuff over to his place, but his roommate isn’t moving out until the last possible day and she doesn’t want my stuff all up in here way (which I get) so it’s just adding time, money for boxes and a little stress, but we’ll get through it! It’s all worth it in the end.

And that was my weekend! Pretty good, minus the huge Uhaul stress. I’m so ready to be moved in with Ben and Cora all in one place. I’m also ready for her to stop waking us up 3-5 times a night to go to the bathroom …

How was your weekend?

Weekend Recap: A sick pup

Hey friends! Can you believe it’s Monday already? I sure can’t… and I’d do just about anything for it to be Friday again. My colleague says Mercury in Retrograde is what’s killing me right now and I’ll just believe her since I have no other excuses.

Friday I worked remotely, so I woke up about five minutes prior to having to start work. I got some work done, then took Cora over to Ben’s place (soon to be OUR place) while my apartment was being shown. I went back to my apartment a little later to find it wide open – not locked or shut. I’m so ready to move out of this place! I did get to wear my new Nikki B t-shirt, so that worked out for me. 😀

Weekend Recap: A sick pup Weekend Recap: A sick pupWe left around 2 pm and I sat in the back of the car with Cora on the way to Ben’s grandparents. We stopped for a gross Panda Express and made it up to their place around 5 pm.

Weekend Recap: A sick pupWe pretty much headed straight to a local place for fish fry, then came back to play with Cora, who was hyper as EVER.

Saturday morning we got up and got in some boat time before the rest of Ben’s fam got there.

Weekend Recap: A sick pupUnfortunately Cora’s stomach started to bother her and, while still hyper, she started getting the pup poops again. Not good.

The rest of the day we spent with the family outside and ate some Lou Malnati’s deep dish for dinner that Ben brought in for the g-parents (which they loved!)

We watched a fun, old movie with the fam before going to bed with Cora. Unfortunately we didn’t get much sleep because she was up every few hours to be taken out to get sick. I feel so sorry for the babe.

Weekend Recap: A sick pupOn Sunday, Ben, Cora and I slept in quite a bit since none of us slept all night. Cora was super chill since she was pooped (both literally and figuratively lol) so we hung out with the family. We went and grabbed ice cream …

Weekend Recap: A sick pup… before having a late lunch of Portillo’s beef sandwiches that Ben’s mom brought in. It was a total Chicago weekend!

We left around 3 and I sat in the back with Cora again. She was so wiped out and stressed because she hates being in the car. We’re starting to think her sensitive stomach is actually from nerves of being in the car, which sucks because we plan to travel with her a bunch (including this upcoming weekend).

Weekend Recap: A sick pupOnce home, Ben and I ate, then hung out with the pup and put facemasks on (Ben loves his life with me HA) before heading to bed. Pretty chill, but fun weekend … minus the sick pup part.

Has anyone else had a pup that gets super sick from travel? Or stressed? Appreciate any feedback!

Vlog: Cora + Chicago

Hey friends! Wanted to let you know my newest vlog is up – trying to get back into the swing of things.

Hope you’ll watch!

Do you like watching YouTube videos? Let me know in the comments if you don’t like posts like this on my blog. 

Weekend Recap: August Food Coma

And it’s Monday! Time for a weekend recap. Today we’re actually moving into our new office at work, so I’m excited about that… it’ll help with the fact that it’s a Monday. 😉

So Friday was moving day at work! Tons of orange boxes and basically no work getting done.

Weekend Recap: August Food ComaWe let out around 3ish so the movers could come in, so headed home to hang out with my faves. Basically my life revolves around these two on the weekends, and I’m very okay with that. 🙂 Weekend Recap: August Food Coma Weekend Recap: August Food Coma Weekend Recap: August Food ComaThat was basically my Friday night along with watching Moana, which is the cutest Disney movie and I loved it.

Saturday I slept in until 10:30 (which is CRAZY), so Cora and I hung out for a little bit after that before I walked to the gym to workout with Ben. He trained me since he’s still getting over an injury and then we headed to get some burgers and shakes from Burger Bar.

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Weekend Recap: August Food ComaWhat diet?!

After lunch, Ben and I headed back to play with Cora who is teething like a crazy person, so she’s INSANE.

Weekend Recap: August Food Coma Weekend Recap: August Food ComaShe lost four teeth total in 24-hours – poor baby!

Ben played some video games while I got ready to go to dinner with my friend Laura.

Weekend Recap: August Food ComaI had a few sangrias and Orange Chicken Tacos at Barocina. The place was cool, our guac appetizer was great, but I wouldn’t recommend the tacos I got – not worth the $$ at all. Laura liked her tacos, though, but she got a different kind!

Sunday Ben, Cora and I slept in until 8:30 am before getting up and getting ready to go to the mall. We got there right when it opened and got a few things at Lush, Banana Republic (for Ben) and Victoria’s Secret (for me). After a bit of shopping we headed over to Wildfire for lunch.

Weekend Recap: August Food ComaSorry for the *quality photography* but we shared bison meatballs as an appetizer, then Ben got a filet mignon and I got a chopped salad. We also shared a warm cookie with ice cream at the end. 🙂

The rest of the afternoon was spent the afternoon hanging out together and getting a little work done.

How was your weekend?