Weekend Recap: Sleeping Beauty

And just like that, it’s Monday again! Whoaaaa. Last week was SO crazy being my first week at my new job, so my weekend was full of a LOT of sleeping. And lounging. And more sleeping. Mostly sleeping.

Just to update you a bit on the job, last Monday was very overwhelming. I sat in orientation all day and there’s only so much new information my brain can take before it feels like it’s going to explode. By the time I got home that night, I was a pile of tears and emotions.

Tuesday was a bit better because I was with my team most of the day. They’re very relaxed where I work and I’m hardly ever checked on, which was strange all week. I went to a few meetings, but mostly I’ve been working on getting to know my “client” and getting HR stuff done.

That night I went to my first Blackhawks game and OHMYGOSH I’m so hooked. I love hockey, but I’ve never really followed professional hockey (just college). It was so much fun!

Blackhawks Game

The rest of the week was just work and trying to relax after work. Oh, and I signed a lease for my new apartment on Thursday! I get the keys on the 21st. I probably won’t be able to move until the weekend after, but I’m excited to have found a place so quickly, even though money has been super tight.

Friday was pretty slow at work. Most people on my team work from home on Fridays (something I hope to get to do after a few weeks or so here). Friday night I went out to dinner with Ben and friends which was a lot of fun. I slept in on Saturday while Ben went to work (seriously, I slept until like 11) and then I met Ben at his gym where I finallllllly let go of my ego and had him put me through a workout. My booty is sorrrrrrre today.


The rest of the afternoon was super chill, which I love. Ben and I watched football, a movie, some Netflix … nothing crazy, but it was really nice after a long, stressful week.

Today (Sunday as I’m writing this) we woke up a little late, and then I headed over to The Vig to meet my friend Amanda for brunch. Amanda and I worked together in Milwaukee years ago at an ad agency and kept in touch for years until she moved to Chicago with her husband a few years ago. I saw here one time while I was visiting and now I’m living here, so we had to catch up!

I had a Bloody Mary & Chicken and Waffles, which was good! The vibe of the place was really cool.

The Vig

The Vig

The rest of Sunday was centered around the Packer game (OBVIOUSLY AND YAY THEY WON) and getting ready for the week. Let’s just say … I know I’ve only been in Chicago for a week, but I’m absolutely loving it. It helps that I get to be close to my favorite person, I’m sure. 🙂 But I just feel so alive and excited to try new things! I think this is exactly what I needed.

Okay, enough gushing. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Tell me something that you’re looking forward to in the comments below.

Linking up with Katie.

The weekend I moved to Chicago …

Well, sort of. 😉

Okay, so “technically” I’m only in a temporary living spot at my boyfriend’s (he and his cousin are THE BEST for letting my crash here) and my apartment lease in Green Bay is finished until the end of February, BUT I’m counting this as the weekend I became a Chicago-resident. Just let me have it, okay? It’s been a long week. 😉

Friday I got up, got a few things finished around my apartment and then headed off for Chicago. I stopped at Trader Joe’s in Milwaukee to pick up a few food items to keep at Ben’s and then off to Chicago I went. Once I got to Chicago, Ben and I traveled the FAR JOURNEY (aka two blocks away) to an apartment showing. Friday night was pretty relaxed – I was supposed to hang out with a girlfriend, but she bailed (boooo) but it was actually okay because my lower back was KILLING me. Ben’s cousin wasn’t home all weekend and Ben had plans with his family Friday night, so I ordered myself too much Thai food and hung out on the couch. Much needed.

Saturday I woke up with Ben and went to Starbucks while he trained his clients at the gym. He came over after his sessions and worked with me for awhile on my application for the apartment (fingers crossed). The rest of the day was extremely chill. I was pretty nervous on-and-off all weekend (poor Ben) so I went in and out of “quiet time” (aka my brain shuts down and goes off into stress lala land). We watched a few things on Netflix, made some dinner and then headed out to the suburbs for a late hockey game. We didn’t get back into the city until almost 1 a.m., so sleep time it was!

Sunday we slept in a *tiny* bit and then continued with the laziness – well, I did. Ben cleaned his apartment and did some work while I watched football on the couch. I did get up and help him hang some stuff on the walls and then meal prepped some rice and turkey meat for the week. We headed out to the suburbs for a quick Target stop and then another hockey game. I’m all about those hockey games – plus it got me out of my nervous funk for a little while.

Unfortunately I didn’t sleep much since today was the first day at my new job!

New Job in Chicago

It was an extremely overwhelming day and I got maybe four hours of sleep last night so that didn’t help. From 7:45-3 I was in orientation, then was taken to my desk. The corporation is gigantic and there are so many things to do/know, and that’s not even more my job! To say I was overwhelmed is an understatement. Thankfully my boss let me go around 4:20, but I still hit traffic (another thing I was overwhelmed by). I got back to Ben’s place right before he left to go train a few more clients and I just crumpled into a ball of stress. THIS POOR GUY – someone buy him a bazillion gallons of ice cream and send it from me, please? He’s the best.

So now it’s almost 8 p.m. and I’m just getting to write this blog. I’m *thinking* about going to the gym at my job tomorrow morning, but I’m going to talk to a smart trainer I know about it. 😉 I don’t want to overextend myself, so I’ll see what he thinks. What do you think?

Also, apologies – I only have one picture but basically just picture me stressed and quiet all weekend.

How do you deal with the stress of a new job, new city or new anything?

Linking up with Katie.

Road Trip: Savannah (Part 3)

If you’re behind on our little road trip, you can catch up here and here!

*I’m just going to be honest right now and tell you that 50% of the photos in this post are Ben’s, not mine. For some reason I just was too busy being distracted by the ocean, food and a cute boy to remember to take pictures. Make sure you check him out since he’s the best boyfriend ever for letting me use them. 🙂 Here’s his website and his Instagram.*

On Thursday I woke up to the beach, water and Ben and let me tell you … I wouldn’t mind do that every day. 🙂 After a slow-moving morning, we put on some sandals (and sweatshirts because it was WINDY) to walk down the beach.

Tybee Island

Tybee Island

Tybee Island

Tybee Island

Tybee Island

We didn’t have anything specific planned in Savannah besides a late dinner reservation, so we took our time getting ready. After a little internet searching, we found a place for lunch that looked super cool and different called Treylor Park. Definitely my favorite place we ate at!

We started off with PB & J wings and OMG they were SO good. Of course I didn’t take any photos, but YUM. You can see the remnants of the sauce in the photo below. Then we both got tacos – Ben got Hawaiian Tacos and I got Chicken & Pancake Tacos that were OUT of this world (I’m hungry just thinking about it).

Chicken & Pancake Tacos from Treylor Park

For dessert we got Deep Fried Oreos and a Bacon Brownie (I wish I could use the heart-eyed emoji right now …)

Treylor Park Bacon Brownie

Treylor Park Deep Fried Oreos

The brownie was amazing, but the oreos were just so-so. I thought I’d like deep fried oreos for some reason – I do not. 😉

Our server was such a sweet girl and we had a ton of fun just looking through the menu, eating and drinking (obviously) and enjoying not being in the pouring rain that *thankfully* only lasted for the two hours we were at Treylor Park.

After we ate enough to feel like we were dying (well, at least me – Ben can eat like a bazillion calories a day and still have abs #notfair) we started walking around the city.


Don’t mind the awful screenshot from Ben’s Snapchat story, but it’s cute. 😉

We walked through a cemetery and then walked to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The pictures don’t do it justice.

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

After the church, we continued to walk up and down the streets and over to Forsyth Park.

Savannah, GA


Photographer Extraordinaire: Benjamin


Photographer Extraordinaire: Benjamin


Photographer Extraordinaire: Benjamin

After a bit more walking around, we headed back to our hotel on Tybee Island to take a nap and get ready for a nice dinner back in Savannah.

We got back into Savannah around 8 and headed to Jen’s and Friends for crazy martinis. I got a S’mores Martini and Ben got a Reese’s Martini. We shared a second Strawberry Shortcake Martini, but we were both feeling it after those drinks. Not in a drunk way – in a “that’s a lot of sugar” way. Neither of us drink often plus the drinks were super heavy. Don’t get me wrong – SO good and worth the stop if you’re in Savannah. Just maybe eat some real food first. 😉

Jens & Friends Martinis

Photographer Extraordinaire: Benjamin

Jens & Friends Martinis

Photographer Extraordinaire: Benjamin

We walked a couple blocks to our final dinner destination at the Olde Pink House – Ben was really excited about this one. 🙂 We had a 9:45 reservation (only time we could get in) but it was worth the wait! It was set in an old “house” (duh) that apparently was haunted (the ghost did not visit to my delight … unfortunate for Ben). Our server was amazing and the food was delicious.

Olde Pink House Savannah

Photographer Extroidinare: Benjamin

Olde Pink House Savannah

Photographer Extroidinare: Benjamin

We started with a BLT salad recommendation from our server that they split for us – fried green tomatoes (my fave), bacon and black pepper thyme buttermilk dressing.

Can I please go back just to eat?

After the salad, Ben got the special which was a crab-stuffed grouper and I got salmon. My salmon wasn’t amazing, but really … when is salmon amazing? 😉 Ben’s was really good, though and the service/space was totally worth the late reservation.

Olde Pink House Savannah

Photographer Extroidinare: Benjamin

After dinner, we drove back to our hotel and immediately crashed from the crazy day and crazy amounts of food.

Friday we woke up to a beautiful sunrise that was absolutely breathtaking. Made it even more difficult to leave … but we left around 8 to head back to Chicago.

We stopped in Asheville at a Waffle House (apparently a “southern road trip essential” – so basically a lot of fricken butter on eggs ha!) and then headed through the mountains back. We had driven through the mountains on our way obviously, but it was at night so it was fun to see it during the day. So beautiful. I started driving around 3 until we stopped in Indianapolis at 9 p.m. for Chipotle (probably the healthiest thing I ate all week).

We listened to a ton of music on the way back plus part of the audio book “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck” which I loved. the only reason we stopped listening to it is because we hit a wall of exhaustion and need to switch to screamo and dirty rap to get us through the rest of the drive. 😉

Our trip was amazing and I’m so grateful to have Ben in my life – someone who would even think of doing something like this and planning it all is pretty special. A lot of people thought we were crazy doing a road trip together, but I loved my time with him away from all of our life/work stress where we could just focus on relaxing together. Even our 32-hours in the car went well together – we only had a couple of weird conversations once the exhaustion hit and our brains were no longer working. I’m so incredibly lucky to have him in my life. 🙂 Okay, enough sap.

That was my trip! I hope you enjoyed reading it. It was fun to look back at all of the things we did, especially since this week is extremely stressful and emotional (my last day at my full-time job was yesterday!) More to come – life it only going to get better, I can feel it.

Have you been to Savannah or Charleston? 
Do you base your trips around food like Ben and I did? 😉 

Road Trip: Magnolia Plantation (Part 2)

Okay, on to the next part of the trip! If you’re behind, check out my first post yesterday for all the details.

On Wednesday, Ben and I got up, headed to the hotel lobby for some breakfast (yummmm) before heading out to the Magnolia Plantation outside of Charleston.

Magnolia Plantation

We walked around the plantation a bit before jumping on the tram tour where our host told us all about the rice plantation, the slaves that used to be there and everything you would want to know about the wildlife there. So fun!

Magnolia Plantation

After the tram, we headed out to eat some lunch (more PB&J and gummy worms – woo!) and then headed to our self-guided swamp tour where we saw and alligator WAY too close for comfort. I was too busy walking very quickly away from it to take a picture while Ben was taking a video, so you’ll just have to imagine it. 😉

Magnolia Plantation

After the swamp tour, we headed out to drive to Savannah. Thankfully it was only a two-ish hour drive, so we got there right around 5 p.m. and headed into B. Matthews for a quick dinner. The food was good, but nothing out of this world. Our bartender (we could only get a bar seat – they were full with reservations) was awesome, though!

B. Matthews

We headed out to Tybee Island (a 20-25 minute drive from downtown Savannah) where we got to our hotel that Ben magically found with an ocean view (smartest guy EVER).

Since we had been go-go-go the last few days, we spent the night watching a funny movie and just listening to the ocean waves crash outside our window. Not a bad way to fall asleep. 🙂

Tomorrow will be my last post from this week-long road trip! It’ll be all about our last day in Savannah and then our drive back to Chicago. I can’t believe the trip is over, but it’s fun to write out these posts.

Have you ever been to plantation?

Road Trip: Charleston, SC (Part 1)

I am SO sad my road trip is over, but SO excited to tell you all about it. Our road trip was five days, so I’m going to split up these posts the best I can!

So, let’s start from the beginning. On Monday (12/26), Ben and I groggily (well, I was groggy at least) got up, packed up my car and left Chicago a little after 7 a.m. We drove straight to Charleston from Chicago, so it was going to be a long day! I wasn’t feeling the best (a weekend of eating bad food for Christmas had my stomach in a tizzy) but luckily the excitement of the trip took over. The weather was pretty rainy for the first few hours until we got through Indiana. We stopped in Kentucky for a slightly longer bit to eat some PB&J, veggies and sour gummy worms (duh). 🙂

After millions more hours (okay, maybe just 6+) and most of  Aziz Ansari’s audio book “Modern Romance: An Investigation,” we stopped in Asheville, NC at Buxton Hall Barbecue for dinner. SO good! There was over an hour wait which was NOT okay, but somehow we walked up to the bar and magically two seats were open so we snatched those up.

Buxton Hall Barbecue

The vibe of the place was awesome and the food was really good! I wish we would’ve been feeling better, but at that point we had been in the car for over 10 hours and just wanted to get to the hotel.

After a quick snafu with the hotel (so … they didn’t have our reservation – thankfully we called and they had it fixed by the time we go there!) we headed into the last 4-5 hours of the drive before pulling into foggy Charleston a little after midnight. We stayed at the Hyatt House. The hotel was very nice and right on King Street in Charleston, which was wonderful for our couple of days there.

After sleeping in a tiny bit on Tuesday, we headed to get some … can you guess?


Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

We made a stop at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts a few blocks up King Street and brought a couple of things back to the hotel to eat! 🙂  We ended up getting a sugar cookie donut (my fav), some sort of caramel donut, apple bacon fritter and then an orange glazed donut. So good!

Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts

The donuts fueled a fun little workout (the only time we had to workout the whole week …)

Charleston Workout

We got ready for the day (AKA I put on the worst walking shoes every … #foreshadowing) and then headed over to Hominy Grill for lunch.

Hominy Grill

I got a fried catfish po-boy sandwich (no picture, imagine that) but Ben got the best thing ever – the Charleston Nasty Biscuit with fried chicken breast, cheddar cheese and sausage gravy. I wish I could’ve eaten it! (Ben supplied me with this picture because I suck.)

Charleston Nasty Biscuit

Once we rolled out of Hominy Grill, we started walking all the way down King Street through downtown Charleston and over to the water.

Downtown Charleston

Downtown Charleston

Downtown Charleston

Downtown Charleston

Downtown Charleston

Downtown Charleston

Photo cred to Ben again ^^ 

We gingerly walked home (because YO GIRL wore the WRONG shoes – ouch), took a quick power nap and got ready to go out for the evening. We made reservations at Eli’s Table, where we had a couple of drinks and some dinner. I had fish, Ben had a steak and it was really good!

Eli's Table - Charleston

We walked a couple of blocks to Bulldog Tours for our Ghost & Dungeon Tour!

Charleston Ghost & Dungeon Tour

While I’m terrified of the dark and ghosts and cemeteries … the tour was so much fun. I highly recommend going on a ghost tour if you ever go to Charleston! We heard some crazy stories (this is the craziest of them!)

Charleston, SC

After the ghost tour, we headed over to the Pavilion Bar for a drink on the rooftop before heading back to the hotel for the night.

Pavilion Bar

And that’s Charleston! Tomorrow I’ll tell you all about our third day at Magnolia Plantation and the first couple of hours in Savannah, GA!

Have you ever been on a road trip?


Weekend Recap: A Sleepy NYE in Chicago

Happy New Year, friends! I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend and rang in the New Year in whatever style works for you.

Ben and I got home from our road trip (recaps of that coming the rest of this week!) late on Friday night, so we slept in a bit on Saturday which was AMAZING. Once we finally got up, we headed out to the suburbs to pick up Ben’s car from his parents’ house and then headed back into the city where we didn’t move from the couch the rest of the day. SO lazy.

After some Thai takeout (yum), we got ready to head out to Ben’s cousin’s place for a fun night of hanging out with lots of fun people. We had a couple of drinks, stuck around for the NYE countdown at midnight and then headed up to the rooftop of the building. Got a picture with my man … 🙂

chicago NYE

And then we headed back to Ben’s place to go to bed because we’re old and tired.

Now it’s Sunday and I’m currently sitting at Starbucks with Ben, writing this post while he gets some work done. My gym job and social media job are officially done (woo!) so I’m just focusing on the last few days of work this week at the college and then back to Chicago next weekend except PERMANENTLY. I’ll head back to Green Bay later this evening and then I’ll be figuring stuff out this week. I can’t believe 2017 is here – time for some BIG changes, friends!

I’ll have 3-4 posts about my road trip with Ben coming up this week as well as a requested story of how Ben and I met (thanks, Liz!) soon, too. I’ll also keep you all updated on the move and all the craziness (good and bad!) that come with it. I’m so excited to get back into blogging and vlogging – the things I’m passionate about have taken the backseat the past few months due to so much craziness with my three jobs. I hope you’ll stick around for the ride. 🙂

How was your NYE? Did you do anything fun or were you pretty low-key?  

Linking up with Katie!

Merry Christmas Eve!

Hi friends!

It’s officially Christmas Eve and I have to be honest – it feels like just another Saturday to me. I’m currently working my LAST shift at the gym (SADS), then heading out to the Packer game at noon. After the game, my mom and I are driving up north. I’m hoping between the millions of people at the gym wishing me a Merry Christmas and our little family traditions tonight, I’ll be feeling much better. What can I say – my mind is on other things!

Speaking of other things, after a trek to Chicago tomorrow night, Ben and I are off to Charleston bright and early on Monday! I’m sure I’ll be posting on Instagram and will do a recap afterwards on here, but make sure you’re following me on Snapchat because I’m SURE I’ll keep that updated. Slightly obsessed with Snapchat. 🙂 Make sure you’re following me if you’re not already! justjessie23


If you’re really feeling spunky, I bet Ben will put up a thing or two on his as well. OR if you just like fitness posts – he’s a good one to follow (he actually posts helpful things, unlike me playing around with filters and my cats). You can search for him under benfritzfit.

My shift at the gym is going incredibly slow, so I’m hoping the whole day isn’t like this! Three more hours to go until football game time! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and if you don’t celebrate, I still hope you have a wonderful day. 🙂

What are your holiday plans?

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Recommendations for Charleston –> Savannah

Good morning! Happy Tuesday. I’m falling asleep at my desk, so I figured I’d write a quick little post to pep me up a bit. 🙂

I keep reminding myself that this time next week I’ll be in Charleston with Ben and I’m SO EXCITED. I work today and tomorrow, then the college shuts down until next year. I work at the gym on Thursday night and Christmas Eve morning (my last shift – I’M SO SAD), then head to the Packer game with my mom, then up north for Christmas. Back to Green Bay on Sunday for Christmas with my family, then alllll the way to Chicago that night!

Christmas Puppies

This picture has nothing to do with the post, I just really love puppies.

Ben and I have been pretty spoiled since we started “officially” dating a little over a month ago. We assumed we were going to be long distance for awhile, but I’ve seen him once a week and now I’m moving there so … the universe acts in mysterious ways. Anyway, we’re heading out on our road trip on Monday morning and I couldn’t be more excited. I don’t even think I’ve told you guys about it yet!

Monday morning we’re getting up bright and early and driving to Charleston, SC! 🙂 We’ll have Tuesday and Wednesday in Charleston, and then we’re driving down to Savannah, GA (about a two hour drive from Charleston) on Wednesday night. Then Thursday is in Savannah and early on Friday. We’re still deciding if we’re going to extend the trip a day and drive back on Saturday, but as of right now we’re driving back on Friday. Very short trip, but it’s the only time Ben could get extended time off training his clients and this will probably be the last time I’ll have this much vacation time for awhile! We’re super excited.

So, have any of you been to Charleston or Savannah? Any tips? How about any road trippers out there? How do we stay sane?

I appreciate any help!

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Life Update: I’m moving?!

Hiiiiii, remember me?

GOD I’ve missed blogging sosososososo much, but life … life just has been kicking my butt! I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things, but in the meantime if you’re interested in knowing what’s going on (if you don’t already follow me on Instagram, Snapchat –>justjessie23<– or Facebook …) I posted a chatty vlog about it!

Leave me some questions in the comments below! I’d love to know what you want to know – maybe I’ll vlog or write a Q&A of sorts. 🙂

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Linking up with Katie.

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Hi friends! Things have been a little crazy here this week, but I did have a few minutes to put together a vlog from yesterday. If you’d like to get a *small* update, make sure you check it out! 🙂 I’ll be back on Monday.


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