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. πŸ˜€

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.Β 

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. πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ™‚Β 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. πŸ™‚

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

How was your weekend?

Video Life Update!

Okay, okay, okay … let’s be real.

I’ve sucked at blogging and vlogging lately.

Seriously.

No excuses, just the truth. While my blog has been updated *the most*, if you’re looking for a true, full update … check out my vlog!

^^ The thumbnail, though. πŸ˜‰

Hope you’ll check it out!

Weekend Recap: A weekend HOME (sorta)

Hey y’all! How was your weekend? Do anything fun? Let me know in the comments!

My weekend was really great – we finally didn’t go out *too much* – meaning we stayed in the Chicago-area. πŸ€” Β I never knew I’d become such a homebody, but after weeks of not having time to breathe on weekends unless Ben or I is sick, I really need some time off!

So Friday after work I took the train home and went to Ben’s apartment. His roommate is in Mexico for a birthday, so she won’t be home until Tuesday, meaning we can stay at his apartment instead of my tiny one. πŸ˜ƒ

We hung out a bit, but I was in a super exhausted mood. I ate, then we walked to Ben’s friend’s apartment and hung out with a few people for the night. I was so tired, but it was still a fun time.

Saturday Ben got up for work and I got up a few minutes after he left to get Cora ready to take to the vet. Oh, and I’ve started meditating using the app Headspace and I love it! I’ll probably do a dedicated post soon, but I’m on day 5 (Sunday as I’m writing this) and I love it.

Our vet is out in the ‘burbs, so it was a good 4-hour morning between the drive and the appointment, but it’s worth it. The vet is WAY less expensive than the ones in the city, plus they’re so kind and helpful, especially since Cora has quite the sensitive stomach and is sick basically ALL the time.

Ben got home around 2 pm after work and our little family hung out for awhile, looking at trips (we’ve caught the travel bug like WHOA) and just hanging out together. Cora was sleepy from her shots, so we took advantage of that. Around 6, we hopped in a Lyft to Tuco & Blondie – one of my faves here in the city. I don’t know that I *deserved* a treat meal since I only worked out once this week (lollll) but it was so nice out so who cares if it was deserved or not!

Weekend Recap Weekend RecapAfter dinner we stopped at Jeni’s and got a little treat. (Fun fact: we were supposed to go to an Incubus concert that we bought on Groupon AGES ago, but couldn’t imagine sitting in the car in traffic to get there … #cityproblems Thankfully the tickets were only $20!)

Once home, we hung out with the pup and … BOOKED A TRIP! 🌴

As you might know, we’re going to San Diego/Laguna Beach at the end of August but we actually already booked our SECOND trip to Riviera Maya at an all-inclusive for November and I’m SO DAMN EXCITED. I love that Ben and I are able to travel – it’s always been a dream of mine. I’ll write a post this week, letting you know more about our trips! πŸ€—

Sunday we woke up with Cora and I got in some meditation, then Ben got in some yoga. Much needed zen start to the morning. Unfortunately I had quite a bad headache, so I was trying to push through with that. We both sat on the couch and got some work done before heading out to the suburbs to hang out with Ben’s family.

Weekend RecapWe spent the afternoon with them before heading back to the city. We spent the night making dinner and getting ready for Monday. How did you spend your weekend?

Weekend Recap: Relaxation in Wisconsin

Happy Monday, friends! I mean, it’s super grey and dreary here in Chicago and I’m still pretty sniffly, BUT let’s stay positive and think about the weekend.

I don’t have to much of an update for y’all because I spent the weekend off of my phone and trying to be as “chill” as possible. I came down with an AWFUL cold last week, so I just wanted to work on getting better.

Friday I had a day of PTO, so I slept in a bit with the pup while Ben was at work and then we left for Wisconsin at 11:30. Unfortunately there was already traffic (boo) and we had to stop with Cora a couple of times, so we didn’t get up to his grandparents’ home until almost 4. I spent a little bit of time working on my client work before switching to the driver’s seat so Ben could take a quick nap. Long day in the car!

Once we got there, we played with Cora a bit before heading to a local fish fry place that Ben has been talking about ALL summer to get unlimited cod – super yummy! We took a ride around the country after that before heading back to the house to play with the pup and go to bed early.

Saturday we all slept in (well, Ben, Cora and I did, at least) and it was the first day I felt better. Still sniffly, but not like I was going to die. We went out on the boat a couple of times, ran Cora silly outside and played a few yard games all day. Super chill, super fun, no phones besides for this pic – the only pic I got all weekend!


Ben got up with the sun on Sunday to go out on the boat for the sunrise to fish while Cora and I slept in until about 8:30. We hung out with his grandparents before getting back in the car for our 4-hour drive back to the city. Again, I spent the first half of the ride doing some work before switching with Ben so he could do some work.

Once home, we chilled out on the couch watching Harry Potter while Cora slept THE WHOLE NIGHT (wooooo) and ordered in some food from D’Agostinos. Not the best, but we did have this cookie ice cream thing that was amazing. We spent the rest of the night preparing for Monday and hanging out on the couch.

Besides the driving, we had quite the quiet weekend which is just what I needed after a week of being super sick. What did you do this weekend?

Weekend Recap: Apartment Hunting

Annnnd it’s Monday again. Dangit!

My weekend was pretty fun, though it went by way too quickly (per usual). Friday night after work we had a summer boat bash on a yacht (crazyyyy) that was tons of fun.

Weekend Recap: Apartment HuntingBen was supposed to come, but he ended up not feeling well. πŸ™ I got home around 9 pm and hadn’t eaten yet, so I ordered some Postmates that was WAY overpriced.

Weekend Recap: Apartment HuntingSaturday we slept in a bit before heading over to Ben’s apartment for awhile, then to the grocery store. We started looking online at apartments with Ben’s current roommate, went and looked at a place that we all feel in love with and went to apply. Unfortunately we got the price wrong and it was $500/month MORE than was listed online so that went down the shoot quickly. The rest of the evening was spent playing with the puppy, watching Ben play video games and figuring out if we want to stay in Ben’s place or not.

Just for background – my lease is up in my (crappy) apartment on August 31 and so is Ben’s. Originally we had planned to stay in Ben’s apartment and his roommate would move out. I’m not in love with the area (close to transportation, but far away from other things like shopping, coffee, restaurants, groceries, etc.) so I’m not 100% in love with staying in the area. His place is okay, but if we can find something better we might look into it. However we only have a few more days to make that decision.

Sunday we slept in until 9ish, took Cora for a walk and then went and looked at an apartment (actually the same one we looked at on Saturday, just one-bedrooms this time) before leaving and knowing it just wasn’t the right place for us. We loved the location, but it was way too small and pricey. We walked from there to West Town Bakery so I could get some food (I had part of a BLT, fries and a coffee – nothing super great), grabbed Do-Rite donuts on the way back to the car and then headed back to Ben’s place to get Cora.

Weekend Recap: Apartment HuntingOnce home, Ben and I both grabbed our computers and started working since we hadn’t had any time to work yet. I started scheduling in social media posts for my client in Smarter Queue before hitting Padmapper.com again to look up more apartments. We sent in a few Β more emails before giving up for the day.

The rest of the afternoon was finishing up my website which is now live! I still have a few things I want to add to it and I’m sure it’ll be changing frequently, but I finally bit the bullet and got the bare necessities up. We celebrated with watching a documentary and cleaning up my apartment for the showings my leasing manager has tomorrow – wicked Sunday. πŸ™‚

What did you do this weekend?

San Diego Recommendations?

First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY LOVE.

Happy Birthday BenHe’s officially 29 today, so I’m no longer a cougar … just a slight snow leopard. πŸ˜‰ Head over to Instagram to see my mushy, gushy tribute to him.

ANYWAYS

For Ben’s birthday, I bought him plane tickets! Actually, fun story, I bought him tickets to Vancouver, then immediately regretted the purchase because I wasn’t even sure what he wants to do in Vancouver. Since I had 24-hours to get a refund on the tickets (THANK GOD), I told Ben about his gift a bit early and we decided to postpone that trip but bite the bullet on our San Diego trip! We found a good deal on tickets and it all worked out.

So now I’m going to San Diego, then up to Laguna Beach. We’re flying into San Diego and out of LAX, so we’ll be driving up the coast.

ANY RECOMMENDATIONS?!

I’m also looking to work with brands in the area, find as many donut places as possible (we already have these two) …

So, you know, I’ve got the donut part figured out. πŸ˜‰

Any other recommendations? Even recommendations on how to work with brands? We’re going August 30 – September 5!

Even if you don’t have any recommendations, tell me about some travel hopes and dreams you have coming up!

Weekend Recap: Recovery Weekend

Woo, does summer kick anyone else’s bootay? I swear, I absolutely LOVE summer, but once it gets here, I feel so overwhelmed with things to do that I didn’t do the rest of the oh … 9 months of the year. πŸ™‚

Anyways, let’s chat about theΒ weekend!

On Friday, I worked from home because I was still trying to get over some sort of stomach bug. Ben thinks I’ve just worked myself into such an anxious tizzy that it’s actually THAT and not a flu. Either way, it was nice to work from home (I get so much more done!) + hang out with Cora all day. She’s the best assistant.

Weekend Recap: Recovery WeekendFriday night we hung out at Ben’s apartment and walked to get ice cream with his roommate at Jeni’s. I got dark chocolate and vanilla, which was really good, but I only ate half of it because I wasn’t trusting my stomach.

Weekend Recap: Recovery WeekendSaturday morning Ben went to work and I got Cora all corralled up in the car to go to the vet. She’s been sick for the last few weeks (eating a diet of rice and boiled chicken) plus she needed her second round of shots. We got another round of antibiotics, probiotics, a shot in the butt and strict directions on how to get her back on normal dog food. I think this dog has decided she wants to be like her human mama and have lots of stomach issues.

Once we got home, I had a little time alone with her, so while she napped, I watched my coach’s video – highly recommend!

Then Ben came over and we hung out with himΒ for the afternoon, taking a few walks (Cora still can’t go to public parks or around many dogs, which makes it difficult in the city) and hanging out on the couch.

Weekend Recap: Recovery Weekend
I MEAN, THAT FACE.

Ben suggested going out for dinner, so we walked to a new spot called La Scarola, a unique hole-in-the wall Italian spot for dinner. It was soΒ good! Plus, it was really nice to get out alone with Ben and have some quality time. Plus, two glasses of wine for this lightweight = me professing my love to him while sitting at dinner. Oh, alcohol. πŸ˜‰ At least it makes me lovey, right?

Weekend Recap: Recovery Weekend Weekend Recap: Recovery Weekend Weekend Recap: Recovery WeekendWe got home, played with Cora and watched Pitch Perfect 2 before heading to bed.

Sunday we woke up pretty late, played around with Cora (who was much less lethargic and ready to go CRAZY this morning) and took her for a walk. She loves Benjamin …

Weekend Recap: Recovery WeekendBen made me breakfast and then we headed off to Starbucks to get some work done. Since I was sick a bit, I barely got any work for my brand done (or for my clients), but take a look at my *started* website!

After SB, Ben and I made a quick stop at Pet Supplies Plus to pick up Cora some sensitive stomach food (plus a long leash so we can take her to a park after her next round of shots and a ball because PUPPY). Since we were close, we made a last-minute decision to stop at Jewel-Osco (a grocery store in the city) to pick up the fixins’ for burgers.

Weekend Recap: Recovery WeekendWe hung around at Ben’s place with Teressa (his roommate/cousin & my friend) for a few hours until she left for a BBQ. I showered at Ben’sΒ (since it’s now been a WEEK without gas at my apartment – my landlord is shi*), finished up some work for my client, Brittney, and then wrote up this blog post while Ben played some video games.

The rest of the evening was spent getting things organized for my week and scheduled out – it’s going to be a busy week! I’m going to try to get back into early morning workouts + YouTube + a blogging schedule + work schedule + full-time job … and this week is Ben’s birthday and I have a few commitments after work! Going to be a busy one.

How was your weekend?
What are your goals for this week?