Weekend Recap: A Very Potter Birthday

Birthdays and weekends are the best, aren’t they?!

So we’ll start with Thursday, only because I feel like that’s when my “weekend” began last week. On Thursday my company laid off about 130 people in corporate. I had been hearing whisperings of it for awhile, but we weren’t sure what was happening. Thankfully I was not one of those cut at this time, but it’s definitely not something I want to go through again. One really great thing about Thursday though is that I got to work downtown AND I got approved to work from home on Fridays. Three-day commutes are NOTHING in comparison to five!

Friday I was able to sleep in a bit and then plopped myself on the couch to work in the morning. I worked until about 12:30 before I moved myself over to Starbucks. As much as I want to work-from-home entirely someday, I still need some human interaction so SB it was! My favorite person met me over there around 3.

Starbucks Date

Any guesses what the guy in the background of that photo is doing??

We worked a little past 5 and then headed out for an early date night. Ben and I are both trying to save money, but he mentioned chips and salsa and I’m easily swayed from saving. 😉

Flo Chicago

Apologies for the poor lighting + Snapchat (JustJessie23 #shamelessplug) pics, but the lighting was badddddd.

We went to a place called Flo in West Town. It’s technically a New Mexican restaurant. My chips/salsa and margarita were spectacular and Ben loved his food. I didn’t love my main dish, but I had gorged myself with so many chips that I wasn’t into a heavy meal. Definitely would go back!

Flo Chicago

We stopped at a little wine bar on our way home for a glass of wine … It was a fun place, but our server was kinda cranky. I did not like my wine – apparently I was in a cranky mood toward food/drink on Friday!

Wine Date Night

Saturday morning I got up with Ben and headed to the Starbucks by his work while he trained his clients. I spent the entire morning basically watching Gary V motivational videos, trying to figure out how to change WordPress themes (any advice on this? Do I need to back up all the things first?) and spying on dogs.

Starbucks West Loop

Starbucks West Loop

Ben met me for another hour of work before we could go back to workout. I, of course, have no photos of our workout. WHY DOES THIS ALWAYS HAPPEN?

After our workout, we both went back to our own apartments to get ready for a quick trip to Milwaukee for Saige’s birthday! She had THE BEST Harry Potter cake.

Harry Potter Birthday Cake

The night was so much fun. There were about 15 of us there and we had a fun game night. Ben and I ended up driving back to Chicago late because we had plans on Sunday plus were boring/old and were falling asleep by 11!

Sunday we slept in a bit since we didn’t get in bed until 2 a.m. the night before, then I got ready for brunch with Marette!

Only brunch with @jessiedeschane could pull me back out of hibernation!👯👯❤

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We went to this awesome place called Tuco & Blondie, which I loved! Apparently I was in a Mexican food mood this weekend.

Tuco & Blondie

Tuco & Blondie

Always have such a great time catching up with her!

After brunch, Ben, his sister and I all headed out to the suburbs with dinner/hanging out with his family, which is always a nice time. We got back to the city around 10 and bummed around on the couch for the rest of the night before calling it quits.

P.S if you read my post on Friday, the lie was #1. Tricked you! I’m not actually from Green Bay, though I was living there for 2.5 years before I moved this January. 🙂

How was your weekend?
Are you a brunch person?

Linking up with Katie!


  1. Liz says:

    OMG am I ever a brunch person! Atlanta is seriously like, home of all things brunch. It’s a big deal there. They even have a brunch festival. I LOVE brunch! Sadly, Charleston leaves a lot to be desired in the way of brunch. And I’ve found that a lot of cities really do, actually. I don’t know if I could ever go to Starbuck’s as much as you do, haha. I really like doing work in coffee shops, but I feel like Starbuck’s is too crowded and they are never big enough. I always try to find big, not very crowded coffee places for work. That’s awesome that you get to work from home on Fridays! I can’t believe how long your commute is! Glad you had a good weekend! You’ve been so busy since being in Chicago!
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    • Jessie says:

      I never was a brunch person until Chicago! I feel like I go all the time now haha! A brunch festival?! How cool! Haha SB is my “get out of the house” place. I need it. There’s a SB near my apartment that’s usually not too bad. Yeah, commute is crap!! Thanks, lady!

  2. Amy says:

    I love brunch! One of my sis-in-law’s made awesome quiches for a bridal shower recently—so good! Also, I have to say, congrats on not being part of the layoffs at your company! I have been searching for a FT job for 5 mths and finally will be starting at a new company next week=So relieved + ready to work!

  3. Katie says:

    I’m not a brunch person, sunday morning’s i usually go to church with my grandparents, and saturday mornings i usually go to yoga. I love brunch food, I just don’t have a third morning available!
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