Weekend Recap: Graduation Weekend!

Hey friends! Happy Monday. I mean, technically I’m writing this on Sunday, but I’m hoping it’s a happy Monday for you so far.

I’m actually starting my new job at 10 a.m. on Monday, so hopefully I haven’t passed out from nervousness or gotten on the wrong train …

So back to the weekend!

On Thursday, I left my job around noon for the last time. I stopped at Qdoba to take myself to a going away lunch since I didn’t get one of those through work (it’s been a rough two weeks …) but as I was checking out, Ben texted me and told me he wanted to take me to lunch in the city as a celebration! So sweet.

We went to El Barco and as you can see in the photo above, I had a very large margarita (that ended up making me feel awful for the rest of the day (oops) and some fajitas.

After lunch, I headed back to Ben’s place with him. He got some work done and I napped/played on Instagram until he had to leave for his afternoon clients. The rest of the night consisted of just chilling – watching YouTube, playing around on Instagram and eating my earlier Qdoba I had bought for lunch. Thankfully I like Mexican food!

On Friday I woke up with Ben for his clients and hung around my place getting things done until meeting him at the gym to get in an upper body workout around 9:30. After that, I walked to a new gym close to my new office (attached to the building actually) for a new member experience tour and ended up signing up with them! It wasn’t a bad walking view …

Okay, Chicago. 😍

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After the tour, I headed BACK to Ben’s gym (about a 3-mile walk round trip) and met him to quick eat some protein bars (#IIFYMLifeWhenYouForgetFood) and then we walked to the movie theater over near Michigan Ave. to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – which was AMAZING by the way. BABY GROOT IS THE BEST.

We got out of the movie around 3:45 and had to walk back to Ben’s gym to pick up our bags, then walked home. I’d say in all I probably walked well over 5-miles on Friday! Which was probably a great idea, because I hopped my butt in the car around 4:45 to head up to Green Bay and sat in traffic / drove a LONG distance for well over 4-hours.

Once in Green Bay, I picked up my sister and we headed over to Chili’s for dinner. Unfortunately I got extremely sick as soon as I ate and ended up being a party pooper the rest of the night. But I did get to see my cat, Oliver, that Jenny kept when I moved! And of course I took millions of pictures of him on Snapchat (JustJessie23) butttt I didn’t save any of them.

After very little sleep on Friday, Jenny and I woke up on Saturday, ran out to get some coffee and then got ready for the day because she GRADUATED!

I wasn’t feeling well all day, but we all went to get lunch/dinner around 3 and I was incredibly sick to my stomach. After dinner, I headed back to Chicago. Thankfully by the time I got home I was feeling better, but I’ve got to figure out these stomach issues. To start, Ben suggested cutting coffee out since it seems every day I get sick, I’ve had coffee. I don’t think that’ll be too difficult since I can get my caffeine from soda (although I want to cut that out at some point as well) but we’re going to cut it out for a month and see what happens.

Sunday morning was a little bit of a lie-in for Ben and I before he left to go to the suburbs to spend the day with his family for Mother’s Day. I actually walked all the way to my new gym (about a 40-minute walk which isn’t bad – I love walking) to get in a short lower body workout that I missed on Saturday.

Workout at FFC Union Station

There was barely anyone there (well, because I got there at 2 and they close at 3) so I was able to bumble around and figure my way out. I did get in some deadlifts, sumo squats and back extensions, though.

Chicago, IL

After working out, I walked around and found a Chipotle since I hadn’t eaten yet. After Chipotle, I decided to stop being a chicken shi*, found a train nearby that I can take and hopped on. And guess what? I did it right! You have no idea how proud of myself I was. 😉

Once I got home, there was a fiesta happening in my alleyway so I grabbed my computer and headed to SB. And no coffee – just a pink drink. 🙂

Pink Drink at Starbucks

I left SB around 5:30, came home and ate the rest of my Chipotle from lunch (and about 12000 cookies – whoops). I watched a bunch of YouTube videos, did the dishes, did laundry and filled out my planner. I also packed a bag for Monday so that I could get in a workout before my first day!

Unfortunately the alley-party didn’t stop until quite late. Since I live in a coach house (pretty “normal” style apartments in Chicago) which means I live behind a normal house, my place is in an alley and backs up to a bunch of other houses. I finally got used to the alley noise, but having people parking their cars in the alley and blasting music until the late evening is a bit much. Maybe I’m old? Either way, Ben got home around 11 p.m. and they still hadn’t stopped. It was a Sunday, people! Thankfully I move in with Ben in a few months and while he does have some noisy neighbors, right now my apartment definitely has the nosiER neighbors. Okay, rant over. Maybe I’m just being a cranky geriatric, but there’s got to be some neighborhood cut off time for loud parties, right? Or is this just what I signed up for moving to Chicago? 😉 Maybe I’d feel better if they would’ve shared some of their chips and salsa …

So send some well wishes my way – I’m definitely feeling nervous for my first day (and tired…), but I’m very hopeful that it’ll be the right fit for me for this part of my life. Talk to you all soon!

How was your weekend?


  1. Liz says:

    I am so old and crotchety and get irritated when my neighbors at my mom and dad’s are loud on Friday nights until 11pm when I have to get up at 5am on Saturday to work! I hope your first two days at work have gone well! I couldn’t cut out coffee! Haha. I was thinking yesterday that I wished coffee was as hydrating as water because I could live off of it. I notice I get sick from bread, but I think I’ve eaten enough lately that it has stopped irritating my stomach so much. I still think your Chicago life is the best, haha. I LOVE those views! I was just looking at old photos of Jon and me yesterday and came across our Chicago pictures and I want to go back there so bad!
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    • Jessie says:

      Ugh, it’s the worst! I’m the lightest sleeper, too, so it drives me nuts. Thank you! It’s been okay – I’ve basically just subbed coffee out with diet soda. Granted, I’m not a huge fan of it but… oh well. Living in Chicago is pretty great! Come back soon!!!

  2. Marette Flora says:

    This weekend was just gorgeous! I had kind of a three-day weekend because my Phoenix office shut down early on Friday for a move. It was AMAZING. Plus it was our adoption day and then Mother’s Day. I was not ready for it to end. Congrats to your sister! I like how most of your meals were Mexican food. haha

    • Jessie says:

      It was! And now I’m sitting in my apartment that’s 85 degrees with no AC… BUT I CAN’T COMPLAIN BECAUSE IT’S STILL BETTER THAN WINTER. I’m still so happy for you guys – what a perfect weekend for adoption day!!

  3. Megan says:

    Yay for being done with the old job & starting the new one! Hopefully you had a good first (and second) day! That sucks about being sick over the weekend. Interesting that it might be related to coffee?? It would be so hard to cut that out in the mornings! We loved taking the trains in Chicago & Google Maps was a lifesaver while we were there!
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    • Jessie says:

      It’s been good so far! Crazy, but good! Yeah, we’re not sure if it is, but that seems to be a contributing factor. It might just be too acidic for my stomach. Honestly, I haven’t had any stomach issues since I stopped drinking it (besides bloating, but that’s over-eating, not coffee).

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