Weekend Recap: Becoming a Wisconsin “Shacker”

Okay, unless you’re from my hometown in tiny little NEWI, you have no idea what a shacker is. To make a long story short, we had a TON of “city people” that would inundate our town during the summer and hunting season for vacation and stay in their “shacks” or cabins – most of which were bigger than our permanent homes. We weren’t exactly loving towards these “shackers” as we called them, because they’d clear out our grocery store and basically use the country roads like they were downtown Chicago. I hated them.

I’ve now become one.

… and I’m okay with it. 🙂

So, Friday was a super slow day at work. I scheduled a few posts, but for the most part no one was online chatting with us so I didn’t have a ton to respond to. I left at 4:30 and got in an upper body workout before heading to the train to get home. It was POURING and gross out, so I was ready to hole up for the rest of the night.

Picture quality is awful ^^ but it was literally pouring SO badly I’m still using the pic so you can see my struggle. 😉

I headed over to Ben’s apartment because I have no food, so I made him asked him to make me tacos. After tacos, we headed out to the suburbs to quickly hit Victoria’s Secret’s 7 for $28 underwear sale and then off to a hockey scrimmage Ben and his brother were playing in. It was a super fun night and we ended up crashing immediately as soon as we got home.

We got up early-ish on Saturday, packed up our stuff, ate a quick breakfast and headed up to Wisconsin. Ben’s grandparents live in Florida for about 8 months out of the year, but they move up to their house in western Wisconsin for the summer months. We got up to the house around 2 pm (after hitting loads of random traffic), had lunch with the fam and Ben and I set out to go fishing (note: Ben fished, I laid on the boat and screamed when I saw a huge fish coming at the boat so…)

After a few hours of that, we headed back in to have a bloody mary (yum), have some dinner and hang out with everyone. My allergies went nuts and I had such a crazy bad headache. We watched a movie, but by the time we went to bed, I was basically in tears from the pain. No fun!

My headache had subsided in the morning, but was still lingering so after a quick breakfast, Ben and I headed into the town to pick up some allergy medication and I felt so.much.better.

After our little trip, we spent the rest of the afternoon getting to know the g-parents (first time we’ve met and they’re the BEST), playing some track ball, climbing on railroads (aka me freaking out that there’d be a train at any minute and being too afraid to climb over the water. You know, the usual ‘Sconnie stuff. 😉

I had so much fun. I always wondered why people enjoyed coming to my hometown (mostly because I hated it growing up) but I can totally understand in this instance. It was relaxing, no crazy sirens or tons of cars… we played in the backyard with the pup and just spent the weekend chatting and enjoying the weather. It’s going to be so much fun when we have our puppy (less than two weeks!!!) and can bring her there.

We stuck around a little longer than originally expected and left around 6. We stopped outside of Madison to get a quick Chipotle bite and then drove back to Chicago. The rest of the night was spent showering, freaking out because I found a tick on me (EEW) and passing out from a fun, but exhausting weekend.

Since today is Memorial Day, I’ve got the day off. Ben and I are currently at Starbucks doing a few things and then I’m not sure what we’ll get up to. This week is going to be quite crazy. We work tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday and then leave for Nashville on Friday morning until Monday night. Should be a quick week!

How was your weekend?

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