Weekend Recap: Games & Brunch

Happy Monday! I can say that because this has definitely shaped up to be a pretty amazing Monday. ๐Ÿ™‚ Even so, let’s take a quick look back at the weekend.

Friday I worked from home (and wrote a sneaky little blog post) for the day. I walked to the gym to workout with Ben over lunch, but my stomach was killing me so we just ended up walking home. Hey, at least I got in a walk?

The rest of the afternoon I spent working and logged off around 5. I got ready, headed over to Ben’s and we took off for a night in the city with one of our favorite couples, Frank and Draco. We had some drinks and sushi atย Niu Japanese Fusion Loungeย before heading to FTW – an arcade bar downtown. I had SO much fun! And Ben loved his super girly drink. ๐Ÿ˜‰

FTW Chicago

FTW Chicago

After a few hours of games, Ben and I headed home and were all tucked in before midnight. YES.

Saturday I actually slept in until 11 – what?! Ben had left around 7:30 to train his clients, but I just kept on sleepin’.

I met up with Ben at the gym around 1:30 for our own workout. I was not in the right mindset, but I still got through.

Once we got done, we headed to Big & Little’s to try out some tacos. I didn’t realize how popular the place was! It was pretty good, but if I’m honest … I’ve had better tacos in the city.

Big & Littles

Big & Littles

Once we were all stuffed, we headed back to Ben’s and pretty much chilled all night, watching a Netflix show and then some Harry Potter. Amazing Saturday!

Sunday we woke up pretty early (well, for us on a weekend at least) and after taking our time getting ready, we headed over to Whisk for brunch. I’ve been to Whisk before and I love it!

Whisk Chicago

We walked there since it was so beautiful out, and had a small wait so we stood outside.

I got the Buffalo Chicken Hash (which is what I got last time) and it was amazing again! Highly recommend.

Whisk Chicago

Ben got the Steak Hash and loved it, too! P.S. I just think he’s the most handsome date ever … ๐Ÿ™‚

Whisk Chicago

I was feeling a bit anxious all day, so after brunch we walked home, grabbing a few cake balls from West Town Bakery (no pics, but the french toast one was SO GOOD)ย on our way. Once home, Ben changed and we headed out to the dog beach again. We both have such crazy dog fever it’s not even funny. Ben was so sweet trying to keep me occupied all day so my mind wouldn’t get the best of me.

After the beach, we went to a park over by our apartments before I headed home to shower/eat quickly. Unfortunately the tortellini I ate made me extremely sick, so Ben and I watched a movie on the couch the rest of the night. Feeling much better this morning, though!

How was your weekend?

Linking up with Katie!

Weekend Recap: Girl Friend Time!

Goooood morning and happy Monday I just wrote Sunday!ย  It’s so beautiful out today and all I want to do is hang out outside!

I had a fantastic weekend and I’m so sad it went by so quickly! My friend Saige from Milwaukee came to visit Friday-Saturday and it was so much fun.

Friday we worked from home for awhile together, then she went out around lunch to meet up with her family. We met up again around 5, got ready at my place and headed to a little restaurant/bar called Charlatan near my apartment for a drink.

Drinks at Charlatan

We met up with “da boys” – aka Ben and her husband, Joel around 7:30, put in our name at Yuzu Sushi for dinner (hour and a half wait, come ON Chicago) and then headed over to Roots for a drink while we waited. Saige and Joel have met Ben, but it was in a huge party setting so this was the first time we all got to sit down and hang out. Also, it was my first “double-date” in like 5+ years?

Yuzu texted us awhile later and we headed over to grab out table. We shared a few apps, a bottle of wine (the restaurant was BYOB so Ben brought some over) and then got some sushi!

Yuzu Sushi

After dinner, Joel had to head out to his brother’s so he dropped Saige, Ben and me back off at Charlatan where we had ANOTHER drink. Let me just say – all three of us rarely drink, so it was a bit more than we were all used to.

Saturday morning was a slow start for us, but Saige and I took the time to do some face masks and then get ready slowly. It was GORGEOUS outside, so we headed out to Tuco & Blondie for a late lunch.

Tuco & Blondie

Tuco & Blondie

Our food was fantastic, plus it was so light and airy in there!

Tuco & Blondie

After lunch, we headed downtown to do a little shopping. We only got through Zara and half of H&M, but I managed to buy a few things. I’ll do a haul soon!

Saige ordered an Uber once we got home and headed out to spend time with her fam. Ben picked me up and we headed out to the suburbs. We watched the Blackhawks game (boooo) at Buffalo Wild Wings and then headed to his hockey game. Neither team won, but Ben was hilarious to watch… only because he got a penalty within the first 10 seconds of the game. He then managed to get out of the box and immediately score a goal. Fun game!

Sunday Ben and I got up and went to do some work at Starbucks. Do to unforeseen circumstances that hopefully I can tell you more about at some time (grrrr, why do I always do that?!) I didn’t go to Easter with my family or his. I did manage to step out of the apartment a little bit, though.

Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

And now it’s Monday! I’m working from home today, but thinking about taking a walk to Starbucks here soon. Haven’t decided if it’s just to get a coffee, or to get some work done there for awhile. We’ll see… either way, back to the suburbs tomorrow!

How was your weekend?

Weekend Recap: IT’S SO NICE OUT!

And it’s Monday again! Time to go with the weekend recap. I did try to vlog a bit this weekend, but I’m not sure I got much footage so we’ll see. ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday I worked from home. I had a few conference calls and a few Dropbox emergencies (which is how we get my “client” their work…). Thankfully my stomach was much better on Friday, so I think the flu is finally over!

After work I spent a bit cleaning up my apartment and went over to Ben’s apartment around 7:30 p.m. to eat some random stuff we got from Postmates (it was good, but I only ate about 2/3 of it) and watch Harry Potter. SUPER exciting Friday night. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Weekend Recap: Postmates Food

Saturday we woke up around 8:30 and headed to Starbucks by Ben’s gym around 10. We worked together until he had to leave for his only client at 11:30 and I met him there for our lower body workout at 12:30. We took it slow and light (#tyss haaaaa) since we both hadn’t worked out much the whole week prior due to the stomach flu.

Lower Body Workout

After our workout, I went back to my apartment to cook up some lunch, shower and change.

You Better Have Tacos Door Mat

A couple hours later I headed over to Ben’s and we watched an episode or two of a documentary before we headed out to Ben’s friend’s birthday party at a bowling alley.

I haven’t been bowling in at least five years and it was so much fun! I even got a strike – wooooo. On accident, though. I have absolutely no form.

Sunday we got up, Ben made me breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚ and we headed to Starbucks for some serious work. I had to get a ton of work out to someone and Ben had a bunch of new client programs to write. It was so hard sitting next to the window, looking at people running around outside in the nice weather!

After Starbucks, I ran home to eat and change quick.

Trader Joe's Meal

We headed out to a beach (Montrose Beach, I think??) to sit by the water (favorite thing #1) and watch the dogs on the dog beach (favorite thing #2). It was soooooo amazing. The weather was gorgeous, Ben and I laughed at all the dogs (and contemplated stealing some) and then we took a walk around. We were out there for a good 1.5 hours or so, and it was so relaxing. I felt SO happy afterwards.

Montrose Beach

After the beach, we headed over to Cone for a pre-dinner ice cream snack.

Ben had Cookie Monster (the blue one, which turned his lips bright blue which I thought was HILARIOUS) and I got Birthday Cake. Both were SO good, but so rich, so I spent the rest of the night with a bloated, pregnant-looking stomach. Yay, dairy intolerance!

Once we got back to Ben’s, he did some work and I played around on my phone. We ate quick and spent the rest of the night watching Harry Potter. Seriously, the best Sunday ever! Can’t wait for many, many more. ๐Ÿ™‚

How was your weekend?

Linking up with Katie!

Weekend Recap: Margaritas, Hangovers & Sick Boyfriends

I feel like this weekend literally flew by. Not fair!

In an attempt to make it seem like it’s still here, here’s my weekend recap.

Friday I worked from home, got in a workout with Ben and signed off as soon as the clock hit 5 p.m.

Weekend Recap

I met up with Ben and his cousin around 7:30 before heading to Big Star to get food with Ben’s friend and his new gf. Unfortunately there were FORTY parties in front of us, so we headed over to another Mexican restaurant nearby for food and margs. Honestly, it was okay but I don’t even remember the name of the place, so obviously not that memorable!

Weekend Recap

On Saturday I woke up feeling disgusting. After a few margaritas and not enough food, my body was not happy with me. I walked to the gym in hopes that the fresh air would make me feel a bit better.

Chicago in April

Iย did get in a few deadlifts with Ben before we headed to Portillos for a late lunch.

Portillo's Chopped Salad

After Portillos, we walked to the movie theater and saw Beauty & the Beast which we both loved. Thankfully it was nice enough out that we were able to comfortably walk back to Ben’s gym (where the car was parked). Unfortunately by that time, my dull headache had turned into a migraine so the rest of the night was spent recovering from my migraine pill (kicks my buttttt) and falling asleep on the couch.

Sunday I woke up late-ish before heading to brunch with Brooke and her fiance at RL. We had a couple of drinks + quiche and chatted for about an hour before I headed back home. It was nice enough out at that point that I walked the ~50 minutes back.

Weekend Recap

I was almost back home when Ben texted me that he was feeling super sick, so I stopped at Subway to pick him up some soup and swung over there. After a bunch of Netflix, we settled on the couch to work the rest of the night (well, I applied for jobs, he actually did a little bit of work before the sickness took over again).

Pretty chill weekend that went by WAY too fast. I contemplated playing hooky today just to get things done (AKA cleaning, laundry, everything else that I’d rather be doing than commuting to my job) but looks like I didn’t do that. I hate wishing away days, but here’s to hoping that Monday-Wednesday aren’t too rough and Thursday-the weekend show up soon!

How was your weekend?

Linking up with Katie!

Weekend Recap: A Summer Tease

And it’s officially Monday. How does that HAPPEN so quickly?!

Chicago, IL

My weekend started off on Friday THANKFULLY working from home because it was beautiful outside. I woke up late since I was working from home, started some laundry (because I FINALLY have a working washer/dryer in my apartment) and got to work. At lunch, I took a break and walked to the gym to get in my workout with Ben.

After working out, I headed back to get in the rest of my day of work, then we headed over to the Hotel Lincoln rooftop to meet Ben’s clients/friends for a few drinks.

Hotel Lincoln

We ended up hanging out with them (and their EXTREMELY well-behaved baby) for several hours before heading to Flo to get in a super late dinner. This is the second time we’ve gone there and unfortunately, I still wasn’t impressed. The service and restaurant itself are pretty cool, but I just am not loving the food and since there are SO many great restaurants in Chicago, I don’t know when we’ll go there again. By then, the temperature had dropped from 80 to 40 – not cool, Chicago.

Saturday started off super late for me … seriously, I slept until 11. Whoops! Ben was working and it had started raining, so I took a Lyft over to the gym around noon. We hung out for awhile, talked about businessey stuff and then started our workout around 1 with some deadlifts (yay!), goblet squats (eew), hip thrusts (eew eew) and finally bulgarian split squats (THE WORST). I was pooped at the end – plus it didn’t help that it was 3 p.m. and all I had eaten was half a quest bar. Whoopsie.

Workout

We got back from the gym, I showered and got ready at my place and then met Ben back at his place because he was making me Italian Beef Sandwich because he’s the best (and also because he wanted to kill me once he found out I had only eaten 90 calories and was pulling 175# in deadlifts while almost passing out after each one. Do. Not. Recommend.)

Italian Beef Sandwich

We spent the rest of the afternoon watching another documentary on Netflix and then taking a nap. Seriously, crazy party animals. The night was pretty slow, too – Ben played this one video game that I actually love watching (otherwise I’m not a video game fan at all), ordered in Thai food and went to bed fairly early.

Opart Thai

Sunday we slept in a tiny bit and then Ben made me pancakes. We went to Starbucks for a little while before heading out to his parents’ house in the suburbs.

And … I justย want to add this in because it’s funny. ๐Ÿ™‚

Funny Meme

Linking up with Katie.

Weekend Recap: So. Much. Food

It’s Monday again AND the first day of spring. I’m excited about one of those things, so while trying to get in the head space for the other, let’s do the weekend recap! ๐Ÿ™‚

If you saw my post on Friday, you know I was missing Ireland like crazy. I spent a lot of the day re-reading my blog posts from the trip and remembering how beautiful it was there. Of course, I got some work in as well, though Fridays tend to be incredibly quiet. I took my lunch break around 12:30 and headed to the gym for Ben to train me.

Weekend Recap: So. Much. Food

We’re super spectacular at taking photos together.

After my workout, I went back to my apartment, worked the rest of the afternoon and logged off around 5. I honestly don’t remember what I did next, but I’m sure at some point I went over to Ben’s apartment and hung out there for the rest of the night.

Saturday morning I got up around 8 and got ready for my hair appointment. I found a salon called Edit just a bit from my place, so I made an appointment for a hair cut and color consultation. Loved my stylist and made an appointment in April for a hair color!

Weekend Recap: So. Much. Food

After the cut, I walked over to the gym to meet Ben. The gym was crazy busy, so we sat and chatted for about an hour before hitting a leg day. My lower back was a little finicky, but we got in a good, solid workout. Of course, Ben was talking about burgers the whole time and I realized I haven’t had one in over a year (what?!) so we headed to a new-to-us burger place called Burger Bar right after working out. We both got bloody marys (yummmm), Ben got some ridiculous burger with like three meats on it (#protein) and I built my own with sweet potato tots.

Burger Bar Chicago

Our food was soooooo good and the music they were playing was AWESOME. We’ll definitely be back. ๐Ÿ™‚

After the burgers, we headed back to our places to shower and then I ended up back at Ben’s at some point. It was our four monthiversary (heh) so we decided we’d stop being hermits like we are every other weekend and go out to a bar for a drink. I don’t have any photos, but the bar was packed, I didn’t love my drink (Ben loved his) and then we left around midnight to go to bed. Party-ANIMALS.

Sunday we slept in a *tiny* bit before heading to Starbucks. I went before Ben and played around on my iPad because I apparently decided I wasn’t having a productive weekend.

Weekend Recap: So. Much. Food

Ben met me there, but I left soon after to meet my friend Amanda for brunch at The Dawson. I was able to walk there which was the BEST and I got a bloody mary (typical) and avocado toast. SO GOOD.

The Dawson Chicago

We sat and chatted for awhile, then randomly decided to go get a manicure down the road. Our nail tech was so fun and it was a nice way to end the afternoon!

Later in the day, Ben and I watched a few episodes of a documentary series we’re into, then watched a funny movie before calling it a night. Both of us start getting stressed by Sunday evenings (for different reasons) so it was fun to watch a ridiculous movie (Penguins of Madagascar if you’re curious) and forget about everything else.

That was my weekend! This week is going to be a little interesting, but nothing crazy. My coworker is out of the office later this week and I get to cover for her, so I’ve been invited to way more meetings than I’d like. At least it should keep me slightly busy, right?

How was your weekend?
Are you a brunch person?

Linking up with Katie!ย 

Weekend Recap: A Crappy Attitude

I like to think of myself as a positive person, but in attempts to always keep this website truthful, the last few days have been surrounded with self-doubt and just an all-over crappy attitude about some things. Sometimes that happens and I’m just trying to move past it!

So working downtown on Thursdays + working from home on Fridays has been a GODSEND. Thursday I took a Lyft to work because it was pretty cold, but I walked home that night. Threw in some headphones and listened to “You Are a Badass” (<— If you read my March goals, then YES I FINALLY DOWNLOADED AUDIBLE).

Chicago, Illinois

Friday I woke up at Ben’s apartment at about 7:50, stumbled out into the living room and started working at 8. He was already at work with his clients, so I had the morning to myself at his place to get some laundry done while working (since my w/d at my apartment STILL hasn’t been installed)!

I took my lunch around 12:30 and headed to the gym for Ben to train me. It was an upper body day, which I haven’t done with him yet. Of course, he made me bump up my weight in almost everything so I was definitely feeling it. The rest of the afternoon I worked from Ben’s couch while he finished some work as well.

Working from home

We shut down right at 5 and headed down the road to eat at Sushi X. If you follow me on Snapchat (JustJessie23) or Instagram stories, you would’ve seen the epic treat meal that went down, but here’s a little preview …

Sushi X - Chicago

SO GOOD. Plus, our server was awesome so that makes the experience even better. But yes, I’ve found a man that will go to eat at Grandma time with me. ๐Ÿ™‚

After sushi, Ben wanted to take me to frozen yogurt because I’ve been talking about it for EVER. We walked about a mile and he got ice cream at Jeni’s, which was right next door to Red Mango. I took my frozen yogurt to-go because my stomach was feeling pretty angry after shoving 2.5 rolls of sushi down my throat an hour earlier. Don’t worry, I ate it later.

We walked back to Ben’s apartment and both fell asleep watching Minions at like, 11 p.m. #OldPeopleStatus #TheBest

Saturday morning Ben had to train, so he went in and I sat around on his couch catching up on YouTube videos. I noticed myself picking my body apartย more than normal (I was still bloated from the night before) and I got this “you’re not going to make it” mindset stuck in my head. Does this happen to anyone else? I figured a nice, hard workout at the gym would make it better!

It didn’t.

In fact, Ben spent a good chunk of the workout trying to talk me out of crying out of frustration. I feel like I’m just starting to get strong and my back starts killing me and I have to cut down my weight. PLUS, you trying wearing spandex around OTHER beautiful women wearing Lululemon when you’re already in a bad mood about how you look. Just wasn’t a good workout for me!

(P.S. I’m writing most of this blog post on Sunday afternoon and my computer has shut down NO LESS than three times so far due to who-knows-what … so this weekend is just not loving me).

After the workout, Ben and I headed back to his place, ate and watchedย Human Planet for a few hours. He made me dinner (chicken and pasta – woooooo!), then we started watching more Netflix and I fell asleep on the couch before he woke me up to move to bed. Such a sleepy weekend – crappy attitudes make me tired!

Sunday Ben got up to meet some potential clients and I laid around in bed for awhile before getting up to clean up his place for him a bit. I figure if he’s feeding me and basically letting me stay there every hour of the day this weekend, the least I can do is make his bed and clean up his kitchen!

We moved over to Starbucks around 1 p.m. to get some work done. I’ve been working on this blog for almost two hours because the computer I’m working on keeps shutting down and losing everything I’ve done. (Speaking of that, time to save …)

Starbucks Weekend

The rest of the afternoon we spent watching more Human Planetย (ADDICTING) until we transferred over to my apartment while Ben worked and I meal prepped some stuff . Nothing crazy!

How was your weekend?

Linking up with Katie.

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”ย 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ‘ฏโค

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

How was your weekend?
Are you a brunch person?

Linking up with Katie!

Weekend Recap: Sickness + Starbucks

Good morning, friends! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. It was 64 in Chicago all weekend and I can’t even contain my excitement, even though I wasn’t able to take advantage of much of it.

I drove out to work on Friday pretty early to get some stuff done for work. I had a small lull around 10:30 so I headed over to the gym to get in my upper body + HIIT workout.

Friday Workout

I got in a few more hours of work before leaving around 12:30 to miss traffic. I got into Chicago around 1:15 and headed straight to Starbucks to continue working.

Starbucks work

Around 3, Ben showed up to work the rest of the afternoon with me. ๐Ÿ™‚ We left a little after 5 and headed back to his place to hang out with Teressa.

I was in an amazing mood all day on Friday up until we left Starbucks. I was so hungry because I was trying to “save as many calories as possible” for dinner that night because I knew we were going out. Such a stupid idea. I was so tired, so cranky with Ben and struggled on and off all night with my mood. Grrrr.

Friday Night Fun

Saturday morning Ben woke up to go train around 5 a.m., but he was feeling absolutely awful. He ended up canceling his sessions (which he never does) and went back to bed. We didn’t get up until almost 11, which was crazy. We didn’t get to lift together like we usually do which bummed me out, but it was nice to sit around all day and not do anything. Granted, the weather was AMAZING and we holed ourselves up inside on the couch. We finished Stranger Things (SO GOOD), then watched some Parks & Rec and Dexter for the rest of the night. I wish Ben would’ve been feeling better, but I didn’t mind getting to cuddle up with him all day (and force him to look at funny memes). ๐Ÿ™‚

Target Meme

Sunday we slept in a little bit (only until 9 this time) and then ate some breakfast. I went back to my apartment while Ben went to lunch with his family. I had so many dishes to get through, so once I got through cleaning I took my migraine pill (booooo allergy headaches) which made me pass out for a bit.

Later in the afternoon/early evening, Ben and I headed back to Starbucks to get some work done. I had all intentions of figuring out a new theme for my blog this weekend, but that didn’t happen. I got as much done as possible on Sunday and just chalked it up to a relaxing weekend – I don’t really have those very often!

The rest of the night consisted of leftovers from Valentine’s Day (we cooked spaghetti and meatballs together) and Dexter. Pretty chill weekend, but I’m all for that!

How was your weekend?

Linking up with Katie.ย 

Weekend Recap: Moving + A Birthday

Hi, hi, hi – it’s my birthday and I’m sitting in a cubicle. Super happy about it. But at least I have a job, right? Right. #perspective ๐Ÿ˜‰ Let’s talk about the weekend!

On Friday, I worked from home until about 11 a.m. before Ben and I jumped on the train to Milwaukee. My sister was nice enough to drive the two hours to pick us up, then two back to Green Bay. We got a quick dinner at Chili’s (which left something to be desired …) and then back to my apartment in Green Bay to pack everything up. Ben was super patient and helpful all weekend – I honestly couldn’t have done it without him.

Saturday morning we woke up early, took my sister to work, got the U-haul and came back to my apartment just in time for my parents to get there. After a fiasco with the U-haul (it looked like I got one that was way too small but somehow Ben and my dad played the best game of Tetris), we packed up all of my things and took off for lunch. We had lunch at one of my favorite restaurants in Green Bay, Vintage Cantina.

Vintage Cantina

Tacos and margaritas it is!ย (okay, I’m the only one that drank but #necessary)

Vintage Cantina

I should also mention that Saturday was the first time Ben met my parents. They like him (it’s hard not to like him) and everything went smoothly. Especially the moving part. Ben has this weird calming effect on me so there were no tears OR panic, which is normally an all day fiasco with me on a moving day.

After lunch, we headed back to my GB apartment, said good bye to the parents and the cats ๐Ÿ™ and took off in the U-haul. AKA Ben drove the truck, I talked his ear off for 3.5 hours. He didn’t seem to mind … I think he was just happy I wasn’t having a panic attack.

Moving to Chicago

Once we got to Chicago, I went into crazy mode. I was DONE with moving, so I wanted to get the stuff unloaded from the truckย ASAP. Ben, Teressa and I unpacked the thing in less than an hour, then we took the U-haul to a drop-off location. Teressa went out with some friends and Ben and I basically collapsed onto the couch at 6:30. Of course, he put up the sweetest Instagram post which I havvvvve to show you so you all throw up.

I may strongly dislike their football team (sorry @jessiedeschane ๐Ÿ˜ฌ …but not really ๐Ÿ˜) BUT I was able to find some delicious tacos in Green Bay ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒฎ — I helped move the girlfriend from Green Bay to Chicago today. For any of y’all that have moved before, you know that it is one of life’s most stressful experiences ๐Ÿ˜“ However, we made it out alive and didn’t kill each other ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ — This is quite the accomplishment ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ…That said, I am very grateful for finding someone with such a kind heart and someone that values me as much as I value them. This is a reminder โ˜๐ŸผNEVER SETTLE FOR LESS THAN YOU DESERVE. Know your worth and find somebody that realizes it too ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ — Why am I sharing this? ๐Ÿค” Because fitness is a small (while very important) part of a happy life and I want to share these things as well. If you don’t like it, then just don’t read ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I’ll keep posting enough food porn to keep you occupied ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Oh that boy …

Sunday we slept in (AKA I did not get out of bed until almost noon) but Ben forced me up with pancakes. We ate, chatted with Teressa and went right back to bed where we sad around for a few hours looking for places to go for dinner. After searching, Ben and I got up to go to my apartment to unpack buttttt then he had the brilliant idea to go and get bloody marys down the street and both Teressa and I were easily swayed.

After bloodies and nachos (MMMMM), Ben and I got all dressed up and went out to Harry Caray’s to try their Restaurant Week specials. SO MUCH FOOD. No pictures because it was a special date for my birthday, but I did take this sneaky one …

Benjamin

I can’t help it. That cake was super handsome. ๐Ÿ˜‰

After dinner, we headed back to his apartment and watched Happy Endings with Teressa. Pretty great Sunday if you ask me.

And now it’s Monday … my 29th birthday! I almost always take my birthday off, but since I only had a half day of vacation (since I just started my job a couple weeks ago) I took it on Friday so we could get a head start on moving. I will be honest – I’m a little sad today. I miss Brooke, my closest friend back in Green Bay. I miss a lot of my friends and let’s be honest, I’d much rather be sitting on the couch than at work BUT at least I’m lucky enough to have a good job, so I’m happy about that.

29th Birthday

Okay, speaking of work, I’m going to be a good employee and see if anyone needs anything from me (my job is still ramping up). Hope you all have a wonderful Monday! Tell me about your weekend in the comments. OR your favorite way to treat yourself for your birthday.ย 

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