Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago!

Monday is back, which for me means … Weekend Recap time!

Friday was a pretty slow day, so I was able to leave right at 4:30 to pick my sister, Jenny, up from the train from Milwaukee. I currently work right next to Union Station, so it wasn’t too difficult to find her! We walked to the other train stop and took that back to my place to play with Cora (and Ben lol)!

Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago!After a little bit of playing, we headed over to Giordano’s for some “deep dish pizza” or so we thought. Apparently we don’t know what deep dish is, though, so we technically got a “stuffed” pizza – still good!

Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago!
We ended up being there for awhile, so we headed back to my apartment to play with Cora. She had been sick all week, so we didn’t want to leave her alone for too long. It ended up being an early night for us since we were all so tired.

Ben left pretty early for work, so Jenny, Cora and I hung out a bit before Jenny and I took a Lyft over to Whisk.

Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago! Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago!After Whisk, we walked over to Stan’s Donuts to grab a few to go before taking the train back home.

Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago!

Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago!
Once back home, we played with the puppy for awhile until Ben got home. We then all (minus pup – booo) headed out to the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago! Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago! Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago! Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago!
We spent a couple hours there, which was super fun! The park is free, but parking is SO expensive. We decided to take advantage of it and walked to RJ Grunts for dinner. Ben and I shared a burger and fish and chips. Burger was definitely the way to go!

I thought the burger was great, but it was SO crowded in there and everything was shoved together. Worked out though – just an extremely long dining experience.

After dinner, we walked over to Mollie’s Cupcakes to grab some to-go. Ben loves cupcakes (well, all sweets really) so he was excited.

Once home we ate the cupcakes and played with the baby Cora.ย I don’t love cupcakes, so I only ate half of it and gave the rest to Ben. We hung out on the couch, before Ben, Cora and I headed to bed. We were all so exhausted from walking ALL day!

Sunday we all slept in a bit before heading up to Rhyme or Reason, a brunch place Ben and I have been dying to try out and it LIVED UP to what we were hoping for! Ben and I shared a Bloody Mary, which had a sweetness to it that was SUPER good.

Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago!
Then came out the big guys – I got Fried Chicken & DONUTS. Oh. My. Gosh.

Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago!The donuts were super fluffy and wonderful. I loved it and devoured it, though I did share a little with Ben. ๐Ÿ™‚

When we left, I actually saw Taylor of The Daily Tay outside, so I stopped and said hey to her. I didn’t realize how many bloggers and Instagrammers I follow that live in the city. I saw a fashion Instagrammer I follow last weekend, but she was SUPER busy with her kids, so I didn’t bug her.

Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago! Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago!
It was about a two-mile walk, so we forced Jenny to walk home (she’s not used to walking everywhere like we are – we had to stop and buy her tennis shoes on Saturday so she could make it through the day!) It was nice to get in some movement, though. We spent the rest of the early afternoon playing with Cora and hanging out before talking Jenny to her 3:15 train.

Then it was WORK TIME! Ben and I had put aside work all weekend which is much needed sometimes, but since Cora was sick all week, we had tons of work built up. We headed off to Starbucks until about 7 pm to get some work done (and I started this blog). Before we left, we order Thai from Opart Thai (our favorite Thai place) and grabbed that on our way home. My neck was killing me, so my lovely boyfriend gave me a massage before getting some more work done. So grateful to him for helping me host the sister all weekend, but he definitely had a crazy busy night.

Weekend Recap: Sister Visits Chicago!Oh, hey Cora. ๐Ÿ˜‰

While I lovvvvve going out to eat, this week is going to be a “get back on track” week. Not only am I running out of money haha, I’m just feeling awful physically. I have barely worked out + going out to eat / ordering food for almost a week and my body is OVER IT. Time to get back on track! I’m hoping to get to a grocery store or something tomorrow night. I’d love to go to Trader Joe’s, but I’d have to drive there and that TERRIFIES ME (driving in the city is scary, dude!). We’ll see – I might just stop at a random grocery store and try to beg Benjamin to take me to Trader Joe’s a different day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I’m off to another full week of work, then off Saturday-Tuesday in Wisconsin at Ben’s grandparents’ cabin and I’m excited for some true chill time.

Oh, oh, oh! Fun fact – I have been building a website for my VA business! Can’t wait to share it with you guys. ๐Ÿ™‚

Weekend Recap: Sleepy Pup = DO ALL THE THINGS

How is it Monday already? Am I right, or am.i.right. Sorry for the lack of posts this past week but WOW having a puppy is hard work. It’s been an exhausting week to say the least.

So, let’s start with Friday. After work, I took the train home and met Ben and Cora for dinner. Cora was being super sassy, so Ben and I ate dinner while she calmed down. A little bit later, we headed over to Cone to get some ice cream.

After ice cream, we headed over to Mariano’s (a local grocery store) to pick up my prescriptions and a few odds and ends. One of those being this Fairlife Chocolate Milk, which I did not know existed until Ben pointed it out to me. Lactose-free?! Yay! Plus, Cora approves. ๐Ÿ˜‰

PLUS, we found peonies (my favorite flower everevereverever) and Ben bought me some. ๐Ÿ™‚

Once we got home, we cuddled up with the pup for the rest of the night and ended our night.

Saturday Ben woke up early with the puppy (thank GOD for him, because I struggle with mornings). He put her back to bed and took off to meet his clients, so Cora and I woke up and headed off to the vet! She did very well in the car and the vet, so I was pretty proud of her. She absolutely loves people, so she’s adorable when people are paying attention to her.

We got home, ate and hung out until Ben came over after work. Cora was super lethargic from her shots, so Ben and I took advantage of that and headed over to Taste of Randolph.

We tried out Bombo Bar’s Cooler Chocolate, which was incredible and then walked through the crowds for a bit more before deciding we’d rather head to a restaurant instead of eating a meal at vendors.

While walking out, we got caught in a crazy downpour – worked out because it cooled us down a bit!

Once we got home, we brought Cora outside to go to the bathroom and she fell back asleep, so we didn’t feel bad leaving her again for dinner. This time we ran out to Little Bad Wolf for a burger and a quick drink.

We went pretty early (around 5 pm) so we didn’t have a wait, which was nice. The burger was reallllllly good and the fries were incredible. Highly recommend, and I’m not a huge “burger” girl.

Obviously the lighting was not optimal, but you get the point. ๐Ÿ˜‰

On the ride home, Ben made the quick decision to pop off an exit and go sit down by the lake while the sun set. He really does know the way to my heart … or at least the best way to chill me out!

The rest of the night we hung out with the pup while watching Madagascar 3. We ended up going to bed pretty early, which was a pretty successful day.

Sunday we slept in a bit (well, after Ben got up with Cora around 6:30 to take her out) before we headed out to The Breakfast Club for a “Father’s Day” breakfast since Ben is now a puppy dad. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ben got chicken and waffles, while I got a California Benedict (with the sauce on the side because #lactoseintolerant). Not a super trendy place, but it was still good!

After breakfast, we quickly picked up his sister and headed out to the ‘burbs with Cora. I’m sad I didn’t get to see my dad on this Father’s Day, but unfortunately that’s the price I pay for living in a different state. I hung out with Ben’s family for a bit before heading off to Starbucks to get a little bit of work done. Of course once I got there, I realized I forgot half the stuff I needed to do in my rush to get out the door this morning, so it was a quick trip.

Once back at the house, we all had dinner and continued to wear out the pup.

We got in the car and Cora PASSED OUT. She slept pretty much the whole way home.

Once home, she got a little antsy (my neighbors constantly play loud music so she thought she should be outside playing) so we put her in her crate to calm down and she passed out again.

And that’s pretty much my weekend!

How was your weekend? Did you celebrate Father’s Day?

Weekend Recap: Meet Cora

My weekend was centered around one thing – or puppy – as you might guess. ๐Ÿ™‚ Friday night after work, Ben and I got sushi before heading to Target to do one last big haul (+ an AC unit because my apartment is unreasonably hot) and headed to bed. We didn’t get much sleep.

Saturday we woke up at 5:45, grabbed a few things and got out the door. We made a few pit stops along the way, but after a few hours of driving … we met Cora.

Cora is our 9.5 week old golden retriever puppy if you haven’t been following me lately and had no idea we were getting a puppy. And yesterday we picked her up!

After that, we headed about 25-miles east to Ben’s grandparents to spend some time with her (and his g-parents) before heading back to Illinois.

Yes, she’s as sweet as she looks. ๐Ÿ™‚

We left a few hours later, made a quick pit stop and then headed to Ben’s parent’s house for another little break. We were super lucky because Cora basically slept the entire time we were in the car.

The three of us finally made it back to Chicago around 7:30, and then my friendsSaige, Joel and Jeffrey all showed up to see her as well. SO popular.

After they left, Ben and I ordered pizza and salad and he tried to figure out how he’d need to install my AC unit. Cora wanted to be close, of course.

Saturday night was a bit rough. We’re crate-training her PLUS potty-training, so there were a few accidents and some restlessness. She woke us up around 1 am, 5 am and then 7 am. I was so exhausted that Ben let me sleep some more and I got up around 8:30.

We got up, moved over to Ben’s apartment to eat and hang out for the morning/early afternoon.

There wereย a nap and a few bathroom accidents in there, too. ย back to my apartment

Then back to my apartment. We were going to bring her to the park, but it was 90+ degrees outside and she was so hot, so instead we spent some time putting in the AC unit (meaning Ben did it and Cora and I watched).

The rest of the afternoon was spent being lazy and trying not to fall asleep constantly (which was difficult).

And that was our first weekend with Cora!

How was your weekend?
Any puppy advice for us newbies?

What We Did In Nashville

Ahhh, vacation.

More like …

AHHHHH VACATION

Amiright or amiright?

So anyways, that’s my excuse for you getting a weekend recap/Nashville recap on Wednesday. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let’s go back to last Thursday, shall we?

On Thursday, I ended up getting stuck at work about a half hour late because some stuff blew up on Facebook. I got to the gym around 5:15 and then got a call from my boss and then got in my workout. By the time I got home, I was pooped, but I self tanned and packed up my stuff for Nashville.

Friday was here before we knew it! We were up pretty early and made it to pick up Ben’s friend Adam to take along for the ride. I’ll spare you the details of the ride – it was 8+ hours in the car so… lots of snacks, talking and music.

We made it to Nashville around 7ish and got into our cute Air BnB.

And that’s literally the only picture I took because I took a bunch of video for Snapchat & Instagram. If you’ve followed me for awhile, I’m pretty famous (LIES) for doing “Hotel Tours” from my traveling event planning days, so this time I did an Air BnB tour. Hopefully you saw it, because it was the cutest Air BnB ever!

After messing around the house a bit, we took off to meet up with the rest of the friends (we were staying with a total of 5 other people) at The Pharmacy for dinner. Of course, no photos, because I was not feeling well at all, but did manage to get half a burger down. Super good, just not feeling well! Since we went to Nashville for a wedding, we met up with the rest of the people in town at a bar for a quick drink before heading back to the house.

Saturday we all slept in a tiny bit before four of us headed out to Sky Blue Cafe for brunch. There was a 45 min-1 hr wait, but we decided to risk it. 1.5 hours later we finally got a seat … but it was worth it!

I got the Lo’s Bowl (minus the cheese) which was potatoes, peppers, tomato, onion, spinach and egg. Topped it with hot sauce and it was SO good.

The table shared this beauty. It was Stuffed French Toast PB&J Pancakes. What?

Basically it was a pancake –> jam/PB –> French toast –> jam/PB –> pancake, etc.

SO GOOD.

After brunch, Ben and I headed to the Grand Ole Opry to meet up with my friend Angela who lives in Nashville. She let us go through a quick tour, then we chatted with her on some of the best places to go while there. So great to see her!

We headed home after that and got ready for the wedding.

We clean up pretty well. ๐Ÿ™‚

The wedding was literally a block away at the East Ivy Mansion and it was beautiful. Instead of describing it, here’s a bunch of pictures of the fun we had!ย  And literally my favorite photo of ALL time …

<3

Dinner was Southern BBQ and I had one sangria-type drink – it helps that both Ben and I aren’t huge drinkers, so we both were fine cutting out the alcohol for the night. We stayed and hung out with everyone, but ended up leaving around 10:30 pm to get back home because we were super exhausted from the sun and crazy day.

On Sunday we all slept in a bit, but Ben and I headed out for brunch at Butcher and Bee. I got Avocado Crunchy Rice and it was AMAZING.

We then headed out (into the rain, I might add) to The Soda Parlor for a sweet treat.

After our brunch, we headed back to the house and laid around for a bit (no one else was home). Once the lazy time was up (and the rain stopped), we headed to Centennial Park to see the Parthenon.

On our way back, we got a text from the rest of the group that they were hanging out at a bar not too far from us, so we stopped by to hang out with them before heading to dinner at Martin’s BBQ. My food doesn’t look super appetizing, but trust me – it was amazing. I had brisket tacos, french friends and beans and OMGYUM.

We headed to Broadway to get in some live music to top off our night.

Monday we woke up pretty early, went to breakfast at the Blue Sky Cafe again and then headed out around 10. We got back into the city around 7:30 and then Ben and I postmated some Portillos and called it a night.

That was our weekend! Have you ever been to Nashville? What did you think?

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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?

Weekend Recap: Parking tickets, weddings & puppy shopping

First of all, I can’t even begin to start writing a new post without thanking ALL of you that reached out to me about my latest blog post on body image. From comments on here to texts to snaps to Instagram … Thank you SO much. <3

Since I haven’t posted since then, I’ll let you know that I finally got my hair done on Thursday night. After a three-hour appointment, it’s changed a little (and I love it!)

Friday was another day at the new job – officially made it through week 1 and it was awesome! Overwhelming, but a MUCH better fit for me. I got out of work and took the train home (I’ve been walking most days, but it was raining) A few little money issues bumped their way into my brain, so by the time I got home, I was kind of cranky. Ben and I watched a puppy training video and then headed out to run some errands.

Unfortunately when I got to my car I had not one, but TWO $200 tickets ($400 each, in case you don’t want to do math ๐Ÿ˜‰ on my window for not having a city pass … something I was slightly aware of but it kept slipping my mind. After a few trips back and forth to a place that sells them (also can’t find my Illinois registration, which was not helpful), I dropped an additional $216 on a city pass for the next year + late fees. I got back in the car with Ben, who started silently driving to Target and … it happened. My first panic attack in a long, long time. Ben was able to calm me down (while he was driving – ugh) and we got into Target to grab a card and a few other random things. I felt a lot better, mostly because panic attacks take absolutely all emotion out of me.

Finally around 9:30 p.m., Ben and I both hadn’t eaten so we went to Whisk (normally our brunch favorite) and got some chicken and waffles for dinner.

After eating, we jumped back in the car … only to find a $50 parking ticket on the window. I just laughed, but Ben got super irritated (not with me). Basically an entire night of something / someone “hurting” me and he was about over it. We headed home and chilled for the rest of the evening while I paid my $450 in new bills all on the credit card (yay #teamnosavingsbecausepoor)

Saturday I ended up sleeping in until 11 (much needed) and then got ready to head to Madison for one of my cousin’s wedding.

The wedding was small, but tons of fun to see a bunch of my family that I rarely see. They all loved Ben, obviously. ๐Ÿ™‚

On Sunday, Ben and I headed out in the morning to get some puppy shopping done. We get our babe in a little less than three weeks!

After that, we walked to Lillie Q’s for brunch.

Once we finished up there (OMG SO GOOD) we headed to Starbucks so I could get some client work done. After a few hours there (and almost throwingย my laptop out the window) Ben and I headed to Best Buy where I picked up a small Chromebook. I’d much rather have a Macbook Pro or Air, but that’s just not in the budget right now. I loved playing around with it last night, so hopefully it’ll help me out! Unfortunately this wasn’t something I could wait on since I have clients now for my business and I can’t be spending a ton of time just trying to get my computer to boot.

The rest of the evening Ben and I set up our pup’s new space, cooked up some food for the week (because my stove isn’t working …) and vegged as much as possible. And now we’re on to Monday and week 2 at the new job! I’m actually writing this quick on my lunch break because I didn’t have time yesterday.

How was your weekend?

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. ๐Ÿ˜

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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. Itย 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? ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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?

Weekend Recap: The Weekend I Forgot to Take Pictures

Good morning and happy Monday! It’s officially my LAST week at my current job, and while it’s going to be a trying week, I’m excited it’s finally here. I celebrated by waking up late, forgetting to put on makeup and buying myself an overpriced coffee – woohoo!

Also, apologies for the lack of blogs lately. I promise I will get back on track!

So, last Thursday I worked downtown with my client for the last time. ๐Ÿ™ It was also my friend’s last day with the company as well, so after work we headed over to a bar for a drink or two to celebrate. She’s the girl that somehow takes incredible candids of me … like this:

Friday I ended up working from home. It ended up being a slightly busy day, even though Fridays are usually pretty dead. I got in an upper body workout with Ben …

Boomerangin’ into the weekend ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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I spent the rest of the afternoon working and then logged off around 5:30. We made some last minute plans with Ben’s friends to get Korean BBQ (I don’t remember the name of the place) and then proceeded to eat about 500 lbs of protein each. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Saturday morning started off pretty early and we took off to the Fit Expo in one of the suburbs to watch Ben’s cousin compete in a power lifting competition. It ended up being an all day adventure (and Andrew won – woo!) before we took off for home to quickly throw together an outfit to get BACK in the car to head to Milwaukee.

Once in MKE, we hung out with my friend Saige & Joel, then met up with Heather & Josh (#tripledate) at Wolf Peach – an amazing restaurant in Milwaukee. HIGHLY recommend. After dinner we headed over to Comedy Sportz, an improv comedy show that’s only $10 – soooo worth it! Then back to Saige’s for house.

Ben & Jessie - Comedy Sportz

On Sunday, Joel, Saige, Ben & I headed over to a brunch spot called Story Hill BKC and it was spectacular. I didn’t take any pictures, but Ben did.

After brunch, Ben and I headed back to Chicago for the rest of the day. I had a killer headache, so we chilled out at my apartment for the night – made spaghetti, watched Harry Potter and went to bed later than we should have. BUT the puppy breeder did send me a new picture! ๐Ÿ™‚

Golden Retriever

And now it’s Monday! Thursday is my last day this week, so the rest of the week I’ll basically be passing things off to other people! And celebrating come Thursday at 5 p.m. – woohoo!

How was your weekend?

Weekend Recap: PUPPIES

Happy Monday! Thank you all for the kind words on Instagram / my blog on Friday regarding my new job!! So excited. But let’s just jump into this recap. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, on Thursday night I ended up getting dinner with Marette at Hutch – we both had fish tacos and I really loved it!

Hutch Chicago

It was so great catching up with Marette and having some girl time! Especially since I had just put in my notice, so I was needing a distraction.

Friday ended up being a pretty chill day working from home. My boss finally responded to my resignation (not nicely), but I still made it through the day. However, toward the end of the day I started researching puppy breeders and made an appointment with one! (more on that later …) Friday night Ben and I cooked some more Hello Fresh together, then drove out to the suburbs for his hockey game. I ended up being the only one in the stands, but I love supporting him, even if I’m by myself.

Saturday morning I woke up with Ben (he had to train, as always), did a few chores around my place and then took a nap – HA! ๐Ÿ™‚ I met up with him at the gym at 12:30 and met one of his old clients that was in the city for a chat before we worked out lower body. OH and I also got in my Gymshark order on Friday that I’m obsessed with (you’d see that on my Instagram stories if you were following meeeee)

Gymshark Flex Leggings

Ben and I got in some deadlifts, squats and lunges before calling it a day and heading home to get some stuff done. He ended up coming over later in the afternoon and we just hung out at my place while he worked. Super chill night because we had a long day on Sunday!

So Sunday we woke up and got ready to go to western Wisconsin to check out PUPPIES! It was about a four hour drive there, but totally worth it!

Our new baby will be coming to us in June! They’re only around three-weeks right now ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ve got a few girl names picked out (Cora and Abby being our top picks) and I’m so excited!

The rest of the night is irrelevant (AKA we drove a lot, then went to bed)!

Linking up with Katie.ย 

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!