Weekend Recap: A weekend HOME (sorta)

Hey y’all! How was your weekend? Do anything fun? Let me know in the comments!

My weekend was really great – we finally didn’t go out *too much* – meaning we stayed in the Chicago-area. 🤔  I never knew I’d become such a homebody, but after weeks of not having time to breathe on weekends unless Ben or I is sick, I really need some time off!

So Friday after work I took the train home and went to Ben’s apartment. His roommate is in Mexico for a birthday, so she won’t be home until Tuesday, meaning we can stay at his apartment instead of my tiny one. 😃

We hung out a bit, but I was in a super exhausted mood. I ate, then we walked to Ben’s friend’s apartment and hung out with a few people for the night. I was so tired, but it was still a fun time.

Saturday Ben got up for work and I got up a few minutes after he left to get Cora ready to take to the vet. Oh, and I’ve started meditating using the app Headspace and I love it! I’ll probably do a dedicated post soon, but I’m on day 5 (Sunday as I’m writing this) and I love it.

Our vet is out in the ‘burbs, so it was a good 4-hour morning between the drive and the appointment, but it’s worth it. The vet is WAY less expensive than the ones in the city, plus they’re so kind and helpful, especially since Cora has quite the sensitive stomach and is sick basically ALL the time.

Ben got home around 2 pm after work and our little family hung out for awhile, looking at trips (we’ve caught the travel bug like WHOA) and just hanging out together. Cora was sleepy from her shots, so we took advantage of that. Around 6, we hopped in a Lyft to Tuco & Blondie – one of my faves here in the city. I don’t know that I *deserved* a treat meal since I only worked out once this week (lollll) but it was so nice out so who cares if it was deserved or not!

Weekend Recap Weekend RecapAfter dinner we stopped at Jeni’s and got a little treat. (Fun fact: we were supposed to go to an Incubus concert that we bought on Groupon AGES ago, but couldn’t imagine sitting in the car in traffic to get there … #cityproblems Thankfully the tickets were only $20!)

Once home, we hung out with the pup and … BOOKED A TRIP! 🌴

As you might know, we’re going to San Diego/Laguna Beach at the end of August but we actually already booked our SECOND trip to Riviera Maya at an all-inclusive for November and I’m SO DAMN EXCITED. I love that Ben and I are able to travel – it’s always been a dream of mine. I’ll write a post this week, letting you know more about our trips! 🤗

Sunday we woke up with Cora and I got in some meditation, then Ben got in some yoga. Much needed zen start to the morning. Unfortunately I had quite a bad headache, so I was trying to push through with that. We both sat on the couch and got some work done before heading out to the suburbs to hang out with Ben’s family.

Weekend RecapWe spent the afternoon with them before heading back to the city. We spent the night making dinner and getting ready for Monday. How did you spend your weekend?

Weekend Recap: Apartment Hunting

Annnnd it’s Monday again. Dangit!

My weekend was pretty fun, though it went by way too quickly (per usual). Friday night after work we had a summer boat bash on a yacht (crazyyyy) that was tons of fun.

Weekend Recap: Apartment HuntingBen was supposed to come, but he ended up not feeling well. 🙁 I got home around 9 pm and hadn’t eaten yet, so I ordered some Postmates that was WAY overpriced.

Weekend Recap: Apartment HuntingSaturday we slept in a bit before heading over to Ben’s apartment for awhile, then to the grocery store. We started looking online at apartments with Ben’s current roommate, went and looked at a place that we all feel in love with and went to apply. Unfortunately we got the price wrong and it was $500/month MORE than was listed online so that went down the shoot quickly. The rest of the evening was spent playing with the puppy, watching Ben play video games and figuring out if we want to stay in Ben’s place or not.

Just for background – my lease is up in my (crappy) apartment on August 31 and so is Ben’s. Originally we had planned to stay in Ben’s apartment and his roommate would move out. I’m not in love with the area (close to transportation, but far away from other things like shopping, coffee, restaurants, groceries, etc.) so I’m not 100% in love with staying in the area. His place is okay, but if we can find something better we might look into it. However we only have a few more days to make that decision.

Sunday we slept in until 9ish, took Cora for a walk and then went and looked at an apartment (actually the same one we looked at on Saturday, just one-bedrooms this time) before leaving and knowing it just wasn’t the right place for us. We loved the location, but it was way too small and pricey. We walked from there to West Town Bakery so I could get some food (I had part of a BLT, fries and a coffee – nothing super great), grabbed Do-Rite donuts on the way back to the car and then headed back to Ben’s place to get Cora.

Weekend Recap: Apartment HuntingOnce home, Ben and I both grabbed our computers and started working since we hadn’t had any time to work yet. I started scheduling in social media posts for my client in Smarter Queue before hitting Padmapper.com again to look up more apartments. We sent in a few  more emails before giving up for the day.

The rest of the afternoon was finishing up my website which is now live! I still have a few things I want to add to it and I’m sure it’ll be changing frequently, but I finally bit the bullet and got the bare necessities up. We celebrated with watching a documentary and cleaning up my apartment for the showings my leasing manager has tomorrow – wicked Sunday. 🙂

What did you do this weekend?

Weekend Recap: Recovery Weekend

Woo, does summer kick anyone else’s bootay? I swear, I absolutely LOVE summer, but once it gets here, I feel so overwhelmed with things to do that I didn’t do the rest of the oh … 9 months of the year. 🙂

Anyways, let’s chat about the weekend!

On Friday, I worked from home because I was still trying to get over some sort of stomach bug. Ben thinks I’ve just worked myself into such an anxious tizzy that it’s actually THAT and not a flu. Either way, it was nice to work from home (I get so much more done!) + hang out with Cora all day. She’s the best assistant.

Weekend Recap: Recovery WeekendFriday night we hung out at Ben’s apartment and walked to get ice cream with his roommate at Jeni’s. I got dark chocolate and vanilla, which was really good, but I only ate half of it because I wasn’t trusting my stomach.

Weekend Recap: Recovery WeekendSaturday morning Ben went to work and I got Cora all corralled up in the car to go to the vet. She’s been sick for the last few weeks (eating a diet of rice and boiled chicken) plus she needed her second round of shots. We got another round of antibiotics, probiotics, a shot in the butt and strict directions on how to get her back on normal dog food. I think this dog has decided she wants to be like her human mama and have lots of stomach issues.

Once we got home, I had a little time alone with her, so while she napped, I watched my coach’s video – highly recommend!

Then Ben came over and we hung out with him for the afternoon, taking a few walks (Cora still can’t go to public parks or around many dogs, which makes it difficult in the city) and hanging out on the couch.

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I MEAN, THAT FACE.

Ben suggested going out for dinner, so we walked to a new spot called La Scarola, a unique hole-in-the wall Italian spot for dinner. It was so good! Plus, it was really nice to get out alone with Ben and have some quality time. Plus, two glasses of wine for this lightweight = me professing my love to him while sitting at dinner. Oh, alcohol. 😉 At least it makes me lovey, right?

Weekend Recap: Recovery Weekend Weekend Recap: Recovery Weekend Weekend Recap: Recovery WeekendWe got home, played with Cora and watched Pitch Perfect 2 before heading to bed.

Sunday we woke up pretty late, played around with Cora (who was much less lethargic and ready to go CRAZY this morning) and took her for a walk. She loves Benjamin …

Weekend Recap: Recovery WeekendBen made me breakfast and then we headed off to Starbucks to get some work done. Since I was sick a bit, I barely got any work for my brand done (or for my clients), but take a look at my *started* website!

After SB, Ben and I made a quick stop at Pet Supplies Plus to pick up Cora some sensitive stomach food (plus a long leash so we can take her to a park after her next round of shots and a ball because PUPPY). Since we were close, we made a last-minute decision to stop at Jewel-Osco (a grocery store in the city) to pick up the fixins’ for burgers.

Weekend Recap: Recovery WeekendWe hung around at Ben’s place with Teressa (his roommate/cousin & my friend) for a few hours until she left for a BBQ. I showered at Ben’s (since it’s now been a WEEK without gas at my apartment – my landlord is shi*), finished up some work for my client, Brittney, and then wrote up this blog post while Ben played some video games.

The rest of the evening was spent getting things organized for my week and scheduled out – it’s going to be a busy week! I’m going to try to get back into early morning workouts + YouTube + a blogging schedule + work schedule + full-time job … and this week is Ben’s birthday and I have a few commitments after work! Going to be a busy one.

How was your weekend?
What are your goals for this week?

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. 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.

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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. 🙂

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. 😉

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. 😉

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. 🙂