Archive for ‘chicago’

November 11, 2012

wedding season

we celebrated amy and dan’s wedding this weekend!

it was super-fancy and a blast, in general!

we’re so blessed to be able to participate in so many people’s special days this year ¬†ūüôā


November 4, 2012

i run for chocolate


me, tim, and 40k other runners or so were willing to wake up before dawn to run a 5k/15k… all in the name of chocolate.

although i’m semi-injured and was pretty¬†grumpy about waking up at 4:45am, i soon snapped out of my less-than-pleasant mood when i realized i friggen LOVE running events. ¬†nothing better than tens of thousands of runners running 9.3 miles before noon… right?!

plus, i got fondue at the finish.

October 24, 2012

and the sun comes out


rainy days in chicago appear to be over for at least 24 hours! (i generally love rainy days, though, it’s just nice to see the sunshine and 70 degree weather in october!)

in other happy news: we get married next month, it’s laura’s birthday, our honeymoon is almost booked, i talked to my best friend for 2 hours last night, the third ‘game of thrones’ book arrived in the mail, and i’m over the cold i’ve had since saturday. ¬†also, my mom’s coming over tonight and bringing her¬†new puppy with her.

happy hump day, everyone.

October 16, 2012

cupid has a heart on

if you haven’t seen ‘cupid has a heart on’ at stage 773¬†on belmont (in chicago)…. you are missing out.

big time.

this show was friggen hilarious.  and definitely pg-13.

tim & i went on a double date there saturday night and laughed a lot.

October 6, 2012



fall is here!  leaves are on the ground!


October 4, 2012

the peasantry


i highly recommend going to the peasantry (in chicago, of course!) for dinner or brunch sometime soon.

i had this amazing drink and a baby octopus gyro.

to-die-for. ¬†s’rsly. ¬†(but they don’t take reservations, so go at an off-time or prepare to wait!)

in other news… my brother turns 24 today!!!!!

October 2, 2012

penis balloons!


what did you spend your sunday doing?

tim and i spent our sunday creating inappropriate balloon creatures.

yet another reason to love bachelorette parties/gifts.

October 1, 2012

the start of a beautiful relationship


i’ve always wanted to try out¬†crossfit but was too cheap and wimpy to do it.

well, i bit the bullet and signed up.

i have to go to three weeks of intro classes (3 times a week) to learn proper exercise/lifting techniques, and my first class was last night.

our first workout consisted of:

  • rowing 250m
  • 15, 12, and 9 reps of squats, pushups, and kettleballs swings (so first we did a round of 15 of each, then 12 of each, then 9 of each)
  • 10 burpees

this was a timed workout, and i finished in 5:34 (second best time in the class!)

it’s amazing how 5 minutes of workout can make me so, so tired.

i’m on the road to buffness, i just KNOW it!


September 30, 2012



my girls threw me the most amazing bachelorette party ever.

we had apps/dinner/cocktails at brittanys.

we painted at bottles & bottega.

we drank/danced/talked/met strangers at hub 51.

but the best part of the entire event was that my friends came in from maine, minnesota, wisconsin, missouri, indiana, washington dc, and various suburbs & neighborhoods of chicago to celebrate with me. ¬†i’ve never been able to have all of my girlfriends in one place so my heart was literally¬†exploding with happiness.

September 23, 2012

‘bear down!’


soldier field on a sunday in september. (the bears won)

life does not get any better than this, people!

also Рthis particular outing was a surprise from tim.  major boyfriend-bonus-points for this surprise!

to get to the game we rode our bikes. ¬†i don’t think i could¬†imagine a better day with my love.