Warm Weather Weekend

This weekend was beautiful. Last year at this time we had just moved to the city and I quickly realized that I wouldn’t be able to wear my beloved flip flops anymore. Being used to wearing them all year round, I quickly had to buy some shoes and those flip flops went to the back of the closet.

This weekend was beautiful flip flop weather. Temperatures were in the 50s and 60s and thankfully fall is staying around a little longer here in Chicago.


I teach three classes on Friday evening and by the end I am always ready for dinner. I had been craving Mac and Cheese pizza from Dimo’s (I think I may have a problem), so Neil met me at work and we hopped on the train.

Dimos Mac and cheese pizza

I was full from two slices, but next time I go I may just have this s’mores pizza as a dessert for my pizza.

dimos smores pizza


Saturday I was able to sleep in and lounge around, which is a great welcome from those 5:30 am wake up calls. I tried the Saigon Chai tea from David’s Tea that I talked about on Friday paired with some cinnamon raisin toast and homemade pumpkin spice almond butter. It was heavenly.

The tea was good and had a bit of a fruity taste. Didn’t taste much like chai, but I’ll take it.

tea and toast

I enjoyed my mac and cheese pizza on Friday because Neil and I have been having dinners like this every night this past week. This is a fancy plating a la Neil, but usually my plate is piled high with about three times this amount of veggies.


During the afternoon, we took some time to get out and walk around. We upgraded our phones to the new iPhone 6S Plus since we are able to upgrade every 12 months. We grabbed some fancy coffee drinks which I took masterful photos of, then lost when I went home and restored my phone backup to my new phone. Just imagine fancy foam.

Saturday night we headed to the suburbs for a Diwali celebration. Diwali, or the festival of lights, is a Hindu holiday celebrated every fall. We met up to join in the festivities, eat food, and play cards.


We also watched part of the debate and took pictures.

neil erin

Check out those sweet cards from our reception.



Sunday morning I taught at Sweat and left the house extremely overdressed. I still don’t know what those numbers on the forecast mean.


When I left teaching, I carried both my scarf and my jacket since it was so nice outside.

I got home, scooped Neil up, and we spent most of the afternoon outside in the sunshine. Good call, since the Packers game was such a disappointment.

I stopped in the Nike store to check my size on some new shoes I’m adding to my Christmas list, then popped into Anthropologie to look at all the clothes I can never afford. I’m stuck in a weird “I’m an adult” but “I’ll apparently never grow out of junior sizes” so I don’t know how to dress myself.

Workout clothes it is.


As promised, I bought some peanut butter puffins and I think they will be done within 3 days.


I also sucked it up and bought almond milk instead of making it at home. I’d been making cashew milk since it’s so quick, but I haven’t been as excited about it lately. That means I’ve been drinking Neil’s milk which makes those Puffins delicious but doesn’t make my body too happy.

I bought this one from Trader Joe’s yesterday and when I was eating my cereal I totally forgot it was almond milk! This is seriously a great buy because it tastes great and also doesn’t have any carageenan in the ingredients, which is a heavily debated additive in some foods, including almond milk. I try to stay away from it if I can just to be safe, and seeing that it wasn’t used made me feel even better about buying it.


Here’s one last shot from the top story of the new Uniqlo that opened up on Michigan Avenue. It’s a clothing company originally from Japan that recently came to Chicago. Full of casual, reasonably priced pieces, the store was definitely somewhere I could see me going for some basics. There were a lot of warm weather pieces, especially coats, so if you’re looking for some new winter wear, check them out. If anything, hang out in the Starbucks on the top floor and take in this view.

chicago michigan ave

I hope you all had a great weekend and thoughts and prayers to those in France who are hoping for a better tomorrow.


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    • erinsinsidejob
      November 18, 2015 / 7:21 pm

      It doesn’t really taste like chai at all. More like spicy apples which is still pretty comforting.

  1. November 16, 2015 / 12:17 pm

    Good to know about that Starbucks! Beautiful view — I’ll have to check it out. I’ve lived here almost all my life and I still don’t know what the weather means haha it’s a crapshoot. That s’mores pizza looks insane!!!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      November 18, 2015 / 7:22 pm

      I know! I don’t even really like s’mores and that looked tempting

  2. November 17, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    Ahhh I LOVE uniqlo- I didn’t know they’d started branching out here- I travelled Japan a couple of years back without any warm clothes and legit was head to toe in Uniqlo..like the locals šŸ˜‰

    I love reading your recaps, I’m missing Divali celebrations with friends back home. Also puffins. So delicious, so un-filling. Goodbye box in record time.
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    • erinsinsidejob
      November 18, 2015 / 7:22 pm

      Guess you’ll have to come to Chicago for some shopping!!

    • erinsinsidejob
      November 19, 2015 / 6:16 pm

      That sounds magical. I still have to catch up on blogs after being gone most of the week. Eek!

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