Five Things Friday #67

Happy first day of 2016!

I hope you had a great New Year’s Eve and can relax today. Last night was pretty low key and we stayed inside because outdoors was a madhouse. This was the first year that Chicago held its event “Chi-Town Rising” with music, food, and a giant star that rose up to count down to midnight. It was held almost across the street from us, so the streets were packed and I wanted nothing to do with that. I’ll take sweatpants and the couch over that any day.

To wrap up the week, here are five of my favorite things from the past seven days. Make sure to leave some of yours in the comments and let me know how your NYE went! This weekend is low key as well and may involve more exploring in order to report back to you on Monday.

1. Coffee

I’m always on the lookout for delicious food in the city. For awhile I traveled around looking for sweets—the best donuts, the best chocolate chip cookies, etc. Now I seem to be on the hunt for the best coffee shops. My go-to is normally a decaf espresso, but that doesn’t photograph as well as beautifully crafted lattes, so I’ve been trying new and unique drinks at various shops. Luckily, most places have almond milk since I try and steer clear of dairy, but when I’m confronted with something as magical as this eggnog latte, I go hard or go home.

Eggnog latte

2. HONY Stories

Remember when I told Neil that I wanted him to get me something for Christmas that was a surprise? Along with a couple other awesome books, he brought home this Humans of New York: Stories. I’ve followed their Facebook account for some time now and I love that they’ve compiled all of these photos and stories into one awesome book. It’s definitely a great coffee table selection if you’re looking for one and I’ve been periodically reading a few pages every time I sit down on the couch.

HONY book

3. Spicy Olive Oil and Sea Salt

My family knows me quite well. It may be because I talk about how much I love spice here on the blog, but both my sister and my mom sent me some variation of fire for my mouth. My sister sent me a citrus habanera olive oil and my mom sent me a collection of spicy salts from The Spice Lab. I used both of them immediately and love that I can make everything hotter and torture Neil with my predilection for things that set your mouth on fire.


4. Perfect Bars

I went through a long phase of eating Perfect Bars as I tend to do with foods I like, but after I phased out, I forgot about them. I stocked up on some bars the other day at the store in case I need last minute snacks and remembered to pick up some of these. I forgot how delicious they are and I can’t stop eating them. Almond butter is by far my favorite, but I’d go to peanut butter in a pinch.

perfect bar

5. Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 

I’ve wanted these shoes for a couple months now and got them for Christmas. Since I’m not doing much running anymore, I don’t have to worry about finding a dedicated running shoe and going through the fitting process again. Most of my workouts are high-intensity and I’ve been working on strength training and dabbling in Crossfit. These shoes are perfect for all of those things, the only problem is that walking in the city right now means avoiding puddles and dirty snow. For now I’m going to keep them inside at my building’s gym so I can keep them nice for as long as possible!

nike free flyknit


  • What’s one of your favorite things from this weekend?
  • What did you do for NYE?


  1. January 1, 2016 / 6:57 am

    So we stayed in (obviously) but in a different part of the country. We went out to a club (NOT WHAT I WANTED TO DO, let it be known) at the behest of some friends 2 years ago. Have I told you that story? Remind me some time. Seriously, it is a gem. Happy New Year My friend! Let’s do lunch soooooon
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    • erinsinsidejob
      January 3, 2016 / 7:40 pm

      A club? Cray cray. Yes we need to have lunch soon!

    • erinsinsidejob
      January 3, 2016 / 7:42 pm

      I just wore my new nike free flyknits to work out in this weekend and I’m so in love with them. I was 5848 new pairs.

  2. Deb E
    January 2, 2016 / 2:19 pm

    I’m a homebody so didn’t go out and that’s fine by me! I love all the new coffee products out and of course love any stevia product. I have a new single serve coffee maker with K-cups, finally, so enjoying that. I love your almond butter finds–big nut butter fan.

    • erinsinsidejob
      January 3, 2016 / 7:43 pm

      I didn’t go out either. There was a mass of people near where I live because of the new event they started this year. I went out for the last five min then ran back inside again!

    • erinsinsidejob
      January 3, 2016 / 7:44 pm

      I know! I think you may have had a picture that reminded me of them. I used to buy them by the box!

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