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Back In Chicago

Hello again friends!

I am coming at you a little later today because I just got back from my first day of shadowing at Sweat.  The plan for the next few weeks is to shadow two classes two times a week, so if you’re in for a class and see a random person hovering around, it’s me. Come say hi!  (Great meeting fellow blogger Lauren who stopped in for the 7 am!) I am planning on shadowing the 6 am and 7 am classes on Monday and Tuesday and then I will work my normal 4 hours a week on Wednesdays.  The timing is great because I shadow the first two hours and then stick around for the 8:30 am class which I will have already mastered from watching it for two hours.

Watching and doing are two very different things, however, as I found out today.  I haven’t been as fixated on working my arms lately and they were definitely upset at me after this workout.


They were even more upset at me after I stopped for some groceries at Whole Foods on my way back home.  Did you know they have breakfast in the morning? I always go around lunch to check out the salad bar, but if you go early enough you can load up on some bacon, eggs, and pancakes.

IMG_1048.JPGAs the post title implies, I am now back in Chicago after a lovely week in VA.  This weekend was lazy and fabulous and relaxing, so let’s take a look at all the crazy lazy things that were done.


Friday evening was Neil’s holiday party for work, so we got fancy and headed to the Air & Space Museum in Chantilly. The party was held in a giant hangar that housed all sorts of planes and the space shuttle Discovery.  While waiting for Neil to get ready, I was trying to capture all of my sparkles.  I was caught.






IMG_1016.JPGWe were able to jump in some flight simulators, so that was the first thing we did. This one was supposed to be in space but was lame.

IMG_1019.JPGThese little white ones had one person flying and the other person operating the gun. Our goal was to shoot down enemies, but we only succeeded in doing barrel rolls. Yes, they go completely upside down and no, I would not suggest wearing a dress and heels when you are training for air combat.

IMG_1020.JPGThere were little tables set up at different points with appetizers, then dinner a little while later.


IMG_1024.JPGI had some salmon, chicken, cous cous, and a mushroom quiche thingy that was pretty delicious.


IMG_1028.JPGAfter the disaster of the Starburst gum, it left me craving actual Starbursts. We filled up the rental car with gas and I grabbed some FaveReds Starbursts.  I should have stuck with the regular since I do not like fruit punch or watermelon and was stuck with cherry and strawberry anyway.  I at least like orange, so I would have been able to eat more with a regular pack.  Oh well, it was great.


We had a 7 am flight on Saturday, so we were up by 5 am and headed to the airport.  A lot of the country had snow.


We came home and proceeded to take a 3 hour nap. I am not usually a napper, but I think it was needed. We then proceeded to do nothing of substance all day except watch football and movies.


We decided to get sushi for lunch, so we headed to Friends Sushi.  Of course I can’t remember the names of the rolls we got now, but there was a lot of salmon and tuna.  It was all really good except for one that had WAY too much cilantro. Cilantro should never be used for anything ever. Sick.



We headed home to watch the Green Bay/Cowboys game and I was at a high level of anxiety until the 4th quarter where my other husband Aaron Rodgers turned it around. Go Packers!

I did boring household errands like laundry and making dinner while the second game was on and then was in bed by 10 pm in order to be rested up for today’s early morning. It was nice to see everyone back in VA, but I am glad to be back and moving along on career and blog things!


  • What’s one thing you did this weekend?
  • What’s your favorite Starburst flavor?
  • When is your favorite time of day to work out?

12 comments on “Back In Chicago

    1. Haha neither had anyone else there. I would call them donkey kicks–you put your hands on the box and then kick your legs up and side to side like a horseshoe and like you’re jumping over an imaginary box. I guess it’s just a different name for it.

  1. So great to meet you too! As you can probably tell from my presence at 7am this morning haha I’m a morning workout gal. But honestly I’ll go whenever if I can get friends to go. It’s so much fun going to sweat with other people! Neil’s party (especially the food–hello, cheese plate!) looks like it was so great! Love the sparkly dress 🙂
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    1. It was a lot of fun! I am also a morning workout person bc I feel like it sets the tone for my whole day. Plus as the day goes on more things can come up that could get in the way of working out.

    1. It was definitely a unique location! I was surprised that the food was on the healthier side, but Im certainly not complaining! Sounds like you had a good weekend too!

  2. oooooooooooo so fun and fancy! That is quiteeeee the holiday party 😀 And I am kind of in love with that picture of you being all distracted. It is awesome. And you somehow escaped from the worst of the mess lucky dog. So excited that you are going to be shadowing and starting to really get your hands dirty at Sweat. That will be amazing experience for you–in all respects. Two thumbs way up!
    And so happy that you tried Friends! it is Alex’s and my favorite too! So hilarious in there, and it can take forever, but their sashimi and Miso soup are my favorites that I have found in Chicago thus far.
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    1. We went right when they opened for lunch, so we were on the ball. We actually had to wait 4 min until they technically opened haha. There is another sushi place we went to the west that had the most unique rolls I have ever seen, but this is definitely good for satisfying a sushi craving!

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