Grad Class + St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago
Let me tell you how amazing the weather is here today. The forecast is saying a high of 70 degrees, the sun is shining, and there is barely a cloud in the sky. What a welcome sight. I think the rest of the week it may head back down in the 40s, but that is still way better than it has been!
Ok, enough obligatory weather talk. How was your weekend? Mine was pretty action packed, so let me accost you with pictures.
Here in Chicago St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated with a fervor like no other. The river is dyed green, there is a parade, and there are lines out the door for every bar you pass. I definitely wanted to see the river and since we basically live on it, I expected to walk out of our building as the dyeing began, grab some pictures, then be on my way. When we got out there at 9:15 am, there was already a sea of people. Take note of people lining every bridge and edge across the river as well.
We swung by Whole Foods because I needed some GF oats for these cookies that I was going to make for my graduation class. Imagine my joy at finding a mini carrot cake cupcake. Almost there, but still had nuts in the cake. The icing was spot on though.
I hurried home to bake the cookies and get ready for my class, which turned out to be a great success despite there only being 6 people to take it. I’m happy with that given the state of everyone outside. Hey Suz!
My friends at MESTRENGTH were also gracious enough to provide me with samples of their drink mix for everyone to try! I reached out to them because it’s one of the few products that I have tried myself and I feel has helped me when I’m trying to get through those dreaded treadmill workouts. They come in a variety of flavors, have electrolytes and creatine, and you can drink it both before AND after a workout. There are also no carbs, no calories, and no sugars. I’m sold.
I have a meeting tomorrow to more definitively determine going forward at Sweat (when to teach classes, etc) and I will fill you in as I know. Thanks everyone who came out and I know many of you were there in spirit!
Following the class, I headed to my friend Jeana’s place for a family dinner. Jeana is the awesome lady behind aSweatLife, one of the sites that I have been working for. We had a delicious dinner of pad thai including both vegetarian and non vegetarian options.
Sunday I went for a beautiful 6 mile run along the lake. I seriously need to figure out a better way to track my mileage because my phone freaks out even when I don’t run underground. When it told me I had run a mile in 3:14, I knew something was wrong. I can’t find my Garmin due to the glories of moving, so what I did yesterday was start it all over again when I got to the path. If anyone has any suggestions about running in a city with a GPS, let me know. The good news is that it wasn’t wrong the other day and all of a sudden my pace has dropped to 8:30 miles! Who am I??
I have been craving another lemon and pistachio old fashioned donut, so on my way home I stopped and got one. Then I ran home and devoured it.
The rest of Sunday was errands except for an early dinner at a new (to us) sushi place near us, Niu. They had all kinds of interesting rolls, including one with strawberries. Cray.
Neil and I walked around some more, then headed home to watch movies and do all things lazy. I hope you had a great weekend!
- Chicagoans: How was your St. Patrick’s Day?
- Have you ever had fruit in your sushi?
- What’s one fun thing you did this weekend?