Thursday, June 23, 2011

lazy week coming to a close

i have had the laziest, least busy week i've had in years and i have had mixed emotions about it. usually i hit the gym after work and then have plans of some sort afterwards - this week it was pretty much just the gym and then home. rob and i watched a lot of t.v. and played with the foster kitty a lot. i cooked myself dinner EVERY night this week - that NEVER happens. i feel more tired than normal and i was so unproductive even though i had gobs of time on my hands. on monday i took a very hard fitness class, went to bingo, cooked a nice dinner and parked it in front of the t.v., tuesday i took another fitness class, cooked a nice dinner and parked it in front of the t.v. - i was supposed to go to a movie in the park but it got rained out, yesterday i went to the chiropractor and did a bit of shopping downtown. then i cooked dinner, worked on a photo album, ordered prints, and listened to rob's online radio performance and went to bed early. tonight, i'm going to the gym and maybe going to a concert and finally tomorrow i'm definitely going out after the gym and i'm busy all weekend. as much as i enjoy having nothing on the schedule, i haven't really enjoyed it as much as i should. i think i need to be pretty busy to keep me productive and it keeps my energy level higher. having so much downtime makes me just want more downtime and i just end up doing nothing with my free time. next week i have something every single night before leaving for my long weekend in michigan and i like it! i definitely need to continue to work on finding a healthy balance between insanely busy and completely not busy. the quest continues!

Monday, June 20, 2011

busy week, lazy weekend

last week i celebrated my freedom from school by going out nearly every night. on monday we celebrated our friend's birthday at a bar in wicker park, tuesday i went to the MCA for free night and listened to music on the terrace and then i met tara for a ballet class at the joffrey. wednesday i had an event and then went out to dinner with jacki and tara at quartino's and thursday i picked up a foster kitten then grabbed a bite with ryann, nicole and nicole's friend nora at pegasus on their great rooftop. i took a personal day on friday and i hung out with the foster kitten for awhile, did some laundry, then took myself out to lunch at southport grocery, shopped around on southport and then got a pedicure. later on rob and i saw tree of life (which we hated). on saturday i had an event at the arlington racetrack and i invited my dad, pro horse racing better, for father's day. the event is always a bit difficult to juggle but always turns out very fun. there's a big food buffet and a great view of the track inside a nice room. we placed some bets and i think we came out even. we watched the last race from the track and it's so much more exciting down there! we had a great time together. later on saturday, i met mary for wine at vintage 338 - a really cute wine bar in lincoln park. we enjoyed several glasses of wine and yummie cheese. on sunday, i slept in, cleaned the apartment, went grocery shopping and then proceeded to lay around for hours and hours. lazy sundays are the best! rob and i watched my netflix movie, please give (didn't love it), made a nice healthy dinner and then went out for gelato. it was the nicest, most relaxing weekend after the busiest week ever! this week will probably be the most relaxing of the entire summer. i barely have anything planned and this weekend is pretty open as well. i'm trying to enjoy it as much as i can before life gets crazy again in mid july when school starts again.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

summer in the city

it's officially summer in the city with 90+ degree weather to prove it! i had an amazing weekend full of fun activities. i took a half day on friday so that i could run some errands and work on schoolwork before rob's family came up to see our new place and eat dinner. it was so fun to have visitors over, especially our little 1 year old nephew luke! he was enjoying running back and forth and beating on some of rob's drums. i'm so glad we got to spend time with them before they went back to california and before his little brother and his gf went on their trip to bali. later on rob and i met up with some of our friends at mayfest, the annual german festival in lincoln square. it's one of my favorites! we enjoyed some hofbrau brews and polka and then visited our friend shalva who was working at brownstones. on saturday i was productive and worked on my paper before rob took me to a beer & cheese tasting for our anniversary. we went to pastoral wine & cheese in the loop which is one of my favorite places to get a special, cheesy treat. we learned about paring craft beers with different cheeses and really loved it! so many tasty pairings! it was the most beautiful night out so we went for a walk along the river and grabbed a carriage ride, courtesy of my aunt and cousins who gave us some cash for an engagement gift specifically for a carriage ride. we got to go along lakeshore drive and enjoy the beauty of the lake. it was a really great treat and quite romantic :) on sunday my mama came up to see our apartment, grab lunch, and then check out the wedding venue. we had a great time together and i was so glad to see the venue again! i love it just as much as i did last time! unfortunately my mom's car broke down and she had to hang out a little longer than she anticipated but she eventually made it home and we still had a great day together.

now it's finals week and i'm exhausted and crabby but looking forward to it all being over by the end of the day tomorrow and having another amazing weekend!