Weekend Warriors

It was quite the weekend in Chicago.  First, the weather was amazing– usually by this time in October we’re already fighting over Snuggies, but I was in shorts and tank tops all weekend.

[insert contented sigh]

Oh and we apologize to all the marathoners that had to push past the 80°+ heat.

Whoops.  Betcha didn’t see that coming when you signed up for a race in Chicago in October, huh?

The marathon was a great excuse for an impromptu blogger meet-up.

Unfortunately, the pictures came out kind of fuzzy.  Check Amy’s blog tomorrow, she might post some photos.

(Total cop-out, I know.  It’s Monday, I gotta ease myself back in!)

Sunday was also an opportunity for some football and bar food.

That’s the…bar.  Actually, we stumbled upon one of our favorite Italian trattorias that happened to be open for lunch with a special game day menu.

That’s what I call bar food.  So much better than actual bar food!

(By the way, the Bears are 4-1, in case anyone was wondering.  No biggie.)

I spent my Friday hosting a little game night.  And game night always goes better with one or two of these:

That’s a serious beer.

Go big or go home.

I pretty much went home, though.

Apparently I forgot to put my game face on.  But it’s cool.  I’m fine with not winning.


Let’s go with that.

Did you run the marathon this weekend or know someone who did?  Did the heat beat you up like I heard it did for a lot of people?


Cheeze Head

Healthy Living Summit is allllmost here!

Tonight I headed down to Pilsen (on the south side of Chicago- I know, Mom, it’s scary.  I brought my billy club with me so I was safe, don’t worry.) for a pre-summit blogger meet up at the Chicago Urban Art Society for the YumUniverse launch party.

The space was really interesting with dirt and sprouts serving as the art installations.  There was no A/C in the building so it got pretty hot and schwetty, but it was still fun.

They offered samples of organic, vegan dishes with an emphasis on the environment.  I’m definitely anything but vegan, but hey, I can roll with it for an evening!

The strawberry fruit leather was really good- tasted just like a fruit roll-up from my youth!

Even though they kind of looked like wrapped prosciutto…

Either way- I like either!  (it’s important to know what you’re getting into there, though.  Anticipating strawberry and tasting prosciutto can’t be pleasant.)

I also had a baby shot of elderflower vodka.

Elderflower anything is really, really sweet, but this vodka was fairly light.  It could be good mixed with soda water…hmm, that sounds like a cocktail I’m going to need to make. 😉

It was so great to meet some bloggers before the conference officially begins (including Kath, Tina, Meghann, Diana and more!)  Can’t wait to spend the weekend with you, ladies. 🙂

While this was a great event and lots of fun, I have a confession to make.  I had to come home and eat some real cheese.  The cashew cheese just wasn’t cuttin’ it. 😉

Off to bed…work in the morning and then HLS cocktail party!

What am I going to wear to the cocktail party tomorrow?? Eek!!