Birthday Weekend: The Beginning

Well, my Cubs didn’t win.  They almost did, but blew it in the 9th.  My soul is still aching.

But it was still a fun game.  Especially since the boyf’ surprised me by inviting my friend Vassaly to the game with us (he told me he had sold the extra ticket to someone on Craigslist- he’s a sneaky one!)

We had a great time, and (as promised) there was a hot dog involved.

A girl and her Vienna beef: A love story.

I was really excited about it.  Hot dogs just taste better at a ballpark, mmmk? 🙂

This kid had the best t-shirt ever.


And we discovered a giant sculpture of a macaroni noodle outside Wrigley.

Your guess is as good as mine.

We met up with more friends at a few bars after the game- it was a fun night!

Super excited about dinner tonight…Vassaly kind of blew the surprise by telling me where the boyfriend is taking me, but that’s alright- I have more time to get excited for the restaurant (it’s a new one for me!).

Happy (pre-Megan’s birthday) Saturday!!

Gearing Up

T – 1.5 hours til I’m at Wrigley cheering for my Cubbies.

Yup, I’m a super cool kid.

I tried to cover some healthy bases (baseball pun: intentional) this morning.

I went for a run this morning, covering a little more than 4 miles. (who needs hot yoga when you have summertime in Chicago?  I sweated like a big, hairy man.  It was soooper attractive 😉 )  I came home and pumped some iron.  (Ok, not iron per se, just 8 lb’ers.) 3 circuits of bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, arnold presses and then I moved on to about 5 minutes of ab work.

Then I had some Ezekial bread toasted with TJ’s Valencia PB.


This is my pre-game food:

Rabbit food.

And some hummus.  (or in the words of Zohan, hhhcchhhhummus)

Nope, this isn’t really “lunch” (trust me, I need a lot more food than that in order to avoid passing out into my Old Style), but I’m planning on some ball park food.  And by some, I mean a lot.

Hot dogs, here I come! 🙂

I Dream of Eating

Today was a long day.  Tomorrow is going to be even longer.  This week is one of the busiest weeks of the year for me at work and just to take my stress to another level, I’m only in the office for three days!  Cripes!

In order to allay some of my stress, I give you this:

My favorite things to daydream about…

Owning real estate on Cape Cod:

Specifically that cottage.  Ok, so it’s actually owned by a hotel but maybe they’ll let me stay there someday. 🙂

Chocolate cakes made to look like trains with Oreo wheels:

Or really a chocolate cake made to look like any shape.  Or just chocolate cake that looks like chocolate cake.  Let’s be honest, sometimes a spoonful of frosting straight from the can does it for me.  I’m low-maintenance like that.

Summer sports from my childhood:

Yes, in case you were wondering, Slip ‘n Slide does count as a sport.  Unless you’re my 3 year old nephew, Ian, and you lay down on the mat and let your Papa (my dad) push you by the butt.  Then it’s just a sweet set up.

Kettle chips:

I think the reasons here are self evident.

And lastly…

Awesome Thai take-out:

Cucumber salad.  There were HOT peppers in this and it made me happy.

Baby egg rolls, veggies, tofu pad thai.

Peanut curry beef, rice and sesame chicken.

Here’s my petite portion:

I must not have been hungry at all. 🙂

I rarely don’t have the energy or desire to cook dinner from scratch (I’m a freak like that) but tonight was one of those nights.  Thank you, Lemongrass, for giving me something spicy and delicious to daydream about!

What’s your go-to when you’re stressed and don’t want to cook?