My Kinda Town

It was the BOY who said ‘How many 72 degree days do we get in Chicago?’ and his point was well taken!

After a dramatic week, I happily drove down to the city Friday after work to drink wine and eat cheese with my sister in law.  As always, we stayed up way too late with one (possibly two) too many glasses of bubbles before crashing into bed exhausted by life with the happy buzz of friendship.

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Saturday morning, we were up by 9 and out the door in our matching gym shoes headed towards the lake.  We wove our way down to the Green City Market with a stop by Starbucks for some fuel.

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The market was packed!  We worked our way through the cheeses, jelly’s, and greens sampling what we could.  Others waited in long lines for tamales and incredible looking crepes.

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After the market, we walked into Old Town to some shops, including The Spice House where I purchased the most amazing smelling curry powder.  Then we walked our way back home, stopping at a few more stores and eventually at 2:30 finding a patio for lunch. 

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We figured that we had to have walked more than 8 miles and hungrily dug into lunch and rose.

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We walked back in the door with about 15 minutes for me to shower, change, and pack up my stuff for my next stop, a friend’s 4 year old birthday party.  I returned home almost exactly 24 hours after I left.  The BOY (whose face was bright red from sun after 2 hours of tennis today) grilled up dinner and snuggled in for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

While watching the game, I went looking for a curry recipe to use my new spice mix.  The Hawks lost (boo!) and I went up to bed early to catch up on some missed sleep from the night before.  My alarm came a little too early this morning, but I was excited to go to the 8am hot yoga class.  The class was challenging, and I left dripping wet.

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On my way home from yoga, I decided I want to bake some zucchini bread.  I found a simple recipe and crafted 4 tiny loaves to share with friends.  I didn’t realize that the bread uses honey instead of sugar.  It’s not as sweet as your typical bread and really delish!  I also made a sweet no bake treat to take into work this week.  We’ve all been super busy and deserve a little fun.

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Of course, Cooper found the best spot in the kitchen.  After baking, I met some friends for a run. We weren’t sure how the weather would be, but the rain held off and we were able to get in an awesome (and sweaty) 1 hour run followed by coffee.

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Chicago is definitely my kind of town…especially with spring (and almost summer) in the air!

Ps I meant to have the zucchini recipe here (it has zucchini and apple!), but I had a bit of a computer melt down and ran out of town before my eyelids got heavy, but you can find it on the True Aim website.

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7 thoughts on “My Kinda Town

  1. Looks like an awesome weekend!

    I have a question. Do you change up your running shoes ( ie use different brands on different days). Just curious- I’m not having any problems now but…..

    • Interesting that you ask…no I”ve been running in brooks since grad school but a few different models. I usually stick with one and then when it wears out I move it to back up pair and get a new pair…except in winter, I’l run in a trail shoe. However I just got a pair or Mizuno’s on sale. I like them but I’m having some odd foot discomfort…not actual pain but it’s odd. So I will probably go back to what works. Hope that helps! I always recommend going and getting fit somewhere…it’s great info!

  2. I did get fitted. I’m a neutral plus ( really high arch). I wear Nikes for running and walking. I keep upgrading them to the newer models when road runner spts puts them on sale and gives me extra money off ( so I’m always one model behind ;-). )
    Thanks for the info.

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