I’ve spent a lot of weekends resting and staying in as of late. I have no problems with that. I actually enjoy it. But not this weekend… this weekend I remembered what the concept of socialization was all about (although I may be a little rusty… ;)).
After the three of us (my cousin, her friend, and I) getting our workouts in yesterday, we cleaned up as to look publicly acceptable, and headed down to the city to meet up with cousin #2 in Bucktown for a late brunch. Really it was well past any hour that breakfast should be served in, but if there’s any cinnamon rolls involved, I still call it brunch.We ate at Blue Line Lounge and Grill- right under the Blue Line stop. They had a little outside patio area that would have been so cute to sit in- had it not been SO COLD! (Thank you Chicago weather and your mind games… I’m THIS CLOSE to needing therapy because of you.) Niki got there right after we did, so as soon as she sat down, the family gossip came out again! Don’t think we’re rude- there’s 35 cousins on that side of the family- there is a LOT of catching up to do on a regular basis. Jeanna (my cousin Joanne’s friend) was very awesome about listening to all the tales of our childhood/family musings/where are they nows.
The food came out and I had the California Stone Flat with sweet potato fries. After that sandwich, I decided no sandwich is complete without avocado. Mark my words…Such a sassy group of ladies we are…
After lunch, we all parted ways. My coming home involved a nap in my favorite spot of my new couch (that would be the corner so I pretty much lay there in fetal position and bask in the glow of the sun shining through my sliding door- I’m a little baby like that. Or a cat.).
I did, however, wake up and get moving again. I had some energy stored up at that point and went down to hammer out another mile and a half on the treadmill. Yes- I used the treadmill yesterday. The dreaded thing. The rain made me do it!
Later that night, I met up with my bestie Annie and we went to Rocks in Lincoln Park to celebrate her husband Steve’s birthday. I really like that place because it’s a casual neighborhood bar. I’m not so much a fan of the club scene and feel much more at home in a place like this. Joanne was staying downtown this night and was cool enough to meet up with me again! We decided this was probably the most bonding time we have had in years!I really want to make a trip to Ann Arbor to see her. I’ve heard it’s a fun little town to run around in. Plans must be made…
Anyhoo, because it was Steve’s birthday and Annie didn’t have time to bake anything, we brought a few of the cake bites I made to the bar to celebrate his birthday properly. I like that Annie called them “cake bites”. I have decided I’m not a huge fan of the word “balls” unless using it in a more negative tone. Like, “he’s going to be late and we are gonna be so screwed!” “Oh balls….”. So yeah, we’re calling them cake bites now. Happy Birthday Steve!!!
People loved my cake bites. And can we point out- this is where it sounds better. Because you can’t say “people loved my balls”. You just can’t use a phrase like that any more without thinking of Alec Baldwin’s schweddy balls skit. Which is hilarious and all, but still somewhat awkward. Nothing like a schweddy ball…
I’m running on little sleep today. I blame myself. Didn’t turn the heat up enough. So I woke up freezing. But too tired to actually get up and turn up the heat more or grab a cover. So I laid there. Frozen. Looking back, that was a poor choice.
I have got to run. Time to call my mom (Happy Mother’s Day, ya’ll). And I have to clean before the peeps show up for a special suburb edition of Lunch Club. Have a wonderful Sunday!
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