Well, what a week! I flew home to WI the day before Thanksgiving, cooked a bunch of holiday vegan food, went out to eat with my sister and cousins, and then went to Chicago for several days for work.
So…I had access to a kitchen for a few days and took advantage of that, and otherwise mostly ate out (except for an awesome vegan meal my sister made of black bean soup and local fresh grain bread with a balsamic/olive oil dip – of which I forgot to take pictures because I was more concerned with catching up with my sister who I haven’t seen in a year and a half!).
After I arrived and my Dad picked me up, we went grocery shopping, drill battery hunting, and then off to a Mexican restaurant for dinner.
The night I arrived, I spent time in the kitchen drinking wine, listening to Irish music, and cooking. Sort of like I never left VA (expect I didn’t know where anything in the kitchen was!).
The Saturday after Thanksgiving, my sister and I went around town and stopped for tapas and drinks at a neat place called Stilt that’s local to her.
Saturday night was a major reunion of sorts. In my estimation, it’s the first time this group got together in about 9 years! Three of our cousins and my sister and I.
And then it was off to Chicago for a conference. And here were some of my eats along the way…
Well one thing is for sure…there’s no way on earth this girl is running outside in the Midwest in the middle of winter. No way…no how.
So, it was treadmill runs, yoga, and even a zumba class with my sister!
All fun stuff, but was glad to get home to mild weather that I can run in outside :)
Funny how thin one’s skin gets when moving south….though I was never meant for the cold, even as a kid!
It’s been a really great, if not crazy, week. I flew into Chicago last week Wednesday and then went to WI for the holiday weekend.
Thanksgiving dinner was at my parent’s house with my sister, her husband, and two kids. I got to cook, play a game with my niece and nephew (after being told I buy them overly complicated games…they got back at me by bringing them and having me play!), and have Thanksgiving dinner with my family for the first time in eleven years. The last time I was there for Thanksgiving was right before accepting a job and moving to VA. So I bet you can all guess what I was thankful for this year! While I missed my husband and kids, I know they had a great time without me.
I spent a night at my sister’s house, and we caught up, attempted to watch movies, but really just talked through them (Love Actually and The Bourne Identity), worked out, went shopping, hung out and played another game with the kids, and then hung out with some cousins.
Sunday I took the train down to Chicago, checked into my hotel, and hit the bar to wait for my friend to arrive. It turns out watching a Packer game in Chicago is a totally different experience. I honestly don’t watch (American) football and normally couldn’t care less, but it was fun.
I had dinner with BS then went to bed to get ready for the conference the next day. I also had too many bourbons. So as much as AC wanted me to start drinking bourbon (she’s a big fan) it seems we’ve had only a brief love affair….we started dating on Sunday and promptly broke up on Monday…..
The conference itself was amazing. I got a ton done, and was even interviewed (on camera!) for a publication specific for my industry. Kinda crazy. AC came down (we’re in related lines of work), and even though we shared a room, we hardly saw each other! Our specific work responsibilities meant we were interested in different parts of the conference, but we still managed a fun night on Tuesday at a lovely GE 100th Anniversary event.
Then I came home, worked, and took care of D, who’s in the middle of a pretty ugly Crohn’s flare-up right now. We’re in the waiting game of test results to determine next steps, and he’s hanging in as best he can. It’s impossible not to be worried about him though. Send happy and healing thoughts his way, if you’re so inclined.
Other than that, it’s cleaning, shopping, cooking, and just being happy to be home!