TYT: Save the Date!


Happy Tuesday, Friends!

During the holidays, is it not remotely hard to treat yourself, and from the looks of my weekend, I have not been holding back.

Friday my fiancé and I mailed out save the dates. This was partly stressful, and partly really exciting! Many thoughts were flying through my head as we were getting them ready, such as “What if no one comes!?” and “There’s no possible way I have spelled everyone’s name and address right” aaaand “Who have we forgotten?” But off they went on Friday! So what’s done is done, and hopefully those people who have spelling errors forgive me!

save the dates

After mailing them off we went to the mall and did some Christmas shopping. We must have accomplished something considering by the end we were hauling around 436,000 bags. With only one gift to myself.

Saturday I laid in bed until about 10. I was awake for a few hours, but ddidn’tget out of bed. It was glorious. It’s be a loooong time since I could take a Saturday morning to watch TV. I was leisurely working on some wedding decorations. I love crafting! My bridesmaids (3 out of 4 girls could make it) arrived at my house around lunch time, and after grabbing some Portillo’s for lunch we went to an appointment to try on some bridesmaid dresses. After changing my mind about 50 times, I decided on one! I think. I changed my mind about the dress. Then I changed my mind about the material, thus changing my mind about the dress again. Then I changed my mind about the color. Why do they come in so many shades? We rewarded ourselves with Starbucks, and then we went back and I got them in on the wedding crafting games. I’m not sure they were as excited as I was, but we all still had a good time chatting. It doesn’t happen nearly as often as we’d like!

flowers

Sunday after church, fiance and I took a trip into Chicago.  We had a jam-packed day!  First we went to the Christkindlmarket.  We went to the one at a local mall a few weeks ago, but had to be sure we hit up the real deal.  We walked over to Eatly, and did some shopping with a glass of wine.  That’s my kind of shopping!  We went over to the new Maggie Daley Park to watch the ice skaters.

One of the places we walked past was part of the route for the Shamrock Shuffle.  Which brings back memories from my first Shamrock Shuffle.  We were about half a mile from the starting line, so there were still a tone of people very close together.  We were running over one of the lift bridges which are very uneven, and next thing I know… BOOM.  I tripped and fell on my hands and knees.  I was a little embarrassed, but I would have been SO much more embarrassed if I had caused a pile up.  There ended up only being one person behind me who managed to lurch out of the way, and then helped me up.  Which I can’t say for my friend who was  laughing hysterically!  Which I probably would have done to her, so I suppose it’s fine.  I’ll link up with Jessica Joy and Jill Conyers for the Fit Dish, because they’re talking about fitness mishaps today! Go on and check it out, but don’t laugh too hard at them 😉

We grabbed some Jimmy Johns for dinner, and then head over to the Chicago Theater for the days main event!

theater

A few weeks ago I managed to win a contest from a Chicago radio station for tickets to Straight No Chaser.  They’re an a cappella group and they’re fantastic.

Here’s a their version of The 12 Days of Christmas.

They did some Christmas songs as well as some non Chirstmas, like Let It Go, and a mash up of 2014 hits like Taylor Swift and Iggy Azalea.  I would highly recommend seeing them if you have the chance!

I’ll also link up with Becky for Treat Yourself Tuesday!  Go check out how other people are treating themselves around the holidays!

Friday Five: It’s My Jam!

With my half marathon coming up, I’ve been thinking about refining my running playlist.  And then I had quite the succession of phone problems, and have now lost my the running play list.  Boooooo.

Anyway, imagine my surprise when the theme for this weeks’ Friday Five Link Up was Top 5 Running Songs.  Woo Hoo!  Thanks to the DC Trifecta, Eat Pray Run, DC, You Signed Up For What and Mar on the Run, for hosting! I’m certainly going to be checking out the other links… I need a new playlist!

Jams

Now, beware, my taste in running tunes can be a little all over the place.  You’ve been warned.

1) Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis.  Now maybe it’s because I’m a Chicago Blackhawk’s Fan, but this song is great to run to.  I can’t help but sing along!

2) Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega. Ha! Judging me yet?  I hope not, because this is also a way fun song to run and run-dance to.  Run-dance… is that just me?  Waiving your arms around like a crazy while running down the street, dancing to tunes only you can hear? Yeah, that’s me.  Ya know those people who say they’ll start running once they see a happy runner?  Clearly they haven’t seen me jammin’ to Lou Bega.

3) Tearin’ Up My Heart – N*Snyc. Ok… Now I’m starting to embarass myself.  Only not too much… Everyone needs a little middle school dance style running song.

4) International Love – Pitbull.  I LOVE Pitbull.  Side note: I need to get me some Fireball by Pitbull to add to this mix.  And some Enrique, preferably Bailando.  And some Pitbull and Enrique in the same song, because that’s the dream.  I so wanted to go see them when they were in Chicago.  (Get back on track, Kat, sheesh.)

5) High Life – Brad Paisley.  To round out the variety of genres, add a little country!  I love Brad Paisley; my birthday present was tickets to see him in Indy, and it was awesome.  There is also some Zac Brown Band and Keney Chesney residing in the playlist as well.

I told you my music tastes covered the spectrum of genres.  Although, writing it out pretty much cemented it.  Ah well, it’s fun to have it on shuffle.  I never know what I’m going to get, and it’s a fun surprise!

What’s your favorite running song?  I need some new music!

Treat Yourself Tuesday: In Pictures

Considering I posted earlier today with The Fit Dish Link up, I figured I wouldn’t post about my treats lately. Well, that’s not happening anymore. Double post, Tuesday!  We’re gonna go heavy on the pictures, light on the words!  Becky’s Treat Yourself Tuesday Link Up is always fun!

Back in June, my boyfriend bought us Zac Brown Band tickets as an anniversary present. (Total treat!) But… then he ended up having to travel for word this week. (Total not a treat!) Then… I invited my dad, and him and I went to the concert!  After surviving 8 freezing miles, and warming up with a latte (Treat!), I headed back home to ice my knees and relax before my dad got to my apartment.

I had bought parking ahead of time through ParkWhiz, which may not seem like a treat.  But it is!  I hate dealing with parking. Side track! Do you know about ParkWhiz? If not, you should. They work with different garages and give you the ability to purchase guaranteed parking ahead of time.  We just scanned the QR code on the reader at the gate and the gate opens.  Same thing on the way out.  A lot of the time we’ve found it’s cheaper, too!  Try it!  We can both get $5! Easy peasy.

Pre-concert we had dinner at Goose Island.  Yum!

Goose Island

Then the concert!  Cheap Trick played before Zac Brown Band.  I could have done without them, but Zac Brown was EXCELLENT.  I’ve never been to a concert at Wrigley Field before, and it was a lot of fun!

Zac1

Zac2

 

Sunday was spent relaxing.  Coffee with a friend, followed by a Green Bay Packers win!  Green and gold!

Tuesday evening I had wine and appys with a friend.  Love bruschetta! Lots of fun to catch up with her!

 

Pinstripes

Hope all of your weeks are off to a fabulous start!  Good night, everyone!