I almost named this post “The Final Housewife Weekend” but then I remembered that things are rarely ever final so I changed the name ;)
Per the usual of the past few weeks, I am going to share a photo recap of the weekend! Chicago never disappoints and our weekends are always a blast :)
I’m going to start with Thursday because there were lots of happenings in the ONW household that are worth recapping!
I am officially an Illinois resident now – after a scary morning train ride/walk through a super sketch area of Chicago (not kidding, a cop actually stopped to ask if I were lost…) to the drivers’ license office, I passed my test (100% baby!) and am now licensed to drive here :)
After my driver’s license experience, Mitchell had to make an emergency vet visit. His eyes weren’t looking the best and it turns out he had an eye infection :( Our new vet is amazing though and high-fived me for keeping him so healthy – I love visiting vets that are obviously in love with their jobs!
I am happy to report that Mitchell is back to his rambunctious self and his eyes look much better. I even think he kind of likes the eye drops!
Thursday night involved a sushi date night at Sushi Dokku where I treated myself to a pineapple cocktail – yum!
Friday night involved wine and dinner at a friends that even included a pizza-making contest! We all topped our own crusts and voted on which one was the best. I’m just going to go out on a limb and say that my pizza (a twist on the classic margherita) won, hehe…
On Saturday, Kyle and I spent the day (and night) in Evanston – home of Northwestern University. We had tickets to the football game and decided to spend time exploring the town.
Thanks to a friend’s recommendation, we checked out Tommy Nevin’s Pub - a fun Irish sports bar – for beers and lunch before the game. I had a grilled steak salad with lots of cucumber and avocado.
We walked from downtown to the stadium for what seemed like FOREVER (I think it was 2.5 miles) and then finally made it to the stadium after the game started. Northwestern’s football stadium is super small and quaint and we really liked how intimate it felt.
After the game we spent some time walking around Evanston and soaking up the views of the lake. All of that walking – at least 6 miles – left us hungry so before catching the Metra back home, we stopped for some amazing Greek food at The Olive Mountain for dinner! The service was great and the food was even better – I definitely recommend this restaurant if you ever find yourself in Evanston.
Being the cold wimp that I am, the 58-degree weather had me shivering on the walk to the train, so I stopped for a quick cup of tea to warm up. I am NOT ready for winter!!
This morning started out with 2 (yes, TWO!) workouts – a body strength class followed by cardio kickboxing to end the weekend on a healthy note.
The workout left Kyle and I STARVING and there was conveniently a taco festival a short train ride away! We hit up the taco fest with some friends and enjoyed the perfect fall day in downtown Chicago. To my surprise, they were offering camel rides (because camels have so much to do with taco cuisine…) at the festival. I can’t make this stuff up, people! I had to get a photo with the camel – I only look slightly terrified ;)
The rest of the night is going to involve preparing for my first day at my new job tomorrow (wish me luck!), listening to the Chicago Bears in the background and relaxing.
Since I am heading back to the real world this week, I thought it was time for me to start meal planning again! I picked a bunch of quick-to-prepare meals this week since I don’t know what my new schedule will entail.
Weekly Meal Plan
- Sunday: Spinach and Cheese Lasagna Roll-Ups
- Monday: Creamy Greek Yogurt Macaroni and Cheese via Cooking ala Mel
- Tuesday: Leftovers
- Wednesday: Baked Chicken & Black Bean Tacos via Undressed Skeleton
- Thursday: Hamburgers and Sweet Potato Fries or Leftovers
- Friday: Rehearsal dinner in Nashville for my cousin’s wedding – Can’t wait to see the fam!
- Saturday: Wedding!
Again, since I’m back to a big girl schedule, I need to start planning my workouts so they happen during the week! Here’s what I plan on doing to stay fit this week.
Weekly Fitness Plan
- Sunday: Cardio Kickboxing + Body Strength Class (done and done!)
- Monday: 30-minute run before my first day of WORK – eek!
- Tuesday: Vinyasa Flow, Bar Blast or Body Pump (depends on my work schedule)
- Wednesday: 30-minute run before work
- Thursday: Yoga Barre Fusion or Vinyasa Flow (depends on my work schedule)
- Friday: Body Pump + 30-minute run
- Saturday: Elliptical + weight work in hotel gym OR rest – depends on how crazy my fam gets on Friday night ;)
Have you ever had a camel ride? What is your favorite kind of taco? What did you do this weekend?