St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

What a weekend!

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I have been looking forward to spending St. Patrick’s Day here in Chicago since around the time I met Kyle and found out he was from Chicago… so 7 years! Chicago knows how to do St. Patrick’s Day right and I was pumped to join in on the celebrations this year.

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My one and only goal this weekend was to see the Chicago River dyed green.

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I was successful ;)

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But the people – THE PEOPLE! There was such a crowd downtown that my phone stopped working which gave me yet another reason to hate Verizon… ;)

For the rest of my weekend…

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Friday started with a walk for Mr. Mitchell while it was still halfway warm outside.

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Then a trip to Haymarket Brewery to watch the first Cyclone win of the weekend.

Saturday started with an early morning treadmill 5k…

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Pretzel necklace making by Kyle…

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And wearing my Iowish t-shirt ;)

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Then the green river!! {Who’s going to visit me for St. Pat’s next year?!}

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Instead of pushing our way into crowded bars full of intoxicated patrons (I sound so old typing that…), we visited a few friends’ houses for brunch, drinks mimosas and green beer, snacks (Kyle loved the bacon-wrapped wieners!), card games and fun. Thankfully, it was relatively nice on Saturday so walking outside didn’t freeze our toes.

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We came home around 6pm, made burgers and fries (so Irish…) and decided to watch the Iowa State game at home rather than making our way to the – likely crowded – Iowa State bar in Old Town.

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AND THE CYCLONES WON AGAIN!! Hello NCAA Tournament! Because of this win… I need this shirt… Just sayin’ ;)

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I fell asleep early (before the game was over…) so I woke up bright and early Sunday morning, just in time for Body Pump at my gym!

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The rest of today has been quite lazy, even Mitchell is soaking it up.

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I finally convinced myself to brave the post-holiday traffic to get my weekly Trader Joe’s haul. I don’t think anyone in the city of Chicago did anything besides day drink yesterday so everywhere was CRAZY.

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Thankfully, I made it out of Trader Joe’s unscathed and found a new-to-me treat for the traffic jammed-drive home. They’re definitely a winner.

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I anticipate more laziness tonight with bouts of reading and working thrown in. Oh and beginning to research charities for the Chicago Marathon (yikes!)… I am going to run for charity this fall so I need to start fundraising soon!

And that’s a wrap! Happy REAL St. Patrick’s Day {tomorrow}!!

What did you do this weekend? Does your city celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? What is your most recent Trader Joe’s find?


  1. I love Mitchell’s bandana – so festive! Our dogs have a ‘Kiss me I’m Irish’ leash :)

    Also, you know I’m obsessed with your Iowish t-shirt. Way to represent!
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  2. Looks like you had a great weekend! I love that they dye the lake I think that’s awesome :) also love the pretzel necklace idea, I just want to make one for snacking on at home!

    Well done on getting all that exercise in too. Good to be back and catch up with you!
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  3. A fun filled weekend I see! I also had a fun one as well. It’s nice to get out and have fun. It’s also nice to get in some good workouts and relax afterwards. ;)
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  4. Haha I’m happy to see Mitchell looking so festive! ;-) Glad you had a fun weekend! I’ll be doing my St. Patrick’s Day festivities tonight…which will probably mean overcrowded bars.
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  5. It was a really good wknd….dinner out with my guy, errands-Costco, Sat a.m., watched The Best Man Holiday, a fun Sunday at The Guthrie Sunday with my mom and dinner with her:) Trader Joe’s last wknd……I picked up some carmel corn, haven’t tried it yet-looks great though:) Your wknd sounded fun!

  6. Fun weekend!!!
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  7. Fred Hoiberg is definitely the cutest coach in the NCAA Tournament!

  8. I am so intrigued by this green river…how do they get it UN-green?? I think it’s cool!

    Sadly, I watched everyome enjoy St. Patrick’s Day festivities on social media and didn’t get out to do anything…lame, I know. I am in loner-mode right now.

  9. Ottawa has some general St. Patrick’s day festivities, but nothing as big as other cities. There was a race this weekend, but I wasn’t able to go. I haven’t done anything for St. Patrick’s Day since my university days.

    I haven’t been inside a Trader Joes in years – but my parents just came back from FL and bought me my stash of TJ goodies. I really enjoyed the Chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels – so yummy!
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  10. Your Iowish shirt cracked me up!!! Seeing the river is definitely an experience, and I think your friend-hopping plan sounds much better than packing into crowded bars! Guess we’re both old :). Exciting about the marathon!
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  11. Chicago sure knows how to do St.Patty’s day! I’ve always wanted to see the river dyed green too, but I’m always there during the wrong season!

    I’ve never seen dried white peaches! They sound delicious. Whenever I’m at Trader Joe’s, I pile up on the dried mango. So good!
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  12. I celebrated St Patty’s with 7,000 other people dressed in green…oh and we were all running 13.1 miles ;)

    St Patty’s in Chicago looks AMAZING!! I love the green river and your shirt. Throw in mimosas and a TJ’s trip and that sounds like an awesome weekend to me!
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  13. I can’t believe they dye the river green!! That’s insane yet so cool at the same time.

    Looks like you guys had an awesome weekend. I love your t-shirt and the pretzel necklaces. That’s such a genius idea!
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    • It was all Kyle’s idea! I can’t take any of the credit sadly. We saw them at a beer tasting festival a few years ago and he’s been obsessed ever since.

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