‘Twas a whirlwind weekend in my neck of the woods, and I definitely could use a weekend to recover from my weekend. I’ve been stressed out like mad lately and would be more than happy to take a vacation (and find a clone to take care of all the things I have to accomplish). But complaining never got anyone anywhere, so let’s just recap the weekend, shall we?
I headed back to the Mitten immediately after work on Friday (or “immediately,” since Amtrak was being stupid again) for a first-in-my-generation occasion: my cousin’s wedding! My cousin and his
girlfriend wife have been together for six and a half years, so this was obviously a long time coming, and it was nice to go home and witness their day.
My cousin and his wife both grew up and still live in my college town, and the festivities were held just steps away from campus. I haven’t been back to my alma mater since November 2012, and even though I wasn’t able to spend time on campus at all, it was fun to be close by. Also fun: getting pre-wedding pastries with my family at a cafe I often ran past during college.
Even more fun: going to the running store where I bought what I consider to be my first pair of running shoes, buying Shot Bloks (since I’m out and it was way more convenient to do so there than try to find time to go to Fleet Feet), and discovering:
!!! Shot Bloks count as food, so they are TAX FREE in Michigan! I didn’t even consider this prospect (I was hoping to just get them for regular, 6% Michigan sales tax instead of Chicago sales tax), so this might have been the highlight of my Saturday.
I’m kidding. The highlight of Saturday was definitely watching my cousin get married. I really do not enjoy weddings (I know, I know. I’m a terrible person), but his wife is just wonderful, and I’m so glad to have her as a new cousin. For all intents and purposes she’s been a part of the family for years anyway, but now it’s official and I’m quite happy for the two of them 🙂 (Also their reception was BOMB. So many personal touches, and it was honestly my favorite reception up to this point).
Sunday morning I made my way back to the Windy City to prepare for Event #2 of the weekend: Super Bowl Sunday. Last year I hosted a minor party, and since I really enjoy cooking themed meals, I once again volunteered my services to make dinner for my roommates and one of my friends from college.
On deck we had apple, brie and honey bruschetta, blue tortilla chips and guacamole (which I did not make), cookie dough brownies, caramelized onion, blue cheese and arugula pizza and loaded fajita pizza (minus the chicken), both on homemade dough. Far more food than four girls needed, but that means I have lots of leftovers, so no complaints here! Plus the Seahawks won, as I’m sure you all know, which was the icing on the cake that was my Seahawks/Washington-inspired meal. (Not gonna lie, though, I was quite underwhelmed by the commercials this year. While my primary motivation for watching the Super Bowl is junk food consumption, my secondary motivation is the commercials, and I was #notimpressed [did anyone else notice how every. single. commerical. ended with a hashtag? Blech.].)
Did you do anything fun this weekend?
Favorite Super Bowl commercial? Gotta give it to the puppy Budweiser ad, obviously. I ❤ puppies.