Thursday Things

1. As I mentioned on Monday, I volunteered at the Shamrock Shuffle Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday in an effort to fulfill my +2 of CARA’s 5+2 Long Distance incentive program for the 2016 Chicago Marathon. This was volunteer opportunity #1 for me, and I spent about four and a half hours of my Saturday morning at Participant Packet Pickup.


It was shockingly fun! I’ve worked packet pickups before, and I’ve never not liked them, but I really didn’t expect to have as great of a time as I did asking people for bib numbers and finding their packet in our boxes. I honestly had a great time, and I’m so glad I did this. I highly recommend it! I also got a t-shirt and a credential to add to my collection for my efforts.


2. Easter. This Sunday. Are you pumped? Because I’m pumped. Actually, my enthusiasm is a little lower for Easter this year than it has been in years past, mostly because in the past I’ve had plans and this year I have zero. But who needs other people to have a good time, right?! Right. That’s what I’m telling myself at least.

I made a Target run last weekend and may or may not have gone a little overboard.



In my defense 1) I’ve been sharing almost all of this with my roommates all week — well, “sharing,” since it’s still Lent, so it’s not like I can eat any of it yet, but all but the Peeps, Reese’s Egg and big Cadbury eggs have been out for them to eat in these super cute little pails I bought at Target as well ($1 section, you slay me) and 2) Easter candy is my FAVE. Honestly, I could really take or leave Halloween and Christmas candy (except maybe the red and green M&Ms), but when it comes to Easter candy, I want ALL OF THE THINGS. But really. This was me holding myself back at Target. I also lost my freaking MIND when I saw this at Target:


OH EM GEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Brach’s understands me!! This is all I want in life. Black jellybeans 4eva.

And then, of course, I do plan to bake in addition to this, because, well, you know how I do.

Someone save me from myself.

3. I’d like to consider myself fairly familiar with Chicago’s lakefront, given the amount of time I’ve spent on the Lakefront Trail in my 2.5 years here, but November Project has proved quite useful in introducing me to areas of the lakefront beyond the paved trail. November Project meets at the totem pole at Waveland and Lake Shore on Wednesdays, and as it turns out, if you run through the Waveland parking lot and just keep going east, you run into this:


Yeah. I don’t mind doing a tough running-based workout when it comes with views like that.

Have you ever volunteered at a race?
Chicagoans: favorite lakefront spot? I think Montrose is still my #1, but that view is a close second.

9 thoughts on “Thursday Things

  1. Beautiful view! I’ll have to check out November Project with you sometime soon. I feel like you could live in Chicago for a decade and still discover new parts of the city, including the path 🙂

    I love Easter candy too!!!!!!!!!!!!! Like, a little too much…..if there is such a thing.

  2. It makes me super excited that you’re still giving NP a shot. Like, SUPER excited. Also, that easter candy. Drooling. I need to pick some up for myself. No Easter plans for me either. First one in a longggg time that I won’t be with family which is really strange.

  3. I think my favorite is when you round the corner by the Shedd going northwest on the path and the entire skyline comes into view. The lake is pretty and all but I do love our skyline quite a bit

    And, yes, I’ve volunteered at a LOT of races. I’m actually running packet pick-up for our race on the 11th. Please pray that I don’t stab the woman I’m working with to death with a safety pin.

  4. I also volunteered at the expo too. I was helping out in the t-shirt exchange area. It was fun but I was tired from being on my feet for a couple of hours. I will also definitely volunteer again at the Chicago Marathon expo.

    I’ve heard so much about November Project. Maybe I can check it out during summer break.

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