Friday Things

1. Man, I’m sorry, team. I had every intention of getting this post up yesterday, but extenuating circumstances got in the way – those circumstances being the fact that our Internet was down at work for FIVE HOURS on Wednesday, which threw a monkey wrench in my day/week/life, to say the least. Work in general has been really stressful lately, too, and I am seriously counting down the days until Christmas.

2. My family goes bowling on Thanksgiving every year, and this year, of course, was no exception.


Check out who WON that game of bowling (with a heartbreaking 99. One more pin and I could’ve bowled 100!). That’s right, I did! We’ve done this Thanksgiving bowling stuff for probably 15 years or so, and never once in that entire time have I ever won a game, so this was a pretty exciting development. (Also note that I conveniently did not take a picture of the score after our second game of bowling, as things…did not go quite as well for me on game two. Haha.)

3. Speaking of crazy occurrences in my life, last Friday, I went to not one but TWO movies in the same day. Considering that I normally see maybe one or two movies in theaters in an entire year at best, the fact that I saw two in one day was unprecedented, to say the least. Come to think of it, I’m not sure if I’ve ever watched two movies in one day, period, aside from on long flights. Anyway, my brother and I went to see Mockingjay Part 2 in the afternoon, which primarily reminded me that I need to re-read Mockingjay, because I couldn’t remember how everything went down in the book compared to the movie. In the evening, my brother, mom, dad and I all saw The Good Dinosaur, which could be rebranded: The Lion King, Except With Dinosaurs. Haha. It was a cute movie, though the audience was quite different from the audience at Mockingjay!

4. Yesterday gave me so many reasons to smile!

Reason #1: When I walked out my door to go to work, I saw a bright and shiny lucky penny (from this year, even!) right outside my door. If that’s not a sign that you’re going to have a good day, I don’t know what is.

Reason #2: Lolla announced that next year, the festival will last FOUR DAYS. OHEMGEE. Take my money, Lolla! Take it now!! I had already decided that I was going to try to get a three-day pass for 2016, so now it looks like I’m planning to get a four-day pass. Wheeeeee questionable decisions! I don’t know exactly what my life is going to look like in 2016, so I’m hoping some anticipated changed circumstances won’t prevent me from getting tickets. Even if my circumstances do change, I think I could still pull off four days, even if I couldn’t take off work Thursday, Friday, and Monday (because if I do four days of Lolla, I am FOR SURE going to need Monday off. I need Monday off when I do one day of Lolla.). I could always go after work on Thursday and Friday, right? LOL WHAT MARATHON TRAINING? Haha. Whatever. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Reason #3:




I caught the Holiday Train yesterday, and it was the greatest thing OF MY LIFE. If you’ve never seen this thing, it a sight to behold. The entire train, inside and outside, is decked out in holidayness – the ads are for the North Pole, the fabric on the seats has Christmas decorations, the poles are candy striped, there are elves in each car handing out candy canes, they play Christmas music the whole time, there are lights everywhere, SANTA RIDES THE TRAIN IN HIS SLEIGH. I had the goofiest grin on my face the entire time I was on the train, because the whole thing just makes me so darn happy.

How was your Thanksgiving?
Fun weekend plans? I’m going climbing…again. This will be the fourth time I’ve gone climbing in one week. #addicted

6 thoughts on “Friday Things

  1. I want to ride a holiday train!!! That is the coolest thing ever! Baltimore isn’t as fun like that… we do have one block that’s famous for all the lights… but there’s nothing like that train. So cool.

    I like the bowling tradition on Thanksgiving. My family went to the movies for like 10 years in a row when we would spend turkey day up at my cousin’s ski house. This is the first year in I don’t know how long that we didn’t go to a movie and opted for On Demand instead. Thanksgiving laziness at its finest.

    • It’s seriously the most joyful way to commute in the history of commuting. Hahaha. I love that the CTA does it – it’s such a fun thing during the holidays!

      We actually almost skipped bowling this year, and would have if my mom had had her way. A bunch of my family couldn’t make it home, so my mom was all, “Do we HAVE to keep doing this?” and we were like, “Yes. Yes we do.” Hahaha.

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