Ok, so for those of you who care to know (which should be everyone), this is a summary of almost everything I’ve done in the last couple of months. That’s a lie. But here are a few fun things…
1. Left my credit card in St. Louis at a bar we frequented two nights during my trip. I went an entire month without the card. First because I was trying to convince my friend who had gotten kicked out of the bar that fateful night to go back and get it for me, second because I took a few days to call for a new one, and thirdly because it took a while for me to receive the new one in the mail. I was proud of myself and the semi-frugal lifestyle I had adopted. The effects of this exercise did not last long.
2. Bottle-fed a calf. I know what you’re thinking. “She lived on a farm, why the hell is this such a big deal?” Well, just because I lived on a farm does not mean that I actually knew how to really live on a farm. This happening has only occured a few other times. And it had been YEARS. So yeah, I got a little excited about it. Check out my sweet boots!
3. I’ve been running my little heart out. I did the Chicago Lung Run 5k in Lincoln Park with my cousin Niki. She was sick for that one, so I ran the last mile alone- but I applauded her effort. Serious headcolds and running do not mix well. Of course we did breakfast afterwards- at Orange. My fav part was the hashbrowns that came with the meal… yum!
We also did the Bucktown 5k. It was kind of a spur of the moment decision. Our moms were planning a trip and I looked at Niki after the last run and said, “let’s sign up and make them come watch and buy us breakfast!” She liked the idea. I really wanted some fans on the sidelines. And she really wanted free breakfast (ok, I wanted that, too…). And it worked. Even our Aunt Carolyn decided to make the trip. I can only imagine what a Volmert Sister roadtrip consisted of… The Bucktown 5k was by far my favorite race yet. It was huge. Which is a big boost for my competitive spirit. I improved my time yet again and my new personal best is officially 26:34. I feel very content with that time considering I was terrified of not even being able to run an entire 5k back in April. Of course, I won’t leave out breakfast at Feast. Holy cow it was good. Their entire menu looked delish. I’ll be back to sample lunch at a later time…
Currently, I’ve been really stepping it up and added an entire 20 minutes to my regular treadmill routine. I just signed up for the Chilly Chili 5k in Schaumburg in December. This race is alot smaller than the others I’ve done (I’m sure the fact it’s in the ‘burbs in the middle of winter is the reason behind that). But I was having a panic attack after the Bucktown 5k because I realized the next race my cousin and I were going to do wasn’t until March! (We’re stepping up our game a little and doing the Shamrock Shuffle 8k- that’s right, we’re doing big things…) My panic spurred from the thought that I might slowly lose gym motivation if I didn’t have something to work towards. My strategy for this race, other than NOT freezing to death, is to kick ass so that I can better position myself for the Shamrock Shuffle. Apparently you have to send in previous race times so they know what wave of runners you’re going to be in. See? It’s become quite the obsession. At least it’s a healthy one. Until my hip gives out.
4. A few of us have formed Lunch Club. This was basically just created to give us a reason to go out and find really really good food to eat. Our first place was at Kuma’s Corner. Which I had heard of a while back- they’re famous for their burgers (so of COURSE I was interested in going). Cathryn organized the trip and it was totally worth the overstuffed food coma afterwards. Our trip that we planned for last Saturday was to Sarks in the Park in Lincoln Park. There’s a Sarki’s in Evanston that Scott and Jaime raved about, so we thought we’d check it out to see if it was up to their standards. It was. Although I was not so much a fan of their Garbage Sausage, I loved the omelette… spinach and feta (a departure from the usual bacon and mushroom).
5. I’ve been baking. Alot. I love it. Even though it’s a guaranteed tummy ache each time. Since my last blog, I’ve made S’more cupcakes, a triple-layer cookie cake with peppermint bark for Jaime and Cathryn’s birthday, peanut butter and chocolate chip blondies, and cookies n’ creme cupcakes. I’m pretty sure the cookies ‘n creme cupcakes were my favorite. I love me some cuppycakes! I’ve been playing with the idea of catering a little on the side for showers/birthdays- but it’s an idea I still haven’t looked too far into. I would love it, I’m just a little lost on where I’d want to start.
6. Halloween came and went in a blur. I was a Chicago Bulls Luvabull. I made the costume myself. Damn right, I was proud. It only took a little bloodshed, patience, and way too much time for me to realize why I usually buy my costumes when I decide to celebrate the holiday. Next year I’ll remember. Most of the night was spent wandering up and down Clark Street looking for a bar that didn’t have a line or was obnoxiously crowded. This proved to be difficult. Somehow we managed to end up at Big City Tap in the end. I met a boy there. He was dressed like Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story. Yes, I went on a date with Buzz. Yes, it went ok. But as nice as he was, I could tell he wasn’t my type. I guess I was impressed with the space suit. And when it’s not worn on a daily basis, I get a little disappointed… ha ha.
Yep yep… those are the highlights for now. I’m sure there’s more worth mentioning, but I’d rather start talking about what’s actually going on right now. If you object, feel free to say something. Most likely I still won’t do anything about it.
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