Murphy’s Law

Hey kids.  Sorry I’ve been missing for a few days.  I promise I’ll be back to normal soon!  :)

I had a great weekend with my college girls and friends downtown in Chicago this last weekend.  Pretty much everything that could go wrong did.  But that’s ok- it still turned out to be one of the best birthday weekends!

Here’s a quick rundown of what happened.  Feel free to laugh a bit, I know we did…

– My friends hit every single traffic jam in the state of Illinois to get here.  This put them over two hours behind schedule.

– We missed our first train into the city because of said traffic.  The train we did catch was a half hour late. Original plans were to get checked in at the hotel around 6:00.  We got to the room by 10:30.

– It rained like CRAZY all Friday night.  Any time spent on hair and makeup was pretty much wasted.  But we still had a great time.

– We ended up staying at Allerton Hotel after doing name your price on Priceline.  It was a GREAT location on North Michigan Avenue.  Although us three girls did get stuck  with one bed (when we requested doubles).  Good thing we really like each other.  And no one has horrible morning breath.

– We didn’t go watch the Cards/Cubs game in Wrigleyville.  But I did hit a sale on some  killer boots at Zara

– It was country night at Rockwood Place (our planned destination) on Saturday night.  If you know me, you’ll know how much I dislike country music.  We relocated quickly to Red Ivy before my guy friends also got there.

– My friend Mary’s toe was smashed and she may lose the toenail. 

– Do NOT open the mini refrigerator at the hotel without reading the sign.  You will get charged for doing so.

– Do NOT carelessly keep your clutch under your arm unzipped.  It will fall onto the dance floor and you will almost lose all of your prized possessions without even realizing it.  Thank goodness my friends are good at dance floor scavenger hunts.

– My car wouldn’t start once we got back to the burbs.  One of the reasons why I’ve been MIA- AAA coming to jumpstart it and tell you that you need to replace the battery does take more time than you’d prefer.

– I dropped my phone and a piece popped off again.  But I did find it back.  Phone still works (whew).

– My cable and internet weren’t working when I got home.  This leads to a very long phone call and arguing with the customer service rep that I can’t update my info on my account online because I can’t actually get online.  Idiot…

– Random weekends lead to random eating.  Stuffing five mini cupcakes into my face at 3:00 in the morning should be mentioned here… along with an unaccounted for number of Kit Kat fun size bars.  I’m trying to figure out how I can justify this as carb loading.

– Do not say “I don’t care, whatever shot you want to buy.”  It will lead to chugging an Irish Car Bomb.  Disgusting.

Anyways, that was my weekend in less than 500 words.  Trust me, it was exhausting.  But I loved every minute.  I have wonderful friends.  And I love them all very very much.  They are too good to me.  And kept me from diving into the birthday blues or a quarter life crisis.  Thank you all!

And here are a few pics for your viewing pleasure to sum up the weekend properly.  :) 

Anyways, Happy Monday!  This is a pretty easy week (training-wise) because we are in the HOME STRETCH!  The Rock n’ Roll half is less than a week away!!!

Any tips for the routine I’ll be going through the week before?  Training/eating/etc?

51 Responses

  1. Sounds like you had a fun yet completely annoying weekend. At least you got to dance it out a bit before coming home to barter with the cable company!

  2. Sounds like you had a GREAT time!!! I’m definitely thinking the snacks are carb loading for the race this weekend!

  3. Umm, I love that hotel sign, the Tip-Top-Tap one. Also, I’d say my only tip is…relax. You’re ready. You’ll do great!

  4. happy belated birthday wishes!! in spite of all of those things, it looks like you guys still had tons of fun!
    no-ideas or tips here for your 1/2 marathon~i have never ran one ;O( …… its on my bucket list for next year! have a great monday! xo

  5. wow that seems like such a fun weekend :) sorry about the traffic – that totally sucks that you got there three hours later :\
    hotels now charge you for just opening the fridge? really? thats lame…

  6. quite the eventful weekend. can i move there and be your friend? haha

  7. Hmm, start carbing up a bit more 2 days before the half. I don’t mean eat a loaf of bread a day… but definitely have some pasta dinners the two nights before the race. And if you have some, wear compression socks the night before! Your body will know what to do with the rest of the time :)

  8. Glad you had such a good birthday weekend!
    Sometimes, when everything goes wrong it just makes it that much more fun.

  9. When it rains, it pours right? Great attitude towards it though! Friends and some Svedka and some mini cupcakes makes the pain go away..hehehe.

    Slammin’ orange/red dress! You look great!

  10. You look great.

    Sounds like a good weekend!

  11. Looks like you had a fabulous weekend! I think its good to let loose and have fun without thinking about how many mini cupcakes or kitkats you’re eating every once in a while… ;)

  12. eat carbs, drink water, think positive!! :)

    glad to hear you had such a fun bday celebration with your friends!!

  13. Oh too fun…that looks like an awesome weekend!!!

  14. Aw! Sounds like a crazy (but fun wkd)! And I can’t tell you the number of times my friends (plural) have spent snugglingtogether. I think the record number of ppl in a bed was 5. It was very cozy.

  15. I’m sorry you had so many mishaps but am so glad it turned out well! And seriously, how ridiculously fab do you look in the red and orange dresses!!! KILLAH!

  16. Wow lots of things gone wrong but when you look back, that’s what makes the most memorable weekends! At least you’re sorta laughing about it now :) Well, everything but the car not starting I’m sure.

  17. mini cupcake stuffing in the early A.M. sounds kind of fabulous actually <3

    minus the customer service call to fix the cable/internet, the weekend sounds quite fabulous!

    you and your friends dress so well!! all looked gorgeous and dolled up <3

    birthday weekends are the best!!!

  18. sounds like a fun one but totally exhausting both mentally and physically.

    your outfits are so cute.

  19. AH! Sorry about all the bummers, but I’m so glad you had a fun time overall. And that dress is HOTT. Yes, two t’s.

  20. Sounds like a fun weekend! Sometimes when things go wrong it makes it more exciting and keeps you on your feet ;)

    I’d recommend that you just stick with your normal schedule this week with eating, sleeping, ect… Try to rest as much as you can!

  21. Although it seems like there were quite a few downers, you were still able to have fun. You looked stunning in all of your photographs…what a great birthday weekend.

  22. Haha isn’t that how it always works? Any time you have plans laid out like that something goes wrong. Still looks like you had a blast though. Welcome to 25! HAppy birthday!

  23. Looks like you had a great weekend! Love that dress! You look great! Good luck with the training. I know you will do well!

  24. Happy birthday weekend! Looks like it turned out great even with all the mishaps.

  25. looks like you had such an amazing time….love the pics-beautiful girls you all are!

  26. What a whirlwind!!! And I had to laugh at the “whatever shot you want to buy” comment. I know I had quite a few regrettable moments like that in my past. Once I had to drink a shot with fire! Who ever though mixing fire and drunkenness was a good idea?

  27. Sounds like you had some pretty bad luck this weekend, but I totally believe you that it was a great one, and I’m glad you were able to have a good birthday :) Sometimes I’m convinced that that many things going wrong is better than if everything goes according to plan. It gets to a point where you can’t help but laugh, and that makes the best kind of memories :)

  28. Sounds like a long, but fun and crazy weekend!! And it looks like you learned some valuable lessons lol!

  29. What a fun adventure! I was wondering how your weekend went, and whether or not the flooding affected your plans.

    I think you should just eat like normal this week, maybe a 100 extra carb calories the two days before the race :)

  30. Oh my word….what a weekend! For the record, though, you ladies look hot and like you’re havin’ a blast! That’s all that matters….right? :-)

    Hmm…my advice would be to try to get rest this week if possible, but most importantly, don’t do anything new on race day or race eve! I always wear clothes I’ve “broken in” before, and eat something I’ve eaten before a long run (I could insert a story about eating too much cookie dough before a long run here, but I’ll leave that to your imagination).

  31. Hey, I enjoy Irish Car Bombs! I always accidentally call them “irish sidecars” and my friends make fun of me. Whatevs. Can’t believe your half is soon! You’re going to rock it! (pun intended)

  32. hahaha Oh my gosh, what a weekend ha! You look super cute in your pictures!

  33. Sounds like a great weekend! College friends are always exciting!

    Also, I have so done the unzipped clutch thing…one too many times.

  34. WOW what a weekend!! you are so adorable. that dress looks SO hot on you! all of those things made me laugh.. just opening the mini fridge costs money? LAME

  35. what a weekend! at least you can’t say it wasn’t eventful :) actually, a lot of my most memorable moments/good stories come from times when things didn’t go perfectly. (case in point.) at least you got some new killer boots :)

  36. carbo load for sure!! :) looks so fun! i love that hot orange dress :)

  37. Lmao @ this list. This is hands down my favorite post of yours. Thank god I learned the whole being precise about shots thing years ago in college. I am so not a shot girl!

  38. I LOVE your orange dress!

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