Nailed It!

Monday, September 23, 2013

I would sometime like to title a post "life lately according to my iphone pics," but that would imply that I sometimes take photos on something other than my iphone. Which I think we all know by now I don't. I guess there's the rare occasion that I purchase a $5 disposable camera from Walgreens just for the hell of it, but that hasn't happened in awhile.

Anyway, here's a few pics from the weekend. It's been a combination of fall and summer around Chicago with a lot of rain storms in between. 

Have I mentioned before that Starbucks is my happy place? I wish I were hip enough to say I refuse to go to "commercial coffee shops" and only go to the mom and pop type places, but that would just be a lie. The fact of the matter is that I like Starbuck's coffee, and I really like all of that dumb food they serve. Sorry, mom and pop places. 

And then we've got Harlow chasing squirrels like he always does.

Just another rainy night in Lincoln Park.

Followed by a rainy morning.

And then here I am working my corner right before we were about to head to a house party in Wrigleyville. Have you been to a house party lately where you don't know anyone yet everyone else knows each other? It's not as fun as one might think. The party basically consisted of all of Chris's work friends, and don't get me wrong they're all really nice people and there were plenty of libations to go around as well as a very fun game of tippy cup, but I was clearly on "the outside." And just for the record, I don't exactly make a great attempt to make myself "on the inside" at these types of things. I wish I had the outgoing personality to jump right in and socialize with strangers like normal adults should, but instead I usually just stand in the background and daydream about being on my couch with a glass of wine and Harlow by my side. Is that bad? It probably is. 

Saturday morning we ventured over to Wicker Park to discover a lesser known Husker bar called Division Ale House.

It did not disappoint. Then again, when does brunch with bottomless bloodys and mimosas for only $20 ever disappoint? Never. It was also a good change-up from going to the other Husker bar in the city, Kirkwood. Kirkwood is like college spring break for adult Husker fans every single Saturday- and sometimes it's just a little much for me.

Because we're not as young and crazy as we used to be, following the game we immediately went home to end the night with burgers and lobster fries from Edzos, eaten from the comfort of our own couch. It was just perfect. 

And like I say every Monday, I seriously need to eat better this week. I think I woke up with three chins on Sunday morning. It's just so damn hard when you live in a city with so much good food.  Like pho (pronounced "fuh.") Am I the only pho addict? I can't get enough of this Vietnamese soup lately. It's going to be my go-to all winter long, I can already tell.

We picked some up for dinner last night at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant around the corner just in time to catch the Bears game.

I really love this photo. Aren't they just the cutest?

Harlow had a busy day chasing squirrels, so as you can see he barely made it to the third quarter.

I also had an audition Sunday evening that I'm still waiting to hear back on... It was okay, but you just never know with auditions. At least I didn't start fake tap dancing like I did at an audition a few weeks ago (I didn't get that part from a few weeks ago by the way.) I'm not sure if my fake tapping lost me the part, or if it was the moment when I panicked and suddenly tried to play a one armed, one legged, one eyed crazy lady... It's still up for debate, because otherwise I'm sure I nailed it!

This is my "I'm trying to pretend I'm not nervous for this audition" look. Do you think I pulled it off? And yes, I'm aware this photo is a little blurry. But on a Sunday night after I've spent the past few days eating pounds of lobster fries and burgers, I prefer a little blurry, it's more flattering than clear.  

And that was my weekend. 

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  1. I love Pho! I am addicted to it lately, it has been my diets undoing. There's this amazing little Vietnamese restaurant close to where I work and I will be walking past it to hop in my car and have to stop in to buy a bowl for dinner at least once a week, I need a intervention!!
    I wish my dogs where behaved enough to put clothes on them, Harlow looks super cute!!

  2. If it makes you feel better, Starbucks used to be a "mom & pop" kinda place. And those lobster fries look like what they must serve in Heaven. Anddd Harlow looks so cute in his jersey, but I'm still crying in my Steelers jersey since we lost horrrrrrribly to you guys.


  3. I love everything about this post, pretty sweet life! I want to snuggle harlow and eat lobster fries every day.

    Dannielle | Chic-a-DeeDee

  4. I know exactly how you felt at that house party, though I'd never expect you to not be that outgoing girl from reading your blog. Harlow is so cute in his jersey,that soup looks delicious, and I hope you get the part you auditioned for. Looks like you had a good weekend.

    And regarding that amazing giveaway you're doing, I think you've sold me on Chicago. I'd have to visit.

  5. I love that you love pho! my boyfriend is Vietnamese, so I've had a similar obsession with the stuff since he first introduced it to me 5 years ago! I've got my mother hooked on it too, though she can't quite grasp the "fuh, like the" concept and pronounces it like "fah, like fa la la la la" haha. cheers!

  6. I was just scrolling through the pics on your blog thinking, "that looks really familiar" until I realized that it looked so familiar because it WAS familiar! hah. I just moved to Chicago and I feel like I get a "food hangover" every Monday too. Everything is just so damn good here though! I don't know if moving here was the worst thing or the best thing that's ever happened to me lol.

  7. I would prefer my couch and wine too! Hope you get the part!

  8. I love that picture of harlow and chris. so cute. I have been craving a bloody mary for weeks. it's not even funny. and there is nothing wrong with going to starbucks, hoity toity people need to get over it.

  9. I feel ya on Starbucks. It usually is a half hour wait when I go there before work, and I always get so angry that I have to wait for soo long, but does that ever stop me? Nope. I need that PSL and a breakfast sandwich to start my morning.

  10. I'm sorry.. but I just couldn't do the soup!!

  11. Random, but I noticed the Urlacher jersey...I used to work at a golf course and Urlacher used to golf there all the time. SO nice, and SO friendly!! ...also, your pictures always look like they're out of a TV show; your neighborhood is ADORBS!!

  12. Oh pho. That soup got me through college. It's still my go-to comfort food. Good choice!

  13. Pho and Starbucks, girl, I'm completely with you on both counts! I'm down for a mom and pop coffee shop honestly, but for the most part - gimme gimme all the birthday cake cake pops.

  14. I feel you on rather being at home on the couch drinking than out in public with strangers drinking. Good luck on the part!

  15. Those lobster fries!!! <3 I miss Chicago. Such an amazing place!

    Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

    The Pretty Pinhead

  16. $250 would get the man and I to Disney World I think :)

    Love the pics...especially the Harlow ones!

  17. seriously you crack me up.

    "all the dumb food" starbucks has to offer and "I dont make a great attempt to get on the inside" at house parties.

  18. I totally wish I was into the mom and pop coffee places too, but yet here I sit in starbucks, sipping on a PSL and chowing down on a Morning Bun. & Harlow is such a picture hog!

  19. I gave up on trying to hide my love for Starbucks (and their food) awhile back. I'm definitely not representing Portland hipster/artsy coffee shop!

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