Monday, September 2, 2013

Vote For Tay, It Will Pay

I feel like the world would be a much better place if Monday was always a free day. If I were in control I'd make sure this became a permanent thing. In fact, if memory serves I made this very promise when I ran for student council president at Northern Hills Elementary in 1996. As well as Pizza Hut for lunch and free vending machines. I hope my grade school still regrets their decision of electing the other girl. "Vote For Tay, It Will Pay" was just such a catchy campaign slogan.

Per the usual, here's a few photos recapping the weekend.

Since Harlow was back to 100% (thank God!) we were able to spend Friday afternoon at his favorite park. Does anyone else's dog love jungle gyms? Let me rephrase that, is anyone else weird enough to get jollies off of watching their dog play on jungle gyms?



You wanna see something funny? Watch a dog walk across a wiggly jungle gym bridge.

Shortly after the park, the sunny Friday afternoon turned into a rainy Friday evening. Chris and I waited out the storm before walking to a little restaurant in our neighborhood called Rickshaw Republic we've been meaning to try for awhile.




Chris wanted to go there because they serve "Asian street food." I wanted to go because it's BYOB. Why every restaurant in America doesn't have a BYOB option is beyond me. It's truly one of my favorite things about Chicago. We paid $9.99 for that fancy bottle of Robert Mondavi Chardonnay at Walgreens. In a normal restaurant you would probably pay $8 at least for just a glass.

For apps we had the peanut glazed chicken wings and spicy empanadas, both were delicious. Although I will admit the chicken wings were a bit intense. I felt like I was eating a sticky bun.



Following dinner we went out to all sorts of cool bars and did all sorts of crazy stuff that normal people our age do. Let's stick with that story, okay? Sounds a lot better than saying we immediately went home and Chris watched the K State football team lose while I passed out on the couch before 10:00 p.m.... 

I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed on Saturday morning ready to officially start Husker season. The air was crisp, football was on TV by 9:00 a.m. and there was just a certain new season energy in the air. Kimberly commented on my post last week saying how having football on TV while making chili or pumpkin pies is basically the equivalent of Christmas music for the fall, and I couldn't agree more.

I started the morning with a heart healthy breakfast from Dunkin Donuts.

Har started the morning with a heart healthy jar of peanut butter.


And then we got in our Husker gear and were off to Kirkwoods to claim a table for the next seven hours.



The game wasn't very pretty. In fact it was downright ugly, we still managed to win though of course, just not by the amount we should have. But I've got this theory, see every year we usually win the first game by quite a lot, and then we just continue to get worse every game thereafter. So my thought is that maybe we got this shitty game out of the way so now we might actually have a consistent season? It's doubtful, but a girl can hope.

And Sunday afternoon was pretty much spent lounging on the patio. I caught up on some reading, and even better, had some time to do a little writing. Of course I also managed to squeeze in a little photo shoot with Harlow.


Casual over-the-shoulder glance? If you insist.


And here's one more food shot from the weekend from a little stop in the Gold Coast called Da Lobsta. I didn't even realize I loved lobster rolls as much as I do until trying this place. If you ever come to Chicago and want to try an amazing lobster sandwich, from a super cute and very affordable place, I would recommend Da Lobsta to anyone.



On that note, I'm about to go have the best Monday ever. I just have this weird feeling like I can take on the world today. And by that I mean I'm going to put out fall decorations (my favorite season to decorate for, second only to Christmas) and clean out my closet and get rid of old clothes.  Like I said, "I'm taking on the world."


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18 comments:

  1. Harlow is such a beautiful dog! He needs to do more photo shoots with Taylor commentary.

    Also - your theory about the Huskers makes waaay more sense than mine.. which is that they purposefully played like they did - on offense and defense - because they are saving up their real game planning and awesomeness for when UCLA comes to town. Which is ridiculous. I'm just a nervous Nelly right now.. so I'll go for any excuse.

    Looks like you had a delicious weekend - if I ever head to Chicago again, I'm hitting you up for the best restaurant choices, because your food always looks amazing!

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  2. I love everything about this post. And now I'm starving.

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  3. I can't even tell what is in that sandwich.. it almost looks like a whole chicken! And I've never seen a dog get on a jungle gym but I would get the biggest kick out of it and totally have to stop for photos!

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  4. I'm sorry your team lost the first game! That's always a heart breaker!

    I'll vote for you if Mondays would be free. :)

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  5. Loving the doggy jungle gym ideas...why haven't dog parks picked up on that idea yet?!

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  6. You quoted me? I just died. You take that world head on! I organized my VHS tapes on Friday and it felt good to have that taken care of. And since we're about to move, fall decorations for me is a burning candle that smells like. . . I can't put my finger on it, but it's definitely fall-ish.

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  7. I love the idea of a dog park- I love normal parks so I'm sure they'd be just as good. And you wouldnt need to pretend to have a child to go down the slide!

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  8. sorry about the game but at least your weekend involved BYOB and Harlow, sounds like a win to me.

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  9. I used to say summer was my favorite season but I'm beginning to realize that it is definitely fall... football + gorgeous scenery + temps below 90. It really can't get much better.

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  10. Harlow could teach my mini jack russell a few things about modelling for photos. Trying to get her to sit still for more than 10 seconds is a wish.

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  11. OMG. Empanadas. I want some! I loved this post! :)

    xo,
    Ana Paula
    {Visit me at Mommyhood, PhD}

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  12. I totally agree with the BYOB option, it would make restaurants so much more appealing to go to. I try to plan my weekends around those that let me bring my own alcohol (until you get kicked out because all 7 of your friends decided to bring their own bottle as well).

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  13. Harlow is so cute, I'm happy he's feeling better! BYOB restaurants are great. One of my favorite little places here in NY is bring your own and it's wonderful. I feel like you end up paying more for your drinks than your dinner, especially in cities.

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  14. I LOVE BYOB restaurants! They are amazing, plus the food where you ate looks so tasty!

    Kate - diariesofanessexgirl.com

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  15. Just discovered your blog - love me some husker football! Agree it was a tough start bit they're still young! Hoping UClA goes better (since ill be there! Woohoo!)

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  16. Sounds like the perfect weekend to me! In addition to the plethora of BYO restaurants, I love that no matter who your team is, you can find their bar somewhere in Chicago!

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  17. I definitely vote for you! Free Mondays is what I'm all about! I absolutely love the picture of you in your Husker Red!! You look so ready to cheer them on.

    P.S. Why isn't Harlow a model yet? Seriously, he should be getting paid to be in photos!

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  18. I definitely vote for you! Free Mondays is what I'm all about! I absolutely love the picture of you in your Husker Red!! You look so ready to cheer them on.

    P.S. Why isn't Harlow a model yet? Seriously, he should be getting paid to be in photos!

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