I flew to Chicago on Thursday for some work meetings. It was a whirlwind trip as I was only in the office for just over a day but it was great to see some of my colleagues. The walk to work on Friday morning was beautiful as it was about 70 degrees. Chicago is such a pretty city. I'm a sucker for any city that is on the water or has a river running through it!
After work on Friday, I took the metra out to my brother's. It was great to squeeze in some time with them! My nephew Kolin is 9 years old and is learning to play the cello so he put on a little concert for me. It's great to see the love of music being passed down to the next generation. I'm envious that he gets to learn a string instrument as that was not an option for me in the teeny tiny town I grew up in.
Friday night was a beautiful night so we enjoyed some time outdoors.
|My niece Anna and me|
On Saturday morning my brother made breakfast for us and then my SIL and I went for a Starbucks run. My nephew had soccer in the morning so I stayed home with Anna. I had a 3 pm flight so by the time my nephew got back from soccer, it was time to take me to the airport. It was a super short visit but I think I will be back in December when I come to Chicago for my company's holiday party.
I got home around 5 pm on Saturday night and we stayed in for the night. Unfortunately Phil has come down with a cough + cold. I really hope his cough doesn't last as long as mine did, and I really hope it's not a different strain of the virus I had because I'd hate to catch another bug. :/
For dinner, I made carrot, potato and chickpea red curry which is a recipe from the Minimalist Baker cookbook I bought in late August. I highly recommend this cookbook as it has so many great and easy recipes! This was a delicious, cozy meal to enjoy.
We spent the rest of the evening watching a couple of episodes of Bloodline and then we went to bed pretty early as we were both worn out!
On Sunday morning I was up bright and early (and earlier than I needed to be - grrr!). So I made the most of the time before I had to go to church and made a week's worth of date-sweetened apple pie oatmeal (which is delicious!!!).
After that I headed off to church and then went to body pump at the Y afterwards. When I came home, Phil made breakfast for us. He made eggs and hash browns topped with a shredded pork tamale. It's become a tradition for him to make this breakfast for us each weekend as he usually gets tamales during the week from a local Mexican place but saves one to use for our breakfast.
On Sunday afternoon, I was supposed to meet a friend to go to an apple orchard, but I ended up cancelling. I hate cancelling plans I had committed to, but after being gone the last 3 days, I really needed an afternoon to get things like laundry and grocery shopping, but more importantly, I needed an afternoon to relax. While I am feeling better, I still find that I get tired very easily. I am trying to do a better job of listening to my body when I feel tired. So after I got some errands done on Sunday, I spent the rest of the day relaxing.
I watched the Vikings beat the Panthers (which was a very exciting win for our team as beating Carolina at home is an impressive feat!).
While I watched the game, I started a new knitting project, which got Oscar's attention. She loves string!
I also did a little reading.
On Sunday evening, I made spaghetti squash for dinner and topped it with chicken sausage and some of my homemade marinara. When Phil got home from his mom's, he surprised me with a mum plant, which was a fun surprise as I had been eyeing the mum plants at the grocery store earlier that day! We caught up on our days and then I capped off the night with a video chat with Amber. We hadn't talked for over 2 months so were overdue! After that, it was off to bed for me!
How was your weekend?