Weekend Recap: 4/29-5/02

May 2nd, 2016 No comments

Friday we decided to see Keanu so we headed to the mall to catch the first showing of the day. We ran into friends of ours there so we briefly caught up and then made our way over to the theater. Besides us there was only four other people in the auditorium which was nice.

I’ve been excited about the movie ever since it was announced, so it pains me to say that while it was still more entertaining than many of the comedies I’ve seen, overall I was disappointed. I sincerely doubt it will garner multiple subsequent views. I remember turning to Joe halfway through and saying, “this isn’t nearly as funny as I thought it would be.” I expected more from Key & Peele – their sketches were always on point and they’re hilarious in interviews – and this movie failed to meet my expectations. The kitten in the movie was absolutely adorable, however!

Saturday and Sunday were lazy days since it was cold and rainy out. We literally didn’t leave the house two days in a row. I still worked out on the elliptical both days, though. I also read a book and watched two seasons of Burning Love on Hulu.

It was good to get out this morning (Monday) even if it was only to grocery shop. We hit the produce market, Aldi, Walmart, and Costco with a stop at the library in between.

At home I attempted to replicate Starbucks’ shaken green ice tea with lemonade. At first I was disappointed with the results, but after some Googling to see how other people made theirs, I added some simple syrup and then it tasted almost identical to the official one. I’m so excited because it’s way cheaper to make my own. Right now I’m using the Teavana Jade Citrus Green Tea (which is what Starbucks uses) with Country Time lemonade. I brewed the tea extra strength, poured it into a shaker, added ice and the powdered lemonade mix and shook it up. I will add the simple syrup to the shaker next time as well. I need to limit myself to only 1-2 glasses of it a week because of the calories. It’s so good, though!

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Weekly Recap: 4/26-4/28

April 30th, 2016 No comments

Tuesday I lifted weights again but did a lot less reps so I wouldn’t suffer in pain a few days later. I was still slightly sore but nothing like last week.

Wednesday after work we went to Savers since they had all short-sleeved shirts and tank tops on sale 50% off. I know, I just cleaned out my closet. But I love getting new clothes and Savers is the absolute cheapest way to get my fix in without spending any money. Unfortunately neither of us found squat. Even if it’s only $2 I’m not buying something unless I absolutely love it.

Thursday was Jazz Night at E’s high school. Unbeknownst to us we arrived late because the information on the school’s website was wrong and we didn’t have the tickets since E had purchased them on our behalf. When I checked the site last week it showed the event from 7-9 pm. Then Joe checked the site earlier in the week and it said 6:30-8:30 and mentioned how dinner would be provided. I was trying to figure out the logistics of that since the location was listed as their little theater which doesn’t have any tables, plus a half hour to eat is rather short.

We arrived about 6:15 and noticed the parking lot was already packed which was odd because people don’t usually arrive to these things early. Turns out the event started at 6 pm and it wasn’t in the theater at all, but in the cafeteria. A lot of the food was picked over by then and most tables were occupied, so we sat with E’s mother and grandparents. Not that it was a bad thing. His grandparents in particular are very welcoming and just nice people overall. His mom and I aren’t exactly pals, but she was cordial and even showed me where the bathroom was when I needed a quick break so what could have been an awkward situation wasn’t. What was bad was those hard plastic cafeteria seats. They aren’t designed to be sat in for over two hours. My butt hurt was so sore afterwards! Only one more event left (which is next week, in fact) and we won’t be seeing the inside of that high school ever again.

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Weekend Recap: 4/22-4/25

April 25th, 2016 No comments

Friday we took my car for an emissions test and then to the DMV for the renewal license plate sticker. Mine expires in May and Joe’s in June and we were able to get his sticker too even though technically his car required an emissions test first as well but the woman at the DMV said the new rule doesn’t take effect until June. The emissions guy made what he thought was a joke about the saftey of the town we were in compared to Hegewisch. That was interesting since a) most people don’t even know where Hegewisch is (I do since I grew up there) and 2) it’s not a dangerous area. SMH

Saturday I spent the day watching a backlog of shows on our DVR and cancelling some of our series recordings because we truly are cancelling cable soon. We’re just waiting for the Stanley Cup playoffs to end first. We are probably switching to WOW for internet and possibly basic cable since it’s only $10 more which should save us at least $40 since we’re paying $99 for cable/internet from Comcast at the moment. Plus WOW doesn’t have a data cap like Comcast does and we’ll be streaming more often so that’s a plus. The only thing we’re not sure about is how we’d keep our home security with Comcast if we don’t have their internet as it works through their router. WOW doesn’t offer home security.

Sunday we used a previously purchased Groupon to attend the Chicago Pet Show in Oak Lawn. What a complete and total disappointment. There were barely any actual animals there (for instance – there was a sugar glider rescue that didn’t actually have any sugar gliders with them) and I’d say the ratio of non-pet related booths to pet booths was 1:1. No less than three different booths bugged us about home improvement stuff as we strolled by. And they wouldn’t just take “I’m not interested” for an answer until Joe said “we don’t own our home”. That really left a bad taste in my mouth. I don’t like being pestered to buy stuff, let alone siding when I’m at a pet expo! Needless to say we were there less than a half hour before leaving. Never again! I’m just glad we didn’t pay anything out of pocket or I would have really been pissed. The admission was regularly $7 per person which is a total rip-off for what was there. I felt sorry for the families I saw going inside knowing they’d probably be very disappointed.

After the pet crap we went to the nearby mall to walk around a bit and collect points on our Shopkick app. Then we went to the arboretum to eat the lunch we packed.

Once we got home I decided to declutter the hall closet a little. I went through my candle and marble stuff and filled a box full of things I’m going to sell or donate. I finally opened the label maker I purchased a year ago and labeled all the storage boxes left in the closet so I know what’s in them with a quick glance. I also realized I still have way too many old Yankee Candle votives so I brought some downstairs to use up. I freed up a box for my camera lenses so I can keep them all together and easily accessible.

Today (Monday) I tackled some items I’ve had on my list for awhile, including cleaning out my car (the backseat and trunk were very disorganized), filing some paperwork, and going through my closet to get rid of more clothing. There were more than a few shirts I haven’t worn in years yet I continue to hang onto for unknown reasons. I tried them all on and decided if they don’t fit well now I should get rid of them. In addition to the clothing, I’m getting rid of a few Ipsy makeup bags I didn’t like and three board games that were fun but we no longer play – Trivial Pursuit Nickelodeon Edition, Beat The Parents, and Scene It Jr.

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Weekly Recap: 04/19-04/21

April 23rd, 2016 No comments

Thought you’d like to know that the homemade pizza we made on Monday came out awesome. We tried to make a copycat version of MOD Pizza‘s Lucy Sunshine which has garlic and artichokes with dollops of red sauce. While ours wasn’t an exact replica, it was yummy enough that we’d definitely make it again. It cost approximately $7 to make and was larger than the 11″ pizza MOD sells for almost $8.

The work week was rather uneventful other than how positively sore I was on Thursday from weight lifting on Monday. I really didn’t think I pushed myself that hard so I was surprised how much my triceps were hurting. They didn’t bother me too much on Tuesday or Wednesday so that came as a shock. They hurt pretty bad on Friday too and finally started feeling normal again on Saturday.

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Weekend Recap: 04/15-04/18

April 18th, 2016 No comments

Happy Tax Day! Hope you remembered to file them on time. In the past when we were owed a refund we’d be all over it but we waited until mid March since we had to pay. Still waiting to get our money back from Illinois, however. Not surprised they are taking so long either. SMH at this state.

Friday after the Cubs game we stopped at Chipotle to pick up dinner. We used the coupons they sent us in the mail so the total for two burrito bowls plus chips & salsa was $7 which was covered by a Chipotle gift card. Shortly after eating we drove down to see Joe’s son in a music competition at his school.

Saturday morning we did a little shopping at Target and since we have $50 of credit on our Starbucks card thanks to Groupons (gotta love the $10 of credit for only $5 offers) we stopped for a little treat too. Joe had a coffee and I tried one of their shaken iced teas since it was 10% off in the Cartwheel app.

Green Tea with Lemonade

I chose the green tea with lemonade flavor in the smallest size possible since I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. Turns out it was delicious! But $3? Come on. Seems pretty steep (pun intended) for half a glass of tea since the rest was ice.

A little rant – Target needs to get their shit together with their signage. See this little gem?

Target Sign

Guess what? NONE of the Lays chips they sell fall within those size parameters. Luckily I decided to check the Cartwheel app and the size range was different than the sign posted because I was getting very frustrated thinking they’d offer 40% off non-existent chips. Sheesh.

When we got back from the store I wrapped Brother #1’s birthday gifts while doing some laundry.



Yes, my brother is turning 37 next week, what of it? LOL. We also got him a shelf from IKEA to store his overflowing DVDs and video games that were piling up on his bedroom floor due to lack of storage.

We arrived at my parents’ house around 5:30 pm. Brother #2 was already there and Joe put the shelf together while my brothers played video games. It didn’t take long because IKEA makes it simple and you don’t even need more than a hammer which is nice. Once Brother #2’s girlfriend arrived we had dinner which was Dominos pizza, meatloaf, mashed potatos, mac & cheese and some other stuff. We played some games my mom put together where the prizes were $1 bills and lotto scratchers. She’s really into that lately.

After dinner we played Cards Against Humanity and then had cake.


My brother wanted a purple theme but the pink & purple letters look girlier than the cake my mom had for my birthday!

At some point prior to the CAH Brother #2 brought out glow bracelets and the one he was shaking up had a hole in it so blue glow particles ended up everywhere on the floor, his shirt, and the table. Luckily the cake was covered or it would have been ruined!

We brought our Bears cornhole set with us at Brother #2’s request but didn’t get around to playing since Brother #1 isn’t into it and it didn’t seem right to play something he wasn’t going to participate in at his birthday party.

We ended up staying until a little after 11 pm because that hour drive home is a bitch.

Sunday we went to a craft show at Lisle High School where we ended up paying $14 for this soy candle.

Aloe Candle

It smells soooo good though and it burns for 60 hours so I don’t think it’s too bad. The woman makes them in her kitchen so I didn’t mind spending a little money to help someone with their own business.

We also grabbed two steak tacos (one for each of us) from a booth set up at the show from a place called Taco Diner. I’m always worried about trying a new place since good steak tacos are hard to come by but these were delicious. They had the perfect flavor, no fatty/chewy pieces, and the tacos were stuffed with meat so they were very filling. We took them outside and sat enjoying the nice day. When we were finished we walked around the park that borders the high school.

On the way home we drove through the arboretum to see how the trees are coming along. I want to make sure to catch them in bloom but they haven’t started flowering yet.

We made sure to get home before 2 pm so Joe could watch the Hawks game. I worked out on the elliptical a little and then installed a game on my iPad. I’m completely addicted to Disney’s Tsum Tsum game. Joe alerted me to its existence on Saturday and I haven’t been able to get enough of it. Since you only earn one game play every 15 minutes I had to install it on my iPad so I can play it more often. Puzzle games always get me and this one is super cute on top of it.

Today we went to Cosley Zoo in the morning just so we could enjoy the nice weather. It was way more crowded than I expected for 10:30 am on a Monday. The main parking lot was full and there was only one spot left in the secondary lot. I took a lot of photos and we just sat at one of the tables people-watching. By 11:30 it was half as busy as before so note to self – go closer to lunchtime during the week.

More Cosley Zoo photos here

On the way home we stopped to get some food for the meals Joe plans to make this week. I must say, I’ve adapted quite well to him being home. I don’t even miss my alone time as much as I thought I would and I like not having to worry about cooking and cleaning. It’s going to be a rude awakening for yours truly once he goes back to work.

I joined Joe for his weight lifting today and my arms are sore even though I didn’t do much. I wanted to add weights to my routine since all I’ve been doing is cardio, plus right now it’s difficult to go on the elliptical because it’s too warm in the house. Loving this time of year where we don’t have to run the heat or air conditioning, though!

Now I have to get going – we’re making homemade pizza for dinner.

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