At the very end of October, I flew to Chicago for my friend Julie’s wedding. Chicago is so fun to visit because so many Notre Dame friends live there, and in a weird way, the abundance of familiar faces make the city feel like home.
It was a whirlwind weekend, as wedding weekends tend to be, but I tried to squeeze as much catching up and city life into 36-hours as I possibly could.
I arrived Friday evening and went to a vinyasa class at Yoga Loft (relaxing!), followed by dinner with friends at Hubbard Inn (I ate my weight in bacon-wrapped figs, delish!).
On Saturday morning, I woke up early and squeezed in a 9-mile run along Chicago’s Lakefront.
I met up with an ND friend for coffee at Beatrix (adorable!), followed by brunch with a few others at 25 Degrees. Then, to tame my wild hair, I even snuck in a blowout at Blowtique.
The wedding was beautiful, and it was such a treat to catch up with so many Notre Dame friends, many whom I’ve known since freshman year of college. My college days would have not had nearly as much laughter if these girls hadn’t been there to share the experience with me.
Thanks for the photo, Beth!
Shreveport can be pretty cool sometimes (yeah, I said it).
You might remember that back in 2012 at the Academy Awards, William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, two Shreveport locals of Moonbot Studios, won the Oscar for “Best Animated Short Film” for their film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.
Well, a few months ago, we were lucky to be invited to a tres chic martini party by good friends of ours. It was hosted by Moonbot’s Lampton Enoch and Brandon Oldenburg, with a special guest appearance by that very “Oscar.” It was a ton of fun, and we were so grateful to be included in such a unique evening. What a treat! (p.s. it’s a lot heavier than it looks!)
So far it seems that 28 is going to be fabulous. It’s hard to believe that a month has flown by already!
I happened to be home in Jersey for my birthday weekend (Memorial Day Weekend), and despite the fact that we were all ready for summer, mother nature was not. It was 40°. I wish I was making this up. Having traveled from Shreveport where temps were already soaring into the 90s, it felt like it was the arctic.
Even in the frigid temps, we still managed to complete the Spring Lake 5 race, an unofficial Memorial Day Weekend family tradition.
Rosalie, Dad, and me, after completing the Spring Lake 5.
Best friends, post-race.
Later that night, all of my friends and I got together for dinner for a mini-birthday celebration. The only person missing was Rich, who had to stay in Shreveport for work. Womp. Womp.
These girls are the absolute best.
It was a wonderful start to the new year.
The weekend after our NOLA trip, I headed to Dayton, Ohio, for my younger sister’s graduation from the University of Dayton.
It was a great weekend to spend with my family, and I only wish Rich’s call schedule was more flexible so he could have joined us.
Celebratory brunch! (Complete with my brother’s handlebar mustache from his trip to the Kentucky Derby.)
Watch out, world!
Congratulations, Rosalie! 🙂