April 21, 2014

Weekend Recap and IMWAYR: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Happy Monday, friends! What a glorious three-day weekend! I'm sorry I'm not sorry about being away from my computer and this blogging world so much recently, but I've been out enjoying life! Now that winter is behind us (I say this with a chuckle since it was just a week ago that I had to scrape snow off my car before work... Chicago springs feel a lot like cruel jokes.), we've been itching to be anywhere but inside the house.
Joel's birthday was this weekend, and we were on a mission to celebrate with some fondue. We visited SIX stores before finding a set (seriously... is fondue a seasonal item? If so, for what season?) at Bed Bath & Beyond (and, of course, I didn't have one of the ubiquitous 20% off coupons with me... story of my life). At about 4:30, I suggested we pick out our groceries because we had skipped lunch with all of our shopping, and I know how long it takes to prepare all those bite-size morsels for dipping.
Flash forward to 8:30 PM when we were on batch #2 of cheese fondue. Yes, we had to go BACK to the store because we couldn't get the right consistency. I don't know what we did wrong, but we got the consistency of the cheese inside a mozzarella stick instead of a dip. I know that sounds amazing, but that's a LOT of chewy cheese on each bite of broccoli. I gave up and started dipping my bread and apples into a jar of Nutella. So we're calling our fondue a fondon't!
On Saturday, two of our friends from Baton Rouge flew into town for the weekend, so we met up with them at the Drake and gave them a tour of the city. We walked all along the Magnificent Mile and through Millennium Park and Grant Park. This part was fine... but then we had to walk back! And let's just say that this girl doesn't always make the most sensible choices when it comes to shoes, so my feet STILL hurt! We went to Gino's East for some delicious deep dish pizza and a delicious brownie in honor of Joel's birthday.
Yesterday, we spent the day with my family for Easter. We had a delicious brunch, and I made my favorite Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake. We also had pumpkin pancakes, egg salad croissant sanwiches, spiral baked ham, island pie (my grandma's pineapple whip dessert), quiche, and fruists and veggies galore. It was YUMMY! We were blessed with the most beautiful weather of the year, and got to eat on the deck and play some boccie ball in the yard. We were outside until the sun started to set last night, and it was wonderful! It felt like a vacation!

For this week's book talk, I read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. The book seems to have some mixed reviews, but to be honest, I didn't even look at them before I downloaded it. I'm really into autobiographies and memoirs, especially when written by funny women. I've read everything by Ellen Degeneres, Chelsea Handler, Tina Fey, Kathy Griffin... I just love them!

Although I was never a regular watcher of The Office, I always thought it was pretty funny, so I was willing to give this book a shot just from seeing the cover. I think Mindy is the kind of girl I could call a friend. She's just quirky enough to be endearing without being annoying, and I actually enjoyed getting a glimpse into her mind in this book. I found her to be relatable and interesting enough to hold my attention in the car. It was a cute book for someone looking for a light, summer read!

**Please check my book log for a complete list of my Monday book reviews.


  1. I'm so glad you've been enjoying life! I've never attempted to make cheese fondue..I'll stick to the chocolate!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  2. YAY for you for getting out and about and staying away from the bloggy world. Happy birthday to Joel. You know I would've been complaining the whole walk back. Lol! I will definitely have to check out this book...sounds like something I would like! xo
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. Hi there! Glad to read about your adventure with the fondue - your post actually made me hungry. :) Hope Spring comes to you soon.