January is always a rough month. Darkness sets in early each evening. Spring feels (and is) a long, long way away. Add to all of this my “off month” status, and well…suffice to say it has not been my favorite month. BUT, the last three days have been awesome. Here’s some good stuff…
On Thursday evening I had the great pleasure of meeting Kate and Benjamin from This Place is Now A Home. Kate happened to post about being in Chicago on a work trip. Through a comment I left, she discovered her hotel was really close to my office. (The power of commenting, people!) I had an AWESOME time meeting them. They are both absolutely adorable (Kate is petite and beautiful) and super smart, kind, funny, happy and down-to-earth. I honestly felt like I was meeting old, old friends. She’s pretty much the reason I began this blog, so meeting her in real life (and glowing in her second trimester!) was meaningful to me in many, many ways. 🙂 It was really wonderful. We talked about everything under the sun and I think we could’ve chatted away for another few hours! Next time I’m in Boston, I’ll be saying hello. 🙂 And I really hope any readers coming through Chicagoland give me a shout.
On Friday hubs and I met some friends at the newly opened French Market. As we discussed the upcoming Oscar nominations…what we liked, what we didn’t (my fave movies of the year = Up In The Air and Fantastic Mr. Fox!), the four of us stuffed ourselves with Belgian fries, cheese sandwiches and crepes.
We rolled ourselves out of the market and over to the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago. It is, in a word, breathtaking. We are so lucky to live in this city and to have all of these amazing museums at our doorstep. Hubs and I agreed that we have GOT to get out and take advantage of our city on a regular basis. It’s been too many weeks since we hit a museum.
After the museum, we were feeling a bit thirsty, so we stopped into a nearby pub for a beer. (Goose Island Matilda for me and Dogfish Head Sixty Minute IPA for hubs.) Because I’m not pregnant or 2ww-ing, so might as well, right? 🙂 We had fun. Good date.
Then we headed home to order take-out for din and settled onto the couch to watch a couple of eps from the fifth season of our very, very favorite TV show, LOST. (That’s saying something, because we DVR and watch a lot of TV shows.) We are sooooooo excited for the final season, which begins this week. (Yip!)
I’m happy we ended January on such a positive note! But now I’m ready for February…to cycle again, to try again, to be a step closer to spring….all of that GOOD STUFF!