travels // chicago, again.

[J] & I have spent our last two weekends in the car + in chicago.

it’s [just over] five hours from des moines, IA to [J]’s family in downtown chicago. so I am not exaggerating when I say we’ve had our fair share of quality couple time and refills of iced coffee.

two weekends ago, we were celebrating [J]’s sister’s wedding. and this weekend, it was for the father’s + some quality family time. as much fun as we’ve had, I think it’s safe to say we’re looking forward to some quiet, relaxing at-home time. [assuming that’s what is in store for us ..lately, plans have been popping up like crazy. and we’ve spent very little time sitting still. that may or may not have to do with a large event coming up in four short months. ahem, wedding].

there were 4 trips over the mississippi river. a stop at eataly. six doughnuts consumed from glazed and infused. a trip to see the chicago cubs play. two fireworks shows. and a large wedding. plus more cocktails than I can count on both hands.

travels // chicago, again c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago, again c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago, again c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago, again c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago, again c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago, again c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago, again c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago, again c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago, again c/o LLinaBC.com

there is not enough coffee in the world to get me through today.

happy monday.

des moines // major leagues.

being from iowa, I have come to expect certain questions when traveling. the number one is without a doubt, “what do you do there?”. and number two ..

“who do you root for? you have no professional teams”.

the person asking the question assumes it’s a negative. I, on the other hand, quite enjoy it. the state of iowa is home to zero professional sports. which leaves the decision up to me. the person sitting next to you at buffalo wild wings could very well be a texas fan, and next to him a california fan. then the person says, “well that’s sad, the state doesn’t have that comradery that only comes with intense love for their team”. I’d beg to differ. we take our sports very seriously.

plus I’m willing to bet the red sox fan living in new york city wishes he had the freedom to choose without fear.

no, we do not have any professional sports teams. but we do have sports. every sport you could possibly want to see.

including the iowa cubs, who feed straight into the chicago cubs.

and believe me, a day at the baseball stadium is much cheaper in des moines, IA.

des moines // major leagues c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // major leagues c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // major leagues c/o LLinaBC.com

much, much more to come from des moines, IA.

happy tuesday.