the not-so-vacation.

I don’t know what it is, but whenever I come home to visit my parents ..I go into vacation-mode. I want to eat everything, shop with no concern for budget, and DAY drink. it’s strange. so, this is a “what I’ve done the past 24 hours” post. [in photos].

I packed. ran out of room. and then proceeded to take over [J]’s suitcase. standard.

road trip essentials: jimmy johns & dunkin iced coffee.

went to our favorite pizza joint in my hometown, {the OP}. to watch the bears lose miserably, and …

eat pizza. our favorite is the grinder [“a special blend of sausage & beef topped with onions, jalapenos, mozzarella, and cheddar cheese”]. but then we saw the reuben pizza, and had to get that too.

spent quality time with meeko. [he’s mine. I adopted him in ’07. he just so happens to live with his grandparents. who spoil him rotten].

he wouldn’t even let [J] brush his teeth in peace.

we also made sure lexi [my parent’s zuchon] got attention. look at that face!

had lunch at noodles & company [a staple of mine]. with my mom & [J].

and christmas came early this year folks ..

I got FOUR new OPI colors [metallic4life, FLY, plugged-in plum, big apple red] and a new essie top coat. nothing brightens my day like new nail polish. [slight exaggeration. but now you know how happy I am].

[J] & I are off go shopping. and possibly get a brew, or two ..because after all I’m on  not-so-vacation.

happy tuesday.

the week in photos.

I had every intention of getting home from lollapalooza sunday night and blogging. as I starred at my closed laptop, the 10:30PM on the clock, & my 4AM alarm… all I could do was climb into bed. and even that was a feat

so here we are: tuesday. better late than never. without further ado, LAST week in photos…

what time I get on the train … [6:15ish]

what time I get to my office … [7:40ish]

what I see in between :)

[J] & I indulged in the “dinner of champions“. aka noodles & company + fro-yo.

one of my great friends sent me a “congrats on the new job” care package. I love surprises. and this definitely was. perfect way to end my first full week of work! [thank you kristy!]

[J]’s hands vs. mine. seriously. [this is what happened during the lolla evacuation on saturday. we get bored. we do random things. more on that to come tomorrow …]

and last but not least …

I love you. happy my age, for twenty days [until I have to turn a year older]. I wish we lived closer. I miss you. & I can’t believe how old you’re getting ;)

happy tuesday all.

[lollapalooza recap tomm].


the week in photos.

hello friday.

I am happy to see the weekend upon us, but I can’t complain much about how the week went. it was a great week.

it all began with a trip to [my home state] iowa. for a good friend’s wedding. [we worked together in college, so I was reunited with people I haven’t seen in years.]

say hello to the beautiful bride & groom [+ our good friend/old boss, lindsay].

the wedding was purple + silver. and the reception was gorgeous. our group of friends were at table 1, aka the table nearest the bar. holler to the bride for the best seat in the house. [kind of a joke.]

we tore up the dance floor.

[the couple on the left: it’s their wedding next. cannot wait!]

on our way back to illinois, we stumbled upon antique archaeology. ya know, the home of history channel’s american pickers? I knew they were from iowa, but I didn’t know where exactly. well, we were in search of a gas station we got off the highway and stopped at our first option. I looked up and BAM: antique archaeology. what a pleasant surprise :)

like I said on instagram: “there are few things better than retrieving your loved one at the airport. even if its only been a weekend.”

[J] & I took the train into the city. [which resorts to random photos].

on wednesday night, we made drinks [pomegranate vodka + white peach sparkling water] in red solo cups, sat outside, and watched the storm roll in.

if that is not the epitome of a country song, I don’t know what is?

[‘the thunder rolls‘ garth brooks + ‘red solo cup‘ toby keith].

noodles & company had pop-up picnics scattered around the country yesterday. they were handing out their new summer salads. [J] & I found the nearest one to us, and we were off. he got: spinach & fresh fruit. [I usually don’t go for salads with sweet + savory toppings, but my oh my that salad is scrumptious. topped with: strawberries, blue cheese, bacon, balsamic]. I had: chili-lime & ginger. [equally as delicious]. they have one more out: the backyard bbq chicken salad, which we didn’t get to try. BUT they gave us two free salad coupons for our next visit. speaking of, I’m kind of hungry now …

[J] & I had a mini celebration last night. accompanied by bbq & cocktails [from famous daves]. what were we celebrating? visit on monday, I’ll divulge then!


have an amazing weekend.

give the people around you a big hug. and for those far & dear send them an “I love you“. every moment of every single day & every person we get to share this life with are so precious. & meant to be cherished.

[a couple of the recent tragedies have hit really close to home for me. the two missing little girls from right outside my hometown. and the theater shooting right down the street from my brother’s house. in my thoughts & prayers].