is it too late for a weekend recap?

So I’ve become sucked into this tornado that won’t let me out called work. Finally have a second to breathe. Is it too late for a weekend recap? Ehhh, never :)

Friday – Jake had a day trip to central IL for work and got home pretty late. I decided to do what I do best when wasting time and went SHOPPING :) Stopped by Best Buy to look at the camera I’m going to buy on Black Friday or Cyber Monday – AAAHH SOO EXCITED. I played with it like a ridiculous child and was getting far too giddy, so I left. Stopped by H&M to shop and laugh at the 20 people who were lined up outside for the new Versace line coming out the next day. Would you wait in line for this?

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Seriously, it’s disgustingly ugly. DISCLAIMER: I mean no offense if this is your style. It’s just not mine. Afterward, I stopped by a few more places to shop. Finally became hungry and tired of looking and headed home. Once Jake got home, we spent the night relaxing after a long day for the both of us.

Saturday was fun! In the AM, I had brunch with KO, who is a good friend and essentially my wacky other half. We ate at Orange in River North right at Grand and Milwaukee. It was super yummy. I had the cinnamon bun pancakes – couldn’t resist :) I miss hanging out with Kathy. We spent most of the meal contemplating what animals couldn’t clap. Our list was short – started with T-Rex. Let me know if you can think of more, other than fish.

Once brunch was done, Jake picked me up and we headed to the Shedd for the day. It was sooooo much fun. I love going to look at the animals and fishies and sharkies! They have a new exhibit for gellies. Pretty cool!! We spent about 3-4 hours there, then jumped back in the car and drove .75 miles home.

Once we got back, we stopped by our place then walked to Michigan Ave. for the Chicago Light Parade! There were TONS of people lining the streets of the Mag Mile. The parade was awesome filled with cool floats and singers. I personally liked when the lights went on all the trees :)

After the parade was over, we went out for dinner then headed home with me of course singing Christmas songs to Jake the whole way. It was such a great day. I’m feeling so festive now :)

Sunday we headed to Timothy O’Toole’s per the usual to watch the Vikings game at noon. The bar was PACKED with Bears fans and Chargers fans that were going to the game. We made tons of new friends all from out of state. One of the guys (Bears fan from NY) said that just being at the bar surrounded by Bears fans was his dream. He also said that going to a Bears game in Chicago was his lifelong dream. Taught me not to think lightly of what I do each day :) You never know, you may be living someone else’s dream :) After Jake’s game, we headed home to watch my game. Very proud with how my boys played, but totally bummed about Cutler :( Here’s to hoping Hanie does well for us!

Sunday was also Jake and I’s dating anniversary. I didn’t realize it until late that night. I turned to Jake to wish him happy anniversary and ask what he got me, and he laughed. I realized that apparently once you’re married you no longer celebrate this anniversary.

All day today and yesterday have been nuts. Clients are coming to me like crazy with ridiculous number of projects to be completed in short timelines. Holy cow I’m busy. NOW I can kinda breath and prepare for Thanksgiving. Well not really. Here’s my to-do tonight:

  • Grocery shop for all ingredients for dishes and desserts I’ll be making
  • Determine budgets for each person for Christmas presents
  • Figure out what to get everyone so I can go in prepared on Black Friday
  • Pack for a 5+ day leave
  • Prepare list of what personal things I want to buy for all my DIY projects for the holiday season (more to come)
  • Clean the house

Wish me luck! I hope everyone has a very happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones!

Until next time
<3 jenna

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weekend recap

Friday after work, Jake and I packed up and headed back to my hometown. It’s been over a month since I’ve seen my family… I’m a sucker for my family. We stayed the night Friday night. I basically just chatted with my mom the whole time, trying to plan out Thanksgiving and catching up on gossip. More than anything, attempting to figure out our plan for Black Friday.

Saturday morning, Jake and I got back in the car and headed down to our alma mater – The University of Illinois (GO ILLINI!). It was the infamous game – Illini VS. Michigan – OR as we Illini say… “MUCK FICHIGAN.” These infamous shirts paint the streets at U of I :)

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Our team has been playing inconsistent, so it’s no shock that we lost. Regardless of the outcome of the game, we had fun watching the game and being on campus. After all, U of I’s football field (aka: Memorial Stadium) is where Jake and I met 6+ years ago <3

There were ABSOLUTELY gorgeous skies that night….

I’ve only been out of college for a few short years, but MAN let me tell you how much campus has changed!! Massive high rise apartment buildings keep popping up everywhere. For example, that little brown building… yea that’s where Jake lived for his junior and seniors years. That massive 40 story building next to it wasn’t there. It was an old Burger King that had just shut down his senior/my junior year. Poor little building is dwarfed…

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After the game, we made a pit spot back in my hometown to pick up our bags then headed back home to Chicago.

Sunday, we as usual devoted most of the day to the NFL <3 My bears walked away with a GREAT victory over the Lions – YAY!!

Hope you had just as great of a weekend as I did.

Until next time
<3 jenna

yummy & quick recipes

Last night I tried out two recipes that I found via Pinterest. I was in the mood for something really easy and fast, but still fun. For dinner, I made a calzone. Jake and I are pretty plain people so we just had cheese and pepperoni, but you can make this with anything and everything you could ever want. It’s delish. Next time we’re going to try BBQ and chicken <3

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Ingredients:
Pizza crust
Sauce of your choice
Toppings of your choice
Bake at 375° F for 30 minutes, then voila!

For dessert, I wanted something healthy. I found this on Pinterest so I figured I’d give it a go…

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I used a non-fat vanilla yogurt. Because of the nature of the yogurt, it didn’t give full coating like the above BUT they’re still yummy. When I make these again, I’m going to use Greek yogurt. It’s thicker and should coat better.

Enjoy!

Until next time
<3 jenna

honoring our military <3

Happy Veteran’s Day to all the men and women who have and are serving!!! “Freedom” doesn’t come free. Today I remember and honor my daddy (Army), Grandpa (Navy), Uncle Jim (Air Force), and all other distant relatives and friends who have put their lives on the line to protect this country… to protect everything we take for granted. Thank you!!

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The Bravest Man I Know
(*and woman)

The bravest man I know.

Is a man I’ve never met.

He’s a man who risks his life

To save a friend,

Not only to save a friend,

But to save a nation.

Risking his life

For those he does not know.

Stepping up

Leaving loved ones behind,

So that somewhere,

Someone else won’t have to.

He is a man who follows orders

Even though he knows he might die.

 

The bravest man I know.

Is the man who would rather die,

So one more person could go home

To see his family again.

The man who stares death in the face,

But never blinks.

 

The bravest man I know.

Is the man who risks his life

So one day the world may be a better place for his children.

Or any man who goes against his biggest fear.

DEATH

Just to save someone he loves.

 

The bravest man I know.

Is the man who fights

So another man can have the taste of sweet freedom.

Not fighting only for his own benefit,

But for many others all over the world,

Fighting to make this world a better place.

 

That’s the bravest man I know.

 

Until next time
<3 jenna