Sunday, April 7, 2013

Time flies when you're moseying around the city

This was supposed to be my relaxing weekend, when I would have bountiful hours to sit around and clip my toenails.  What happened?

I'll tell you what:  Chicago happened.  Again.

Although it wasn't quite the personal hygiene-filled weekend I was imagining, I did get a lot accomplished.  For one, I took a dive into the unknown by meeting up with a running group that I found online.  They call themselves the "FrontRunners/FrontWalkers," because they meet every weekend on path around the lake (the lakefront of the Front-exercisers' name).

I do not have any pics of this, but suffice it to say that they were most definitely leaning towards the FrontWalkers side of things.  And by leaning, I mean full on nose dive.  After we had gone around in a circle introducing ourselves, Girl Scout camp style, I realized that between Barney in his white Velcro Shape-Ups and Henry in his full-out windbreaker, I was not among my peers.

On the positive side, though, there was one 24 year old guy who was training for his next half who was similarly misplaced and may soon be a potential running partner (which made the experience worth it in the end).

After that, I set out on a mission that involved a large piece of plywood and chalkboard paint.  This mission failed.  I plan on elaborating more on said mission in another post, when I have more success... for now, I will leave you dangling in suspense as I move on to what kept me from me from landscaping the 10 digits of my baby seals.

And that distraction would be... well, everything.  After failing with the plywood, I didn't want to go home quite yet - the day was beautiful, and my afternoon had just opened up.

As I began strolling down a new street, I happened across a PetCo.  In their window, they had a sign saying "Take Home a Fish Today!"... and I thought to myself, "You know what?  I think I'll take home a fish today!"  So into the store I went, where I immediately was taken with this guy, the infamous Black Moor goldfish (I didn't take this picture, but this is what he looks like):

I mean, who could resist a face like that?

I was all set and ready to go; I found the biggest bowl $14.99 could get you and a few decorative pebbles, and headed straight to the closest girl in a red PetCo button-up.

Turns out, you don't just put a fish in a bowl and call it a day.  After a lengthy 10 minutes discussion about my new friend, the clerk (who obviously was not amused with being confronted by such an aquatic pet novice) had loaded me up with about $75 worth of goldfish related paraphernalia.

At which point, I decided that I didn't really need a fish.

I did decide, however, that I needed the next best thing... new shoes.  I'm pretty bad with decisions, so I spent about 45 minutes agonizing (and sending out the annoying "what do you think?" texts) over which pair I should get.

The thing about boots, though, is that they cost a lot.  More than the demanding Black Moor, frankly.  So which pair did I end up shelling out the cash for?


But, that's not to say that I won't in the future; any opinions as to which ones I should get would be appreciated.

The rest of my day was a blur of pretty much the same thing: walk into store, look at all the things, pick out favorite things, decide I don't want to spend money on things, leave store.  I will spare you the details.  I would like to show you my one purchase, however, that was quite pleasing to me.  That would be this, a black bean rice burger and homemade potato garlic soup from a restaurant called Sandwich Me In:

Which might just be my new favorite little eatery (I know, I say that every time).  This place is just so different, though, that it can't really compare to any of the other places I've been to.

I mean, they have a peanut butter and jelly Calzone (which I fully plan on trying in the next week).

They're also really into sustainability; they don't serve their food on plates because everything (well, besides the bowl) is compost-able (I think I just made that word up, but you get it).

I generally am not into the hippie, "love for all" thing that seems to be typical around here, but this idea is sort of cool.  I mean, who doesn't like Earth?

Sunday was filled with mostly dull, normal "must-do's:"  laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning the lovely new apartment, yadda yadda.  I will, again, spare you the details and just show you the things that make my life look cool.  Such as:

Impulse buys at TJ Maxx:

Chalkboard storage cans $4.99?  Yes sir-ee!

Homemade arts and crafts to spruce up the home (I was really getting into the whole sustainability thing, so this little bugger was made 100% with things that I already had lying around):

And making myself some the best food Pinterest has to offer:

Creamy tomato soup and a fried egg and pickle sandwich.

Ok, so this weekend was a little bit more lonely and less exciting than my other weekends, but there is something oddly satisfying about doing everyday errands.  It's like I'm finally coming down from Never-Never Land and Its Endless Supply of Money-Sucking Restaurants and am settling into real life here.

The best part?  I still love it.  Who know, I might be just a Bears' Fan at heart.

Just kidding.

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