Tag Archives: Chicago

wordless wednesday: fall in Old Town

I took a walk in my neighborhood.

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wordless wednesday: an august afternoon

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Chicago Summers

Even though the calendar claims that it is mid-August and some kids are already back to school, I feel like my summer is just beginning.  Chicago had a record breaking “cold” July so it never felt like hot summer (not that I would have known since I was inside studying all day) but my day yesterday made me feel that summer had finally arrived.

I woke up and took a leisurely trip to the market. Went for the first run in a while that unfortunately was a bit asthma plagued but it still felt great to have the 74 degree breeze on my face. I bought a new bike saddle at Kozy who pumped up my tires (which were apparently always flat-whoops) and now my bike is fast and comfortable to ride. I spent an hour sitting outside the Starbucks in my neighborhood, people watching and reading a book and then came home to whip up a pasta salad to take with me to the free concert in Grant Park for a picnic with friends. Continue reading

1st and 10: Soldier Field 10 Mile Recap

As you might know if you ever clicked over to my “Training Page,” I spent the spring training for the Soldier Field 10 Mile (and raising money for the American Cancer Society) with Chicago Endurance Sports. Before this race, my longest race distance was an 8K (4.98 miles) so this was a pretty lofty goal but I DID IT! Continue reading

5.6.09 Market

Yesterday morning I got up bright and early and headed to the first Green City outdoor market of the season at 7AM. (need to also get in a run before my 1PM estates and trusts final). I had forgotten that the market opens that early, which makes me very excited because I will be able to make a quick stop during the week before Barbri. I discovered last summer that the weekday market is far less crowded and enjoyable (not that I wont still go on Saturdays as well). Continue reading

Cinnamon Rolls

Even though I am not religious, I wanted to make something new and special on Easter Sunday.  I have been reading about wonderful brunch menus in magazines and on blogs, and I figured that I should be allowed in on the fun.  I decided to pull out my new bread book and see if anything inspired me.  I was originally drawn to bagels but quickly decided that I wanted something sweet, and then I was quickly sucked in by the recipe for cinnamon rolls. Continue reading

A Snowy Shuffle

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Well I woke up this morning at 7AM and immediately walked over to the balcony to get a peek outside and it was total white-out. After checking out the radar and seeing that it wasn’t going to let up in the next 3 hours and that the wind was blowing to 30MPH, Brian, Julia and I decided to not run the Shuffle. I will admit that I was rather disappointed. However, I know that it would have been cold, wet, slippery, and miserable and I didn’t want to risk slipping and hurting myself so early into my 10 mile training. Instead I did my required “long run” of 4 miles on the treadmill.

Check out these pics here if you want to see the crazy motivated people that actually made it out to the race.

Update at 5:38PM:  It is now sunny, 40 degrees and the slush has melted.  That is all.

Learning to love running

Last year around this time, I was gearing up to run my first race, the Shamrock Shuffle 8K.  I was proud of myself for jumping in and doing something slightly longer than a 5K and training during the winter.  

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Fast forward a year later and I have run three more 5Ks, dealt with plantar fasciitis and bad asthma (but thankfully treated both successfully so far) and I am training again for the Shamrock Shuffle and now the Solider Field 10 Mile!!  I decided to sign up for a training program through Fleet Feet and Chicago Endurance Sports which starts in 2 weeks.  I think it will be good to have some structure and accountability for the training, plus meet some people that I can hopefully continue to be active with throughout the summer.  I have also decided to make this race more than just something for my own personal satisfaction and benefit.  I am running this race as an American Cancer Society charity runner!  In college, I raised money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through my involvement in Up ’til Dawn but I have taken 2 years off actively raising money for charitable purposes.  I know that this economy is making everyone worried about their career (I know I’m terrified about unemployment come Post-Bar July) and their investments, but charities are struggling just as much if not more.  So I hope that all my friends, family and blog readers (who ever you are out there) will go to my website and donate as little or as much as you can.  Even just $1 or $5 or $10 dollars. For those of you who are local, I can promise some form of baked good as my appreciation (and even for those who are non-local for the right donation amount 😉 if you get my drift). Thank you in advance for your support. I am sure that I will be getting your advice and discussing some of my training up and downs in the coming months.

Please go donate here.

Weekend Adventures

This weekend was eventful for a variety of reasons.  Friday night I managed to almost chop of the tip of my thumb chopping up a bell pepper for salad.  I especially liked the makeshift gauze and packing tape bandage.  It has healed pretty nicely so no worries.

Ouch.

Ouch.

On Saturday, I hit up GreenCity like always and came home with some goodies, including an associate bunch of peppers.

Goodies.

Goodies.

I remembered seeing a post about pickling hot peppers and since I found such a pretty assortment at the market, I decided to give it a try. In the middle of the cutting, I quickly remembered that I almost cut a chunk off my thumb the night before. Needless to say, peppers + healing wound = ouch.

Peppers.

Peppers.

Pickling.

Pickling.

Then on Sunday, Dave and I got up at 5AM to volunteer at the Chicago Marathon. We worked at the Fleet Feet Sports Aid Station that is right by our apartment in Old Town. It was a blast. It was so inspiring to see the wide range of people running and the tremendous elite athletes racing in the event. It makes me wonder if I could commit to training for a fullhalf marathon ;-). I think I might enjoy the longer distances because I really start to get into a running grove after 3 miles or so. 5Ks just don’t cut it.

Stacked.

Stacked.

Dumped.

Dumped.

Happy.

Happy.

Mindy’s Hot Chocolate: Restraurant-Dessert Bar-Pastries

Mexican Hot Chocolate w/ Homemade Marshmallow

Mexican Hot Chocolate w/ Homemade Marshmallow

Last week Dave and I celebrated our 2-year dating anniversary. He bought me some awesome new stuff for the kitchen (nice cooling racks, splatter screen, RAMEKINS!, more liquid measuring cups) and I took us out to Hot Chocolate in Bucktown. It was a super yummy meal. We shared the homemade pretzel with a yummy melted cheese and apple cider mustard. Dave got the burger and it was probably the best burger I ever stole a bite from and I had the Mac and Cheese. The waiter warned me that it was super rich and he was very right. I only ate half and took the rest home with me. We of course had to try a dessert! Dave got the mint chocolate chip milkshake which tasted very fresh and nothing like the artificial taste of mint chocolate chip ice cream (which he likes and I hate). It came with 3 little cookies that were perfectly moist. I had the Mexican Hot Chocolate (I figure you can’t go to “Hot Chocolate” and not get some Hot Chocolate). It was my first experience with homemade marshmallows which were truly phenomenal. The hot chocolate was perfectly cinnamony and rich. If you are in Chicago and haven’t gone to Hot Chocolate-makes plans…even if it is just for dessert. It is the perfect splurge evening.

I will crave this in the dead of winter

I will crave this in the dead of winter

mmmmmilkshake

mmmmmilkshake