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Friday, May 31, 2013


Happy Friday! 

I'm linking up with Lauren!

one:: I never before understood everyone's fascination/obsession with IKEA.  Jill (my running partner) is a HUGE FAN to put it lightly so I had most of my IKEA knowledge from her, but with the nearest one in Chicago, it wasn't something I ever even thought about.  But I sure knew the day the catalogue showed up!  Anyways, I totally get it now, I've drunk the koolaid, I'm obsessed.  It's the greatest place on earth.  Thank goodness I flew to Chicago, otherwise I would have replaced everything in my apartment and would be broke.  I just ordered my catalogue online, can't wait for it to arrive!!

two:: honestly, I could eat falafel everyday for the rest of my life.  We found this little middle eastern / Mediterranean restaurant near Christina's burb and decided to try it out, we ended up going back twice because it was delicious, beyond reasonably priced, and had the friendliest staff.  I'll have more Chicago restaurant reviews posted soon.  Also my goal is to figure out this whole falafel thing at home :)  Yum!

three:: Christina is not a huge museum fan, but she indulged Stephen and I and joined us at the Chicago Science and Industry Museum.  I know Stephen (her boyfriend) and I greatly enjoyed all the exhibits, minus the crowds and screaming children - Christina managed to find interesting tidbits but was happy when we left.  She's a wonderful friend to suffer through a train exhibition!!

four:: Christina and I are huge Village Inn fans, but Chicago is lacking this establishment so Christina has become a regular at a lovely little place called RoyalBerry.  I'm now an enormous fan because I was able to have gluten free waffles on my birthday.   I asked the waitress if she could add chocolate chips and blueberries - she said "that's a great idea, I wouldn't have thought of that combination!!"  Hello, chocolate loves blueberries, greatest love affair ever.  Needless to say, I couldn't finish my birthday pancakes - too much deliciousness. 

five:: after RoyalBerry we went to BusyBee and bought some flowers / soil / pots and set about sprucing up Christina's patio.  As you know, I'm a huge patio gardener and I always feel flowers or vegetables make a place feel more at home.  We were pretty proud of our work.  We sat outside and read the rest of the afternoon, such a relaxing birthday for me. 

My week was the BEST.  Tell me all about yours!!

Always, J