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Weekending: Birthday Celebrations

Another weekend has come and gone!  They sure seem to be going fast these days - I mean we're practically about to say goodbye to June.  It was a good weekend filled with a nice balance of fun and rest, with some work thrown in there unfortunately as well. 

Friday night was the final night of birthday celebrations.  We got together at my friend Nicole's place for some drinks before the bar.  It's not often that many of my girlfriends are all able to get together on the same night so that alone made me happy!  We learned how to play Civil War which was extremely entertaining.  It's a fast pace, 3 person version of beer pong - very fun and very dangerous if you know what I mean. 



The birthday kids

During our walk to the bar, I experienced a Chicago first - I saw a rat!!  It was huge and disgusting and so gross.  However, I do consider it a success that I've lived here for over 4 years now and that was my first sighting.  Fingers crossed it was my last!

Saturday morning was slow going.  We slept in until 10am and just laid around the apartment until the early afternoon.  It was very much needed, I'm getting too old for the bar now.  Since it was the first official day of summer, we decided to skip a proper lunch and go get gelato! 

Nick and I have had bikes for two years now but one of them is always broken so we can never go on rides together.  We decided that needed to change.  And if we were going to be having gelato for lunch, we should probably ride bikes there to get in some exercise.  A new bike shop opened right by our place so we walked them down there and they totally hooked us up!  We left with practically brand new bikes - well not really but at least our brakes worked and our tires weren't flat anymore.


We made our way up to Black Dog Gelato in Ukranian Village with no big bike mishaps besides someone yelling at us to use the bike lanes.  Ah, the friendly people of Chicago.  The gelato was delicious - I had a mixture of lemon sorbet and cookies and cream.  It was an interesting combo but sooo good.  We found out that they serve doughnut gelato sandwiches (drooling) on Monday's so we will be back for that - probably tonight if we're being honest.


Since our lives revolve around food, as soon as we got home we started planning our dinner.  We hit up the grocery store to pick up the ingredients for a Pinterest recipe I've been dying to try and Nick's recent obsession with onion rings.  We made this Teriyaki Salmon with Sriracha Cream Sauce and it was ah-mazing.  It was also our first attempt at deep frying at home and the onion rings turned out fabulously!  What a coincedence that yesterday happened to be National Onion Ring Day ;)


Saturday night brought a couple episodes of Orange Is The New Black - slowly working our way through the first season - and Sunday looked a lot like this.  All day long.


Hope you all had a great weekend and happy Monday!
Linking up with Leeann, Carly and Biana

30 comments

  1. Looks like a fabulous weekend! Aside from the rat siting of course.... *shudders*.

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  2. Looks like such a great weekend. I've never heard of 'Civil War', that just sounds exciting!

    That gelato looks delish, too.

    Have a great week.

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  3. First of all - are you wearing a romper or a dress - either way LOVE it!! I about died when I read this "Since our lives revolve around food" because Gary and I are exactly the SAME way...which in my opinion is the best way to be!! Sounds like you had a great weekend!

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  4. Sounds like such a great weekend (minus the rat sighting!) and I'm totally jealous of your bike riding adventures. I want to get a bike so bad but I don't have any place fun to ride to. And donut gelato sandwiches? Yes please!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  5. Gelato seems like the perfect thing to have for the first day of summer!! I love that y'all got to ride bikes!! It's so much fun to bike around town!! Looked like another good bday celebration too!!

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  6. Those onion rings look fabulous - what's the secret?

    I remember being in Chicago for a week with my parents back when. We had eaten dinner late and were going back to our hotel that was on Lakeshore (the W) and as we were walking past some other restaurants I noticed a man just go up to a table that hadn't been cleaned off yet and just start eating what was left on the plates. It was nasty, and I'm sure he was homeless but that was the first time I had actually seen someone do it.

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  7. You looked FAB on Friday for your birthday! Obsessed with that dress. And that gelato looks amazing! Hope you had the most wonderful weekend! xo

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  8. Sounds like the perfect weekend to me! Glad you had fun finishing up your birthday festivities.

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  9. I can't believe you made those onion rings at home! They look delicious! Gelato sounds like the perfect way to start off the first day of summer & yay for getting both of your bikes fixed! It looks like you had a great weekend! Love the dress (or is it a romper?!) you're wearing in the first few pictures!

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  10. WHAT? I missed National Onion Ring Day!?!?!? Its well known around these parts I'm obsessed with onion rings! I'll celebrate anyways today :)

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  12. So much yum in this post! I wish I could ride my bike more often but I'm too scared. People suck at driving when other cars are around, let alone a defenseless bicycle! Last week a woman got hit on her bike by a car that was driving on a covered pedestrian bridge. You can't make up that level of stupid. Glad you had a great weekend!

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  13. You looked gorgeous! Looks like a great weekend :) And now I want onion rings....

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  14. Looks like the perfect weekend minus the work on Sunday. Will you stop being so stinking cute all the time?!

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  15. Cute bday outfit! Whatever that is with the paper and numbers and Greek it looks about awful. Hope it's done asap!

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  16. I'm so confused... that was your FIRST rat sighting?! I swear, the west side must somehow exist in this non-rat bubble because our neighbors just saw their first rat and are freaking out! They're ALL OVER the north side, though!

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  17. How fun!!
    That gelato looks so delicious!

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  18. Looks like a fun weekend! Also, that gelato looks TOO good! :)

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  19. Loved seeing your pics from the weekend! Ya'll looked fabulous! Next time you make a recipe like that invite me over! hahaha

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  20. I LOVE Civil War! I discovered it just in time for my senior year of college :)

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  21. Looks like it was a perfect weekend!! And mmm, I would forgo lunch for gelato any dayyy :) :) :)

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  22. We have to meet up. First of all, I might rent your apartment. Second of all, that gelato!!!!!!!!

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  23. Sounds like a great weekend!! You and your friends are gorgeous! Glad you had a good time. I totally can't recover from being "out" haha. I'm getting old! Our girls night on Sat was at a friend's apartment but it was still fun! Yummmm....gelato!!

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  24. I remember the first time I saw a rat working in San Francisco - no joke it was the size of a house cat. SO gross! We have so much construction around that they are everywhere - but luckily I don't see them that often.
    That gelato literally has my mouth watering!!

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  25. My life revolves around food too...ha! It makes my life so much happier. What a fun filled weekend, both you and your friend look amazing! ;)

    God bless,
    XO, Claire
    Http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.blogspot.com

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  26. Cute birthday outfit, but what else is new? You always look awesome! I would have died if I had seen a rat. I can't even handle mice let alone a rat! Sounds like a great weekend other than working on Sunday!

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  27. sounds like a fun weekend, except for the rat and the last picture! and my life revolves around food too, and now i want everything you posted. yum. birthday outfit looks super cute lady! as always :)

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  28. Looks like a great weekend besides the last pic :p haha How are you enjoying OITNB?

    Thanks for joining MMG!

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    1. I have to admit, I'm finding season 2 a little slow! We're about half way through now and I'm still hoping it will pick up!

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