The Weekend Update
I’ve officially passed the two month mark in Chicago! I’m starting to get the hang of things and getting settled in. While the blog has been on the back burner for a while, I think I’ve finally gotten my daily/weekly routine to the point where I can schedule time to write. Because the lack of posts hasn’t been a result of not having anything interesting to tell you about; in fact, quite the opposite! So, I’m going to try a new post format today and tell you about some of the fun things I did this past weekend.
First up was the Chicago Sport & Social Anniversary Party at Mercer113, which I attended with Maria, Tamara, and Kristen. This ended up being nicer than I expected! The DJ was great, and there were complementary cocktails and appetizers. Hard to go wrong with that! There were also a few photographers, and this gem ended up on the CSS Facebook page. The look I was going for here was rustic, with a touch of 80’s school portrait backdrop…
Unfortunately none of my group shots turned out well. iPhones and tipsy strangers don’t result in high quality photography!
Afterwards, we ended up at Bub City to listen to some live music (the band was great; if only I could remember their name?) and snack on some Southern BBQ. While at Bub, I spotted someone else I knew: Opie, who I had met through my friend Milan last week. I took that as a good sign, because you know you’re doing something right when you start running into people you know after just two months in a new city! But that’s not even the best part. During the conversation with Opie, we came across the realization that he is a cousin of my friends Chet & Bhavana, who I know from my previous job in NJ. Needless to say, my mind was blown – what a small world. I just love these moments!
The next evening I went to the After Dark event at the Art Institute of Chicago with Milan. Some of the museums in NYC had similar events, which I always enjoyed. It didn’t disappoint – I had a blast! The art exhibit open for touring was Picasso, whose artwork I’ve been lucky enough to see in many other museums, most recently in Madrid, during a trip with my family.
There were several local DJs spinning, and a fun crowd in attendance, which led to a dance party (of course!). There was also a large spread of food and an open bar. They even had towers of rice crispy treats… with sprinkles! Being an art museum, the evening’s activities also included performance art (which verged on strange and quirky), a drawing station, and… a photo booth:
This one made the cut online. Famous! Have your people call my people…
But the weekend wasn’t all about going out. Sunday morning, Maria invited Tamara and I to a yoga class at Lululemon, for one of their free classes. It was the first Lulu class I’ve done, but I was pleasantly surprised. This was also the first time in ages (2 years?) that I’ve taken a non-Bikram yoga class, so I was looking forward to that aspect as well. The class was taught in the form of Yin yoga, which was completely new to me. Yin yoga is a more passive form of yoga that focuses on holding postures for long periods of time. Our instructor explained that it was a balance to the more popular Yang (active) types of yoga that most of us are used to. I would definitely like to try it again sometime!
Afterwards, the three of us took a walk over to a specialty shoe shop to buy sneakers. I was long overdue for a new pair, so I was happy to check that item off of my list of things to do! They didn’t have my shoe in the color I wanted, so I had to have it ordered, but I’ll post pictures as soon as they arrive!
How was your weekend? Anything fun planned for this one?