A Merry Monday

What is about vacation that makes the 2 weeks before take-off absolutely beyond chaotic?

Since we leave next Friday, I have this pressure to fit everything in beforehand and I can feel myself getting pretty close to bursting.

Right after work on Friday I went and got a manicure. I was well overdue and it was such a nice way to end the week. My nail girl always gives me a neck massage before she applies the polish, and I literally almost fell asleep during the 3 minute rub down.

I went with an army green – a little outside the box – but very festive and fun!

After the salon I met up with 3 girlfriends for sushi and a comedy show. I was just enjoying my time and so I didn’t get a chance to snap up any pictures.
On Saturday morning, at the ripe time of 6:45am, I got a call that the TV I had won was going to be delivered around 9. I was all sorts of excited, so I got out of bed and pretty much waited until I heard a truck pull up.

The TV I won is absolutely huge and gorgeous, and we are seriously loving it. I had to do a few re-decorating touches to make it work in our living room (like raise that mirror), but we are so happy and lucky to have this beauty!

After we got the TV set up, Joel and I like a bunch of idiots, took on Michigan Ave. Boy was that a mistake. Every store and sidewalk was like a madhouse of people and shopping bags. The Crate’n’Barrel was borderline breaking fire code.

Luckily we were able to cross a lot of people off of our list and I’m really happy with all of the gifts I will be giving this year.

After 5 hours of shopping, we went home and got ready for a holiday party at our friends house. We did a wine exchange where everyone brings a wrapped bottle of wine – then everyone gets a chance to unwrap a bottle or steal a bottle. It was a really fun activity, and I’m going to steal the idea for the ornament/cookie exchange that I am going to be hosting on Thursday.

Hannah, from A Big Little Life, was at the party too, and was dressed supppper cute.

Sunday I hit up the grocery store and did some cleaning, then was treated to a trip to the movie theatres. We had lunch there (1 large popcorn to share) and saw New Years Eve. I wasn’t too crazy about the movie, but I did develop a slight crush for Mr. Efron.

This week I have a few more presents to pick up, an orientation for the secret restaurant group, a cookie exchange, and a night at the Lincoln Park Zoo to see all of the Christmas lights. Should be nothing short of…….chaotic!


  1. Sounds like a fabulous weekend! We're on the countdown too to get everything accomplished before leaving for the holidays.....utter chaos! lol

  2. What a great weekend! Love the nail color! What kind of cookie are you baking for your exchange? I have an exchange party this weekend to go to! So fun!!!

    PS - the TV looks fab in your living room!

  3. Sounds like a great weekend! Such a cute photo of you and Hannah. I need to get together with you two soon! :)

  4. oh my word. laughing bc your weekend was very similar to mine (and the recap i just did! ha) your title says merry, you had sushi/wine on friday, saturday had a christmas party and the dress you wore i tried on at franchesca's to wear to my part that night. the medium was too tight on my bum though! :)

  5. You ladies all look so pretty!!

    I love that nail polish.

    Holy massive TV! I still can't believe you won it. That's so awesome.

  6. Sounds like a fabulous weekend! And you girls look gorgeous in your matching dresses! :)

  7. How funny was it that we were matching?! Such a fun night!