How I Spent My Summer Vacation

I took this past Thursday and Friday off from work, and I realized this will probably be my longest stretch of days off this summer. So … this is my “summer vacation.” Kind of sad, but at least it’s something.

I went to the Taste of Chicago with my oldest brother, sis-in-law and niece.

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first train ride  –  chillin’ on dad  –  dancing

I didn’t take pictures of my food because I’m not a foodie … and I was too busy taking pictures of my niece. But I had a steak jibarito from Sabor Latino, braised beef from Inspiration Kitchens, mustard-fried catfish (my favorite of the day) from BJ’s Market & Bakery and potato pierogis from Kasia’s. (PS I’m SUPER EXCITED for pieorgi fest at the end of the month … it’s out of the way for most people in Whiting, IN, but you should go anyway, it is SO DELICIOUS.) We went to the Taste on Thursday, so we stayed for the Death Cab for Cutie free show. None of us are huge Death Cab fans, but we’re familiar with their music and hey, a free show is a free show. Calexico opened for them and I think I liked them better.

I went to the Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club on Saturday to celebrate a birthday (the gal in the striped top).

I had never been to the Kit Kat Lounge – it’s a popular place (especially for bachelorette parties), so you need reservations. Our performer for the evening dressed as Katie Perry, Whitney Houston and … Kylie Minogue? I was expecting actual singing but it was lip syncing and a lot of dancing and … more.




Other stuff:
I slept in until 11am on Friday and Sunday. It was glorious.
I ran 3 miles on Thursday and 9 miles on Saturday. Yay for cut-back weeks.
I made breakfast for the upcoming week. Basically oatmeal muffins, using this baked oatmeal recipe as a starting point.
I’m almost done reading another book. I’ve probably read more in the past month than I have in the past year.
I got a hair cut. (I go to Salon 22.) As you can see from the picture above, it’s not that much different. Just needed it cleaned up.

And now my “vacation” is over and it’s back to being a responsible adult again.

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7 Comments on “How I Spent My Summer Vacation”

  1. I’m not really getting a summer vacation, either. Mine was pretty much the extra day off after my last day at my old job. Extended weekend. That’s about it. Ah well.

    Looks like a great time, though! The Kit Kat Lounge is a place my friends and I had always messed around with the idea of, but have yet to hit up.

    1. It was fun. You definitely have to plan it in advance, since in my experience, it is hard to get in on a Friday or Saturday night with no reservations. You also need booze. I recommend their Lady Gaga Martini. Came with candy and a glow stick in it. I would only drink a neon martini with a glow stick in it at a place like that.

  2. I’ve always wanted to go to the Kit Kat Lounge – it looks like a blast! And I cannot believe I missed the Taste this year – looks like you hit up all of the best places!

  3. Yay for cutback weeks, indeed!

    Your niece is ADORABLE. Glad you had a good time at the Taste last Thursday and that you enjoyed the concerts! I’ve never heard of the Kit Kat Lounge but it looks very intriguing. Love those black and white shoes you are wearing in the picture!

  4. I haven’t been to The Taste in a while…it kind of overwhelms me because it’s so crowded!

    I’m 1 year out of school and this is the first summer where I don’t officially have a summer vacation. So crazy and weird to me. Luckily, I’m going to Russia for two weeks next month so I guess that will technically be my summer vacation?

    The Kit Kat lounge sounds fun! I’ll definitely add it to my endless list of places to visit in Chicago.

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