Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Snowy pre-Thanksgiving in the Zoo!

This past weekend was the kickoff of the holidays! Max and I celebrated Thanksgiving with my family in Kalamazooo anxiously awaiting the arrival of Court, Hector and my niece and nephew! We relaxed, cocktail-ed, chili-ed, euchre-ed, Thanksgiving feasted, saw Mockingjay Part 2, and cheered on MSU's victory over Ohio State. Saturday was a blizzard, so unfortunately sissy couldn't arrive until Sunday, but we didn't miss a beat and took full advantage the rest of the day with each other. We spent the early afternoon bounding all around the snowy backyard with puppies (and taking lots of selfies) before heading back to Grand Rapids for a family potluck at Trailpoint brewing. 

All in all a pretty good weekend. I love the holidays! Sometimes they bring out the stress, but I always try my best to overlook all that, move on, and really be in the moment during the most wonderful time of the year.

Cheers everyone! 

{look down... look down.., SMILE!} 

Friday, November 20, 2015

City and Colour @ Metro Chicago

It was Alyssa’s birthday weekend so already we were in high spirits! I took a half day from work to hit the road early (didn’t want to chance ANY delays). I arrived in Chicago about two hours before she even got out of work. I immediately booked it to Tweet, my new favorite brunch location (turned gay club at night), for a couple cocktails while I waited. I FaceTimed with family, I chatted it up with bartenders and I studied up even more on Dallas’s new album, If I Should Go Before You. Once back at the apartment, we quickly got read, cheers’ed the birthday girl and were off to Fat Cat, an awesome restaurant bar uptown Chicago (note: if you’re ever there, get the PORK BELLY NACHOS… you won’t be disappointed).

Then it was off to Metro! After getting yelled at by some (a) people that we were trying to squeeze to close to the front (sorry dude, you’re 6 foot… deal with it!) we found our sweet spot a few rows back from the stage. It was a pretty packed venue, but I liked the vibe. I felt that many people there were super fans, and I appreciated that.

What can I say about Dallas Green?! He’s absolutely spectacular. By far best live music I’ve ever heard. He gets better each time (see my first concert experience here)!! I can’t wait to see him again (in GRAND RAPIDS) at the end of January!!

Friday Five!

{pretty details at Le Bon}

This week wasn’t quite as productive as I had hoped. I got hit hard with the flu Monday morning and was bed ridden through Wednesday morning. At least I was able to continue recovering in bed on Wednesday working from home. With proper hydration and another long night’s sleep I was feeling (almost) back to my old self on Thursday… just in time for Wine Club. I may not have indulged in as many libations as usual, but the company of the ladies is really what I look forward to each month!

Happy early Thanksgiving! This weekend I get to hang with the fam for my side of the holiday! As per usual, my Mom and I will see the newest (and last) Hunger Games tomorrow morning… since there are no more Twilight or Hunger Games movies to see around Thanksgiving what will we see next year?! Hmmm… Then Courtney is arriving tomorrow afternoon and I CAN NOT WAIT! Clink to the start of the holiday season!!

Friday Forte:

{when sickness hits me with lack of appetite, a Shirley temple is the only thing that sounds good!}

{shades of purple}

{November Wine Club! image via}

{these kids…}

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

New York – Part II

New York Photo Diary Part 2!! Enjoy :)

Farewell New York. Until next time...