Well, hellooooo, March. I am so happy to see you! I am living for spring weather, and I have faith that sometime in March I’ll experience at least one sunny Chicago day with temperatures above 40 degrees. A faith that can move mountains. But, before we get too far into March, I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer to share What I Was Into in February 2014.
Valentine’s Day Weekend! I made my first batch of home-steamed mussels, we attended a couples cooking class, had dinner at Chicago’s The Purple Pig, spent an evening at an historic Chicago Jazz Club, and grabbed coffee and brownies at a friend’s church’s brand-new coffee venture. It was a jam-packed, wonderful weekend.
Shoe shopping. With a gift card from the holidays and my January clothing budget, I was very responsible and purchased cognac flats and heels (the perfect neutral in my opinion), leopard-printed black flats, a new pair of boots to replace my favorite boots that bit the dust this year, and a new spring-ish bag. I’ve always worn one favorite pair of shoes until they absolutely fall apart, and I’m excited to try being a grownup and rotating shoes to match outfits.
Mariano’s. You guys. Mariano’s is the perfect grocery store. It’s a perfect mix of Publix and Whole Foods, with a very low price point. They have wine tastings on the weekend and you can get sushi or sandwiches or pizza to eat in the store or take home, their butchers are so friendly and will grill up meat for you right there (although, why you would want that I have no idea), their cheese selection is fantastic and their bakery breads are fresh and tasty. Every time I walk into Mariano’s I think about Heaven.
Kappa Delta. I attended my first KD alumnae event in Chicago this month, and it was so fun! I met a few ladies that had definite friend potential, and I was so happy to reconnect with an old friend/advisor who served as a consultant when I was KD president WAY back in the day. And then, she wrote a blog post in my honor! It popped up on facebook and I was so incredibly flattered. Isn’t it wonderful to find such lovely friends in all kinds of places.
On the TV: Fringe. I started watching this completely weird show on my sick days in the last week of January. H got interested and we watched all five seasons together this month. We barely watched the Olympics because we were so into Fringe. It is sciency and weird but it has a good love story and if you’re looking for a show to watch as a couple, I highly recommend it. Although I didn’t love the ending.
Reading: nothing new. I’m still plodding along through Blanski’s When Donkeys Talk. I’ve read a ton of blog posts and magazine articles and such (check back each Friday for the week’s top reads!), but no books have been completed.
It’s been a long, cold winter, but I’m loving our new city and so excited to spend this Spring and Summer getting to know Chicago better. Photo (above) taken from Promontory Point, looking north toward Chicago’s skyline.
Well, that’s a quick run-down of February’s highlights! What were you up to in February?