Sunday, November 9, 2008

Key Learnings and a relaxing weekend

It's that magic time again. Come, join me by the fire to look back on the weekend and new lessons that I've learned.

After a crazy week (cough, cough, Obama rally, cough), I opted to have a very low-key weekend, which included being home by 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. So I'm not sure how entertaining these key learnings will be, but nevertheless, some should be of interest.

Key Learnings:
  • It's nice to have a "Hugh Hefner" moment at home, wrapped in a robe (sorry no Bunny moment)
  • Having a security detail doesn't detract attention
  • Heat lamps on public transportation platforms are very welcome in winter, but sharing them is not
  • Fall is officially here, time to transition in the winter coats and find my hats
  • When you fear food has gone bad (due to not cleaning out the fridge), just toss out the entire Tupperware container, don't open it, just toss it all away
  • You should do at least one nice thing for someone else each day (I gave up my seat for an elderly person at Starbucks...or thought about it)
  • Candy wrappers do not make a good earrings decorations
  • Shouting into your cell phone on the bus is annoying to other passengers
  • Saying that someone's comment is uneducated is inappropriate, especially when the person who said it is sitting right there (hi I can hear you!)
  • On a cold day, a nice warm bowl of soup tastes like heaven
  • Finding a hair in the salsa at a restaurant is gross
  • It's okay to be super pissed off when you receive your Entertainment Weekly issue with Twilight on the cover only to open it up and realize the first three pages of the article ARE MISSING. Come on!
I reserve my weekends to be super productive, primarily Saturdays. I do this because I save all the errands I don't get to during the week for this day (within reason). But as I mentioned, after Tuesday night in Grant Park, which took a few days to bounce back from, I opted to lay low. That meant a lot of quality time on the couch with "Eclipse" and the TV. So my end thoughts tonight are rather slim.

Oh yeah, the one errand I did do on Saturday (with Ryan) was to go to Fleet Feet in Lincoln Park to try on running shoes. While trying on shoes, Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich came in to shop, complete with his security detail. No lie, I wanted it to be president-elect Obama instead, but we still gawked a little bit.

Finally, here's a cool picture I found in my stash of remaining photos from Grant Park. I have zero idea how it turned out like this but it's trippy!


How was everyone else's weekend? Do anything fun or productive? I cannot believe Thanksgiving is coming up this quickly.

29 comments:

Ashley D said...

I bought a new coat from Old Navy, finished Twilight, had lunch with a blogfriend, and thought about doing homework. Haha. :)

The Odd Duck said...

My weekend was not productive in the least. Which is what made it so amazing.

http://theoddduckling.blogspot.com/2008/11/day-to-just-be.html

- Kendall

Blaez said...

kicked ass on rockband - took alot of funky pics and made YUMMY pot roast...

Mandy said...

I love low key weekends! I went shopping, took completely random pics, and today stayed in my pajamas all day!

Little Miss Obsessive said...

Had thai food with my friends on Friday night - yum! And spent some quality time with Mom and thats about it... Oh and I didn't get a chance to tell you how awesome it is that you were at Grant Park on election night - what a memory!!

Rachel Burton said...

You have a fire? I'm jealous! I stayed in this weekend too (except for a quick blog-photo expedition saturday afternoon) and had friends over to hang out tonight. Yup, pretty mellow here!

And I saw my first flurries today - ugh!

Maki said...

I would want to so agree with you on tossing the tuppeware in the fridge. It's scary to open it due to many facts (smell, color, etc. LOL), but I guess you can say I'm cheap, I just hold my breath and close my eyes and wash them with HOT WATER!!!

howitstarts said...

I spent my weekend in the Twin Cities where it snowed a bit and was quite chilly. Still a good time though :)

Lauren said...

The 'food gone bad' one is too true...

L.C.T. said...

EW to the salsa but yay for winter coats!

ToughGirl101 said...

had a lot of work this weekend.

Rachel said...

I am in TOTAL agreement with the whole throwing Tupperware away bit. I don't clean out fridges.....my stomach is too sensitive. That is one of the few jobs that Dan HAS to do no matter what. Others include the cleaning the toilet and picking up dog poop....

teality said...

I was at the rally too, and I too felt the need to take it easy this weekend. I (seriously) ate s'mores in front of a fireplace with my boyfriend. It was perfect, and worth putting of my hundred and two errands.

Ashley said...

I'll be honest, I prefer relaxing, low key weekends.

I took some college students to a conference at Ohio State. Then came home and crashed out of tiredness.

It was good.

jamie said...

I did nothing exciting. Mostly work. Sounds like you were productive, though, and it sounds like a very educational weekend! :) Yes, hair in the salsa, nasty.

Agreed on tossing the whole container of the old food--why punish yourself by looking inside?

It's freezing here, too. Stay warm!!

laura marie said...

I did a key learnings-inspired post myself on Saturday night. I would say it's not as thorough as yours though :)

I also bought one thousand too many things this weekend that I will slowly be returning in the next couple weeks.

And hey, you coming to book club tonight?

LBluca77 said...

I love relaxing weekends. I need one of those very soon.

LJ said...

I haven't ridden the El in quite some time, but I do remember the love hate relationship with the heat lamps! This weekend went fast! Last night I caught up on sleep, 15 hours and 21 minutes to be exact.

Megkathleen said...

I love love love low-key weekends. I had too much schoolwork this weekend, but I can't wait till this quarter is over and I can lounge in front of the TV again.

Megkathleen said...

I love love love low-key weekends. I had too much schoolwork this weekend, but I can't wait till this quarter is over and I can lounge in front of the TV again.

Miss Grace said...

I just had an awful tupperware experience my self. Blech.

Nilsa said...

Sounds like the perfect weekend! Ours was low-key and productive on the homefront. Plus, we went out for Mexican with Sweets parents - I adore my in=laws - I'm one lucky gal!

Jessica said...

i spent all of saturday in my pj's...it was glorious

Katelin said...

i seriously had to go to three different stores to find even a vanity fair and none of them had entertainment weekly, i had to have my aunt call the book store she works at and luckily they had one to put on hold for me and whew it had all the pages.

and seriously low key weekends that involve soup are a heaven sent, i love it.

Stephanie said...

I've thrown away many a food container. When its tuna fish, it just isn't worth it.

I spent this whole weekend having a little My So Called Life DVD marathon. Why? Because you can never have enough Rickie.

Angela said...

I don't think the hair in your salsa is as bad as the wad of gum I found mixed in the ice at the bottom of my cup at the bar on Saturday....

Pam said...

Sounds like a great weekend! I stayed in sweats all day Sunday and it was amazing...

Ew! Where were you when you found the hair in your salsa? I'll try to avoid that place...

I agree about the people yelling into cell phones on the bus. I get so annoyed with rude people on public transit...especially the people who have long heart-to-hearts for everyone to hear.

Ray said...

I back you 100% on the nasty-food-container situation.

And seriously...how did it get this cold this fast here?! I need to go "cute winter accessory" shopping ASAP!

Princess Pointful said...

Somehow I have become the fridge cleaning out person in my relationship, so I am totally with you on the tupperware rule. Hell, if you've forgotten about it, don't even open up the damn container!