Week In Review (July 22 – July 28, 2013)

Summertime and the livin’ is….beautiful.  La bella vita, indeed!  I always talk about summer being my most productive season.  I am just overflowing with active energy during the long summer days when nature is buzzing about at the height of its productivity as well.  I feel like I can accomplish so much more in terms of both my indoor work and outdoor pleasures during the summer.  I like to pack my days full and there just seems to be more time right now.  Somehow, magically, time is proceeding at a leisurely pace for me recently as opposed to the breakneck speed I am accustomed to watching it whiz by.  I am savoring these long summer moments…

It’s Always A Good Time For Tea

OJ|MHWL 7:29:2013_1Speaking of savoring, is it ever a bad time for a nice cup of tea?  I’m having a hard time thinking of one.  I usually go for iced tea over hot brews in the summer months, but lately I’ve been all about a nice hot cup of tea.  It doesn’t matter what time of day it is or how hot it might be, a steaming cup is always enticing.  I’m still working on getting through my massive tea collection.  I am on a strict No Buy (unless I run out of a specific category of tea).  Lately I’ve been all about black tea in the morning, green tea midday, and peppermint tea at night.  I’ve also been enjoying using my new owl mugs that were gifts from friends.  Too cute to hoot!  (<— see my pun there? LOL 😉 )

Fun Chicago Outings

OJ|MHWL 7:29:2013_2I was lucky enough to travel downtown twice last week for a couple of fun outings.  On Tuesday I took my Mom to The Art Institute to see the current Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity exhibit.  What a great collection of mid-late 19th century art and fashion!  I highly recommend it if you’re in the area and love impressionism (think Degas, Manet, Caillebotte, Monet, Seurat, Renoir, etc).  I love how the exhibit pairs beautiful art with actual clothing items and accessories from the time.  We had a wonderful experience at the museum and refueled afterwards with tasty lobster rolls at The Gage restaurant right across the street.  Then, on Saturday Don and I headed downtown to see Lookingglass’s current production, Big Lake Big City, a spoof-like film noir detective story written by Keith Huff and directed by David Schwimmer.  I found it to be a bit on the dark side of funny, but an excellent production with an awesome cast.  We were lucky to join The Raven Foundation and most of the cast after the show for a great post show talk back.  We extended our date to include a delectable dinner at our favorite Chicago Italian restaurant, Spiaggia.  Words cannot express the utter deliciousness!

Let The Sun Shine

OJ|MHWL 7:29:2013_3The weather this past week has been absolutely stunning.  Usually late July in Chicago is miserably humid, buggy, and HOT, HOT, HOT.  We were blessed with a slew of unseasonably mild days.  It almost feels like San Francisco weather (after the fog has lifted!).  With temperatures in the 60s and 70s, low humidity, and sunny days filled with rolling clouds and a lovely breeze, it’s hard to stay inside!  Winnie and I have been enjoying longer morning walks and some lovely evening strolls while the sun sets.  It’s also the perfect running weather.  In just the past week I am finally back to a more normal level of running for me with one mile intervals at a ten minute average pace.  I think the gorgeous weather helped me make that last push I needed to get back on top of my running game!  It’s so beautiful outside I barely notice I’m even running at all!

Life is beautiful, both in my outside and inside worlds.  I hope the same is true for you.  Enjoy 🙂


12 thoughts on “Week In Review (July 22 – July 28, 2013)”

  1. hey Jen, I love your videos. you seem so busy all the time. and you get things done on time. how do you do it. follow me on twitter I am @hayleykiyoko101.

  2. Hi Jen! You’re running journey has inspired me! I am signing up and training for a local 6km charity run in my city here in Australia in October! 🙂 I’m going from ‘couch to 6km’. Looking forward to the journey!

  3. Hiya Jen, its me niamh, you replied to me the other day, i just wanted to recommend a few apps for your phone to help you workout. one is nike+ and the other is nike training, i think those are what theyre called, that is just off the top of my head, i wanted to just ask you if i could give you a shoutout on instagram, using some of your photos you have put on there, i have always wanted to give you a shoutout as im sure loads of my followers will be interested in you and your work, i hope you check out my instagram, it is @princessniamhy101 and it would mean the absolute world to me if you either followed back or liked a few of my pictures, i have bought a really cute gift for you so please can you tell me what your P.O BOX address is and also your fan email account cause right now i only can contact you as a fan through here. Thankyou so much for reading this if you have/are and i hope to see more videos of yours soon, love niamh x

    1. Hi Niamh! You can find my fan mail address in the FAQ section of my blog. The best places to get in touch with me for a quick(ish) reply is on my blog or through Twitter. Please don’t feel you need to send me a gift. I’d love a note or postcard from you, though! 🙂

  4. Hi Jen! I would LOVE if you could recommend some black teas. I love green tea, but just don’t care for black tea that much. I’d really like to switch to black tea as my morning kick-start source 🙂 I just need something sweeter than I’ve tried & I prefer not to add extra sweetener. I really don’t like earl grey…I only kinda like chai..the closest I’ve found to really enjoying a black tea is Argo’s Black Currant Black Tea because it’s a fruity-sweet. Do you have any recommendations? I’ve just fallen in love with tea the last 2 summers, so I’m still kinda new! 🙂 Thanks in advance! I’d be honored to hear even one recommendation! Thanks for sharing with us. 🙂

    1. Have you ever tried stevia as a natural sweetener alternative? It’s a low glycemic index sweetener and a tiny bit goes a long way. I personally prefer stronger varieties of black tea as opposed to fruity. I use honey to add sweetness.

  5. Those are such adorable mugs Jen! I am totally obsessed with owls. I am a coffee addict so I’m trying to switch into tea. This actually makes me crave tea!

  6. Hi Jen!
    I was just watching you talk about your mug collection and it occurred to me that I had seen some neat ideas on Pinterest of how you could have them displayed in a more accessible way. Maybe this isn’t at all to your liking but since you have such a wonderful variety I thought it would be nice to see them.
    http://pinterest.com/pin/5559199510484826/ (In this last one you could just hang them under your kitchen cabinets.)
    Anyways, here are the links and I just wanted to say I’m a big fan!
    If you ever travel to Uruguay, I’d be thrilled to meet you! Bye!

  7. I just ordered the running tank for my sister who is running her first Disney 10 km & 1/2 marathon next weekend in Disneyland! She’s super excited!

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