It’s been a busy week in my world. On Tuesday night, I celebrated my friend Sarah’s birthday at The Press Room in the West Loop. I had been there once before for cocktails with my friends Britt and Kylie, but we did not order any food. This time, of course, we did. We ordered several small plates and the seafood options (scallops and crab cakes) stood out as group favorites. The wine selection was great as well and I enjoyed a few glasses of La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva. The ambiance was very pleasant and ideal for an intimate birthday celebration. The Press Room’s decor, you can imagine, contained a lot of studded chairs and stools, bankers green, and vintage appliances. I recommend it for a quiet evening for two or a small group. There is a private event room that would be perfect for a wine tasting as well.
The next day was a busy day at work, including a quick CorePower Yoga Sculpt session at lunchtime. After work, I went to the Admin Awards event downtown in the River Point building. I attended in place of my friend and colleague, Andrea, who is a very deserving nominee. She is one of the most organized, detail-oriented, proactive individuals I have ever known. She is on the right career path, no doubt! At the event, I talked with some wonderful administrative professionals, some I’ve worked with as well as some new friends. It was nice to witness the appreciation for the oft unsung heroes that are office administrators.
The rest of the week was fairly eventful at work and so on Friday evening, I decided to stay in and go to bed early as I was to be on the road early the next morning. On Saturday morning, I got up and picked up my ZipCar and drove to my brother’s house on the way to my dad’s in Ottawa. It was a quick and easy drive. When we got there, we visited for a little then drove a few short blocks downtown to a newer restaurant downtown, called Burger and Sushi House (B.A.S.H.). I was very impressed. It looked like a place you would find in the city, with the lofty industrial decor, including a greenery wall and a neon quote sign. The food was really good too. It was a pleasant surprise to see Ottawa developing and modernizing.
Afterward, we went back to my dad’s and both boys fell asleep promptly, so I listened to my new favorite podcast, The Murder Squad: Jensen and Holes, while my dad’s dog laid next to me and I pet her. Eventually, they both woke up and we visited a bit longer. My dad made me move random items around and showed me important things around the house for future reference. We hopped back into the car around 4:30 pm to return home. I was home closer to 7:30 pm and went to bed early again, waking up at an unusually late hour this morning of 9:30 am. I’m always pleased when I sleep in as it rarely ever happens.
So far today, I went for a walk, spoke to my mom and my friend Arie on the phone and ordered some groceries for delivery. I’m still working on logistics for my upcoming move since I’ll have four days in between homes but I remain very excited about my new apartment. That said, I need to remind myself to enjoy the next few months and not take them for granted.
In the short-term, I am looking forward to a bowling outing with my company on Wednesday evening as well as a quick weekend away in Boston with my mom. I have never been, but am planning to arrive early Friday, explore a bit on my own, then meet up with my mom that evening when she’s done with her conference. We are going to the JFK Presidential Library on Saturday morning; I truly can’t wait for that, the sites, and some really good seafood!
Have a great week, all! Wash your hands well. Also, don’t worry, I’m still playing Sonic 3 & Knuckles when I have free time.
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