Monday, October 3, 2011

Instagram Weekend

I've had the Instagram app on my phone for a while now, but until recently, I wasn't quite sold on it.  But lately, I've been addicted, using it as a fun way to capture day to day details.  Here's a bit of what I was up to this weekend...

IMG 0177Saturday morning we were up bright and early for a 5K event in Grant Park.  And after being in NYC a few weeks ago, I am appreciating Chicago's train system more than ever.  Its SO much easier to understand!

IMG 0168Crossing under the bridge near the museum campus.  It was the perfect day for a 5K, a little chilly but sunny as could be.  PS: Cely I'm praying for similar weekend for you this weekend :)

IMG 0165Our race tags should've probably read .25K run/4.75K walk lol.  Both Matt and I were pretty exhausted from a long week, so we took it easy and ignored the fact that the 10K crowd was lapping us!

IMG 0166Clearly, I have the dedication and mindset of a true runner :)

IMG 0176After the run, we went to meet up with my sister and her friend who were visiting Chicago for the weekend.  They were staying at the ever so gorgeous Palmer House hotel.  Matt and I have stayed here several times (including my match day celebration), and I'm always mesmerized by the lobby ceiling.  Breathtaking!

IMG 0172Posing with my sister and Matt after a yummy brunch at Yolk.  Matt and I went straight from the race to breakfast, so please excuse the random get up.  Though this may be the one and only time in my sister's and I's lives where she was more dressed up than me :)

IMG 0169Ever wonder how the windows of all those downtown Chicago buildings get washed?  Check out all those men waaaay up top.  No balconies, no platforms, just a bucket, a squeegee, and some rope.  CRAZY!

IMG 0181So even though this picture is the most boring, it's definitely the most exciting part of my weekend.  Because guess what?  I SUBMITTED THE FINAL VERSION OF MY DISSERTATION THIS WEEKEND!  Can you believe it?  All that work, all that energy, all those tears...wrapped up into a paper and emailed off to my committee for them to read before my defense.  Best feeling EVER!

IMG 0174So of course after I hit the "send" button, Matt and I celebrated with a big old ice cream sundae.  And if you're thinking, "Wow, that girl looks slightly delirious..." you would be correct.  Exhausted but totally thrilled, a crazy combination!

So that's it around these parts...what's new with you?


Tracy-Girl @ Then I Got To Thinking said...

Fun weekend!! Congrats on finishing your dissertation!! That calls for a big sundae indeed ;)

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

some of my college friends actually worked those window washing jobs - sooo dangerous but they got paid lots! and girl, i love yolk - one of my absolutely fave places to eat downtown!

Natasha xoxo said...

I love Chicago! I need to plan a trip soon :)

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Nicole Marie said...

yay for finishing your dissertation! and that sundae looks amazing!

LaLa's in the Land of Enchantment said...

Congrats on sending in your dissertation!! Love the pictures!! I am just so psyched for you and your Ph.D!!

Jamie said...

I'm so happy you turned in your dissertation! Your weekend looked amazing, you definitely deserved all of that fun!

Glitterista said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! SO so so exciting! Do you have to do a formal defense sometime soon?

Eventful Life and Style said...

That ice cream sunday looks like perfection right now!