Wednesday, December 31, 2014

what I'm loving wednesday

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Some things I'm loving this week...

My nieces
I have four, but two of them are below:

Brooklyn on the left and Aubrey on the right. Their mom is one of my best friends:

Heather and I have been friends for like 20 years - since high school, so it's only natural that her kids are my nieces.

Anyways, I usually talk to Heather while she's on the way driving somewhere, with her hands free, and so her girls are privy to our conversations. I talked to her the other day and then she said, "Bye friend." I said the same and we hung up. Then I got this text:

That was Aubrey who said, "Why did you say bye friend? Michelle is family!" Seriously love her kids!

The Shake Shack
The boyfriend and I had "Hektor and Michelle's day of downtown fun" yesterday. We went walking around State Street, hung out in a Walgreens longer than necessary (it was actually kinda nice to just do whatever and not worry about time!) and then went to Macy's to see the tree:

It was all the way up on the 7th floor but we found it and it is pretty cool! From there we walked to Barnes and Noble (I still had a gift card from my bday), got a Peppermint Mocha to share, stopped at a few other places, too. Then we jumped on the train and headed to the Grand stop to find this place:

Sorry for the crummy pic, but it's the Shake Shack from New York:

and really the only reason I knew that was because of the movie Something Borrowed, when these two go there for lunch:

Anyways, Hektor had the Shack Stack and I just had a plain hamburger:

So his had a cheeseburger with a huge mushroom (maybe a portabello?) stuffed with Muenster cheese. I am just a classic hamburger kinda girl, so that's what I had. We shared fries and those were good. Since we had that Peppermint Mocha, we didn't get a shake - kinda sugared out. But, we did wait in a line that was out the door and then wait to find a place to sit. I guess this place is still pretty new!

Here's my ratings: Reminded me of my days working at Schoop's - those burgers had to be fried on like a flat top silver electric grill thingy for sure! In and Out definitely better for me, but I'm sure Hektor loved this on because he loves that Muenster cheese.

Anyways, cool to find a new place to try out. One of the reasons I love Chicago so!

Christmas Break
You know, none of this would be possible without our two weeks off, and boy, did I need them. It's so nice to just be lazy and stay home if I so please or go out if I want. I'm not late to anything, I'm just where I want to be when I want to be there. Tomorrow, an afternoon tea with a friend while I wait for a new printer delivery and then a NYE celebration. LOVE Love love to have these breaks!

What are you loving? Please share with me and don't forget to leave some love for the other bloggers!


  1. So happy that you and Hektor are enjoying your winter break!

  2. I have a niece like this, and I think I spoil her more than I do my niece and nephew from my biological sister.

  3. So many things to love! What I love--this break: what I want, when I want, with who I want. So many choices. Looks like a fun time on Hektor and Michelle's day downtown (pretty tree). Happy New Year!

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