This time last week, Mr. F and I drove with his parents, cat, and dog from Frankfort, MI to Chicago (about four hours), spent a fun afternoon and evening with some of our favorite people and restaurants in Chicago, then flew home to Seattle. The drive to Chicago was uneventful but it was fun to play with Horatio, the cat, who alternately wandered the car, or sat under the dog, Lee Lee. Horatio is really more of a dog than a cat, but nonetheless, he made us miss our kitties. We met Rusty’s cousin, Brian at our favorite Chicago burger place, Five Star Bar, for lunch. We missed the corn fed beef burgers with a fried egg, hot sauce and a pretzel bun! We also saw my cousin, Katy and her husband, Rob, for drinks and dinner. We went to our favorite Italian restaurant, Piccolo Sogno Due! On our way to O’Hare, we drove by our old apartment and realized we had the Home Alone terminal when we got to the airport! We got home after midnight but slept in on Sunday. I’ll have to post more about our awesome Sunday dinner with Mohit later!
On Monday morning, I flew to Houston for work and got to see a few friends while I was in town. I saw a coworker buddy for happy hour! Ashley also helped distract me from my nervousness on my first monitoring performance visit!On Tuesday night, I met my pen pal buddy of almost 20 years (we met through the American Girl Magazine) for authentic Texas food. We had Shiner Ruby Redbird beer (it tastes like ginger and grapefruit!) and catfish po’boys. I may have also had a bite of a Frito pie. (This is exactly what you think it is, fritos in a pie shape, with beans and cheese.) I also met Amy’s fiancé! We came up with a few fun wedding ideas that I’ll expand on, in a Pinterest board for her. Here’s what I started so far, Pie Wedding Love for Amy! I flew home to Seattle on Wednesday night and I was overjoyed to see the mountains. Phew! It’s been a busy last two weeks. I’ll share more photos soon!