Vacation Recap

Hello all,

Better late than never.

As I settle in from my absurdly long vacation I am so grateful for all I did while enjoying time with my wonderful family and boyfriend.  The picture below represents my feelings on being 26.


As many of you saw via my Instagram, my dog Bella cut the webbing of her paw prior to my vacation.  Although we do not know what she was injured on in our yard we do know she’s a wild child and loves to get into things.  This didn’t ease my animal loving heart when I first found out.  I shed a tear for sure.  This also allowed for lots of cuddles with “Coney,” our official nickname for this little one.



Bella is officially cone free and loving life again.  She enjoys running around in the yard looking for bunnies and jumping up on hind legs too look over our deck at the neighbors dog while barking.  I swear the neighbor dog thinks we are insane (she doesn’t know the half of it).


A few days after my birthday Brian and I went to Replay to see the Pokemon set up for their event (As mentioned in prior post).  Since, they’ve now expanded the event to incorporate the entire bar and a Pokedex to “catch em all.”


The time this must have taken earned my respect and also made me want to hire them! What do you think about the decor?  Have you gone to Replay or are you interested in going?


Brian and I received all of our badges and it was such a fun time!

Later in the week my friend Kayte was in visiting from Seattle.  Oh man did I miss her!  It is nice to have friends who’ve nearly lived your entire life with you.  It is like choosing your family.  16 years of friendship and still holding on for dear life trying to adult. : )


Brian and I also finished 13 Reasons Why 2, I haven’t found the words to express how I feel about it yet.  I suppose it’s similar to how I felt after season one, check out my 13 Lessons post for my recap of what I got from season one.  Did you watch season 2?  What are your thoughts/feelings about the seasons huge end?

To wrap up vacation Brian gave me my gift.  Literally one of my favorite gifts of all time!  The gift of a hobby and art, in the form of a Cannon Rebel T6.  I’ve always loved capturing a moment and being able to see the beauty in it forever!  I am so excited to have the highest of quality memories for both myself and my family.  Thank you again babe!

Special thank you to everyone who called, text, facebook messaged, and spent my birthday with me.  Here is to 26!  I am ready for what this next year has in store for me!

– A

Birthday vibes

Hello 26!

Yesterday I celebrated my birthday.  The day got off to a slow start because I have been feeling sick for the last three days.  Body aches, sore throat, and stuffy nose — I didn’t let that stop me.

My parents surprised me with an early dinner at Cochon Volant, 100 W Monroe St. Chicago, IL.



Again my love for France from my trip continues.  The decor of this place reminds me of the French bars we would sit at and drink beer and coffee while staring at the Eiffel Tower!


Cochon Volant – Flying Pig in English has the cutest logo.  Helps if you do not know the translation at first.


We came during their lunch hours, so appetizers filled the menu.  We decided on the Warm Brie Plate and Croque Madame Eggrolls.  Looking back I realized I didn’t take photos to share… but it was because it was so good!  Once we got the dishes we dug in and although it was appealing to the eye my stomach was very pleased as well!

If you have been is there anything you would recommend from the dinner menu?  I am interested in going back soon!

Check please,


The check comes with a Cochon Volant postcard!  What a cute way to market yourself!

After we arrived home we played games on the deck as we enjoyed some refreshing beverages.  The weather today although hot on the day side was perfect for deck drinking.  It was a great way to kick off my vacation as well as celebrate my official adulthood.  I’m off my parents insurance (insert crying).

I will keep you updated on all the vacation fun to come!

Thanks to everyone reading and to everyone who made my birthday memorable!