My weekend looked like this

Bacino’s pizza date and catching up on Mad Men and Girls on Friday night. (Sadly, The Bachelorette is still on the back burner.)

Brunch and day-drinking for my Emily’s 30th birthday on Saturday. Don’t we look festive in our multicolored jeans?

Meeting an old friend’s new baby, who just happens to be adorable.

Hanging with college friends at a lovely outdoor wedding shower on Sunday.

Snuggling with Gatsby.

And finally squeezing in an hour of relaxation before the weekend was over.

Monday, you’re such a party pooper.

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How was my weekend?

I’m so glad you asked!

It just so happens that I managed to capture all of the highlights on my new favorite toy – Instagram!

We had an excellent dinner at Balena. (Here’s a tip if you ever plan on going there – they have a whole section of the restaurant reserved for walk-ins, so most of the time you don’t need a reservation. We got there a little after 7 pm for dinner and were seated right away!)

I painted my nails (Essie’s Geranium).

We got all gussied up for a super fun wedding (shoes from Zara).

We celebrated Karen’s birthday with a slightly alarming mini pyrotechnic device.

And we happily abused the photo booth.

Sunday was fully devoted to recovery, rehydration and Mad Men watching.

And how was your weekend? (This is not a rhetorical question – I really want to know! I care about you.)

So here’s what I’ve been up to…

There have been a LOT of things going on in my world lately, and unfortunately blogging has not been one of them.

Long story short, I accepted a new job early last week and I start next Monday! In the meantime, I have this entire week off to bask in the sunshine and frolick through fields of wildflowers. (Note: Right now it’s really cloudy and I’m in the city, probably at least 20 miles away from the nearest wildflower. I guess this is when I realize I don’t actually live in The Sound of Music? I may need a moment to process that.)

I spent this past weekend celebrating my career move (more on that later) and Will’s 30th birthday, which involved me planning a fabulous surprise party! Then having to cancel it! Because Will had to travel for work! And ruined everything! (Ok, not really – I had to do a little rescheduling, but was still able to surprise him. I just like to do that thing where I pretend to be mad at people for things that are entirely out of their control. Is that a thing?)

I also celebrated my friend Kim’s 30th birthday (April was a busy month for birthing cool people back in 1982) and went to tea with my friend Laura and my mom at the gorgeous Driehaus Museum in River North.

The weird thing is that the only photos I took during the entire weekend were completely random and had almost nothing to do with these events. But I will show them to you anyway because otherwise this post would be completely lacking in visual stimulation. And if you’re like me, your favorite part of reading is the pictures.

Celebratory mojito!

Celebratory vodka and Limonata!

I made food! Edible food!

And this is the result! Just kidding. This is the Illinois Wesleyan alumni tea at the Driehaus Museum. Also, I’m done with the exclamation points.

Beautiful chandelier at the Driehaus.

I challenge anyone to top the randomness of this post. I’m pretty sure it can’t be done.

A peek at my weekend

A few snapshots from my weekend, during which Will and I had a date night at Sable (and he should love me even more now that I introduced him to the awesomeness that is cheese curds), I pretended to be a style blogger (which did not go well, as you can see, but that pleated skirt made me feel really twirly), red as an accent color was worn in abundance (thanks in part to my great find on Thursday), and we had friends over for the wine festival down the street (followed by our own little “wine festival” at our place afterwards). Also, I did some relaxing too.

Weekend, I miss you already.