And we’re back! Welcome to another edition of The Weekend Chronicles, a weekly series that details all the crazy and exciting things that happened over the weekend. This weekend was just the beginning of a string of great weekends to come. Did anything productive or invigorating come out the challenge from last week? I know I took advantage of the opportunity to reflect upon the things that I am passionate about and thought about ways to integrate them into my life more than I already do. For example, I realized just how much I enjoy listening to music so I went out and bought myself a $5 pair of earbuds. It was a cheap and simple fix that will add a little more joy to my life each day. My challenge to you this week is to ask yourself the question, would I rather be extremely passionate or skilled at doing something? There is a post that I wrote months ago that addresses this question that I plan to post later on in the week that might help you answer. Now let’s weekend!

This weekend much like last began with a trip to Chiptole which was as good as it ever was. I’m not going to lie though I’ve noticed a dramatic decrease in the amount of customers I see whenever I enter one of their restaurants but they’ll be back. With that being said, I’ve promised myself that I will try new things so I will be straying away from Chipotle for the time being. After work I headed to my coworker and friend Jesse’s house to hangout before we went to dinner and eventually a comedy show. For dinner, since both her and her girlfriend are vegan, we headed to a restaurant called Dimo’s in Wrigleyville for their Vegan Dimo Florentine Pizza which consisted of sliced Roma tomatoes, sautéed spinach and artichokes on a marinara base topped with mozzarella “teese”. Much to my surprise it didn’t taste any different than any other pizza I had before and I now see why they are always raving about it. They also had a Mac and Cheese Pizza as well as a BBQ Chicken, Bacon, Cheddar and Ranch Pizza that I will definitely be heading back to try. When it comes to Dimo’s Pizza, I give it a 3.5 out of 5 sporks. Once we finished devouring the pizza we headed to the CIC Theater right down the road for Friday Night Fudge, a weekly performance that combines comedy and live music all for $5. If you are looking for some inexpensive and quality entertainment this is the place to go.

I had been planning to go to a concert on Saturday but I didn’t get to bed until 5 A.M. so I realized that probably wasn’t going to happen. When I finally managed to roll out of bed it was nearly time for dinner and when my mom said we would be going out for Chinese I jumped on the opportunity. Now for my family the only place we go to is a local restaurant called Dragon Palace and it almost never disappoints. The food is always tasty and very reasonably priced especially for the large portions you get. When it comes to Dragon Palace, I give it a 4 out of 5 sporks. After dinner I headed home for a concert of my own. I figured even if I didn’t go to the concert I had been planning to it didn’t mean I couldn’t recreate the experience at home. I decided to go with some J. Cole who is quickly becoming one of my favorite artists and Walk The Moon who I didn’t realize had so many good songs. I ended the night by watching the second installment in the Maze runner series, Scorch trials, which picks up right where the first one left off. After escaping the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.

This Sunday began how most Sundays begin, a family breakfast consisting of ham and cheese omelets. Once we were done with breakfast I headed down to my room for a little Netflix and chill with myself before heading out for a haircut. The phrase “so fresh and so clean” is how I would describe myself after receiving a fresh fade from the finest Hair Cuttery had to offer. For dinner we headed to my aunts to indulge on whatever it is my cousin, who is quite the cook, had managed to throw together. On this particular night it happened to be some smoked pork shoulder smothered in BBQ sauce with all the fixings followed by some apple turnovers and vanilla ice cream which as you can imagine was out of this world. The night ended with a trip to Redbox where I got Self/less, a movie about a dying real estate mogul who transfers his consciousness into a healthy young body but soon finds that neither the procedure nor the company that performed it are quite what they seem, before passing out.

As always thank you so much for stopping by and continuing to follow my journey. Next week I am off to DeKalb for a weekend full of adventures. If you haven’t already be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram. See you later!

“Looking good and feeling good go hand in hand.” – Jason Statham

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