Welcome back to another edition of the Weekend Chronicles, a weekly series that details all the crazy and exciting things that happened over the weekend. Before we get started I just want to challenge each and every one of you to remember where you came from. With each passing day we are approached with new and electrifying opportunities so for that reason among many others it is important to never lose sight of the people and experiences that helped shape and build the foundation of the person that you are today. Now let’s begin!
Friday began with a Team Day at work due to a multitude of issues going on within the Chicago Public School system that I, to be frank, do not know far as much as I should about. Team Days, if you were wondering, are an opportunity for City Year teams to continue to build team dynamics and community as well as get to know each other on a more personal level. We began our day by heading to Township which is a restaurant, bar, coffee shop and music venue that caters to the entertainment and dining needs of the Logan Square neighborhood. I’ll admit I initially was not impressed by their menu nor by the reviews I read online but once the food came out I was able to forget all about that. I ordered the Chilaquiles, a traditional Mexican fare, and was blown away by just how good this particular dish was. I wish I could remember exactly what it consisted of so you could better understand just how much I enjoyed it was but I can’t seem to find it on anywhere on their menu. With that being said, when it comes to Township, I give it a 3.5 out of 5 sporks. After breakfast we headed to Diversey River Bowl to hit the lanes and knock down some pins which much to the surprise of both myself and my teammates I was quite good at. A couple of games later we decided to throw in the towel which worked out nicely for me because I had a phone interview that I would like to think went well but who am I to tell. Next we decided on an impromptu adventure to a local tattoo parlor called Animal Farm Tattoo which had I had something in mind before we went I probably would have gotten something but for now I’m thankful I didn’t.
The evening began with a long and peaceful drive out to DeKalb to celebrate a friends 21st birthday party. Upon arriving some old college friends and I met up at Chipotle Mexican Grill for some dinner before heading to the liquor store and eventually to one of my old roommates from college new place as he still goes there. It was so nice to just hangout like old times and I would be lying if I said that part of me didn’t miss college. The rest of the night was filled with good drinks, great music and even better people. You simply can’t put a price on nights like these! I don’t know when I will be back but I do want to take a second to thank everyone who welcomed me back with open arms this weekend.
I had been looking forward to Saturday all week long primarily because I had plans to grab lunch with one of my bosses from college who is truly one of a kind. As 11:30 rolled around we both headed over to Yen Ching, a local Chinese restaurant that I’ve mentioned on here before, that as you can guess was amazing. What was even better though was getting the opportunity to catch up and hear all about how she had been doing since the last time we had seen each other which was around October. After a couple of hours of fruitful conversation, we parted ways and I made my way back home to take a much needed nap. I was awoken shortly after falling asleep by my mother who was checking to see if I wanted to go to my aunt’s house for dinner which if you know me you know I can never pass up a meal especially one as good as the one I was about to eat. For this particular meal we had crown roast of pork, pork chops, asparagus and baked potatoes. Each item being even better than the one listed before it. To me nothing compares to home cooked meal! The night ended with my niece opening her Pie Face Game which called for many laughs and quite the mess. If you haven’t gotten your hands on this game yet I suggest doing so immediately.
Easter started how every holiday starts in our household, with a traditional egg casserole. This is something that I always have and always will associate with my family, and it’s nice to know that we have a tradition that coincides with something I love just as much them, food. Around 1:00 we headed over to my aunt’s house to celebrate the holiday and it was absolutely amazing having so many people together under one roof. Something that I’ve always appreciated is how open and inviting my family is especially around the holidays. The whole day was just a compilation of amazing food and extraordinary people of which I couldn’t be more thankful for. I’m already looking for to the next time that we all get to get together.
As always thank you so much for stopping by and continuing to follow my journey. I have big plans in the works so be sure to stay tuned for what is instore. Next weekend is still a work in progress but I can promise you it will be a good time and that I will share it with you. If you haven’t already be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Toodaloo!
“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different.” – C.S. Lewis