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. This past weekend was pretty laid back but I enjoyed myself nonetheless. I’ve been trying to be better about sticking to a budget and being more intentional about how I spend my money and as a result have been staying in more than I usually do. As I write this and reflect I remind myself that you can still have fun while not spending a lot of money especially in a city as big as Chicago and know that I need to be better about taking advantage of all the opportunities that are out there. Also, with this week being Thanksgiving and all, I want to challenge all of you to reach out to those people you are thankful for and let them know that you are thinking of them. It is something that I plan to do and I think we will all be surprised just how far such a small gesture goes. I’m still a little rusty but without further ado, let’s kick this thing off!

Friday

After work on Friday some of my teammates from last year and I decided to grab some dinner which was something we had been planning on doing for awhile since one of them is moving to China for the next year to teach English. I suggested Devil Dawgs, a hot dog joint in the South Loop, and that is exactly where we ended up. I had been there once before over the summer and it did not disappoint. This time around I decided to order the Bacon Cheddar Dawg and the Taco Dawg which much like my first experience were sinfully elevated. I won’t go too much into detail as I plan to write my first restaurant review about my experience later on this week. When it comes to Devil Dawgs, I give it a 3.75 out of 5 sporks. After we ate they all went out but I knew I had work in the morning so I decided to do the responsible thing and stay in.  On my way home I decided to listen to the Horrorfied Podcast episode on Scream and that sparked a desire to marathon the series which really doesn’t take much for me since they are my favorite movies. The Scream series for those of who are unfamiliar focuses on the sleepy little town of Woodsboro and a teenage girl who is terrorized by a killer dressed in a Ghostface costume who targets her and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game just one year after the murder of her mother. I somehow managed to get through the first two movies before passing out.

Saturday

It was early to rise on Saturday as I had signed up to do some filming for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club a couple of weeks before. I’ve come to love the sport as a result of working around it since my early college days but it was without a doubt the coldest I have ever been in my entire life so it was rather difficult to want to be out there. You can bet I will be asking for a winter coat from Santa this Christmas! Once the last game ended I did my best to try to warm up and headed to Lisle to hang out with some friends for the night. We had intentions of going out but those were quickly shut down when we all passed out around 7:00 PM and didn’t wake up until the bars were just about closed for the night. When we did finally wake up though we decided to watch two awesome documentaries. The first was Amanda Knox which documented an American exchange student named who was convicted and eventually acquitted for the 2007 death of another student in Italy. The second was The Witness which followed the brother of Kitty Genovese as he investigated the circumstances of her murder and the truth of the story that dozens of locals witnessed the crime and did nothing to intervene. You’re probably familiar with the second as the case has been documented many times and is the basis for countless research studies. The psychological phenomenon addressed in the documentary is more commonly known as the bystander effect.

Sunday

We all woke up on Sunday with a voracious appetite for some quality breakfast food. I wasn’t the local so I let them decide and based off their decision I would let them do it again. They suggested Egg’s, Inc. and it was exactly what I was craving. I decided to order the Butcher Shop Skillet which consisted of golden hash browns topped with sausage, bacon, ham, melted Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese topped with two fresh farms eggs and a side of pancakes. The food itself as well as the service was incredible but for the amount you got it was definitely more on the expensive end. When it comes to Eggs, Inc., I give it a 4 out of 5 sporks. The rest of the day was spent wrapping up the rest of the Scream series and dreaming about all of the delicious food I would be consuming at our Thanksgiving feast at work the next day.

Thank you so much for stopping by again this week! I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate it. Nothing is planned for this upcoming weekend but I definitely plan on getting something on the calendar in the next few days. In addition, I hope you all enjoyed the recipe I posted last week. I will continue to do that and will also make sure I get the restaurant review out this week as well so be on the lookout for that. If you haven’t already, please be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram.  As always if you have any recommendations for restaurants you think I should check out or know of any events in the city you think I would be interested in attending please do not hesitate to reach out. Peace!

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin

 

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