Hi! My name is Jamie, and welcome to my day-to-day journey in finding balance in life. Although there are many surprises and challenges in our every day, I believe life can be made easier by controlling what we can. By eating real, honest, wholesome food, living an active lifestyle, and looking at things optimistically, we can feel free to attempt the impossible: take chances, make mistakes, yet still find our way back to balanced.
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I have been a nomad for the last 36 hours. Haven’t really had a home base- just been wondering around the city on my day off. Here’s what I’ve been up to:
After our flippy cup tournament at Hi Tops in Lincoln Park to celebrate Jordyn’s birthday…
We went for a late night breakFEAST.
After saying “I’m not gonna get anything, I’m not even hungry!” I saw the menu and decided to get those pancakes, thinking I’ll just eat one or two and bring the rest home for breakfast tomorrow. Um, well that didn’t happen. I ate every single one of these, with butter and syrup. And every bite was delicious!
…I think I must have been hungry after all!
Especially because I woke up in the morning and was starving again!
Since my friends all had work/school, I walked to Einsteins and got a WW bagel with Veggie cream cheese…and a coffee with half and half.
^^Enjoyed outside on the LOUD streets of Chicago^^
After that I decided I’d go home. I had nothing to do so I took the scenic route down Lake Shore Drive. As I was driving and looking at the lake, taking note of the cloudless sky, and all the people running/walking/biking down the path, I realized I’d be nuts to go home!
I got off the road, parked my car for free (Lincoln Park), then put on my gym shoes and just started walking. I finally made it to North Avenue Beach after about 3 miles and worked up the courage to ask a group of 3 if they needed an extra player for volleyball. They said yes, and I ended up playing 2 v. 2 beach volleyball for over 2 hours! It was SO much fun…I’ve been wanting to do that for such a long time now and am so happy I finally did! Plus I went undefeated 😉 so that made it all the better 🙂
After walking back to my car, I met Danielle for a nice lunch in the shade.
^^A grilled veggie sandwich with side salad^^
And we sipped on beer:
Little did I know that’d be the first of my many beers for the day…
Danielle told me about a free beer tasting down the street later that afternoon.
But before that I needed some R&R…so we laid out a blanket in our new favorite park (right on Webster). It was funny because we played catch there the other night and a lot of people come there with their dogs. So we saw the same people and dogs again and said hi! I saw the prettiest boxer and saint bernard—oh my god they’re so big!!! We’re becoming regulars at that park for sure 🙂
I read my book Hunger Games and actually ended up falling asleep for a while looking up at the trees:
Then after a shower we went to the beer tasting.
The place had an option to make your own 6 pack of bottles, so Danielle and I did 3 each.
^^My favorite from the tasting^^
So then I took the El back to the city and went out again. I stopped at a grocery store to get some fruit and yogurt for dinner since I felt deprived of fruit!
^^Mango, nectarine, Fage yogurt (a special treat cause it’s $$!!)^^
When I woke up this morning I’d had enough. It was time to go home…
But one more thing…I know Lincoln Park has a Farmer’s Market so I just had to go since my
car home was parked there.
(Yes I seriously felt like I was living out of my car for a while)
This was the best farmer’s market I’ve been to in a while!!!
^^Weird! Gotta try these one day…^^
^^Beets of all colors^^
^^Blue potatoes—finally!! (more on this later!)^^
^^Yum I love fresh picked peaches^^
More on what I bought later…
When I FINALLY made it home, I made some oatmeal and topped with those fresh peaches along with bananas and blueberries. And a LARGE mug of coffee (still working on that…)
Conclusion: It’s fun being a nomad in the city—well in Lincoln Park. I LOVE Lincoln Park. I need to move there one day for sure…
Now on to a long sweaty bike ride 🙂
(haha did I really just post that?!)