I always feel like there should be some sort of transitionary week or few days in between December 31 of one year and January 1 of the next. In fact, for as long as I can remember, I’ve imagined some sort of space in between years (which can be dangerous). Maybe the lack of expected transitionary period makes January seem so busy, because I’m hustling to catch up.
Let’s jump into the recap.
We kicked off the new year at a dinner party at a friend’s house. There was delicious food, free-flowing wine, and dancing to Shakira. And we actually stayed out past midnight!
The Beer Runners also had their first Secret Santa party. I was worried that doing the gift exchange in January was going to feel weird, but it worked out perfectly.
Heading back to work on January 4th after an indulgently long time off was tough, but we got down to business in a serious way that embraced the essence of new beginnings that so many of us feel with a new year.
Three words: Monster Truck Jam
I spent a lot of this time with a horrible cold. I used to get sick the week of Christmas/New Year’s, but the last couple years it’s been pushed back to mid-January. I had to cancel some pretty exciting plans, but I did get to catch up on some movies!
On the night of the 21st, Richie surprised me with an early birthday present: a night at Arrowhead Inn, a B&B in Durham that I had been curious about. It was really beautiful, and we stayed in this little log cabin on the property. It was a wonderful, relaxing evening. Unfortunately, we had to wake up really early the next morning and hit the road with haste because we were in the midst of an ice storm and didn’t want to get stuck there! (Well, we kind of did, but you know.)
The weekend was spent snowed/iced in, which is lovely up to a point. Lucy and Percy definitely enjoy all of the attention.
Then, on the 25th, I was off to South Dakota for work! Because of being burned by bad weather and multiple delays in the past, I request a lot of buffer time to get to and from the training location in SD. This made for a long week, but it wasn’t at all hectic or stressful.
I spent my birthday–the 28th–working and traveling from Chamberlain to Sioux Falls. The colleagues I had with me surprised me with a card and some goodies, and then treated me to a beer at a bar in adorable downtown Sioux Falls.
I extended my layover in Chicago to last the whole weekend and spent time with a former classmate/friend, Alison, and Beer Runner/friend, Christa. It was my first time in Chicago (not counting ORD or airport hotels), and I LOVED IT. It certainly didn’t hurt that it was in the 40s, during Restaurant Week, and I had locals showing me around! Some bar/restaurant recommendations (Yelp reviews coming soon…maybe): BellyQ, Bar Takito, Antique Taco, Revolution Brewing, Maude’s Liquor Bar, Haymarket, and of course, the Signature Lounge on the 96th floor of the Hancock Building (view pictured below). I’ll also recommend Lottie’s for the music, considering I spent a good Idon’tknowhowmany hours on their dance floor.
Some choice photos from my weekend: