Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Day in the Life of a Working Mom of a Toddler

I thought this might be a fun one to post. This is a list of things that have actually 100% happened to me this week. I've blended a few of the days together but this is a pretty typical day for me. It is chaotic. It is crazy. But that little smiling face is totally worth all of it and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world!! Being a mom is something that I always imagined being my entire life. I really love that I have been blessed with a wonderful child who is so smart and independent in so many ways. I try not to think about how hard or challenging it is because this is just my life. The good definitely outweighs the bad in every way possible!

3:00am: Patsy wakes up in her crib. Debate for 2 second whether to lay with her in her bed to get her to go back to sleep, or to grab her and bring her in our bed. While thinking about this, get up, get her and bring her in our bed.

5:30am: Alarm goes off, try to get up and out of bed without waking Patsy or husband to sneak in a shower

5:35am: Hear Patsy crying but pretend I don't and continue showering

5:37am: Bathroom door slams open, hear a muffled "Mommy" in between some fake crying before the shower curtain is opened up with a smile and someone saying "HI!"

5:40am: Finish showering, get dressed, sit down to get ready

6:00am: Finish blowdrying hair with daughter in your lap. Wonder what warmth is all over your work pants? Oh, that is urine as she just peed through her diaper. Change my outfit, get Patsy dressed, clean up pee, get breakfast, feed Pepper

6:30am: Look at the clock, realize there is no way we will be ready in time. Make some toast with peanut butter and bananas, give Patsy part of the banana and some raspberries too. Walk back to the bathroom to finish getting ready. Realize once we are back in the bathroom, Patsy dropped raspberries on the floor, stepped in them and has walked through the house with raspberry juice footprints. Clean up raspberry footprints.

6:45am: Look in the mirror one more time before leaving for work, hate my outfit and spend 5-10 minutes trying on 5 different shirts, none of which fit the way I want them to (because they are from 2 years ago, before I was ever pregnant)

6:55am: Rush out the door, barely remembering to let the dog in, load up the car only to realize that Patsy now has a poopy diaper. Make executive decision not to change her and just drive to Grandma's house and let her know upon arrival (mom of the year folks).

7:12am: Drop Patsy off at Grandma's with a wave good bye and blowing kisses like a pro. Run to make the train, study on the train ride in.

8:20am: Pay mortgage and deposit husband's paycheck on the way to work

8:40am: Arrive at work a little late but that's okay. I've got until 5pm to get everything done.

5:05pm: Rushing to leave the office, running to make the train. Study on the train ride home

6:30pm: Pick up Patsy from Grandma's house. She falls asleep on the car ride home, when she wakes up she only wants to talk to or be held by Mommy. I try to cook something semi-healthy for dinner with a toddler clinging to my side.

6:45pm: Eat dinner as a family in front of the TV while watching The Simpsons. I haven't finished my meal yet but Patsy is crying, is done, and wants to get down. Dad helps take her down so I can finish eating. We play games in the living room until it is time for bed.

7:30pm: Bed time for Patsy. Time to brush her teeth and change into pajamas. She "shows daddy her PJs" while I tidy up her room from the morning's chaos and get ready for bed. Patsy helps pick out bedtime stories, turns on the sleep sheep and nightlight turtle. I put Patsy in the crib, climb in there myself and we lay and read bedtime stories together. We try to watch an episode of Friends on Netflix on my phone and she falls asleep. I then try to gingerly get out bed without waking her up

8:45pm: Tidy up the house from the chaos of the day's activities. Look at dishes in the sink but don't do them. Look at folded laundry in a basket but don't put it away.

9:00pm: Attempt to study for an hour before letting out Pepper and going to bed.

10:30pm: Bed time. Until everything starts all over again the next day!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

More Chicago Food Truck Love

I did a post a few years ago about some of my favorite food trucks in Chicago (Cupcakes for Courage, Beavers Donuts, Cheesie's Pub Truck, Southern Mac & Cheese). As the food truck scene changes on a regular basis, I thought I would list some of my most recent favorites!

The Fat Shallot
Maggie and I have been here more often than I would like to admit (yet maybe not often enough). They make lots of different types of sandwiches on various types of bread. My favorite is the Truffle BLT, and it will literally change your life in the best way possible. It is served on Texas Toast with crispy bacon, peppery arugula, ripe red tomatoes with amazing truffle aioli. I'm so in love with this sandwich, it is hard to venture away from it. Although the buffalo chicken sandwich does look pretty amazing too. Oh, and don't forget to snag a side of fries with some more of the truffle aioli on top. Your lunch will be truffle-tastic. Washing it down with a cold cup of homemade lemonade will solidify the post-lunch food coma, if the fries and sandwich didn't do the trick. Are you hungry yet?

Flirty Cupcakes
I've been a big fan of the Cupcakes for Courage truck as my main source of red velvet cupcakes in the city. However, outside of red velvet, Flirty Cupcakes has the rest of the cupcake spectrum on lockdown. The strawberry shortcake is my new personal favorite but you pretty much can't go wrong with anything they have. For those of you in the suburbs, this truck occasionally makes its way down to Orland Park and it is definitely worth the traffic headache to give them a try! If you happen to miss the truck, they also have a store front in Little Italy. I only wish it had been open when I lived in the neighborhood! Oh yeah, and these cupcakes are Patsy approved and have been proven to hold off toddler tantrums for at least 20 minutes!

Doughnut Vault
Its no secret that when I was pregnant, I became mildly obsessed with old fashioned doughnuts. I would go out of my way on the walk to work to stop and indulge. Doughnut Vault was one of my favorite stops. Thankfully, they now have a cool old fasioned van to make their old fashioned doughnuts much more accessible. The lemon poppyseed and buttermilk old fashioned are some of my favorites, but I don't think you can really go wrong with anything on their menu. Their weekly flavors and van schedule are updated regularly on their website. This delicacy is perfect for breakfast, elevensies, lunch dessert or any other time of day!

What are your favorite Chicago food trucks? Are there any great ones that I haven't mentioned?

Friday, April 10, 2015

My Life - An Update

It isn't really a secret that I've been a terrible blogger. My last post was about Thanksgiving... In December... I never even talked about Christmas or anything in my life since. Turns out that trying to chase around a toddler, while working full time, trying to be a good wife and studying for level 2 of the CFA exam doesn't leave much time for blogging.

Well, Christmas was pretty amazing. Our little girl had an amazing time opening up presents, and throwing away the tiniest little bit of wrapping paper, before ripping off the next shred.

We also went back to the Abbey in Lake Geneva, WI for our annual visit with the husband's family. Also, I totaled my car and it had to be replaced. We are now proud owners of a minivan. Yes, that is us now.

The temperatures were so cold we spent most of the month indoors. We had lots of fun breakfasts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Don't worry. Pepper is here too, not missing a single crumb!

I ran my 9th (holy crap) Shamrock Shuffle. I ran the race with my good old friend and BRF, Maggie @ Mag Mile Runner, but for some reason there wasn't a single professional photo of us. Thankfully we ran into Amanda @ Too Tall Fritz and Judy in the corrals before the race. I still need to work on that race report. That's a post for another day.

We went for a trip with our friends to Door County in Wisconsin. Note: I don't suggest going there for vacation before May 1st. We came home and had a fun Easter egg hunt with Patsy.

Oh and over this time, I've actually kept up with my running! I've tried to run 2-3 days a week and with everything else going on, I consider that an accomplishment. I've been trying to work on my photography skills to get some better photos of me running. Or maybe I just need to learn how to use my timer better. Lol

Those are pretty much the highlights of what I've been up. Reflecting on some old posts, I really like going back and reading what I was doing at that time and what was going on in my life. Let's hope this is the start of more things to come! Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Thanksgiving in Ireland

As Christmas is over and it is almost 2015 already, I thought it was time to talk about my Thanksgiving! If you follow me on IG, you probably saw that we spent out Thanksgiving in Ireland. We visited Dublin, Lifford, Galway, Dingle, Killarney, and Middleton. It was a whirlwind trip where we squeezed a ton into a short amount of time, but we had an absolutely amazing trip.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Things I'm Loving Lately

So I've kind of been a terrible blogger. I'm not really typing much these days and I'm not really reading many blogs these days either. Work got extremely busy, chasing a toddler around is increasingly difficult, and there are plenty of other excuses. In light of a deep and thoughtful post, I'll just write about a few of my favorite things these days.

Oiselle Lux Layer Side Zip Top
It is no secret that I run for Oiselle. One of my favorite items from last winter, that they also have available for this winter is the Lux Layer Side Zip Top. It is thinner for days when it isn't so cold and perfect for layering on days when it is cold. It isn't a super tight fit so it is flatter to the figure. It doesn't ride up while you're running either. The wider neck and zipper option allow for my neck to breathe (not cutting off circulation which is a plus). I have it in 2 colors and might get even more. If  you don't already own this top, I highly recommend you put it on your Xmas list or Treat Yo Self to it. I just bought one for my cousin for Xmas and I convinced my friend Amanda to buy one too. It will be worth it, I promise!

Serial Podcast
Today is the last episode of this Podcast. I became addicted to it late in the game. I'm sad that the podcast is over, as I still have so many questions. I've never been one to use Reddit, but I find myself headed down that rabbit hole to find more information about the case and potential theories. I don't want to release any spoilers so I'm not going to say anything else about it. There will be a season 2 that won't be anything like season 1. Don't worry Sarah Koenig, I'll be listening in.

Gilmore Girls
Yeah, I know I'm SUPER late to this train, but I never watched this show when it was on. Why? Because I'm insane, apparently. I'm having so much fun binge watching this show! Who will Rory end up with? Who will Lorlei end up with? I've made it this long without reading any spoilers so I'm excited to see where the story takes me. I'm already to Season 3 and have loved every minute. I think this is one I'll be watching with Patsy in the future.

The Pioneer Woman
She has a show on Food Network that I'm completely obsessed with. I've convinced my mother in law and my husband's aunt to start watching her show and they are hooked as well. Simple, delicious recipes that aren't tricking us into eating healthy. Real butter, homemade ranch dressing, and lots of skillets. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!

Dunkin Donuts Egg and Cheese Wake-up Wrap
On the weekends I'm usually pretty busy running errands, grocery shopping, Christmas shopping, going to the bank, etc. I'm usually gone for most of the day on Saturday and/or Sunday. To go with my coffee, I'm usually looking for something quick and simple that won't be 500 calories and sit like a rock in my stomach. I know this is super lame, but I heard Angi Taylor on 103.5 in the morning talking about how she has one of these for breakfast and I figured I'd give it a try. For only 150 calories, this is actually pretty filling and will hold me off for a little while. I mean, I know this is definitely not "clean eating." The American cheese is a little gross (yet also melty and delightful) and it is the full egg (yolk and all), but if you're looking for a clean eating blog or healthy living blog, you've come to the wrong place. This weekend if you're out running errands and you need something on the go, I recommend this wrap. Oh, and the $0.99 price tag doesn't hurt either. This is not an ad for DD. I have not be compensated in any way for this text. All views and opinions are my own.

What are some of your favorites? Any shows on Netflix I should add to my list?