Bold: Ruta 22 Malbec, Argentina; priced at $10 and less (Publix, Total Wine). This good-value, full-bodied, food-loving wine from the Patagonia region has a big bouquet of dark fruits, with blackberries and cassis linger on the long, hearty finish.
Well, it’s all over. I spent around 9 days in Chicago in the last two weeks and it was a trip to remember. It didn’t snow and stayed above 30 degrees! I decided to enjoy my break and I took limited pictures but here are a few highlights.
I arrived in Chicago a few days before Christmas. The first few days were filled with errand running (the orthodontist, because I’m secretly 13 years old), helping my Dad shop for my Mom (her big gift was a charitable donation but I helped with some smaller things and was happy to accompany him), and catching up with my friends.
My oldest friends and I had a “throwback” night: we went to one of our favorite restaurants from high school and then we bar hopped. The bar hopping wasn’t something we did in high school. I promise Mom.
You might remember Claire and Brenna from the marathon and Katherine came in town too. It was great to be back with my old crew. We had a lot to celebrate and, as usual, we had an awesome time.
Christmas Eve and Christmas were pretty typical of my family. What I Wore, Christmas Edition… for those of you who like to see my mother’s flawless decorations in the background (please ignore my disorganized clutter).
Black turtle neck from H&M, J Crew a-line red and white skirt with buttons, black patent leather heels and black gulp spanx. My mother let me borrow her spanx. I have been skeptical of spanx in the past. As a 24 year old size 4 I didn’t really see the need for it but I have to give it to these spanx. I was totally sucked in and it allowed me to button my skirt after my insanely indulgent meal.
Speaking of the meal, Christmas Eve consisted of an EPIC meal: prosciutto pizza, duck confeit with quince jam, filet minion with mushrooms and a twice baked potato and date cake. I actually had to unbutton my skirt in the car on the way to church #Don’tJudge. After dinner we went to church.