I'm usually fairly even-keel when it comes to the days of the week. I.e. I'm not usually one who spends the entire workweek counting down to Friday. But this week, I have to admit I have been looking forward to having the weekend to really relax.
Here are some things going on in my neck of the woods:
Save the earth - it's the only planet that has chocolate
I am going on a Chocolate Tour of Chicago this weekend! There is a great Groupon deal for it right now.
As luck and timing would have it, I've built great momentum over the past few weeks on a very healthy eating streak. I'm actually a bit reluctant to quell that momentum with an afternoon spent sampling chocolate (what the heck has happened to me?) Ah well.
The reviews for this tour have been mixed, so we will see how it goes. (But how bad could any tour be when chocolate is involved, right?)
I've been hearing a lot about kombucha and all of its health benefits. A quick google search yielded the following description:
"Kombucha is a lightly effervescent fermented drink of sweetened black tea that is used as a functional food. It is produced by fermenting the tea using a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, or "SCOBY."
Hmm. In all honesty, the word "fermented" is not one of my favorite words when it comes to food or drink. But then there are all the marketing signs touting kombucha, e.g.:
Interesting. I was at the Chicago French Market with a friend earlier this week, and one of the vendors was selling kombucha. I decided to try it.
The verdict? Not my favorite. It was sour and zingy and to me it tasted like something that was in the beginning stages of getting spoiled. Personally, I will not be going out of my way to drink more kombucha in the future. My apologies to those that love kombucha.
Many Sundays I pass by Soldier Field and smell the glorious aroma of food on the grill. Then I see the hordes of people dressed to the nines in NFL team attire, enjoying the great (parking lot) outdoors. Ahhh, tailgating. What better way to enjoy a beautiful autumn day?
I think I've only ever tailgated at a football game once in my life. This was when I was just out of college and attending an Illinois football game in Champaign-Urbana. It might have been Homecoming weekend? I can't remember.
|Tailgaters in front of Memorial Stadium at my beloved alma mater|
In any event, I have definitely never tailgated at an NFL game and have always wanted to do so. In addition to observing tailgating aficionados live and in person, I've watched a lot of Foot Network TV, have seen how some folks have tailgating down to a science, and have strategically plotted ways to acutely emulate their techniques!
I have also been bugging Adam about trying to tailgate when we go to Pittsburgh in October for the Steelers game. Unfortunately, it is apparently difficult/very expensive to get a spot in the "tailgate-able" parking lot.
However, my tailgating wish is about to be granted! One of Adam's friends invited us to a Bears tailgate party this Sunday. I am really excited (to the point of ridiculousness)!
Orange and Blue
Speaking of Da Bears, I just heard about the inaugural Ditka Dash 5K which is being held on November 30. So awesome! Here is a funny article about the race that mentions a $5 discount code (DITKA).
I would have so loved to participate in a race honoring DA COACH! Unfortunately I'm out of town that weekend. =(
But on another side note, and speaking of my alma mater, I am very proud of the origin of the Bears' team colors. DA BEARS and the University of Illinois both use orange and blue for their colors because Bears' founder George "Papa Bear" Halas was an Illinois alum! I-L-L...
Discount Double Check!
Lots of Bears talk today, I know. One last thing about Da Bears and Da Superfans. This is one of my new favorite commercials:
I just found out that the Rock N Roll racing series is offering a TourPass 3-Pack for $249. The 3-pack allows you to run three North American Rock N Roll races of your choice (plus a $7.99 initiation fee and $7.99 processing fee per race).
I've been wanting to do the Rock N Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon for quite some time, but it is expensive ($145 for early registration, and the price keeps going up from there). However, the TourPass 3-Pack apparently has no restrictions on usage for Las Vegas. Therefore, it would be a very good deal to get the 3-Pack if used for Las Vegas because you'd basically get to run two additional half marathons at about $50 (or less) per race (not including the $7.99 processing fee).
So if I were to get the 3-pack, Rock N Roll Las Vegas would be a gimmee, and I could definitely see running Rock N Roll Chicago again for the second race. But, I'd still need to pick one more race...
|You think we need one more? |
You think we need one more.
Allright, we'll get one more.