Who watched the Olympic women's marathon this morning? I was completely floored to learn that Kenya has never won gold in this event. It was exciting to have three Americans finish in the top ten. Congratulations to Shalane Flanagan, Des Linden, and Amy Cragg for their strong performances!
Here are my workouts from the week:
MONDAY - Run 3 miles on the treadmill
TUESDAY - Yoga class
WEDNESDAY - Zumba class, Mobility class, Nike Training Club circuit-training class
THURSDAY - Strength Max class (deadlifts, bridges, shoulders, upper/lower back, triceps, abs, calves)
FRIDAY - Yoga class
SATURDAY - Rest
SUNDAY - 30 minutes on the recumbent bike
Let's shift into photo recap mode to recap the week's highlights.
On Monday, I attended a Windy City Bloggers event on pairing wine and cheese, hosted by Cheeses of Europe. This event was right up my alley. I've long said that I think I was born on the wrong side of the Illinois-Wisconsin border since I love cheese so much!
Maggie wrote a terrific event recap, go check it out here for more details.
On Tuesday, my friend Jenny and I packed some picnic food and went to watch an outdoor showing of Grease at Millennium Park. What a classic! I'd forgotten how catchy the soundtrack is, not to mention how young John Travolta was at the time. The movie was by far the most crowded I'd ever seen the pavilion, as well as the biggest sing-a-long/dance-a-long party known to humankind.
|"Well, this car is automatic. It's systematic. It's hyyyyyyyydromatic. Why, it's greased lightning!"|
|I am in the second row, a little right of center, wearing the light blue shirt.|
I hadn't been to the Field in several years, so it was a wonderful treat to visit. Here are some scenes from a few of the exhibits. The "Traveling the Pacific" exhibit is my favorite for its great showcases on the magical South Pacific.
|Top L: Chicago/Beijing Panoramic Cutouts by Professor Qiao Xiaoguang|
Middle L: Traveling the Pacific
Bottom L: Pacific Spirits
Top R: The Tsavo Lions
Middle R: Dinosaur Hall
Bottom R: Marae Gallery
Yesterday, the Windy City Bloggers hosted an outdoor picnic at Oz Park on Saturday. Check out the beautiful West Elm tablescapes and the yummy eats provided by Snap Kitchen:
I'd never heard of Oz Park before this day, and it was a fabulous discovery. The park is beautiful, large, and peaceful; has Emerald City references; and features statues of the various Wizard of Oz characters!
|L: Lauren and me with Dorothy and Toto|
C: The Scarecrow
R: The Tin Man
I didn't have time to find the Lion so I'll have to look for him next time!
On Saturday night, Adam and I went to dinner at Piccolo Sogno. I'd heard so much about their festive outdoor patio space, so I was excited to finally experience it in person.
|Upper L: The enormous outdoor patio|
Upper R: Adam getting ready to dig into his prosciutto pizza
Bottom L: Spaghetti Neri appetizer
Bottom R: Halibut al Forno
Meghan's husband, Mike, is a photographer and hosted an open studio party just a few blocks from my home. I hadn't seen Meghan in quite some time, so Adam and I stopped by after dinner yesterday. We marveled at Mike's spectacular work. Here is a sample:
|Photo by Michael Schacht|
This afternoon, Adam and I will be embarking on a Chicago Mash event, hosted by Brooklyn Brewery. We'll be doing the Pilsen Neighborhood Immersion, which is a nomadic party exploring Pilsen's local restaurants, bars, and shops. Pilsen is one of my favorite neighborhoods so this should be a blast! I will share more details afterwards.
How has your week/weekend been? What plans do you have to take advantage of the last few weeks of summer?
Linking up with HoHo and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap, and with Angela and Ilka for the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup.