Thursday, February 18, 2016


I'm having an existential blog crisis.
As much as I enjoy writing about health, fitness, and life in Chicago, these days I'm more compelled to write about the Blackhawks than anything else. (This is why I've been quieter in the blogosphere during the past week or so.)

Over the years, I've been comfortable sprinkling occasional hockey content into my blog, with heavier coverage during playoff season. However, hockey talk targets a much different audience - and I have plenty more to say than what I've actually posted.

In summary, I am once again considering starting up another blog focused specifically on hockey.
I am really, really balking at the thought of maintaining two sites, though. So we'll see.

In the meantime, before I take any separatist action...

High-level Hawks action
Last Monday, one of Adam's business colleagues, Andrew, invited us to watch the Blackhawks-Leafs game from their suite. Oh my goodness! What a privilege to live the high life for one night.
Thank you to Andrew and Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP for the golden ticket!
The view during the national anthem with the six Stanley Cup Championship banners framing the rafters
From the dessert cart: Blackhawks logo cookies.
These are too precious to eat!
The company hosted a Blackhawks jersey giveaway in between periods. I should have played the Lotto that night because Adam's name was the first winner drawn. Wow! As a result, I got to add a black throwback Panarin jersey to my Blackhawks closet:
Dual Panarin jerseys!
(If you missed it, you can read some of my Artemi Panarin fangirling here.)

I've already told Adam we can dress as a Panarin couple at future Hawks games. (He wasn't as enamored with the idea as I was, LOL.) I don't think it's a coincidence that Artemi got his first career hat trick last night, either. =)

Not pictured: our friend Paul also got selected as a giveaway winner that night. He received a Crawford jersey - and he very generously gifted it to me. WOW. Thank you again so much, Paul!

Sometimes it is just your night!

Life is a Cabaret
I had mentioned that Adam and I went to see Cabaret last Sunday night. It was an amazing, stunning production.
The show had a wonderful blend of great music, humor, and symbolism. The storylines included extremely poignant messages that resonated with me for days afterwards. Even though I had read the synopsis in advance and knew the ending upfront, my jaw was still on the ground at the close. It's a rarity for me to want to see any musical more than once, but I would enjoy seeing Cabaret again in the future.

Shout out to Maggie - what a pleasant surprise to run into her and her family at the theater that night!
Left: Adam and me
Right: Maggie and me
NEXT UP: I've always wanted to see 42nd Street. I consider it to be a very iconic production with terrific music. What a thrill to find out it is coming to Chicago next month! Tickets will be on order veddy, veddy soon.

Second City
Last night, Lindsay was in town from Pittsburgh to attend the AC/DC concert. It was great to catch up with her over dinner. She has gotten to know Chicago so well that she has honorary Chicago residential status, in my book!
We are already scheming future get-together plans for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon, plus outings to PNC Park, the Bell Centre in Montreal, and a Steelers road game in Indianapolis. So many plans, so little time...

Run for the hills
We are supposed to have very unseasonably warm weather in Chicago this weekend. Temps are forecasted to be in the 50s! I fully expect to see folks running amuck in shorts and t-shirts because that's what I'll be doing. =)

After weeks of incline training on the treadmill, yours truly plans to do my first-ever outdoor hill-training-infused long run on Sunday. I am looking forward to finally getting some practice running downhill, too. The whole run will be quite a challenge.
I am planning to bring my Divvy bike-share key along for moral support. Just in case I need some help getting home afterwards...!!!

Linking up with Amanda's Thinking Out Loud Thursdays.


  1. You are one lucky lady! I want to hang out with you!!!

    Interesting choice of word--running amuck because there will be lots of muck with the snow melting! Just sayin'....

    1. I want to hang out with you, too, Wendy! Any further thoughts on running the Perfect 10, btw? Keep me posted!

      LOL - you totally get my sense of humor!!! LOVE it!!!

  2. Running hills in Chicago? LOL! Where?!

    1. LOL - I guess "hills" is a bit of a misnomer. I'm going to be running back and forth on a few overpasses and on a sled hill in one of the parks. =)

  3. I am so jealous of your Hawks experience! Definitely sounds like you had a great time! :) And I have no idea how bloggers maintain more than one blog, but you know I'd be happy to peak at a Hawks blog every so often :)

    1. Thanks Alexandra! Indeed, blogging on a single site is already so timeconsuming that it could be a full-time job - how the heck do people have the time to do anything more? Appreciate the support for a Hawks blog. =)

  4. Your husband appears to have an unnaturally long arm. Take a look at the picture with you, me, and Lindsay Leigh.

    1. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Looks like you've got a very nice manicure, too. ;)

  5. I agree, Cabaret was fantastic! And it was so nice to run into you!

    1. What a small world, yes? Did Robert enjoy the show, too? What did your parents think of it compared to Liza Minelli's interpretation?

  6. It is suppose to be quite warm here this weekend too!

    42nd street is one of my faves! I use to work for a professional theatre company and think I stayed to watch the show each night it ran. I then finally got to see it on Broadway!

    1. YAY for springlike temperatures!!! Runners all around the country will be prancing!!! =D

      OMG, that is awesome that you used to work for a professional theatre company! For a job like that, the opportunity to see the shows live every night is almost worth more than the wages, no? It must have been such a thrill to see 42nd Street on Broadway, too - at the REAL 42nd Street. =D SUPER cool!!!!

  7. How did the hill training go this weekend? There's a 2 mile trail by my house that is nothing but hills, if you ever want to come up and go hill-crazy :) I did it yesterday and man, I am feeling it today!

    I think your blog should be whatever you want it to be. If you want to write about hockey, do it!

    1. Thanks for asking, Anne! The hill training was very challenging, but I got it done. It's one of those things where I don't feel like it ever really gets much easier, you know? Thanks for the invite to the 2-mile trail by your house - I may have to take you up on that sometime! Would love to come up to visit your new digs!

      Much appreciate the support on blog intentions, too. You are the bestest!

    2. I think it takes a while for hills to feel easier, but it happens eventually! I'm not there with running either, but walking them quickly is a lot easier than it used to be.

      Definitely come on up one of these weekends! Maybe you can join me for Kim's boxing class too :)

    3. LOVE IT!!! I've been wanting to take one of Kim's classes for the longest time, so that would work out perfectly! Let's pick a weekend next month to make it happen. =) I'll get a FB chat going to discuss!

  8. You are so sweet, Karen! I like how much you love Nascar, too! I know nothing about it myself. Maybe we can do a share-and-share post where I write about Hockey 101 and you write about Nascar 101? That would be awesome and such a great way to learn!!!

  9. Hey, it's your blog! Why not make the Hawks talk a weekly series?