July 29, 2012

Rockford, Day 2

I slept like a rock last night. It was so nice! Normally, when I'm not at home, I have a really hard time sleeping, but I definitely didn't have that problem last night.

I didn't have a scheduled run OR a Wii Active workout today. I actually brought my Wii and the Wii Active stuff with me to Jeanie's, so that I can keep up with my 30-Day Challenge. Tomorrow I am supposed to do a run and a Wii workout. Since I'm going to Chicago in the morning, I'll probably do it in the evening when I get back.

My sister has the amazing White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter, so I made some cream of wheat for breakfast and topped it with the peanut butter. It was so good! I love that peanut butter, but it's hard to keep it in the house at home--I eat it all in one day. Jeanie also had the stuff to make mimosas for breakfast. How fun!

I spent some time chatting with Shawn, my brother-in-law, this morning; then I went with Jeanie to take her dog on a play date. Yes, a play date. For a dog. Her basset hound Remy has a "friend" from the dog park, a pit bull named Peanut.

My sister kept asking if there was something we'd like to do for entertainment (she's very active and is always planning all kinds of things), but I honestly just wanted to relax while we're here. I am perfectly content to sit outside and have a few drinks and chat.

We went to a late lunch/early dinner at Old Chicago. I ordered water to drink, but while we were waiting for our food, I saw a picture of a mojito on the table--and I really wanted one. I hadn't had one in a long time! So I decided to get it, and it was fantastic!
My sister said she thinks mojitos are gross, and taste like "lettuce in a glass", but the meddled mint is my favorite part!

I'm almost ashamed to post this, because I didn't eat very well yesterday... but Jeanie ordered everyone a cookie dessert after lunch. I know I didn't need any more calories, but it was too irresistible to pass up. And vacation calories don't count, right?! ;)
That's a perfectly-baked chocolate chip cookie topped with ice cream and whipped cream. I ordered one of these before at a different restaurant, but the cookie was terrible. The one I had today was AMAZING. I was very full after lunch, and none of us was hungry for dinner.

Tomorrow I'm going to be extra careful about my calories, however. I will eat a good breakfast, but then we are taking the train to Chicago, and having lunch in Chicago. I'm going to order what I want, but I'll just be careful not to stuff myself. Especially if I'm going to have to run when I get back to my sister's house!

In other news, my long-time best friend Sarah (who lives in Arizona) is having her baby tomorrow! Remember how I was the matron of honor in her wedding in October last year? She got pregnant just a couple of months later, and tomorrow she is having a c-section  (the baby is really big). I'm super excited for her! I wish I could go out there to meet her baby boy, but I will probably go sometime next year.


  1. AnonymousJuly 29, 2012

    I love mojitos! They are my favorite drink.

  2. If you have time stop by Garretts Popcorn! It's by the bean across the street from Pizanos. Enjoy!

  3. There's no shortage of unhealthy and delicious food to be had in Chicago!

  4. rest day, ice cream cookies, relaxing and mojitos. I loved everything about today's post! Have fun!

  5. Have fun today with Mary! Give her a hug for me!

  6. That mojito looks great! Have a fun time in Chicago :)

  7. hey...I grew up near Rockford (I now live in Indiana). Here are a few kid friendly places I know in the area in case you're looking for something to do while you're there.

    There is a ice arena there that also has a huge indoor playground. We take my daughter there when we visit and she loves it (and it's also super cheap). It's called the Carlson Ice Arena.

    If you want to spend some more money you could go to the water park, or if the boys would be happy with a wading pool, about a half hour away in Janesville, WI there is a really nice park and kid pool for free called Palmer Park. Also, there is a really nice, paved bike trail that goes through this park so you could maybe get a run in while someone watches them at the park/pool.

    In Rockford on State Street there is a Monkey Joe's. If you haven't taken the boys there, they would love it. It's a bunch of inflatable slides and climbing and bouncing. It's a great way for the kids to release all of that pent up energy!

    Have a great trip!

  8. You have EARNED your vacation - ENJOY every minute !!! : )

  9. AnonymousJuly 30, 2012

    Katie cant you run in Chicago? Nothing like the magnificent mile. Draftlover

  10. Too bad you're eating vegetarian now, because the italian beefs are my absolute most favorite Chicago thing to eat!!! Yummy, we don't have food like that in NC (my husband is from Chicago, so I always look forward to our visits). Have fun!

  11. I was so excited to see that you are in Rockford! My sister and I live in Rockford and we both love reading your blog.

  12. Wow, that chocolate chip cookie with the ice cream and whipped cream on it looks amazing! YUM!


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