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Chicago 4th of July Weekend : All the Trimmings of Americana

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Welcome back! I hope that everyone had a safe and happy weekend, whether you celebrated the Fourth of July, a birthday, or just the fact that it was the freakin weekend! I think that it is safe to say that this weekend we went for it, Americana-wise (or at least as close as we could get in the middle of the city). We didn’t hit a country fair or amusement park, but we did it up true Chicago-style (and yes, that does include the hot dogs!). I was okay about taking pictures, but not the best, so I’m going to give you all a taste of the weekend but also rely on some older pictures. But with a weekend filled with beer, bbq, bourbon, brunch, brats, beach, and baseball, we’ve at least got the b’s covered if not the patriotism!

Thanks, Katie!

Thanks, Katie!

First off, I think it is safe to say that this year I spent the Fourth in quite a different state than last year: pretty much the only similarities were the fact that I was supposed to do a long run the next day and that I spent time in the sun! Last year, if you remember, I spent the day largely alone and then fighting off a fever that came out of nowhere. But at least I got some tanning in and wore a giant hat. 

Rose DeWitt Bucater taught me that big hats are always a good idea.

Rose DeWitt Bucater taught me that big hats are always a good idea.

This year, I spent America’s birthday surrounded by people and barely at my apartment building. Here’s what we ended up getting in to!

Friday: 

Alex finished his last night shift of this week of night float, came home, and went to bed to try to rest as much as possible before our friends started to arrive. Meanwhile, I headed over to my office gym for a turn on the spin bike and leg machines. I knew that I wouldn’t be running until Sunday, so I decided to blitz them, lol. 

I got a text from my boss (on vacation) the night before asking if I could take a client to see a few units which a) happened to be in my neighborhood and b) would happen before anyone arrived, so I agreed and headed off to those appointments.

North Water Apartments View

500 Lake Shore Drive View

The apartments that we were looking at really sucked. 

Then I met up with the first round of arrivals (and Alex) at Howells and Hood, which used to be one of our favorite bars and restaurants, but has, to our chagrin, not been as good the past few times we’ve been there. This time, however, the food was great, but service took forever on the bright side, it did give us time to catch up and soak up the awesome weather. Then it was back to the apartment to wait for the last of the crew to arrive (necessitating many hands of a$$hole) before heading off to Chicago q for dinner!

Being a bad girl, I didn’t take pics at dinner, but Alex and I went with our usuals and also as per usual ate our bodyweight in the chips and pickles. To say that we overate would be to say that I am a natural blond. There is just no other way around it! But it was so delicious….

Hopsmith Tavern Gold Coast Chicago Bar Upstairs

Then we headed over to a newer bar in Gold Coast called Hopsmith Tavern that I’ve been hearing really good things about, and it did not disappoint! The interior is awesome, there are multiple levels, a fantastic draft and bottle craft beer selection, and even this cool little extra area that nobody seemed to realize was even there that we of course commandeered.

Suz and Friends at Hopsmith Tavern Chicago 4th of July Weekend

And it even had a twister spinner built into the wall + a tv playing the music videos to the hilarious DJ’s playlist (a magical mix of throwbacks). We will definitely be back!

Hopsmith Tavern Ladies Room Wallpaper

Also, check out the wall paper in the bathroom–HILARIOUS.

After Hopsmith, we went to meet one of our visiting friend’s brothers who happened to be in from out of town as well (for the Grateful Dead concert–omg Deadheads were EVERYWHERE) in Old Town, and I called it a night around midnight and walked home. Apparently the rest did not too long after, but some when to a barcade that sounds like also needs to be a destination for us the next time (who the hell knows when that might be) we make it out with friends).

Saturday

I woke up early, and unfortunately, so did one of our friends who had arrived with a raging sinus infection that he had been (unsuccessfully) fighting. He made the executive decision to go back home early to try to recover, and I don’t blame him. Poor guy, he looked a wreck, but hopefully getting home will help. I did some weights and yoga (what else was I going to do with everyone else asleep?) and waited….. Finally, I roused the remaining 2 (one of them being Alex), and we head to brunch at a local favorite, West Egg, around noon. 

west egg carls egg white scramble

I got my Carl’s, which always hits the spot. Alex got the corned beef hash skillet, which I of course helped him out with. 

Gang at Oak Street Beach Chicago 4th of July 2015

Our next move was to meet the two friends (actually, the couple that got married right outside Charleston last year) at Oak Street Beach, which was in its glory on the Fourth: Good (live and recorded) music, beer choices, and even Don Julio Margaritas on tap, plus people watching galore and the amazing weather. But the outfits that some people were wearing…. hahahhahahahaa and oooohhhhhhh…..

Wrigley Field Group Shot 4th of July

The next big ticket item was the Cubs game at Wrigley Field. I went last year when my little/MOH visited, but Alex still had never gone (none of the others had, either), so we thought, what better way to spend the Fourth of July than watching America’s sport at one of the most famous and oldest ballparks in the country while drinking overpriced Bud Light and eating Chicago style-dogs and nachos?

Alex and Chicago Style Dog at Wrigley Field

Answer: not much better, so we went with that option! I obviously didn’t have a hot dog, and I also didn’t get my Cracker Jack like I did last time, but I still filled up on all sorts of things that I rued the next morning on my run, lol.

The weather was spot on perfect, the Cubs played a great game and won handily, and we didn’t even have to go anywhere for the zenith of all July 4th celebration traditions: fireworks. As we were sitting in the bleachers (in the outfield), we had a great view of the field fireworks, but we had to look straight up for the big ones overhead (I told Alex multiple times that the cool ones were straight up but a) having been drinking all day b) not being able to hear me that well over the fireworks and c) wearing a hat, he didn’t realize that they were even there until just before the finale). I could seriously watch fireworks all day. 

Wrigley Field Day and Fireworks Panorama 4th of July 2015

Wrigley Field 4th of July 2015 Fireworks

Because of the construction that they are doing at Wrigley, getting out of there was a bit of a nightmare, but we made it (finally) and headed over to the Clark/Roscoe section of bars where there is a place called Beer on Clark that Alex had been many times and really wanted to take the others to. Essentially it is a dive bar, but they have decently priced beer and you can play beer pong, so Alex loves it, haha. I personally really dug the guy playing the live music–>he used a keyboard to jazz up what would essentially be karaoke tracks, and then he sang, but it was great frat party-esque tunes that you know all the words too and can sing along as well. I ended up returning way earlier than I thought I would, but my body and brain had just cashed in its chips, I needed a snack if I was going to power through and there were no options really (especially as the body as cashed in its chips yuk yuk yuk), so I headed home early again. Glad I did, though, seeing as the next things I knew, it was about 3 in the morning and the boys were yelling in the other room doing God knows what. Alex got in bed around 4, and I got up around 5, seeing as I was expecting to coach (they moved the run to Sunday for the holiday) and everything!

Sunday

I ended up not coaching, as it was an all-group run (all of the locations running together out of the Old Town locations, rather than at their stores), and I wasn’t needed, so I took the liberty of doing my run on my own. And it was quite good, except for some gastro issues that kept cropping up. I was back at a pace much closer to my usual 8:30s for long runs, and other than the 1 stop and a few pauses, I felt pretty damn good!

I came back and showered and started the laundry (knowing there would be more) and then started my next project: making a protein shake smoothie. You all know I don’t really do smoothies, or protein shakes, that often. So why, you may ask, was I starting one now? Was it because I was hot and bothered after my run? Or that I was concerned for my hydration and ability to consume food? (HAH)

No. It is because after 9 am Sunday, I am now on a liquid(ish)/ low residue diet until Wednesday around noon.  No, I’m not doing a cleanse (well, not by choice, or of the typical nature of a cleanse). Rather, this is very much NOT by choice, though you can definitely say I will be rather cleansed after 3 days: I’m getting a (routine) colonoscopy. 

Yaaaaaaaaaay. NOT.

And, to add to the fun, the prep hasn’t worked on me the past 2 times I’ve had the procedure done, so we are trying to clean me out a bit more thoroughly. I’ve actually been supposed to be on a low fiber, low veggie diet for the past week but THAT hasn’t happened. Though I will say, they could have done the procedure after my run on Sunday. I was clean as a whistle, then. Deal with the TMI. I have Crohn’s, I run, and you know better. To add insult to injury, I have anxiety from the past 2 failed preps and actually get panic attacks when I have to drink the solution. This will be super fun.

Laundry, groceries, and soaking up the last of the friend time rounded out our weekend, as did catching up on sleep and then watching the Women’s World Cup Final!

Wrigley Field 4th of July 2015 Flag

All in all, it was an All-American weekend where I was surrounded by many of my favorite people. If that isn’t living the American dream, I don’t know what is!

All the #America! How @Suzlyfe spent #4thofJuly in Chicago #mimm #fitfluential Click To Tweet

We certainly had a busy few days, did you do all the things, too, or were you more low key?

What do you like to eat at baseball games? Wrigley has pretty decent options in the main seats, but in the bleachers (which is separate, you are a bit more limited. Still, if you are worried you can bring your own food in).

When was your last colonoscopy? Everyone should get them done every few years!

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93 Comments

  • Reply Carla

    I’ll see you there next year!!
    My sister and sister-in-law are in Chicago – – and 2016 is my July 4th year to visit. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
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    July 6, 2015 at 5:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YAS

      July 9, 2015 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    You know, as many times as I’ve been to Chicago, I still haven’t made it to a Cubs game! Though I did run right by Wrigley the last time I was there. Looks like you had a fun weekend! πŸ™‚
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    July 6, 2015 at 5:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We need to make it happen some time! Wrigley is the bomb.

      July 9, 2015 at 11:44 am
  • Reply Tina Muir

    Well, you were one person I knew would have a great weekend for 4th July, I was sure chicago would put on a great party, and they did, and of course you were there. Its crazy thinking I am gonna be there so sooooooonnnn! I might have to drag my sis to come meet you πŸ˜‰
    Tina Muir recently posted…Meatless Monday- Feta and Grape Green SaladMy Profile

    July 6, 2015 at 5:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YAY!!! Please please please please bring the sissy!

      July 9, 2015 at 11:44 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    Sounds like a busy but really fun weekend! We also went to a baseball game…definitely a great way to celebrate the 4th!
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    July 6, 2015 at 6:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Great minds!

      July 9, 2015 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    It sounds like you had a great weekend full of delicious food Suz!

    I have only been in the states twice for 4th July. The first time was 20 years ago in Lake Tahoe and the second was about 7 years ago in Chicago. It was SO much fun and I would love to be there again for it.
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    July 6, 2015 at 6:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Next year? Chicago round 2?

      July 9, 2015 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Jamie

    I felt like the weekend was super busy and it wasn’t. I think traveling a longish way (5+ hours door to door) made the weekend feel busy, but once we were there, all we did was sleep, eat, and drink. Haha. Sounds like you had an absolute blast this weekend!! Hope you’re having a fabulous Monday!
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    July 6, 2015 at 6:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know what you mean–sometimes you find a way to fill up your time with nothing, sometimes you actually do fill it up!

      July 9, 2015 at 11:41 am
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    You straight up made America proud this weekend! Nothing says America like a good baseball game after all : )
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    July 6, 2015 at 6:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I do what I can!

      July 9, 2015 at 11:40 am
  • Reply Michele

    Good luck with your colonoscopy, I can imagine being less than thrilled to go through all the prep knowing it didn’t even work the past 2 times, things like that get me riled up! I also made a protein smoothie but for me it was because I was craving a pina colada πŸ™‚ Can’t hurt for post run in the hot weather though.
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    July 6, 2015 at 6:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Definitely not. If we had some real summer weather, i might be more inclined to make smoothies more!

      July 9, 2015 at 11:40 am
  • Reply Heather @Fit n Cookies

    You didn’t get a hot dog?! Ah come on those are the best at the ball park πŸ™‚ You really did live it up this weekend! Thank goodness the weather cooperated. I had a colonoscopy once and they didn’t tell me you had to wait 15 minutes between 8 oz or whatever so I tried just getting it down and chugging it. Um, don’t do that. It didn’t taste good going down… or coming back up πŸ™
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    July 6, 2015 at 6:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know I wish that I could have a hot dog. I love hot dogs. I wish I could have them.
      And that prep solution sucks for everyone. Especially if you have to relive it.

      July 9, 2015 at 11:39 am
  • Reply Heather@hungryforbalance

    That wallpaper is HILARIOUS! But, on a more serious note, I hope your colonoscopy goes well. Those are never fun. And a low fiber-low veggie diet would be SO SO hard for me too!
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    July 6, 2015 at 7:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Isn’t it hilarious??? And yeah, welcome to my nightmare.

      July 9, 2015 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    that is awesome wall paper!! Love it. Looks like you had a fun 4th!

    July 6, 2015 at 7:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Crack. me. up. Just hilarious.

      July 9, 2015 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    Sounds like you had an amazing weekend! Glad you got to spend so much time with Alex πŸ™‚ I am not a big hot dog eater but I do love a hot dog at a baseball game. ND had awesome hot dogs! We all looked forward to them during football season. Cant wait to go to the Cubs game with my dad in August!
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    July 6, 2015 at 7:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know I love and miss hot dogs. And now they have Hot Doug’s at Wrigley!

      July 9, 2015 at 11:37 am
  • Reply Bri

    Happy July 4th to you!! Looks like you had an awesome weekend filled with good eats as per usual πŸ˜‰ Sorry you have a colonoscopy to “look forward” to this week. Yuck πŸ™
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    July 6, 2015 at 7:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously. Luckily that is over with!

      July 9, 2015 at 11:37 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    You had the perfect American weekend! I wasn’t feeling 100% so I opted for a really low key weekend to rest! I’m counting my beach weekend a few weeks ago as my 4th! haha!
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    July 6, 2015 at 7:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m glad that you are feeling recovered–that lily farm would have done it!

      July 9, 2015 at 11:36 am
  • Reply cait @pieceofcait

    what a fun filled weekend you guys had! I love the fire work picture! Baseball game eats — hotdog! orr tons of soft pretzels and mustard πŸ™‚ good luck on the colonoscopy.. not fun but so important! i actually had one just a few years ago as a check up. Not a bad idea to do another.
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    July 6, 2015 at 8:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We wanted a soft pretzel, but then then it became to much effort, lol. But I also cheated and got some awesome pretzel roll bites from WFM the day before. WINNING

      July 9, 2015 at 11:36 am
  • Reply Jessie

    Overpriced Bud Light and eating Chicago style-dogs and nachos sounds like the perfect way to celebrate fourth of July. I know I said I’m not jealous of anything in my survey today.. but I could go for a hot dog, beer & some good baseball right about now. Haha!

    July 6, 2015 at 8:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahaha I think that is totally valid, Jessie.

      July 9, 2015 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Gretchen | Gretchruns

    Yay for a fun weekend, and I love all the pictures! I’m sad that I missed Pittsburgh’s fireworks (We have the most amazing ones and have a family that’s been doing them in the area for years). Fireworks at baseball games are the absolute best! I can’t wait to visit Wrigley on my quest to see all the stadiums. I’ll have to let you know when we’re coming! Hope you have a great week Suz!!
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    July 6, 2015 at 8:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I want to know when you come! We’ll have to sit in the bleachers!

      July 9, 2015 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Holy smokes, woman. You didn’t stop moving all weekend! As you know, I gad my colonoscopy a couple of months ago. I did that thing where I ate a low residue diet for a few days before prep and it worked for me. You’ll do great–I know it!
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    July 6, 2015 at 8:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, I survived, that’s something, right?

      July 9, 2015 at 11:34 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Sounds like such a fun and busy weekend! Chicago really does know how to party!
    Good luck on your cleanseβ€”I’ll be praying and sending you good thoughts that it goes well! Colonoscopies are rough and my mom has had a few failed cleanses lately.
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    July 6, 2015 at 8:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hate cleanses, I hate colonoscopies. JUST WHY

      July 9, 2015 at 11:34 am
  • Reply EB @ Running on E

    What a fun filled and busy weekend! I am intimidated by your solid and thorough celebrating. Well done. Ug colonoscopy. What a crappy way to start the week (literally). Maybe you could just go for a 20 miler before the appointment. Clean yourself out, get in some solid training, and not have to drink the icky stuff. Win-win-win.
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    July 6, 2015 at 9:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously, they should have done it Sunday night. There was NOTHING in there!

      July 9, 2015 at 11:33 am
  • Reply Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate

    I’ve only been to Howells and Hood once but I still remember how good the turkey burger was there…yum! Go Cubbies πŸ™‚ Sounds like you had a great weekend!
    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate recently posted…4th of July Weekend RecapMy Profile

    July 6, 2015 at 9:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Howells and Hood is either AMAZING or it makes me want to wring their necks! But I will keep going πŸ˜€

      July 9, 2015 at 11:33 am
  • Reply Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat

    Looks like your weekend was a blast! I woke up Friday with a fever so there went my 4th plans πŸ™

    Good luck with prep. My doc said if the bleeding doesn’t cease after this remicade we are going back in (and there is my TMI πŸ™‚ )
    Hopefully he will settle for the flex sig instead of colonoscopy if we do so fingers crossed – I still shiver thinking about the last prep in December. Gagging down that grape salty disgusting drink.
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    July 6, 2015 at 9:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Boo. I hate to hear that, Gianna. My fingers are so crossed for you. Keep me updated.

      July 9, 2015 at 11:33 am
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    You had such a full weekend with friends!! When I visit Chicago again (hopefully this fall) I know who I’m asking to hang out with me/be my tour guide πŸ˜‰ You’re going to need a vacation from your long weekend to recover from everything you did!
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    July 6, 2015 at 9:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      If you didn’t include me, I would never forgive you. EVER.

      July 9, 2015 at 11:32 am
  • Reply Sara

    What a fun weekend with friends! We have season tickets and my Dad and I are obsessed with the Cubs! They are opening up a nice restaurant right behind our seats next year, but I ALWAYS bring my own food.
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    July 6, 2015 at 10:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love seeing all your pics from the seats! I still haven’t been in the stands.

      July 9, 2015 at 11:30 am
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    Sounds like you had a fun weekend Susie! There really isn’t anything quite like Chicago in the summer. I would have loved to have seen all of the Deadheads-haaha!

    July 6, 2015 at 10:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG, Linda, be glad that you didn’t. It was too much. TOO MUCH. And everything smelled of patchouli and pot.

      July 9, 2015 at 11:29 am
      • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

        Um, yep, I would have hated it. It’s a good thing that Alex and her boyfriend took their puppy and headed to Door County for the weekend. She really would have hated that!

        July 9, 2015 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Michelle

    Looks like you had a blast this weekend! YAY for baseball stadium food. I HAVE to eat peanuts at the game, and drink beer, which I normally don’t do (I am a wine girl, lol). Good luck on your procedure. I haven’t had one, but am told once I turn 50 I’ll get my first one done.
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    July 6, 2015 at 10:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love baseball stadium food, I wish I could eat more of it! But luckily, I have friends who like to share πŸ˜€

      July 9, 2015 at 11:25 am
  • Reply Jill

    So much going on this weekend!! The weather looked gorgeous for this weekend! Yay! I went to a baseball game back home this weekend too. You can’t get much more ‘Merica than that! Ughhh colonoscopies. I’ve had many over the years for my IBS and the prep always works on me! I hate that stuff. The actual procedure I don’t mind Bc I love being put under sedation! Hahaha it’s such a warm cozy feeling.
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    July 6, 2015 at 10:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just BLONK out–the sedation never really has time for me to be like warm and gooey lol. I don’t mind the procedure–if that was all it was, or even just the night before, I could handle it.

      July 9, 2015 at 11:25 am
  • Reply Pragati // Simple Medicine

    It looks like you had an awesome holiday weekend! I spent a lot of time in the sun and I’m sort of sunned out now. At least until this weekend πŸ™‚ I’ve never had a colonoscopy but Matt gets them regularly because of his Crohn’s. I’m curious as to why everyone should get them every few years? I thought the USPSTF recommendation was to start at age 50.
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    July 6, 2015 at 11:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that the general knowledge is that if you have precursors, earlier is always better. And these days, cancers are showing up earlier and earlier. Like with breast cancer, it is always good to be proactive.

      July 9, 2015 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Jill @ Champagne for Everyday

    Sweet weekend indeed!! So busy and full of yum food!! I got sooo lazy to photograph mine (we were at home in Canada at Calgary Stampede) I need to take a lesson from you. It’s so hard when the food tastes like the bomb but photographs like crap, or you accidentally start eating it first. #bloggerproblems. Happy Monday girl!
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    July 6, 2015 at 11:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Blogger problems for sure. But i would rather live in the moment than have to document it to make it “last longer.” Besides, that’s what my blog is for, right? We didn’t take many pics during our beach vacation–same ideas as you going home! Just enjoy.

      July 9, 2015 at 11:23 am
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    I was up by Wrigley on Friday and I already couldn’t handle the number of drunken people everywhere. That’s why I ran home and stayed inside the rest of the weekend πŸ™‚
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    July 6, 2015 at 11:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahaha I feel like it might have been worse that day. It wasn’t bad at all on Saturday, I was surprised!

      July 9, 2015 at 11:21 am
  • Reply Maddie @ Dixie Runs

    Looks like an awesome weekend!! This might be weird, but has anyone ever told you that you and Alex kind of look alike? Maybe it’s just that one picture, but you totally do!

    Good luck with your colonoscopy… I would be freaking out, but you’ll do great because you are you and I’m a wimp πŸ™‚
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    July 6, 2015 at 11:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahaha No! That is hilarious–I would have said that we look nothing alike. And don’t tell him that he looks like me–it will go to his head and he’ll get the wrong ideas of his beauty πŸ˜€

      July 9, 2015 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Rae

    Wow, you really crammed a lot in! I drove to MA and spent time with my bestie and her family (basically my second family). We ran, we drank, we sang, we did fireworks… It was good πŸ™‚
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    July 6, 2015 at 12:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That sounds like perfection. Absolute perfection πŸ˜€

      July 9, 2015 at 11:21 am
  • Reply Emily

    I totally love your sun hat! I don’t see many people wearing those hats anymore, and I think they’re pretty cute! :)) I’ve never been to a sports game in a stadium… I guess that’s kind of weird? If I was to go there, I think something like a chili dog sounds good. But I’m always game for trying new things.
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    July 6, 2015 at 12:35 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Wrigley now has Hot Dougs (the famous hot dog place that closed down last year). So that woudl be where to take you! I love giant brimmed hats! Always a good idea πŸ˜€

      July 9, 2015 at 11:20 am
  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    What a fun weekend. Dave and I got to see fireworks this year after a big fail last year. He’s been pretty sick though so the rest of the weekend was lazy! I hope Wednesday comes and firs quickly fur you!! No anxiety!!
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    July 6, 2015 at 1:12 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I didn’t have too much anxiety this time around–to be honest, I just struck when the iron was hot, and that soup broth was everything. But I can’t do it again for a long time.

      July 9, 2015 at 11:19 am
  • Reply Helly on the Run

    Tha’ts cool you can bring your own food into Wrigley. I’ve never heard of that before. I sooooo want to see a game there–it’s one of those must do’s, am I right?? Kinda like seeing Michael Jordan’s statue. Gah!!! I can’t wait to go to Chicago!!!!
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    July 6, 2015 at 1:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YES. Well, hopefully when you are here the cubs are still in the game!

      July 9, 2015 at 11:18 am
  • Reply meredith@ Cookie ChRUNicles

    The stadiums have really picked up their food game in recent years but my favorite is luxury box eating – sushi, cupcakes, the works. Other than that, I love an ice cream sundae in one of the helmets πŸ™‚
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    July 6, 2015 at 2:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG they took that to the next level at Wrigley–NACHO helmets.

      July 9, 2015 at 11:18 am
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    Are you surviving okay?! Hope you’re eating lots of yummy (soft) foods (AKA ice cream). We had a nice day at Lake Anna on Saturday and relaxing Sunday. Both were much needed!
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    July 6, 2015 at 2:50 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think at that point, I was surviving because I hadn’t gone full liquid yet. Yesterday was rough though. Time at the lake is always much appreciated!

      July 9, 2015 at 11:17 am
  • Reply Lisa @ RunWiki

    It sounds like it was so fun! You are one busy girl- just one thing… can you imagine being the afro under ware model and have to endure your picture hanging in the bathroom, like forever? People my age think that we are so cool because we did all of our stupid things before facebook, instagram and snap chat… well that guy certainly blew it? yes? Anyway, glad you had a good weekend love! hugs.
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    July 6, 2015 at 3:11 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Lisa! I dunno, having an afro and wearing that underwear might juuuuust be cool enough to be awesome forever. Not sure how, but hey, at least you were an underwear model. Not many people can say that πŸ˜€

      July 9, 2015 at 11:16 am
  • Reply lindsay

    OMG, that wall paper, I die! hilarious. YOu all know how to celebrate! Next time i’m coming there

    July 6, 2015 at 3:12 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Omg, and there was so many ridiculous ones. I seriously wanted to stand in there forever and look around, but that would have been slightly creepy.

      July 9, 2015 at 11:15 am
  • Reply Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment

    Looks like you had a great holiday weekend! Those fireoworks are pretty awesome. πŸ™‚
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    July 6, 2015 at 5:05 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just love fireworks. Instant Happiness!

      July 9, 2015 at 11:15 am
  • Reply Farrah

    I have zero words for that bathroom wallpaper. :O

    But ahh, it looks like you guys had so much fun! <3 All the food looks delicious, and that picture of the fireworks is so pretty! :]!

    I went to my dean's house for food + setting things on fire for the 4th, and to a birthday dinner for a church friend yesterday, so all in all, wayyyy more eventful and exciting than my usual weekends (which is basically holed up in a room studying, interspersed with cooking food and stuffing my face :O )!

    July 6, 2015 at 6:18 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, allthefoods with all sorts of friends definitely makes for a great weekend. And omg I know that wallpaper. Crack. Me. UP

      July 9, 2015 at 11:14 am
  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs

    Your holiday was everything mine was not. Mine was relaxing, quiet, and kind of boring :-).
    I feel for you having to have regular colonoscopies. I had my first a few years ago and that was enough! For 10 years anyway. See you soon <3
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    July 6, 2015 at 6:50 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So excited to hear the “see you soon” part!!! Omg, i can’t even believe BlogFest is so close! We needed this weekend to be packed, I think. So often we just let ourselves chill, so going out and going for it was perfect!

      July 9, 2015 at 11:13 am
  • Reply Run Colby run

    Now that’s as American as they come! Jealous of your Cubs game. I’m itching to get my bad self to Fenway to see the Sox. #notafairweatherfan
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    July 7, 2015 at 6:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You seriously need to get yourself there! Take Drunk Otis πŸ˜€

      July 9, 2015 at 11:12 am
  • Reply neil@neilshealthymeals.com

    What a fantastic sounding weekend you guys had. So busy, with loads packed in. I love it that you live life to the full like me and Lynne! Awesome, it’s reading posts like this that so fill me with enthusiasm. And jealousy for all that YUMMY food. πŸ™‚
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    July 7, 2015 at 6:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We try to live it up when we can–sometimes, that means just staying still and enjoying each other, but when it is time to go hog wild, we go for it!

      July 9, 2015 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    Baseball on the 4th of July is as Americana as you can get I think. Love it, what an awesome way to spend the weekend!!! And so easy to see the fireworks at the stadium!! That is my kind of fun!

    July 8, 2015 at 5:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love baseball stadium fireworks. And I love sitting in the bleachers for the game, I just wish we could have been in the stands for the fireworks!

      July 9, 2015 at 11:11 am
  • Reply Nicole@thegirlwhoraneverywhere

    You had a wonderful 4th this year and I”m so happy for you!

    SO funny- you and I BOTH did long runs the day after post 4th fun. Maybe next year I will be wicked schmaat and do it a few days before?? #nopromises. I told myself that the bright side is ALL THE FOOD from the 4th. Carb loading, right???

    ALSO: My sister & her husband are part of those Deadheads. I cant even. Can’t. They went to both shows. Dead head over load??? LOL. That being said- They are going to Kenny Chesney this summer so at least they have eclectic musical tastes!
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    July 10, 2015 at 9:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      From Grateful Dead to Kenny Chesney. Apparently they like outdoor venues? And I often end up doing long runs the day after large events. It is weird but then again, I usually end up asleep earlier than most people, so what else am I going to do while everyone is asleep?

      July 10, 2015 at 10:28 am

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