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Family Weekend In Chicago! #MIMM

In Case you Missed it: I Guest Posted over at Sara’s Blog on Friday. Go check out why I think that Runners/Exercisers Make or Will Make Amazing Parents!

Welcome to the last week of August! And CONGRATS to Gabi and Pablo, my favorite newly minted Ironmen!!

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Gabi and I met in May (on Alex’s and my anniversary, actually!), and I am just so happy for and proud of her for accomplishing this momentous goal. During my long run on Saturday (HOLY FREAKING HUMIDITY), I saw so many people out in their cycling singlets and Ironman jerseys and I kept wanting to say do you know what my friend Gabi is doing tomorrow??? I’m sure that they would have enjoyed that.

This weekend was basically bursting at the seams, and I am going to have review it like I would a vacation–piece by piece! Also, stay tuned for some major restaurant reviews–we had 2 of the best overall meals that we have yet enjoyed in Chicago–But that will come later, right now, I’m just going to try to give a brief overview of what went on!

Thanks, Katie!

Thanks, Katie!

The reason for all the excitement was the fact that my WHOLE FAMILY CAME TO TOWN!!!! This was the first time that all of us have been together since the wedding, and the first time since we came that my dad had been to Chicago. Of course, after a mild summer, and not a lot of rain, we had the threat of tons of rain and the hottest and most humid days of the entire season. But we lucked out–we didn’t get dumped on for our outdoor activities, which I was truly happy about.

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Once they got in and I woke up Alex (he had finished his last shift of night float that morning!), we went to Howells and Hood and sat out for a nice long lunch (in the sweltering heat, lol) followed by what, in my opinion, is the ultimate introduction to the city for anyone: the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Boat Tour. If you come to Chicago, I strongly recommended taking the 90 minute tour–you get a complete snapshot of history of Chicago, and the river trip is (nearly) always a pleasure. Plus, if it isn’t your thing, you can just go downstairs and get a drink from the full bar, haha.

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After the tour, we went and chilled at the hotel ( and I demolished some bar snacks, which were unnecessary, but very tasty), and then walked over to River Roast for dinner. This is where this beauty finished out our meal. River Roast is a brand new (4 week old) restaurant in Fulton Market (one of my fave buildings) and good gravy, I have to say that it is exceptional. The idea is the reinvigoration of Sunday supper, so it is a selection of small plates, salads, sides, and snacks, and then whole fish, whole chicken, and roast beef mains that are carved tableside. I’ll get more into it later, but it really did evoke those feelings of supper, rather than just dinner. And I ate way too much, which made me a little leery of what was going to happen the next morning for my run.

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My run when surprisingly well, considering a) the amount of food eaten the day before and b) the fact that I don’t think that I have run in air that thick EVER. The fog was out in full force until about 2 (or later–we went to a museum, and when we came out, it had rained and the fog was gone). When I got home, I chugged Powerade and just threw my clothes into the shower ahead of me to rinse them because they were already soaked through. We went to Eggy’s for brunch (after going to Walgreens to buy Alex socks because we weren’t able to do laundry, always a good sign), and you know I a) did work on my omelet and b) wore a maxi dress just so that I could wear compression underneath.

Then it was off to the Museum of Science and Industry for the afternoon! We saw the D-Day: Normandy presentation at the Omni-Max theater, which we all thoroughly enjoyed and I would recommend. I was happy that it looked at the entirety of the invasion, not just the classic Omaha beach situation, as well as the more mundane technology that revolutionized the invasions. And Tom Brokaw narrated, so you know it was good ;). After the film, we poked around the space exhibit (about Mercury, Gemini, Apollo missions, etc) before heading to the U-505 sub exhibit, where we also scheduled a tour of the u-boat. If you go to MSI, this is a must-see. It is the only of its type in existence, 1 of only 5 u boats left in the world, and the only one that is preserved–the other 4 are in Europe and have been left to fall apart. Also, U-505 was the only sub that was taken by boarding (by the US), and was the first enemy marine vessel taken by the US (in 1944) since one of the final battles of the war of 1812. U-505 had something like 850 lbs of confidential documents and maps, 2 Enigma coders, and the actual coding book, all of which were instrumental in ending the War. So yeah, big deal.

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Random fact: There were 59 men on board at one time, the coolest interior temp was 92 F, and there was no bathing or washing for the entire tour, typically 90-100 days. Oh, and for that period, they never saw the light of day. Clearances were comfortable for me, but that was about it–I don’t think many people were cut out for Uboat duty.

Our final exhibit was Storm Science, which Alex and I had seen before, but I was fading pretty quickly (even after a snack and refresher) so I chilled for most of it. I must say, however, it is perhaps one of my favorite science exhibits ever–interactive, educational, and informative. It speaks to pretty much all ages (within reason) effectively, and that can be very difficult to do.

Then off to dinner at Belly Q, another FABULOUS meal. The concept is modern Asian BBQ and is set in a restored pickle factory. We were lucky to have Chef Bill Kim (exec chef) working that night, and let me tell you, the food was as incredible as the night before (when we also had the exec chef in attendence!) but in a totally different way. Another massive thumbs up and highly recommend.

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Sunday, Alex had to go back to work, and I tackled the mountain of laundry before picking up the fam and driving up to Evanston for brunch and some driving around. I wanted to show the fam a bit of the other parts of Chicago–the older neighborhoods of the early suburbs, the mansions of Gold Coast, and the historic buildings up and down Millennium Park/Grant Park as well as the newer ones. I also showed them where I would have worked (the gym that I was auditioning at) and we all agreed that the drive would have gotten very old very quickly.  I think that they got a pretty decent survey of everything!

Dad got to meet Grandcat Zoe (WHO WE HAVE OFFICIALLY HAD FOR A YEAR TODAYYYY!) and I showed him our apartment (complete with hanging laundry everywhere), the hospital campus, and our area a little. Dinner at Cicchetti (visits one and two) rounded out the evening and was delicious as always, even though a bit different without Alex there (sadface).

This morning? I’m taking them to my office so that they can have a parent-teacher conference can talk shop with my boss (briefly) before I get to work and they head back home. And I have to get my head into work. Because it feels like forever ago that I even contemplated my job. I’ll should be caught up on comments and emails–obviously they didn’t really happen over the past few days! So I appreciate your patience, and I’m going to have some incredible recipes up for you soon!

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When was the last time that your parents visited where you live? What did you all do?

Was it hot as balls where you live this weekend?

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78 Comments

  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Sounds like a great weekend. It’s so fun when all the family can get together. Those desserts look very yummy! I am actually coming to Chicago for the first time the first weekend in September. Maybe we could meet for a run:)
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    August 25, 2014 at 5:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Would love to! Shoot me an email and we’ll hammer out some details!

      August 25, 2014 at 1:34 pm
  • Reply Miss Polkadot

    Talk about a full schedule for your family’s visit! I don’t even know what to comment on because you did such a lot. If I lived in Chicago or another city where it’s possible I’d go on a boat tour with visitors, too. I’m a fan of seeing a city from a different point of view and that absolutely is. And from all else you did it seems I should consider Chicago once I make it to the US one day, too.
    Funny how it’s been a hot hot hot weekend where you live when my dad – it’s the other way round for us right now: I’m visiting my parents – turned on the heat. It’s been SO cold. Bring on the scarves and wool socks [not kidding] 😀 !
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    August 25, 2014 at 6:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This was by far the hottest weekend we have had all summer! I’ve been wearing a light jacket (or a heavier one!) up until this point! And you ABSOLUTELY should come to Chicago, and should let me know! We’ll go on boat tours and eat our way around 😀

      August 25, 2014 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply Tina Muir

    Ahhhh i know how amazing that feels, and I am so happy for you! Looks like you made the most of it too, even doing things outside of going out to eat 😉 My dad came in may, which I loved, and both are coming in October, and I am sooooo excited as I do not get to see them very often and I miss them a lot. You also should start getting excited about myyyyyy visit to chicago…..just over a month away 🙂 okay….so more like 6 weeks, but still 🙂
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    August 25, 2014 at 6:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      October is going to be epic–marathons for both of us, parents for both of us (and HURRAY for BOTH of yours coming!!!) and WE GET TO MEET! And you know that I started figuring out where we would be eating pretty quickly, and formed plans around it 😀

      August 25, 2014 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Michele

    Aw such a fun weekend 🙂 You look exactly like your dad! My parents live about an hour away so we see them often, but my husband’s family is in seattle, and we haven’t seen them in a while and planning to is always difficult with everyone’s schedules. It’s the best feeling to be around family 🙂
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    August 25, 2014 at 7:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It’s so funny that you say I look like my dad–usually I hear that I look like my mom! But I and my brother really are combinations of our parents in every way–looks and personality. But cheers to the last sentence

      August 25, 2014 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Kirtley Freckleton @ The Gist of Fit

    Why heeeelllo Susie!

    SO fun that your fam came to town!!! I LOOVE family visit time, it’s a great excuse to go out to eat and do unique things. Fun fun fun.

    That boat pic?! Scares me!! Gosh sometimes I forget how much deep water scares me, even boats that gooo on deep water haha.

    Sounds like a supah fun weekend though–the food looked super good! Over here in Utah is was actually rainy and crisp–feels like fall is coming. I’m not too excited about that…I get cold way to easily. Have a great day!!
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    August 25, 2014 at 7:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Luckily I was not on said boat when it was in operation. Otherwise, no thank you. I am really weird about water too–I don’t like the thought of things in water with me. Speaking of getting cold easily–I dove in a full wet suit. Everyone else dove in just a swim suit.

      August 25, 2014 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Erica { EricaDHouse.com }

    I am SO bummed I did’t make it to the Museum of Science and Industry when I was there. Well, looks like I just have to come back now.
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    August 25, 2014 at 8:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But you did make it to the Museum of Surgical Science. I need to do that. And yes, you need to get your booty back up here.

      August 25, 2014 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Kate @ Baking in Yoga Pants

    I love when I get together with my parents! They drove up for an afternoon while we were in Cape Cod and I was so happy. Family is everything 🙂
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    August 25, 2014 at 8:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Having everyone around was such a treat. Alex’s family is easier to get together, it seems, but I’m not really sure why. Luckily I like them too 😀

      August 25, 2014 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Rae

    Yay, glad your fam came to visit! Ben and I are very lucky to now live so close to our parents–we get to see them a lot. But now our sisters are scattered all over the place, so I’m hoping we can have a big reunion at Christmas 🙂
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    August 25, 2014 at 8:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope that someday we can get the entire family together again (like we did on Thanksgiving a few years back and at the wedding). That would be just incredible. It’s hard when family is so scattered–it’s the problem with growing up and moving out.

      August 25, 2014 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply brittney

    my parents haven’t visited me in chicago since last july, but when they were here we did all the touristy stuff: museums, millennium park, and the architecture cruise. they really loved the cruise, and i actually enjoyed being a tourist for a weekend since i usually don’t do all that stuff unless an out of towner is here. glad you all had a good time!
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    August 25, 2014 at 8:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think it really is fun to be a tourist in your own city–you know it, but you don’t know ABOUT it often. Plus it gives you the excuse to be an obnoxious tourist. Fanny pack optional.

      August 25, 2014 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    I can’t even fathom doing an ironman. I was just thinking about this yesterday. I did a metric century bike ride 67 miles and I can’t even imagine having to run a marathon after that. I was dying!!
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    August 25, 2014 at 9:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Congrats on the metric century! And I know!! Triathlon is one thing. Ironman is a hole ‘nuther animal.

      August 25, 2014 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Mama Salt

    What a lovely (and delicious looking!) weekend! My parents and I live in the same place now, but when I lived on the west coast I made sure to drag my mom around to like a billion restaurants. Somehow it always comes back to food establishments for me haha.

    August 25, 2014 at 9:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And this is why we get along 😀

      August 25, 2014 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Michele White

    Sounds like a good time- loved your tour and pix! Erin and her BF Marc were here for the weekend so we were having family time here too. Our weather was pretty much perfection, no brag just fact lol. Back to reality / Mon here- love to all!

    August 25, 2014 at 9:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m so glad that you all got to have some family time too! And your weather is ALWAYS perfect!

      August 25, 2014 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Carson

    Oh man, the temps were crazy hot this weekend. In the 100s. Today the temps dropped and I thought a long run was a great idea. WRONG. Humidity is still outta control. I think I would breathe better with gills vs. lungs.
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    August 25, 2014 at 9:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ugh I know. I tweeted out–Am I running or am I swimming?

      August 25, 2014 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Carmy

    I have learned to ALWAYS be eating when reading your posts because I always get hungry with your pics!
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    August 25, 2014 at 9:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      bhahahahaha

      August 25, 2014 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Susie's mommy, Clare

    You were (as always) a fabulous tour guide for our entire visit!!!
    And you deserve a long nap, with Zoe purring loudly!
    Truly, it was a great weekend, and I’ll digest it more and more over the next few days.
    Chicago is a wonderful city and I love it more and more each time I visit.
    It’s clean, lovely and SO alive!
    Great job, Suse and Alex, and thank you both so much!

    August 25, 2014 at 9:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are so, so welcome and you are always welcome. Both in the sense of the phrase and in our city! Love you!

      August 25, 2014 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Courtney @RunningforCupcakes

    That’s so nice that your whole family was able to visit at the same time! Happy one year anniversary of having Zoe! She is so lucky to have you. My parents normally come down once or twice a year to visit, but since my sister just had her baby I’m the forgotten child. Usually they come down for Easter but I’ve already been told that’s a no-go this year since they want to be at home with my niece! Ah well I get to see them for fun running trips so it could be worse. Also, it was hotter than balls here this past weekend! I thought I was going to start melting to the pavement during my long run on Sunday. Fall cannot come soon enough!!
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    August 25, 2014 at 10:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You’re not forgotten, you are just….off to the side 😉 It was so weird that we had such impossible temps–we’ve basically had fall up till this point! You can come visit me for Easter!

      August 25, 2014 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply Betsy

    How fun! I love Chicago!
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    August 25, 2014 at 10:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was great! Have you come many times before?

      August 25, 2014 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    Oh my god it was hot as balls this weekend haha. I was at the Cubs game on Saturday when the skies opened up and it was terrifying. The sky was black for a few minutes and I just knew it was going to absolutely downpour. I still need to try Belly Q! And Howells and Hood is pretty darn good for being right in the heart of tourist-land – they have a really awesome hummus plate next time you go!

    I don’t know how this is possible considering I have lived in the Chicagoland area for two decades but I’ve never been on an architecture tour. It never stood out to me as something to do but lately that’s all anyone talks about so I guess I have to get my butt to one!
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    August 25, 2014 at 11:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG we have to go on the tour. Or you need to take a friend who knows nothing about the city on it–it is so much fun to have both the typical knowledge of it as well as this other side, plus it is essentially a summary of city history. And if you like, you can get your drink on! LOVE Howells and Hood–we had their hummus plate the first time we went there–it IS delicious.

      August 25, 2014 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    I think I’m gonna have to refer back to this post when I come visit Chicago! Belly Q sounds amazing!

    It is indeed stinkin’ hot over here right now. The fact that I’m too cheap to turn my AC on is probably contributing to the problem, but at least the humidity’s making my skin kinda nice? 😛

    My parents usually never come out here to visit since I told them it’d be way cheaper for just me to go back. They’ll be flying over for my graduation though, so there’s that! :]
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    August 25, 2014 at 11:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have so many places that I would recommend to you, it isn’t even funny. having parents where you live, rather than going back to where you lived/where they live is always interesting. It helps you to figure out what you really love and prioritize in your city!

      August 25, 2014 at 1:55 pm
      • Reply Farrah

        So true! 😛 I have several must-visit restaurants that I like to go to whenever I’m back home. :]

        Depending on my friend’s schedule, I might actually end up trekking over there this weekend! 😀 He’ll be getting back to me in a couple days, I believe. 😛
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        August 25, 2014 at 5:07 pm
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Looks like you had a great weekend! My family live about 300 miles away, so we try and pack as much in when I visit too. I am going to visit this weekend, to meet my new Nephew, and I can’t wait!

    August 25, 2014 at 11:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      oooooo! New Nephew! We still haven’t met Alex’s brother’s nephew–we saw them about 2 or 3 weeks before he was born, but still haven’t seen the little guy yet!

      August 25, 2014 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply Brianna @ I run He tris

    The last time my parents visited was the 4th of July (I have seen my mom since then) but we’re going to visit my parents this weekend!! I can’t wait! I don’t think hot is an appropriate word to describe the weather over the weekend. Scorching and melting are more like it!! We had a bday party to go to from 11-1 OUTSIDE!! I wanted to die.
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    August 25, 2014 at 11:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That will be so much fun! Arg, a hot and humid day in GA from 11-1….WWWWOOOFFF. That melts the cake, which is unacceptable.

      August 25, 2014 at 1:57 pm
  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles

    Aww..it sounds like it was a great visit with the family, that is so great they were all able to come out at the same time. My mom and sister live about 40 mins away so I see them more often than when I was living in downtown Boston but still not as much as I’d like!
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    August 25, 2014 at 11:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      No doubt–it is especially difficult when you live in a city and you have to deal with all of that. Plus parking (Chicago and Boston are, I’m sure) equally expensive with that regard. Can’t wait to hear about your vacay beyond the pictures!

      August 25, 2014 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply laura @ scribbles and sass

    sounds like a great visit!
    i live 3,500 km away from my parents so they don’t visit often. they were both here to visit last summer and i got to introduce them to the rocky mountains.
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    August 25, 2014 at 12:07 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Some of our friends just moved to the Rockies–they are incredible, and worth the visit, from within or without the US. I can’t imagine being quite that far from my family–the timezone change and however many hundreds of miles keeping us apart is hard enough. When they are in Mexico, (time change in the opposite direction) it feels like they are a world away.

      August 25, 2014 at 2:01 pm
  • Reply Mar @ Mar on the Run

    looks like an awesome and yummy weekend!! I love Chicago. My best friend lives there thank goodness because I never get to see enough when I go. Gives me an excuse to go back!

    August 25, 2014 at 12:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Darn straight! I want to know the next time you are here!

      August 25, 2014 at 2:01 pm
  • Reply Shawna

    so much activity and good food! what a weekend. my parents rarely come visit me in NYC (sad face) even though my mom is from here, as they only live a few hours away and i go home, ummm, all the time. they love their lake life and it takes a helluva lot to convince my dad to leave it for city life — although when they did make it here last year, they had a blast dancing to a doowop band and hitting up some rooftops.
    it wasn’t that hot here this wknd at alllll — it was lovely and not humid and a nice mix of sunshine and some clouds — perfect for being outdoors. even though i can’t really run much now (brrrrpppp life fail), i made sure to take advantage of it other ways. “outdoorsy” as in “drinking on patios,” if that counts.
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    August 25, 2014 at 12:29 pm
    • Reply Shawna

      OH and PS — you look adorable in that first pic in the white shirt.
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      August 25, 2014 at 12:29 pm
      • Reply suzlyfe

        Aw thanks love. I loved my dress in the other picture, but apparently I would like to make myself look even smaller in photos than I already am, lol.

        August 25, 2014 at 2:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Your parents are probably like WHY IS SHE HERE AGAIN hahah jk. But really…
      Let’s be outdoorsy together. That would be grand.

      August 25, 2014 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    How fun to have the family in town! My parents were just here a few weeks ago, but they spent time with the boys while we went on vacation!! We usually just hang out or go check out a museum when they come to visit. And yes, it’s always hot as balls here in DC 🙂 Wish I had done that boat tour when I was stuck in Chicago!!
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    August 25, 2014 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    Looks like a really fun weekend! My parents live pretty close but before they moved to this area they tried to visit like twice a year. We still still don’t see them as much as we would like because I feel like we are all so busy all the time!
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    August 25, 2014 at 1:34 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Isn’t it funny how sometimes, even when you live right next to people, you still don’t see them a ton? I think it is because you have to focus on making time otherwise.

      August 25, 2014 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Earl-Leigh

    Booze in a boat? I would SO go on that tour.

    I think I stepped in actual hell-fire this weekend. We had planned on going to our local Latin festival but eating hot, spicy food in 99 degree weather…meh, not into it.
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    August 25, 2014 at 3:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      A) you and I would be so dangerous in a room together. And on a boat with booze and a tour guide attempting to tell us things…oi.
      b) did you know that eating spicy foods on hot days actually helps cool you down because it causes you to sweat? I’m not saying that it makes the idea any more appetizing, but it’s the truth.

      August 26, 2014 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply Jenni @ Fitzala

    What fun! Sounds like a great time. It’s always so fun to have family come visit and it sounds like you kept them busy, showing them the best of Chicago!

    The Museum of Science and Industry sounds so interesting! I love history, especially war history, and it’s fun to see how things used to be. Can you imagine being in one of those U boats? I feel like people in the US have become increasingly spoiled, who would do that nowadays? Modern ones probably have air conditioning and showers 😉
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    August 25, 2014 at 5:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, I so totally agree with the US being so spoiled. We think that everything should be giant, spacious, and instant. One of the reasons that I love to watch the house hunters international type shows (beyond ogling) is to watch the reactions of people to what is/isn’t acceptable, and to see the reactions of Americans to what is considered normal in Europe. To be honest, even though, yeah, these were insane conditions, especially during that time, in Germany, things probably weren’t that much better!
      I bet the new ones have like marble tiling and granite counter tops. And surround sound with individual movie screens. Pampered pooches.

      August 26, 2014 at 12:30 pm
  • Reply Michael Anderson

    Looks and sounds like a great weekend – so glad it went well! I haven’t been to Chicago to visit in a little over 20 years! I would love to go at some point, but I have to be honest that it isn’t in our top 5 vacations for the upcoming years … oh well 🙂

    It was just over 80 on Sunday, and upper 70s on Saturday. Today mid-80s but not too humid … in other words, getting close to summery feeling. Certainly not ‘hot as balls’ (is that the thermal equivalent of ‘smells like arse’?) … this was a weak sauce summer for us … unlike the brutal winter. I was looking forward to bitching about the winter and admitting to the irony. Note THAT hasn’t happened …

    Parents? Lisa’s parents last visited us in 2000 back in Massachusetts. The minute her dad got his Leukemia diagnosis he stopped traveling to see either of his girls, even thought it was nearly 7 years before he died (you know how some people live life to the fullest with the time they have left with cancer? Yeah, not that ). And her mom has never come here … but then this was the lady who said ‘why should I say ‘happy Mother’s Day’ to you … you aren’t my mother’.

    As for my parents … they came here a couple of times, but then apparently decided it was a hassle (it IS out of the way) – they said they weren’t coming north (they’re now in SC) winter of 2009, which we said was fine as it is quite a bit of travel, but then we found out they DID come north, and visited everyone BUT us … hehe. So yeah, that is pretty much THAT.
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    August 25, 2014 at 5:22 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hot as balls is whatever the temperature is when it is too hot even for me 😀 I agree on the weaksauce-ness of the summer. We had a 2 week spring after a 9 month winter, then a 2 week summer, and then, just as I started my job (and got cute summery things for it) it got cool and hasn’t warmed since. I’m hoping that this doesn’t mean we are in for winter to start in 2 weeks. I can’t handle that.
      That is so sad about Lisa’s parents, but I know what you mean. I never met my mother’s mother, but her father (who lived in Florida for his health) was not allowed (or rarely allowed) to travel to see his children per his second wife. He died when I was 10, and the last time I saw him was when we visited them in Florida when I was 6. My dad’s parents lived much farther away (outside Rochester), had far less money, and we saw way more of them. So funny how that happens.

      August 26, 2014 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    My parents live pretty close to us (1h away) so they come down often. However my husband’s family lives in England, us in Canada – so it’s more like every 3-4 years we see them! It’s going to be hot as balls tomorrow here…yuck…I have to work but would rather spend it at the beach or lake.
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    August 25, 2014 at 5:42 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would imagine that it is especially difficult, with the price of travel nowadays especially, to get your British family over to see you, or vice versa! That was one of the most expensive parts of our honeymoon–the travel over there!

      August 26, 2014 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply Mo (@rushourunner)

    Last time my dad visited? Well, he came to our place last Wednesday, and we went to Olive Garden for dinner, because that’s what he wanted. And when he’s around, he’s the boss, haha. (When he’s not around, I’m the boss 🙂 )
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    August 25, 2014 at 6:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      A) how many breadsticks were involved and b) I’m pretty sure that you are still the boss, you just let him think so (that’s how it always is with men)

      August 26, 2014 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply Ursula

    what an awesome weekend! I love having my family visit. My mom visited us up north in the winter and even though we didn’t do anything besides go for walk and bake delicious food, it was the perfect weekend. Also I’m impressed you went for a run! Only because I tend to be the laziest when my family is visiting. You’re such a dedicated all star 🙂
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    August 25, 2014 at 9:23 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was hoping to get the run done before they got here, but with the storminess on the forecast and the fact that I had some twinginess in one of my legs, I put it off. But that was not my original intention! But I’m ultimately glad that I did because the run went well and it created more room for everything that I ate, which was A TON. I usually have a chill day and a day that I have to work out–I love having my family, but I have to get the other ish out 😀

      August 26, 2014 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply Cassie

    Well, the last time my dad visited the place I lived was earlier today since I freeload and live at his house. Such an #italianproblem. I loved when he would visit at school… and especially when he visited when I lived in Hong Kong!!
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    August 26, 2014 at 9:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahaha #italianinHongKongproblems

      August 27, 2014 at 12:31 pm
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  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    Love Family Town! So happy you were able to show them around your stomping grounds. So funny you went to River Roast I have been talking about this place for a week straight now. I have passed it a lot recently and am so intrigued by it. I want to go and sit on their patio before it gets cold :/ Glad to hear it was good!!
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    August 27, 2014 at 8:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Let’s do it. I’m there. Suz + Sara Book Club, drinking Book Clubs.

      August 27, 2014 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Jill

    My run down in ATL was SUPER humid too this weekend! Totally threw my clothes in the shower as well! Now being on that boat with 0 showers for 100 days?! That is outrageous however if everyone smells bad does that kind of just cancel the smell out?!
    As for the ‘rents visiting Bmore, hary ever. I always make the trip back to PA to see them and my little sister and friends.
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    August 27, 2014 at 10:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve definitely had quite a few GA runs that resulted in a throw-thyself-into-the-shower-fully-dressed moment. I love that you went and visited your sister this weekend–that was awesome 😀

      August 28, 2014 at 3:54 pm
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