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Girlfriends Weekend

December 14th, 2011 at 01:32 am

My girlfriends weekend in downtown Chicago was expensive -- as I expected.

Hotel -- $52 (1 room split three ways)
Food & drinks -- $118
Train & taxis -- $29
Shopping -- $35


Plus, I gave a man in the train station $7 for a ticket. He said he lost his wallet and seemed credible. I realize that it may have been a lie, but I was okay with helping him out anyway, whatever his true situation.

The shopping was mostly at Crate & Barrel, for stocking stuffers. The food included tea at the Drake with champagne, a big breakfast buffet at the hotel and lunch at the Grande Lux Cafe, as well as stops at Starbucks and Argo Tea.

I saw the Marilyn statue -- again -- and had a lot of fun shopping -- not buying -- at Swarovski Crystals, Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom Rack. We also had a nice long soak in the hot tub, followed up by chocolate martinis!

It went by so fast. It was good to see my pals. We will do it again. Maybe in warmer weather next time!

Yesterday I spent $1.71 mailing the gloves that one of my friends left behind.

I had a troubling day at work yesterday. My boss was very upset, not at me, but it affected me. When I came home I had a hard time settling down, even after I got in bed. After a while I got up and started cleaning out my closet -- a project I was going to tackle over Christmas break -- but I got it all done last night, with all my nervous energy. I've made several runs to the dumpster, and tomorrow will drop off several bags at Goodwill. I have three bags of magazines -- I have to figure out who to give them to. They're too good to throw away.

You know how you find things when you're de-cluttering? When I was looking for my swimsuit I found about five bras I had put away when I gained weight -- they should fit just fine now. And while going through the magazines I found a brand new book of double acrostics I had forgotten I had. I love double acrostics -- crosswords on steroids!

On Friday my grandson is coming to stay the night so we can go see "A Christmas Carol" on Saturday morning. I've offered to feed the whole family on Friday night when they come to drop him off. I think I'm going to saute some chicken breasts, make homemade potato soup, and round out the meal with vegetables and biscuits. Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies for dessert. I have all the makings on hand, so I can put off the grocery store till GS goes back home on Saturday.

4 Responses to “Girlfriends Weekend”

  1. laura Says:

    I'm feeling a pang of jealousy that you're seeing "A Christmas Carol" at Drury Lane. We've done that for several years with the Cub Scouts, and I got a little tired of seeing it. I ended up coordinating an outing to the theater of Western Springs with the Tiger Scouts and Webelo Scouts to see "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" by Barbara Robinson. Truly delightful, but not the same as "A Christmas Carol". We tried to get tickets, but they were sold out so we'll have to settle seeing "The Sound of Music." Have a fun, fun time!

  2. HouseHopeful Says:

    Sounds like you had a great girls weekend! And a good plan for the family/play. Enjoy Smile

  3. CB in the City Says:

    This is only the second time I've gone to the Drury Lane Christmas Carol, so I'm good for a few more! Maybe next year the little one can join in.

    Sound of Music should be a lot of fun, too.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    My library has bins where you can drop off magazines that are in good shape and then other people can take them for free. Maybe your library does something similar.

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