Chicago and the Blog Love Fest That Was


I don’t even know where to begin. Chicago was…crazy, fun, exhausting, laughter inducing, glee-infested, good food stuffing, plain old AMAZING. This recap will probably not do it justice since it fell in January and January is the month where I forget how to write and publish shit that a monkey could write. With their toes. But I’m going to give this my best shot.

First, some things I’ve learned:

1. Chicago is in another time zone so it is not necessary to wake up at 7am to get there by noon. You will arrive an hour early and feel like an idiot for unnecessarily missing out on sleep.

2. No one really knows who I am or what my old blog was. If you are curious, I will email you what my old blog was.

3. I apparently look nothing like my twitter and blog avatar.

Being that I was early into the city and didn’t realize it until I hit the city limits, I went out for coffee with Matt from Life Without Pants. He probably thought I was a pretty huge idiot when he got the text being all ohhh wait i’m in the city early because I didn’t remember the time difference. Yet he still met up with me and we chatted about my move and blogging…you know what us bloggers usually talk about. It was awesome to meet him and I was so glad I was able to swing by on the way to Jenn’s place! And ok, fine, glad I was retarded and got to Chi-town early.

Friday was kind of a time warp/bermuda triangle type of day in which time was eaten and I had no concept of what time it was at any point during the day. I know I went to lunch with Jenn at Panera, made a header for her blog and ate dinner with her family. I also know we got all dressed up in new party dresses and heels, did our makeup and tried finding necklaces that weren’t eaten by our boobs (we both failed). We then drove down to her friend Mo’s house and that’s when time gets a little fuzzy. I swear it had nothing to do with the champagne and wine we got drunk off of there. Ok maybe it had everything to do with it.

After a lot of laughter and some great stories, we headed out to the bar where Derek had parked himself at. He’s leaving us for Canada (damn Canadians) so this was his goodbye thing. Derek was awesome of course and I am not just saying that because he told me I was a celebrity, like Lady Gaga famous. (That was once he figured out who I was in regards to my old blog.) I am so not famous. He obviously was drunk. But I can’t say I wasn’t tickled by that.

I proceeded to mix vodka into the wine/champagne mix and you can imagine just how drunk I got. We closed down that bar which I’m assuming put us at 2:30 when we got to the next bar of choice which was insanely packed. At some point we abandoned that one too and ended up back at Derek’s old apartment with a few of his friends. There were card games, talking about 20SB and how I don’t look like my avatar at all and there may have been some Mary Juana involved. All of a sudden, Jenn looks at her watch and is all IT’S SIX THIRTY.

Say what?

I had been up 24 HOURS. I wasn’t tired before, amazingly, but as soon as it was realized just what time it was, and the sun started coming up, we became walking zombies. We drove back to her house, instead of going to sleep, with a quick stop at McDonalds for some greasetastic breakfast sandwiches (which we of course screwed up the first time. Who eats a sausage sandwich? My brain automatically goes dirty with that one but i had to write it. Sausage sandwich. Teehee) We then crashed for a few hours before heading to Erin’s Glee party. I was half alive at that point and pretty sure I was still drunk/high and my body was having difficulty deciding whether it wanted to be hungover or not. I’m all about first impressions among some of my favorite bloggers.

It was great fun and these ladies are seriously hilarious. There was video making, blogger round tables, song singing, a lot of Glee watching, doggy loving and I may have eaten my weight in dips, rice krispie treats, donuts and chips. Thank god for conveniently non-form fitting sweaters to hide it all. It was another time sucking day where we all exclaimed at 10:30 at night how we had no idea where the time went!

Renee and Jenn performing Defying Gravity for Ben and Peter

I could have gone out that night but once we walked into Jenn’s house, my extreme lameness came out and I passed out like a brick on my bed while Jenn went to party with her friends. Which was probably good because the next morning we drove downtown to have my very much missed meal of the day (BRUNCH) with the lovely Jamie. There was champagne and chocolate chip pancakes involved and it was all sorts of awesome. Not to mention the restaurant was VERY pink and very cute.

Have I mentioned I’ve never been to Chicago before? I mean, technically I have. I was there about ten years ago for an auto show that I went to with my best MSU girlfriends and we got lost downtown. That was the extent of my first “Chicago trip.” Which is why I never count it, I didn’t see ANYTHING of the city. Sunday after brunch we went down to Millennium Park and the Bean, took lots of pictures, wandered down Mag Mile and then, sadly, parted ways. I wandered back down towards Grant Park to hang out with an old friend from FIT who moved to the city at the same time I left NYC for Europe. She apparently loves Chi more than NYC but it still hasn’t convinced me that I need to move here. I AM convinced that all the Chi bloggers need to move to Colorado with me though.

A reason why I won’t be moving to Chi anytime soon

The night was capped off by a four hour drive back through the dark to Michigan and involved a lot of singing at the top of my lungs along with Glee. Lets just say I had no voice by the time I got home and was also convinced that Glee needs to cast me in their next season. Watch out Lea Michele. It may have been the only reason I didn’t pass out and drive off the road to my death and when I got home I passed out and my mom yelled at me for not coming downstairs and telling them all about my weekend AS SOON AS I GOT HOME.

I had SO much fun in Chicago and cannot wait to visit again. Of course the people were the ones who made this city and this trip so great and I am so glad Jenn convinced me to come down there! It wasn’t hard to twist my arm though. 🙂

Now I must go figure out a new avatar.

32 Responses

  1. Sounds like a fantastic time! I’m so glad that you got to meet up with all the awesome Chicago bloggers. (I have trouble finding necklaces that aren’t swallowed up by my cleavage too.)

  2. Mandy & I were just talking yesterday about how we wish we lived closer to all the fantastic Chicago bloggers! Realistically StL isn’t that far away (I think same distance as you?) but it’s just not the same. I’m glad you had such a lovely time.

    Confession: I still have yet to see the “bean.” Great photos!

  3. THIS MAKES ME SO JEALOUS! And yes, the Chicago bloggers MUST MOVE WITH YOU to Boulder. Or at least come see us soon?

  4. SO excited I got to see you two days in a row. I can’t wait to go visit you and Doni in Boulder. omg

  5. every necklace i own is stolen by the cleave. seriously, it’s dangerous down there.
    glad you had a great time!

  6. I never had the urge to visit Chicago before, but all the Chicago blogger trips make it look pretty nice!

  7. Well now I definitely want to know what your old blog was… and probably feel lame for still not knowing it!

    I haven’t been to Chicago since high school, with my mother & grandma, & hated it. I think I would probably adore it now. Sounds like you guys had a great time! Meeting blog folks in real life = cutest. I’m jealous!

  8. Ohhhh Chicago, how I miss you. Still own a condo there while we live in Los Angeles right now. Would move back there in a heartbeat if we could find a job.

    Glad you had such a good time in one of the best cities in the US.

  9. I’m jealous that you saw the live show…

  10. Eeeeeks…I am JEALOUS! Haha, after becoming FB friends with you, I’d agree that you look very different from your Twitter photo but I think you are just gorgeous.

    I have never been to Chicago and clearly I need to get there ASAP.

  11. I agree, your avatar looks nothing like the other pictures I’ve seen of you.

    I live about 2-1/2 hours from Chicago, and I sooooo want to move there, its an awesome city, I’m glad you enjoyed it even if you weren’t convinced that you need to live there.

  12. This looks like an amazing trip! No one was there to take awkward pictures of you though…that must have made you sad.

  13. I heart Chicago! But not when it’s cold. Sounds like you had an awesome trip! I was up there in October and I loved playing at the Bean!

  14. Well, I’m glad you stumbled through these parts a little early as well. It was great to meet you and, we have a LOT in common (relocating, internet celebredom, not looking anything like our avatars) – I couldn’t be happier for all the leaps of faith you are about to take and I wish you nothing but the best. You, Doni, and Cali are going to have a blast in Boulder.

  15. I am SOO bummed that we were not able to meet up this weekend.

  16. sounds like a blast! ive never been to chicago either, but will be there NEXT OCTOBER FOR THE MARATHON!!!

  17. aww sounds like you had an awesome time 🙂

  18. Jealous! Sounds like you had a ton of fun :).

  19. That sounds like such a fun weekend! And you are so lucky you got to hang out with other bloggers from 20SB. You’re all thousands of miles away from me.

  20. I’m not sure there was any time to fit in seeing me even if I was available. Sounds like a really fun, packed weekend. Which is good, because we want you to get good vibes from this city of ours!

  21. aw yay that sounds like one kick ass way to spend some time in chicago. i absolutely love it. and i agree with derek you are pretty famous from your first blog if i’m remembering correctly which i think i am, haha.

  22. Maybe it’s the darkness of your avatar?

    I, too, am wicked jealous.

  23. I love all your photos. Seriously, gorgeous. It was so nice to meet you! I’m so glad you came into town.

  24. I’m so jealous, I went through Chicago on my way Rockford with my family when I was like 13, I want to go back and explore so bad!

  25. but….what’s wrong with canadians??? lol
    princess pointful…

    aside from me (i suck at life…haha), ALL FAB, all Canadian BLOGGERS! lol

    looks like it was an awesome meetup!!

    • It’s just that you all live SO FAR AWAY. Even though you’re like, our neighbors. And what are you talking about? You are a fab blogger! You are one of the first people I read years and years ago! ❤

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