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Spinning Distraction, Chicago Prepping

Spinning Distraction 
Today was a spin day for me. Monday's are hard enough without forcing yourself up even earlier for a morning run. Class was good - definitely needed the distraction as I'm starting to get a little freaked about how long I'm going to be gone to Chicago (10 days).

(Note: You are free to skip this travel fear ramble)
Part of me is looking forward to the trip, though I will be in classes from 9-4:30. I know we'll get a chance to see more of Chicago than I did on a past trip. For me, it's going to be an issue of being WAY out of routine. Unless I find a gym with a reasonable day-pass rate (one was 17 freaking bucks) then no weight workouts.

Though, I am really looking forward to running near the lake and not having to run at 5:30 am to avoid the heat. It's hitting 100+ here, but there...a chilly 85. I'm also looking forward to enjoying a lake day.
I am also hoping to get to meet up with at least two bloggers: Sarah from Ordinary Vegetarian and Kathi from Kath Eats Vegan

I guess the big negative is no home cooked meals. That really does stress me out to be honest. I know some people look forward to eating out, for me it's a treat and not a habit. However, the upside is getting to try some vegetarian/vegan restaurants. Huge plus actually (gottta keep remembering that one). I did scout out a Trader Joe's nearby, this is such a treat for me. So I guess I shouldn't be so worried really.


There is still something a little sad about not being home for so long. I won't get to see my two crazy maniacs (aka Heath and Maddie). I'll definitely be missing my own bed. And then there's the trying to figure out how to pack for 10 days. I'm sooo not good at that sort of thing. Any tips??? I'll probably be trying to use the hotel's laundry service or finding a laundry mat.

I do know that that some of my anxieties will disappear once the flying part is over and done with (hello Ativan). Also, I know that once I get there and start enjoying the city, I'll relax. There are more positives to look forward to than negatives. That's what I need to remind myself. I will have HUGE to-enjoy lists ;-)

Lots to Do & Cleaning Out the Fridge
This evening I must really attack the packing and some house chores. I need to finish up lots of laundry, but our dryer died last night. Perfect timing huh? I could try hanging them outside, but they may literally burn up!

As for dinner...good, but boring. I feel like my eats have been rather boring over the past few days in general. We're trying to clear out the fridge, so nothing new and exciting. Tonight is veggie burgers topped with the usual suspects (roasted red bell peppers, spinach, vegan cheese) with sweet potato fries.
Like I said, really tasty, but not terribly exciting for blogging about ;-) At least it made for an easy dinner though right?

Daily To-Enjoy List
  • Spin class
  • Catching up on Big Brother (my only reality show addiction)

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