January and Chicago winters in general is a time that you either get sick, get asked to cuddle, or Netflix and Chill by yourself.
One of my favorite newsletters, The Hustle, asked their readers to submit a selfie with what they did over the weekend. The results were pretty mixed and inspiring from a weekend of calling relatives and Netflix and Chill to a day on a plane.
Every weekend it seems like there are the standard options – go on a Tinder date, go to the bar, Netflix or read, and apparently meal prep and grocery shop are also popular as well as go to the gym.
But reflecting over this weekend, I didn’t really do any of those things. You can always check real time updates on my Snapchat (Rationalization) or my Instagram (@WindyCityCosmo), but for a whole snapshot of a city girl’s weekend plans during the winter in Chicago, here you go.
Cheers to saying no to cabin fever.
This weekend started off. I have been trying to take a break from dating -something I seem to do every year in January or February. As I started swiping, my friend invited me over. I got together with a few friends who were studying for their project management certification. We made pasta and garlic bread and talked about politics especially NATO and Donald Trump. Then we moved onto discussing whether I wear too much black, if we should make YouTube channels and the struggles in interracial relationships.
I took an Uber home and crashed on my friend’s couch. The next morning my friend had a day date – a breakfast date. She came back, and she helped me move some stuff into my new apartment.
She decided that some things have to go and we
threw out dragged a dresser to the curb.
We went shopping for a few apartment things on State Street and then ate dinner at Nando’s on Wabash. Their chicken is everything.
She went home to Netflix because A Series of Unfortunate Events was released on Friday the 13th and then, she got ready for a party. I went to my apartment. I found the grocery store nearby and talked to my parents while I shopped for gluten-free waffles. That wasn’t the intent, but I always like to try something new when I shop. P.S. the grocery store is a ghost town on Saturday night.
My friend came over to my new apartment. And though we talked about going to a bar we ended up drinking cider, talking about relationships and watching the last episode in Gilmore Girls Revival (and surprisingly liking it more the second time watching it). My friend went to the Green Mill, and I fell asleep around 1:30 am.
The next morning I woke up and hit snooze. I rushed to take a shower and realized I forgot to buy soap. So, I used hand soap! Then I took an Uber to church. I met with my friend and we made plans to watch The Bachelor, though Nick is being a bit weird.
I took the Clark bus downtown and figured out how to get quarters to do this week’s worth of laundry (which by the way is at the bank, or if it’s Sunday, at Mariano’s). I had book club that afternoon so I was religiously listening to the audiobook “Born a Crime”. Pro tip: if you speed up the reading time to 1.5 speed, you can still understand the book and finish it. Yes, Trevor Noah’s book is amazing.
The painters came to my apartment early, so I took a longer walk through my neighborhood and went to book club. We drank mimosas and bottled margaritas and discussed our feelings about Trevor’s life i.e. is he funnier that John Stewart, does South Africa have the most corrupt cops (they don’t, it’s actually Haiti – yes we looked it up) and how serious is domestic violence (in Chicago, see here), what does it mean to hustle, and what we learned about Apartheid.
Football and Politics:
In between this discussion, the Cowboys vs. Packers game was on and we watched the incredible game. The last two field goals were everything.
We lingered and talked about Donald Trump’s inauguration and updates on starting a career. Everyone left and I started falling asleep to Princess Bride. I took an Uber home and finished drying my clothes.
So I guess my weekend was ordinary – shopping, chores, and hanging out with friends, but honestly, I live for great conversation, amazing company, and good books, so I’m pretty happy.
What did you do this weekend?