The Bracelet

Chicagoland has had record breaking cold this past weekend, setting records that were more than 30 years old.  Right now, at 7:00 a.m. on Monday morning – it’s only 57 degrees.

I actually don’t mind the cool weather at all.  The mosquitos are at bay, the humidity is gone.  Of course, I feel bad for anyone who had an outdoor party this weekend – who knew you’d have to wear jackets and have bonfires to keep warm in July!

Saturday was a lazy day.  We ended up sleeping in (awesome sleeping weather!) and then I ended up making us lunch at home.  Hot roast beef and American cheese sammies with some fries on the side – this was breakfast and lunch.

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We watched a funny/stupid movie, and then headed out to the grocery store around 2:30.  When I got back and put everything away, I looked at my Insanity calendar and was happy to see it was a Cardio Recovery day – so it was only 43 minutes long. Open-mouthed smile

Ribs were on sale again – I followed our tried and true method, and again worked out perfect except for one thing.  We are out of Rudy’s bbq Sause!!   We are still kicking ourselves for not buying more when we were in Austin in May.


So while these could have used more sauce, they were super tender.  And I finally brought in dishes I may have left out for a few days!

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Yesterday I was meeting up with Hannah and my Mom downtown.  My SIL only lives 10 minutes from us, so she met at our house and we drove to the train station to go to the Randolph Street Market.  I was nervous because when I woke up it was blue skies, and then it got cloudy and rained.  But the weather turned out to be beautiful.

Here we are waiting for the train:

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My SIL has lived in the NW suburbs of Chicago her whole life, but when I asked her when the last time she was in Chicago, she literally couldn’t remember.  Definitely more than 10 years, but could even be as long as 20 years!

Me and Hannah at the train station:

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And me and my Momma when we started walking to the fest before catching a cab.  I always feel so tall next to my Mom!  (I am only 5.2!)

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When we entered the market there was this German beer lady hawking the beer garden – I couldn’t help but get a picture of Hannah with her!

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We didn’t walk around too long before we were all hungry.  I’d only had a piece of toast for breakfast not knowing what I was going to have for lunch.  We all settled on a Middle Eastern food tent – I got the falafel – so good!  My SIL had this too for the first time and loved it, so I plan on making some next week for our lunches.  I got mine with both a tahini sauce and hot sauce – the price?  $4!!  Totally reasonable.

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So it was an eclectic mix of stalls at this market – some were high end furniture, then the next booth looked like someone cleaned out their basement.  Definitely awesome people watching!

Nicole, this picture is for you – this was such a sweet bull dog.  There were lots of friendly dogs!

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I should have bought that hat!

Creepy stuff:

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Longtime readers have seen this picture of me and my twin sister, circa 1980.  I am on the left.

Beth and Jenn as kids

I sent this picture to Tony to bring back that 80s magic!

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So here’s where the day got a little weird.  Tony always makes fun of me because it doesn’t seem to matter where we go, I always seem to bump into someone I know.  I was in this stall when I hear my name being called.  WTF?

I look up and it is none other than the very first boy I loved.  Bob was my first boyfriend.  Not kidding when I say we “dated” from 4th grade until 8th grade.  I think the only reason we broke up is because he went to a Catholic high school and I went to the public high school.

Anyway, whenever I saw him in grade school my heart would skip a beat.  We had our first kiss at the age of 9 – his Mom actually caught us kissing behind a shed in the far corner of the school grounds!

Bob’s family always went somewhere for spring break.  We never went anywhere for spring break.  In 5th grade, he brought me back a macramé/puca shell bracelet.  It was thick like this bracelet, but white and had a shell in the middle.  I thought it was the prettiest thing I’d ever seen.


I put it on immediately and never took it off.  Until one day, my grandma that lived with us asked me where I got it.  I proudly said “my boyfriend brought it back to me from Florida.”  At which point she totally wigged out, telling me I was too young to have a boyfriend and that I had to give it back.

Why I didn’t just keep it and put it on once I left the house, I’ll never know.  Maybe because I was only 10 and I thought she’d somehow find out that I didn’t give it back. 

So I waited by his locker.  I was thinking up this elaborate story on how I couldn’t keep the bracelet.  I was all calm cool and collected until I saw him walk up the steps and the closer he got to his locker the more I was pissed I couldn’t keep it and by the time he actually reached his locker, I burst into tears, threw it right at him and said “I can’t keep it!”  And left it at that!

We have since reconnected on Facebook.  He and I both laughed because we remembered “the bracelet” story as if it were yesterday.  He’s now happily married with four kids in their teens.  He may read my blog because he’s seen my links on Facebook, so Bob, if you are reading this – it was really great to see you!

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Alright, now I am curious.  Bob said a couple years ago that I was a hot topic in his house because this three boys couldn’t believe that we first kissed at the age of 9.  I have to know, do you remember how old you were when you had your first kiss on the lips?

We walked around for hours – had a great time and then it was time to head back to the train station.  Hannah left on the L, my Mom on the West line and Jody and I on the Northwest line.

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Dinner ended up being super quick.  My thought was to do a quick Parmesan cheese chicken – turns out I used the flour/bread crumbs, but um, forgot the Parmesan cheese!  We had baked potatoes on the side.

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I ended up taking the day off from Insanity with all the walking we did, but plan to hit Day 56 hard tonight!

Alright, I have to get this show on the road – I am making Chicken Tikka Masala for lunch today – it’s one of my bosses favorites (and mine too!).  I am fully prepared for Tony to call me later after I leave and want to know what smells like ass – he no likey the Indian food!

Make it a great day! 


40 thoughts on “The Bracelet

  1. you had me at rudys and the fact I, too, got a WHITE BRACELET like that from friends each summer.
    we never had the summer money to travel….

  2. ha, second grade by the uneven bars on the playground…the boy pulled the tongue thing and freaked me out. He had like five older brothers so I guess they taught him young, lol! So cool you saw him!

  3. I’ve never even heard of that market. Will have to check it out. My first kiss was just before my 17th birthday. It was from Jerry W. I didn’t really like him and “gave” him to my cousin shortly after that kiss.


    • You would love it – it’s every month and they have Living Social deals – the door ticket price was $10 – Living Social was only $4!

  4. Eww, those baby doll heads and skull baby were CREEPY. Looks like a fun day was had.

    I was nine, it was the summer before the 4th grade, and it was kind of a peer pressure thing. I wanted to kiss Ronnie, but was nervous. It happened only once. Then I had quite the dry spell that lasted until I was in high school.

    It’s not as good as buying it on vacation, but you can buy Rudy’s sause online.

    You crack me up with that throw-back to the 80s picture! Thanks for starting my day with some laughter.

  6. I was 16 and it was a game of “Spin the Bottle” – what a cliche!

  7. Looks like you had a great time! OMG the doll heads are creepy!! I had my first kiss on the lips when I was 14. I still talk to the guy every once in a while but haven’t seen him in ages!

  8. Sounds like y’all had a super day yesterday! So cool to run into your old boyfriend!! Maybe he will send you the bracelet now for old-times sake!!
    Love the picture from the 80s of you and your sister but love the one from yesterday even more!!

  9. Marcia@Frugal Healthy Simple

    love the 80’s glasses! I had those!

  10. My first kiss was in preschool. My father taught me well….

  11. I can’t believe you saw the first boy you loved! That is so so cute! The falafel looks amazing. I’m afraid to cook ribs. Isn’t that silly. Josh is super picky about them (and I don’t eat them)…so I’m afraid I”ll just do it wrong. That bulldog is cute. They’re the best dogs. Love my frankers

  12. I want that falafel! Been too long. I have a baked recipe on my blog but it’s not really similar to the fried kind (it’s more chunky, not smooth) but I do love it if you want to try it. I love dog pictures so keep them coming – I want to die of that bulldog’s cuteness! They are so ugly, they’re cute-lol. I just have to say you are looking so good these days – so young and slim. You’re doing great! As for kissing at 9, you are fast Biz! 😉 I don’t count my first mouth kiss b/c I was like 5 and it was my cousin and we wanted to see what this French kissing thing was all about so we just stuck our tongues out and mashed them together. That scarred me until the age of 17 when I had my first real mouth kiss. It was much better. haha

  13. Weighting For 50

    How fun that you bumped into your “old flame”. I was WAY behind you in the first kiss timeline, I was 15. I think. Maybe 16. It was a guy at school, we weren’t boyfriend and girlfriend, we just wanted to give it a go. Turns out, he gave it a go with MANY MANY girls. Decades later, my best friend Marion and I were talking about it, and she said “my first kiss was Scott G” and I said “really? MY first kiss was Scott G” to which she replied “he was the first kiss of our friends Cheryl and Linda too”. So funny. Wonder what happened to him!! And who he’s kissing these days! Have a wonderful Monday Vat.

  14. What a fun weekend and so many good times! I love that you ran into an old flame. Thanks for sharing your first love story. I really don’t remember my first kiss but it must have been 8th or 9th grade. I was pretty shy!

    You look amazing – your work out routine is really paying off. 🙂

  15. You are looking great, Biz! All that insanity is paying off. 🙂

    Fun running into your old boyfriend! I can’t remember my first kiss – must not have been with anybody particularly special, I guess. Or else my C.R.S. is acting up again.

    Rudy’s ships their sause, and meat, too. You could have a Texas BBQ in Chicago!

  16. That Old Style hat looks really good on you – you have such a cute look on your face!
    I think my first real kiss involved a can of Old Style 😉

  17. I love falafel! I like to make a baked version instead of frying it, much better and just as tasty. The fest looks like a lot of fun and so cool you met up with Bob. I do remember my first kiss on the lips, I was in 6th grade.

  18. Who would want to buy a baby head or a headless baby? Lol!!! Those things are creepy but, I’m laughing thinking about who would be selling them! You are looking great Biz! So cool you seen Bob and that you found each other on fb. l think my first kiss would have been around 14 years old.

  19. Enjoyed reading your blog! Looks like you had a great day!

  20. Looks like such a fun day!! The baby heads freaked me out but the rest was awesome!

    The bracelet story was so adorable 🙂 I had my first in Kindergarten – so, I was 6?! We were playing house and it was with a boy named Eric.

    Oh and awesome ribs – we had some delicious ones last night and I made the bbq sauce!

    • Tyler is now in possession of three different salsas for you! I think he said he’d see you at M’s birthday? They are canned, so they will last – once opened, you need to eat it up in a couple weeks, if it lasts that long. 😀

  21. What a lovely great day and a great story.

    You can definitely see a change in your body on the pics Biz! Looking good lady.

  22. Glad you had a great time at the festival, and WOO HOO for 80s glasses and old boyfriends. At least you are on good terms with them – a few weekends ago MAK and I ran into two of my old boyfriends in the same day. I wanted to die…sometimes you just don’t want to remember. 🙂

  23. Love festivals for people watching. I agree, there was some creepy stuff. Loved the macramé bracelet and what a great story. Fun times with the fam.

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