Happy Monday everyone. Hope you had a fun (and responsible) St. Patrick’s Day. Chicago tends to get a little crazy on St. Patrick’s Day. Thankfully I managed to avoid most of the chaos, although I did take a quick peek at Clark and Addison as my bus was driving by. Two words: S^*! show….

Anyway, I’ve been feeling a little down lately, so I knew I needed a Marvelous Monday post to perk myself up. Sometimes it’s good to remind ourselves of all the good things in our lives, especially when we’re feeling sad.


IMG_1716Last Thursday I had a girl’s night with one of my best friends. She got us reservations for the opening night of Howell’s and Hood on Michigan Ave. The food was hit or miss; the service was awesome. Our waiter was funny, attentive, and knew the menu inside and out. Our appetizer, shown on left, was potted smoked pork: Berkshire pork, braised mustard seed, sour green apple, hot cider ale mustard. Amazing. Wondering if I can recreate something similar. The salad for my main course was just eh.

Will definitely be going back however. They offer wine on tap, so I don’t have to worry about any preservatives that may or may not be added to the wine. And the place has a huge outdoor area, making it a perfect spot for when the weather gets warmer.

IMG_1724For most of my weekend, I ate the exact same meal pictured on the right. Salad with dressing made from dijon mustard and olive oil. And scrambled eggs with pesto. Man do I love pesto. It’s funny because the first time I ever had it, it was store bought. And it was terrible.

Making it homemade seriously makes a huge difference. I don’t even bother measuring anymore. I just throw in basil, garlic, walnuts and olive oil in my food processor  and blend. Then I keep it in a small mason jar in the fridge. Finished this batch in three days. So of course, I immediately ran out to buy more basil.


Other things I bought: salmon, grape tomatoes, mixed greens, cabbage, asparagus, avocados etc. Thought I would show the receipt in case you shop at Jewel-Osco as well. $5.99 per lb of salmon! Sweet. Normally salmon is about $7.99 – $8.99 lb. So anytime it gets down to $5.99 or $4.99 I run out and buy a few pounds.

Also excited about the asparagus. Jake and I used to eat it at least once a week during the summer, mostly because it’s delicious when you cover it in olive oil, salt and pepper and throw it on the grill. It’s too cold to grill so I’m going to experiment with my broiler instead.   




Also while at Jewel-Osco, I decided to “treat” myself to a magazine. Since I was feeling pretty down, I of course gravitated towards food I should not be eating (I’m looking at you bag of chips…and chocolate bars…and ice cream…sigh). Instead I grabbed the latest issue of Fitness. And I’m glad I did because it has a great article on picking the right minimalist shoe. I still haven’t bought a pair yet so I’m going to check out some of their recommendations.


A little while ago cutandjacked posted this picture on their instagram. I loved it so much that I actually put it as my iphone background. For me, accepting that I will always have fibromyalgia was just a first step. The second was deciding I wasn’t going to let it stop me from living my life. Unfortunately Saturday I forgot this for a moment when I got hit with a bad pain attack and spent most of the night feeling sorry for myself. (My fault. I ate gluten). This week I’m not going to let that happen again.

IMG_1728And finally, my Monday is marvelous because I am super proud of my boyfriend. A while ago he was asked to review “Third-Party JavaScript” by Ben Vinegar and Anton Kovalyov. Jake ordered a copy and there on the back is a quote from him. That’s pretty darn awesome is you ask me.

Anyway, so that’s it for now. Hope your Monday is marvelous. Or if it isn’t, hope that you have the ability to push through the junk and see the positives.

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