I found a super cute house for me, my friends and a few Chicago Running Bloggers on VRBO.com. The pictures on the Internet didn't do it justice. For less than one night a nearby resort, we shared a home for the weekend. Because we all brought food, it turned out to be a very cheap girls weekend.
Race morning with the ladies:
One of the friends we made at the house:
He's a little wooden, but very welcoming.
The house had an awesome screened in patio, which I wish it was a bit warmer so we could take advantage.
We did, however, take advantage of the built-in fire pit.
The key to a roaring fire? A giveaway towel soaked in lighter fluid, with a little more lighter fluid.
And a look at some of our homemade meals. Erin cooked up pizzas Saturday night. She also made this awesome vegan French toast casserole Sunday morning. My contributions included vegan banana muffins and crock pot steel cut oats.
We also had a great time playing games, talking running and talking shop ... aka, blogging, SEO, Twitter and our favorite memes.
We tweeted each other ... a lot.
And practiced our Gangnam Style routine. I swear, only Sierra could make this routine look hot. Can you believe that despite working in social media and traveling to Korea recently, this weekend was the first time I saw this glorious video? I live under a rock ....
This was a lovely weekend away that I really enjoyed. The house was beautiful, the company was lovely, the food was amazing and the price was right. Despite that little interlude Saturday morning that including charging up Wisconsin's Mount Everest, I had a great time. I really hope we have the chance to do something like this again. There's nothing quite like conversations over a bonfire and a glass of wine.