Kelly the Culinarian: Working for the Weekend: Birthday Shenanigans Weekend

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Working for the Weekend: Birthday Shenanigans Weekend

Happy Birthday to my baby sister! Mandy celebrated another commemorative anniversary of her 21st year in this world again this year, with much fanfare as a result. But first, miles are required, because my training for the Circular Logic Marathon is well underway. I've been searching for a safe place to run during the winter, and I finally found Mecca in the form of the Morton Arboretum. How have I lived 12 minutes from this place for six years without knowing it's existence? For shame. It made 17 miles almost pleasant. It's never easy, but running is fun for me again.
#Selfie with the beauty filter. We're beautiful now
 Then, it was time to pick up cake. Mandy requested something girl with pink icing. This counts, right?
I want it noted that this crocodile/ alligator/ dragon has teeth and they are red
 After getting into town, we fueled up at Snarf's, which is right by Oz Park where my sister lives. I got a rotisserie chicken sandwich on wheat, and was as impressed by it as I was the comedic styling of this location's staff.

 The night began at the Lincoln Park Binny's tasting room, which is an amazing space if you haven't been. It's the world's largest liquor store and a beautiful place to grab a pint. Or a $2,700 bottle of champagne. Your call.

We started the night with a goofy photo. Mandy's boyfriend's family and I were trying our best Brady Bunch impression. How did we do?
"I'm Katie, I'm Mandy, I'm Kelly and we're *CLAP* the Mahoneys!"
Next up, we took a party bus. Yep, just like in college. It was a blast, even if we were quite scrunched in.
We stopped at Lagunitas, which I don't think I have a photo of, because we arrived 15 minutes before last call. I mean, last call at 8:15 on a Saturday night? Come on! It was a total bummer to get the bum rush at 9 p.m. I'd like to go back for the tour, but not for the beverages. Next up, we had to go to Mahoney's. Just because. At our namesake bar we received free shots, so it was worth it.

I think Bowie the Pomeranian had the best night, actually. He slept well, got lots of cuddles and inevitably a bunch of treats.
Happy Birthday, Mandy!

1 comment:

Losing Lindy said...

Ok so wrong that you are heading to Morton and we have been members there for many many years. I know some of our running friends meet up there from time to time, let me know if you need some digits.