Saturday I had plans to meet my sister and her daughter downtown for Tasting Table in Fulton Market.   I knew my niece Claire had her placement test for high school (how did she get that old already?!) so I had some time to kill before meeting up with them.  Taking the train downtown was the best idea ever.  It’s an hour and 15 minute ride on the weekend because it makes all the stops, but it was super relaxing, and what I didn’t realize was that Metra has a weekend pass – for $8 I could take as many rides on Saturday and Sunday – so $4 one way is a cheap way to go, especially since parking in Chicago is ridiculous.

When I woke up on Saturday morning I saw that Hannah had already laid the ground work for breakfast – each of us with our favorite coffee mug, K-cup lined up and . . . canned corned beef hash.  I had about 1/2 a cup of hash and a piece of toast for breakfast and took my coffee to go.  Tia, I know you are eyeing that skull mug!

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My first stop was the German market at Daley Plaza.  When I worked downtown I used to have a brat with sauerkraut while the market was open.  But Saturday, being nearly 50 degrees on December 5, it was a sea of humanity.  I could barely get close enough to any stalls, and when I did, the line was so long.  I did end up buying that snowman bell, and Mom, while I wanted to buy that angel for you on the bottom right?  Um, it was $80, so sorry I didn’t buy it for you.  Plus, I think it’s like me and snowmen, I think you have enough angels!

I texted my sister, she still wasn’t sure what time she’d meet up with me, so I headed over towards the green line exit where they would be coming out, which is right across the street from the French Market.   I got to shop around, buy some cheese, and as luck would have it, they have this tiny 8 stool bar and they happened to have one of Tony’s favorite beers – Boddington’s, so I took that as a sign to have a beer.

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After waiting for my sister for nearly an hour, she finally bailed on me.  Not gonna lie, I was a lot bummed.  Saturday was the one year anniversary of Tony’s memorial, and while part of me just wanted to stay curled up in my bed all day, I planned something for that day so that it wasn’t an option.  Maybe I should have intimated how important it was for me not to be by myself?  As I started walking towards Fulton Market, I was getting pissed that she let me down, but when I think of it, she usually says she’ll do something with me then cancels at the last minute, so I shouldn’t have been too surprised.  I just decided to make the most of my day by myself!

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The venue was wide open and easy to move around.  My main goal for going to this open market was to buy a good knife.  I know, you’d think that with the amount of cooking I’d do, that I would have invested in a good knife, but I haven’t.  Buttermilk Supply was one of the vendors and that is when I decided I needed to go here.   Sam was so personable, and when I told him that his booth was the main reason for me coming, he was a bit taken aback.  He asked if I lived in the neighborhood and when I said I lived 55 miles away he couldn’t believe I’d come that far for a knife!   While they were all gorgeous, I knew I couldn’t spend $400 on a knife, but I settled on this one – at $120, he said it was the best knife for the price for every day use.   After I bought that, it was time to head back to the train station, but not before I got my picture with Santa!

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Yesterday morning I couldn’t wait to try it out.  Look at how pretty he packaged it!

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Well, just WOW is the only way to describe this knife.  It feels good in my hand, and is super sharp – it makes it feel as if I’ve been using a plastic knife all these years.  He told me to buy this sharpening stone at Amazon to sharpen it at home. 

Yesterday I did some meal planning, went to the grocery store, did all my laundry – and not only washed and dried it, but folded it and put it away!  I think the new closet is making me be more adult about taking care of my clothes!

And when I was cleaning up my desk area, turns out I have a bunch of Cabot cheese coupons that are about to expire at the end of the year, so I had to start stocking up.  Looking at my cheese/deli drawer, it doesn’t look like I have an obsession with cheese at all!

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So all things considered, it was a good weekend.  I got nearly 18k steps in on Saturday, the weather was gorgeous, and I think we’ll still have temps in the upper 40s and mid 50s this week – not bad at all for the second week of December!

Time to get some steps in before work – hope you had a great weekend!  Make it a great day!