If We Were Having Coffee (Weary Edition)

If we were having coffee, I’d be a bit weary. I’m in the midst of a cross-country road trip, and I’m looking forward to being in one place for awhile starting tomorrow (Sunday). The last week has been absolutely incredible, but we’ve also had seven loooong days in a row and it’s catching up with me.

Chicago pizzaIf we were having coffee, I’d tell you about having lunch in Chicago. My friend/travel buddy Matt and I detoured slightly into Chicago just to get a few slices of true, authentic deep-dish pizza–another food first for me (cheese curds in Wisconsin was another local treat I experienced for the first time). While we were eating, we noticed the TVs announcing breaking news of a nearby shooting, which turned out to be exactly a block from the pizza place. Watching the updates was completely surreal–if our timing had been different and we’d chosen to park on that block instead, we could’ve so easily been caught in the crossfire. It’s hard to even come to terms with something like that.

ISabina and Brittaf we were having coffee, I’d tell you about meeting Britta. Yay, the first blog friend I’ve met who I actually remembered to get a picture with!! The original trip itinerary didn’t even include Minneapolis, but Matt suggested we go there on our way to Milwaukee, and having a friend to stay with sealed the deal. We ate amazing food (Korean for dinner–a first for me–and Al’s Breakfast, a Minneapolis icon, the next day), played a card game called Gubs, and hung around the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Much better than a mere pit stop in Sioux Falls, SD, which was the original plan.

If we were having coffee, I’d let you know I’ll be semi-M.I.A. for a bit longer. I’ve been kind of neglecting blog things because I’ve been so busy with work and travel, and that’ll get worse before it gets better. In the next two weeks, I have to move into a new house, do work training from 9-5 all next week, then start classes the week after. Plus the beginning of the school year is a super social time, since there’s three months worth of catchup time with friends.

You can expect the usual book reviews/Top Ten Tuesdays, Thursday Doors, and Weekend Coffee (which I’ve been doing pretty much every other week). Travel postsbased on the road trip are absolutely coming, too, and I’ve got a few social media-related posts up my sleeve, but I can’t make any promises about a schedule, since my days are totally up in the air right now.

It’s a mystery to both of us, but things are and will be good. 


36 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee (Weary Edition)

  1. Wait… are Wisconsin Cheese Curds really all that different from Tillamook ones? Because you MUST have had Tillamook ones before? Right? *Northwest-Panic moment*
    Sounds like a really amazing (and interesting) trip so far! It’s awesome that you’re getting to have this adventure!


  2. That looks like a Giordano’s pizza!!! I’d recognize it anywhere. My husband and I used to live in the Chicago area, and Giordano’s was always my favorite Chicago-style pizza. I’ve spent enough time in Wisconsin to experience the cheese curds, too. Yummy. :)


  3. I love road trips, exhausting as they can be they’re super fun especially with a great travel buddy and it seems like you’ve got one in Matt. Enjoy the rest of your trip and safe travels. That pizza looks fantastic. Makes me want one. I’m glad to hear the two of you were safe with the shooting. That must have been scary to see that you were so close to it.


    • It was pretty scary, but it turned out okay in the end. Apparently it wasn’t random, it was a murder-suicide where a guy shot his ex-girlfriend and then himself. Which is tragic, but at least not a random act of violence towards strangers.


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  5. So glad to hear you’ve made it safely through most of the rest of your road trip and again, I’m so glad Paul and I were able to host you and Matt (well, mostly Paul…who am I kidding, it was his apartment!).

    Good luck with these next few weeks as you get settled in at school and good luck with the move into your house!

    Looking forward to seeing those travel posts, when they come. :)


  6. That pic with the deep dish pizza is amazing! That is one thing I’ve never eaten, probably because I’ve not been to Chicago – yet. Enjoy the rest of your travels and good luck with getting back to school!


  7. I’m so glad you’ve been having a good time, and glad you’ve stayed safe! Looks like meeting Britta was lots of fun, and that Chicago pizza looks amazing. :) Hope you enjoy the beginning of the year, and looking forward to hearing more about the adventures!


  8. That’s so neat! Sounds like you’re having a super fun road trip! Also super neat that you got to meet Britta (I found your blog through her weekend coffee share. We went to college together, and she’s a very nice person! :)
    Btw, aren’t Chicago’s deep dish pizzas just amazing? I stopped in Chicago for 4 days for a conference in April, and those were definitely the best pizzas I’ve ever had. Which meant I overate (because, well, PIZZA) and my stomach hated me the next day. Would I do it again? Definitely! :D

    Good luck with the busy schedule coming up! :)

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