A Beautiful Weekend in Chicago

I was about to start this post by inviting everyone to guess where I was, but I already blew it, thanks to the title I chose. So… Greetings from Chicago!

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That’s the rooftop deck in my sister’s building. And if you’re thinking it’s completely awesome, well, you’re 100% correct!

After Maude’s death, I really wanted to get away from Los Angeles, and Chicago was the perfect choice. I was already planning on coming here later in the summer, and Laura works from home, so when she suggested I come early, and work out of her home too, I jumped at the chance. I can do my job from anywhere (provided I have my phone and laptop), and I love this city. It was an easy decision.

I’ve always loved Chicago, but my feelings have evolved ever since I raced up the stairs of the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in November 2014. I can’t look at the skyline anymore without feeling a tinge of pride and connection to the tallest building in town, and I feel that tinge all the time, because you can see the Willis Tower from everywhere.

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I arrived late on Friday night, and we’ve kept busy since. On Saturday, I accompanied Laura to a work meeting in the morning, and then we went back to her place and did the Workout’s a Drag DVD I brought along with me. Later, we headed to the movies, and saw “The Shallows,” an intense, suspenseful shark attack movie (it was pretty good, although with a ridiculous ending). I even splurged on popcorn.

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That night, we made cauliflower-crust pizzas. Laura had been curious about them since I shared the recipe on this blog. We used Trader Joe’s riced cauliflower – which eliminated the agonizing chore of grating an entire cauliflower head – and we each made our own pizza. I topped mine with anchovy, spinach, arugula, tomato, feta, and of course sauce and mozzarella cheese.

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I calculated that my pizza was around 600 calories. Laura’s was around 500. For the whole thing. An entire dinner-plate-sized pizza for 500 or 600 calories! That’s the magic of a cauliflower-based crust. And Laura loved it!

I met my friend Rachel for lunch on Sunday (I got a burger, but only ate a 1/4 of the bun, and had sauteed zucchini instead of fries), and afterward, Laura and I went to the Chicago Pride Parade.

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It was really fun. The parade was two hours, with lots of music, floats, dancing, and as you can see, no shortage of balloons.

With the weekend over, today I buckled down to work, although I stepped out at lunchtime to meet my friend Leslie for a quick bite (I got a spinach salad with grilled salmon). After work, I drove with Laura to her group fitness class, but I went for a run while the class was going on. We were pretty close to Lake Michigan, and it was a beautiful day to run along the water.

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I went a little over 4 miles, although I don’t know exactly, because I accidentally turned off my Runkeeper before I finished. D’oh!

Oh, and I’ve climbed the stairs in my sister’s building a couple times since I’ve been here, too. It’s only 6 stories, but it’s a beautiful stairwell – with windows!

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Speaking of my sister, she’s had a wonderfully inspirational year, and I’m gonna tell you all about it in my next post!

Keep it up, David!

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