Happy December, everyone! As we welcome December, we are saying goodbye to a fun month: November! In this post, I will share some of the things I accomplished and events I attended in November.
I kicked off the month with a women’s retreat with some really amazing women from my church. We ate, talked, and learned more about prayer. It was the perfect start to the busy month that followed.
The hubs and I enjoyed a nice dinner with our friends S & V who graciously hosted us in their home. S & V always cook plenty of food and spoil us with late night coffee. 🙂
Ever since the hubs and I started dating, he has been telling me about this 10 cent wing joint in Ravenswood. Every Monday night, they offer 10 cent wings, so one Monday in November, I took the train to that area after work and met the hubs for dinner. I think we had more than 30 wings! But for $3, who can pass that up? Check out their menu here: http://www.therailbar.com/
We also checked out a new spot, at least new to us, called Huettenbar. Our good friends M & K called us one Friday night and invited us to meet them there. It was completely last minute and spontaneous, and I loved every minute of it! Read more about the Huettenbar here: http://www.huettenbar.com/
Chicago held its Lights Festival on Nov. 19th. I met some friends to watch the parade. I saw Donald and Daffy Duck, Kermit the Frog, and even Santa!
We also met our friends from the Huettenbar, M & K, for a fun night at Chili’s at the beginning of Thanksgiving week. Nothing like a little 2 for $20 and quality time with good friends.
On Wednesday, Nov. 23, I went to the Daley Plaza to see the Chicago Christmas tree lighting. I saw a little preview of the A Christmas Story musical and heard other local groups sing some fun Christmas songs. It was the perfect thing to put me in the holiday spirit.
Thanksgiving morning, the hubs and I ran in the Edison Park Turkey Trot 5k. It was super cold! I decided that maybe it’s time to invest in long running pants for the Chicago winter. 🙂
And of course, what is November without Black Friday shopping? I found some great deals and made real progress on my Christmas shopping! I would definitely call it a success!
On a more disappointing note, I supported my team in the Iron Bowl the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We lost. But I still bleed orange and blue. War Eagle!
As soon as Thanksgiving was over, I decorated for Christmas!!
Oh, and one more thing…I wrote a book! Maybe I should repeat that: I wrote a book! In November, I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Participants sign up to write 50,000 words in one month! I got a late start but eventually caught up, finishing my novel on Nov. 30. A little last minute, but I finished in time to “win” as you can see below. 🙂
So tell me, how was your November?
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