The fun continues here in Chicago long after April Fools Day is over, friends. But this time, the joke is on me – in both fun and not-so-fun ways.
Fun: On Saturday, I found the following package waiting for me in the mail room.
Someone wasted no time accepting our new identity! It was a day brightener that I sorely needed.
Not-So-Fun: Just minutes before, I had thought I was leaving to take my car to get serviced. A red “alternator workshop” light came on earlier in the week, but VW assured me I could still drive the car.
No, no I could not.
Half way down the parking ramp, a dozen or so more lights began blinking. My radio shut off. And my car started beeping like a ticking time bomb. Panicked, I pulled into the first spot I could find and shut the poor girl off. Then I called the same dealer and told them what happened.
“Oh. No, you definitely cannot drive it.”
Thank you, sir.
A few phone calls and the early symptoms of a headache later, and I was back in my apartment waiting for the tow truck to come and take me and Winky (naming your car is normal, right?) up to Evanston.
Fun: Thankfully, the package addressed to the Krennduckis arrived bearing gifts.
Chocolate that tastes best when served with wine. Also known as, “The World’s Greatest Invention.”
The package did not come with a gift card. I posted a note on Facebook asking for my mystery admirer to reveal themselves before realizing that, of course, it could only be Mama Bender. My suspicions were confirmed when I called her a few minutes later.
This gesture calmed me down considerably and prepared me for a rather intense afternoon at the service center. But that story is to be continued…later on in this post.
On Sunday, I woke up with the urge to document everything served with a dish. And so I did.
Breakfast was a very familiar mixture of rice puff cereal, Kashi Go Lean and flax.
Served with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, which sent the ingredients flowing over the edge.
And paired with Coffee Cocoa, for good measure.
We spent the morning bumming around in our pajamas, Bobby productively studied for the CFA test, while I not-so-productively read My Sister’s Keeper for the first time and tried not to cry.
Hours passed like minutes, and before we knew it we were staring lunch in the face.
Just looking at it makes me want more! This was leftover almond-crusted walleye from L. Woods, a delicious tap and pine lodge that we ate at for dinner on Saturday night with a group of Bobby’s friends. It was amazing! Definitely worth replicating at home sometime. Now I remember how much I love walleye. It’s a Minnesota thing.
I also had a dollop of whipped cottage cheese sprinkled with chipotle seasoning.
Dinner was by far the most gorgeous meal, however. Fajitas, minus the fajita holder.
I decided to go sans tortilla to focus on the flavor of the chicken, veggies, beans and cheese. Mmhm.
Doesn’t get much better than that. The extra sauce you see around the plate is from the Lawry’s fajita seasoning we used. When combined with water, it makes a rich topping for all the ingredients.
And then Sunday ended and took what was left of fun right along with it.
Not-So-Fun: Spending your entire Monday at the service center. Remember those wallet-unfriendly repairs from January? A few more reared their ugly heads today. What started as an ambitious hope that I would arrive at the dealership at 8:30 and leave by 10:00 ended with me stumbling out onto the sidewalk at 3:30 in the afternoon, still without a car and not in the best of moods, to say the least.
Turns out, when they said they fixed everything, the joke was on me.
But if you know me by now, you know that I am an eternal optimist. I don’t just look for the light at the end of the tunnel, I wave at and greet it like an old friend.
My husband finds out that I have been sitting inside a dealership watching Maury Povich for longer than can possibly be deemed healthy. When I assure him that this is, in fact, not a joke, that I now know at least 12 new men who “ARE,” in fact, their baby’s father, he does what he can to bring back the fun.
Does this look like fun or what?
Those dark chocolate chips made the entire trip worth it, I swear.
How was your Monday?