Hello! It has been quite the few days since we last chatted. A lot of fun with family and unfortunately, a not-so-fun summer cold that began last Wednesday and is still lingering this morning. I can’t remember the last time I was sick when it’s hot outside – it’s such a strange feeling. Fortunately, I’ve been able to sleep through the night twice so I think I’m officially on the mend.
Despite not feeling 100 percent, we had a wonderful time. Having my family in Chicago is always a treat, and we visited some of our local favorites, including Tempo Cafe, where we shared Morning Glory pancakes – topped with banana, strawberries and blueberries – and a Greek omelette with tomato, onion and feta. The only thing missing was the spinach.
We also dined at our favorite restaurant for authentic deep dish pizza, Lou Malnati’s. Their Malnati salad is one of the best combinations out there with romaine lettuce, diced tomatoes, black olives, sliced mushrooms, crumbled Volpi salami and Gorgonzola cheese. It’s tossed with Lou’s famous dressing and a touch of Romano cheese.
As for the deep dish pizza, while the boys were happy with sausage and pepperoni, my mom and I opted for The “Lou,” a pizza so good they gave it his name. Fresh spinach, mushrooms and sliced tomatoes covered with a blend of mozzarella, Romano and cheddar cheese. Typically we get the regular spinach pizza, but I had tried this variety when Bobby’s parents were in town and knew it lived up to the hype.
We had fun walking around Chicago, even though the weather was still as steamy as ever.
On Friday afternoon, we made the drive up to Milwaukee for a family reunion with Papa Bender’s side of the family. As I mentioned in my last post, he is the oldest of 10 kids. Nine of the 10 were able to make it to this year’s reunion, which I think is pretty incredible!
From left to right (back row), we have Uncle Eddie, Aunt Janet, Uncle Dave, Papa Bender, Uncle Bill, Uncle Bob (my godfather), Uncle Tom and Aunt Laura. In the front row we have Aunt Marcia and my grandpa, better know to us Polish folk as Dzia Dzia (ja-ja).
It was great to catch up with everyone and talk with as many of the 21 cousins as possible. The highlight was talking to my newest cousin, Cecelia – when she was awake, of course.
Aren’t those cheeks adorable? I was still not feeling too great at the reunion, so Mama B did most of the holding and feeding while I watched and wished that I could. I did apply copious amounts of hand sanitizer and held my breath for one quick picture, but will have to wait until next time to really get to interact with Cece (I love her name).
I’d also like to say hello to Karen, if you’re reading. I’m so glad you like my blog!
When we weren’t on the road or chatting it up with family, we were watching the Olympics. The opening ceremonies were so cool – I’m sure you can guess that one of my favorite parts was seeing J.K. Rowling and a mega-sized Voldemort. The whole show was very different from Beijing, but I enjoyed the fact that it was a tribute to the arts and cultural history of London and beyond.
It has been exciting to watch all of the events this week. Northwestern alum Matt Grevers took home the gold yesterday! Missy Franklin, Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte – all the swimmers are fun to watch. Gymnastics, diving, cycling…the Olympics rock.
What have you been loving about the Olympics so far?
Hope your week is off to a great start!