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Happy Friday!

This was one of those weeks that seemed to last forever.  Maybe it is the multiple projects I'm juggling at work?  Maybe it was the changing weather (it felt like fall this week)?  Regardless, I felt tired.

This week:
*I dropped so much money at crate & barrel for a wedding.  Le sigh.

*Picnic at the lake with Janie Rubes!

*2 lunch dates, which always make me happy!
Karen was downtown for an appointment so she had lunch with me.
Then today we had a buddy lunch!  Usually when you start at my company you get a buddy and you have lunch together.  Maggie just started Monday and my boss thought it would be fun for her to have 3 buddies:  Justine, Toni (my buddy), and I.  Well...Maggie canceled on us, but non of us brought our lunches so we went out the three of us.  We killed it :)  (Hannah's Bretzel)
we went back by the office to eat

*Phone catch-up with a couple lovely friends.  
I got to catch-up with Hilary (my friend from my old job) and things are still bad there so my decision is confirmed.  I really wish she lived in Chicago.  We'd have so much fun ;)

*Happy Hour!

*I really have to get my miles in if I'm going to do this marathon.  I went about half as far as I was supposed to last weekend in Charleston and tomorrow I have a 17 miler, but I really need to focus on getting in more miles during the week.
I just keep telling myself the more I do now, the less I'll hurt later...

*Within the past week 2 people have said, "That's our different personalities" to me.
First, we were discussing Seton Hall (freshman dorm at DePaul, community style).  Sarah & I both lived there, but Sarah is a year older than me so she lived there in 04 and I was there is 05.  I started saying how much I loved it (aside from my roommates).  Sarah did not.  Then she said, "That's our different personalities."
Second, Meredith & I were discussing the time I spend at conferences working the booth.  She said she'd hate it.  I said it's not too bad, I just make friends with the people around me.  Meredith, "That's our different personalities."

*I fell in love with these Trader Joe's granola bars.

*I've been feeling stressed about wedding gifts this week.  Stressed and pulled in many directions.
Etiquette friends:  You should spend as much as your plate costs for your wedding gift.
My issue with this is if my friend has a super nice wedding, I am not in the same place as them and can't afford a wedding gift equal to the cost of my plate of food.  Maybe that's terrible, but they're choosing the nice wedding.
Full-time student (masters) friend:  I went to three weddings this summer and didn't give one gift.  Granted she traveled to these weddings and she doesn't really have the money for gifts right now, which her friends should understand.
Personally, I will always give something.
Karen:  Just spend what you can.  If they are sitting around adding up how much you spent for their wedding, they need better things to do.  Weren't you going to make something?  Yes, but it's not their style so I'm not going to.  
So the extremes and the middle.  
And here I am trying to figure the whole thing out.

*I think Eataly is becoming my go to for housewarming gifts.

But you know what?  It's Friday and it's Air & Water Show weekend!  One of my favorite weekends of the entire year!  

What are you up to this weekend?


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