I recently visited the Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe at the Water Tower location at 196 E. Pearson Street, Chicago, IL. I’ve been wanting to go to Wildberry for a couple of years. My youngest daughter used to work for Postmates food delivery service and would tell me every time she would pick up an order from the Randolph location (Prudential Plaza), there was always a huge line out the door. Needless to say, I had visited their website and viewed all the delicious items, but I was so disappointed because I don’t do long food lines. There were even suggestions to use an online waiting list. Are you kidding me? I love the convenience, but that’s insane!
My morning routine usually consists of checking my phone to see what’s happening on Facebook. I was quickly reminded that today, October 1, is the one year anniversary of the Las Vegas mass shooting. On that horrific day, I was in town celebrating my 13th year wedding anniversary. After flying in and getting settled into our resort, my husband and I were driving on the strip to go to the MGM Grand to see the Jabbawockeez. Little did we know there was a major country music festival happening, and it was the reason why we were sitting in so much traffic.
Meet my mother Carolyn. She’s a married woman with 2 adult children, 3 grand-children, and 1 great-grand child on the way. Yes she looks amazing for her age! My mom is semi-retired, works hard at being a woman of God (she’s an evangelist), and is in need of a vacation. Fortunately, she has me to tag along for a girls trip!
I’ve been living on the south-side of Chicago for over 11 years, and it never ceases to amaze me of how there is one particular area that pretty much gets away with selling everything under the sun to drivers attempting to get on one of Chicago’s major expressways, I-94. This area is 87th and the Dan Ryan. From t-shirts, hats, towels, candy, socks, batteries, water, juice, a bubble machine, and bean pies, the options are never ending!
Between clothes, chairs, at-home exercise equipment, and of course food; when I look over the past few years living a plus size lifestyle, I’ve been spending a lot of money just to be comfortable.
It’s my birthday and my thoughtful husband, who apparently remembers everything that comes out of my mouth, has decided to take me out for lunch at a local ramen shop. I’ve been harping about eating ramen at a Japanese restaurant for a while now. It’s a good day to have a palate adventure.
Anyone who truly knows me should be aware that I am down for Chinese food once a week. Heck you can include Vietnamese and Thai food too! Between the sauces, flavors and cooking styles, you could literally have a different meal every day. In fact, when I go on vacation, I’m usually on the hunt for the area’s best Asian spot on Yelp. For instance, my husband and I took a 3-day trip to St. Louis. By the way, if you are visiting St. Louis, stay at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel (Curio Collection by Hilton). It’s a gorgeous hotel with a lot of amenities and activities!
Never in a million years did I ever think the plus size clothing industry would be where it is today. Growing up in the 80s, being a plus size kid was not rare, but the plus size clothing options were very limited. I went to a Catholic grammar school, and my mom paid a lot of money for the larger size uniforms. It became more costly when I entered high school. My mom didn’t earn a lot of money, but she always made sure that I had something new to wear at the start of each school year. During those four years of high school, my mother would spend hundreds of dollars at stores like Catherines and Sears for me to wear “women’s” sizes at the age of 15!
In 2015, we took a family road trip to Texas to see my niece graduate from high school. Half-way through the trip, we stopped in Memphis, Tennesee to take a break, and to do a little sightseeing before getting back on the road. During our visit, my family and I walked on Beale Street to hear the sounds of the blues. We also ate great southern cooking from both Charles Vergo’s Rendezvous and Gus’s Fried Chicken.
Concerts are expensive, I should be able to sit in a comfortable seat without feeling pain. Plus size seats are hard to find, and it’s not like they are labeled like handicapped seats. “Joy and Pain” is a famous song by Maze featuring Franklin Beverly. It became even more popular once it was sampled by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock. I was born in the 70s, and I enjoy both old school classics! Recently I went to two concerts at the United Center, and for the life of me, I can’t understand why this amazing venue has incredibly small seats. When I come here, I literally feel joy and pain!