ten on tuesday.

1. Chicago was a straight up blast. What a cool town.

2. Although I could have done without forgetting my entire overnight bag at home. To include makeup, toothbrush, deodorant…pretty much anything that belongs on my body but is not clothes or shoes. I discovered this unfortunate packing error at 11:45 p.m. on the evening before my sessions were to begin at 8 a.m. Needless to say my morning Chicago sessions got an up close and personal look at the real Erin Cobb. I felt like a Dove commercial. Minus the radiant natural beauty.

3. I didn’t take a single dSLR shot for fun on this trip. I got a few with my iPhone but for the most part I was busy soaking it all in. We did an architectural boat tour and then we ate. A lot. Also, we took an elevator to the 96th floor of the Hancock building to have a drink at their skyscraper bar. We were only planning one drink but it took two before I felt comfortable just sitting there. 96 stories is HIGH!

4. Whenever Brent and I have an opportunity to soak up time alone like we had on this trip I find myself so relieved at the reminder of how much I really, really like that guy. I tried to tell him that but it didn’t come out right. I think I ended up saying something along the lines of, “I love trips like this because they remind me that I actually do like you.” Wife of the year right here.

5.  I sent off my Cutco knives today to be sharpened after about two years of saying I was going to do it. Sometimes the little tasks in life absolutely paralyze me.

6. I’m trying really hard not to think about it (lest I get too excited) but the Cottage officially becomes home to ECP in two(ish) weeks. EEK!

7. I’m SO excited to share more about the Cottage once we move in. I’ve been discreet about sharing pictures because it’s actually the home of one of my clients. When we bought it we continued to honor their lease until their move out date, which is why we’ve waited this long to transition the business.These months have been good though…they’ve given my ample opportunity to stalk Craigslist for furnishings and Pinterest for design ideas.

8. I’m thinking of just doing some basic running maintenance during the summer. Just three miles a few days a week. I’ll probably train for another half marathon in the Fall but our stifling summer heat just leaves me feeling super unmotivated to run much from May-August. I’d love to hear about what workouts are working for you right now though. I need a good idea for something I can pick up for a few months during the summer that will keep me out of the heat but in some semblance of shape.

9. Sarah has been hosting a book class in her room over the last two weeks where she has been teaching every member of our family how to make their own books. She even created a syllabus in painstaking detail that lays out the plan for each day. So far we have covered making our own covers, numbering pages, and writing our own stories (after she insisted we be inspired by the example she created for us). My book is called “The Disappearing Pizza”, Brent’s is “Cupcakes in Space”, and Ephraim’s is “Dark Vader”. Book class is fast becoming my favorite part of the day.

10. On that note, this girl is headed to bed. Thanks for reading. Sorry for the lack of links this week!

LaurenMay 8, 2012 - 9:58 pm

that book class of Sarah’s sounds adorable.
can’t wait too see what your cottage looks like. I’m sure you are excited and anxious!

Jessica WMay 9, 2012 - 5:39 am

My husband and I were just away on an adult only weekend too! Such a nice bonding time!

Kelly CaseMay 9, 2012 - 6:29 am

Awesome time meeting you this past weekend Erin! I’m glad you guys had fun in Chi Town..it’s a great city. And Sarah’s book class is adorable; so something Makenna would do as well.

JuliPMay 9, 2012 - 6:39 am

First and foremost, a warning: Please be extra careful when using your newly sharpened Cutco knives. I’ve got a set that were my grandmothers (found them in my attic when we moved in). I sent them in to be sharpened (they replaced half of them with new knives – free of charge!) Upon receiving them back, I was at urgent care within 48 hours getting 7 stitches in my thumb.
The next time they were sent in for sharpening, I was over at urgent care within 24 hours getting 10 stitches in my forefinger. USE CAUTION, those suckers are sharp!

JuliPMay 9, 2012 - 6:40 am

second, I absolutely adore hearing the stories of Sarah her creative and beautiful mind. She’s is definitely one of a kind. I can’t imagine either of my kids doing anything remotely close to that.

KelliMay 9, 2012 - 7:49 am

Sara’s book class sounds awesome! And I wanted to pipe up with an exercise suggestion; bodypump. I’m taking it at the Y, and I know there are several gyms in town that offer it as well. I took it a few years ago and just recently picked it up again, and I’ve been reminded of how much I love it. It’s aerobic strength-training, so I feel like I’m getting a lot out of the hour I put in. Another idea is a Curves membership. I got a summer special the year I was training for my marathon, and it was great cross-training.

AmyMay 9, 2012 - 9:35 am

Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Chicago. I hope to do the same with my husband sometime this summer. Just checked out your photography blog, and I am in shock that Chicago was the first time your husband has seen you “work”.

ShawnaMay 9, 2012 - 10:17 am

YOGA YOGA YOGA!! My life (and body) has not been the same since starting it 15 months ago! My core, after 2 babies, has finally been re-stored! 🙂

MeganMay 9, 2012 - 10:39 am

how about a vote for summer swimming?! 🙂 like most swimmers I’m not one for running, but give me swimming any day. it’d be good cross training for running, low impact, but totally great for cardio and building up some pretty sleak arms to show off with summer tanks and ts.

SandraAMay 9, 2012 - 12:20 pm

Making a book sounds wonderful. Just the kind of thing my granddaughter would love. She’ll be spending time with me this summer, so it will be a great thing to have her do. Isn’t it wonderful how they use their imagination, and just take control? Well maybe not the control…

Tara S.May 9, 2012 - 1:13 pm

I love Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred It video workout. It’s a 20 minute workout that combines strength training and cardio. There are 3 levels which ramp up in intensity and difficulty. This has become my go-to workout, because no matter what my day is like, I really don’t have an excuse for not finding 20 minutes for a good workout. You should check it out. All you need are light dumbells and maybe a mat.

JenniferMay 13, 2012 - 3:18 pm

Instead of having to live without your Cutco knives while they are out being sharpened, did you know that they will send someone to your home to do it? Takes about an hour.

And my hubby does P90X, but it’s not for wussies!

AnneMay 13, 2012 - 7:57 pm

Maybe you should try Lori Smith’s yoga from a Christian perspective class that she teaches on Tues and Thurs mornings at First Pres. It is a wonderful class – not only a great workout but very worshipful and centering. Let me know if you need further info.

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