Sneakin’ in a Suburb Visit!

There are basically 3 reasons I went to visit my cousin Linnea for the day on Friday:

  1. I didn’t have a final until Saturday afternoon (which, today, took me approximately TEN minutes to finish…TEN.)
  2. Creeping Peering out my apartment window, watching everybody leave campus for break, was getting to be rather depressing.
  3. I missed LINNEA like crazy.

That being said, Friday morning I got up bright and early (hello, 7 am!…hey, it’s early for a college student :)) to grab the school’s shuttle to take me downtown. There, I hopped on the 151 bus to Union Station, and was able to make the 9:30 train out to the ‘burbs. Yay for an impromptu visit!

Since my other 2 cousins had school and my aunt and uncle both were at work, Linnea & I had the day to ourselves — to do absolutely nothing but watch Glee episodes, lay in her insanely comfortable bed, and belt out Glee‘s version of Last Christmas probably around 20 times. (I woke up this morning with it still in my head…surprised I didn’t dream about it!) On the way back from picking up It’s Complicated (if you haven’t watched this, please rent this RIGHT NOW. Stop reading this and go rent it…Alec Baldwin may just be the funniest person on the planet. Just sayin’…), we may or may not have sat in the driveway putting Last Christmas on repeat – maybe…

But in the midst of our lazy day (much deserved lazy day, may I add…ha!), we did venture out for lunch at Savoury, a cute, family-friendly “restaurant and pancake cafe.”


Linnea loveeesss spinach-artichoke dip (and I can’t argue with that!), so we ordered some as an appetizer…

The dip was steaming when it came out — paired with some crisp, light tortilla strips and thick cubes of bread.

Though they are known for their breakfast menu, I was totally feelin’ a thick, grilled panini, so I went with the Panini Italiano (perhaps to prepare for next month? :)).

2 slices of sourdough bread grilled to perfection and stuffed with layers of prosciutto, provolone cheese, roasted red peppers, and tomato…drizzled with italian vinaigrette.

I was lovin’ the pickle, too 🙂 Did I mention I like pickles? Plus, I always find ketchup (catsup/katsup) more classy when it’s in a silver cup. So classy, I tell ya.

My beautiful date showin’ her school pride. ‘Atta girl 🙂 P.S. Lin went with a chicken pesto sandwich on ciabatta, mmm…)

The rest of the day, like I said, was filled with a lot of laughing and good ol’ family love! My aunt makes a mean German Chocolate Cake (and usually I don’t like chocolate cake…so that’s sayin’ something!), and I happily obliged to having a slice last night. Hey, what can you do?

Now I’m back at school, packing up my things and getting ready to leave (after my last final on Monday). So happy I got to see them, though — Now I’m going to go listen to Last Christmas (the Glee version, duh, as if you didn’t already know that) on repeat and hope my neighbors have all moved out…

And I ask you: What’s your favorite, tops-all-the-others Christmas song?


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ciao to chow: initially created as a little spot on the web devoted to the "chow" I find while studying abroad in Rome. But really, ciao to chow is about my life: the day-to-day experiences, funny stories, moments of laughter, and the food...that continue to inspire me and make me grateful for each new day.
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2 Responses to Sneakin’ in a Suburb Visit!

  1. MareMare says:

    AC, I am thrilled you enjoyed your Bartlett visit sooooooooo much! I know it wouldn’t have been the same, but I wish I had been there w/you.
    Favorite Christmas tune . . .that is a tough one — breaking the ‘just list one’ rule, I would have to go w/What Child is This? x Harry Connick — he has an amazing voice, but I especially love the strings section! AND, I love the Amy Grant cd — almost the entire thing. And, I love Silent Night, at the close of Christmas Eve worship service, when the lights are turned down, and we sing in candlelight — makes me cry every time!
    And, I get to see you TOMORROW!! xxxooo

  2. LinnE says:

    I must say I love reliving the memories of this lovely day via your blog. My friends all informed me (why yes, you are quite the celebrity around B-town) that I was featured on this lovely site and I’ve finally been able to catch up on your blogs (just wait till I get my laptop back – this thing might be homepage) and I am very impressed! As far as your question goes, I’m sure the answer is obvious: Last Christmas, Glee. What more do you need to life? Also, Baby it’s Cold Outside is a close second (Glee version as well, obviously).

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