“Dad’s are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and signers of song.” -Pam Brown
This weekend was full of delicious food and quality time with amazing friends and family! While my father may have passed away when I was younger that doesn’t stop me from celebrating the man I knew and the time we got to spend together! I started off Friday with a cozy night at home with my boyfriend. We both had a loooong week and staying at home to play video games and watch the final episode of house of cards sounded like the perfect evening.
Saturday was spent hustling around to catch up on errands that I’ve been putting off like getting my eyebrows done, doing my nails and cleaning up around the apartment. I fit in a nice hour long walk/run and made sure not to push myself too hard once my pain started to flare up. It’s so hard not to try and push past the pain when years of doing sports has always trained me to push, push, push, but part of my healing means learning to push when it’s time to push and to pull back when it’s time to pull back. I’ve really been missing the primal feeling of pushing around some heavy weight lately, the feeling of calluses on my hands and hitting personal records, but patience is what I need to right now.
After all the work I put in during the day I was definitely ready for some fun! Tyler and I went to Chuck’s Southern Comforts in Darien to celebrate our friend’s Golden Birthday bbq style! Chucks was on Guy Fieri’s show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and has a Chicago’s Best Award so I was super excited to try it out! What I loved about Chucks is that they actually have a gluten-free menu so I could easily eat there without needing to be one of those high maintenance people for fear of getting ill.
Before you make too much fun of me remember that I’ve only been a meat eater for a little under two years of my adult life. So….I accidentally ordered a full slab of ribs thinking that the portion my boyfriend gives me when we make them at home was a half slab. In reality it’s about like 1/4 a slab of ribs and you should’ve seen my fave when they laid the full slab of ribs in front of me. Needless to say I had a ton of leftovers so no regrets! I was so taken aback by the size of a full slab of ribs that I forgot to get an actual photo of any of the BBQ we ate there, but I did get get pictures of the delicious looking cornbread and the blueberry crumble. Let’s be honest, dessert is all that really matters anyways.
We finished up the evening by going over to the Ty’s house and celebrating Father’s Day with his family by playing some good ol’ fashioned Fibbage. If you’ve never played fibbage before definitely give it a try! It’s great to play with friend and family. His family was making elephant ears and apple pies when we came over. I can see where Ty got his cooking skills from. Even after coffee I ended up passing out around midnight.
On Sunday I actually got to sleep in until 9:00 AM and had to rip the blankets off of Ty to get him to wake up. Typically it’s the other way around. I’m definitely a person who uses like 80 alarms to wake up in the morning. We made it right on time to Blackberry Market to meet up with my mom and sister to celebrate Father’s Day. Blackberry Market is one of my favorite places to brunch it up since they use Intelligentsia coffee for their lattes and, if you get there early enough, have gluten-free chocolate chip cookies that are delicious. It was packed, but we managed to get a table outside in their little terrace area where we got to watch the chipmunks and birds play around. I had my usual Blackberry Market Salad that comes with greens, spiced pecans, chicken and goat cheese with a side of their homemade dressing. They’re also known for their cinnamon rolls which my boyfriend loves. Maybe one day they’ll make a gluten-free cinnamon roll too!
Father’s Day can be a sad one for people who’s fathers have passed away, but I choose to celebrate his time on earth and the time we did get together. I know he’d much rather his family celebrate and have fun then mourn the loss and be a bunch of sad sacks. Father’s Day is also a day on top of Mother’s Day that I get to celebrate my mom because for a long time she’s had to be both a mom and dad and being one is difficult enough. I’m thankful every day that I was given the mother than I was because her strength and empathy have helped me through many a hard day.
So give your fathers an extra hug for those who can no longer hug theirs and enjoy the moments you have together!