Today was a fun mini-road trip day spent with my husband! #16 on my 30 before 30 list was to take at least 2 mini-road trips so I am halfway to this goal. Yay!
We left the house around 8:30 this morning and drove to Chicago for a day at IKEA and Trader Joe’s. We were originally going to spend both today and tomorrow in the city and go to the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum today and the shopping part on Tuesday.
Well, as often happens in life, an unexpected cost came up. Our beloved Chihuahua Jose suffered a disgusting affliction of his behind, which required taking him to the emergency vet on Saturday. The cost of having his anal gland drained and the antibiotics and pain meds came to $120. Also, we will probably have to have him looked at again tomorrow at his regular office because the area in question doesn’t look any better and it seems to really bother him. The vet cost plus the realization that our hotel alone would be $240 (why, I have no earthly idea because we have stayed there before for around $180) forced us to have to chose between the IKEA/Trader Joe’s day or the museum/aquarium day. Naturally, I chose the option that entails shopping.
Here are our main buys:
All in all it was a successful trip. Trader Joe’s yielded such delights as chocolate truffles, microwaveable cheese fondue, artichoke antipasto spread, pretzel bread, edamame hummus, mint chocolate covered coffee beans, chai latte mix, dark chocolate covered almonds with sea salt, and some sauces and udon noodles that Paul picked out. He maybe picked out 3 or 4 things; I was the one who really went crazy in there.
We were back on the road sometime around 3. We made one stop for pizza in some tiny town off the interstate and then headed for home again. We made it back in Peoria by 5:45. Unloading and unpacking all our stuff was like Christmas morning. Taking inventory of all we purchased made me both giddy and slightly guilty. One of my goals is to save money for IVF or adoption so this was a major splurge day. I guess we all need to spoil ourselves once in a while. 😉
*All photos are from the IKEA website*