Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Chicago. I went, I saw, I ate!

Sorry for not posting forever. I'm actually blogging from my hotel in Chicago. I'm here for a work trip and I had every intention of posting sooner, but I've been busy. Let's see. I worked a lot (and everything went smoothly). I've eaten Italian, French, Thai, Japanese, American meals which included a lot of fish choices...Yummy!! I purchased 3 purses, 2 pairs of boots, 5 tops, 1 scarf, a wooden box, surprises for the kids and of course, some new make up. I crocheted 3 baby hats and 2 flowers and I watched the river being dyed green for St. Patrick's Day. I had breakfast with a friend I hadn't seen for 14 years, and dinner with one of my best friends from high school and her new baby! And I've managed to sleep a little between all that.

I even brought my glue gun just in case I got the urge to whip something up. And to be honest with you, it kind of made me nervous. I could just imagine getting put in the TSA watch list for packin' heat...a glue gun! I was already afraid of those new body scanning machines, you know the ones that show images of us underneath our clothes. I was picturing the embarrassment of standing in one of those things and the worker saying, "YIKES, turn off the machine....let her go...NOW!" And what exactly does one's body look like under spanx?

When I got to Chicago and realized I would be living in my hotel for a week, I figured my idea for this post would be things that could be done in a hotel room. So, this is what I came up with.

You may not see it now, but there are three great ideas for hotel rooms.  

1.  Remote in a ziploc bag.  You probably didn't have to watch the Nightline that investigated the germs and other gross stuff in hotel rooms, but I saw part of it and the part I saw was about the TV remotes. It was so yucky, I almost stopped watching TV all together. To spare you the details, let's just put it this way, everyone touches the remote...and not everyone washes their hands. And I'm pretty sure Housekeeping doesn't clean remotes. So, when I get to the hotel room, I use a tissue to get the remote into the ziploc bag and BOOM! one less thing to worry about.

2.  Spa facial...kinda.  This last week, we worked so hard that I was trying to find something spa-esque to treat myself in my room.  Now, I didn't actually have enough money to get a real spa treatment, so this is what I have. A coffee maker and some wash clothes. I don't drink coffee, so I don't know the ins and outs of coffee makers, but this one boiled the water and it dropped into my mug.  After I washed my face, I took the hot water and poured some on a damp wash cloth that was rolled up. Then I squeezed the hot water out of the wash cloth (BE CAREFUL, IT'S HOT) and I unrolled the cloth, fanned it in the air twice and then layed on the bed with the warm/hot towel over my face. It felt so good! And then I applied my moisturizer and my face felt oh, so soft.

NOTE: I did this hot cloth treatment to my feet on my last night in Chicago. I had spent days and days on my feet and this felt so nice. I used the extra hand towels and wrapped my feet.  Then I applied the hotel lotion to my feet generously!

3. Eye Treatment. Just in case you partied too hard the night before and your eyes are puffy or you have dark circles...never fear, tea bags are here. There's something in black tea (the caffeine or the tannins) that reduces puffiness and dark circles from your eyes, while tightening around the eye area. And for those of you who drink also have your cup of tea. So, make two cups of tea. After about 5-8 minutes of steeping, take out your tea bags, let them cool a bit, then squeeze out the water. Then lay these slightly damp tea bags over your eyes for about 10-15 minutes. Don't open your eyes while you have the bags over them. Tea in the eye is not very fun...I know.

So there you have your ideas for this week. If you have any ideas to share about Hotel Living, leave them in the comments area. I'd love to hear what you come up with. I thought about gluing all the pages of the bible in the room together and then cutting out the middle to store my jewelry...but I thought they'd frown upon that....and I didn't have any rubber cement.


  1. Wow... love all three ideas. I want to do the washcloth thing at home and the tea bags. I think I have some. A gift I got. The only suggestion I would have is leave your socks on. I hate socks but I'm pretty sure the carpets in hotels are pretty gross!

  2. Good idea Alli...i actually bring flip flops just for the hotel room, but socks might pack easier and leave more room for things I've shopped for.

  3. This is a good post that I am a little late on reading, but a tip I can add is always take the top comforter off of the bed. It is only for decoration, isn't washed regularly and isn't even a comfortable comforter :)