Choosing Figs | Neurotic as Hell | A Travel, Lifestyle, and Life List Blog

Once upon a dream.

Is it OK to spend $60 on your dinner if the ballet you are going to was free? I think yes. It all balances out…

Em and I met up after work at One North. Her friend works there so we got a couple of special deals 🙂

We started out with a Duck Confit Fettuccini with black truffles and vanilla-honey butter (thanks to a free coupon…) and then split between us a Grilled Venison Flank with Caraway potato fritters, tricolore, and apricot-mustard sauce and the Crab Souffle Cakes with Hericots vert and citrus-mint salsa. Oh, I also had a sufficiently girly pom peche martini. Yum. After that we split a chocolate hazelnut torte because it was the only chocolate thing on the dessert menu. And I had a nice free cappuccino 🙂

After 2 hours of eating and conversing we headed back across the street to the opera house. American Ballet Theatre is in town, and with it came comped tickets to Sleeping Beauty. I was so excited for the ballet! Disney’s Sleeping Beauty has always been one of my favorite movies, and it’s definitely one of my fav fairy tales.


The ballet was BEAUTIFUL, but the last act could have been much shorter. I mean, once the prince comes and kisses his princess the story is OVER…you don’t need another half hour scene of a party. And why was little red riding hood at your party?

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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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