#thegirltravels – Chicago

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Many months ago when we first bought our plane tickets to Brazil after two years sans far away travel, we were stoked to book a ticket that gave us a day in Chicago on the way back.

“Oh! What a great chance to leave the airport and roam around Chicago!”

But after over a month away from home, miles and miles of road trips, a 10-hour flight behind us, and a 5-hour flight ahead, ten hours in Chicago didn’t sound as appealing anymore. To top it off, I was finally succumbing to the cold that had been following me around. Time to get sick and be over with it.

But there weren’t any earlier flights to Vancouver from Chicago. So we checked our bags, compressed our carry-ons, I swallowed some cold medicine, and we took the train from O’Hare to downtown.

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Vegan Vanilla Pancakes – Panquecas Americanas Veganas

A long time ago I pinned this amazing, easy recipe for fluffy, quick, and vegan pancakes. I am so glad that I saved it on an index card in my recipe box, because I looked for it again online, and it has

vanished! The pin linked to a website called “mylittlecelebration“, which apparently doesn’t exist anymore. 

I am going to share the recipe here below. It is not mine, but I do enjoy it immensely! It’s my go-to recipe for fluffy deliciousness for brunch (or dinner sometimes…shh). You need a trusty pancake recipe in your culinary repertoire. So here we go…

Ingredients 

1 cup flour*

1 Tbsp sugar

2 Tbsp baking powder
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A Bit of Real Life

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Today I’m going to share a little bit about real life. Are you ready?

I had been wanting to remove the carpet in our apartment ever since before we moved in. It wasn’t terrible, but the idea of living on carpet that had been here for who knows how long, plus you can’t really truly clean carpet, didn’t 100% appeal to me.

Last month my wish finally came true. We chose a beautiful replacement and after a week of mess, our floors were installed and everything back into order. We loved how easy they were to clean, the way they looked and felt. Nice.

Thirteen days later I was doing laundry when the washing machine simply decided to continue filling and filling and flooded. By the time we saw it had already affected a large area of the living room and the back closet that shares a wall with the laundry closet. We spent that evening using up every dry towel and cloth to clean up as fast as possible. We put fans and heaters on…

When I told my grandpa about our little misfortune, he replied with “In all things God be praised”.

We contacted the floor guy that had been hired by the flooring company to install our floors. We had become friends and found out we are almost neighbours. He came to take a look and found the early signs of mold underneath the boards, despite our best efforts.

We had two options. Take care of it ourselves or involve our insurance company (pay a deductible and have a claim on our record, which would disqualify us from future insurance discounts).

Robert, the floor guy, offered to do the repairs for less than our insurance deductible, meaning we didn’t have to file the claim.

The flooring company had overestimated the amount of material that would be needed and had to readjust our quote. The amount they returned ended up being $7 short of how much the repairs will cost. In other words, the repairs will not really go outside of our original flooring budget.

Yes, grandpa. God be praised in all things. Even in our messes.

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Hoje vou compartilhar um pouco da vida real com vocês. Preparados?

Desde antes que nos mudamos para este apartamento, eu queria tirar o carpete. O carpete nao era horrivel, mas a idéia de morar com um carpete que estava aqui por muitos anos, além do fato que não da pra realmente limpar carpete, não me agradava muito.

No mês passado meu desejo finalmente se tornou realidade. Escolhemos um lindo piso novo e depois de uma semana de bagunça, nosso chão novo foi instalado e tudo voltou a ordem. Nós amamos.

Treze dias depois eu estava lavando a roupa quando a máquina de lavar roupa simplesmente decidiu continuar enchendo e enchendo e inundou. Quando fomos ver, já havia afetado uma grande área da sala e o closet que fica de tras com o closet da lavanderia. Nós passamos a noite toda usando uma toalha seca e um pano para limpar o mais rápido possível. Colocamos ventiladores e aquecedores …

Quando eu contei pro meu avô sobre nossa pequena desastre, ele respondeu “Por tudo Deus seja louvado”.

Mandamos uma mensagem para o homem que havia sido contratado pela empresa de pisos para fazer a instalação na primeira vez. Tinhamos nos tornados amigos e descobrimos que somos quase vizinhos. Ele veio para dar uma olhada e encontrou os primeiros sinais de mofo debaixo das tábuas, apesar dos nossos melhores esforços.

Tinhamos duas opções. Nos virar pessoalmente ou involver a companhia de seguros (teriamos que pagar uma franquia e nos desqualificaria para futuros desconto).

Robert, o homem do piso, se ofereceu para fazer os reparos por menos da franquia que teriamos que pagar pro seguro, o que significa que não vamos precisar acionar o seguro.

A empresa de pisos tinha superestimado a quantidade de material que seria necessário par acompletar o trabalho. Quando devolvemos o material, eles reajustaram nossa conta. O valor que eles retornaram acabou sendo $7 menos do que os reparos vão custar. Ou seja, os reparos não vão sair do nosso orçamento original.

Sim, vovô. Deus seja louvado em todas as coisas. Mesmo em nossas bagunças.