Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Abbey Resort and Spa

The Abbey Resort is a great place for a mini vacation. My "Girlfriend Group" love the accommodations and the amenities. Last weekend five of us made the trek up to the Abbey (2 1/2 hour drive from Chicago) for some pampered R&R.

Thursday afternoon we arrived at the Abbey.

There are three restrauants, The Helm (piano bar), conference facilities and gift shops all conveniently located within the Abbey complex.

The Avani Spa provides a complete menu of excellent spa services including men's and ladies' lockerrooms equipped with dry sauna and steam rooms, whirlpool and shared swimming pool. (There has been some renovation at the Abbey. More to come. To the right of the whirlpool are the steam, sauna, and swimming pool.)

We spent some time at pool side: reading, talking, chillin'. On Friday morning we ordered breakfast near.

Counter at pool area. Magazines and newspapers are available.

At the pool area, there is complimentary, fruit, coffee, tea, and juices. There are also a number of classes available for the guest.

Sis Mona as we start our walk along the lake front. It was a beautiful day. The sky was clear and it was about 45 degrees.

A few of us decided to take a walk along the lake on Friday afternoon. The sun was shinny, the sky was clear, the air a little crisp. The perfect mix for an enjoyable fall stroll around lake Geneva.

This view is of the Abbey at the end of our trek about the lake area.

Beautiful homes and condominiums are etched across the skyline along the lake front. In the surrounding area, there are some great shops and restrauants for those who want to venture beyond the resort grounds.

This is one of many mansions along the lake front area. Many of the houses were closed up for the winter. Lovely real estate.

This time around, not so many photos of the group, but a view of the Spa and lake Geneva.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Still Here...,

It has been over a week since my last post. Still no sewing and very little blog reading. At work, we are just finishing up the NIH deadlines for (November 5th and 16th). Wednesday, The UI "working group - To Be Processes" met in Pontiac for an all day meeting. It's been very hectic at work these days, but I remain grateful to have a job. My girlfriend group started our spa weekend on Thursday. And let me tell you..., I was over joyed to leave Chicago for some pampered R&R. We had a great time and are already planning to next trip (February).

Sewing News...,

There are still several garments on the cutting table, but I have started thinking about Christmas gifts for family members. My budget is a little tight and I wanted to come up with some creative gifts this year. My sister is the host for Christmas dinner. So I don't have to worry about dinner.

My coat for the Great Coat Sew Along is still not finished. I'm bumping that to the top of the list. Today I felt like wearing my new coat, but it's not half finished. Two jackets are high on the list as well. Now that I've had a rest, the new week offers great promise for finishing "something". We'll see how it goes.

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Signed, Sealed, Delivered!!! Barack Obama!

Not Much Time for Blogging

Still here..., Not much time for blogging or sewing of any sort. We are finishing up an NIH deadline. MY GOODNESS! I'm tired!


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