In December, we had the shortest trip I’ve ever taken to Wisconsin. I was able to see a good amount of Brian’s family and spent some time with mine, but seriously short (basically less than two days per family).
The flight out started with us seeing Pedro the Lion at Mississippi Studios. Great show! But we definitely were out a bit late for a 4 a.m. flight to Chicago.
Pedro the Lion!
Switching between families, we managed to swing by Madison just long enough to check on our duplex and get bloody marys and walnut burgers at the Harmony. Seriously last second so we didn’t have time to give anyone a heads-up. But I got a walnut burger with fried onions, sooooo good as always.
The Harmony has the best walnut burgers.
Also seriously last second, my sister scored four tickets to Hamilton in Chicago. It meant that we drove to Chicago, back to Wisconsin, back to Chicago the next morning, but needless to say, so worth it. I was skeptical that I’d be amazed by Hamilton because of how much everyone has been raving about it. It was as good as everyone told me. My only complaint is that I can’t go see it again due to how hard it is to get tickets.
Hamilton in Chicago
We got to see Hamilton at CIBC Theatre in Chicago! It was so good.
Well of course we watched it snow from the 96th floor of the John Hancock Tower with a cocktail
Quick stop for lunch and then back to Portland.
Yay for a business trip to Chicago, I missed it so!
View from the Signature Room
St Paul's Cathedral
It’s been a while. I need to get to the point where I have the app set up on my iPhone so I can write from anywhere. I’m not on my laptop much right now (it’s summer, and I am working and commuting, so hanging out on the laptop is lower on my list).
Lessee, what have I been doing? Hopefully longer stories soon. I flew to Wisconsin for a day to hang out with my sister, and then we drove to Chicago where we caught a plane to Dublin. After Dublin, we took Ulysses (the third largest ferry in Europe) to Holyhead, Wales and then spent a day in Wales. Down through Stratford-upon-Avon and into London. After London, we took the Eurostar through the chunnel (did you know your ears pop constantly?) and headed off to Paris. It was fantastic.
When I got back, I stayed in Chicago and Brian flew in and joined me. We hung out at the Shedd, the Field Museum, the Adler (and he got the Art Institute in as well, lucky guy). We took a great run along Lakeshore (although the humidity almost killed my heat-hating-self). Visited a lot of restaurants I wanted to try or that I missed. I started a new job – two days of training there, and then I flew home on Tuesday night, started my commute and work on Wednesday.
It’s been busy. I’m adjusting but my free time has definitely become smaller. More later I hope.
I really love looking at old pictures and dreaming of what the world was before I was born. This piece about Vivian Maier from Chicago was really fascinating, I’d love to go see an exhibition of her work.
Oh! Adding this – here’s some of her photography!!