When I started this blog, I didn't necessarily want it to be an online diary and didn't want to talk about "personal" stuff. However, I just got back from a trip to Downers Grove, IL, (a suburb of Chicago) to visit some long-time friends and had such a fabulous time - I just had to mention it here. Plus, I know that one of them feels like a celebrity when he gets mentioned on a blog. ;-) So here you go, C. - bask in the glow.
It was rainy and foggy the whole time I was there (which did wonders for my hair), but it didn't matter - the pleasant company was bright and sunny. We hung out, laughed a lot, watched movies and I played with their little girl, who is sweet, funny, smart and absolutely adorable. (Just look at that picture!)
I also took a tour with my stomach through all of Chicago's famous foods. We ate a hot dog at Chicago's famous Portillo's Hot Dogs, had Chicago-style stuffed pizza at Giordano's, devoured frozen custard from Culver's, and had fresh caramel corn from Garrett's (mmm...I'm craving some right now). On our way to Garrett's, they told me people stand in long lines outside the store for hours to get some, and I didn't believe it. After eating some - I am now a believer. Heavenly!
Since the weather was gray and gloomy, most of the things we went and did were confined to indoors. I went to story time at the library with T. and L., went to church on Sunday at the Church of Christ of Downers Grove, visited the Museum of Science and Industry, and found some awesome buys at a local craft fair. The museum was huge and packed (probably because everyone was on spring break), but they had a lot of really cool displays, including a miniature fairy tale castle that I fell in love with.
But all trips are bittersweet in that they all must eventually come to an end. It was very hard to say good-bye and get on that plane. My visit with my friends made my heart happy and was the "mental health" break that I didn't even know I needed until I was there. Good fellowship, good food, good times. I can't wait until next time!
Even though it was sad to say good-bye to my friends, it was a wonderful feeling to be back home with my dear husband. He had just recently started a new job and couldn't take time off of work to come with me, so it was very hard to leave him behind and be away from him. That was the longest we'd ever been apart and we really missed each other. :-( Next time I go to Chicago, he's definitely coming with me!