Archive | October, 2010

One of My Favorite Cities

28 Oct

If I did not like where I currently lived- and if Chicago did not have such cold, long and windy winters- I could live there. It is one of my favorite cities to visit because there is a ton to do, great food, nice people and just an all around fun place.  I had to leave early Sunday morning for a work trip and even though it was mostly work- we did get to have some fun too.

After lunch on Sunday- my boss and I pretty much had the rest of the afternoon to do whatever we wanted so we decided to head out to Oak Park and see the Frank Lloyd Wright house and studio. We both thought we would just get a quick tour but we essentially got to see all of his house (that he designed when he was 21) and studio. We had a fabulous tour guide who got lots of laughs when she stated that Frank was, “long on ego and always short on cash.”

Oak Park has the largest collection of FLW homes anywhere in the world, so after our tour we then took a walking tour of the neighborhood to see more homes. I obviously forgot from my many art history classes that he designed over 500 structures and 25 of them are on a few streets in the Oak Park neighborhood.  Most of them are private residences and some were even decked out for Halloween. 



 After walking all around Oak Park and getting our fill of architecture, we headed back downtown for more work.

Monday was packed with work events but we did get to enjoy a nice dinner sitting outside. Chicago was having unseasonable warm weather and that would lead to the fun weather on Tuesday.

The morning started with headlines like: Worst storm in seven decades. Lowest pressure storm ever to hit Illinois. Tropical storm force winds. 500 flighs delayed out of O’Hare Airport. Be careful- windows might blow out. Eight to 12 foot waves on Lake Michigan.

This picture is from my Blackberry.

Luckily, we were stuck in a conference all day and the windows did not get blown in.

The wind was still very strong on Wednesday and we had worries about getting out of town. When I arrived at the airport in the afternoon, I think all those people who had been on canceled flights on Tuesday were back in the security line.

Luck must have been on my side because my plane was only a few minutes late arriving and besides the super-bumpy-felt-like-the-plane-was-going-to-split-into-pieces-people-gasping-take-off- we arrived back in DC in record time (one hour twenty minute flight thanks to a strong tail wind).

Miss H was thrilled to see me this morning and I was happy to see she was back to feeling like her normal self. The screaming banshee has hopefully gone into hiding for a few months years. Also, Kerry feels much better so life in our household is getting back to normal.

Hope everyone has had a nice week!

Pumpkin Carving with the Small, Screaming Banshee

23 Oct

Miss H has had a rough week- new teeth, return of the croup, still not being allowed to have her own version of ‘Hop on Pop,’ and an overall displeasure with her parents. We have dragged her to the doctor, kept her home for the day (means no playing with her friends) and generally not been able to make her feel better.  A steamy bath or shower makes her feel great but unfortunately she can’t live in the tub. We thought we turned the corner yesterday- no coughing and the big smiles had returned but we were sadly mistaken when the coughing reared its ugly head this afternoon. The small, screaming banshee returned.

We successfully distracted her from how cruddy she felt by carving one of the pumpkins we got last weekend.

We tried to get her to push her sleeves up to avoid pumpkin goop all over the place.

She had fun helping pull all the seeds and insides out but she was also the taste tester for fresh off the vine pumpkin. Yum. Tastes like squash.

There was some disappointment when the pumpkin was all cleaned out. What do you mean there is no more??

Before all this excitement- we had gone to check on Mom in Annapolis and she is feeling much better. Also, Kerry’s infection has improved and he is slowly starting to feel better. Hopefully, everyone in the family will feel better this week!