Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Spot On in The Windy City

I'd been holding out on making any posts about my FANTASTIC weekend with my closest girls Steph and Amanda in Chicago. The reasons are three-fold (and for all you Friends fans, imagine Chandler in a box with 3 fingers sticking up out of the hole):

  1. Our weekend was wild, crazy and absolutely more fun than one can imagine. Thus, I have been pretty exhausted ever since.

  2. I wanted to be able to include pictures. I have all of them, but first I couldn't find the box containing the cord to download them to my computer. Then I was exhausted (or maybe it was the other way around? Who even knows anymore). Then a storm came and my Internet went out.
  3. I knew it would require more than one posting, so I thought I'd take a day or so to determine which part to share first.

So I'm going to start here... Stephanie and I have been best friends for about 10 years now. She has stuck closer to me than any friend ever has and my life is all the more fulfilled because of her. Somewhere along the way, we've learned what true friendship is and how to maintain it. It's because of Stephanie that I know Amanda, another really amazing gal that I find it very easy to be friends with even though she doesn't live near me either. (It's really a shame that so many of my closest friends live so far away, but that's another story for another day).

When the three of us get together.... well, stay tuned for my next posting about the nickname our little group received this weekend. It explains pretty well what we're like. One reason for our lack of sleep all weekend was definitely in part due to the constant girl talk that we were engaged in. Even walking down busy Michigan Avenue, we were yakking at 90mph about all sorts of things. I'm sure if anyone were to listen to us, they'd either be confused or incredibly amazed at how much ground we can cover in our conversations. It's really more like a fine art than anything. Seriously, you have no idea. People would have to study us to learn how it's done.
Amanda and I both arrived at the airport Thursday evening, where we quickly noticed while waiting on my bag that we were the ONLY people who appeared to be happy. Steph had to work on Friday so Amanda and I set out to explore the city and be typical tourists. Our first stop was Starbucks for breakfast. We thought we'd sit outside to enjoy the city, but we ended up freezing in the wind instead. Fortunately, after ducking into the H&M for some shopping (my favorite store ever that we sadly do not have in Nashville) it started to feel like a warm, summer day.

We headed up to the Hancock Building to enjoy the view of the city from way up high. This is where we determined we had good karma. Not only had we found a steal of a sale at H&M and together got 8 pieces of clothing for $42, we now had been given free audio tours by some nice lady who didn't use them. We learned all sorts of interesting things that I'm not likely to detail for you here... but did you know it's called The Windy City not because of the wind but rather because of long-winded politicians?

After this, we really got into our tourist roles and attempted to cross Michigan Avenue even though the light was flashing to stop. The big joke became that first Amanda pulled me out in front of traffic, but then she pulled me back into the median and saved my life. I am forever in debt to her.

We also explored Navy Pier and glanced through the Stained Glass Museum. It's free, so if you're ever in Chicago check it out. Some of the windows are amazing. We enjoyed lunch at the Dock Side Cafe as well as a round of Blue Moons... always a good choice, yes? Our next stop took us for a stroll along the lakeside beach and then into some of the expensive stores back on the Magnificent Mile. We even went into Tiffany's where we decided all of the nicest customer service people work. Never before had we felt so welcome in a store. The diamonds were beautiful, but we of course left empty-handed.

Now I know what you're thinking... this is quite a bit of activity for one day. Well, you're right. We headed back to Steph's place so that we could take a bit of a power nap before she joined us for the evening's festivities. I'll leave you here. You may not realize it, but I'm actually leaving you hanging in suspense because Friday night is when we start getting a bit into the wild and crazy fun. Check back tomorrow for that chapter in the story...

1 comment:

smc said...

Ha, I haven't posted about the weekend yet because I don't have pics yet, and I am going to have to break it down into two or three posts, too. Much fun. Much, much fun.