Monday, 5 July 2010

…& that’s a wrap!

The time has come (the Walrus said…?!!!…sorry I digress!) to complete the saga of the ‘three old birds’ trip to Chicago!  I cannot believe it is now three weeks since we returned home, but there you go…time flies…& I wish I could say it was 1285because I was having fun, but no!!  Just getting back to the mundane business of keeping house, garden & family in order & of course, earning a living!! BUT…today some fun does indeed start, as Shimelles ‘Love Your Photo’s, Love Your Pages’ class kicks off!!!  YAY!!!

IMG_0304 So…back to Chicago (I wish!!)…Saturday morning dawned bright & sunny, so we dressed accordingly & set off to Panera for breakfast…& as much as I’d like you to believe that this was our mode of transport I have to admit that it wasn’t!

 

IMG_3083 Hilary & I had our ‘usual’…fresh strawberries with yoghurt & Granola, while Karen stuck to her cinnamon scone & a cocktail of pain relief pills! She really was a trooper!

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We discussed our plans for the day, never looking out of the window….when it came time to leave we were met with this…

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…torrential rain!!…so, once again, out came the pac-a-macs!!!


IMG_0312We set of in search of a couple of papercraft/scrapbook supply shops that Karen remembered, but had no luck with the first! We found the shop unit, but it was now another business entirely.  On we went & drove into a very nice area with beautiful homes lining the tree lined streets, so we parked , pulled up our hoods & went to explore!

IMG_3099IMG_3108This shop was packed to the hilt with scrummy things!

The ground floor was mostly gift items, books & stationery, while down in the basement there was a lovely collection of papers, cardstocks & other craft goodies.

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I don’t think the staff were too impressed with my attempt at pole dancing!!! Well…if you leave a pole just standing there…what do you expect?!!

14June2010 241 Then it was time for lunch!! Back to L.Woods to eat in the ‘Oceans 12’ room! This room was used for a scene in said movie…hence the name!

Now, Karen's Hubby & son were flying in to Chicago, on business, today & we had arranged to meet them here at L. Woods…They arrived just as our

14June2010 252 dessert was delivered, & jetlagged, had to listen to three over excited females  chatter on about our week so far!! But they didn’t complain & even agreed to take some photo’s of us posing with some funky fabric letters Karen had bought to adorn the wall of her new scrap room!

We were booked onto a Mega Crop for that night at Archivers, 5pm-11pm, so after freshening up we packed our travel scrapping kits (as one does!) & set off. It wasn’t a large turnout, we had one of four occupied tables, but were a little disappointed that no-one really ‘mixed’! Each table kept to itself, although the staff were quite chatty!! IMG_3142
IMG_3140There were a couple of ‘Prize Draws’ during the evening…Hilary & I both won a kit each!!

Karen was gutted & left us for an hour or so to spend some time with Hubby & son!

We picked up some more bits…well quite a few more bits if I’m IMG_0347honest…from the shop! They’d added more items to the bargain corner since our first visit…and had had a delivery of lovely new bits we’d not seen before!! the time passed quite quickly…I managed to complete my ‘Favourite Shoes’ LO, in between trips to the till, before it was time to pack away & head ‘home’ again!

IMG_3192 We were up bright & early for our last day on Sunday! With packing done, cases weighed & our surplus items given to Karen’s Hubby to bring home the following week, a pile of lovely designer carrier bags left in the bin, we met with said Hubby for one last breakfast in Panera!

IMG_0351 We were very glad of his help in fitting our now full cases into the boot of the car…no mean feat…& making our farewells, we set off, through a dull & misty morning towards downtown.

IMG_3223 Now, I have commented several times on what a fabulous job Karen made of driving, but I think even she was happy to hand the car over to valet parking this time! Just look at the car park…..!!

We were booked onto a Gospel Brunch at ‘The House of Blues’ & as we had some time to kill, we captured a few last minute images in the relative quiet of a Sunday morning!
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The cloud cover was really low, so that we couldn’t see the top of the taller skyscrapers!14June2010 29614June2010 291 14June2010 287Then it was into the ‘House of Blues’ for an amazing show from a fantastic Gospel Choir whose energy & enthusiasm was quite infectious!!  Fuelled up with Jambalaya, grits, bacon,  pancakes, mimosa…more food than you’d believe!… we joined in with singing & clapping & praising the Lord!! Oh Happy Day indeed!

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And finally it was time to collect the car & head off into another downpour & make our way to O’Hare airport.

There were no delays, but Hilary & Karen were upgraded to Premium Economy & so we spent the flight home all sitting separately! I think I must have slept (& snored!!) for most of the journey, despite trying to focus on the movies playing! We were through baggage collect & customs at Heathrow in record time & Karen once more, very ably drove us home! This time on the right side of the road!!

So, there you have it…a complete account of our adventures!! & may I say what an amazing week it was in such a wonderful city & with such fabulous company! Thanks guys…from the third ‘Old Bird’!!

As usual, thanks to you for dropping by & ploughing through ANOTHER lengthy post!! They should resume to the norm from here on in, whatever that may be!!

Blessings! xx

7 comments:

dottydotty said...

loving all your photos looks like you had the most fab time, I've signed up for shimelle too now I just have to stick with it um!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sian said...

Pole dancing indeed! You gave me a smile this morning with another very enjoyable post Sandi

Jocelyn said...

I adore the pole dancing pic...you have to scrap that right away!!!! Looks like lots of fun and some Fabulous places to eat!!! HOUSE OF BLUES...rocks!!!

I have so enjoyed going on your trip with you!!! You girls have to plan another trip and come to see me!!! We would have an awesome time!!!!

Love ya sweet friend and thank you for all the wonderful comments that you leave for me...I always look forward to hearing from you!!!

ENJOY your day!!!

jillconyers said...

Hi. Visiting from Shimelle's class. Great photos. Chicago is one of my all time favorite cities :)

humel said...

Yup, still mad jealous :-) Congrats on your win, and rofl at the pole dancing!! xx

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

I've been dying to get over here to read all about your Chicago trip. I just knew there would be lots of wonderful pics waiting for me to see. I was not disappointed!!! It looks like you guys had the time of your life. Tons of great shopping, lots of great food, etc. Thanks for sharing all the fun with us.
Loved the "pole dance" by the way. Hee-hee! : )
Mary Lou

Sherry Grove said...

Loved your travel report, and I'm thrilled that you had a good time!