Ah Bugger

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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Chicago Architecture tour

I am currently in Wisconsin in a town near the U. of Wisc. called Osalaska or something like that. I dropped Marci off at the airport this afternoon and began my journey alone for the first time. (You know, save for the 800 miles I drove the other day. But I was headed to Marci, so I was okay). My car is doing something a little weird that started on the 2nd with the crazy thunderstorm and subsequent traffic jam I got stuck in. I had turned my engine off because we were just sitting and when I started up again, the indicators all went a little loopy and the engine would not turn. It did that again this morning. I am going for an oil change (already!) soon and will get it checked out. Thanks goodness for AAA.

I have spent my whole evening checking emails and talking to friends and family (Hi Laura! Hi Mama!). Turns out that I may be feeling a little homesick. I am sure it will pass once I am not just driving to get places and can actually turn wherever I want to. However, I need to be in Colorado soon, so I am still attempting to get miles under my belt.

Chicago was wonderful and I found a pair of jeans that fit today! Yay.

Thanks, Marci. Would not be a birthday without you.

Oh, and yes I will be celebrating my birthday every day until I get home again.

I need a good exit phrase like "Good night and good luck" or "That's news to me".

I will try out this one:

May the road rise up to meet you

What do you think?

Birthday photos-no explanation needed, right?

Friday, July 04, 2008

Don't they know it's my birthday??

Hi there! Yesterday Marci and I woke up early and fed the meter were my car was parked on the street so we could leave it an additional 2 hours. We then had breakfast and got ready. When we got back to the car, there was exactly one minute left on the meter which ran out right as I unlocked the car. I don't know about how exciting that is to you, but Marci and I were flipping out! We parked the car in Marci's friend's office garage and went to the Taste of Chicago where we enjoyed gazpacho and pierogies and corn and did not enjoy BBQ rib bits. We were also approached by a girl who, along with 16 other local artists, had put together a compilation CD of music. So we bought one each for $5.
Then we tried shopping, but the shoes are ugly right now. We decided to have lunch at the Grand Lux Cafe. (YUM!) We enjoyed some beignets and took the leftovers home. As we wandered to Marshall Fields (now Macy's) some guy in a business suit, carrying a briefcase, asked to buy my leftovers. I said "you want my beignets???" and he was dead serious. So I gave them to him. Then felt weird. He walked away and Marci and I hid behind a pillar to stare at this strange man. Then he talked to some woman for a moment and showed her the bag, so i though maybe I was being Punk'd. But then he knelt down and ate them. Biggest insult? He did not dip them in the deeee-licious raspberry sauce. Weirdo.
Then we napped for two hours.
Then we got ready and went out to Zed 451 where we got to watch people in their glorious plumage and curious behaviors. Some guy who talked to us is opening a pizza store in Arlington called Homemade. That is if that was not just lame-o line.
Then we went to Stanley's Kitchen in Lincoln Park where the people are even more special than most. We had an extra chair that some fella who was telling jokes occasionally used. (What do you call a deer with no eyes? No Eye deer. Get it? No idear? ha!) It happened to be empty and some girl sat her fat behind into it. They were talking so loud and I looked at them a couple of times, baffled by the audacity they had to simply commandeer our chair without even bothering to inquire about its' availability. Marci noticed that the short one was looking for trouble and I looked as she said don't look. Sure enough, she short one piped up with "do you have an issue?" And I just started to laugh. She kept trying to pick a fight and I could not stop laughing. Marci just frowned at this child and eventually she went away. Crazy.
Then people kept dumping their empty glasses on our table. No words, just placing them down and leaving. It was making me mad so I handed a glass back to a girl when she did it and said no thank you. She got soo mad. Apparently she worked there. Then she should really know better. The party then sent us to the Lodge where we got people outside the bar in trouble for talking to us through the window inside the bar. Then we went home and Marci wrote a post and I went to sleep. The end.

Thanks so much for all the birthday wishes! It's hard to believe I am 35. I should be a grown up now, right? Alas....

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Drove 800 miles today

Must sleep. Talk to you all tomorrow. I am safe with Marci in Chicago.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Pre-Canada Day

I dropped my mom off at the airport yesterday, so she could fly home and leave me all by myself in Ottawa. (Sniff). I then drove to my friend Chris' house so he could ply me with home brewed beer and bbq. All his friends came by and we had a glorious evening. It's weird to think these people are not Americans. (And they are happy about it!)

I woke up at 8am and it's now 10am and everyone is still sleeping. This does not bode well for my future, because we will be in Ottawa partaying with the rest of the red wearing public.

My mother and I were in Quebec and then drove to Ottawa. It rained the entire time we were in Quebec. See? Rain? This is the Menage Militaire that burned down in April.
We took a bus tour that let us out to view the Rue petit-Champlain and we took too long and were left behind. Oops. So we took the funiculaire up to the main part of the city and walked back to the hotel. At least it was not like the day before when we were caught in an immense dowpour AND had to climb a hill that would have rivaled any in San Francisco.
Now I am in Ottawa, and my friends are finally up which means time for coffee. Yay!