I woke up out of a dead sleep at 6:51 this morning. Â Me. Â Lord, it’s not even 7:30 and I’m typing on this thing having my first cup of coffee. Â I must be excited. Â We are leaving for DC today! Â Hopefully, we can get this tire plugged (Costco = 3 hour wait) and make it to Cleveland. Â Hopefully.
Our time here in Chicago has been great! Â Brian has been working his butt off, either with his jobby job or with the house and still, we’ve managed a LOT of fun and interesting stuff. Â Getting to spend some time here – and because of the wedding – I’ve been able to meet a lot of Brian’s friends and spend time with most of the great people that I met last year. Â Last year, Heather and Mark were just about engaged and Christine was pregnant. Â As of yesterday, Heather and Mark were beautifully married and I met Isabel, Christine and Bob’s sweet girl.
Highlights of the last weekend in August: Â Cafe Selmarie, Half Acre Taproom, Goose Island Brewery, Iberico, a picnic in Lincoln Park, and meeting the Miller’s, the Carr’s, and nice, cool people.
And my birthday. Â Thank you so much for the wishes. Â It was fun, sweet, and delicious. Â We went to Hot Doug’s for breakfast/lunch. Â I love going there so much that I told Brian when we got to Chicago that I was going to go everyday while we were here. Â I did not. Â Maybe I should have. Â Regardless, you have to like meat to go and if you do, it is encased meats like you’ve never seen. Â Â So, that was my start. Â AÂ PortugueseÂ Smoked Pork something with saffron something and rustic red pepper cheese. Â Delicious sauces and cheese, yum yum yum.
AND, Doug is nice.
Then, we went to Shedd Aquarium. Â I love that place. Â The jellyfish alone were worth the trip.
We saw as much as possible as fast as possible. Â We left when they kicked us out and walked around the Museum Campus for awhile before Â finally settling on the W as a place to have a drink before dinner.
Post cocktails, we went back to the Situation, changed clothes a little like Superman and headed to dinner. Â At Blackbird. Â So, so good. Â We each got the tasting menu and there was so much food that I took the menu so I could remember later what we ate. Â For me, the food was perfect, the wine was great, and the service was amazing. Â Could not have asked for better.
Friday found us in a real lull. Â Do you have to detox from awesomeness? Â I think maybe yes. Â Maybe De-rox? Â Brian worked and I… ? Â I think I read. Â I know it didn’t amount to much and I was squirmy and uninspired all day. Â Boohoo.
But then, Saturday came and it was a bright new day. Â It was also the kick-off for …. THE WEDDING! Â Brian and I went in search of some traveling books and Vietnamese food (why do you have such a hold on me Bahn Mi?). Â We eventually found them both and waited patiently to go to the Empty Bottle to see the happy couple and meet up with friends. Â A great, loud, and early night happened. Â I ate tamales out of a cooler. Â That were hot.
And the wedding! Â Beautiful, easy, sweet and perfect.