Vacation’s over

Well, until next week, when we go to Colorado for a wedding. People keep telling me we are so lucky to travel, we are having such great adventures, etc. And we totally are! But man, adventures are exhausting. (And they keep me from my writing sometimes…)

This past weekend we went to Chicago. It was nowhere near the first time for me or Andy, and yet we still discovered a number of new things. For example, did you know Chicago has a beach? Yeah, me neither, but apparently it does:

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We also “discovered” that the Navy Pier doesn’t suck. In fairness, I thought it was cool the first time we went, even though we were THE ONLY TWO PEOPLE THERE. But I admit, it was a lot more charming in the warm sunshine with lively crowds.

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Our hotel was right on the river this time, which was both convenient and lovely.

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Even though Andy wanted to get to the stadium a bajillion hours early, we managed to make time to take his parents to the Bean. (It’s supposed to be a cloud, but really? It’s a bean.)

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And last but certainly not least, we saw Albert Pujols hit 3 home runs in 1 game at Wrigley Field. Bad day for the Cubbies, good day for baseball’s #1 hitter.

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  1. T.S. Bazelli says:

    Great photos! That night shot turned out really well too. I’ve never been to Chicago and I had no idea there was a beach there! It looks almost tropical.
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  2. I love the pictures! You take great shots! I’ve been to Chicago a bunch of times and it never gets old. Although the last time I went it was over 100 degrees and I was ready to be out of the heat! You look like you had a perfect weekend!
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  3. Mike Chen says:

    You didn’t get a picture of the Michael Jordan statue wearing Blackhawks gear?
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  4. Angie says:

    Baseball, the bean, the beach…ahh I miss these Killer Bs too (not related to Chicago though).
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  5. Angie says:

    Also awesome masthead photo this month.
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  6. Sonja says:

    OMG I am completely exhausted from our trip this past weekend and CANNOT IMAGINE undertaking another trip this coming weekend. The mere idea makes me want to curl into the fetal position, clutching my blankie. So, um, you have fun, okay?
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  7. Kristan says:

    Next time I plan to check out the beach, so I’ll tell you firsthand how tropical (or not) it is. :)

    Over 100 degrees?! Yowza!

    Hmm, did I miss that? Where was it? (Haha, forgot you were the hockey dude.)

    Where else is there a Bean?? (And thanks, re: the photo.)

    Lol well we didn’t have two kids in tow…

  8. beautiful photos! I long for the days when we could vacation without it taking a million years of planning first! :)
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  9. I love the pictures. Chicago looks like tons of fun!! And I’m with you on the whole “traveling is exhausting” thing. It so is. :)
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  10. Emily Jane says:

    Woot! I may be going to Chicago in a couple of months! It looks like a blast!

  11. Sarah says:

    your weekend looks so pretty and fun…soak up the travels and the living, I say!!
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  12. Kristan says:

    elissa janine-
    Oh, we plan. Even though we don’t have to. Andy loves to make spreadsheets — yes, Excel spreadsheets — for even the shortest of vacations. :P

    Emily Jane-
    I hope you enjoy it! It’s a great city. Lots of good food, shopping, and activities (shows, parks, etc.).

  13. Les says:

    Waaaait a second. You’re coming to Colorado?
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  14. Jon says:

    Love the pics, especially the one of the loop at night. Are you ready to move to Chi town now?
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  15. Kristan says:

    Oh yeah, haha, your neck of the woods! Well, Andy’s in a wedding, so we’re flying in for that.

    LOL maybe. It’s not up to me, though. Our location is pretty much determined by Andy’s career. Benefit to being a (not-screen-)writer is that I can do it from anywhere.

  16. Pseudo says:

    I’ve always wanted to go to Chicago. Thank you for taking us along ; -)
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  17. sage says:

    Great Travel Tip Thursday–Chicago is a 3 hour train ride for me!

  18. Meghan Ward says:

    I haven’t been to Chicago in years (I was born there, though), but I have been to that beach!

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