June 14, 2011 § 21 Comments

You know how you sit for a moment after a vacation and think to yourself, one day ago I was doing this or that, or three days ago, I was at such and such a place…?

And so I recall that four nights ago, I was seated at this very same hour, in Rhapsody, a restaurant on Adams St in Chicago’s Loop neighborhood, hundreds of miles from here. Kerry Lee and Jeanie were there. We were hungry.

We were walk-about mellow, having done, we figured about 3 miles of walking from the moment we all set foot in town, debarking at Union Station on different trains and the Megabus. (OMG, the Megabus! who would have thought it was such a direct  express and somewhat stylin’, too, a nouveau two-decker bus with WiFi and 110v outlets.)

We perused the menus and chose quickly. We crowed over our baby lettuces salads when they came, in anticipation of our entrees.  Kerry had gorgeous little gnocci that resembled birds eggs, and Jeanie and I both had the goat cheese ravioli and oh, the sauce in which it was bathed…mmm!).

Earlier that afternoon, we met in the lobby, as if by wizardry, recognizing one another instantly though we’d never met and off we went, east to the Art Institute, then north on Michigan Ave, ogling stores, chatting, pausing to take pictures, on and on and on we pressed, found a lovely corner cafe bakery and even here we snapped pictures and chatted away.

It’s lovely lovely lovely when you strike a certain sympatico with two other people you had come to know over 3 years of blogging.

I’m not going to rave and rave and rave (though i could) but  I will just say that having been a non-participating member of two other blog meetups (they were daughter Nor’s events and I just happened to be there), I have learned and thoroughly agree that “bloggies” (as named by husband HM to refer to “blog friends” ) are awesome people and having a “meet up” is an entirely grand event.

We had moments of walking along, not saying anything, we moments of excitement regarding art, the lake, the discovery of things in common, we chatted about our kids, dogs and politics, we oohed and aahed over classic art, we wandered without a schedule and completely comfortable with it, darted hither and yon taking pictures, sat on stone walls and took in all the sights and enjoyed some (seriously) fried food on the Navy Pier – all of it was fun and easy and interesting and…wow, I”m glad we planned to go and really did it. That’s the only plan we made – to meet in Chicago (and Kerry found us a hotel) and the rest just kinda happened. 

Maybe next time we’ll take along Nor and some of her bloggies because some of hers know some of mine and there are many shared interests, not the least of which is French, food and art and writing and books..and of course, blogging.

There’s tons to tell and yet I am somewhat mute as dusk encroaches. Pictures will suffice.

Kerry and Jeanie, at the Corner Bakery (one of them)

Fog on Michigan, blowing up against the Water Tower…

Water taxis at Michigan Avenue’s DuSable Bridge on Chicago River, not far from the Lake. Egads, we walked way up the Avenue and marched down it again, but there were MANY distractions along the way, not the least of which was H&M, full of perfect “finds” for artisan Jeanie and scarf-o-maniac me, and then the Hershey boutique where we all exhibited amazing self control after enjoying the free “kiss” given to us each upon entering the shop.

The view from my hotel room included a Calder sculpture! 

(battery running low and more pictures to share and lines to write….TBC!)



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§ 21 Responses to Chicago!

  • shoreacres says:

    What a wonderful experience for all of your! Can’t wait to hear more of your adventures!

  • kerrylee says:

    Ah yes, life is good! It was a grand time, due to be repeated!!

  • jeanie says:

    What a wonderful retelling of such a terrific meeting — Pure happiness in every sense of the word! The thing I loved most is something you captured so well — the pure ease of it all. I felt unstressed (though excited) from the moment I left home, but the big thing is I stayed that way for three days! You can’t do that with everyone. Mary Poppins said “practically perfect in every way.” I’d take out the “practically” and you have it!

    • oh says:

      you’re right. nope, not a smidge of stress. And right there, in the heart of a serious city. Sounds like we’ll be a due for a reprise….feb, eh, regardless of weather!!!!

  • RL says:

    Such is the promise of the internet- to connect like-minded folks who otherwise would stay strangers forever. The WWW can be a thread for increased human empathy, compassion, cooperation and friendship. Great example here! Thanks for sharing……Gimme more!

    • oh says:

      interestingly, did NOT get a lot of writing done. thought I might. but even at night, I was busy looking at the lights from my hotel window…still, much to explore on paper. How I love how the city opens up on the east to the magnificent lake.

  • Sounds like so much fun – when Jeanie posted a teaser photo I was like – AHH, THAT’S NOR’S MOM! Sounds like such a fun weekend for all of you. Blogger meet-ups are the best. It’s wonderful how everyone is exactly like they come across on their blogs. I’ve done multiple meet-ups in the last year and every meet-up was amazing! I can’t wait to host the girls again this summer in Minneapolis.

    And definitely count me in for the next trip. 🙂

    • oh says:

      It was you and Nor and Mandy and Becky who got me started on this whole meet up thing! and you are all absolutely correct – it’s grand.
      Wish I’d taken more pictures, scribbled more notes. But then I couldn’t have talked as much!!!! Or seen as much.

      And yes, absolutely, you gotta join us for the next one. Think “february.”

  • Carrie says:

    I love (and miss!) chicago!!!

    • oh says:

      Chicago never disappoints. I noted that a great deal of women were wearing “Wellies” of all sorts – the real ones, and the fun rubber varied-design ones you can find at Target , etc. And they looked great, you know, instead of “regular” fashion boots. Hmmm…wouldn’t have guessed.
      Great town. Great air. Love that lake. Love it all but especially getting around so eaisly without a car!

  • Bella Rum says:

    You guys had a wonderful time.

    “walk-about mellow” That is a perfect description of the feeling you get after a day of walking around a big city. When we were there, we walked five miles one day. I was definitely walk-about mellow at the end of the day.

    So glad all of you had so much fun in such a great city.

  • Ruth says:

    Deeelightful! I’m tickled for the three of you. I read about your doings at Jeanie’s. I have not met Kerry, but she is lovely too. I love Chicago and all the things you did, and I’m happy you all hit it off so well.

  • anno says:

    So glad to hear about this excursion — it sounds like a wonderful time. Completely agree with you: the remarkable ease I’ve found with my blogging buddies (bloggies! love it!) is amazing. Can’t imagine a better place to meet, though, than Chicago. Sure hope to join y’all next time!

  • Arti says:

    What a wonderful experience: from virtual to real life! Thanks for sharing with us here. Love the photos and that of Kerry and Jeanie. The delight is all shown in their faces.

  • […] We set off for our hotel, checked in, stowed our bags, and headed back to the lobby. There was crowd waiting near the elevator when we stepped off, but I knew immediately that the woman standing in the middle was Diana. Otherwise known as Oh! of This Writing Life. […]

  • […] We set off for our hotel, checked in, stowed our bags, and headed back to the lobby. There was a crowd waiting near the elevator when we stepped off, but I knew immediately that the woman standing in the middle was Diana. Otherwise known as Oh! of This Writing Life. […]

  • oldsalt1942 says:

    It’s been so many years since I walked up that street where the Calder Stabile is but what was interesting back in the ’60s and early 70s as you walked north up that street the huge pieces of art were in alphabetical order…the Calder, then the Chagall mural and then the famous Picasso.

  • Connie T says:

    You told the story great. It is nice that you had a great time and came away not just blogger friends but real life friends too.

  • […] We set off for our hotel, checked in, stowed our bags, and headed back to the lobby. There was a crowd waiting near the elevator when we stepped off, but I knew immediately that the woman standing in the middle was Diana. Otherwise known as Oh! of This Writing Life. […]

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