4-H Friends

Poor Nelly hasn’t been galloping very quickly these days when it comes to keeping up with the blog. So here’s a “backblog” from January.

Andrea and Ann, my 4-H agent friends, braved the Chicago winter to visit over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.


I scooped them up from O’Hare in my trusty Zipcar, we headed for lunch at Big Bowl in Schaumburg, and then we made the trek to Naperville, where I went to a meeting and they shopped the cutesy downtown (aka Michigan Avenue West). We then stopped at Target, where I grocery-shopped for the first time in months. Our last stop of the night was the Signature Lounge at the Hancock Building. (Always a favorite.) The view from the women’s restroom is tops.


I had a massive kink in my neck at the time, so the next morning I roused myself out of a painful sleep and went to the chiropractor for some relief while the girls got ready to go to the aquarium. Once I got back, we attempted to start our reserved Zipcar — a Prius — but the anti-theft device thought we were the thieves. Ultimately we traded for a Mini and parked at Soldier Field.


I’d never been to the Shedd Aquarium, and it was far more interesting than I expected.


Ann caught 40 winks in the rainforest.


I had to go back to the chiropractor that afternoon, and I sent my guests shopping in the neighborhood. They found Gaymart to be quite entertaining.


That night we made Pioneer Woman’s YUMMY potroast. (Highly recommended.)

The next day I was still in pain, so I stayed home from work. By early afternoon, we needed some food. So we headed to Michigan Avenue and had lunch at the Zodiac Room at Neiman Marcus. Mmmmm. Popovers. Strawberry Butter. Chicken broth. Delightful.


Ann had some tea.


Andrea had some tangerine.


And I had a raisin and strawberry plaid. Which I ultimately purchased and wore to the benefit that I went to last Friday.


We headed back to my house as the lights came up on the Watertower.


The next day they spent 7 hours in the airport because they missed their flight due to my poor advice of taking the blue line. Whoops.


4 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Andrea said,

    Cute! Glad you found some time to get a little caught up! Oh my — work is back in full blur fashion. Hey, I finished the book. I am calling it a random read, but quite thought provoking! Let me know when you are in the neighborhood.

    L8tr — off to concessions adventures — all in the name of non-profit youth leadership ventures!


  2. 2

    Ann said,

    Hey, I think you look better in the pladi dress than the model. Ok, could we napping photo I never take naps and I was on vacation!

  3. 3

    Ann said,

    Ok well I forgot to proof!!

  4. 4

    alilou said,

    she always naps!!!!

    maybe I should think twice about letting her take Cash to Florida she may fall asleep and leave him somewhere!!!

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