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Well, Chicago…As much as I enjoy living inside you, sometimes it’s really wonderful to get away. Back to my roots if you will.
And this weekend allowed for just that. I took a trip to Grand Rapids for a traditional rite of the season among friends: Pumpkin Carving Weekend. Even just on the drive in I was getting into it. The fall colors are amazing in Michigan. I’ve yet to see them paralleled here.
I took oh so many pictures so I’ll only share a few here but trust me, good times were definitely had. It was one of those rare long weekends with perfect weather, ample treats, and some beautiful long walks. I might just split this into a few posts but here is our trip to our favorite cider mill and nearby pumpkin yard. And what I carved in mine. Hope your weekends were just as splendid!
Today…Today has been surprisingly wonderful. First of all, how cool is it that we had an earthquake here in Chicago? Well, I suppose it wouldn’t be cool if anything bad actually came of it but it’s still exciting to me.
We’re not exactly “snowed in” like the east coast of the US but we got a bit of snow last night. Our cars are both supremely stuck in their parking spaces for the time being and we’re lacking the motivation to take the L downtown.
So we’ve been settling into our new digs. Snuggling on the sofa watching whatever our antennae will let us on the TV. Which usually results in movie night. Movies are great for knitting scarves. In case you were curious about the best time to knit – it’s during a movie you’ve already seen.
I figure this scarf should be done by the time I start work next week. And it’s quite soft and cozy so the sooner the better. So, today was going well. I was knitting up a storm and the cable/internet guy was scheduled to come out later to set everything up. But then, while I was taking a photo of my progress, the guy called and said he could come sooner! YES! Internet! Score!
And then…John checked the mail. I was already in my happy mode what with the cable/internet being bumped up. But then my lover bursts through the door (well, that’s not excactly accurate) and announces that our Amazon orders are here – a full day early! Wow.
So, that picture is the amazingness of my day in a nutshell. Plus the internet, which I’m using to write this post. Oh boy.
Dear Grand Rapids,
You’ve been a really dear friend to me these past 17 months. In fact you really made time fly since I didn’t even realize that it had been 17 months in this relationship. But the truth is that we’ve really grown apart and it might be time for us to say our goodbyes.
You gave me so many good memories and I’ve met some wonderful people through you. I mean, come on, you gave me the Ritz Koney. Not many cities could give me something so wonderful.
I’ll miss late night walks down your streets with my friends. And Thursday TV nights full of laughs. Not to mention your delicious sushi on Monroe Center. I’ll always remember the ball drop on NYE downtown. Thank you for our kitty. She’s really been a blessing. Who else would get my boyfriend trashed on his 22nd birthday but you? Oh, good times. Good times.
But let’s face it. You just don’t have the job market to keep me here anymore. And as much as it kills me to have to leave you, I have to do what’s best for me. It’s not your fault that Chicago just has a job to give me and an apartment comparable in size to this one. And I’ll always appreciate you as my first real relationship with a city. Thank you for everythings.
PS – for those of you reading this who don’t know already: I GOT THE JOB IN CHICAGO AND I’M MOVING TOMORROW!!!!
Seriously now. It’s completely beautiful outside.
Ash spent the morning begging me to come outside and play. Finally, at around noontime I gave in and we ventured out.
Since last night’s post, we received a gift of like 3 to 4 more inches of snow. It’s amazing how fast things can change. One week ago we were walking around without jackets. Now I’m bundled up in my new parka, romping around in several inches of snow. What?
I really think that winter is only beautiful when you don’t have to drive in it. And the fact that Karaoke Friday is in walking distance excites me to no end. I mean, come on. Running through the snow with a group of awesome friends while inebriated sounds utterly fantastic, doesn’t it?
There’s nothing cuter than my baby, Ash in the winter. He may be 6 years old now. But that’s not stopping him from acting like a puppy when there’s snow on the ground.
It makes me insanely happy to see him like this. I think he’s happy I’m home all day to cater to his playful whims. And to bake cookies that he can sniff. And to snug. Mostly to snug.
I’m so excited to finally be enjoying seasons that aren’t summer. I still hate snow when it comes to travel. And when it gets all slushy and gross. And when it covers my car. But right now, it’s not terribly cold. And there aren’t too many foot prints ruining the blanket of fresh snow. So I’m happy.
As with most of my stories, this one has a familiar beginning:
When I was a kid….
We used to have pizza every single Saturday. Saturday was Pizza Night. Clearly we were healthy kids.
Well, on Sundays, my mom used to go all out and cook a really well rounded meal. Some sort of meat. Pork chops. Meatloaf. Or the most common, pot roast. Then we’d have some starches. Mashed potatoes. Scalloped potatoes. Basically lots of potatoes. There would be rolls. And sliced cucumbers (though she doesn’t eat anything green – ever). And corn. And a glass of milk.
It’s possible I’m forgetting something but you get the gist of it – there was some serious home cooking going down. And it was fantastic. Pretty much the only time my family ate together at the table.
So, when I remembered this fond memory last week I set out to recreate it for John and I. Let’s see. There were super tasty, well seasoned steaks (courtesy of John). Seasoned redskin potatoes baked in my snazzy vintage Pyrex (though next time we’ll cook them longer). And a new favorite of mine – asparagus tips.
Enjoy our Sunday dinner.
If you haven’t heard of The Scribble Project, but you love to doodle, you should definitely check it out. They provide you with a blank “scribble sheet” for you to interpret however you’d like. Good for wasting time.
Now, I don’t dare call myself talented in the art department. I just love to doodle. I have decided to keep a folder of my doodles lately. Which is funny since they’re mostly post it notes with robots and bikes on them.
It’s been getting cooler out as of late and that has me really contemplating the best way to enjoy Autumn.
Step 1.) Hard Cider – Check. This delicious concoction is really a great part about fall.
Step 2.) Tights with dresses – Check. Is it wrong that I look forward to my ensembles that involve this combination? Nope.
Step 3.) Pumpkins. Tentative plan for pumpkin carving and seed eating is in the works. I’m super pumped.
Step 4.) Apple orchard/Cider Mill. Well, I may just join the family tomorrow for a bike ride to a Cider Mill for my Dad’s birthday. Let’s pause for a second to point out how awesome it is that my dad wants to go for a bike ride for his 50 somethingth birthday. Very cool, Dad. Very cool.
Step 5.) Costumes, Candy, Cadavers (i.e. Halloween). Okay, so cadavers sounds disgusting….I just wanted a good alliteration.
Step 6.) Scawy Movies. Yes, Scawy. Throw on a good gore fest or foreign horror movie and I’m thrilled. Give me a little Kiki’s Delivery Service on the side and I’m smitten.
Step 7.) You tell me.
This is our bike family.
It’s not going to get any bigger any time soon and that’s okay with me (for once).
Starting left to right, here we go:
Lil Hidalgo – Worksman Folding Bicycle. This little guy is deceiving. He’s ridiculously heavy for a folding bike, making it illogical to travel with on public transportation. But we rarely take public transportation.
Main points – He folds up for easy storage and semi easy travel. He provides a smooth ride for our guests who may not normally want to ride a bike. He has coaster brakes, which have proven to be a foreign concept. And he has fenders and a rack, making him highly capable of pizza delivery to our patio.
Fiona – This is my darling love, Fiona, the Raleigh LTD-3 that we all know so well. I found this bike when hunting for a bike for Johnpants and I called on her instantly. She was a steal at $50 and is the best bike for me at this time. Very little damage or rust or blemishes at all. And look at those fenders! Hoo doggie!! I added the gorgeous wicker basket and the leather saddle bag was a great birthday present from my mister. Since this photo I’ve added a brass bell from Velo Orange. Erich really helped out by fixing her up for me and now I can’t imagine my days without her.
Just yesterday I rode her to the doctor. It was sublime. But then it turned out that I forgot my key to my ulock. I about had a panic attack worrying about her fate not locked to anything. Luckily, the pharmacy let me store her inside with minimal jokes. She was safe! Huzzah for strangers!
Felix – This is John’s Fuji Special Racer that I bought him for our 2 year anniversary. He previously had a Schwinn Racer that wasn’t quite his style. Since upgrading to this beast, he can take hills with ease (much more ease than Fiona). He’s a fast lil bugger – Perfect for my mister.
Our bike family is perfect for us. How about yours?