Trina L Short (trinalin) wrote,
Trina L Short

Fireworks et al

Alas, elsaf is driving home as I type this. It was lovely seeing her again and I hope her drive back is smooth & uneventful.

After our fun time at Taste on Thursday, we spent most of the day relaxing. Toward supper time, Elsa cooked up Rogan Josh (a lamb curry) and Jasmine rice. Very yummy. Since we were nearly out of Bailey's ice cream, I went to the market in judiang's building and got us each a pint of something. We finally got Judi to watch The Princess Bride. I think she liked it, but she did miss several jokes cuz the sound set up wasn't quite right.

Friday was the day of the Grant Park Fireworks, so our focus of the day was making sure we'd be ready at 8pm to get to the penthouse to watch. I took a short walk in the morning to Dunkin Donuts to get us breakfast. I also walked with Judi to take the poochies for their morning walk. More relaxing, then lunch at a nearby diner/delicatessen Eleven City Diner. I had an open-faced Reuben and fries and cream soda. Very tasty.

Judi and I played pool in the afternoon. This time we were even on wins. She won solids/stripes and one of our 9-ball games. I won the other two 9-ball games. Alas, that's the only kind of pool I'll be enjoying this trip. Although the temperatures have been ideal, they haven't been swimming-pool comfortable.

On our way home from the diner earlier, we'd picked up fixings for grilling steaks and making more ice cream. So for supper, we had grilled rib eye, baked taters, and the rest of the pineapple from Tuesday night (when Elsa grilled us burgers w/ grilled pineapple & onions and mozzarella). Then at 5 till 8, we headed up to the penthouse.

The place wasn't at all crowded and we quickly found great seats on the balcony with a view to the Lake where the fireworks would be shot. Then we remembered the radio, so I went down to get it. Unfortunately, it didn't pick up the station like it did down in her condo. Bummer, no synchronized music for us! Still, the fireworks were brilliant.

hergrace called us back (we'd left a Happy Birthday greeting on her answering machine earlier in the day) and we all got to chat with her while watching the Boom Boom Boom. It was almost like having her there as well (though she couldn't see them). Glad you had a nice birthday, Steph!

This morning we got Elsa all packed up for her trip back. Then she drove us to Chinatown for Dim Sum at Three Happiness. Yummy as ever. We popped into Freida's bakery for some (more) sesame buns and then hugged Elsa before she headed off. Judi and I took the El back.

Now we're fiddling with YouTube and posting videos of fireworks. Behind the cut I have (I hope) the video that I just posted as well as a few photos. I'm impressed with what my phone can do!

Fireworks coming from the barge
Fireworks coming from the barge
The barge where the fireworks were launched was visible to us up on the penthouse balcony. That was pretty nifty to see.
Oooooh! Colorful!
Oooooh! Colorful!
I was pleased my phone was able to pick up the colors of the fireworks in this shot.
This was a big boom I managed to capture. Ooooh! Ahhhh!

Tags: chicago, elsa, food, judi, photos
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