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Fun without the Taste
Usually when elsaf and I come to visit judiang over the 4th of July holiday, we visit the Taste of Chicago. But turns out, Chicago has moved the dates of Taste until the 11th of July. So we've not been going there for variety victuals.

Elsa arrived late on Sunday, and it wasn't long before we were all abed. Monday morning, Judi went off to work, so Elsa and I hung out for awhile until she returned. Then we went off to Three Happiness for dim sum (ooooh, two days in a row). During the week, you order off the menu. And turned out when we got done, the three of us ate about the same amount of food as the two of us had the day before. Heh.

We also popped over to Target after dim sum, like the day before, because Judi had tried out a personal float in the pool that worked well with her. And Target sells 'em, so she got one.

Judi lives near all these lovely museums, and so we headed off to the Adler Planetarium. With a suggestion from the lady selling us our tickets, we bought tickets for the Undiscovered Planets movie as well as the general admission. It was a dome movie and was quite nifty (though we were all tired and it was difficult to stay awake). I enjoyed the museum, but I think the girls were too tired to get much enjoyment from it.

So we returned to the apartment and Judi and I headed off to go swimming. (Elsa was feeling a little under the weather.) And after that, we grilled hot dogs & had dogs & beans for supper. Followed by ice cream - woo!

Our evening entertainment was watching The Artist. However, we discovered that Judi's den DVD player is dying. And then discovered that her living room DVD player is dead. So we wound up sitting on her bed & watching the movie on her bedroom DVD player. Heh. Excellent movie, BTW. (Anyone else seen the DVD version and/or the theatrical version? If so, we've got a question for you...)

This morning, Judi returned to work again, so Elsa and I went to Little Branch Cafe for breakfast. I had an egg, bacon & cheese bagel sammich, has browns, and fruit. Oh, and a hot cocoa. Tasty. Then I walked to the grocery to return the video (RedBox FTW) and then on to Field Museum to see the Extreme Mammals exhibit.

Today was under a Heat Advisory from 11am on. So my goal was to spend only about 2 hours and head back to Judi's by 11am. And it took nearly 2 hours to see the exhibit. The girls and I then went to Little Branch for lunch. After my walk in the heat, I decided I wanted cool, so I had a smoothie (mango, blueberry, vanilla, apple juice) and salad (with blueberries, strawberries, almonds, and yogurt dressing). Very yummy and cool.

We bought tickets to see the matinée of Crowns, a gospel musical. I knew nothing about the musical other than that. And learned it was about Sunday church hats and the ladies who wear them. It was a fabulous musical. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to dance. :-)

Next was swimming time! All three of us were able to swim and we had a very nice time. Then Elsa made us gazpacho soup and I grilled corn on the cob and flank steak. Supper was lovely. And we followed it with ice cream. And Judi gets leftovers.

Now Elsa and I are watching Game of Thrones season 2 episodes. I won't get the season done before I go, but I'll be getting the Blu-Rays when they eventually come out. Alas, tomorrow I must leave here (but hooray, I return to my kitties).

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hergrace From: hergrace Date: July 4th, 2012 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a great Chicago visit! I'm sitting here on the Cape waiting to go fishing with my father-in-law out near the shoals -- keeping an eye out for Great White Sharks!

*hugs* to all of you!
trinalin From: trinalin Date: July 5th, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I sent the virtual hugs along to the girls when I read your comment. Hope you are having fun at the Cape - and I really hope you are keeping cool. (Though, being a Georgia girl, the heat we're currently suffering is probably a dawdle to you. Heh.)
gregmce From: gregmce Date: July 5th, 2012 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
We saw The Artist in the theatre -- what's the question?
trinalin From: trinalin Date: July 5th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
When you saw the movie, during the last scenes, did the director speak aloud & Valentin reply? Because on the DVD that we saw, that didn't happen. (The director's comments were even carded like the other dialog.) Elsa had seen it in the theater and says the sound returns completely at the end, not just the tapping (which was on the DVD). Very odd if the DVD has a different ending than the theatrical version.
gregmce From: gregmce Date: July 5th, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, when Charlie and I saw it in the theatre the sound did return completely at the end. What a strange edit to the DVD.
dark_pheonix From: dark_pheonix Date: July 12th, 2012 07:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I wish we'd had the concept of room-specific DVD players when our old one died, it would have been good to have a similar fallback.

Great to read you're having such fun :)
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