Thursday, July 30, 2009

Who had an awesome time on vacation? I did! I did! And probably Andy.

So, as you all know, my Long Lost Friend came for a visit. We picked her up at O'Hare and of course Andy slept while we waited.

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She brought her two adorable little kids who were perfect little guests.

We only had 3 full days to take advantage of the awesomeness that is Chicago so we tried to pack in as much fun as we could. Lucky for us, the weather (and Andy) behaved.

On Saturday we hit one of my favorite spots, The Chicago Botanic Gardens.

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What? You think that just because I go there every weekend I’m lame and therefore should have taken her somewhere else? Hey man! I also gave her a tour of the Jiffy Lube where my car gets its oil changed, Citgo where my car gets gas and Arkham Asylum where I get my oil changed and get gas so I think her sightseeing experience was all it could be and more! Maybe.

On Sunday we went to the Lincoln Park Zoo and Oz Park (where Andy and I watched her 2 year old son while she took her 11 year old daughter in search of a flushable potty and then her son almost gave me a heart attack because I thought he had escaped the play area via THE WIDE OPEN GATE ON THE OPOSITE END so then Andy and I had to remain as sentries at the 2 entrances until his mommy came back)(don't worry, he has no idea I aged 20 years). The zoo was pretty cool, no polar bears though which was a little disappointing. Here, I took some pictures of gorillas for you guys:

gorillas (what the hell are those rhinos doing in the Gorilla cage??)

It's like you were there, right?

On our way back home, we drove by Big Willy, formerly known as The Sears Tower, and other landmark skyscrapers all up close and personal-like. My city is truly magnifico!


We then had a little bonfire that night and reminisced about old times. As I told you yesterday, I was attacked by a swarm of spiders (spiders swarm too, right?) when I went to get some firewood. Very ouchie.

On Monday we went to the Shedd Aquarium but before going in, we took a water taxi to Navy Pier. I wish we would have done it in reverse because the Shedd closes at 6 so we didn’t have a chance to enjoy much of the Pier before having to make our way back. Still, it was a nice little view of the Chicago Skyline.

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I had to stop Andy from jumping overboard. He was saying he wanted to play with the dolphins. I had to remind him they’re in Miami.

On our way to dinner, we stopped outside of Harpo Studios because my LLF is a huge Oprah fan. Unfortunately, there were no Oprah sightings. Not even at the nearest Dunkin Donuts... kidding.


To conclude our visit, on Tuesday we went to a water park near my home before they were scheduled to leave for the airport. Andy didn’t join us though because he didn’t want to see all those hot women in bikinis. A model husband is what he is. His compliments to me this weekend were as follows:

“ooh! That sunburn is looking purple! Is that normal?” –No, I would say purple skin tone is borderline 3rd degree burns.

“You know what the problem is, you sit weird so your shirt gaps at an angle. That’s why your sunburn isn’t symmetrical” – So should I have just gone around flashing innocent bystanders?

“Your face is all shiney.” – It’s called sweat, dear.

Anyway, I have to admit I thought our reunion might be a little awkward but it wasn’t at all. It was almost as if our lack of contact was only the length of one summer. She had some great memories of our childhood/early teen years and was able to fill in some memory gaps I had. We were also able to catch up on our current ventures, she has 2 kids a husband, is a teacher of school teachers, I have 2 dogs, an Andy, nutter coworkers and no life.

I'm glad she contacted me and we were able resume our friendship. I hope she enjoyed her visit and I thank her because it allowed Andy and I to enjoy Chicago again so we felt like we went somewhere too.

I did subject her to an interview which I will post next week but for now, this is a picture of a crackhead rhino-turtle. Can you see the turtle, little Jimmy?

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Our Sunday Comic comes back this Sunday with the conclusion of "Bee n' Andy: Married and sometimes, still in love..."- Last resort babysitters.

Thank you and please come again!


  1. I love that turtle.

    And I don't take water taxis or sightseeing boats in the city ever since the DMB incident. Birds are bad enough.

  2. Those damn rhino's they never know there place. Reunions are fun aren't they, like the time my College roomate came and tried to implicate me as the town slut to my husband (which I was the polar opposite!)

  3. Sorry about the spider bites, the sunburn, and the heart attack... but other than that it was an awesome trip! :0) Thanks a million!

  4. I want to be your long lost friend!
    I want to come to Chicago and go to the gardens and the zoo!

  5. I'm glad you had fun!

    Um, yeah. I was right there with you in the zoo. Sometimes I think I live there. ;-)

  6. we have those turtles at our zoo and they are so freaky looking in person.

    Ha, I beat Brian!

    glad things went great.

  7. We lived in Chicago for ten years--it really is an awesome city.

    I'll never forget the Chihuly exhibit at the Garfield Park Conservatory (exact name failing me). It was magical and I hope you got to see it too.

  8. heh heh heh that rhinos gettin a hummer

  9. I'm glad you all had a good time. Can't you put these posts up when Jean Knee's asleep???

  10. Having about come to the end of my own vacation, I'd have to say, Cool!

    Although this means, as I
    m home tomorrow, no more net until the broken magic is fixed! Arse ....

  11. I'm glad you had such a good time Bee!

    Looking forward to the Sunday morning Cartoon, I do love those :)

  12. Sounds like a good time. I love Chi-town!

  13. Not that I didn't love this post, but ooooooh, Sunday Comic returns: Yeeeessss! :)

  14. So how wa that bonfire I wasn't invited to? Hope it was lots of fun!

  15. So you take boarders with kids. When can we come up for a visit?


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