This month is flying past at breakneck speed and I'm left clutching the calendar in a vain attempt to keep up. My boyfriend and I have been traveling since the end of November with only a couple days home between trips - just enough time to clean, wash clothes, repack and squeeze in a little writing.
But not enough time to bake, gift shop, test recipes, put up the tree, or decorate. We still need to make holiday plans with our friends back in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. I desperately need to call my mom. And I really, REALLY want to write another chapter in my novel before the end of the year.
So although I should be devoting today to a new Tuesday Tutor blog featuring another blogger's recipe, I doing the right thing and holding off until January. Because there's no way I'd be doing justice to any blogger by attempting to cram them in between flights, car trips, frantic light-hanging, and mouse-stamping Amazon-shopping.
And I'm not posting a recipe (sugar cookies) because I really need to test it one more time before I post. Since I haven't baked so much as a crust of toast since Thanksgiving, cookies will have to wait until I'm back in Virginia Beach long enough to defrost butter!
Instead, here's to more pictures. Which are really just my way of distracting you from the absence of real blog substance. And evidence of how much I'm enjoying myself this month. Although I haven't really accomplished more this month than becoming a Twoll on Twitter, it's really been a fantastic month.
These pics are from our trip to Chicago (it was a business trip for my boyfriend, but we extended the trip to include the weekend). I've never had a chance to explore downtown Chicago - but it was terrific. Gorgeous buildings, beautiful holiday lights everywhere, REAL deep-dish pizza with amazing tomato sauce, Magnificent Mile of shopping, and people. Hoards of people. Droves of people. People everywhere.
It was a fantastic trip.
|We watched this escalator for 15 minutes. |
|And it wasn't just people. There were escalators everywhere!|
(Old Marshal Field building)
|Holiday decorations on steroids! But in a good way.|
|Another shot from inside old Marshal Fields building|
It's now Macy's but still gorgeous
|I had to take a pic from this perspective to capture how massive this was|
|And there were landmarks and architectural achievements everywhere|
|Yes, yes, that's Nathan Hale. But look at the building behind him!|
|I LOVE THIS BUILDING|
|There was even a Lego city-scape.|
|I'd like to see the billion-piece Lego kit for that one ;)|
|I decided the Windy City was a bit too windy.|
(And I wanted to buy something)
|Oh yeah. There was deep dish pizza too.|
And deep dish pizza cookie pie with copious quantities of ice cream
I've been to Manhattan, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington DC - and I prefer Chicago over all of them (although San Francisco was beautiful and would probably be a close second). Chicago feels cleaner than Manhattan, historically richer than Houston, more vibrant than Philadelphia, and more varied than DC. The holiday season seems to be a wonderful time to visit Chicago, but I'd like to come back again during warmer weather. Of course all of this is based on a 4 day weekend in the city so take it for what it's worth.
|I did love our trip to San Francisco|
|And the requisite visit to gorgeous Napa...|
Now I've got a flight to catch, butter to defrost, cookies to bake, and delicious food to scout-out for Friday's Food Fetish blog. Oh and decorations to hang. And I MUST call my mother!