Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Who let the girls out in Chicago??

Ok, so the Chicago trip was mainly all about the Kings of Leon concert but since Jennie and Kelly had never been to Chicago I figured we had to do some of the free touristy things so they could say they popped their Chicago cherry. I wouldn't be much of a friend if I wasn't willing to pop a cherry, now would I?

We woke up fairly early considering we got in kind of late AND we all had to shower after being rained on, so at about 8 am we were all feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed. OK, that's a straight up lie. I think Kelly was the only one who was gun ho about being awake. And so as we're getting ready we hear this knocking on the door. Now, none of us brought a boy back to the room so we're thinking it's someone who's clearly confused. No- it's housekeeping asking us when we're leaving.

Hi- check out is at noon, bitch. I know you are all excited about not really cleaning but making it look like you did, but jesus. We still have three hours to make a mess if we want to. Whore. Good thing it wasn't me answering the door and good thing I have nice friends.

So after leaving and loading up the van with our shit, we decided that since our hotel offers no food (despite paying $323 for the night after taxes), we were going to hit up a Starbucks to feed Kelly and Jennie's addiction to coffee. I opted for orange juice and a donut. Both of which were disgusting. I took 3 sips of my juice and 2 bites of my donut before tossing them. Goodbye $5.71 I'll never see again.

But we saw the Chicago Bean in Millennium park. Super weird when it's all sunny and bright out. When I was here in March it was all rainy and gross so yeah. It's REALLY reflective in the sun. So here's Jennie and Kelly popping their Chicago cherry.

And then I had to get my dork on. Obviously.

OK, so I got my touristy dork on twice. Sue me.

But one thing that I didn't get to do in March was see the view. It was so cold and rainy out while we were there, not to mention foggy as hell, so when I visited the Hancock Building for a view we saw pretty much nothing. Which on it's own was kind of creepy. But this time I paid for the girls and I go up to the Observatory on the 94th floor because I? Wanted to see the damn city. And see the city I did.
To say it was gorgeous is a huge understatement. Seriously- it's Chicago for as far as you can see. I'm already itching for another girls weekend trip- this time focusing on Navy Pier and the beach.

So some of my more with it followers remembered that I started my Chicago trip by getting my period. The fun thing about me is that I'm nothing if not predictable. On every fun thing I have ever done in my life, any kind of trip, any kind of anything- one of two things will happen. I'll either get a migraine or I'll get my period. I had my period on the kayak trip. Any woman alive will just know how much you don't want to be having your period when you are stuck inside a fucking kayak for 6 hours. You also don't really want to be at a concert where you are going to get rained on. And because my girly bits are all not where they are meant to be, tampons are not an option for me. So yah- it's gross anyways and I gag thinking about it but seriously. Throw me in a car for 8 hours with my period and I? Am going to get cranky. Jennie and Kelly didn't tell me to settle the hell down so maybe I was ok after all. But walking all day Sunday? Dis-gus-ting.

We ended up leaving Chicago around 2:30ish, but then didn't actually leave the city limits until 4ish due to traffic. But guess what we got to drive next to for awhile??

A mariachi band! I am loving how the driver is kind of smiling.

Anyways. So while Jennie and Kelly watched the rest of season 2 of True Blood in the backseat, I drove us home as fast as I possibly could. We arrived in Superior at what- 11:30 pm? That was after a stop in Madison to get gas and eat dinner at a gas station Taco Bell where our order taker guy had hardly any teeth, and a stop at Rice Lake so I could pee and get french fries and a soda. Poor Kelly had another 20 minutes to go since she lives in a town outside of Duluth, but it wasn't bad. AND I didn't feel like falling asleep while driving so that's always a plus.

But this trip just reminded me how much I love the city. I thrive in the city. I feel like I'm in my element. Like at any given time there are a million things I could be doing at the exact moment and it's up to me to decide which thing is cool enough for me to go to. Whereas in Superior....not so much. A trip to Target is about as exciting as I'm going to get. :)


Ann said...

I adore Chicago! We should seriously meet up there someday. Glad you girls had a fab time!

Lady Grey said...

Me too! Love Chicago. Went on business twice and still haven't been able to take my DH, maybe one day soon... when I have money again now that I am broke after my kitchen renovation. Sounds like you had an awesome time!

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

We will definitely need to plan a trip to Chicago. AND THEN you could meet my aunts, who are both insane. In fact... maybe you shouldn't because I really think that would be too much insanity for one city and we could all get arrested. Hmm...

Morgan said...

I've always wanted to see the big shiny reflective thingy - thanks for cluing me in that it is called the bean. Or is that your clever name for it? either way, I'd totally get my dork on, too!

Annah said...

Chi Town is the best and the boys there are cuuuuuuuuuuuute. Did you see my blog roll? Guess who you are?

Cecelia Winesap said...

I always get my period right before trips too. It's the universe's way of saying, nuh uh, screw you, you just THOUGHT you were going swimming!

Ang said...

Chicago is one of my favorites! I've heard on a super clear day that you can actually see 4 states from the Hancock (that'd be IL, WI, IN, and MI).

Sounds like you had a great trip!

Anonymous said...

Hey!! I made Annah's Blog Roll too! Aren't we just the fucking dynamic duo? HELL YES!!

I love the mariachi band picture. Why is it when I see a mariachi band I started humming the Mexican Hat Dance song? Is that racist?

No, it is just funny!

Another David said...

Hm, Starbucks' OJ is usually pretty solid, but I'd NEVER EVER get one of those baked goods. They always look like they've been sitting there for a month. Plus, wtf were you doing at a Starbucks in Chicago?? Should have checked out something local and interesting!

Lovin the Mariachi band in the van! I'll be you weren't the first one to take a picture of them hahaha