Category Archives: Holidays

This includes our holiday destinations as well as public holidays when we are not in work.

Chicago 2018 – Day Seventeen

Super chilled out Sunday for us today, still able to wear my shorts but sometimes you also need a jumper/lightweight fleece.

Last DIY job for me too which was the fixing of the grille to the air-con in the lower floor for Julie. It seems the one already in place was too big & was unable to be adjusted. But super me the non DIY’er fixed it 🙂

Julie, Mrs C & I went out for brunch to downtown lisle (actually a village) I think we only went where we did was because Mrs C wanted another crepe!

In the afternoon we went up to the barn to see Elle & Shiloh. Neither were there as they were out riding so we waited a while & were met by the guard dog :O What a nice dog he was, called buddy, Certainly no guard dog in my view. Just as we were leaving Elle returned so we stood chatting with her & watching Shiloh.

Back in time for dinner at Julie’s Tilapia for the girls & salmon for Chris & myself. Now sat watching Julie’s favourite Sunday evening programmes on TV, The Durrell’s of Corsica & Poldark. Not our cup of tea but it was OK to watch & Julie was happy. The girls finished the link tin off while I finished the beer.

Both the Cubs & Bears won today too so probably a good few days for the Chicagoans in Chicagoland.

Chicago 2018 – Day Sixteen

The countdown is on for us leaving after an enjoyable but relaxing time here in Chicago with my cousin Julie & her family. But we still have a couple of days left 🙂

Today the weather was cooler again, but we can’t complain about the weather as we have been blessed with some very good late summer sun.

I was up early doors today to see a dismal performance by United at West Ham by losing 3-1. West Ham played well but United packed energy, leadership (on & off the pitch), creativity but most of all the desire to win. Mourinho looks a beaten man & lacking the skills to get what is needed out of his players. The players look like they don’t care of even have the ambition to turn things around & prove to the fans that they are worth the millions they get paid to play for our club. The board appear oblivious to the problems on the pitch as the club do so well off the pitch with the financials. It’s not just one element to the club that is failing it appears to be most of it. They have lost the values that have been built up over the last 100+ years. the board are making chaotic decisions that are detrimental to the heartbeat of the club. major changes are required fast to correct the wrong that has happened since Fergie stepped down.

Julie was up early too & sat with me keeping an eye on the game while she chatted to her mum back home in the UK. It won’t be long before she too comes out to the States though to see Julie, Chris & Elle.

Once the game finished Julie & I finished off the gardening we had started while Mrs C packed up the outdoor furniture ready for the winter season. As soon as we were out of the garden the squirrels, Chipmunks & birds were digging away in the compost we had moved looking for anything tasty.

At Lunchtime Mrs C & I walked into Lisle to see the French Market, sadly it was only a couple of stalls selling local produce & not quite what we had expected. So we walked into Lisle village & stopped off at an Italian crepe house for a quick bite to eat. Homemade canoli filled crepe  for me, delicious.

In the evening we took Julie out for dinner at NWB (Next Whiskey Bar) to say thank you for having us. Beer battered cheese curds as a sharing platter to start, Shrimp for Julie, Sliders for Mrs C & I had a Shrimp sandwich. Similar to a fishfinger butty & very tasty. All washed down with a couple of wines for Julie, Baileys for Mrs C & beers for me.

As we started to walk home we were not with a couple of spots of rain.

Then just chilled with Elle when she got home from the barn.

Chicago 2018 – Day Fifteen

Well that was the first two weeks gone. Week one seemed to go by slowly while week two has flown by! I’m sure the remaining days will speed through too 🙁 Julie asked if we had missed the UK? the answer was we’d both missed family & friends but we hadn’t missed anything else least of all work. Don’t get us wrong we both love our jobs but we both have enjoyed being away from them.

I was up reasonably early as Julie was in work & she also had a contractor arriving to fit a new bathroom window so I was up waiting at 07:20 for an expected time slot of 07:30-09:30. They actually arrived at 08:00 & set to work. All wrapped up & finished by 10:30.

Elle was out at the horse & we had a great conversation with Chris about college & also his collection of Nike footwear. We got some tips off Chris on where to go for a pair for Josh as we’d had a message overnight asking could we get him a pair of black shoes.

Off we went to the short drive to the outlet store at Aurora. We looked in all the shoe shops & could either find shoes that were right but the wrong size of unable to find the right style. Mrs C was also able to take a jacket back to Abercrombie & Fitch that didn’t actually fit her right so not a wasted journey. As we were walking round it started to spot with rain but that was OK as met of the walkways were undercover. A big change from week one though when it was so hot under the walkways as the air was not moving, but today we needed a light jacket on as there was a chill. From here we drove in the direction of the shopping mall at Oakbrook and called into Dick’s Sporting Goods a huge sportswear shop on two floors. Mrs C found some shoes & sent Josh a photo but no good. So off we went again & found a Nike store but not the shoes Josh wanted – Black Nike Air force One (low), three more shops and no joy. As the rain was getting heavier & we were starting to drift into rush hour we called it a day. Sadly no new shoes for Joshua 🙁

Back at Julie’s I watched the Chicago Cubs best the Saint Louis Cardinals at baseball before we headed out to one of the neighbours for a house party. Julie’s neighbours here are fantastic and a massive improvement on the sterile environment that the majority of the neighbours created at her last address on Lillian Lane. I’m so glad Julie moved here she seems so happy and content. The kids do too. so we can all rest assured in the UK that they are all safe & happy.