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Chicago 2018 – Day Eighteen

Today sadly is our last day in Chicago 🙁

Julie had already left for Atlanta by the time we woke. Lazy breakfast & final check of the bags ready for the short drive to O’Hare airport. Elle was up & spending the last hour with us. We’ll miss her & I’m sure she’ll miss us!

Heavy bags loaded into the car & off to the gas station to fill up before the 1st stop of the day at the car rental guys. $25 dollars to fill up, significantly cheaper than the UK. We paid $3.05/gallon whereas the same cost in the UK would have been approx £40 or $52 so a saving to be had in the US!

Car dropped off and then the shuttle bus to T5 but first we had to go via T1, T2, T3 & T4. A nice couple on the bus too on their way home from watching the Buffalo Bills v Greenbay Packers, not a good trip as the Packers had beaten the Bills.

A short wait to check-in & a worrying time for Mrs C as she was risking the amount of shopping she had done & not trying to exceed her 23Kg/bag. Wow she made it with both bags coming in at 22.7Kg each! The queue for the security line was longer but within 25 minutes we were through.

We checked into the KLM lounge rather than sit in the main terminal waiting area. I sat watching the Chicago Cubs v Milwaukee Brewers while having a couple of beers. Mrs C had a couple of ‘double’ Baileys with ice & decided that ‘Sober for October’ wasn’t the way forward after-all!

We should have left Chicago at 15:50 but the flight got delayed until 16:06, however once we were all seated on the plane it didn’t leave the tarmac until 16:45. A little bit of a worry as any delay would cause us problems with our connecting flight at Dublin for Manchester as we on had 75 minutes between flights.

Mrs C had a grumble about young children being on long-haul flights as there was one in the seat behind her & one in the middle section of seats 1 row in front of us. However not long after take-off the family behind us were moved to the back of the plane as there was more room for them to spread out. I did remind Mrs C that she was like the children catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang & needed to be more tolerant 😛

Read tomorrows blog to see if we made our connection in Dublin OK …….

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.