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.
Oh dear after yesterday’s birthday celebrations I woke with a little bit of a thick head!
Up in a rush & had to get showered, breakfast & get to Lisle train station in 1 your, 15 minutes of walking included to get to the station from Julie’s but we managed it OK (just). Mrs C didn’t help as she poured my life-saving coffee away and I’d only had 2 mouthfuls 🙁
At the station in the though & this time we sat on the top deck of the train. This gave us a new view of the area along the route to Chicago.
Once we got to Union Station we had another rushed walk across the city to Water Tower building which was the pick-up point for the Gangster Tour we had booked ourselves on.
Once on the tour bus we had a 90 minute your around the city with stories of violence & murder. The stories ranged from the mid 1800’s to the 1970’s. All very interesting for me but I’m not so sure that Mrs C had the same enjoyment as myself. At several points in the tour we were able to get off at Street level for a closer look. Sadly a lot of the main points in the Chicago crime history the existing buildings had been demolished.
The tour dropped us close to Bloomingdale’s which was good as Lewis had asked us to buy a new chef’s knife for him. Much cheaper to buy the knife here in the US as opposed to getting it at home.
Now another rushed walk back to Union Station so we could catch the express train back to Lisle, this time we got on the right train & also managed to get a seat on the train.
By the time we got to Julie’s we were absolutely famished as we’d only had breakfast.
Mrs C had just advised me that we have walked 7 miles today, all holiday we have walked a fair distance & Mrs C had done all this without moaning, so proud of her.
Now sat with a beer watching TV and catching up on my blogs.
It’s my birthday & we have nothing planned today except for lunch with Julie & then a few beers in Lisle with Mrs C.
After yesterday’s storm the air was spot cooler outside but still sunny.
We had a last morning opening birthday cards & reading the kind birthday wishes that had been posted on Facebook.
We managed a quick catch-up with mum & dad, Drew, Josh, Sam, Harry, Nancy, Matt, Warren & Dawn. We missed Lewis as he was working.
At lunchtime Elle kindly drove all four of us to Cooper’s Hawk restaurant & winery, wow very nice indeed.
We all elected to have the lunch size entree’s menu. Elle had the salad & it was big enough for the four of us to eat! Mrs C & Julie had the CHICKEN MADEIRA & I had the COOPER’S HAWK CHICKEN GIARDINIERA. We all had wine except for Elle. Julie had white, Mrs C had Sparkling Rosé & I had Cooper’s Hawk Red. Elle & Mrs C shared a S’MORE BUDINO for desert.
The afternoon was a chilled one with us all sat in the house relaxing. Chris passed through & wished me happy birthday too.
In the evening Mrs C & I headed into Lisle for a couple of drinks, first stop was Evviva bar & grill by Lisle rail station. A busy bar with very casual fittings & a welcoming atmosphere. We had a couple of drinks here before moving on to Lisle Whiskey Bar called NWB. A very trendy smart loaction. We shared the sliders here which were 3 small burger buns, 2 were pulled pork & 1 was a traditional burger – excellent. We had another couple of drinks & I even managed to sneak in a glass of John Drew Rye Whiskey, my first time of trying a Rye a whiskey & it was very nice. Elle kindly picked us up & took us home. Elle also bought me 2 packs of Werther’s toffee – thank you my dear x.
We also managed to speak with Lewis after his work.
Now time for bed.