Today K and I made our yearly Christmas trip into Chicago. We usually go to several places on our Christmas trip day, but this time we ended up just staying at the Lincoln Park Zoo all day. We looked at the animals, had several different talks with zoo staff about various animals, ate some lunch,Continue reading “Conserving Kindness”
Karen and I decided the other day that she would take a day off during the week and we would go somewhere. Our original plan was to head to Indianapolis for a couple of days, spend the night, that sort of thing. The dilemma… the pups. We wanted to take them, and could have, butContinue reading “A Day in Chicago”
We checked out of our room this morning, walked the four blocks to the L train station, bought a couple of passes at the nearby currency exchange, climbed the steps up to the platform, jumped on our train when it showed a few minutes later, road out to the second to the last stop onContinue reading “Chicago to the Carlton Inn Midway Via The L”
What a full day we’ve had. Started off lounging around the room for a bit to let the major part of the storm pass, then we were off and running. First stop… Yolk for breakfast. Wow. I had the stuffed french toast. French toast stuffed with raspberry jam and cream cheese topped with bananas andContinue reading “Yolk, Fish, The Lake, The Pier, The River, Willis, and Chicago Dogs”
Well… here we are in the Second City. We started the morning by dropping off Mary’s car at Charlie and Jennie’s place and then getting a ride from Jennie in to the train station. She was wonderful. Took us to the train station, went inside with us as we checked in and got our boardingContinue reading “Champaign/Urbana to Chicago”
We got into Urbana last night after a LONG day of driving with enough time to find a branch of our Illinois bank and make a deposit, give Kev a mini driving tour of the cities, and have a cup of custard at the Custard Cup. No time left to upload photos and blog aboutContinue reading “Posts Coming”
What It Was All About, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl. At the end of the day, when the vows are taken, the rings exchanged, the cake cut, the dinner eaten, and the dances danced the most important thing is really this… these two people found each other, fell in love, and decided to marry not justContinue reading “What It Was All About”
Funky Town, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl. In the foreground are Don and Carolyn, famous first dance orchestrators. Wow… that’s quite a handle.
Eileen and Dave, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl. Martin’s parents getting down.
More Than This, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl. The first dance. They did very very well. They’d been practicing for days. The kids sent their song, More Than This by Roxy Music, to Mary’s aunt and uncle. Don and Carolyn, Karen’s brother and his wife, had then worked with their dance instructor to come up withContinue reading “More Than This”
Dave, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl. Martin’s dad, Dave, getting some refreshment between dances.
Brothers, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl. I have to say that, besides the wedding, of course, it was a great pleasure of mine to meet Martin’s brother and also to meet Karen’s son, Thomas. Needless to say… I cried.
Charles, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl. Charles worked the room like a pro with that camera of his. He had it down, moving around the ceremony and the reception without making a spectacle of himself. Stealthy and unobtrusive. It’s an art form he’s obviously mastered. Until, that was, he put the camera down and started shakin’Continue reading “Charles”
No Ball Playing, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl. Mary, Martin, and I had a bit of fun while we were wandering around outside near the Glessner House taking photos after the wedding as evidenced by the photo here. We had a little laugh about this and of course had to take a picture. I love hangingContinue reading “No Ball Playing”
Walking Into The Future, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl. Ok, this is the corniest title for a photo I might ever have come up with, but what can I say. I think my witty well has gone briefly dry. So, Walking Into The Future is what it shall be and remain.
Speechless Reaction, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl. There were some great speeches. Karen gave an amazing one that included a poem she wrote for Mary. I think everyone got teary during that one. Way to go honey! Martin’s speech was also good. You could tell, as he got going, he went into professor mode. Very engagingContinue reading “Speechless Reaction”
With This Ring, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.
Wedded Bliss, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl. This is what wedded bliss looks like. Martin and Mary and I ventured outside, just the three of us, after the wedding was over to get some shots. It was cold, hence the coats, etc., which I was sort of glad for. Otherwise they wouldn’t have been able toContinue reading “Wedded Bliss”
Tasty, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl. Again, the kids did an excellent job choosing the cake. Not overly fancy. Just simple, understated, and elegant.
Let The Good Times Roll, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl. The wedding venue was magically transformed into a reception hall in under two hours. Not bad. The Glessner House Coach House ended up being the perfect place for both wedding and reception. Simple, elegant, and a really nice atmosphere. Yay Glessner House.