Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Vacation Wrap Up (Including knitting content!)

So, as I was saying Chicago was fantastic! We had a blast. Spending time with friends and family is always good. We drove around Chicago on our first night and I was so mesmerized. I thought, I could move back here! Then, I remembered the winter. But, I talked about that already.

So, my mother gave a us an awesome backyard BBQ! Friends and Family were there in abundance and so was the food. Darn, I should have taken a picture of the food! Ya'll would have been salivatin'! Anyway, my mother THROUGH DOWN!!!!!!! We had: barbecued ribs, hot links, chicken and Italian sausage and some rib tips, spaghetti, greens, potato salad (courtesy of me!) and an incredible peach/pineapple cobbler!!!
All I can say is "mmmm mmmm GOOD. (Diet was out the window!). There was so much food that my husband thought that we would be eating leftovers for days! But, boy oh boy was he WRONG! There was none left! Not even a bone. I am telling you that the pots looked like someone had liked them clean. And as good as her sauce was, i would not be surprised if someone did. Really though, as the old folks used to say, My mother Put her FOOT in that food! (that means it was exceptionally good for those of you not familiar with the saying)My husband thinks she should come to Cali and open up a place and sell her BBQ. We have yet to find anything here that comes close to what we get at home. To top it all, she used an old grill, one those made out of the old fashioned garbage can barrels. It was so old,that the bottom was just about completely out of it. She just put some of those aluminum pans in it and kept right on cooking. WE had to throw it out afterwards though. It lived a good life. RIP Good Grill.......

Anyway, you know you are getting old when the kid's are teaching you how to do the latest dance. This is me, trying to the the Cupid Shuffle:

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it was dark already in the yard. that's me in the white shorts. Notice the concentrated look on my face. I have always been slow to pick up the latest dances. But I go this one!

We really enjoyed spending one full day downtown. We saw Millennium Park for the first time. Check us out at the BEAN. This is a picture of me taking a picture of our reflection in the bean:

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Here is the bean from a distance. I cannot recall the real name of this piece, but you can see why everyone in Chicago calls is THE BEAN.

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And this is a great shot of the Water feature they have there. See the face. The image continuously changes. The faces are of Chicago Citizens. My sister's brother in law is one of the faces. apparently they just walk up to different people on the street and ask if they can take their picture for this art piece. In person, you can see that the image is behind clear glass bricks with water running down it continuously. Its really cool.

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I will end my vacation talk for now. I will blog later about my weekend in Palm Springs. But for now I have one word: HOT! I was a bit miserable.


This is where I am at:

For my swap partner:

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Mandy's Candy Bag pattern was written by

Amanda. She is running a contest and this is my entry!

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Not to bad for my first one! Amanda has a great blog. Check her out when you get a chance.

Oh, and I got this yellow yarn at the yarn shop in Long Grove, Illinois.

I made this pretty quickly:

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its from this pattern:

baby hat

This was so cute and quick to knit up that i started another one:

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Oh, and I am making this sweater to match the lavender hat:

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There is more but this is already way too long. Check back for more knitting content.

Thanks for stopping by!


NH Knitting Mama said...

Glad to read about your vacation! I'm glad you made the bag in yellow, it's my favorite color! Of course, I'm adding your post to the gallery on my blog, and your entries are in!

Virtuous said...

So glad you hhad a great time in Chicago! I LOVE Chicago!! Neat water feature too!

Cute baby hat! Nice to know you are still knitting! :o)

MrsPurls said...

Down, down, do yo thang, do yo thang...To the right, to the right, to the right, to the the left, to the left, to the left, to the kick, now kick, now kick,now kick...Ah! LOL! I went to a part a party and didn't know what in the world was going on...but I learned that dance....I guess it just the updated electric slide...

glad you vacation was fun!!

artist1lisa said...

My DD and he friends have been trying to teach me that dance between their giggling fits.
Love the bean.
You have been knitting up a storm.That hat is adorable.You go,girl!

AuntieAnn said...

I love the bean and Millennium Park!

Thanks for the comment on my blog. I like the purple color you are using, purple is my favorite.

Brown Berry said...

Thanks for sharing those vacation shots and the story!! Makes me want to get back to Chicago ASAP - but only if your mom would cater for complete strangers! LOL
The baby hat pattern link doesn't seem to be working, but I'm definitely going to consider that baby sweater.

Thanks also for coming by the blog to check out Clapotis. :)

hakucho said...

The candy bag is very cute. I think it would make a cute stocking stuffer filled with candy at Christmas. Did I say that? I can't believe I'm already thinking of Christmas ;) All your knits look wonderful :)

happy knitting :)

PAJNSTL said...

Kim, I gotta make sure to visit the bean next time I'm in Chicago! Great pics! and isn't the Cupid Shuffle a great dance! Now Kick! lol

Sheila said...

You are a dance step ahead of me... I have yet to learn the cupid Chicago has beautiful architecture, especially the water feature with citizen pics. Your working up some cute projects. Thanks for posting on my Twisted Tank.