Sunday, February 11, 2007

Chicago I: Intro

This was Lake Michigan yesterday morning, around 10:00 a.m.:

Brrrrrr. It was approximately 100 million degrees below zero in downtown Chicago yesterday, but that didn't stop us from a Very Important Mission: Find a Gettin' Married Dress for Melissa.

Four of us ventured out: Mel, daughter Kirstin, sister Sue, and Me. Momo dislikes cold weather a bit more intensely than the rest of us, and bowed out when she found that we were going to drag her around for approximately 12 hours in the midst of it. We promised not to have a lick of fun without her.

I confess: While fighting off frostbite and running noses and watering eyes that literally froze on our faces, we might have, accidentally, had intermittent bouts of fun.

I'm splitting this blog up into a few highlighted entries.


In The Unofficial Guide to Chicago, there is a section called "How to Avoid Crime and Keep Safe in Public Places." One sentence reads:
Women, keep your purses tucked tightly under you arm. If you're wearing a jacket, put it on over your shoulder strap.
This lady took that advice to heart. I admit that she's unlikely to have her purse stolen. Still, it does kind of accentuate her hips, don't you think?

Well, that's all for Part I. Read on, if ye wish.


  1. Chicago, one of our favourite cities.

    BTW, your photo didn't appear. I wouldn't mind seeing it as we were there is more friendly climes. Your description of the cold scares me!

  2. No photos for me either. Boo hoo. Sounds like a great trip! Glad you've all defrosted :)

  3. Hm. I can see photo clearly...not sure how to fix this for you!

  4. No photos on part-1 for me either.

    Silk long johns - now THAT has to be sexy.

  5. Yep, no photos on this one ~ although they showed up on all the others. Hmmmm....

  6. Dang, dang, I can see them from home AND from work. I'm perplexed!

  7. Evidently good fun was had by all. Yay!

  8. The part-1 pics are now visible.

  9. Thanks, Wil. I just re-loaded them; nice to know they're up now.

  10. If it's so flipping cold there then why aren't ya'll dressed for it? A coat over jeans is how we dress for a morning low of 48 degrees. If it were a million degrees below zero I'd be looking like Ralphie's little brother Randy in his red snow suit. "I can't put my arms down!"

  11. oh my gosh it looks so cold!

    Is that lady wearing a bustle? Maybe that's the fanny pack alternative I've been looking for - a bustle that also functions as a purse!

  12. I have been in a fit of giggles over this picture! Honestly. I think I might take my chances with a purse snatcher.

  13. SSmiley: I was bundled up, with silk long johns,jeans, sweater, 2 pairs of socks, scarf, gloves, down jacket with hood. Still chilly outside, steamy inside!

    FMMary: You're right! Maybe it was a bustle! Those things went out...what,a bout 150 years ago? Maybe she's a trendsetter after all.

    JayAre: I'm with you. There are some neighborhoods in Chicago that I might be tempted to sacrifice "style" (if you could call it that, for me) for safety. Downtown, on Michigan, just hold on tight. Or put your money in your pocket.

  14. "does kind of accentuate her hips" -- yeah, kinda, and moreso, her butt, i'd say. :-D

    oh, just noticed mary's comment -- maybe a fanny pack or perhaps a fanny "suitcase!" (not that i'm judgmental or anything...) :)


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