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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Chicago 2

We had so much fun last time we decided we had to do it again. Nina, Miriam and I headed up to Chicago this past weekend to visit Kat and take part in a pup crawl. First of all, I have to recommend our mode of transportation: the Megabus. What a great idea! For $40 (easily the cost of gas, parking, and the energy of driving) it picks you up in downtown Indy and drops you off downtown in Chicago with no stops along the way (save a bathroom break). Great! I loved being able to sleep or read on the ride up.

Once we arrived, Kat ordered really, really tasty pizza. (Not a surprise - this IS Chicago, afterall!) Then we met up with a bunch of her work friends for a tour of the Southport Pubs and Bars. I found the trick to a pup crawl is to alternate a drink and Diet Coke at every other bar. Works like a charm - I only had three drinks and was no worse for the wear. After about six bars we headed back to Kat's to relax, have dinner, and then grab a cocktail at one of our favorite new spots, Fulton Lounge.

The next morning we had a WONDERFUL brunch at Orange, which I also highly recommend. But, of course, the best part of the weekend is really just catching up and chatting with old college friends. Can't wait for the next get together!

When I returned on Sunday Brad and I went over to Tim and Steve's for a great dinner. Tim spoiled us with feta stuffed pork, great veggies, artichoke dip and wonderful homemade salad dressing. I tried to return the favor by bringing some handmade truffles. Can't hurt to end with chocolate, right? I wish I had remembered to take a picture. They have done such a wonderful job decorating their house. I love wandering around and stealing ideas! And it makes me so happy to know that I can finally have everyone over soon to reciprocate all the wonderful evenings at our friends' homes.

Hope you all had a great weekend, too!

Kat, Nina and me in our fancy car on the way to the first pub. No cab for us! Ha!

Miriam got shotgun with James, the driver. Lover her hat. If it fit my giant head I would try to steal it.

Miriam and Nina at our second pub.

The manager and bouncer asked me to guard their Golden Tee game while they had to go actually work. No one was going to mess with that game on my watch! (You definitely want the manager and bouncer on your side, right?)

Our last bar - Nina had gotten her hands on Miriam's hat by that point.

This picture cracks me up. Miriam and I are both "hand talkers" and this is probably what we look like 90% of the time we are together.

The next morning - Also love this picture. It's very Miriam and Meagan, I think.

And this one cracks me up, too! Don't you wish you knew what we were talking about?

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