Sunday, October 7, 2007

clouds illusions

the mouse has returned to her mousehole. rested, tanned, and a bit dazzled. oy!! I was most impressed with chicago and apparently wanted to capture it all! (even though I zapped at the end of each day, I returned home with 456 pictures to download!) I've always loved chicago. afterall, it is the hometown of a couple of my lifelong best friends - and over the last thirty years I've had many opportunities to visit for both business and pleasure. but this trip was my first visit when I was essentially beholden to nothing or no one and I was based right in the heart of the city. my only duty was to keep ms t stimulated and entertained from when we woke up until her mama was done being "the diligent conference attendee, racking up her needed CMEs." given that ms t and I are seasoned urban explorers, we both were in nirvana with new streets to wander and new people to meet. two year olds are great traveling companions - they are open to learning about whatever is put before them and if they get tired they go to sleep! you just need to know how to listen to them and practice the aikido method of 'childrearing.'

the calendar might have said october, but it felt like august these last few days - and with the warm temperatures and people in summertime attire it certainly felt like summer VACATION! oh my, and I was doing such a good job getting back into the autumn groove, being productive, getting organized, hustling up some new work, and establishing a 'new routine.' oh well, time to start all over...as joni croons 'it's all illusions I recall.'

given that I took over 400 (fairly decent) pictures I could probably devote the next month on the mouse to just showcasing CHICAGO....but that isn't gonna happen. instead I will probably post a couple slide shows and then put up pictures that relate to my typical random thoughts or "inspiring quotes" -- the pictures of course will just happened to have been taken in chicago (in other words 'business as usual').

one of the many highlights of my trip to chicago was a visit to millennium park - home of the amazing sculpture by anish kappor called cloud gate and home to a most cutting edge outdoor music pavilion - designed by no other than the master of curving metal himself, architect frank gehry. I hope you will enjoy a few images from millennium park...

5 comments:

Ladron de Basura said...

Nice shots! I miss having Chicago reasonably close for a weekend trip. Thought I don't think I'd want to be there when it was as hot as I hear it was this weekend with the marathon casualty. Hope you had plenty of liquids with you.

randeep said...

Ack! A Joni reference! Welcome back home, and I'm glad you enjoyed one of my hometowns - did you take ms.t to watch the changing faces on those water/art/sculptures in millenium park? I always like watching the kiddies playing there. Glad you're back - Mr. F. looked a little lonely and wandered over to chat a few times while we did yard work.

kimy said...

ldb - most definitely a sweet city! talk about a boom town! I could not believe all the construction going on. thanks for your concern - I try to go off without carrying water...

r - ms t loved the cloud gate I guess we missed the faces! drat! will have to go back - so much to see, so much to do! I loved the cloud gate for being such a wonderfully interactive piece of public art! I missed my boy too but he seems no worse for being on his own...and expect e and t provided company when needed. then there were two houses of kitties to care for (ms t & her units have 3 at their house). eek!
"ack...a joni reference" you must explain! the ack! xx

randeep said...

Oh, a good ack! I used to lie on my bed in junior high staring at the ceiling and singing along to "Clouds" on the CD player. I had "Hits", "Misses", "Tapestry" and Celine Dion (go figure) on heavy rotation in those days... and of course, "No regrets, Coyote" is the first line from the fabulous Joni song "Coyote", best performed live in The Last Waltz with Adam's favorite band of all time, The Band.

Diva Carla said...

Kimy, these are great pictures of Chicago. I love Gehry, and now I have to see Cloud Gate. None of these existed last time I was in Chicago. thanks for Your Good Camera.

Carla