01 December 2011

Gloomy Skies and Fun Times

 I swear this is the last post on Chicago. I bet you're all thinking, "Enough already! I'm sick of it! SICK OF IT" 

Well, too bad. I've got a few more up my sleeve so here you go:
The saucy Marilyn Monroe. Who played on air vents and didn't get in trouble.

 Don't ask

The chips that I later gave to a homeless man and the Chicago dog that was delicious.

We had a few extra hours to kill so we stopped in the Art Institute for a little while and I'm so glad we did! Not only am I still getting away with using my student ID for discounts, I also got to see some great works of art I never thought I would in real life.

Seurat's  A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

Van Vogh's Self Portrait (the 1887 one... in case you were wondering)

Van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles


I kept thinking "Who is this man? His beard is very sensual." I can't remember the artist, but if you want to zoom in and find out that's fine with me. I would prefer it to be a mystery.

A model by the architect, Bertrand Goldberg, of my favorite buildings in Chicago, Marina City. You can LIVE there! Who wouldn't want to?! (Not actually there- what is that? A city for ants? No, there's actual buildings)
I got in trouble for taking this picture so I hope you appreciate it.

The end.

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30 November 2011

Chicago in the Fall

Chicago continued!

Several weeks later!

We got to spend a whole day just walking around the city. Here's a little preview:

The autumn colors
Dad and I were lured in by the "free art" at the Art Institute. Sadly, this is all we found.

The beautiful skyline

This is the "Chicago of the Future" club.

Native grasses of Illinois

But it looks fun!

There was a lot of cabbage and kale used as decoration which I thought was lovely and edible. I wondered why all of the homeless people didn't just eat that, it has a lot of vitamins, right? I did lay an uneaten bag of potato chips by a sleeping homeless man though. Just doing my part.

Looks fun and cold at the same time.

Wha?!? Really? Back in the day I guess.

They all look bronze-ish to me...

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15 November 2011

The Bean!

I was in Chicago last weekend and had an amazing time exploring the city. I can't believe I had never gone before. Since it's such a quick flight from Denver, it's just stupid not to go.
I had one day to explore the city and everyone suggested Michigan Avenue. I had heard people discussing the Bean before and I always thought "where could this bean be?" "how much does it weigh?" and "when will it appear?". Well my friends, as it so happens, the bean is located in Millenium Park in Chicago. It weighs 110 tons and it appeared in front of me when I accidentally strolled into Millenium Park in search of hot dogs.
It's just too awesome to take pictures in/on/of not to devote an entire post to. I wanted to take it home with me.

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10 November 2011

Dear Oreo Cakesters,

Why did you have to be on sale at Target the other day? You know I can't help myself. You are like a little pillow of love. When I think about you just hanging out in the cabinet above my desk at work I get anxious, but in a good way you know? I like how you have a dark and mysterious exterior but your extra soft on the inside (because you're double stuffed).

You complete me.


29 October 2011

The new Ericksons

Hey guys! I've been so busy lately, haven't had much time to blog but it's because I've been doing so many awesome things ;)

Last weekend I had the special honor of being a bridesmaid in my best friend's wedding back in Omaha. I had such a great time seeing old friends and making new ones.

I've known Kait since Freshman year of high school and back in the day we would have sleepovers and recite Zoolander all day long. Let's just say that she's grown up a lot more than me. I still quote Zoolander regularly and Kait is in her first year of teaching third grade.

From the moment I met Kait, she always knew what she wanted. It was like she could describe Jake years before she met him. The way he looked, the kind of car he drove, his hobbies and his demeanor. When I finally got to meet Jake it was like meeting someone I already knew. He was exactly as she had imagined him and she finally found him. I am so happy for the two of them, they deserve all the happiness in the world.

I'd like to share a few pictures with you from their beautiful wedding:

 The night before the big day we had a sleepover!!! No Zoolander but it was still good!

 Talking to her groom the night before the wedding. So sweet.
 The lovely Amanda, always helping me with my photos! Check out her awesome blog here.
 Hair time!
 Putting on the dress. It all came together so beautifully.

Stacie, Maid of Honor. I love your mind. I love the way it works. blog.

Two of my best girls

 Father of the bride's toast
Classic and stunning.


Not to end on a tacky note but I had to throw this one in here--- on the way out of Nebraska we saw this. Pool. HBO. Beer. 'Nuff said