i am so grateful that it wasn't like this earlier, because we had absolutely BEAUTIFUL weather in chicago! : ) praise the Lord!!!
it was raining up a storm on sunday, but it stopped & turned into a lovely day for the drive. it was a nice drive all around. we stopped for gas, leyton & i played catch, and i read Storm Front.
our hotel, a holiday inn in a suburb, was superb! the suite was really beautiful, and spacious considering it was only two rooms & a bathroom. *laugh* soft & firm pillow choices, kitchenette, huge TV's, all quite lovely! mom & leyton went swimming nearly first thing after we got settled in the room. leyton decided he had to get into the action w/ my traditional mr bear photo before swimming, tho! : )
the bed was super comfy, and i slept quite well. yay! helped along by pandora on my phone. LOVE! we slept in til about 9 or so monday, then hung out - mom & leyton went to breakfast at the hotel restaurant & brought me back some bacon, yum! we headed for the zoo, and the weather was just perfect. not hot at all, w/ a lovely breeze all day!
we didn't see many animals - i think if mom & i want to see actual animals on a zoo trip w/ leyton, we have to plan to go there two days. *laugh* he had fun riding the tram & playing in the children's village, tho. : ) i had my first chicago dog - not a fan of the peppers, but otherwise it was good! we waited in line FOREVER, tho, and had we realized that was the setup, i would have just gotten a regular hotdog from the outdoor vendors. yeesh! ah well. live & learn. LOL we also got some pretty good popcorn from a vendor...
we got back to the hotel at like 7:30 & went to the hotel restaurant for dinner - nothing spectacular, but it was good. then mom & leyton went swimming & i went back to the room to read. i finished Storm Front. i cheated, tho - the story was good, but it just wasn't pulling me in, so i started skipping chapters... then i started sherri's Retribution, and devoured that puppy right up! *laugh* i finished that on the ride home today. : )
tuesday, we slept in again, then headed to the museum of science & industry. i finally got to see the fairy castle, and it was AMAZING! no pictures, cuz it was too dark in there, but trust me. : ) we saw lots of neat exhibits, but of course the trains were leyton's favorite. while we were in the farm area, a "british" gentleman came thru recruiting ppl for his "How We Taste" presentation. leyton got very excited & we ended up joining in. it was fun! we had lunch in the cafeteria, which was a neat set up - lots of different stations & you could get whatever from salads to burgers & fries to pasta & pizza. we got a little bit of several different things & had a nice lunch.
mom & i were getting on each others' nerves, tho, so that was annoying. *laugh* we got separated at the end of the night, and instead of texting me her location & STAYING THERE, she & leyton went to the car w/o me. that's right, she LEFT ME in a huge museum. thank God it didn't trigger a panic attack. also, thank God i know my way around that museum & could find my way out w/o a problem. but ... still! ugh. i was quite happy to have some alone time tuesday night while they went swimming!!
aside from our outings, i quite enjoyed hanging out w/ mom & leyton & my books & also watching lots of phineas & ferb and my babysitter's a vampire on disney channel. heh. : )
oh, and after the museum, we headed downtown chicago to find Sprinkles cupcakes. : ) DELICIOUS!!! and leyton got to chat w/ a cop on a horse. (wish i'd gotten a picture of that!!)
the drive home was also nice, finished my book & leyton & i played & we had white castle for lunch & we got home around 3:30. : )
bret was here, watching smallville. he'd very kindly done some cleaning while i was gone, as well as took care of angel! nice cousin-brother! : ) he had to work in BG at five, and his car wouldn't start, so i brought him to work & then stopped at mom's to help her put stuff away & play w/ leyton for a bit. then, home to watch ds2dio & GH & wait to pick bret up at 10. but he texted to say he was going to try & stay at RC's tonight, so i don't have to pick him up.
so, there ya go! it was a very, very blessed week & i'm so thankful!
tomorrow - back to work. i checked my work email just to prepare for what awaits me - nearly 400 emails...AGH! thankfully, i was able to delete over 1/2 of them because they were acknowledgement warnings for helpdesk tickets. oye! idk who decided those notifications should go out every hour, but they really should rethink that!!! :|
anyway, i know tomorrow will be busy, so i'm going to head to bed here pretty soon. next book is one of lynsay's, The Rogue Hunter (which should have been read before the last lynsay book, but that's okay!).
happy almost thursday! ttfn!! : )