Crown Fountain in Millennium Park

 

Pictured is one of my favorite sites from Chicago’s Millennium Park, the Crown Fountain. About every 10 minutes a different face appears and changes beneath a wall of water until it finally spits out a stream that kids fight to dance under. Most people think of The Bean, a mirrored sculpture, as the icon of the Park, but this fountain really entertained me.

Knitting content: I’m proud to announce I’m getting my knit mojo back! I attended my first Thursday knitting group in months and worked on the Featherweight Cardigan by knitbot. I miss my old buddies and enjoyed meeting new ones.

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Magic Jersey

Okay, so what if this picture is reversed. It worked! On Monday I attended the Cubs/Rockies game and DH bought me this Ernie Banks jersey. They won! On Tuesday, while I was otherwise occupied, the Cubs played a double-header with the Giants and lost. Then today I wore my jersey while watching the Cubs play the Giants on TV and they WON!  This jersey is magic. The universe is telling me to watch every Cubs game for the rest of the season while wearing this jersey.  And avoid goats, of course.

Loopy Yarns and UCLA Law

More Chicago-style awesomeness today. Pictured are just two samples: a UCLA School of Law baseball cap representing the panel for alums on Social Media and the Law at Sidley and a skein of Starry Sock yarn by Dream in Color from Loopy Yarns. Also today we watched the US Women’s soccer team defeat North Korea on the tube and walked through Millenium Park. We also had a fabulous meal at Petterino’s. More details after I get back home….

Knitting content: I also bought a set of #3 – 24″ Addi Lace Turbos so I can cast on something on the plane. I can’t wait!

A Winning Day

I have so many pictures from this wonderful day in Chicago — Cubs defeat over Rockies at Wrigley Field, acquiring an Ernie Banks jersey, meeting Brenda (a Wrigley worker/blues singer) on the El, sharing wine hour with new friends, enjoying tapas at Cafe Iberico and a lovely walk back to the hotel. However, influenced by the Principle of Recency, I’m posting a picture of our awesome Paella.  More details on the day after I get a chance to reflect.

Unexpected Blessing

I’m still reeling from tonight’s experience. Yes, that is a picture of a Mother Teresa prayer card, and yes, the scrap of fabric in the corner is an authenticated relic from her clothing.  A lovely Chicago couple gave it to us after mass with the request that we pray for their daughter, Sister Ruth, of the Missionaries of Charity living in the Bronx, who is dying of cancer.  And yes, I think we can do that.

Here’s how it happened. (Please forgive the detail, but I never want to forget this.) We attended the 5:15 p.m. mass at Holy Name Cathedral in downtown Chicago, a magnificent church, and heard a moving sermon about Corpus Christi that made us think about our beloved deceased parents, Paula and Angelo. We lingered to admire the stately crucifix, intricate wooden ceiling and imposing organ, and even chatted with the celebrant, a fellow Southsider (I was born in Evergreen Park).  While taking pictures of the outside, I exchanged smiles with an elderly couple holding hands whom we noticed had also lingered after mass. We conversed about the balmy weather and California and they said they were residents who’d been married for 64 years. Howell and Martha offered to take our picture, then asked us a favor: to pray for their dying daughter, Sister Ruth, a member of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity community in the Bronx. Saying they were “seeking charities” or some such term of art that seemed to mean more than just prayer but nothing financial, they told us they wanted us to have a certified relic of Mother Teresa, a piece of fabric contained on the prayer card.

The rest is a bit of a blur. We exchanged hugs and more good wishes, then they disappeared. DH and I both had to take a minute just to breathe and wipe our eyes. It had been enough of a treat to meet such a lovely, long-married and faithful couple on a beautiful summer day, but to have them share their intentions with us, then give us a relic was an unexpected blessing indeed.

This was a tough act to follow, but if the Cubs win tomorrow, I’ll consider this truly a miracle-filled trip. 😉

Grad Party

Today we held a joint party for two college grads in DH’s family, DD and her cousin. Two others graduated college this year and numerous others from high school, middle school and even kindergarten, but they had their own parties earlier in the month. How wonderful to see everyone growing up!

Wear Gloves to Chop Jalapenos

I know better – I really do. I watch Food TV. But tonight I chopped jalapeno peppers WITHOUT wearing gloves and I am still suffering. Pictured are some of the remedies DD looked up for me that I tried with only temporary relief: milk in a baking soda paste, cheese, tomato paste, coffe grounds used like a pumice scrub, aloe vera, white vinegar, vegetable oil, bourbon. I also stuck my fingers in my mouth, washed with hot, dish-soapy water and took a Benadryl, which is sending me to bed, hopefully to sleep through the burning. No happy ending so far, but the internet suggests I should feel better in the morning. I can only pray that’s true. And the chili better be worth it! 😦