Sunday, July 12, 2009

My kind of town

If our blog is your only means of keeping abreast of the goings on at the Swanny household, I apologize. It must seem as though we've had a relatively uneventful summer. Behold, truth to the contrary.

This weekend the kids spent Saturday and Sunday at Grandpa Ron's (Jen's dad), while Jen and I headed to Chicago. It was kind of weird having only each other for company, but we had a blast.

Saturday morning, we went to the Museum of Science and Industry to check out the "Harry Potter Exhibition"...



Photography wasn't allowed inside the exhibit, but I got this sweet picture of the flying Ford Anglier(sp?)


The exhibit was really cool. It was packed with lots of props, costumes, and models for the Harry Potter films. From the Hogwarts Express to the Great Hall, they do a great job of blending all the themes of the exhibition, allowing it to flow really easily from beginning to end.

After the museum and a stop at the hotel to rest and change clothes, we headed out to the Magnificent Mile for a little bit of late afternoon shopping.




Early evening found us at Navy Pier for Cirque Shanghai. We were a little unsure as to whether we would enjoy the show. We needn't have been concerned. It was amazing. That's right. The strength and stamina it takes to perform these stunts is just astounding. Check it out.



Then there's this...
video

And this...
video

After Cirque, we headed to one of our favorite restaurants, Trattoria No.10. Great food and great drink. If you haven't been, go now. Seriously. NOW.

Sunday found us making our way to Forest Park for the book launch party for J.A. Konrath's latest "Jack Daniels" book, "CHERRY BOMB". While there we also got to meet and chat with thriller writer Henry Perez and humor/horror writer Jeff Strand. All good guys who've written great books.

Even though we had a really fun weekend, it was great to come home this evening to the dogs and the kids. The kids are now fast asleep, exhausted from their exploits with grandpa, and Jen and I are pleasantly tired after a great couple of days on our own.

Next time, more fun photos from the 4th, the zoo and other assorted nonsense.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am glad you had fun, Chicago is the greatest city and those Cirque shows are supposed to be awesome. Do you think yoga will ever teach us to be that strong Jen? I am also glad you made time for just the two of you, it's so important.

Julie

jen said...

I could see elements of yoga poses in a lot of what they did, but the yoga teacher in me couldn't help but thing they were "exploiting" their flexibility a little to the (long term) detriment of joint integrity. :) Despite that, it was an amazing show--those people are friggin' strong!! :) I thought of you every time we went past the Tribune tower!

zztopdog said...

It's "Anglia." My grandpa Freeburg brought one back from Europe in the late '50's. I loved that thing!